I will be hitting the publish button for this blog post from Paris, on the last day of 2017, an intense year to say the least! I feel really excited about the upcoming 2018 and all the things it may bring, but as everybody knows, it’s around this time of the year that we look back on the previous 365 days of our life and examine how the ride was. Did we accomplish
all most of our goals from last year? Did we spend enough time with our loved ones? Did we save all the money we intended? Did we become better at living a full life?
Yes, I breathe in the new year’s potential and mentally start filling up that clean canvas with lots of colour! But this last question always pops on my mind when the ending year announces the party is over. Something about not wanting to waste my time on this beautiful planet pushes me to try and live my life to the fullest. Is that a millennial bug, you reckon?
The truth is oftentimes I have to remind myself that I am already living that full life, only my senses are busy on a screen that tells me otherwise! 😉
But this time of the year is also the moment to write down our wishes for the year ahead, to identify the things that we’d like to change and to discover the hidden passions that will help us grow and develop in the months to come. If I put my 2017 in review, I am grateful for many things, but I also feel I have gotten caught up on small issues that prevented me from seeing the big picture (any perfectionist in the room?), so after some thought I’ve realised my wish for the new year is to be able to appreciate all of it without sweating the small stuff and without living through the motions. I am talking about really appreciating that full life I have been presented with. And here’s my plan on how to achieve this in 2018:
1. Disconnecting from my phone + connecting with my people: we hear it constantly, that we are slaves to our phones, and whereas I have good friends from the social mediasphere that I like to keep in touch with, I really want to make more of an effort to spend quality time with my family and friends over here in England.
2. More travelling + fulfilling my passions: this has been a tough year at work, with the stress levels on the high side more often than not. It’s so easy to get caught up with work and tiredness, that one sometimes struggles to find balance between what pays the bills and what makes the heart swell. We thought a bit of travelling would help put things into perspective, so stay tuned for more updates on that front!
3. Living more minimally + stop spending frivolously: a year of fashion blogging has given me a bit of an insight into the massive waste and pollution this industry generates. This of course just caters for the consumers’ habits, so unless we change the way we consume fashion, the industry won’t do anything to solve this problem. As a fashion blogger, this might be shooting myself in the foot, but I always liked a challenge and my wardrobe can definitely do with half the stuff it has in it!
4. New content + stepping outside my comfort zone: this photo-shoot is not my usual street style look, but the winter months are challenging for fashion gals and I wanted to try something new, even if it doesn’t work in the same way my other posts have. I don’t want to grow complacent with the blog or put myself in a box. Part of this creative journey involves exploring the boundaries of your style and voice, and so I am doing just that and hope you guys like it all the same! I have been drawing inspiration from my top British bloggers this year, Alice Catherine, Lizzy Hadfield (Shot from the Street) and Santina Harrison (Hues of White) so a big shoutout to them for always keeping their content fresh, relatable and inspiring ♥
I can definitely say 2017 has had its ups and downs, but the ups far outweighed the downs! I feel very grateful for the connections I’ve made through the blog, the kindness of your comments and the constant support I’ve received from my family and friends over the past 12 months. Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart and a special shoutout to Mr Vet –who will most likely not read this–, for his eternal patience behind the camera. She talks Glam wouldn’t be possible without you! ♥
I hope you have a wonderful evening today, whether styling your most sparkly dress or your comfiest pj’s, and that your 2018 is filled with positive vibes, good food, bursts of laughter and loads of love. Sending you all of mine for starters!!!