Can you believe it’s been a full year since the country went into lockdown? Part of me feels like it’s been a lifetime and the other part of me feels like I should be watching Tiger King. I learned a lot in lockdown and wanted to make a post to share what has happened in the past year.
The last year was not how I imagined my 20s to go, I can only assume you felt the same.
Although this year has been filled with negatives, I want to take this time to talk about the positives over the last year. Lets look at what I’ve learned in lockdown.
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Before lockdown, my savings consisted of no more than £50, which I would then end up using.
I was terrible with money. Over the last year, I really knuckled down, stopped the reckless spending and have saved enough to move across to Indonesia.
Lockdown really helped because there was no temptation of going to the pub or buying new outfits to go out or even go out for dinner. At first, I really missed it, but quickly realised it was a silver lining for me.
If you’re interested in knowing how I managed to save so much, check out my post on moving to Indonesia where I talk about the 3 factors that helped me save over the last year and what I learned about saving in lockdown.
Finding myself sounds really deep, but this was the first year I put my mental health first and what a difference. When I think back to my anxiety and mindset in March 2020, all I want to do is help that girl that was so lost and unsure of herself, which is why I now have this blog, so that I can help other women who are feeling a similar way.
If you told me in March 2020 that I would be running my blog, actually moving to Indonesia and my head being in the best place it ever has been, I would have laughed in your face, and probably cried after because it was all I ever dreamed about.
What changed for me?
- Mindset shift
- Goal setting
- Learning how to manifest
I’ve created a planner called the Success Blueprint that combines all of these topics and is a 21 day blueprint for changing your life.
My mindset was… shocking, and I am still learning but I am so much more aware of my mindset, how I react to situations and how much control I have over my emotions and actions. The best thing I’ve learned about mindset is how to be a growth mindset. Which for me meant, not letting negative situations reflect on me as a person.
Let me explain.
If I had a bad blog month and my page views were down, it didn’t mean that I was a terrible blogger, it just meant my page views were down. Maybe people were busier this month, maybe my content wasn’t for all my readers. There are a million other realistic reasons why my page views were down, but the main thing is this does not mean that I am the worst blogger out there. It serves as motivation to get back up and try something new to get my page views up.
I hope that makes sense.
Before I got into blogging properly, I never really looked at goals. I had vague plans in my head that I wanted to do, but I didn’t actually take the time to write them out and build an action plan.
How was building a goal planner effective?
Being able to know exactly what I wanted in life, made me feel motivated and determined to tick things off my list. Building action plans helped because it made the process less stressful.
If my goal was to reach 10k page views a month on my blog. I created stepping stones and an action plan so that I knew that what I was doing, was working.
- Reach 1k page views
- Reach 5k people on Pinterest
- Expand my Twitter to 300 people
You get the idea! Of course, the end goal would be to reach 10k page views per month.
Learning how to manifest
I’m honestly surprised that I had not heard of manifesting until the end of 2020, where have I been all my life. Manifesting is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced.
To break it down simply:
You are constantly manifesting. It doesn’t stop. Whatever you put out into the universe is what you’ll get back. If you believe that you’ll never get the job, or that you won’t become successful, then you won’t. You put it out there to the universe.
When I’ve been learning about manifesting, I came across a manifesting technique where to live, write and believe that all your dreams have already come true. Which sounded… insane at first, but it makes so much sense now. If you are living in the present tense and living like you have the dream job or that you’ve reached your savings goal, then you will.
Learning my boundaries
I never realised how much I was a people pleaser until last year. I said yes to everything, even if I didn’t want to. It was like I felt guilty for saying no.
In my previous job, I would work extra hours, without any extra pay because they asked and I couldn’t say no.
This year I learned to say no and it’s been the best thing for me.
Learning to say no became a lot easier when I stopped drinking alcohol because I didn’t want to be around people who were drinking. It made the process difficult for me. So I learned to say no to plans and it really helped me set boundaries throughout my life.
This was a great lesson that I learned in lockdown.
I learned that I can do anything I set my mind to
Over the last year, I really have learned that I can do anything, as long as I work hard at it. It really boosted my confidence and trust in myself. This is also linked with my mindset.
I stopped believing that everything was natural talent or luck. People didn’t become successful because of luck, it takes hard work and determination. As long as I was willing to put in the work, I could do the same.
When I started blogging in May 2020, most people thought I would give it up and that it was just a phase. It really knocked my confidence because I was scared people would find it embarrassing. I quickly realised that blogging could open a lot of doors and I had the determination to do it.
I had a really similar reaction towards me moving to Indonesia. Throughout the year, Lyle and I have been doubted countless times, that we wouldn’t actually go through with the move.
Here we are 10 days away from moving to Indonesia.
All that matters is that you believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself, you’ll be unstoppable.
What I’ve learned over the last year
2020 was not the year anyone imagined. It brought a lot of heartache and sadness but I hope that we can move forward and have lots to look forward to in 2021.
I feel like 2020 was the year that allowed me to find myself and l fell in love with myself again. Which sets me up for having the best year in 2021.
If you only take one thing away from this post, understand that mindset can change, life can change and circumstances can improve. You are the only person who can make the change and from experience, with effort and hard work, anything is possible.
What are some things you’ve learned over the last year in lockdown?
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