Life doesn't come with an instruction manual and being an adult can be damn hard. I'm still trying to figure half of it all out and I'm nowhere near being a bona fide adult, (not even sure I want to be!), but we still try.
Some of these 'lessons' I have learnt through lyrics (10 points for those who recognise the song!), some I have read and some I have learnt through the best university around: Uni of Life.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
Concentrate on what you can do vs. what you’re measuring.
Most people can’t do everything; so focus on what you can do right now.
It won't be easy every single day, it's not meant to be.
Be patient. Just show up every day and focus on making small changes consistently.
Treat yourself with the patience and kindness that you’d give to a close friend.
First, because it will help you sustain your purpose in life. And second, because you deserve it.
Slow down and enjoy your food, all of it.
Your environment shapes you, so choose yours wisely.
You are the average of the people you spend the most time with.
Don’t expect anyone else to support you.
Find someone to hold you accountable.
It’s not about knowing, it’s about doing.
Make time to celebrate yourself.
Both the things you’re already awesome at, and the successes (even small ones) you’re achieving along the way.
There’s no such thing as “too busy”.
There are 168 hours in a week, choose your time carefully.
Imagine yourself as a role model, then go be that person.
Want your kids to be healthy and happy and proud of the way they’re living their lives?
Motivation and confidence are fickle; keep going anyway.
Be that example.
Perfection isn't required to get started.
Remember it's progression, not perfection.
Do not read beauty magazines; they will only make you feel ugly.
Following orders doesn't work, taking ownership does.
Make your own decisions about what to eat through guidance and education — and learn a whole lot through the process.
The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.