1. Know what's worth sticking out and what you should let go of.
This is the same for jobs, friendships and relationships. They say everything in hindsight is much clearer so learn from it and you'll only have yourself to thank. Reaching breaking point before making a change will hurt you the most.
2. Believe you can get what it is you truly want
I'm going to go ahead and assume we've all figured out what it is we want. If you didn't grow up with a team of family and whoever else telling you that you're capable, amazing and strong then you must tell yourself regularly and you must not believe anything less. I realised a while ago that I was putting limits on myself, like creating my own ceiling! Since changing my mind set, my world is opening up more and more.
3. It's good to get advice from others but above all, trust yourself
I definitely count myself lucky to have some great people in my life whom I can bounce ideas off and confide in, but I've also learned that everyone acts out of their own experiences and gives advice accordingly - especially when it comes to matters of the heart. When you lean upon yourself and give yourself the opportunity to learn from both your mistakes and triumphs, you will truly soar.
4. Looking after yourself is important and enjoyable
So many people talk about it like it is a chore, luxury or unattainable. I used to be guilty of this sometimes myself with statements like 'ugh, I never have time to cook' or 'I can't afford it'. I am definitely not perfect and still have days where I sit in front of Netflix with some takeout but I've found since making health a greater priority in my life, I just plain and simple feel better!
Also, meditation is not a tool of the devil (thanks religious upbringing) and Coca-Cola is not the devil in disguise, though it is pretty terrible for you (taking the good and bad from said religious upbringing).
5. Buy the expensive shampoo
Firstly, my point here is not to say 'go on a shopping spree and spend more money than you really should!' it's to say that you should NEVER feel guilty about buying the things that make you feel beautiful and good.
I love Italian water. I don't buy it all the time (mainly because I can't find it) but sometimes I used to buy a case of Panna (my fave brand) because I think it's smooth and delicious. I used to feel like I had to justify this by saying 'I'm not a coffee drinker so it's ok to buy it!' To 5 year younger self: Pfffft! It's my money right?!
Thanks for reading my blog post today, hope you enjoyed it!
I'm also making vlogs of my life in Japan which you can see here