Oh wowza. How is it New Years Eve tomorrow?
I’m guessing you’re thinking the exact same thing right now? In the haze of endless festivities, left overs, wine and baked Camembert surrounded by loved ones, we come to the end of 2016. Not gonna lie, it has been pretty varied 365 days for a lot of us.
For me, 2016 has been the year of transition, important decisions and finding my feet. I spent a lot of time figuring out what it is I really want and how to make it a reality. Despite moments of uncertainty and long, deep life chats with family, I have come out the other side feeling more focused that I have ever felt. I feel in control, inspired, ready to take on a new challenge and go for it.
The world has been on a roller coaster of m a d n e s s from start to finish, and from that one lesson has stuck out…
There is absolutely nothing more important in this world than kindness, even in the smallest of forms. A smile, a thank you, letting someone know that you believe in them, making a cuppa T for chums, giving up your seat on the tube. These teeny tiny moments of kindness are what keeps us going.
I love sharing my monthly loves with you and I am so glad I started back in August. But as we are at the end of the year, I thought a 2016 love list was in order. So here are my favourite snippets from the past 12 months.
STARTING THE YEAR IN CENTER PARCS
Center Parcs does lovely things to my soul. It has been an annual event since I was a youngun’. We used to go with my best pals fam and run riot in the plaza, crash bikes and get up to all sorts of mischief.
Now we go as a family with all the boyfs / girlfs, V mature. We still run riot in the Plaza and crash bikes, but it is the most wonderful, soothing week away. There is something magical about the forest, the lack or cars, wifi and city madness. I find that the best time to go is right at the start of the year. The perfect moment to collect your thoughts, refine your goals and embrace the people you love most… In the form of Cards Against Humanity, racing my brothers down the rapids and gobbling left over Christmas cheese. We are back in a few weeks and I am SO excited.
MAKING BIG DECISIONS
At the beginning of the year, I had a long hard think about life. I thought about how I wanted to feel when I looked back in 10 years, and how I really didn’t want to wish I just had a little more confidence to take that leap.
I wanted to feel uncomfortable, make the wrong decision, struggle but work bladdy hard and feel proud. I quit my graduate job because it wasn’t making me happy. I found another job that paid the bills and allows me to do what I love. If you aren’t feeling your job and want to do something else, quit. I promise you it will be worth it!
We have discovered many of England’s beaut nooks ‘n’ crannies this year. As y’know, it can be a bit of a b*tch to get yourself over to Santorini ‘erry weekend (a gal can dream). This year we have had a handful of lovely long weekends away with friends and family in various log cabins in the middle of the woods. It has been g l o r i o u s. Just goes to show you don’t need to hop on a plane to take a break. All ya need is good company, long walks and lots of Pimms.
LEARNING TO BE COMPLETELY HONEST WITH MYSELF
Getting to know yourself and being honest with your feelings takes time. It is hard to be selfish sometimes and realise you have to do what makes you happy. Life is too short to tip toe around it. There have been moments throughout the year where I have struggled with anxiety, feeling exhausted, emotional and tbh, my mind was ALL over the shop.
Through some trial and error I sussed out what my triggers were and did my best to eliminate them. I have now learnt how important it is to be totally honest with yourself and take action. You and that brain of yours should be right at the top of the priorities list, gal.
This year has had some beautiful moments that I will treasure away in my heart forevs. Long summer days in the middle of the countryside for an increds festival wedding, full of pure love and happiness <3 The first of the friend weddings with all the best gal pals from my childhood. To know that (hopefully) the next 10 years will be sprinkled with days like these makes my heart happy.
Despite the sad and desperate events happening in our world recently, I feel as though these hard times have brought out the light in people. As I said at the beginning of this post, we stay strong and united through kindness. This year, in the midst of the madness, I have been lucky enough to encounter many positive, inspired people who are doing great things. More of that in 2k17 plz.
Oh Barcelona. One of my favourite cities in the world. We took a five hour train ride to spend two days exploring the city. We stayed in the cutest Airbnb, ate our way through markets, explored the streets on seaways, made pals and had a pretty mad night out. It was wonderful and I can’t wait to return very soon. Av’ a ganders here.
Gotta give a shout out to this one. He has made each day of 2016 a happy one, whadda gem. Also, tomorrow marks our two year anniversary, how time flys ay? #cringe #sicksinmouth <3
ADVENTURES WITH FRIENDS
10 days spent with one of my bestest gal pals from the U S of A was SO dreamy. We had all the hilarious adventures, moments of madness and just had the loveliest time catching up after three years. I can’t bladdy wait to see her again next year (fingers crossed)!
FINDING MY FOCUS
It is a tough ole industry out there and it is getting tougher. Lots of changes (ahem, algorithms) among other struggles, but it ain’t gonna get me down. I have realised this year that you have to be strong. You gotta keep focusing on creating wonderful, inspiring content, because that’s what it’s aaaall about. I am feeling super motivated and ready to give it my all.
What were your highlights from 2k16?