Personal Development

10 things I’ve achieved in 10 years

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about achievement. There’s been a lot going on in my circle of friends with people settling down in relationships and buying houses. It’s really made me think about how much we all achieve after leaving school. I’m 26 (almost 27) and left school over 10 years ago which is crazy! When I was at school I remember thinking that my GCSE’s were the most important thing ever (which they were at the time) and I couldn’t even imagine what my life would be like once I left school. When I look back and reflect on the past 10 years I’ve actually achieved so much and I’m proud of myself.

These are the 10 achievements that stand out to me the most from the past 10 years. 

1- I went to college and got 3 A-levels and then went on to do a third year at college where I studied an Art Foundation in Graphic Design.

2- I passed my driving test … and for someone who was terrified of learning to drive this was a big thing for me. I still don’t enjoy driving but I do it to get me from A to B.

3- I moved away from my home town for 3 years and attended University where I achieved a 2nd Class Honours Degree in Graphic Design. I never really studied Graphic Design with the intention of getting a job in it, it’s just something that I’ve always been passionate about and I love being creative in my spare time.

4- I travelled to Disney World with my best friend and we managed to navigate our way around for 2 weeks without getting lost!

5- I got my first ‘proper’ job after finishing university. I was working in a call centre and it was absolutely awful. I went through 3 years of feeling anxious and miserable and I finally plucked up the courage to admit that I was struggling. I moved to a different department (where I now work) and I’ve never been happier.

6- I met Shaun, we’ve almost been together for 4 years now which is scary. We’ve bought our first home together and completely renovated the house. Our little house is so perfect and we love it a lot.

7- I re-discovered my love of card making and doing crafty things. I used to make cards when I was about 12 years old and sell them to my mum and dad. I’m now taking my card making a lot more seriously and would love to open my own business one day.

8- I’ve travelled to Paris, Majorca, Abu Dhabi and Florida with Shaun.

9- This one is still a massive work in progress but I’m teaching myself how to sew. My parents bought me a sewing machine for my birthday and I’m slowly getting the hang of the basics. I’d love to one day be able to make my own clothes.

10- I adopted a furry friend. We gave Pudsey his forever home at the end of last year and he’s settled in a treat. He loves belly rubs, head massages and likes to have the whole sofa to himself!

Writing this post has actually made me feel really proud of myself. It’s easy to forget what we’ve achieved but when you look back and reflect the list can be pretty long!

What have you achieved in the past 10 years? 

Charlotte xx


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  • Charlotte

    I love this idea! Well done on all of your achievements!

    May 30, 2019 at 9:49 PM Reply
    • Charlotte Shares

      Thank you! 🙂 x

      June 2, 2019 at 9:54 AM Reply
  • Sammy

    I’m the same age as you and I always find it crazy to think how much has happened over the last 10 years! 16 year old me was doing GCSEs and stressing over boys and ‘being fat’. 26 year old me is married, a qualified teacher and doing so much!
    Thanks for writing this post and encouraging me to reflect as well 🙂

    June 2, 2019 at 9:41 AM Reply
    • Charlotte Shares

      It’s crazy isn’t it! It sounds like you’ve achieved so much. Becoming a teacher isn’t easy! I actually started a teacher training course but dropped out because I couldn’t deal with the stress of it.

      June 2, 2019 at 9:56 AM Reply
  • Marie

    Fantastic achievements. I love that you used to sell your cards to your parents.

    June 2, 2019 at 10:55 AM Reply
    • Charlotte Shares

      Haha they were probably the highest paying customers 😂 x

      June 2, 2019 at 7:45 PM Reply
  • Lex

    Great how reflecting on how you’ve come in 10 years really puts things in perspective isn’t it? I was a Uni student in the US really worried about my future, now I live in London, love my full time job and the cosy flat I share with my boyfriend, and get to write about all the fun places I travel in my blog!

    June 2, 2019 at 11:10 AM Reply
    • Charlotte Shares

      It really does put it into perspective! And it sounds like you’ve achieved so much! Xx

      June 2, 2019 at 7:46 PM Reply
  • Lizzie

    These are some fantastic achievements! I have a degree in Graphic Design too and loved it! Congratulations on some amazing things you’ve done!
    Loved this post!

    June 2, 2019 at 11:50 AM Reply
    • Charlotte Shares

      Ah that’s cool, I seem to be coming across a lot of people recently who also have a degree in graphic design!

      June 2, 2019 at 7:47 PM Reply
  • Bexa

    Aww, this is such a lovely positive post, Charlotte! You have achieved so much, it’s always great to look back and reflect on how far you have come. Renovating your own home is such a huge thing, I really enjoyed seeing the updates! Also, Pudsey is the cutest!! 🙂 All the best with your sewing too, I’ve seen my sister do it and it looks so complicated, ha ha. Completing different sewing projects must be such a rewarding feeling though! Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed reading your achievements <3 xx

    Bexa |

    June 2, 2019 at 4:01 PM Reply
    • Charlotte Shares

      I really should do a final house update post as I never really posted any pictures of the house completely finished! Sewing is so complicated, but I’m determined to get my head around it haha x

      June 2, 2019 at 7:48 PM Reply
  • Jasmine Burke

    This is such a positive post! And an absolutely amazing set of things. It’s amazing how much can be transformed and changed in ten years and it sounds like you’ve had a really great decade! As someone who has just left uni and is beginning the next chapter of their life, this is so lovely to read as you’ve done it, and done great as a result.

    Jas xx |

    June 2, 2019 at 7:12 PM Reply
    • Charlotte Shares

      When you think back it’s scary where the time goes and how much gets achieved in that time! Good luck with the next chapter of your life, I bet it’s going to be amazing! X

      June 2, 2019 at 7:49 PM Reply

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