9 Things We’ve Learnt From I’m A Celebrity 2018

9 Things We’ve Learnt From I’m A Celebrity 2018

Wow, It’s been a whirlwind hasn’t it? I’ve only ever dabbled in I’m a celeb but this year because I’m a lonely, old spinster with no money, I thought I’d get into it and get into it I did. I’ve seen bits and pieces before but I truly think we’ve learnt so much from this season: 

Love Unconditionally & Unapologetically

I think we can all admit that Harry and Sandra are goals, traditional and unapologetic love. Men and women should be proud to want to shout about their partners from the rooftops, to sing their praises and to declare their love for them to anyone who will listen. 

Chivalry Isn’t Dead

Harry not looking at people in the shower because of his undying love for Sandra, Nick wiping the bugs of Emily with his hat so he didn’t touch her and giving his pillow to Anne. All of the men being perfect gentlemen. (apart from John looking at Emily jiggling her tits, but that was an open invitation).

Surround Yourself With the Right People

When Emily left the jungle she said how happy and comfortable she felt around her camp mates, she did a whole lot of soul searching and the people she was with made her realise that life isn’t about your hair or make-up or how smoking you look in a bikini and that has spoken to so many people on so many levels…. especially me whilst sitting on my sofa being a slob and crying my eyes out. If you around the right people you don’t feel judged, you can be you and that’s all everyone should be. 

Body Positivity

Along that same vein Emily made me feel so empowered, she spoke about embracing herself as her make-up and fake tan faded and she did that in front of millions of viewers and inspired millions of those viewers along the way. She joked about losing some weight so she could put it all back on over Christmas and it was wonderful to see someone in the jungle in their bikini who doesn’t look like they’ve walked straight off a Victoria’s Secret catwalk. 

Autism Awareness

Anne has been an absolute super babe, not only because of her endearing nature but because she has raised autism awareness. From the moment she waked in she was open and honest about her diagnosis. She explained things she found difficult and the way the campmates reacted and looked out for her made my heart warm and fuzzy. 

You Can Do Anything You Put Your Mind To

80 rats in a coffin sized box in the dark when you’re scared of rats, easy. Monkey bollock milkshake, easy. Jumping out of a plane, easy. Anne getting out of bed, not so easy. I have always said that I could never, ever do this show because I literally hate everything and anything, but this year has made me realise that maybe I could do those things if push came to shove (and I was paid £200,000). Maybe, I’m not going to rush to my nearest skydive centre, but it’s instilled some self-belief in me and my abilities. 

Friends and Family Are Everything

If you didn’t cry when the campmates were surprised with a visit from their friends and family then you need to take yourself to the doctor to get your heart checked. Just that little dose of someone they loved built their spirits so much and it just shows how much they can affect your happiness. 

Find Positives In The Little Things

You’re stuck in a jungle with nothing to do 80% of the time, what would I do? Be grumpy probably. What did Fleur do? Was upbeat and positive constantly, singing, dancing, being happy and that in turn helped keep the camp a happy and positive place. She found the positives in the everyday and I think we can all learn something from that. 

You Are Fabulous

And finally, In the words of John Barrowman…. need I say any more? 

Photo by Isabella Jusková on Unsplash


  1. December 10, 2018 / 11:44 pm

    I don’t watch I’m A Celeb (mainly because I’m in a different country) but I loved this post – these lessons are all so important and things we should frequently remind ourselves of.

    • Ashleigh
      December 10, 2018 / 11:46 pm

      You’re so right Michelle, it’s something we should all do anyway but the way a group of strangers met and just clicked, with no bitchyness and no rivalry really made it clear how important these things are. Ashleigh xx

      • December 10, 2018 / 11:57 pm

        I’ll have to watch when we’re in the UK next year! I really loved that about Love Island UK too – for the most part, the guys and girls all supported each other and celebrated their wins (specific couple rivalries aside)

  2. Becky
    December 11, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    I thought exactly the same Ash everything about this series was 👌🏼

    • Ashleigh
      December 12, 2018 / 12:16 am

      Agreed, just loved it and found it really thought provoking xx

  3. December 15, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    I’ve never been so invested in a series of I’m A Celeb as I was this year. My evenings aren’t quite the same now that it’s over, but I do think that this year, it was truly incredible. Every point you raised had me nodding along in agreement, and that shows just how special it’s been to the nation. Not once was there any bitchiness, or unkind words spoken. What a wonderful group of people. 10/10 post, Ashleigh!

    Jade xx | http://www.simplyjadey.co.uk

    • Ashleigh
      December 15, 2018 / 7:37 pm

      Thanks jade, you’re so right, everything about it was uplifting, especially when there’s so much shit going on in the world! Xx

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