What I Know For Sure | 31 Reflections

Emma Louise Newby

It is my birthday, the big 31…So another year down! As many of you know it has been a big one, many lessons learned, the loss of my Dad, a new career path embarked on, gorgeous new soul sisters and a level of support I wasn’t quite sure existed.


In reflecting on the year (and years) that have passed, I thought I would put together a little list of 31 things/lessons/loves and things I know for sure. Funnily enough when I was formatting this post it was a little non compliant, the system seemed to take on a life of it’s own and wanted to have it’s say. As you will see below it picked a pretty important lesson to highlight! Yes universe, I am listening!!




1. Love truly is the most important thing

2. Be brave and be kind

3. Say I love you, every time you can

4. You are exactly where you need to be

5. Your achievements may vary, but they are all important

6. People will surprise you, it may not always be in a good way

7. You need to cultivate a relationship, first and foremost with yourself

8. Life is Short

9. Fat is not the enemy

10. You are not defined by your career

11. You are always hardest on yourself

12. Forgiveness is essential

13. The ocean is restorative, body and mind

14. Good friends are rare, but that’s ok

15. Pain is your biggest teacher

16. For me, a full moon is divine, calming and my favourite time of the month

17. You will never know the end state! Things change, so do people, including you

18. We often take our family for granted, we shouldn’t

19. Follow your bliss, it will bring you home

20. Stuff doesn’t make you happy, but I still love buying it!

21. Writing is therapeutic if you love doing it, it’s annoying if you don’t

22. It is ok to change your mind

23. Trust your intuition

24. Give the benefit of the doubt lavishly

25. At times, laugher really is the best medicine

26. The lesson will continue to present itself until it is learned

27. Grief is painful and incredibly beautiful all at the same time

28. It truly is better to have loved and lost, than never at all

29. You can never have too many books

30. Vulnerability is damn sexy

31. I am truly blessed, lucky and loved!






Happy birthday to me, I am sure to be somewhere eating, swimming in the ocean or basking in the sunshine with those I love.  I would love to hear if any of these lessons I have learnt resonate with you. Did you have a favourite? Let me know in the comments below!


Much love, em x

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    November 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

    A good reminder for me to read that my career does not define who I am, but also to remind myself that I am exactly where I need to be right now. Hhhmmmm love the food for thought xo

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      December 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Yes Miss! Glad you loved them and especially those points xx

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    November 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Happy Birthday Beautiful Emma! I loved every single one of these and totally agree with them all. I had a chuckle at “29) You can never have too many books” after our recent discussion 🙂 Here’s to a magical year towards 32 for you. xo

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      December 2, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Thanks beautiful x

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    Louise Hughes
    November 29, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Happy Birthday Beautiful Friend… I LOVE this post, all SO true…. Enjoy your day xxx

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      December 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Thanks so much Lou, glad you loved it x

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    November 30, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Happpppppy. Birthday xxxxx

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      December 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Sheila x

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    November 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    love this list! You’ve inspired me to make my own! Happy birthday beautiful x

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      December 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Jaz, can’t wait to read yours!! xx

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