2018 has come to an end and I’m really excited about the year ahead. I’m also really happy with how the year played out and although there were a lot of challenges, they allowed me to grow as a person, expand my capacity for the craziness that life throws at me and I also learnt a great deal about myself. Sharing is caring so here are a few of the things 2018 has taught me.
You can plan until the cows come home and your plans can still fall apart
In June, we moved out of our rental and into Airbnb’s, permanently. It’s a bit odd however we needed to move out and planned to travel for a large majority of 2019 and whilst travelling, would be living in Airbnb’s across the globe. As such, we thought it would be easier to start our Airbnb lifestyle sooner than planned and sell 90% of what we owned.
We’ve had hosts cancel, bathrooms flooded, non-responsive hosts and on one occasion, the Airbnb App would not allow us to book accommodation after a last minute cancellation for four days straight due to a server error. Life can be insane and no matter how far ahead we planned our accommodation, hiccups still happened. We have now found a great house sitting company that we work for, we pay no rent and look after pets while their owners are away. This is honestly the best set up accommodation wise as it allows us to save for travel, temporarily have pets and live close to the beach.
The resilience I have built up after our shitty Airbnb experiences is second to none. When shit hits the fan, I used to crumble into a heap on the floor and wait for William to put me back together so-to-speak and now, I’m a completely new person. I’ll figure shit out, get organised and instead of getting wrapped up in the upset caused, I focus on the solution and fixing the problem.
“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” – Robert Burns
Surround yourself with positive people
Having the five people closest to you as positive influences in your life, I have come to understand, is of the utmost importance. One negative person who is not supportive can really bring you down and make you feel pretty shit to be honest. Sometimes, these people need to be ousted and others, boundaries need to be set. I have found I can talk to people less and tell them less information so they have less ammunition to be negative about as I find their negativity comes from judging my life with little to no context.
In 2018 I reflected on the people I had surrounded myself with and how I feel after I have spent time with them whether that be on the phone or in person. Personally, I want people who are supportive of what I want to do with my life and uplift me.
A new found love of minimalism
I have always been interested in minimalism from an aesthetic point of view however, this year I have come to discover a love for a new type of minimalism. I love living out of a suitcase. I cannot buy things on a whim because everything I own needs to fit inside a suitcase and sit below 25KGs.
It is remarkable how little material things I actually need to be happy. I always thought that having things would make me happy but I’ve come to understand that not one material thing can make me happy. What brings me happiness in life is spending time with William, going for a walk in nature, taking photos, laughing and cooking for others or eating out.
Make shit happen
For the longest time I have wanted to work for myself and not have a boss. I always hate my bosses because I simply don’t like being told what to do however, I never knew what I could do about my dilema. Over the past three months I have found multiple ways to make money without needing a job and lowering expenses has also helped.
I wanted to work from home and figured out a way that I could do that without having to forego anything in life and ensuring I was happy. If there is anything you want in life, like start a YouTube Channel for example, pick up your phone, make a video, find a way to edit it and upload it. Simple. I found I over think too much and I think myself out of things and waste precious time when I could be actually doing. Gary Vee has also helped immensely with ripping the band aid off so-to-speak and letting me just do.
Just do it now
Probably my biggest takeaway from 2018 is just do it now. No matter the task, it makes life easier to do it right there and then. For example, putting the washing away or tidying the kitchen, doing it immediately alleviates stress from knowing you will have to do it later and if I do things immediately, then they they can’t build up and take up half my day to complete everything that I have put off.
What did 2018 teach you?