THINGS I LEARNT IN 2016

13 January 2017 Birmingham, UK



We've just jumped into a new year and everyone is talking all things new. Before jumping ahead, I wanted to spend a little time looking back. 

In september, when I got back to blog writing I shared this post explaining where I'd been and what had been occurring in my life. I had a huge response from so many of you and it was so lovely to come back to such a response so I thought it's that time; a time of reflection (good and bad) to think about what exactly I've learnt from 2016. 

2016 has been a massively mixed bag for me. Good has trumped bad and vice versa. It marked a few firsts; one of which was smashing an iPhone screen (bloody brilliant) and the other was becoming a cat mother. But what the heck, here goes...


1. YOUR OWN HAPPINESS REALLY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT

Sometimes, as hard as it may seem at the time, it pays to be selfish and think about yourself before others. The longer you go on sacrificing your own happiness, the further away from it you become and the longer it takes to get back to where you want to be. Sure, it may be shit for a while or you might get put in a tricky situation but, be true to yourself and follow your gut instinct. Even if it all goes wrong, you can hold your hands up and say 'I tried!' Life is too short.


2. MUSIC IS A LIFE SAVER

Not quite literally but, it bloody helps! Whatever the weather, no matter what mood you're in, you can always listen to music. Whether you want to get the day started with your favourite up-beat song or even 'contemplate life'. Apple Music or Spotify are your best friendddds and will continue to be throughout 2017! 

Here's a few tracks I've really loved listening to last year and recently:



3. ROUTINE IS THE AIM

Working in retail is the ultimate routine killer. No shifts are ever regular so it's not possible to even try and contemplate any sort of routine, especially when it comes to attempting to create blog content! The new year brings me a new job and therefore regular shifts, with the same timing. I'm hoping that getting into or having a routine of some sort will really help in the long run. 


4. TALKING HELPS

No matter how big or small you may think something is, a problem shared really is a problem halved, so don't be afraid to talk about things! 

In my 'Where have I been?' post spoke about my eczema returning but I didn't mention anxiety. Neither of those are something I thought i'd ever speak about on my blog but I've vowed to try and write more personal content so that post felt strangely good to write it down. 

Anxiety last year was a huge contributor to why I felt so... drained? Having a regular mental battle with your mind really does suck the life out of you but, it's not something we shouldn't talk about. I've spent a lot of time this year going backwards and forwards but if anything, talking about it has really helped!


5. BEING ORGANISED FEELS GOOD

Like, seriously. What's more satisfying than that huge to do list that you can just keep ticking off? Nothin'

Towards the end of 2016, when I got back into blogging I really tried to stay organised and I want 2017 to be exactly the same. Need help getting organised? I recently got this daily journal that has loads of sections including 'to do' and 'notes'! Honestly could not recommend these enough! 
FEDORA: ASOS / JUMPER: TOPSHOP (SIMILAR)

So, there we have it. Just a few things I've learnt this year. Feel free to let me know if any of the above apply to you or if there's anything you feel you've really taken away from twenty sixteen. 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA GRICE

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