Saturday, 31 December 2016

Goodbye 2016

2016 was one of the hardest years of my life. It's been a year full of negatives and positives and frustratingly for the most part, the negatives outweigh the positives.  
Don't get me wrong, the positives are pretty special. I turned 18, celebrated with a weekend in London, started driving lessons, got a full time job which I love, got back into photography, found a new love in baking, made brand new friendships and made more memories with old ones.
However where there was a high, there as a low. When my Grandad passed away in January I was forced to grow up and deal with things that before I wouldn't of even thought were going to happen to me. It was a shock and something that came out of absolutely no where. He was one of the best people in the world. It's nearly a year he's been gone now and if I'm being honest I'm still struggling. It's got easier but I still haven't got my head around it and to be honest I don't think I ever will. I've never experienced loss before and I didn't expect it to feel like it did. Writing this post in March actually helped a lot because for the first time in 3 months I actually got everything I was feeling written down and out of my mind.
Losing my grandad shaped 2016 for me. The rest of the year was a blur. I held back so much because I just wasn't myself. All of my friends were moving on, living life and experiencing so many firsts like normal 18 year olds but I didn't want to do any of that. I felt silly that something that happened at the beginning of the year was still affecting me. However it did make me realise who my true friends are. Going through what I did made me realise that you can have a best friend, someone you talk to all the time, but as soon as shit gets real and you're the one in a bad place going through something more important than their recent boring boyfriend drama, they will disappear off the face of the earth with no care in the world. But you know what, why would I want that "I'll only talk if we can chat about my very insignificant relationship drama instead of your rock bottom struggles which I know you're going through" person in my life? I don't. After saying that though, if it wasn't for my family and true friends, I don't actually know where I would be right now. 
2017 will be better. I'm determined to go outside of my comfort zone a little more. Maybe I'll actually say "yes" to the invitation of a night out and maybe I'll go away more and not just live on the sofa on my days off work. I want to focus of myself and get myself back to me again. I feel like after what I've been through in the last year, I can just about get through anything now. Yes I probably will still have crappy days but thats all part of it and I've learnt how to deal with them.
I've set myself simple goals. I want to pass my driving test, continue with photography and baking and most importantly make sure there are more positives than negatives by the end of the year.
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Three Ways To Be Happier At Winter

I feel like it's only natural to feel a little rubbish at this time of year. With the weather getting colder and the evenings getting darker I'm sure everyone generally feels just not quite themselves. I get like this every year so. I wanted to share some ideas that I use to instantly make myself happier.

Plan for Christmas
In October and November when you start to feel all doom and gloom theres honestly nothing better than planning days and nights out  for Christmas. Whether its finding local Christmas markets online, going on a forest walk with a warm hot chocolate or planning a festive night out (or in if you're like me!) with your gals, it will instantly cheer you up and make you feel sooooo festive!! It also gives you something to look forward to which for me keeps me going through the dark and cold months.

Me Time Matters
Whether it's running a hot bubble bath just before you go to bed or applying your favourite face mask, you should ALWAYS find time for yourself. For me, there's nothing better than coming home after a long day at work and jumping straight into a steaming bath. I always make sure to use a Lush bubble bar or bath bomb (their winter range will put anyone in a festive mood) and either watch an episode of Grey's Anatomy or shuffle my Spotify playlists.

Look After Your Skin
I'm the first to admit that my skincare routine is crap. Most of the time I forget and go to bed with my makeup on so I'm always on the lookout for any new products that can make my life easier. Recently I bought myself a couple of bits from the new Garnier Moisture Bomb range and O M G it's insane. My favourite thing I got is definitely the 3 in 1 day cream. I use it all the time but for the best results I like to apply it overnight. When I wake up my sin is clear of any dryness, blemishes and red areas. It also makes your skin look so hydrated and awake making it great for winter.
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