Posted on: 5 January 2016

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A new year always brings an air of reflection and consideration, with the promise of new 
experiences and opportunities prompting a period of soul-searching and considering how to 
make the most of what is to come. Although I have never been one for New Year's 
resolutions per se, I thought I would reflect on the year just gone and share a few things 
I learnt and aim to be more conscious of for the year ahead. 

Don't compare yourself to others. Seriously.
Working in the industry I do, when your brand and your personal self are so inextricably 
linked, it is difficult not to compare yourself to others. It is, however, essential you don't. 
You must define your own goals, identify your own strengths and pursue them in your 
own way, single-mindedly. With almost tunnel-vision tenacity. Of course be inspired by
 others, seek knowledge from them and learn through shared experiences, but don't fall 
into the trap of comparing their lives/careers/relationships to your own as a measure 
of success. Everyone has a unique role to play and path to tread in this world, and you 
owe it to yourself and those around you to make the best of it on your terms, in your 
way, in your time. Be your own barometer for success.

Survive or thrive.
This has become my new mantra when faced with stressful times. My typical mindset is 
set on growth for my brand, business or personal self, always thinking about ways to expand
 and meet various goals and milestones. I learnt in 2015, however, that this just isn't always 
possible - some days or weeks or maybe months all you can afford to set your mind to is not 
to thrive, but merely survive. Get done what needs to be done, tick off those long lists, allow 
yourself to conserve that energy - both physical and mental - for those particularly stressful
 times, push through and then breathe and reboot. Once you're back on track and out of pure 
survival mode, you can think about how you can start thriving once more. Consciously 
deciding which it will be for that day is the key to ensuring you're not over-stretched. 

Celebrate the milestones.
Further to the point above, when you're thriving, remember to celebrate that fact. I cannot 
tell you how many times other people - friends, family, significant others - have had to 
remind me of how far I've come and how much everything as grown since I began blogging 
in 2011. I still can't believe what I get to do and see and experience, and indeed how many 
people seem to want to come along for that journey with me. It can be so easy to want to 
keep pushing forward, but sometimes you just need to sit back and appreciate just how far 
you have come.

Be kind.
To yourself and to others. There can never be too much kindness in this world, and there is 
never a situation that doesn't call for it in one way or another. Kindness, patience and 
understanding will always be the way forward in any given context.

Persistence and perseverance pays off. 
Finally, this is what you must remind yourself of everyday, because it is absolutely true. 
Never give up on your goals, aspirations or anything that drives you in this life, as that is 
the sole purpose for which we exist: to seek happiness and fulfilment, in both the largest 
and smallest of quantities, and enjoy the journey along the way. 

 Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, 
pain, difficulty... I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. 
I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and 
led them well. - Theodore Roosevelt

These are the words I am living by for the new year.  I say bring on 2016.  

Photos by Hannah Roche. Wearing: Michael Lo Sordo dress


  1. Beautiful shoot and beautiful dress !

  2. I absolutely love this, great little gems to take into the new year!

    Caity X
    Caity Says

  3. Beautiful shots! I´m in love with the dress!

  4. Love the dress and the scenery, and totally agree with these tips x

    Millie x

  5. Lovely lovely post! Your pictures are just amazing!

  6. sooo gorgeous -- can't get over this

  7. Love these points and goals. Everyone should follow them, we can be our own worst enemies and hard on ourselves. My goals this year and for all years to come are like these. Also love the dress and the photos. Happy new year!!

  8. Breathtaking, editorial like photos!! You look enchanting! First and last tips/ resolutions are so true and so what I'm trying to incorporate in my life too.

  9. This dress is absolutely stunning!! The pleats all throughout it is so beautiful. I love the way these photos were shot editorial style. They turned out amazing and are great quality. Also, I love what you said about comparing yourself to others. I wrote about that on my blog, because I think that is naturally challenging for us humans not to do. I must say that I have been working on that and have found that I am much happier. I still get happy for others and their success, but I try to keep in mind that I have my own path that I have to take. Great post and hope you have a happy New Year!

  10. This is such a fantastic post! I love the first point you made - so many people discuss this and you have really hit the nail on the head! It is just so hard not to do it! This dress is gorgeous too, you look amazing!

    Shot From The Street

  11. Awesome photos! Stunning! Xoxo

    Sunita |

  12. I completely agree with you, I don't think there's anything worse than comparing yourself to others. It's such a trap as well, I find once I start comparing it's all downhill from there.

    Beautiful photos as well, that dress is stunning.

  13. THE most amazing dress and editorial post! Loved it, just stunning!

  14. Looking gorgeous in total black.Adorable.

  15. WOW these pics are awesome!
    Xx Jint

  16. Love this post and your points!


  17. I love the black dress,and it is very fashionable and beautiful.

  18. Looking gorgeous in total black.Adorable.

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  21. It is so beautiful. Nice choice!

  22. Your words are pure truth. I may prtscream them to be a reminder!
    And that piece you are wearing... PERFECT!

    Love, Marie Roget

  23. amazing photos

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