Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The Lessons of 2013

For me, 2013 has been a very weird year, it's been up and down but in all honesty, I have spent the majority of the year feeling more down than I have happy. Towards the beginning of the year, I was diagnosed with depression. I won't really go into detail about that as it's personal and something I may choose to share at a later date, but it's been a very long and hard journey. I'd say 2013 has been a year about lessons and learning, there are many things I've learnt and how I feel which will help me grow as a person in the future.

My main lesson of the year is realising that life doesn't run away from you as quick as you think. I'm constantly terrified life is going to be over before I've got anything done and I feel like I'm constantly rushing but I need to learn to sit back, relax and take things as they come. I am going to go into 2014 with a "take one day at a time" attitude. There are lots of goals I've set myself and things I want to achieve but I also need to realise that just because they aren't done straight away doesn't mean I've failed, it just means it's in the process of happening and that's ok. I need to remember to enjoy life and take it for what it is.

Another big lesson for me is realising that some people just aren't good for you. I was previously friends with some nasty people that made me out to be a horrible person when in reality, it was them. Since leaving those people in the past, I've found out that there are some really supportive and kind people out there that except you for who you are and like you regardless of all the other stuff. That's the type of people I will continue to surround myself with and those who I know will help me in the future.

Recently in 2013, my blog has played a big part of my life. I've found that I am really enjoying blogging and it's a great hobby. It still amazes me how much bloggers have a voice in the industry and I want to continue to work hard on my blog. Of course, like every other blogger I would absolutely love to work full time through blogging but I am still enjoying writing new posts and testing out new products as a hobby. The beauty blogger community is so supportive and I'm so grateful to have met some fantastic, supportive and the most friendliest people through blogging. I just hope during 2014 I get the chance to meet some of the lovely ladies I've spoken to.

I am nowhere near happy with my body and I'm going into 2014 with a positive mental attitude to slim down and exercise but I must learn not to be so hard on myself. If I want to eat some chocolate during that time of the month then ok, but I need to realise that it's ok and not punish myself like crazy and get upset about it. My goal is to start exercising properly and regularly so I can have the body I can be proud of. I intend to go onto a complete nutritional overhaul and change the way I eat to change my lifestyle, not for a dress size but for my present and future health.

Finally, my main lesson is to learn to be happy. I've had a very dark year and this time next year, I want to be feeling a lot brighter and more positive about my life. I have lots of plans for 2014 and I can't wait to see what's round the corner. Happy New Year!


  1. Lovely post! Here's to a better 2014 xxx

  2. I live in constant worry and definitely get what you write about "life doesn't run away from you as quick as you think" - thank you so much for reminding me that, because I need to stop worrying so much and think on the bright sides of life! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  3. Happy new year Beth! My year hasn't been the best either, so I hope 2014 will be better for both of us. <3

  4. Just found your blog! Happy new year, I've had quite the ups and downs in 2013 too, and hope for a better year. It wasn't all bad though, it all depends on if you have a positive outlook on life :) I just posted my resolutions for the new year, too.

  5. I love how honest you are, I am glad you are looking towards this year with hope, it could be the best year of your life!

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

  6. I really hope that this year is your year, sweet! You deserve every happiness <3

    Jennie xo |

  7. 2012 and 2013 were some of my worst years. But I believe 2014 will be better for all of us if we make it so. :) Happy New Year, hun x

  8. Absolutely loved this post! I could relate to so much of it. Good for you for getting rid of unwanted negativity! It's a lot easier said than done :) Happy New Year!
    Bea x

  9. Lovely post Beth! I really hope 2014 is a better year for you, I'm glad we have "met" through blogging and I hope this year we get to meet properly. I worry about the same thing, that I won't get anything done and before I know it life will be over but I too agreed this year to take things as they come and take things day by day :)

    Good luck sweetie :)


  10. Hope you have a much better time this year :) I know the feeling of having 'friends' who aren't good for you, and trust me your so much better off without them :)

    She's Looking at the Stars

  11. gosh i can relate to so many of the points you were making in this post!blogging has helped me find something positive and creative to focus on which has helped me out a lot!i really hope 2014 is a great year for you lovely!!xx

  12. Great post! Great ideas! This is so relatable, especially the bit about life running away. Hope yiu have a better 2014.
    Ffion x


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