Happy New Year! It’s officially the start of 2018, made to feel even more complete with the fact that it’s started on a Monday, and so it’s time to reflect on 2017 a little bit. I’ve seen a lot of posts about how terrible 2017 was, and I know that it was pretty awful in terms of politics and sexual assaults and disasters. However, I found this year to be pretty life-changing for me.
This year I accomplished things I never even thought possible for myself. I maintained a blog, I went to events, I got brands emailing me asking to work with them, and I developed an interest in photography that never even existed before. If I told the me from last December what 2017 would have consisted of, I wouldn’t have believed it one bit, but here I am, a year later doing better than I thought I could in a year.
Don’t get me wrong, there were definitely down days and terrible events; there always are, that’s life. But I handled them better than I would have a year ago because I’ve grown so much as a person. I feel like I “know myself” a lot more; I know what works for me and what doesn’t, I have a better grasp on my hair and my body and I’m better at listening to what my body and skin needs and pushing them accordingly. I have more self-confidence, I don’t actually care what I look like as much as I used to, and most importantly my respect for myself is where it should be. I recognise my good factors and I know how I deserve to be treated, so I won’t settle for less anymore. It does mean that I’ve lost some people along the way, but I’ve also gained some people and am able to treasure the amazing friends and family that I have so much more.
I think what’s most interesting is the way that my interests have changed. A year ago I had little to no interested in photography, nor did I really care about travelling (I mean, I loved holidays, but I didn’t have the need to go everywhere all the time). Now a year on I have a brand new fancy camera that I’m absolutely obsessed with, and I strive to find the best angles and I edit my photos with fancy software and actually try and I find it so fun. Also, I have this new found wanderlust and need to go to as many places as possible. I feel like my interests have shifted slightly more from the material aspects to the enriching aspects and, (though I still love all of my material things – that’s not gonna change anytime soon) I feel so much better off for it.
It’s weird actually being able to feel myself improving, and I feel like this is the first year where this has fully taken effect. I know that I’m nowhere near the end of my journey, but I can definitely feel that I’m on my way there. I can feel myself getting stronger in mind, skill and personality and that’s only going to keep going. I’m really looking forward to the growth that I’ll experience in 2018 and I’m excited to take that ride. Who knows what 2018 will hold? But I’m so excited for whatever it is, and I hope that you all are too.
Anything you specifically want out of this year? Let me know in the comments!
Lots of love,
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Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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