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Thursday 23 July 2015


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We are over half way through 2015, (and no matter how cliché it is to say it) how crazy is that??? This year has been a big one for me in a handful of different ways and, even though it's only July, I feel as though I have learnt so much. Looking back to this time last year, an incredible amount has changed (both good and bad)... but we'll get to that in a moment. Here are four lessons that I have taken on board so far in 2015.

→ Friends are not always for life (but your true friends will stick by you through everything) - I'm going to begin with quite a sad lesson that this year has taught me. In the last six months, I have lost a handful of my closest friends. People grow up, people grow apart; it's natural. Having a long distance friendship with somebody is not always going to work, and somebody that you thought would be a lifelong friend becomes a stranger. It's heartbreaking, but it's simply a part of life. The friends that you should be focusing on are the ones that hold your hand through the good times and the bad - the ones that stay by your side.

→ Real love is natural and easy (that's not to say that it doesn't require hard work) - through past life experiences, everything had always been one-sided (or should I just say 'Kassi-sided'). I was always the ones who had to constantly make the effort, yet receive none in return. With Jack? Love comes easily, and our relationship feels so natural and effortless. Of course, no relationship is work-free, but I thoroughly enjoy working on our relationship, knowing that we are only growing stronger. Real love exists, and it is beautiful. It's shown me that it's not what you're doing that's important, but who you're doing it with.

→ Exercise is important - before this year, I had no exercise regime whatsoever. I used to go dancing every Saturday morning, but that came to an end two years ago, along with any form of exercise at all. With Jack's gentle encouragement, I've started to pick up a bit of an exercise routine for the first time in my life. I try to go running at least once a week (when I'm in a proper routine, I'll try two or three times), and I frequently go swimming as well. Despite how much I hate it mid-workout, I feel so much better about myself afterwards.

→ Change is not always a bad thing - yes, I am one of those people that is afraid of change, but aren't we all to some extent? As I mentioned at the beginning, an incredible amount has changed in the last 365 days. Not all of it has been good, but every single detail has led me to where I am right now, and I am the happiest that I have ever been. This time last year, I was living in the flat that I have just moved out of, spending my Summer in Manchester alone. I was working at a place that I could not stand, missing my friends, and just generally quite lonely. At the start of 2015, I was spending the majority of Christmas all on my own, revising and working up in Manchester. Now, I am at my family home for the Summer, thoroughly enjoying every minute that I get to spend with my Mum, Dad, and brother. I can see my best friends whenever I want, and I have the most wonderful boyfriend to visit on the other side of the country. Change can be fantastic.

What has 2015 taught you so far? Have you picked up any life lessons? Leave me a comment below!

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