Unboxed.

Happy New Year!

Whew, and just like that 2018 has come and gone. I said the same thing for 2017 in my last new year post but 2018 really did fly by. Despite the ups and downs, I survived 2018, woke up to see 2019 and for that I am truly grateful.

So despite mentally drafting this post for the past coupe of weeks, it’s dropping much later in the day than it did last year. Let me be completely honest, I was dreading the festive season and am so glad that it’s finally over.

 

I dubbed 2018 as my year of ‘self-investment’ and this presented itself in a number of different ways:

  1. I made it a point to get my nails done all year round. I know, this may not seem like a big deal but prior 2018 I only ever paid to get my nails done on special occasions aside from that they were self maintained. Sitting in the nail chair on a Friday evening after a loooong week at work was the best feeling, my time to relax and be pampered. A few full sets and shellac treatments later I have found whats works best for me, shout out to SNS for aiding my nails to flourish!

     

    – this picture was taken whilst getting my nails done I promise I’m not ashy

     

  2. In keeping with the theme of self-maintenance, I also started to get waxes this year. In preparation for my summer vacay your girl decided that she needed to be bikini ready and simply could NOT be bothered to do it myself so bit the bullet and decided to undergo my first wax session. Best. Thing. Ever! Honestly one of the best decisions I made last year, as a fellow [very] hair gal I can vouch that for me waxing has slowed down the growth of hair and again [momentary pain aside] another time to be pampered.
  3. I also trialed getting exactly 8 hours of sleep each work night for a week which I found made a huge difference to how I felt throughout the dark and dreary winter days – getting enough sleep is so important!
  4. My biggest self investment came towards the last quarter of the year when I decided and finally took action to unbox myself. Unbox myself from the expectations of others as well as the limitations I placed on myself. I alluded to this in my last post, but one of the ways I did this was by starting a new job in an industry completely different to what I studied and have worked in for all my career. A bit of back story.. from the age of 14 I have always wanted to work in fashion. I took subjects during my GCSEs, A-Levels and at university in order to lead me into my “dream career” in the industry, however fast-forward to October 2018 I decided it was time to try something else. I remember securing my new job and feeling apprehensive to tell people where I would be working simply because it was no longer in fashion. If I had a pound for the number of times I have been asked whether I design, make clothes or would be at fashion week I probably could have enough money to not be working at all (ok exaggeration lol) but you get the point. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with that at all but “fashion” is not exclusive to just designing and making clothes. I came to realise that I had internalised all these questions/expectations to the point where I felt I had to stay working in fashion and at a point thought that was all I could do. 

Freeing myself of what others have to think of my decisions and believing in myself has not been easy but has been rewarding so far, the prize being peace of mind. If you can relate to this, as a result of others or even yourself I would encourage you to take the steps necessary to uncover who you are and believe in yourself irregardless of the box you may find you have been put it in.

And so, 2019. Last year I created a 5 year plan to see me through to 30 (whew.) but my main focus this year is to increase financially. I joined a money accountability group towards the end of last year (another way I invested in myself) and I look forward to learning so much more in order to successfully meet my goals.

 

As with this, I plan to continue to look after myself physically (better sleep routine) and protect my peace at all costs!

If you made it this far, thank you for reading! Wishing you a healthy, peaceful and joyful 2019 ahead!

 

Outfit Details:

Co-ord Set: Missguided

Bag: ZARA

Shoes: ZARA

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Peace & Joy ,

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