Thursday, 22 December 2016

Dear 2016.

I recently saw a quote on Instagram that said "Imagine if you could watch a trailer for your 2017, would you watch it?", initially I was thinking to myself I would 100% would if I got the chance but then I realised this time last year I would have said the very same but if I saw what was in store for 2016 I think I would have cried for both fear and excitement. I remember sitting down in the very same place I am in now at the end of 2015 looking forward to the New Year so much. I was turning 21, making plans and oblivious to what life actually had in store for me in the year ahead. In one way I was naive for the fact I had this feeling 2016 was going to be a walk in the park - boy was I wrong! 2016 had some incredible highs and miserable lows for me. It made me discover who I really am and what I actually want out of life, it helped me find my passion along with teaching me how to step outside my comfort zone but on the other hand it also broke me on numerous occasions and also taught me who will really be there when times get tough. I think everyone can say 2016 was a bit of a let down (I mean Donald Trump is now the President of the United States - huh?) but it's a year I certainly would not change for the world. I feel like I have grown up 10 years in 1 and have learnt so much about myself that it has helped me develop into the person I know I am supposed to be. 
When life got tough and I was battling my own demons, my blog became my safe place. I started the year with a little over 10k followers and look at what we have created in 12 months. There is now over 42k+ followers on Love Life, over 345k blog views along with numerous achievements and successes under it's belt - the difference a year can make! I never set out for my blog Love Life to become a platform for women of all ages to come for fashion and life advice, it started out as a hobby and turned into something so much more, and I wouldn't change a thing about it! I feel so blessed and grateful that I was chosen to have this platform to reach people and I plan on using it wisely. The world can be a cruel place, especially the online world where trolls sit eagerly behind a keyboard waiting to attack but I hope that in 2017 I can make that world a little bit easier. My love for fashion and individuality is so strong that I love sharing my passions with you all. Writing on Love Life helps the voices in my head disappear along with removing any anxious thoughts I may have, and I hope it helps others too! I want to thank each and every single follower, reader & subscriber for your continued support. You have made my little hobby become a strong online presence and for that I am eternally grateful. 
I am not going to write down my goals here for 2017 because you know what, I am just going to take each day as it comes! But each and everyday I am going to remind myself how lucky I am to live this life and how I should embrace every single moment because it could be taken away from me at any moment. Life is precious, celebrate it - you don't know when it will all end. 
Have a lovely Christmas everyone & an even better New Year.
Thank you for everything, 
Niamh xo

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