The start of a new year brings so many mixed emotions for many people.

For me, 2015 was a big success.  You can read about that here but essentially, I smashed the goals that I’d set myself for the year for my blog.  However in my personal life, amongst other things, I’d also managed to sever ties with toxic friendships, know my own mind and be able to speak it, stop spending too frivolously and save money.

It was around November time that I started to think about what I wanted to achieve and I realised that at this point in my life, exactly as everything is now, I’m happy with who and what is in my life.  However there was one thing that seemed to stick out for me which is a bit of a reoccurring theme, and that’s that I didn’t have a work life balance.  Achieving that is my main goal for 2016.

There are so many opportunities available to me and lots of different options that are open and while thats ultimately a positive thing, its also quite daunting as I’m not entirely sure on which road to take.  I haven’t always had the time or the right mindset to sit down and really think about what I want and sometimes when you’re so busy, its easy to become blindsided or to think you want to go down one path when what you really want is somewhere over there.

This year is going to be a journey of discovery for me, a quest to find true happiness.  I’m really content and happy in my life at the moment but I want to improve that by gaining a real work/life balance and I want to open more doors in my life that I enjoy doing and will add even more happiness to my life.  I’m surrounded by great people, pretty financially stable and I know what I want out of many aspects of my life but when you start blogging as a hobby and then it turns into a source of income, the lines between work and home life become blurred and its easy to feel as though you’re working 24 hours a day with very little sleep.

With that in mind, I have decided to take a break for a couple of weeks to give myself a chance to refresh my mind, come up with new, creative ideas and to ultimately decide how I want to get my work life balance back.  I think its going to be really refreshing and a massive change for me as in the 5 and a half years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve never taken a single day off.  Sure there’s been days where I haven’t posted but I’ve never not been on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any of the other social media that I use.  I’ve never not been taking photos or coming up with blog post ideas or trying out a new product just for the love of it.  I’ve taken my laptop away with me on countless holidays and trips that in the future, I’d like to be reserved purely for me time and a chance to fully relax.

In a world where social media has taken over from real life communication, being able to take a break and be present in the moment is fundamental.

That brings me to #ProjectHappiness which is something that I am working on this year and I wanted to share with you all.  Essentially its a way for me to try new things, enjoy myself and do more things in 2016 that make me happy than ever before.  I hope you’ll be able to follow my journey on social media and on my blog as I’d love to share my experiences with you.

You might have noticed that I’ve started posting inspirational quotes that I believe in on my social media to encourage me and spur me on, using the hashtag #ProjectHappiness.  I do hope that they inspire you all too as I’m a big believer that we don’t know how long we’re going to be on this earth for but we might as well seek happiness and live our days to the fullest while we’re here.

I’m literally heading off to the airport as I write and schedule this post and I couldn’t be more excited.

Happy New Year everyone, find happiness in every day and I’ll see you all on here in a couple of weeks time.

Bon Voyage!

What do you want to achieve in 2016?

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  1. Ursula Ball
    January 6, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    It takes courage to face challenges and new endeavors! I plan to improve and achieve certain goals both personal and professionally in 2016!Ursulawww.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

  2. Mellissa Williams
    January 7, 2016 / 8:29 am

    I think getting a great work/life balance can be essential to happiness. I have found out I am happier when I post 3/4 times a week and not everyday. Take a break, think about what you want in life and from your blog and come back refreshed.

  3. Kacie Morgan
    January 7, 2016 / 8:44 am

    I've been enjoying reading your inspirational posts and hope you reach all your goals for 2016!

  4. Stressed Mum
    January 7, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    One of the biggest things to achieve is getting rid of the negative people around you,am so glad you have managed to do this and speak your own mind and know who you are. I love your blog and am following your #projecthappiness

  5. Odd Socks and Lollipops
    January 7, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    I think #ProjectHappiness is an amazing idea! Happiness is so important and it's something we should all take the time to work at. I am hoping that 2016 is going to be a happy year

  6. Tori Gabriel
    January 7, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    It's always a good idea to take a total break occasionally. I find I spend so much time on SM or doing my blog that I feel I'm missing out on a lot in life.

  7. Nayna Kanabar
    January 7, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Enjoy your holiday and the relaxation. Social media and blog will be waiting for you so make the most of the relaxation.

  8. ana de jesus
    January 7, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    What an incredible woman you are, to have been blogging for 5 years and never taken a day off that is quite a feat and I am only 5 months in but I know how you feel. As well as working two jobs plus looking after kids I also blog mon-fri and social media too and at the weekends I am working, preparing posts and shooting outfits. It can be difficult to take time out so well done you xx

  9. Kitty Kaos
    January 7, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    Well done for smashing your goals and keep going! I love reading your blog xMiss Kitty Kaos – Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl

  10. Emma White
    January 7, 2016 / 11:59 pm

    I totally agree I have written down and printed out my own goals for this year ad the first is to be happy with myself

  11. Katie Jane Online
    January 8, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I love #projecthappiness!! I'm thinking of having 1 day every two weeks away from all social media. Hope you're having a nice holiday. Katie x http://www.katiejaneonline.com

  12. Catstello
    January 8, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Congrats on smashing your goals! I love the idea of this 🙂

  13. beautyqueenuk
    January 8, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    I am loving the sound of #Projecthappiness and cannot wait to see you achieve x

  14. Teresa Bowen
    January 8, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    I know what you mean about never taking a day off. This year I'm trying to have a few posts scheduled way in advance so that I can go on holiday and not worry about the blog being quiet.

  15. Stella Olojola
    January 9, 2016 / 8:48 am

    Well done on smashing your goals for 2015. Have a lovely time off.

  16. Ickle Pickle
    January 10, 2016 / 10:25 am

    Five and a half years – wow! You deserve a break lovely – hope you are having a blast and look forward to 'seeing' you when you return. Kaz x

  17. Kerry-Ann McDade
    January 17, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    I hope you have a lovely break and have some must needed you time! Cannot wait to read more of your Project Happiness! 🙂 x

  18. Eat Sleep Blog Repeat
    January 23, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    I am loving the sound of #ProjectHappiness and can't wait to see how you get on. You did so well in 2015 and I wish you every success during 2016 as well :)Louise x

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