Monday, 1 January 2018

Goodbye 2017 | Hello 2018

Pinch punch first day of the month!

Whether you entered the new year paralytic or stone cold sober, congratulations you made it through another year. It was a year of floods, hurricanes, devastation, snap elections, births, deaths, engagements, divorces, good times, sad times and everything in between. 

It’s now when people truly decide to reflect on how they spent their year, how they live their lives and what goals they did and didn’t achieve. It can often be a time of regret and sadness when you realise you may not have smashed that list of goals as long as your arm,  you didn’t achieve everything you set out to and you are not quite yet where you want to be. Although reflection and analysis is certainly a great thing to do we often focus on the negative and less of the positive. 

So, whether you are waking up fresh as daisy or nursing that sore head or maybe you haven’t even been to bed yet, take the time today to reflect on only the positive. The best part of that is that it doesn’t have to be anything crazy. Did you go on holiday and explore a new country? Did you drop a few pence into a charity box? Were you a shoulder to cry on? Did you make some laugh? Anything that had a beneficial impact to either you or someone else, is something positive you’ve achieved this year. And so what if you didn’t get that promotion, you didn’t save as much as you wanted to, stop focusing on what you didn’t achieve and put something into place from this day forward to make it happen this year. There is always room for improvement. Always room for growth and if you were lucky enough to smash all your goals what will you change and improve upon this year?

In 2017 I left a really shitty job that made me hate getting up in the morning and got a new managerial role for a brand I absolutely love. I jumped out of a bloody plane (!!!!) for Mind the Mental Health Charity and raise a whooping £905 for them, I donated to countless charities throughout the year including sponsoring other friends and family on their charitable conquests. I cut my long, Rapunzel-like locks off for the Princess Trust so my hair could be made into wigs for little girls who have lost their hair. I became more body confident and am learning to love the way I look even though this is the biggest I have ever been! I took pictures of every beautiful sunset possible. I made new friends, I was a shoulder to cry on, I laughed, I cried with laughter and most importantly I have grown and learnt so much in 2017 that I am now beginning to truly love myself for who I am and am proud of the strong, independent albeit extremely feisty young woman I am.

In 2018 I plan to do more charity work, take more pictures, make more memories with loved ones, I plan to get my confidence back with makeup and start posting/filming again, I want to write more (pat on the back for me I’m starting off well), I want to improve and better myself as a whole. I want to read more. Take part in more adventures (anyone want to climb a mountain with me? Yes, I’m being serious). Go to concerts, gigs, get my ass on holiday even if it is just a weekend break but most importantly I want to love the next 365 days of my life and live them fully and exactly how I want to.

2017 you have been utterly incredible. 2018 will be a year of more growth, happiness and success. New ventures and more fun. And a hell of a lot of love.

Happy New Year everyone and here’s to a fabulous 2018.

Until next time...

Elle x

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