are about to enter a new year and so, inevitably, the internet is awash with
new year’s resolutions, goals for the year ahead, and posts about change.
Whilst I think that self-improvement and ambitiousness should be be encouraged
and celebrated, I think that it is equally important to remember how amazing we
spite of the perceived narcissism that inherently comes with running a blog
based almost entirely around photographs of myself (although that isn’t to say
that narcissism is always a negative quality), I find bigging myself up to be
one of the most difficult things to do. When meeting someone new and talking
careers, I find myself instinctively downplaying my blog; ‘yeah it’s just pictures
of myself wearing clothes really, haha’.
2015 has been a massive year for me. I went through the break-up of a four and
a half year relationship, I graduated, I went from the relative financial
stability of being a student to being entirely self-employed, I moved from a
familiar city close to home to a completely unfamiliar city 200 miles away, my
grandfather passed away 3 weeks after I did this, and although I don’t speak
very openly about my personal feelings and ‘how I am doing’, I have been having
a very tough time as of late. With all that in mind, I wanted to end the year
with a list of my personal achievements; something that I can look at and be
proud of myself for, in spite of how overwhelming this year has been:
- I turned my hobby into my career.
- I achieved a first class law degree from the University of Manchester whilst doing
- I moved to London, not for a job or a place at
university, but as a self-employed, self-sufficient young woman.
- My content has improved tenfold since the
beginning of this year: I’ve worked with more people to improve my photos, I’ve
tried harder with my writing, and everything is just better.
- I’m 22 years old and I have a career, not just a job.
- I am 22 years old and I am my own boss.
course having a great life or remarkable set of achievements does not equal
happiness, but compiling this (albeit quite short) list of things I have done
this year in lieu of a list of things I want to change was, I think, a great
self-care move. I have reread it a number of times before hitting ‘publish’ and
have found it very cathartic, and will no doubt continue to do so well into
2016. So, by all means continue to be ambitious and use the New Year as a
kick-start into doing things that you want to do, but don’t disregard the
importance of a little bit of self-appreciation too <3