This was originally supposed to be a 10 things that I've learnt in the last year; it's been saved in my phone's notes since January 2015 just for personal reference, but it's still very relevant and wanted to share it with you guys; however it is now July 2016 so I've kinda had to adjust the title (& tell a little white lie!).
1.  It's important to save.
Being a student I have learnt the hard way how important it is to have savings, life is full of uncertainty so it's crucial that you save up for a rainy day. You don't want to find yourself in the position where your account is at zero, your cupboards have no food and you're now trying to buy a loaf of bread for the week with your Sainsbury's nectar points.. (ermm yeah I'm deffo not speaking from experience...)
2. You don't need to explain yourself to anyone
During my first year of uni, I spent majority of my time trying to prove myself to others, I had people judging me and putting all sorts of labels and adjectives to my name that I did not agree with. I wasted sooooooo much energy and time trying to prove them wrong.. In the end people will see you exactly how they want to see you, regardless of what you try to show and tell them. Anyone who doesn't see you for who you truly are, doesn't deserve to be a part of your life or have any significance to you whatsoever.
3. Stay in your lane, do your own thing.
It's very important to keep your head focused on your own path and your own journey, don't get caught up and lost in what everyone else is doing and trying to keep up, majority of the time we don't even know the ins and outs of other people's journey, (and all that glitters may not be gold). Focus on yourself, do things on your own time, to the best of your own ability
4. Some 'friends' are temporary.
There's a poem that states that some people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. There are some friends in your life that will not be around for a long period of time; this doesn't necessarily mean that they are fake or that your friendship was not genuine... It's simply a way of life. Everything in life happens for a reason, some people are placed in your life to get you through a certain situation or teach you a certain skill; other times people grow up and grow apart. Everyone seems to be infatuated with idea of having a solid squad of 'real ride or die' friends who will be in your life for a lifetime and anyone else who doesn't fit in that category is considered a 'fake' friend and therefore must be cut out from your life. Truth is you need those 'temporary fake friends' because they might hold the key to something your lifetime friends can't give to you. 
5. Follow your heart, your gut feeling, regardless of right or wrong
This is one of the most important lessons that I always remind myself to do. Always follow your gut feeling, it's almost always right and you wouldn't feel something for no reason whatsoever, so always think of your gut feeling as a sign from God, the universe etc.. It's also quite important to follow your heart, regardless of whether your head thinks something is right or wrong (note: to a certain extent!) In the end it's your heart that will determine how you feel that day, so sometimes making the logical 'correct' choice that goes against what your heart truly wants may not make you happy at all.. No matter how 'right' it may logically seem.
6. Don't let situations take over your life.
Most situations in life are temporary, but we sometimes treat them as if they are permanent and begin to adapt and change how feel and what we do based on the situation. This can be a bad thing, just because you're going through a rocky period, does not mean that you must 'feel' rocky and sad, and doesn't mean that your situation has to suck you up and stop you from doing what you usually do, or what you need to do. There's always light at the end of the tunnel, but your walk through the tunnel does not have to be a gloomy one. Detach your feelings and productivity from the situations you find yourself in, and soon you'll notice how great life can be and how happy you can be regardless of what's happening.
7. Live life... Travel!
Growing up me and my family did not go on many vacations, in fact my first time on a plane was when I was leaving Spain and moving to England! Being in my early twenties now and moving out and having more control over my life, I have realised that life is short, and you should really make use of your resources and see as much of the world that you possibly can... because you can! It's easy to take these things from granted and it's also very easy to see it as something that's not easily attainable and complicated but that's only the case if you make it. It all comes down to you as an individual and what you choose to make your priority.
8. How to cook
Food is the key to happiness! Food determines how you look, how you feel and how your body performs, so it's very important that you put the right foods into your body, and learn how to cook these appropriately. Over the last three years I've been learning different recipes and will continue to teach myself different recipes that ensure I'm eating a healthy balanced diet that I can sustain for the rest of my life. So if you're someone like me, who's metabolism is saving their body, but fears that somewhere down the line their habits will catch up to them, then definitely consider learning new healthy recipes! You'll be surprised how easy and  y u m m y they are :)
9. Say no!
This is one the things I struggle the most with and one of the things I dislike the most about myself. I hate disappointing people or making anyone feel bad. Because of this, you can imagine how easily I can be persuaded and how much I load on to my tiny plate. If you're unsure about something, it's always best to say no; it's always better instead of agreeing to do something and then fail to deliver last minute. It's also fine to be selfish and say no every once in a while, specially if a situation is not beneficial to you.
10. Life ain't that deep.
If you know me outside my blog you would know this is my motto to life and my response to almost everything lol! All situations in life are temporary. As humans we tend to over exaggerate and magnify certain situations in our life, and even create problems out of nothing. Honestly speaking when you really think about it, a lot of things in life are simply not that deep. If you're in good health, and have family and loved ones around you then you already have life's biggest blessings at your feet. No amount of money can buy these things, so never take them for granted.. Don't spend too much dwelling and stressing about the small things in life that can literally change completely in the space of a day! There is always light at the end of the tunnel.. learn to enjoy the darkness whilst in the tunnel, or choose to see that darkness as a different type of light; that's when you can finally enjoy life for the sweet thing that it is ♥
Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think of the points I've made and share some things that you've learnt over the last few months/years, I would love to know!