Wednesday, 2 March 2016

'Cause Now I'm 15

I can't quite believe that I'm turning 15 years old today. It's absolutely crazy. I mean, I'm definitely getting older now and I don't know whether to be jumping for joy or crying over the fact that I'm having to say goodbye to my childhood as each day goes on.
To celebrate this very special day, I thought I'd compile together a list of things that I have learnt throughout my 15 years of life so far. It's always a lovely idea to have a little reflection and to appreciate all of the incredible things that have happened to you up until now.
A lot has happened since I turned 14 last year and so I thought if I don't make this post now, then when in the world will I make it? I'm going to be talking about things that I've done and things that I've learnt throughout this past year and hopefully it will help some of you or make you smile, even a teeny bit.
Life Lessons I've Learnt:
1. Always remember the younger version of yourself - This may sound like a strange point to start with, but it honestly is so relevant. Sometimes, we can be so hard on ourselves, even when it's completely unnecessary. If you always think of yourself as a little girl or a little boy, then it will remind you not to be quite so harsh. That younger version of yourself is counting on the current you to protect him or her. If you harm yourself or you neglect your body, then the younger you will grow up to be damaged, depressed or they may not even grow up at all. It's so important to protect your body and look after it, because after all, you do only get one shot at life, so make it count and live with no regrets.
2. Following on from that previous point, remember that the best project you will ever work on is yourself - Whenever I feel particularly low or unmotivated, I tend to think back to this quote. You are an individual project that is different to any other. You have to work on yourself, motivate yourself, encourage yourself, challenge yourself and teach yourself to create the best project possible in order for you to become a masterpiece in other people's eyes. If you create yourself to the best of your ability, then you are much more likely to have a positive, successful life with far less down days in comparison to a person who has no motivation and no passion. You should always remind yourself of your goals and your ambitions, so that you are constantly inspired to keep ploughing forward.
3. Notice those who are happy for your happiness and sad for your sadness, as those are the ones that deserve special places in your heart - If there are people in your life who genuinely do appreciate you and who are happy when you are happy and sad when you are sad, then you really do need to treasure them, as they are some of the angels within this world. They congratulate you on your successes and bring you back up if you have fallen down due to obstacles that may be in your way. You should never take them for granted. You should never, ever go even a day without showing them that they are appreciated. If you surround yourself with the right type of people and realise your own worth, then you will soon understand that you are capable of anything that you put your mind to. Don't ever let anyone dull your sparkle. You should follow your dreams, but still keep your loved ones close and forget about anybody else who may act as a barrier.
4. Stay strong for yourself and if you have it in you, find the strength to stay strong for someone else - This is a little quote from Demi Lovato's book 'Staying Strong', which I actually have myself and I bloody love it. Although I haven't actually read much of the book as yet (I've just glanced through it), I absolutely adore this quote and I can actually relate to it too. If you don't stay strong for yourself, then the reality of it is, nobody else will either. You have to stay strong for yourself and you have to have your own back. The sad truth is that not many people are actually genuine nowadays. Some are so selfish and they genuinely do only care about themselves - but that's okay. You don't need to associate yourself with them. You can focus on yourself and stay strong for yourself and if you can find it from within, then you will be able to stay strong for someone else too if they are unable to do so themselves. I think that's a true gift and it's something that I try to do as well. That's why I write my blog. I want to pass my strength onto those who don't have enough of their own or if they don't know how to gain any for themselves. Then, once I have managed to give them the strength that they need, they can carry on leading a happy life.
5. Every flower must grow through dirt - We all go through tough times and difficulties during our lives. I'm sure that all of you have had your fair share of heartbreaks, just like myself. The past few years in general haven't been that easy for me. I've had to deal with a lot (no, that's not a cry for sympathy), and although it has and does hurt like mad, thinking about everything that's gone on, I am and I will be okay. I have been pushing through the dirt for years and I do believe that I'm blossoming into a flower now. It hasn't been easy at all and I have needed a lot of motivation and strength, because it hasn't been pretty, but I've got through 100% of all the battles I've faced so far, which just goes to show that, really, I can get through anything else too. All of the terrible things have made me stronger and now I'm finally beginning to find myself. I know what my purpose is, I know who a couple of my true friends are, I have hobbies and interests and I know what I want to do with my life. Just because I'm still struggling myself with certain things, it doesn't mean that I'm unable to help others and offer my support. Knowing that I'm helping others is also helping me, because I know that I'm fulfilling my dreams and that makes me so happy. No matter what you're going through, no matter how low you may feel - I can promise you that there is always hope and there is always a reason to carry on.
Some Of My Biggest Achievements:
1. Starting a blog - I genuinely believe that one of my proudest achievements within my life so far is starting up my blog. I started it on April 5th 2015 and I honestly couldn't be any happier with how far I've come. I may not have the most followers, I may not get thousands of messages and comments, but I get a huge amount of satisfaction from it and I don't regret the choice to start at all. Knowing that I got the chance to begin living my dreams at such a young age has made me the happiest person in the world. I absolutely love helping and giving to other people and my blog allows me to do that. I do get messages and I do get comments and I do get lovely, heart-warming feedback from other young people, who say that I've helped them or I've made them feel better. That is such a privilege to me and I couldn't be more grateful to all of you who read my blog. Thank you all so much for being so wonderful and so supportive. I really do love each and every single one of you with all of my heart and I shall continue writing my blog until I'm old and grey. That's a promise.
2. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone - I feel like whilst I've been 14, I really have pushed myself out of my comfort zone as much as I possibly could. Well, maybe not that extreme, but I have pushed myself a lot. I've finally realised that life really is too short to say no to fantastic opportunities. Sometimes, you may only get the chance to do something once throughout your entire life. What happens if you turn that down and you later realise that it could have changed everything for you? Wouldn't that be such a shame? I've been up to London with one of my best friends, I've been to a youth club, I've been to large shopping centres, I've been to the cinema, I've been to sleepovers, I've been on holiday, I've met some many new people - I've done A LOT that I thought would never be possible. And I'm so, so proud of myself for that. I shall continue throughout this year too, but honestly, it does you the world of good once you step out of your comfort zone.
3. Talking to & meeting new people - Following on from my previous point, I've started speaking to a lot more people and I've also started meeting them in person as well. I used to be quite a shy, reserved sort of person, but now I'm willing to give strangers a chance and I'm happy to get to know them and see whether or not a possible friendship could grow. It's so important to mix with and get to know new people, because they could end up being some of your bestest friends. It's great if you can talk to others, who are from various different backgrounds with varying beliefs in comparison to you. I think it makes life so much more exciting!
4. Spending more time with those I love and care about - In the past, I haven't always spent as much time with my loved ones as I know I should do. I have often taken them for granted and neglected them, which was quite selfish of me and I feel quite ashamed to admit that, but it's the truth. You never know when your loved ones may pass away or fall ill, so it's important that you make the most of them today. Don't just say you will 'leave it until tomorrow', because what if tomorrow never comes? After all, it isn't guaranteed, not really. So, pick up the phone, get out of bed and appreciate those who do everything for you. Don't let it become too late. Don't lose people without appreciating them before their time is up.
5. Receiving incredible grades within subjects at school - I always try my best at school. I always have done and I always will too. I hope to go to university and I hope to get a really well paid job, so that I'm able to achieve all my dreams and live my life the way I want to live it. I'm currently in my first year of GCSE'S and so I've been pushing myself with coursework, homework and exams within school to make sure that I do the best that I can. Whenever I get good results, I always feel so proud of myself. It's not particularly easy, but if you push yourself, you really can do anything. Dream. Believe. Achieve.
Here's to another year of fun, happiness, laughter and success!
Lots of love,
Jade x


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