Every year since starting this blog, on New Year's Day I have written a past year round up and NYR post. Every year without fail I thoroughly look forward to writing this particular content but this year (as you can tell from the late date) I just haven't wanted to...
2016 felt like a mess to me. I really felt like it was the end of the world - politically, personally, mentally (I'll expand on what's been happening in my personal life soon). But instead of dwelling on the negatives, I want to pull some of my highlights from the past 12 months together (if at least for some good memories).
(If you want to read previous year's round up posts, they are here: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015's).
Be strong, mentally and physically
I am the world's most sensitive soul and I really want to become more confident, strong and positive mentally. I cry a lot, take things personally and don't always have much faith in myself and I desperately want to work on these things.
I have also really seen an increase in my body strength since training in aerial circus arts for the whole of last year, so I want to keep this up and master the advance moves by increasing my body strength.
Get into a routine
Since working for myself, I haven't had much of a routine and I want this to change. I want to implement little tasks into my every day life as I feel this will make me a better and happier person. Things like writing a paragraph about my day every night before bed, waking up early at the same time everyday, doing 10 minutes of yoga/meditation etc. If anyone has a little routine they do daily, I'd love to hear them!
Less is more
2017 really is a fresh start for me in a lot of ways and I'm ready to make changes now. Something in my head recently just switched; I woke up one day I had no impulse or urge to buy anything, and it's stuck. I realise that sounds ridiculous, but I've never felt like this before.
I'll browse my favourite stores and I literally want NOTHING. On top of that I've started really clearing out my clutter. I just don't need these things to make me happy - because I have them all and I'm still not happy! Less is more will definitely be my mantra this year. I'm not saying I won't do any more hauls on my YouTube channel, but I'm not going to purchase to excess.
I had to really think about highlights from last year but once I started, I realised there were some notable, big highlights for me.
A little something entered my life in 2016 and she brings me so much joy. Echo was a birthday present from my sister in August and I literally couldn't imagine my life without her. When I am feeling down, seeing her little face is the only thing that cheers me up. She's feisty, cheeky, adventurous, so beautiful and soft and I bloody adore her so much. She's the most spoilt hamster there ever was!
Roaccutane changed my life in multiple ways last year. Most importantly, I have clear skin for the first time in 10 years and I can't express how incredible this feels. With this came multiple side effects (mostly bad) and lot's of press attention so it's been a crazy journey. I have one month left to go on the medication now, but for giving me clear skin, it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made.
I climbed two mountains! Something I thought I'd never say, haha! Andrew and I climbed Kinder Scout in the spring with his parents and I adored it so much, I encouraged my family to climb Snowdon with Andrew's in the summer. Both were exhausting, emotional and testing but I am so proud of myself for this and would love to climb another soon! I'm a changed woman, ha!
In July, Andrew and I moved from zone 2 to 3 into a spacious 2 bedroom flat in East London. Not gonna lie, it was one of the hardest things to do (I think I had 7 breakdowns because of stress) but it's meant that I now have my very own office to work in which has been incredible for motivation.
Mini trips away
Looking back, I had multiple mini trips away last year and I would love to do more travelling in 2017. Highlights included Glamping at North Star Club in York, exploring Canterbury, Brighton, Bath, Paris and a beautiful week away in Dubrovnik.
I want to say a big thanks to you guys for sticking around and supporting my blog even though it's taken a back seat to my YouTube channel in 2016. I have lots of content ideas and I'm feeling very inspired to write more this year so do stick around!
I adore you all and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's too.