What a difference a year makes.
As I sit here and type this, I can't quite believe how much of an incredible year 2015 has been for many reasons.
I'll not go into them all on here but essentially, I started 2015 feeling pretty low. It really says it all when you start the year with a dry shampoo review doesn't it?
I was dealing with pain and anxiety as a result of an accident; finding the right combination of tablets to help me and dealing with the side effects was far from easy. I'd been dropped by my best friend for no apparent reason which crushed me as I'd never envisaged us not being a part of each others lives and that seemed to put a dampener on many of the happy things that 2014 brought and I was feeling unsatisfied and unsuccessful in my work.
However despite the above and more that I don't think I'll ever share on here, I had this underlying, steely determination to move forward that I hadn't felt before in my life.
I realised that I'd been focusing on the negatives rather than all of the happy, positive things that had happened to me and the great, fortunate situation that I was in. When I think back to 2014, I actually had some of the best moments of my life so far that year and those memories should be treasured rather than overshadowed by the negatives.
My mindset had to change. I knew the power of positive thinking because its application had really helped me in the past and so I decided to pick something to focus. That thing was my blog.
At the beginning of the year, I set myself some goals that I wanted to achieve to do with my blog and social media and I've stopped at nothing to achieve them. While I didn't post about them, I wrote them doing in a note book and I feel a massive sense of achievement in reaching my goals.
There were three things that I wanted to achieve this year:
1. Hit 10,000 followers on Twitter
2. I wanted to reach 2000 followers on Bloglovin
3. To blog and publish a new post every single day.
I decided to skip writing posts reflecting on the previous year and my goals for the year ahead and just threw myself into it. I think focusing on what I wanted to achieve has really helped me as I've smashed my goals and couldn't be happier. I have to admit, I still cant believe that I managed to put up a new blog post everyday as it takes me so long to write each one.
It is such a great feeling to be ending one year in a completely different frame of mind to the way that you started it and I'm so excited for 2016.
Whatever you experienced in 2015, good or bad, learn from it and use it to set your goals for 2016. Work hard, play hard and reach for the stars.
If you're heading out tonight, stay safe and enjoy yourselves.
Lots of love xxx