For me, 2016 has actually been a cracking year, it was exactly what I needed it to be and more. I somehow managed to bag a dream job, I bloody love what I do and I’m so incredibly grateful that I am able to say that. And it’s the year I’ve felt the most honest with myself and those around me. On a larger scale it hasn’t been the kindest year for the world; Brexit and Donald Trump to name a couple of things that have truly upset me.
Around this time last year I wrote my Hello 2016/New Year Goals post so I thought it would be good to see how I’m getting on with them and what I want to focus on a bit more for 2017. I never really gave myself a time limit of when I should achieve these goals, I see them as ever changing and a continuation of growth.
Updating my makeup portfolio was something high on my priority list at the beginning of 2016 and for the first few months I was totally doing it but as it does, life got in the way and I stopped shooting for a while. I then got the new job and focused all of my time and energy on that which meant my freelance work was slightly quieter. It’s not a decision I regret as I fully wanted to get to grips with the new job but it is something I want to be more consistent with this year. The most important thing to do as soon as possible is to tweak my portfolio site and make it live, I’ve been holding back because I want it to be ‘perfect’ but the truth is it never will be, nothing ever is. I just need to put it out into the world and go from there.
I’ve also been slacking on the whole social media front; the blog, Youtube, Twitter and Instagram, mainly because I wasn’t sure what I wanted from it. It’s always been a hobby and now I think I want a bit more, I’m ready to take it a step further and invest more time and energy into my blog and Youtube channel to get them to a place I’m happy with.
This year I want to be able to balance work life, blogging and hanging out with friends to find the perfect routine for myself. I want to use my spare time more efficiently. I want to start meditating and practising mindfulness again. I want to get fit, not to lose weight but to actually tone up and feel healthy.
But let’s be real… I’ll probably just end up binge watching everything on Netflix and eating crap. And that’s ok too!
I’ve thrown in a few outfit photos that didn’t quite make the cut into the original posts so I hope you’ve enjoyed my absurd faces in them.
So thank you for being so lovely to me 2016, you have a lot to live up to 2017.