Happy New Year all! I've been sitting here thinking what 2013 meant to me and finding it increasingly difficult to come up with the words that will justify it. 2013 was the year I stopped the hating and began the long and hard process of learning to love myself. Love myself now. And not in -10kgs time, or after a face full of make up, or only after receiving a hard-earned compliment. 2013 was the year I took my happiness in myself into my own hands. Only I can make myself truly happy and
this last year was when I started to that.
I started a job that took into account a work-life balance so important to my physical and mental health; I began studying on my own terms and to better myself rather than because it was expected; I worked hard on the small amount of friendships that were really important to me and let go of the negative ones; and most importantly I worked hard on this blog which fed my passion for fashion and helped me every day to make steps to accept myself for all I am.
So after an amazing year full of happiness and fun (and let's not pretend otherwise, some struggles too) I'm looking forward to 2014 and thinking what new challenges I will face and what I want to achieve. I don't so much believe in "resolutions" as such because firstly, I don't think you need an excuse to change your life, and secondly, they're often unrealistic pressures that focus on changing who you are rather than your decisions. But spending this time looking back on past achievements is a good opportunity to think about my personal goals for the next year.
1. Blog, blog and BLOG. I want to not only continue blogging but up the anty with more frequent posts, a new website (anyone looking for a pro-bono web design job...?) and themed posts. Anything you want to see? Let me know!
2. Spend less money on rubbish food and eat food that makes me feel well. 2013 was generally a great year but my IBS reached an unbearable point and this year I'm really going to focus on getting this under control so I can feel as much freedom as possible in my health.
3. Spend less and shop my own wardrobe. I think investing in a good seamstress will also give me the ability to take things I already own and mix it up. Constant shopping and new clothes is unrealistic, unsustainable and unrelatable.
So there! No "lose 30kgs", "run 5kms every day" or "eat only salad". With happiness and contentment comes health. And health and fitness can be achieved at any size.
So finally this wouldn't be a fashion blog without a look back at the year that was outfits! In no particular order here are my top 5 outfits from 2013 that have made the cut for various reasons. Some because I felt amazing, others because I received such great feedback. And also those that were out of my comfort zone. Click on the link for the original post.
Do you have any goals for 2014?