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Hello! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that Santa bought you everything you wanted?! I spent Christmas Day at home with my family. My Mum, Dad, sister Katie, brother Jamie, my Grandma and Grandad, as well as my sister’s boyfriend, Jordan. We spent the day opening presents, eating, drinking and watching Christmas TV. It was lovely to just spend the day not really doing anything and being around the family. I’d spent the two weeks before working solid at The Fragrance Shop, helping last-minute shoppers (mainly men) choose that perfect fragrance for members of their family. It was busy, stressful, yet very fun. I’d get home, have tea and fall asleep. So, apologies for not posting on here for a while, Sorry…I just didn’t have the time.

Anyway, I can’t believe that the festive season is almost over and we are about to embark on a brand new year!…It’s scary isn’t it?! Usually, I get so depressed on New Years Eve and New Years Day, just because it means having to wait another year for the festive season again. But, I won’t lie, I’m more than happy to welcome in 2016 this year. 2015 has been one of the worst years of my life, personally. I’ve lost 2 very important people in my life, we have been through some very tough times at home and I’ve had to make difficult choices along the way. But, professionally, there have been some very good highlights…I got not only a new job in The Fragrance Shop, meaning I was able to quit my job as a waitress, but, also at a Studio in the centre of Manchester where I could develop my skills as a Photographer. I also started learning to drive, I then passed my Theory Test, published my Photography Website and how can I forget, I had a wedding I’d photographed published on Rock N Roll Bride. Plus, I started the blog!

But, despite all this, I am still very much looking forward to toasting in the New Year come 11:59pm on New Years Eve! It will be spent in the local pub, with the family and a few friends, drinking Prossecco, downing jager bombs and counting down to January 1st 2016. Although, I’ll probably spend a few minutes feeling a little down, having waved goodbye to the festive season, as Christmas is my most favourite time of the year. I’m beginning to feel the same way now just thinking about it.

So, I decided that I wanted to do something that would make New Year a little easier for me to handle. (Screw those resolutions you make that last for, at most, a few days.) After thinking about it for a little while and I decided on this…

Last year, I spent many days feeling down and depressed. Some days I felt I couldn’t handle life and what I was doing, so I’d spend those days crying. I hated it. I hated the feelings I had and the shame and upset I felt, so, I knew I wanted 2016 to be different. So, what did I come up with? a ‘365 things to do in 365 days’ list! It means exactly what it says! It’s basically a list made up of simple things that make me happy, and for each day of 2016, I will complete one thing from that list and cross it of as I progress throughout the year.

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What do you think? I’ve already had a few friends join in and create their own list. I think it’s great! Plus, it’ll give me something to feel happy about every day of the year. The things you do for happiness! But seriously, try it! Although, I will warn you, thinking of 365 things that make you happy is actually quite tough! It took me hours to create the list. But, I’m so excited to get started, come January 1st!

So, there you have my alternate ‘New Years Resolution’ list. Why don’t you make your own? Take a few ideas from my list! And if you do decide to do something like this then let me know!

For now though, I’d just like to say Thank you so much for your lovely comments and your support throughout this year! Without this blog and you, the readers, I wouldn’t have had a place to share my thoughts and feelings, they’d still be locked up inside somewhere and I’m more than positive I’d be a complete depressed mess right now. So Thank you for keeping me sane! I’d just like to wish you the most amazing New Year and I hope it brings you everything you want! Heres to 2016! Lets make it a good one!

Lots of Love,

Sincerely, Sophie x