It feels like it’s been the longest time since I sat down and typed a post on here, even though in reality it’s only been a week (or so). I fully intended to have this post up on New Year’s Day, but then I decided to wait a few more days, enjoy my digital detox, and begin again the same day I was back in the office giving myself the perfect working mindset for this blog into 2017.
Now I’m sure you’ve read posts from every man and his dog about their 2017 resolutions (nothing wrong with that) or what they hope 2017 has in store for them, and I’d be a massive liar if I said I wasn’t going to jump on that bandwagon because I totally am, but first I want to consider 2016 and what it meant to me.
2016 was globally a complete disaster, I think its safe to say. From Brexit to Trump, to the devastating barrage of celebrity deaths to the total atrocities we heard of daily in Syria, by December I was very, very ready to ring in 2017 with my man by my side and a large vodka in my hand, but for me it’s also very important to consider the positives that 2016 brought to my life.
Last January I was very unhappy. I was exhausted, I wasn’t enjoying my job, I’d just moved back home to my parents as I was unhappy with where I was living, and I was commuting four hours a day to get into work and travelling to London every other weekend to see my ex. My mood was low and my health was even lower – I was more than aware that something needed to change but I was so scared to make that leap. I did though. I set myself the goal on January 1st to be living and working in London by the end of 2016. I achieved this within three months.
2016 was the year that I truly grew as a person – going through an emotional upheaval so soon after moving to London was difficult and I could have so easily given up and moved home to what was familiar and safe but I didn’t, I powered through it and I’m so glad I did. By staying in London when the going got tough, I cemented some fantastic friendships with some truly wonderful people, I’ve lived with the best housemates in the world in a flat that for all it’s flaws does feel a little like a home away from home. I met and fell in love with the love of my life, I holidayed with my girls, I saw exhibitions at the Tate, went to more theatre productions than I think I ever have in my life before, got my first paid for Instagram campaign, enjoyed collection previews at London Fashion Week, developed a love for yoga and meditation, collaborated with some incredible brands, achieved and surpassed my challenge of reading 50 books in the year, walked the red carpet at several movie premieres including La La Land, saw more movies than I probably ever have in my life before, went to the beach, and made a much more concentrated effort with my blog, Youtube and Instagram.
All this combined to make 2016 categorically the best year of my life.
So what do I have planned for 2017? Well, this is the year of focusing more on myself – in a totally self indulgent but also really not wanky way.
This year I want to look after myself more, both aesthetically, mentally and physically. I want to become more financially stable, and I want to continue to grow my blog over the next 12 months – I want it to be the absolute best that it can be and the only way I’m going to achieve that is through hard work and organisation. Blogmas showed me the huge difference that daily blogging can make, and while I’m not in a position to achieve that at the moment, I’m going to make a huge effort to blog at least three times a week and preferably every other day.
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