So 2016 was the undoubtedly the most life changing year ever for me, and also probably the most personally challenging year for a number of reasons. I learnt a lot about myself and what I really value as being important, so I wanted to break it down and share my key achievements and experiences of 2016
As I’m sure most of you know, 2016 was the year I became a mum to the most beautiful little girl – Grace. Obviously having a baby is a life changing experience, however nothing truly prepares you until it actually happens. The feeling of love, and care is overwhelming, and having a baby truly has changed me and opened up a whole new side to me I never know existed! I would be lying however if I didn’t say that with all the happiness and love also comes real challenges. Common things such as loss of sleep, regular crying and having less time for everything get tough, and on a more personal note, trying to balance work and opportunities with family/ childcare, really did take its toll on me. There were times when I did feel that I experienced post-natal depression which is another common thing to happen with new mothers. I am so grateful for my family and friends support throughout. Grace coming into my life has undoubtably been the best, most rewarding and most challenging experience of 2016 hands down!
CAREER & WORK
MOMMA I MADE IT! 2016 provided me with some amazing opportunities to work with awesome brands and one of the things I really wanted to achieve was an ambassadorship role. Now I actually have two! The First being my amazing role with L’oreal (squeals!). Getting the chance to test products first, have feedback on formulations and be in the know is just awesome. Let alone the fact that they have treated me so will during fashion weeks and so many different events.
My second is with Lookfantastic.com My favourite online beauty destination, I basically have free reign to try products and items across the site every month and share it in a way that works for me and my viewers. I feel very privileged to have been made to feel part of the team. Going on shoot to Manchester (which will always be a special place for me since that is where my hubby and I first met) and being part of the black Friday and beauty secrets campaign has just been an amazing experience for me.
THAT GLOBE TROTTING LIFE
Despite being pregnant at the beginning of the year, and then having my baby, in 2016 I travelled…a lot! Off the top of my head I visited Barbados, Madrid, New York, Paris, Berlin, Scotland, Sardinia, Marrakech, Dubai, and Nigeria, in 2016. Travelling has always been something I have loved, and I am so happy that I have had these experiences. Some of the trips however have been whistle-stop work trips, and I haven’t had the opportunity to really get out and be more “present” in the experiences. This is definitely something that I plan on doing more of in 2017.
BODY & APPEARANCE
I’ll be honest, having a baby did change my body. There were a few things I wasn’t happy with prior to becoming pregnant, however after having the baby, this was increased even further. Now I totally understand that weight, size and body image is a completely personal thing, and despite receiving lots of kind and lovely comments from people on social media, to be completely open with you, a lot of it is careful angles/ positions, and lighting. For a while I enlisted a personal trainer, which went really well for a few months, until work started to build up and time was really squeezed. This year WILL be different however, I have had a long hard think about my schedule and priorities, and I’m excited to share my journey on this in coming months.
FAMILY & FRIENDSHIP
God knows what I would have done without the support of my close circle of loved ones. In particular my husband, sister and mum have really been there for me this year, helping build me up when I’ve felt down, and encourage me when I’ve needed it. 2016 really highlighted the importance of love and true friendships with family and friends. I felt as if I really wasn’t able to invest as much time and effort into the relationships with my friends as I would have liked, and this is one area that I am really going to work on in 2017.
GOD & SPIRITUALITY
Finally, and probably most importantly, in 2016 I lost a little bit of focus on the importance of my spirituality, being carried away and busy, meant that I barely had any time to sit back, be grateful and remember my first love. No lie this, was probably one of the biggest things to affect my well being. Towards the tail end of last year I knew changes had to be made, and just taking that time has made all the difference. I’m excited to build this foundation further this year!
So there you have it, 2016 was a truly amazing year for me, and I can’t wait to get going with my plans for 2017.