Happy New Year! 2016 has been a weird one that's for sure; not just on a personal level but the whole world has been faced with some testing times. Just watch this video showing what it would be like if 2016 was a horror movie, and it will really hit home of how cray cray it really was!
Anyway, let's hope 2017 is full of happiness, inspirational people and changes for the better. Today I want to talk about becoming the best version of yourself. I know what you're thinking, new year, new me blah blah blah - but now is the perfect time to gain a brand new perspective and make a difference. After planning this post, I realised I actually wrote a very similar one this time last year - it didn't really work out to be honest, I felt like I let myself go a little. I had little determination, energy or eagerness to explore but that's all coming back - I hope!
First things first, can we just talk about how beautiful this location is? As you may have read in my previous post, I want to really improve my photography this year, as well as create more meaningful posts. It's my mission to get out in the fresh air more, so far it's started well! We took a few hours to walk around Stithians lake in Cornwall; it was calm here, quiet and there were only a few others also on a winter's stroll. It was also a perfect spot to take some snaps; we played around with different locations, sat on a few benches, talked, bickered, laughed. We didn't get as far as we would have liked, so we're heading back to do a full circle of the lake very soon.
Being a healthy you is definitely an important way to improve in so many ways. Not just physically, but mentally too. During 2016, I would often find myself locking myself away and feeling my anxieties creeping up - but as soon as I put some makeup on, get dressed and stepped out the door, you truly feel the benefits. It's quite easy to forget what a difference it makes.
Dream big. With my boyfriend Jack, I'm always in awe of how he has so many dreams and becomes inspired so easily. I've slowly come to realise that no matter what you wish to do with your life, you can succeed in anything by working hard and really believing anything is possible - because it is!
Don't compare yourself to others. This is so so easy to do, especially with the constant exposure to social media. We're scrolling every day and only gaining an insight into people's highlights. Of course, there's nothing wrong with admiring someone else and it's so important to support others in their success. However, it is so easy to feel like a failure and feel like you're 10 steps behind everyone else - but carry on being you and only comparing yourself to the old you.
I have wrote many times on the blog about mindfulness, although I harp on about it - I'm not the greatest at following my own advice. It's all about being positivity and living in the moment, being aware of your surroundings and the people in your life. Fretting over the past and future is usually unnecessary as you fears rarely become a reality. My God, did I do that a lot in 2016. This year is all about staying in the here and now.
(I saw some dogs).
Don't be scared of failure. If you're like me, there can be times that you feel like you're not good enough. Although I could be wrong, I feel like a lot of people feel this too. But behind every failure, you will learn and find hidden opportunities.
Take breaks regularly. Humans work their butts off, probably too much but then again you need to work hard to get what you want in life. Pamper days are a must, time to yourself and stepping away from the desk when you're having a brain fart. Pizza. Oh and more pizza - but maintain that balance yo.
Oh hey 2017. We've got this!