Hogmanay has always been a funny one for me. There always seems to be pressure to make drastic changes in the coming year and is it always really necessary?  I’ve never been one of those people who likes to analyse everything I have and haven’t achieved. Whilst it’s nice to look back and reflect I feel like it’s too easy to focus on all the stuff we haven’t done and hoped we would have achieved by a certain point. Social media of course doesn’t help either because we’re constantly reminded of the things our peers are achieving and it’s easy to think…”is that what I should be doing?” or “should I be at that stage in my life too?”

While I do think it’s important to set personal goals I also think it’s good to put things into perspective and rather than focussing on all the stuff we haven’t done it’s important to be grateful for all things we already have in our life. With that said, this year I thought rather than make a huge big list of New Years Resolutions, I thought I’d make a small list of four things – some things I’m currently happy about and a couple I’d like to take note of and carry forward to 2018…

AMAZING FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Where would we really be without them eh? I’ve always had a close knit group of friends which I’m so lucky to have. Some I speak to every day and others I might not see or speak to for weeks or months even, but I know that as soon as I pick up the phone or meet for a coffee we’ll continue on from where we last met just like it was yesterday. That’s true friendship. I’m also so lucky to have met a wee group of gals I’m lucky enough to call pals from this thing we call blogging…who knew eh? Here’s to more giggles and adventures in 2018!

And family – it’s been a good year for us. We weren’t so lucky in 2016 but it all brought us closer together and the past year has been great so let’s cheers to that. Let’s also make time for each other next year. We all have things going on in our own lives but it’s so important to set aside time for the ones we’re closest to. And last but not least, to my partner in crime and love of my life  -here’s to more health and happy memories in 2018. I already know it’ll be a great year whatever we do!

ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS

Yesterday is a prime example of this. It had snowed overnight and my sister and I were texting each other about how much we loved it. We both love Winter and it feels like years since we’ve actually had anything close to a white Christmas so after considering having a snow day at home we decided to throw that idea out the window and spontaneously decided to slap on a bit of makeup, shove on our wellies, hats and scarves and go for a Winter walk to blow away the cobwebs. It was magical. We visited a local park – one we haven’t visited together since we were wee – and it was such a lovely walk down memory lane as well as being so beautiful. There was literally us and around 5 other people we came across in the whole park – including a couple and their 3 year old little girl building the biggest snowman I’ve ever seen – it was the cutest thing ever. The snow was thick and unspoilt, holly trees covered with just the berries showing and the both of us just just reminiscing and enjoying each other’s company.

It sounds like such a simple thing – going for a walk in the snow. But sometimes the simple things are the best and make you realise how truly lucky you are.

DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE DRAMA

Whether it’s online or real life drama, I’m staying outta it. I always do actually. It takes time away from all the positive and important things going on in your life and who really has time for that? Life is too short. Good vibes only please. If you surround yourself with good people then good vibes will follow.

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

I’m sure you already know we’re our own worst critics and I think we all really do need to be kinder to ourselves. The next time you say or think something negative about yourself, step back and think how you would feel if someone was saying that to your best friend. In 2018 I’m going to be my own best pal and not dwell on the mistakes I’ve made. We can’t change the past so what’s the point in dwelling on it? Onwards and upwards!

Last but not least I need to give a huge thanks to all of you for tuning in to my blog, youtube, insta, twitter – all of the above! You’ve all been amazing and I couldn’t be more grateful. I took a wee bit of time out of youtube in 2017 – not a conscious decision, just because it’s been a busy old year but I’m looking forward to a comeback in 2018! Thank you SO much for all of your support this far and here’s to an amazing New Year for all of us…cheers!

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Lots of love,
Chantelle xx

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11 Comments

  1. Roxie Watt
    31st December 2017 / 10:16 pm

    The New Year always comes with so much pressure. The pressure to go out and celebrate, start a new, lose weight, make goals. It’s not my favourite time of year if I’m being honest. I just try to appreciate the little things.

    Roxie | thebeautifulbluebird.com

  2. 1st January 2018 / 4:32 am

    Wishing you a very Happy 2018, whatever it may bring x

  3. Laura
    1st January 2018 / 9:34 am

    Beautiful photos as always!! Agree about enjoying the small things xx

  4. Erin
    1st January 2018 / 2:18 pm

    Oh wow I lvoe love love your pictures here lovely! It’s beautiful! I love your thoughts, I love being your own best friend, it’s all about the self love! I think we need to hve a meet up in 2018!

  5. 1st January 2018 / 7:51 pm

    I love how you took advantage of the snow x

  6. Antonia
    2nd January 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Such an uplifting post. I agree with all that you have said. Happy new year lovely. P.s I love your wellies xx

  7. 2nd January 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Preach it about the drama! I like to think of myself as quite a chill person so I definitely avoid drama at all costs! x

  8. 3rd January 2018 / 4:15 pm

    A NY gives me so much anxiety, I liken it to a new notebook, it takes me a while to write in it for fear of messing up the page and that’s how I feel about finding my grove in January haha! The snow was lovely wasn’t it x

  9. 4th January 2018 / 6:42 pm

    I know exactly what you mean, There is always a pressure to change our lives just because its a new year. Maybe we like our old lives? is that so bad>

    Missy

  10. 4th January 2018 / 8:50 pm

    I agree with all of these – ESPECIALLY the drama thing, it’s just too much! x

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