Life | Change & Choosing.



It's crazy how things change. How you can change as a person, how your life plans, goals and career choices can change pretty much in an instant. How people that have been quite a big part of your life can just leave, but also how new (and much more amazing obviously) people can enter your life in a heartbeat. 

I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason though. Sometimes those reasons take a little longer to make themselves known to us than others, but there'll aways be a reason. There's a pretty well known saying that seems to be making the rounds on social media at the minute, but,

'It'll be okay in the end. And if it's not okay, it isn't the end.'

sums it up just perfectly I think. Things always turn out for the best, and determination and patience will always pay off. 



Yesterday, I took a walk around the old Albert docks in Liverpool. I live right next to here but have never really took the time to have a proper wander round the old part of the docks! It struck me just how many different types of people there were, and it got me thinking.. again.

You are going to meet SO many different people in your lifetime. Some are meant to stay with you, others will simply be there for a brief visit. But going back to the point above, I think there will always be a reason. There will always be something that we can learn from others, and that we can take and help ourselves with in the future. Whether it be a life lesson in terms of who you should trust, or something that has helped you to improve yourself, and made you a better person. 


On a similar, but quite a different note, however, you should always be yourself. 

People change. Fact. And so do you. This time last year, I would have never have dreamed of starting up my own blog, and my thoughts on work and my general outlook on life was completely different. Slowly, this perspective started to change, mainly due to meeting different people since I moved to Liverpool. 

There are so many different things that I now want to try and places I'd love to visit! However, I think it's always hard trying to change people's perceptions of you. They say that first impressions are important, and that they can last a lifetime, and this is SO true. The people I've known for a while, most probably still see me as the person I was this time last year. But the people I've met in the last 6 months, know the real me, and I just wish everyone could see this! ( I realise how cheesy that sounds, and I apologise, but it's true!)


Who knew Liverpool has it's own Love Lock Bridge!

My confidence has grown massively, hence enabling me to start writing posts and actually putting them on the internet! My priorities have changed as well. I used to think that work was the be-all and end-all of life. That you weren't successful in life unless you were successful at work. But now, I'm not so sure. 

Yes, work is important, and it's important to always do your best, and getting ahead in your career can open so many doors and offer so many opportunities. But, at the end of the day, there are also so many more things in life that can mean you've been successful than work experience and qualifications. Your friends, family, personal achievements, hobbies, over-coming fears and anxiety, and quite simply, are you happy?

When I say, are you happy? I don't mean just for little moments at a time, like when you've had a lovely day with friends, or are watching your favourite movie, in bed, with a cup of tea and some chocolate (yes, this does make me very happy before you ask..), but I mean, genuinely, wholly, and constantly happy. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

No? Nope, me neither. 

I got asked the same question yesterday by someone who currently has the same answer. But they're going to do something about it. They're making rather quite a life changing decision to go and be themselves. To start again, open even more doors and give themselves the chance to be happy. It really gave me the motivation to start to change even more things in my own life. To focus on what does make me happy, what I'm passionate about and what I really want to do in life.

So what am I adding to my 2015 To-Do list? I'm choosing to be happy. 


Soph

20 comments

  1. Such a beautiful, inspiring post! We can't always control what happens to us, or the people that come into and out of our lives. But we CAN control how we react, and what we take from our experiences. I think we all need a reminder of this from time to time.

    On a completely different subject, these are stunning photos!

    x

    LB - http://thelittlebonesblog.co.uk

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    1. Oh thank you so much! That's so lovely! We definitely can, that is such a good thought, and I completely agree! :) x

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  2. I really love this post. I feel that as a person I'm in a constant state of change. It's sort of exciting :)

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    1. Thank you! It is exciting isn't it! Who knows what's to come :)

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  3. I just want to hug you so hard after this post. That's all.

    Laura | elelibee

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    1. Oh Laura! Save it for a few weeks and I'd love a hug from you! You do give good hugs if I remember..

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  4. Such a beautiful post Sophie! Really made me think and I totally agree - we need to be happy! It sounds like you're taking the right path to feel that way :) very happy to have met you and all the others girlies - there was definitely an awesome reason for it :)

    Hazel xx

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    1. Ahh thank you Hazel! I really hope so! And yes, definitely so glad to have to got talking to you all too, love you all loads already! xx

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  5. What a lovely post Sophie. The little things that make us happy are the things that should make us happy all the time. And I completely agree - everything definitely happens for a reason, even if at the time, you don't know the reason.

    Holly | http://abranchofholly.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Oh thank you! Definitely agree! I think it's something that if you can remember can really help us all at times that can be particularly tough :)

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  6. Beautifully written, Sophie! I literally sat there nodding my head at every paragraph. I can relate to all the things you wrote and you've chosen a wonderful motto for 2015 :) I hope you're having a nice day today :) Love, Anna

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    1. Thank you so much! That's really lovely to hear! I hope you're having an absolutely wonderful day too! :)

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  7. Love this! ♥

    adoorablee.blogspot.com

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  8. What a beautiful post! Im trying to choose happy, I want to be a happy person, I want to look on the bright side and see the good in life. Change is so inevitable as well, it can happen gradually over time, or can be in a moment. People have changed me as well. Some people for the good and Im sure some for the not so good, but I have some amazing people in my life and I feel very lucky.

    Emma x x x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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    1. Oh thank you Emma. That's a really lovely thing, and you're right, change inevitable. I think it's definitely a case of embracing it or trying to run from it. I'm sure everyone feels very lucky to have you in their lives to, from the few times I've met you, you're genuinely a joy to be around! :) xxx

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  9. This post was so lovely to read and I feel like I can relate to it on so many levels. I love finding people who have the same outlook as me- that work is not everything and there are so many other things in life that matter more and contribute to our happiness! I'm trying to choose to be happy as best I can by remembering that, other than my job, everything else in my life is perfect so why should something like that ruin my happiness!?

    Beth / Bethany Georgina

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    1. You're so right Beth! Focus on what makes you happy, and don't let it get you down :)

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