So this is a bit late in posting, but I
wrote this a few weeks ago when it was my 21st birthday just before
Christmas and instead of the classic ‘New Year New Me’ post, I thought I’d share just how far I’ve come in these 21 years and some of the things
I’ve learnt in hope that they can enlighten/remind some of you;

1. Health is more important than any academic achievement

2. Everyone deserves happiness

3. J.K Rowling is a genius

4. F.R.I.E.N.D.S will never stop being funny

5. Friendship knows no distance

6. Experiences and memories are far more worth time and money

7. Everyone has insecurities

8. Face your fears or they will always haunt you

9. Epilating is one of the most painful but worth it things
to do!

10. Everything happens for a reason

11. There’s always time to learn from your mistakes

12. Thinking of another point of view helps understand the reason
behind a situation or event.

13. You are never alone. There’s someone out there
feeling/thinking the same thing – you will find your people.

14. Periods (or the pre-period period) really can make you think
and see differently.

15. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Even if it
seems like there’s no way to recover.

16. Every day is a chance to be the person you want to be.

17. Don’t wait to do what you want to do.

18. It’s far better to have a few really great, loyal friends than loads that you don’t feel truly yourself around.

19. Take every opportunity you get given

20. If you really want something, the universe will, in some shape or form, offer it to you.

21. Everything will work out so stop worrying!

What lessons have you learnt over the years?


  1. The Nerdy Me
    January 5, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I love this post because it is filled with so much positivity! You learned amazing lessons for sure. I learned that distance doesn't affect real friendship as well. My best friend moved to another country and we are still talking like nothing happened and are making effort to meet once in a while :)-Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 6, 2017 / 11:16 am

      Thanks Leta! Yes I completely agree – it's so important to keep in touch with good friends and when they're the right ones it's not as hard as you'd think, even if they're in another country!

  2. Jennifer Frank
    January 5, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    love this post, i recently turned 21 too and i completely agree with pretty much all of these – especially j.k rowling being a genius!jen | velvet spring

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 6, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Thanks Jennifer! She really is – it still amazes me!

  3. Lexi Lawrence
    January 6, 2017 / 9:38 am

    Happy Birthday! Agree with number 4 100% xxLEXI LIKES

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 6, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Thanks so much Lexi! Yes definitely, no matter how many times I've watched it, it still has me in tears!! Haha!

  4. Fashion Blogger Stacie
    January 6, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    I loveeee this post! Agreed that friends never EVER stops being funny! I have learnt that eventually you do find someone who was worth waiting for! And if not, it doesn't matter because #GIRLBOSSThanks for such an amazing post! Loved it. xx

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 6, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      I'm so glad you like it Stacie – that's a great lesson, thanks for sharing, I hope that time comes some day, haha!

  5. Victoria
    January 8, 2017 / 6:40 am

    These are such great things to be aware of/learn. I'm way over 21, haha, but I think one of the most important things I've learned/try to live by is to always be yourself and always be kind. :)

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 8, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Yes – that's such an important one!!

  6. Emily Underworld
    January 8, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Hope you had a lovely 21st! I totally agree with all of these points, especially that JK Rowling is a genius! – Emily from

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 9, 2017 / 9:18 am

      Thanks very much Emily! Haha, I'm glad you agree!!

  7. Patricia
    January 9, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    Wish you a really happy 21st :DI think the most important thing that I've learned is always go for what makes sense for you, even when that represents to be against everybody else! We need to follow our convictions and beliefs

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 10, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Thank You Patricia – ooh that's a really good one! Yes that's very important, it's so easy to be influenced by other people but staying true to what you feel and what you want is so important!

  8. Eena
    January 13, 2017 / 4:45 am

    Belated happy birthday! Love this list – everything is so spot on!

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 13, 2017 / 9:44 am

      Thanks so much Eena, I'm glad you agree with them!

  9. Nikki O.
    January 14, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    I love this post! Especially the "stop worrying" part. i am currently in a situation right now where i am worried of the outcome of my action, so reading this was a breathe of fresh air 🙂 last year i wrote a birthday post of 21 things i learned as well, maybe you will be able to relate! You can check it out if you'd like ������ O.

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 14, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks Nikki, glad you agree! I'm glad it helped you – I know exactly how you feel but believe me everything will be fine! Your post is fab – love the point not to try and be perfect and to strive for being the happiest you can be!

  10. Edye Nicole
    January 14, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Such an insightful post! I've never watched Friends before, but need to asap :)Blessings,Edye |

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 15, 2017 / 1:11 pm

      Thanks Edye! Oh My Goodness, you'll love it – literally the best show ever!

  11. Frock Me I'm Famous
    January 15, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    I bloody love Harry Potter so can absolutely agree with point 3! And also point 7 love, everyone really does have insecurities, no matter how it appears at face value sometimes! Hope you had the most wonderful birthday!Hayley

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 15, 2017 / 4:50 pm

      Thanks so much Hayley! I'm glad you agree with them – I did have a lovely day thank you!

  12. Cherie Koh
    January 16, 2017 / 11:41 am

    You already sounder wiser than I ever was at 21 (ha). I agree on taking on a different point of view, it really changes how you think about meeting new people, and learning new things, and especially helpful in arguments! Cherie ✽ sinonym

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 16, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Haha! Thanks Cherie, yes that's very true!

Carry on the conversation, I'd love to know your thoughts

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