Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 REFLECTIONS AND 2016 GOALS


It's happening. Page 365 of 365. Currently in bed watching A Series of Unfortunate Events and drinking Lemsip. Yes, this girl is ill on New Years Eve - go me. I'll probably spend the rest of the night drinking tea and reading blogs. Wild as ever. 

I thought it'd be nice to reflect on some life lessons of this year and set a few goals for 2016. I love reading these kind of posts so hopefully you'll enjoy mine. 


2015


PERSONAL
I like focusing on the highs rather than the lows.
 You could say that for the most part I always try to be positive and see the silver lining in everything. I'm not going to lie though  this year has been challenging because I started stepping outside the kid bubble and 'adulting' a little more. 
I guess it was time since I'm 22 now. Damn. Twenty two, where did the time go?!

I also started to really focus on myself - and that sometimes meant cutting people out of my life when I thought they weren't quite good for me. I just realised that there's no time to waste on individuals that aren't there for you when you need them. Unfortunately not everything or everyone is as it seems and that's okay, I can always find a way to make things better and move on. I wasted so much time on people who didn't appreciate it that now I prefer to save it for who's worth it.  

It's been good to have some personal growth and realise that you need yourself more than anything or anyone else. You can be your biggest fan or your biggest enemy. With that in mind I started attending more events, going out of my comfort zone and enjoying the littlest things in life. 

Style-wise I also found what I really like. I've been experimenting with fashion for so many years but now I know exactly what works for me, what doesn't and what makes me feel comfortable and confident. Sorry nan, black clothes aren't going anywhere any time soon! 

LIFE 
My boyfriend moved in with me and we're currently saving up to move out next year. 
I know for some this may not be anything ground breaking, but if you experienced it before you probably know that when you end up living with your partner it's really stepping up your relationship to a whole new level. I mean, I have to share my closet with him. I also had to share my beauty space with him. MY BEAUTY SPACE, PEOPLE. If that's not love then I don't know what is. 

We welcomed a new family member, my pug Sid. He's the most adorable and loving pet I could have asked for. He literally makes me laugh out loud every day. I snapchat him loads so if you want to see some action add me - whatkrisdid.

I finally found a part time job that I don't hate with every single bone of my body! 
Yes, it's in retail (I'm still a student, the choice wasn't really that broad) but the team is amazing. It's nice to be excited to go to work because of the fun colleagues you know you'll see again and suddenly facing rude customers isn't as bad as it used to be. 

With that in mind, whilst I may have cut some not-so-great friendships, the good ones I had became even stronger. I also welcomed some new people in my life that I'm excited to make many memories with and get to know even more. 

I started attending industry events and going to more museums and art galleries. I learnt so much from the history of art, different artists and painters in general that I feel more knowledgable in fashion and beauty too on many more levels than I was before. Also, attending London Fashion Week and Weekend has been very inspiring. 



BLOGGING
I am really happy with how my blog has progressed this year. I improved the photography, the content and the design. (or at least I'd like to think so)
I attended more events and met some gorgeous bloggers I'm lucky enough to call friends and it's also been great to work with so many amazing brands, especially YSL, which is still unrealistic and crazy to think that actually happened. 

Of course I couldn't forget being shortlisted in the Cosmo Blog Awards again for Best in Beauty! Thanks again to anyone who voted for me, you lot are so kind and supportive! 



2016 

New year, new me?
Nah. I'm sure I'll be the same person for the most part but there's definitely certain things I'd like to improve on and achieve, don't we all? 
I don't personally like writing these kind of lists because I feel much more pressure to do them but what's wrong with that after all, right? I'll give it my best damn shot. 


LIFE/ PERSONAL 

GRADUATE!
 Fingers crossed it all goes well so that in July my journey in full time education comes to an end. 

Travel more 
Canada or Greece would be great in the summer

Be more organised 
I just bought a planner a few days ago. I need to get better at organising my own time. Blogging, working and studying is a challenge.  

Read more
Aside from the boring academic books I have to read all the time, I really miss losing myself into a story or even getting inspired with some light reads like "Girl Boss". (I still haven't read it!) 

Work Out
I swear we all want to do this but then we all fail at it. 
I don't want to become a gym bunny by any means, but working out a few times a week to tone up and be more fit would be ideal. 

Learn to cook
I am so bad at cooking. The only thing I can decently make is fish but I'd like to expand more and try new healthy dishes. 

Be more self confident 
I feel like I still lack that spark after years of bullying so I really want to just accept myself fully and play on my strengths rather than focus on the weaknesses. 

Do more internships and gain work experience
I'm doing a fashion journalism and PR degree so when that's done I definitely need to add more stuff to my CV before I go job-hunting. It'd be nice to find something by January next year and move to London. Fingers crossed! 


BLOGGING 

- Redesign my site 
I'm currently working on a new logo and just a new vibe. I hope you guys will like it. 

- Keep Improving my Photography 
I finally started getting to a point where I'm quite happy with my photos but I still want to get even better and experiment. 

- Get more personal 
I feel like you lot don't know that much about me. I mainly review products and talk about makeup so it'd be nice to get a little more "deep" next year. 

- More lifestyle and Fashion posts 
This goes hand in hand with my previous point and the self confidence issue. It'd be nice to just open up a little more and show my face on here. 

- Improve my social media skills and promote more
I just started using twitter more for blog promotion. I don't like spamming people with links to a new post but I also know that it's important to get the word out. It'd be great to show presence on all my social media channels every day. This year I would disappear for a whole week sometimes which we know is not great. 

- Get back on YouTube 
I'm still on the fence with this one but I really enjoyed making videos two years ago so maybe after I graduate I'll re-open my channel. There's still over 800 subscribers on there so I would't want that platform to just die out. 


So that's it from me for this year! 
Thank you all for the support and Happy New Year! Let me know what content you'd like me to expand on and what posts you'd like to see more of. 

XOXO 










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  1. Love reading this! Great post and goals for 2016, I love how strong your brand identity is across all your channels so keep it up :) I also made it my resolution to finally start video blogging, which is why I got my olympus Pen. I'm really enjoying it :) Looking forward to seeing where 2016 takes you! Good luck lovely xx

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    1. awww thank YOU for reading my blog lovely :) It means a lot! Have a great NYE celebration and I look forward to seeing you vlog ;) xxx

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    1. haha I haven't written a goals post before I think so I'm starting with a clean slate ;)
      Happy new year lovely x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by :) Glad you enjoyed it x

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  4. Sounds like 2015 has been a busy year for you! Happy New Year & good luck with your goals for 2016 - I'm sure you'll rock them!!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks chick ;) Will try! haha
      Happy new year xx

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  5. I'm laughing so hard at your sharing your beauty space. Oh that's so hard to do! Well done for getting through that :) xx

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    1. The struggle is real! haha
      Thanks for reading xxx

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  6. Oooh I need to learn too cook too but I'm 33 so it should be something I can already do *sighs. I can cook (from freezer to oven) but not from scratch like my mum does x

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    1. Hahah plenty of people are like us which doesn't make me feel too awkward about not being a proper cook yet but we can improve ;) xx

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  7. A lovely New Years read! Sounds like 2015 was great for you, I hope 2016 can exceed it!

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    1. Fingers crossed :) thanks for stopping by and reading xx

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  8. These are some fab goals! I so need to up my social media game too to promote my blog. Hope 2016 is a great year for you too :) x

    Everything But The Kitchen Sink

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  9. Happy new year doll! I have loved reading your blog in 2015 it has been beautiful! I love living with my bf but I agree it is a HUGE thing! I am rubbish at making goals but exercise is a biggy for me xxx



    BlondeOfCarbs

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    1. Thank you reading and commenting on my blog love, it means a lot! :)
      Ahhh I am rubbish too, we'll see how many of the goals I'll complete by the end of the year haha
      xxx

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  10. Happy new year! Your blog was a really exciting and wonderful read! :) Wish you lots of success and happiness for 2016! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Gemma, I hope you have an amazing year as well xx

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  11. i highly recommend going to canada! i went to toronto in august and it was the best time of my life. i would say the best thing that has happened in 2015

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    1. Awww this comment makes me want to pack my bag and leave tomorrow haha

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  12. These are great goals! your photography and writing skills are perfect, I'm not sure there is a room for perfection! Happy holidays! All the best for you and your family in 2016! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

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    1. WOW such kind words Katya! Thank you ever so much :) I hope you have an amazing 2016 as well :) xxxx

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  13. Great post and your blog is lovely. 2015 was quite an amazing year for you, I hope that 2016 will be even better. I'd like to accomplish some of what you have thus far in terms of blogging. Happy New Year!

    Olive Needs Popeye

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    1. Aww that's very kind and good luck :) Anyone can do it xxx

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  14. Such great goals for the new year! And I gotta agree on the cutting people out of your life part. It's so important to remove the toxic people since they just weigh us down in every way possible.

    hhappylittleblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely worth it :) It's nice to know you're surrounded by genuine people only! x

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  15. They're really good goals for the new year! Good luck with them :)
    Happy new year!
    Jessica | http://thebirdsandbutterflies.blogspot.co.uk x

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    1. Thanks lovely :) Have an amazing new year xx

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  16. Good luck with your goals for the new year, they all seem very achievable! xx

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    1. haha fingers crossed I'll accomplish all of them :) xx

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  17. Great post, I'm so jealous you got a pub!! They're adorable. Would love if you could check out my recent fashion post? :)

    The Fashion Road

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    1. They're such kind dogs with an amazing personality :) I am in love with mine x

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  18. I love this post! It sounds like you had a great year, I hope living with your guy is going well and I'm so jealous of your pug.

    Liza xx

    www.lizataitbailey.com

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    1. It's going well so far! *touches wood*
      haha Sid is crazy, I am literally obsessed with my dog! x

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  19. ah, i was ill on new year's eve as well, hope you've recovered! and it sounds like you've had some good moments in 2015 and i hope 2016 will be better and that you'll achieve your goals! happy new year! :-) xx

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    1. Thank you so much lovely!
      I am all good now, I hope you've fully recovered too! thanks for stopping by xx

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  20. Absolutely loved reading this! Happy New Year lovely, I am sure 2016 is going to be an amazing year for you! Definitely think you should get back on YouTube - your videos would be fabulous!

    Sophia Meola | A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    xxx

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    1. You're an absolute babe! Happy New Year and see you soon ;)
      xx

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  21. Awww, I hope you've recovered from the illness! Maybe it was the excitement from the holidays getting to you hahaha. I love your blogging goals! I'm currently trying to improve my blog as well! And try my hand at YouTube. Haha, we'll see I guess <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

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    1. It was too much to handle ;) haha
      I'm good now, thanks!
      oooh link me up your YT if you make it, I'd love to watch some fresh faces x

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  22. Love your blog! Just stumbled across it, and it's of such high quality! I especially love how honest you are, and the marble print.

    Keep up the great work

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    1. haha that marble print steals hearts ;)
      Thanks for reading lovely x

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  23. Oh, I loved reading your thoughts and resolutions, I hope that you will acomplish everything you wish! Keep going :)

    Check out my blog if you want: www.theglamandglitter.com

    Tamara xxx

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    1. I will certainly stop by :) Thanks for reading lovely! xx

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  24. I Enjoyed every bit of this post. Good luck to you!

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    1. Thank you so much Veena :) Good luck to you too xx

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  25. Love this post ! I would love to write one like this but I only launched my blog a few weeks ago haha, maybe I'll film something like this for my YouTube channel.

    Anywho I'm also 22 and I love that you didn't state the whole new year new me thing, I feel like the new year is a fresh start for everyone but we should also only be improving the person we were and not try to be someone completely different.


    Xoxo
    Thania
    Themakeuphunt.com

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    1. EXACTLY! I try and better myself every day. I don't care if it's Jan 1st or August the 12th haha
      Thanks for reading lovely x

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  26. great list of goals for yourself. And loved your honest reflections... I too have learned this year that sometimes its best to "say goodbye" to certain people in your life who just are not good for you. Sometimes friendships can be toxic and while it may be sad, its best to just let go and move on!

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    1. Definitely :) It's better to have less friends but they're all good than many who are below average.
      Thanks for reading x

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  27. Such a great post! Your photography is gorgeous! xx www.laura-simone.com

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    1. Thank you so much Laura :) Thanks for following me on twitter as well xx

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  28. Happy new year, beautiful! I must say this was a lovely post to read...I really do emphatise with many of your points as I'm pretty much in the same boat (just a bit older than you, sigh).

    Your blog (and photography) are amazing and totally drool-worthy!!!

    Here's to a fantastic new year ahead for all of us! ♥

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