Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! 

It seems crazy to me that we are welcoming in 2017 and saying goodbye to 2016! The older I am getting, the faster the time is flying by. 2016 is been a bag of mixed emotions for lots of people, myself included. 2016 has been an absolute whirlwind and I have experienced lots of things that have changed my life in many ways. I remember sitting down and writing a similar post to this last year, stating that 2015 was the year my anxiety decided to truly show its face in my life. This is something that has still been affecting me in 2016, if not more. I celebrated my 21st at a time where my anxiety was at its highest this year. It was a time that I felt trapped within myself, and felt like there was no way out. Although I have kicked its ass a lot of times too. This year I experienced the holiday of a lifetime, travelling to California for 2 weeks stopping at 6 different places to explore. Something that in the past would have caused me my highest levels of anxiety. However I survived without a single panic attack. My families health has also had its ups and downs, although at the moment everything seems to be ok again. I also got back into the routine of going to the gym more regularly which has helped my confidence and overall mental health. 

This year is going to be very important in terms of my future. 2017 is the year that I will finally graduate university and enter the real world of working life. I am so excited for this to happen. As much as I have enjoyed this past year of uni, it hasn't always been smooth sailing. So finally being able to go out and work at something I love will be amazing! We have also booked our family holiday to Cyprus which is also going to be super exciting. My brother, Emma (his girlfriend) and my parents are all going, so it's going to be perfect! Last year I made some resolutions, which I thought would be interesting to reflect back on. 

Be fitter - This is a resolution that I have probably stuck to the most. Ironically I thought it would be the one I was going to break first of all. I have really enjoyed attending the gym and feeling physically and mentally fitter. 
Get out more - This is a difficult one for me. 'Getting out' and putting myself in new situations is something that causes me the most anxiety. Although, I have really managed it this year. I had an amazing trip to America in the Summer, and I have attended lots of different theatre shows and concerts too. 
Make time for myself - This is something that I haven't done as often as I would have liked this year. I am quite dedicated to my university studies, so struggle to set time aside for myself outside of uni work at times. Although I do try to take an hour for a bath every night! 
Work on my photography - Being a 'proper' blogger this past year has helped me achieve this goal. I love photography and was even lucky enough to receive a whole studio lighting set for Christmas this year. So hopefully this is one I can continue to work on! 

This year's resolutions are.. 
- Continue to enjoy photography! 
- Don't sweat the small stuff!
- Live in the moment more!
- Be fitter!


I wanted to just include a variety of images from the last year at the end of this post, as it's always nice looking back on posts like these! 

The Lion King

My 21st Birthday

I Donut Care

Covent Garden after hours

Disneyland California

Disneyland California

Buckingham Palace

Lounging in bed

Alcatraz - San Francisco

Pebble Beach California

San Francisco

Christmas 2016

Yosemite


Hope you all had a lovely christmas and happy new year! 

Lots of love,
Love Francesca

8 comments:

  1. Happy new year! I love how you've kept your goals simple, I always struggle to stick to resolutions when it's a longer list x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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    1. I know! I would always make myself a long list of resolutions that I never managed to keep, so thought by keeping it simple it would be easier and less disappointing for myself!

      Thanks for reading!
      Happy new year to you too!
      xxx

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  2. Happy new year you beauty! Loving all your photos! You're stunning woman ;) I love your goals! They are straight to the point. I agree, can't believe we are welcoming 2017 already!

    Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. Happy new year to you!

      I can't believe that its 2017, I can't believe that I am graduating!!!! ahh!

      xxx

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  3. Happy new year! I love this post- especially the added touch of photos from 2016! I also need to work on my photography, but it seems impossible with the winter lighting!

    Gabija | everylittlethingblog.weebly.com

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    1. Thanks for reading lovely!

      I know what you mean about winter lighting! I was given studio lighting for Christmas so am excited to finally take lots of pictures whenever I want!

      Thanks again for reading!
      xxx

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  4. Good luck on your goals lovely, and wonderful post! I definitely want to get more fitter too, as let myself go the last few months.. but I'm just blaming Christmas for that one 😂

    Karina X | http://karinahearts.com

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    1. Thanks for commenting lovely!

      I have definitely used the excuse of it being Christmas to eat everything in sight!

      Thanks again for checking out this post!

      xxx

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