You're probably very hungover right now and reading a lengthy blog post is the last thing you want to do, or it could be just what your after as you're in bed feeling sorry for yourself with Netflix on in the background and last nights take-out on your bedside table (or in the bed with you, yeah I've done that before...), so catching up on some daily-reads is just what the doctor ordered, who knows! Either way, I'm probably feeling pretty cushty right now and not at all regretting the decisions I made last night, not to rub it in or anything. I didn't write this post on New Years Day, just incase something happened and I did end up in a bar with empty glasses surrounding me. I planned ahead and wrote this the day before the madness. So, even though I'm writing this at 11.46am on New Years Eve I still wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year, whatever that means...

I find this time of year unsettling, I think the prospect of looking forward to starting a fresh and clean slate a little odd. People want to forget about the year that's just passed and hop on to the next one ASAP, which to me is quite sad. I see everyone talking about how excited they are to be someone new and change a lot about their current lives, and I'm not about that. I don't want to think of the last 365 days as a complete waste and a time that I want to forget forever, because twelve months is a long time in our short lives and even if it wasn't the best year you've ever had, it's still a part of your life and something we shouldn't wish away so fiercely. I understand that people have shit times, and they want to move on and forget it ever happened, but I also think it's important to remember overcoming the hardship and being proud of what we have achieved with the time we've been given. It 's easy for the bad to take over from the good, but we can't let that be the case.

If you want 2018 to be YOUR YEAR, then go for it, do what you please. But every year should be your year and you can do whatever you want if you believe in yourself! I've witnessed some of my nearest and dearest succeed so much these past few months and that's all I need to help me with my own self improvement. Seeing the people I love doing what THEY love is the most inspiring feeling for me. It's given me hope that I can one day do the same if I keep on at it and make more time for what makes me happy and fulfilled.

I don't believe in resolutions, so this isn't a list of to-do's in 2018. I'm completely forgetting about the new date (literally, I'll be writing 2017 on everything for the next six months) and only trying to reach my goals because It's what I always want to do, not last year, not this year, period!

I've always wanted to be a creative person, I've wanted to take peoples photographs as well as my own ever since I can remember. I also enjoy writing and the whole idea of being a creative in general, why limit ourselves to just the one thing anyway?! So, the only thing I've promised myself is to keep the creative flow going and not stop and not just because it's a new year, but because that's what I want to do with my life. Some days it's hard to always be motivated, but I've realised that if you want something you can't just stop and chill out, you need to keep on going and get those achievements you so rightly deserve!

So to that I say screw your resolutions and keep on doing you. Don't promise yourself change, go out and get it! We don't need brands telling us how to better ourselves by following 'simple' weight loss guidelines or drinking a special tea. We don't need ten things to have ticked off by 2019 in order to feel we've made the most of the year and actually done something with it. Don't stress about becoming someone different, take life as it comes and do what you want to do, not what you think you have to!

I truly hope you had a great New Years and celebrated it in whatever way you deemed fit. I hope you cherish the past year and don't let the good times you had go to waste, and let the bad times take over. Don't get me wrong, I'll be thinking about the sad memories like the Grenfell tragedy, Tom Petty passing and of course my own personal upsets, but I'll also be thinking about the amazing things that had happened in my life of recent. Let's not think of it as a good thing that 2017 is well and truly over, let's celebrate the past twelve months and bring on the next! This is starting to sound like The Queens speech so I'll leave it at that, but to all of you who are disheartened about the past year, I bet you fucking smashed it and will smash the next one too!

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