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The Best Decisions I’ve Ever Made

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The last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind for me and I’m sure that I’ll have a post up fairly soon all about what’s been happening, but for now I’ll just say that I’m notoriously bad at making decisions.

In fact, it’s not necessarily that I’m bad at making decisions, it’s that I always play Devil’s advocate and I overthink everything until I get to the point where I can’t reach a full-blown conclusion.

Having said that, I wanted to put together a post today celebrating all of the best decisions I’ve ever made to prove to myself that I can actually reach a conclusion when I really try hard enough.

Here are the best decisions and choices I’ve ever made.

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Not going to uni

It’s been just over a year now since I decided not to go to university and I honestly thought that I would have been full of regret for not going by now. But I can safely say that it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. From the age of approximately eight years old, I always thought that uni was the only way to go once you left school; I knew of no other alternative.

I’m sure I’ll cover this in more detail at some point but basically, it got to the time where I had to decide what I wanted to do with my life and I kind of freaked out; I know I always loved English and I desperately wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to write for a living but with the magazine industry slowly dying out, I panicked. I applied for an English Language course regardless and I got a place at the University of York but I’d barely started the course when I just knew it wasn’t for me.

I couldn’t imagine spending the next three or four years of my life studying a subject that even though I loved, I still couldn’t imagine a career path. I took six months off to clear my mind and sort out what I wanted to do and I settled on digital marketing.

I’m now happier than I’ve ever been and I’m so unbelievably glad that I didn’t go to uni as I now get to pursue a career that I truly adore.

Falling in love with Matt

While the act of actually falling in love may not be a conscious decision that we make, I’m still gonna include it in this list anyway. Spending my life with Matt is without a doubt the best thing that’s ever happened to me and I wake up every single day feeling so unbelievably happy and grateful to have him in my life. He’s the most supportive, thoughtful, funny and incredible person I’ve ever know and I still can’t believe that he’s mine.

Passing my driving test

I passed my driving test when I was 17 and I’m so unbelievably glad that I did. It’s given me so much freedom to do whatever I like; I’m able to visit friends and family who live quite far away and I’ve been able to visit lots of new places that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. I genuinely believe if you get the chance to, you should have driving lessons as soon as possible because it will genuinely change your life.

Starting this blog

I’m Just A Girl is hands down one of the best things that I’ve ever done in my life. Starting this blog has allowed me to do so many amazing things and meet some truly incredible people. Writing has always been my biggest passion and this blog has allowed me to explore my creative side even further; I’ve learnt so many new skills and my photography has improved immensely over the last year or so. I really am so grateful for all the amazing opportunities that this little corner has brought me.

Getting rid of toxic friends/people

I’ve talked about this a few times on my blog already but it’s definitely one the best decisions I’ve made; getting rid of toxic people has made my life remarkably better. People who are selfish, inconsiderate and blatantly don’t care about you unless you’re doing something for them are the type of people you don’t need in your life. When I made the decision to stop being friends with people who were negatively impacting my life, my life was improved by approximately 110%. I would definitely recommend reconsidering the people in your life and if the relationship doesn’t seem healthy or mutally beneficial then ditch them!

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What are the best decisions you’ve ever made? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. 24th January 2018 / 8:13 pm

    I went to uni and to be honest I don’t know if ot was actually worth it since I’m in a career that is nothing related. I think of it as lessons learnt, my sisters went to uni before me and I felt I had to follow that tradition. However I did meet my best friend so it wasn’t a bad decision x

    • chloedickenson
      25th January 2018 / 5:49 pm

      Oh no! I’m glad you at least met your best friend there! Xx

  2. 24th January 2018 / 9:30 pm

    I so agree with ‘getting rid of toxic friends’ I did it 6 years or so ago to one friend that was becoming toxic the world was always about her, her , her and her again , and she wanted my life to be all about her. One day I had enough and I stopped contacting her the day she told me that she was my priority over everything because I was her ‘friend’…I did not agree on this …it was not an easy decision but I am glad she is gone from my life now.


    • chloedickenson
      25th January 2018 / 5:48 pm

      That’s so good that you got her out of your life, it’ll definitely be better for you! Xx

  3. 25th January 2018 / 6:21 am

    going to uni is one of the things i wish i hadn’t bothered with! i got a degree in a subject i no longer work in or have any interest in and it sort of feels like a total waste of 4 years! but i guess i wouldnt have got the job ive got now – which i ove – without the degree so trying to see the positives!

    awwww so sweet about you and matt ♥♥♥ YES FOR LOVE!!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • chloedickenson
      25th January 2018 / 5:48 pm

      Oh no! I’m glad you’re finding the positives in it though xx

  4. 25th January 2018 / 6:22 pm

    What a lovely idea for a post, I’m so indecisive sometimes too. It sounds like you’ve made some really great decisions though, and you definitely can. Xx

  5. 25th January 2018 / 7:30 pm

    Definitely a good idea to rid yourself of toxic people in your life! It’s great that you decided uni wasn’t for you. So many people, myself included, end up at uni for 3 or 4 years just because it’s the done thing. In a way I’m glad I did it as I have a degree now and I’ve actually had jobs that have used it, but it’s not the be all and end all by all means x

  6. Chloe
    26th January 2018 / 8:58 am

    Such a nice idea for a post! The best decisions I’ve ever made were going to uni (even though idk what I want to do with my degree, I’m glad I came for the experiences and I think it was the right choice for me), moving in with Johnny, starting my blog & cutting out friends – so very, very similar to yours! Xxx

  7. 26th January 2018 / 9:45 am

    I absolutely love being able to drive, it makes you feel so free and as if you can go anywhere you like! I didn’t go to uni either and I’m glad I didn’t because I don’t think it would have been the right choice for me xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

  8. 26th January 2018 / 11:55 am

    I felt the same way about Uni. I feel like there was a lot of pressure to go and not so much help for those who wanted to go down a different path. In the end I’m still glad I didn’t go, it just really wasn’t for me x

  9. 27th January 2018 / 12:03 am

    I have never been interested in going to university. Everyone was so shocked but it just wasn’t for me.
    I am so glad you started your blog as I love it so much xxxxxxxxx


    • chloedickenson
      28th January 2018 / 11:36 pm

      Ahh thank you so much, you angel 😇 xxx

  10. 27th January 2018 / 3:48 pm

    I wish I’d passed my test earlier! I’m taking lessons again and I can’t wait to get on the road!

    • chloedickenson
      28th January 2018 / 11:35 pm

      Ooh good luck Gem! Xx

  11. 27th January 2018 / 5:09 pm

    Yep yep yep to overthinking! That is me 100% of the time haha! It does sound like you’ve made some fantastic decisions in your life though – getting rid of toxic friends is something that I’m really determined to do myself in 2018 because I’m sure my life will be better of for it! Starting my blog is also something I’m so happy that I did, it has brought me so much more happiness and so many more amazing friendships than I could ever have dreamed of!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      28th January 2018 / 11:35 pm

      Ah thank you for your lovely comment Abbey! Overthinking is just the absolute worst! Xx

  12. 28th January 2018 / 8:08 pm

    first of all…this post has made me want to go and grab some strawberry cream Quality Streets hahaha. I love this post and that you’ve focused on what you have achieved and shows that at the end of the day, people might have their opinions on the choices you make but at the end of the day the decisions/consequences are yours only! I’m glad all these worked out for you xx


    • chloedickenson
      28th January 2018 / 11:32 pm

      Hahaha sorry Gi! Thank you so much xx

  13. 28th January 2018 / 8:23 pm

    Great post! I can’t think right now of any bad decisions I’ve ever made but the good ones definitely out weigh them, for sure!! Xx

    • chloedickenson
      28th January 2018 / 11:32 pm

      Yay, that’s so good Hannah! Xx

  14. 31st January 2018 / 10:40 pm

    See, going to uni for me was one of my best decisions – even though I didn’t want to ! But I’m glad t worked out well for you x

  15. 6th February 2018 / 4:21 pm

    This is such a lovely post! I completely agree with you about deciding not to go to university, I never wanted to go but I thought I would always be behind because that’s what you’ve got to do! When I think of all my bankrupt friends eating barely anything at university I honestly just think ‘thank god’ because I could not live that life at all lol!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      18th February 2018 / 3:49 pm

      I could not agree more omg! Xx

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