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Thursday, 31 December 2015

What I've learnt in 2015...

Over the past week or so I've had a little downtime and put together this little reflection on my year in 2015. This is as much for myself as it is for you guys. I love reading blog posts like this so here is my very own...


Beauty regime…
Yes. I was once that girl who thought it was fine to sweep a face wipe over my face and be done with my make-up removal. This has changed massively this year and my night-time routine is 5x longer than it used to be. At the grand old age of 26 (ha) I have started to take my skincare seriously. It’s so revolting when you take your make up off with a face wipe, think your make up is removed and then use a warm wet muslin cloth and see what's left…wow. I do still use a facewipe to take the majority of my make up off if I’ve worn a lot that day. Followed by a cleansing balm (using Elemis at the moment). I love a weekly facemask too, my favourite is Mask of Magnaminty from Lush. Before bed I like to use a deep moisturiser or serum overnight, I have been using a sample size Chanel micro serum and I think I might have to buy the full size as I have really seen a difference in my skin.

To enjoy life and try not to worry…
I am a worrier. I worry all the time about silly things, the future, work, my family, what people think of me, the list goes on. This might sound dramatic but the events in Paris this year really changed my outlook. I know tragedies like this are happening all the time in lots of countries but Paris really struck a chord with me because I was meant to be travelling there with work the following week. If you know me/read my blog you’ll know of my love of Paris and it seriously broke my heart to see the city I have so many lovely memories in suffer the way it did. It terrified me in a way that completely changed my attitude. Worrying about work on a Sunday night? You’re lucky to have a job and most of all be alive to be able to go to it. I know that’s quite morbid but it’s helped me massively in being able to take life as it comes and enjoy the days I have. Tomorrow is never promised. 

Social Media…
Now, when social media is your job and one of your hobbies the lines between get blurry, fast. Being involved in a world that is so fast paced can get a little overwhelming and you can end up missing real life. The pressure to have the perfect blog, a perfectly curated Instagram profile not to mention all the other social platforms got to be too much. I am fully aware of how many articles went flying around the internet about how social media isn’t real life and not is all as it seems. Which to some extent I can agree with but I really feel like it comes down to personal balance. I have been that person who’s food has gone cold whilst trying to take a great snap, asked David to take a million pictures of my outfit (thanks Dave!) and obviously all the while ALL my images have to be taken horizontally. It can start to take over a little. Towards the end of this year I have taken a little step back from my blog, and hopefully I will feel better for it come the New Year… 

Adult Life…
Last Christmas I moved back home from living in Manchester with my amazing flatmate Yasmine. It was the first time I’d moved out (I stayed in Liverpool for uni) so it was a big deal for me. Fast forward 12 months and David and I are in a position to own our very first home! This is probably the most exciting and scary thing that’s ever happened to me. Whilst there’s lots of daunting elements such as mortgage, bills, council tax – having a place to call our own is so exciting. I can’t wait to settle in and get decorating! I will also be documenting our move here on the blog, but more about that soon...

So there we are. Thank you so much for reading my blog this year. Hope you've had an amazing Christmas. Here’s to 2016 and everything it brings! x

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