Lifestyle: Reflecting on Life and Achievements

In exactly 5 days, I turn 29. I know what your all thinking, of course I only look 21…

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On a serious note though, it’s nice to sit back and reflect on life, especially when it suddenly dawns on you: where did the years go? It is lovely to reflect on what we have achieved and what we have learnt. It’s also nice to not look back and pick out many things we would change, as everything happens for a reason, even if it was just to teach us a hard earned lesson. I’ve not had the best situations happen over the years, but I rarely discuss the negative on whatemmadid.com. Because even though I’ve dealt with some crappy situations life has thrown at me, none of them have really been brought on by my actions – sometimes you just get darn unlucky in this world.

I don’t have everything I want in life, but I’m sure most people who read this blog think that I do. And that’s because at a glance, I do, and I am an extremely lucky and thankful person. I’ve been through things over the years that have left me with shattered confidence, a head full of doubts and feeling like God or whatever is up there must hate me. But the whole way through life I’ve always had dreams, and no matter what situations have crept up over the years, I never let anything scare me. I go for everything, and I shy away from nothing. I throw myself into situations I’m petrified of. I always make sure I’m the bigger person and solve any fall outs, uncomfortable situations and bad air. Even when I shouldn’t. I do all the above things because I live to the mantra that life is just too bloody short. And it really is. I went from going out with large groups of friends and huge single girl holidays to waking up one day and realising I spend more time in Mothercare buying presents for other peoples babies, having a  social calendar made up of other peoples weddings, my holidays are now others peoples hen dos, friendship groups get smaller and socialising becomes less, and everyone moves on to start new chapters of their lives. I am genuinley a nice person and am so happy that most of my friends have achieved all the goals they wanted to achieve, and are on the paths in life they dreamed of. So that just leaves me to focus a lot more on myself; I’ve just become entirely business focused, trying to let the dream I had since being a child of running a boutique as a business become my number one goal.

Sometimes it’s nice to sail through life enjoying every moment, but sometimes it’s also nice to step back and reflect. What would you tell yourself 5 years ago if you had the chance? If you could turn the clock back – what would you appreciate more and tell yourself to treasure more of? Your family, friends, time, money, love?

I spent nine months on the other side of the world, which taught me the true value of family and friends just being in the same country. Not a day goes by where I don’t try to see or speak to a close person, and those casual nights in just watching TV with my family that I once took for granted are now privileged moments that I feel so grateful I get the chance to have.

Why not see for yourself how you feel about your life so far? Legal and General have put together this survey to uncover the general feelings about your life, your thoughts, your dreams and regrets. The survey takes approximately 3 minutes and a lucky winner will win £200 just for entering.

Enter the survey here – and good luck!

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12 Comments

  1. Pat Stubbs
    May 27, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Have completed the survey but nowhere to leave contact details for the competition.

    Is this an error or will these details do?

  2. brenda heads
    May 28, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Have filled the survey in but does not ask for name and email for the competition.

  3. Maralyn Smith
    May 30, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    As with your other readers, I’ve done the survey but not been able to leave my details. Never mind, it’s not the end of the world and mistakes can easily happen. Good luck with your blog.

    • June 2, 2015 / 11:07 am

      Hi Maralyn – so sorry – there was a problem with the set up. All amended now

  4. Sheila Shepheard
    June 1, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    Survey done – made me think! Please enter me to win. Thanks.

  5. claire griffiths
    June 2, 2015 / 1:17 am

    survey done but no option to leave contact details

    • June 2, 2015 / 11:07 am

      Hi Clare – apologies there was a problem with the set-up, all amended now
      Emma x

  6. June 2, 2015 / 11:05 am

    Apologies all – this has now been amended.

  7. Sara Goodman
    June 5, 2015 / 5:00 am

    Survey completed, thank you 🙂

  8. Yasmine choudhry
    June 9, 2015 / 11:59 pm

    Hi emma
    Some great questions in your survey x

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