2016 has been a bit of a weird one, hasn’t it? It’s had its ups and downs; shocking
celebrity deaths, political change and a hell of a lot of personal life changes.
For me, 2016 has sped by and I honestly can’t believe
it’s over already. It seems like only yesterday that I was chatting about the
end of 2015.
It’s been a tough one, I’m not going to lie. A
lot of things in my life are different. Some are good changes, others are not.
I’ve loved and then lost. I’ve picked myself up and dusted myself off and got
on with things. I’ve experienced things that I never thought I’d have to at the
age of 23; things that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It’s most definitely made
me a stronger person.
I finally told people outside of my blogging
sphere about the work I’ve been doing for the last few years. Believe it or
not, that took a lot of guts for me. I’m most definitely someone who worries
about what other people think. I’ve learned this year that the people who
really matter will never pass judgement. 2016 has been an eye-opener.
I’ve made some fantastic new friends, friends who I have so much in common with:
2016 introduced me to the amazing Katie, for example. I also finally
got to meet Holly – she’s most
definitely a friend for life. LivHelps introduced me to a whole group of new people who I chat to every day: you all know who you are. I love you all dearly.
I’ve also made some amazing new friends outside
of blogging: colleagues that keep me going on tough days and friends who are on
hand for a cuddle and a gin and tonic when the stress gets a bit too much. I
have friends from school, college and university who have stuck by me
throughout all the madness. I am so grateful
I’ve started off in a career that is so incredibly rewarding.
I love it more and more every day and can’t wait to see where the future takes
me. I’ve considered my own future and where I want to be in life: now and ten years from now. I’ve found myself
a little place to make a home: it’s small and cosy but it’s all mine.
I’ve worked alongside some absolutely
incredible brands, brands I could never
have imagined would want to work with little old me. I’ve received books from
authors I admire, from publishing houses that fill my shelves and I have plenty
of work lined up for 2017.
It’s been a good year.
Bring on 2017. I know for a fact that it’s
going to be even more amazing.