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Things I’ve learned in 2017

As I sit a home recovering from dental surgery on New Year’s Eve or as we call it in Trinidad and Tobago Ole Years; I decided to hit pause on a post about Egypt to reflect and review what I’ve learned in 2017. So here goes.


Blogging is a lot more complicated than I expected. As a newbie (almost 2 months) getting comfortable with her writing voice, grammar checks, post layout, photography and getting media to materialize to my vision turns out to be more complicated than I initially thought.


Write down the noteworthy things you’ve learnt along the way. You can’t reflect and apply your learnings if you can’t remember them. It’s also applicable for blogging purposes.


Deciding to take a break or hop off the corporate ladder isn’t a failure but rather, a change to the trajectory of your journey.


Recognize opportunities presented when closing one door. It’s easy to disregard how many other doors were open or unlocked because your focus was narrow.


What you actually want now, may not be the same as what you thought you would have wanted and that’s OK! It just means that you’ve changed along the way, this isn’t a bad thing.


Even celebrities sometimes need a sick day and cancel concerts. I’ll see you some other time Enrique 🙁


Don’t let fear of failure hold you back. Think about all the positive things that you are missing out on because you were afraid to do something. When in doubt think about the worst case scenario and plan ways against that demise.


Netflix’s Narcos was a good series. Yes, I discovered this series this year. I can’t wait for season 4.


Turkish coffee is absolutely yummy.


No matter how old you are, there’s always something new to learn and discover. So, read and explore to your heart’s desire. Sometimes, reading a gruesome crime novel past midnight isn’t always the best idea especially when it’s windy outside. You find yourself wondering “what’s that creepy noise????”


Take care better care of your body. As you get older different things tend to pop up, pay attention to what your body is telling you. Sadly, we don’t recover as fast as we used to in our early 20’s. Moisturize, stretch, plank and pay loads of attention to your diet.


Fitness apps plan your workouts just as well as trainers at the gym.

Thanks for reading! I wish you all a bright and prosperous 2018!



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21 thoughts on “Things I’ve learned in 2017

  1. Good post! I enjoyed your list. They are words to the wise and worth thinking about!
    Keep up the good work!
    PS: There is a lot more to successful blogging than meets the eye! But, you seem to be doing a good job for a newcomer. Keep it up!

  2. Thanks for the eye-opening post. I’ve never thought about writing down what I’ve learned but when you think about it, it is extremely powerful because then you know how much you’ve grown as a person and what the future holds for you. Fear of failure is actually what holds most people back from reaching their dreams, and it’s sad to say the least, so thanks for pointing this out 🙂

  3. This is such a great post and so many of them resonated with me. Thanks for sharing. I love the one “Don’t let fear of failure hold you back. Think about all the positive things that you are missing out on because you were afraid to do something. When in doubt think about the worst case scenario and plan ways against that demise.” and Turkish coffee so smooth and delicious! That is incredible that you took a break from corporate to follow your passions. I hope you are enjoying it and I look forward to your list from 2018!

  4. Hi Savita,
    so many good tips and ideas on this post. This is a wonderful motivating written. Many times I wanted to quit my job, but I love my job and each time when I go down I know that will come the better time.
    Thank you for this great post.
    Best regards.

  5. Cool, congrats on making a bold move! Leaving coporate safety is not easy, many people will never manage.
    Especially #7 resonates with me. You shouldn’t let potential failure discourage you, very often it just made up in our head.

  6. what a great recap of your 2017. Blogging can sometimes be a mental challenge, but you have pointed out many good aspects to keep yourself focused and on topic. It’s very easy to get wandering off track, and you have pointed out some good tips to stay on track. Good luck in 2018!

  7. Great tips Savita! I especially love #’s 5 and 7. I am definitely discovering that I want different things now than I did even a year ago! I think it is exciting not knowing what is yet to come and that I will have different goals in the future. Also for #7, I live by “never let your fear decide your fate”. Even though it is scary to try lots of things, it is worse regretting not trying it.

  8. Nice list Savita! I never thought about doing a list for the things I learned in the past year, but I can say i completely agree with you on #5 and #10. Even point #2 is something that I’m still learning, we need to take note about learnings otherwise we will forget them.
    Many thanks for sharing this post with us!

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