It’s New Year’s Eve!!!! Where did 2015 go? It feels like only yesterday I was sitting on my bed in New York looking back at 2014, bursting with excitement for 2015, and at the same being totally petrified about what the year ahead had in store.
I remember calling my sister in London and describing how I was feeling. She said something to me that I now tell myself almost everyday – “You never know what is waiting just around the corner.” She was right!
One thing I absolutely love about this time of year is looking back at the past 12 months to reflect on everything that happened. Like I said in my Take Some Credit post, it’s good to look back every now and again to acknowledge all of the little things you have achieved…
2015 was an amazing year for me (so much more so than I ever imagined!). I met so many extraordinary new people, made it home (twice) to see (most of) my family, got my visa to stay in the US for the next few years, got an amazing new job, and moved to Manhattan. I also had quite a few mini breaks around the US (Washington D.C., Miami, Cape Cod, The Hamptons, Fire Island, Boston, The Governors Ball), got to go to Inbound in Boston (this was such an eye opening event!!) and see the first ever Primark store in the US. I made it to London, revamped my blog, started my blog tips series (I really need to make these posts more frequent!), attended NYFW events, and achieved every single goal I had set myself for 2015. Believe it or not, that’s not even the half of it!
It wasn’t all a bed of roses though. I got really sick at the start of the summer and had to completely change my eating habits (this was kind of a good thing as it made me so much more aware of what I eat!). I also suffered from some serious bouts of homesickness and let’s not forget the brutal New York winter of 2015 (it seemed like it would never end)! But these aren’t the things that stick out. The good always trump the bad…
Looking back at everything that happened in 2015, there are a lot of things I learned throughout the year. Here are a few of them:
1. To believe in myself and know my worth (sounds easier than it is!)
2. To take some credit for everything I have achieved so far (big and small)
3. To stop comparing my journey to other people’s (one of my key takeaways from Inbound)
4. That I can absolutely do anything I put my mind to
5. To eat well – I’ve always tried to eat well but I found out just how important it is
6. That I need to get more sleep!
As 2015 draws to a close, I plan on celebrating New Year’s Eve at home with my family. I know it’s kinda boring but you have no idea how grateful I am that I was able to come home and spend Christmas with my family this year. So I just want to relax with some food and a glass of wine, and get ready to take on 2016 with a fresh head.
I’m not really one for New Year’s Resolutions (I think you can change anything you want at any time of the year if you really want to), but this year I am going to make one – To make sure I get more sleep!! Being home and having complete silence outside my window (instead of honking cabs), has been so refreshing and it made me realise how much I need to focus on looking after number 1. The first step in doing this is to catch some more ZZZZZZ’s. 🙂
A quick few words about my outfit. I wore this berry shift dress from Boohoo on Christmas Day and think it’s perfect for this time of the year. The colour is super festive and the style is perfect for hiding the Christmas bulge. 😉
Happy New Year guys… I’ve a feeling 2016 is going to be a good one,
p.s. If you’re looking for some inspiration to kick off 2016 be sure to check out Erika’s Inspired by… 2015 post. It features quotes from some truly amazing ladies (and yours truly) that sum up 2015.
Photos by Channing