It’s that time of the year again!

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2014 has been one of the most interesting, stressful and exciting years so far. It’s taught me a lot, some good, some bad. But I thought I’d share with you guys what I’ve learnt.

1. You can’t plan your future, it’s really not that simple. No matter how much you try to create a schedule or time frame, life doesn’t work that way. ‘Next summer I’m going to go to W with X, while still being best friends with Y, oh and I’m going to get a job at Z.’ Everyone is hopeful and don’t get me wrong I’d love nothing more than to have a plan that I can stick to. However, 2014 has made me realise life goes on, yes something may not be what you necessarily wanted. But it has encouraged me to think on my feet and be excited for the future, because I know it’s going to be great. Whatever happens.

2. Make peace with the past. If you don’t it’ll be like an anchor and just bring you down. Don’t let it disturb your present or your future. Time is the best healer, honestly.

3. Friends come and go. But it is the people that are there for you day in and day out that are going to be there long term. Make sure you appreciate them, tell them you love them, thank them, there are thousands of ways to tell and show someone you love them.

4. Being a best friend is one of the most wonderful things in the world. I don’t think that needs anymore explanation.

5. Being an aunty is SO underrated. I love my family, as dysfunctional as they are, I wouldn’t change them for the world.

6. I love travelling and need to do more of it. New York was dreamy, it has spurred on my love of cities.

7. Write a journal, or carry around a notebook. I have one in my bag at all times, if I hear a funny quote or a see a restaurant I want to visit at a later date I write it all down. It’s a nice memo if nothing else.

8. Indulge. Maybe I do this a little too much with clothes and shoes, but you earned it!

9. One text goes a long way.ย Whether it’s rekindling a relationship, friendship or telling someone you’re there for them. It makes a big difference.

10. Don’t waste time reading rubbish books just to say you’ve read it.

I wish you all a very happy New Year, and I hope you bring in 2015 as you mean to go on. Are you doing anything special?

Take care,

B x

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What goes around, comes around

Coming to the end of the year always presents reflection, some good reflection and some bad. The same with everything, 2013 has been a love/hate year. From getting through my first year of university, re-finding friendships, becoming even closer with my best friends to breakups, fall outs and struggling to pass assignments. But hey, a lot happens in 12months.

Don’t you find it weird that life goes on and it feels like nothing is changing. Then when you look back on the year it is scary how different it was in comparison to the year before. I love how life does that. No matter what age you are you are always gaining life experiences, something is continuously changing, sounds so cliche but you develop so much within a year.

Last night we were sat around the dinning room table discussing the best moments for each person in 2013, with laughs, congratulations and reminiscing. As the wine carried on flowing we got to the deeper side of 2013, the worst part of the year. This made me think about karma, something I have repeatedly had faith in. My mother always says, ‘a situation will present itself‘ and yes, most of the time it does. It may not be a week, a month or a year after the event, but believe me, it does happen. It also may not be something you can necessarily see, it may not be that they become homeless or that their boyfriend dumps them. But you can guarantee that something will even out the balance.ย Being as impatient as I am, I’ve found this particularly hard to grasp.

I try to live by the quote, ‘treat those how you would like to be treated‘ – so, I am going to try and carry on this motto into 2014. I don’t want any negative karma, only positive karma please! I’ve got a few resolutions this year, to learn a language, be less sensitive (I’m a female!) and to go to the gym more regularly (I think that’s everyone’s resolution, a girl can hope) I have a good feeling about 2014. What are your resolutions?

NYE plans are still up in the air, it is possibly one of the most overrated nights ever. All you need is a few bottles of champagne, good food, good music and even better company.

Hope you all have a great start to 2014, start as you mean to go on!

Take care,

B x