Cheers to a New Year ~ What 2016 taught me!

Anyone there? I won't be surprised if no one is.... it's been a minute (and a half) since I showed up to my little space on the interwebs, and boy has life been a roller coaster (understatement) since then.

For a lot of people 2016 has been a challenging year. I guess every year is challenging, but I'm with those folks who could not wait to see (and kiss) the backside of 2016. Not even kidding.

To briefly recap my life's happenings, after my trip to Barbados in August, I had the most horrendous breakup (another understatement) which I'm now genuinely thankful for (sidenote - that story is so legitimately effed up that I could write a book about it), I've made great strides in work, I lost a childhood friend, I've lost weight (only to gain back a few pounds at Christmas), ran a couple 5ks and have started dating again. Yep in 4 months I've taken the biggest roller coaster ride of life, up and down and round and round - but I've come out alive and I did learn a lot about myself and about, well, life.

What have I learnt? In short, quite simply life comes with its ups and its downs - there is no escaping it. Everyone has trials and burdens and bullshit and if they pretend they don't, they're lying. Life isn't all unicorns and poptarts folks - lemme tell ya! Perhaps the most important thing though is that maintaining a positive attitude will make life and it's ups and downs a whole lot more manageable.

Yeah I know that's easier said that done - I know this because I've had to force a positive attitude through lots of the BS of this past year. It's doable though. And if you need help to do it, seek it. No shame in getting the help of friends, loved ones, heck a therapist, whoever. Just get your mind in the positive place it should be and that roller coaster ride might actually be enjoyable.

At least for me, it was. I'm now quite enjoying the ride that is life.

As I enter 2017, my prayer and hope is that I keep this positive mindset and that I thrive because of it. A new year doesn't mean the old BS disappears (which is why I don't do resolutions), but it does however, even if only symbolically, mean that there's a chance to reset.

Cheers to new beginnings and to a positive attitude though the ups and downs of 2017!

Happy New Year guys!!

13 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, that is incredibly tough! I'm here if you need to talk. Looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for you as well.

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  2. hi! i was quite surprised to see you pop up in my feed. happy new year and sorry to hear about the breakup but glad that it was meant to be (you without him and happier/better for it). hindsight is always 20/20.

    cheers to a great 2017 for you.

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  3. Welcome back and Happy New Year! That's a lot to go through, period, but especially in such a short period of time, but I'm happy to hear that you're working through it and taking from it the lessons you need. I love what you said in your last paragraph - no one changes overnight, on January 1 or any other day, but I also love the idea of a reset and a fresh, clean slate.

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  4. You're back! I was so happy to see you on my feed again. I'm sorry for the roller coaster ride that 2016 put you through. I hope that 2017 treats you well!

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  5. Why hello one of my favorite bloggers! Happy New Year darling and I'm sorry it's been a roller-coaster of happenings and emotions but it sounds like things are on the up and up and you deserve all the love, success and blessings for 2017! xo

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  6. Oh we've missed you!! Happy new year girlie and best wishes for light and love!

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  7. Wow, you HAVE had a really busy year! So sorry to hear about the rollercoaster's downswings, but happy to hear you've had plenty of upswings to balance them out.

    2016 was characterized by way more downs than ups for me, but the few ups that helped me keep a positive attitude made all the difference. You're so right!

    Good luck with all your hopes and goals for 2017!

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  8. Yes, yes, yes to life being one continual series of ups and downs. It sounds like you had some challenging times, but also so many great moments and have found a way to really focus on staying positive.

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  9. i'm sorry you went through the rollercoaster you did, but i can only hope 2017 is amazing and things keep going up from here!

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  10. 2016 taught so great life living aspects. Specially I took the facial treatment for the first time. Including that, I started using Life cell cream and that was the best experience of 2016.

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  11. If we talk about 2016 then I have learned to care for my skin and I have turned 30 so, I started to apply revitol anti-aging cream to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

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