HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS! I hope 2016 is going swimmingly for you all so far, I certainly am very excited for what is to come. But first, it is time for some reflection. Here are a few things that have happened over the last few months that have made 2015 great. I’ve taken the executive decision to only talk about the good things that happened, because looking back is only fun when the memories are happy. First of all, here is a bonus selfie taken last new years eve before any of the below had happened.
Top 5 Highlights:
- Quitting my job to live my dream and having absolutely no regrets.
- Travelling to 5 beautiful cities, and having a whale of a time. I went to Bristol, Paris, Lewes, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam.
- Getting myself a cuddly buddy that follows me around everywhere, and of course I’m talking about my gorgeous little Westie Pup Sylvie, who is the love of my life.
- Regaining control of my anxiety, and stress levels. This should probably be higher up the list, but in all honesty now that I have better control, it no longer has such a big impact on my life. This time two years ago I was a bubbling cauldron of nerves, and I can feel in my stomach how far I’ve come because it no longer causes me constant physical pain. There are obviously still good and bad days/hours/minutes, but I feel so much free-er than I did.
- Visiting the Warner Bros Studio Tour and remembering that although I should’ve without a doubt played Hermione in the films, I am a true Ravenclaw through and through.
New Things I Did:
- Started Blogging. Although I’ve not always been 100% (ahem) committed to this little space on the internet, I have loved everything I’ve posted, everyone I’ve met, been appreciative of every comment and follow and for that I want to say THANK YOU! This year I’m going to try to get on top of things here, now that I am a bit more on top of my life.
- I travelled on my own, it was quite a big deal for me. If anyone would like to read a post about this experience then leave me a little comment below.
- I tried oysters. They were gross.
- I made some wonderful new friends, and learned to really appreciate my old friends. Since university many have come and gone, and I now make a real effort with the ones that stick around. I’ve realised it’s actually quite a rare and special thing.
- Realising that I was going down the wrong path and having the strength and courage to change it. I’ve not always been the bravest – someone hand me the health and safety officer badge, because, fear is my forte. For this reason, leaving a stable job to dive into one of the most unstable career’s out there, and live life as a freelance performer was pretty terrifying, but I did it (and so far it’s going pretty well) so, without blowing my trumpet too loudly I’m pretty blooming proud of myself.
Things I’m looking forward to in 2016:
Mostly I’m looking forward to finding out what happens one day at a time. It might be a huge success, it might not be. It might be full of wonderful new opportunities, but it might not be. It might be a year of happiness and confidence, but it might not be. There is no way of predicting the future. I’m just looking forward to finding out how the event’s that 2016 has in store will change me and my life. I will just try to have control over the things I can, I let go of what I cannot.
Life is for living.
Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see more of this year on Arts & Graces. I have more outfit post’s in the pipeline, and I want to start up ‘Thought of the Week’ again as well, so if there is anything you would like to see making a feature there please comment below. See you all soon!