Reflecting On 2017

Sunday, 31 December 2017



The last day of the year is always known as the "reflection day"; the day where everyone looks back at what they did throughout the year. The day where everyone remembers all the lessons that they learnt, the fallbacks, the surprises, the tears, the laughter and the joy. For me, 2017 was an interesting year in which I learnt a lot about myself and the people that I have surrounded myself with. Would I change a lot about this year? Yes I would but do I regret any of the things I did or said? No, because they made me who I am today.

The year started in my favourite month, the first month, my birthday month of January where I celebrated my birthday. January was also the month that I started to learn more about my fitness journey and where I want to be, I started taking the gym a lot more seriously and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This year it is fair to say that I have embraced my love for the gym even further, I have been able to train a few people (I'm not certified yet) and I have been able to become stronger. Not just in the ability to lift heavier weights or squat lower, but my stamina has improved immensely. Before, I was only able to exercise for roughly 30 minutes but as time went on, I can go up to 1 1/2 hours. 

This year I began to embrace my natural hair more, I finally got it straightened after 2 years of starting my natural hair journey and I am so happy with how much my hair has grown. I tried out new hairstyles and my love for box braids. Not only did I embrace my natural hair, I embraced my love for fashion. I've always felt like my fashion style was always set back because I was always worried about what others may think of my outfits, but honestly, I couldn't care less. I'm slowly adding some more outfits to my collection that I love and are different!

In the many years of my life, there are 3 years that would be one of the most lessons learnt years, I'd have to say that 2017 was a learning year for me. I became stronger, I didn't let the small stupid things get to me, I started to care less. I only focused on positive energies and things that would only bring me happiness. I started to accept that not everyone will love you for who you are, that not everyone has the same heart as you or that not everyone understands. I also started to understand that someone friendships don't work out but that's not entirely my fault but just the way life goes. 


I worked with a couple of brands on my blog which was amazing and I had a lot of fun! I can't wait for more opportunities as the new year comes in. I changed my set up in photos which I loved, I added more props and tried different angles. All I need now is a new camera ;).

Towards the end of the year I had my first photoshoot in a couple of years and I loved it! I can't wait for many many more, it was different and I'm slowly starting to get used to being behind the camera.

My favourite memories in numbers...

8,383 minutes of Spotify 

14 new genres explored 

6,684 likes on Instagram

6 trainers bought this year

My favourite memories....

I went out more, I ate, I drank, I laughed, I squatted more, I had two massages, I danced, I sang, I treated myself, I bought more clothes, I bought trainers, I had another dining experience, I started driving lessons, I became a student, I hugged multiple people, I cried but most important I learnt a LOT. 

Photo Taken by: @ZoeGriffinPhoto

Coat: ASOS (similar here) / Dress: ZARA / Boots: ALDO (similar here)


So cheers to 2017, thank you to everyone that read my blog this year, thank you to all the people I met. And here's to 2018! 

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