30 lessons, in 30 years.

All of these lessons I have learnt on my own personal journey. Some I’ve learnt the hard way, but truly believe each one of these has enabled me to live a happier, healthier life. I hope these can help you too in some way.

Take risks. All the magic is waiting outside of your comfort zone.

Don’t let other people’s opinions affect your judgement of others.

Stop taking your life for granted (be thankful for the amazing life you have and realise just how lucky you really are).

Knowing and understanding the importance of nutrition and exercise.

Stop believing everything you see, read and hear in the media.

Read books. Educate yourself on all the things that you’re interested in. Knowledge really is everything.

Stop focusing on other people’s lives. Wanting what other people have will only make you miserable, focus on what you have, and live your own life.

Don’t get caught up in drama. Nothing good comes from it (and distance yourself from the people who cause it).

Family really is everything.

Find your tribe and love them fiercely.

Don’t spend time with people that you don’t trust.

Life is about giving. Being selfish will never make you happy.

Everything really does happen for a reason. I know in the moment it’s hard to understand that, but trust the process.

Admit when you’re wrong, and always apologise.

Never stop working on yourself.

Let go of the past, it does nothing but poison your future.

Stop dwelling on situations that you have no control over.

Communication is everything. It’ll save your relationships as well as strengthen them.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed, so stop waiting for the “right time” (The right time, is right now).

The way people treat you is a reflection of themselves.

Don’t find happiness in things. Find it in human connection.

Never feel bad about asking for a pay rise. (seriously, you are worth it and the worst thing they’ll say is no and you will be exactly where you were. Be brave. Know your worth).

Be understanding of other peoples struggles. Empathise with them.

That another person doesn’t complete us. We are perfectly enough on our own.

When you love yourself, you allow the best kind of love to find you.

Nature is the best form of medicine. It really can heal us. Get out and connect with it.

Mother earth is fragile. Through our small, everyday decisions we have the power to help it flourish or we have the power to destroy it. (It’s just one plastic straw, said 8 billion people).

Big corporations want us to feel shit about ourselves. If we didn’t, they’d go out of business. They want us to chase perfection (p.s perfection is impossible, stop wasting your money).

Stop trying to look like everyone else. You are beautiful just as you are. Being different is your unique gift.

Lastly, I hope you can all love your bodies. I have learnt this especially over the last 4-5 months. My body is changing so much, and I look at photos of me only 6-8 months ago (where I knew I wasn’t overly happy with my body) and I look amazing. I really wish I could go back and tell myself to feel proud and love my body. To not hide it, or feel uncomfortable in a bikini. It makes me sad that we realise these things when it’s too late. However, I will be kinder to myself, and I’ll think about the amazing journey my body has already been on, and the amazing journey that's to come. I hope you can too.

Ash xx


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