I've learned ... that the best things in life, like love, family and watching sunrises and sunsets - really are free.
I've learned ... that listening to advice from those who have been there and 'done that' before is worth it's weight in gold.
I've learned ... that when you're in love, it consumes all of your being - from your cells to your thoughts to your heart.
I've learned ... that the world owes you nothing. It was here before you, and it will be here after you, so don't walk around with a chip on your shoulder or with a victims attitude, you're doing no one, including yourself, a favour.
I've learned ... that sending light and love to my enemies and wishing them no ill harm makes me feel far better than holding on to hate and anger.
I've learned ... that sometimes, all people really need is someone to listen to them with an open heart and open mind and really understand what they're going through.
I've learned ... that it is far more classy and fulfilling to always be the bigger person when it comes to anger, jealously or hate directed towards you.
I've learned ... that a kind word and a smile to a stranger can not only lighten up their day, but also yours.
I've learned ... that no matter how old we get or mature we think we are, acting like a teenager again is still incredibly fun - and should be done on a regular basis.
I've learned ... that it's the small moments, the quiet moments, the unassuming moments that make my life spectacular and worthwhile.
I've learned ... that life really does happen whilst you're busy making other plans.
I've learned ... that sometimes, as strong, loud, sure and confident as I am, I need to be vulnerable and looked after just as much as the next person, and that's ok.
I've learned ... to forgive. Really forgive. To not hold on to that angst, that anger, that stupid hate for anyone or anything.
I've learned ... that to not forgive doesn't affect anyone but myself so I Forgive. I Let it go.
I've learned ... that life may certainly not always be easy, or fun, or in my control, but how I deal with that and my attitude towards it is what counts.
I've learned ... that I will never stop missing my Nanna & Pop any less no matter how many years go pass, but their lessons in love and life live on forever.
I've learned ... that you control your own destiny, and that you can make a huge impact on the world, you just have to choose to not live in the shadows of your own life.
I've learned ... that kindness is free to give away and should be done so at every chance you get.
I've learned ... just how important it is to live in the here and now - and try hard to live with no regrets.
I've learned ... that life can be as easy or hard as you like dependent on how well you can make decisions, and that to easily make decisions you need a strong list of values.
I've learned ... that I can't always do everything or be everything for everyone, and that is also ok.
I've learned ... that life can be tough ... but I'll always be tougher.
Love Anna xx