By Niamh Webb O'Rourke

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Here's to 2018!

Ok, it's official I am the worst blogger ever - I am 6 days in to 2018 and haven't even looked at my blog until today, wooops! Anywaaaay, I have been humming and hawning over writing a "resolutions" post for the new year but I decided to leave it be! A lot of my goals for 2018 are very personal so you know I said I would leave that soppy stuff off the blog for now! Looking back on the year gone by though, I have to say I am SO PROUD of myself for everything I achieved in 2017. I never give myself credit for anything but now I have decided to give myself a little pat on the back - i've done good! 2017 was the year I pushed myself outside my comfort zone numerous times when all I wanted to do was crawl back in. It is the year that I realised the potential out there for my blog but also made me think long and hard about what I actually want from my blog! 
Recently I've seen parts of the blogging industry take a turn for the worst and honestly it's something that I want to stay WELL AWAY from! To be honest I am just not into the "showing every part of your life online" and for those who do, it's perfectly fine that you do, to be honest fair play to you, but it's just not for me! If you have been following me for awhile you will know I am a very private person, my home/work life is rarely shown on social media and that's the way I like it! I work full time, I have just finished college, I am trying to have some bit of a social life (I am also supposed to fit a boyfriend in there so everyone keeps telling me, haha) so when I actually get a chance to do something fun the last thing I tend to do is take my phone out and I personally think it is the right way to be! 
My blog is my safe place to express my love of writing and of course my never-ending love for fashion! Being brave with what I wear is honestly a passion of mine, it's the main reason I have this little corner of the internet, I want to encourage people to do what they like, wear what they want and not give two hoots what people think! 
2017 has also taught me to STOP WORRYING ABOUT FOLLOWER NUMBERS!!! Honestly you would drive yourself insane with that Instagram follower count! One minute I am at 42.7k and then 5 minutes later I could be 400 less and to be honest the more I looked at it, the more bogged down I was getting and that is in no way a healthy way to be! So after doing a little poll with all of you lovely people and having a little chat to myself, I have decided to stop being so hard on myself - if my numbers don't go up so be it!
"Life is too short to worry about what people who exist in a free app in your phone think of you."
Look like everyone else I have big dreams for each year, sure wouldn't I only love to have a six pack but to be honest I love McDonalds too much for that! I would love to be able to hop on the next plane out of here but I have to be at work at 9am, I have bills to be paid but that's life and you have to make the most of it! We all have shit, horrendous and absolutely mind boggling days where we literally contemplate every decision we have ever made like "if I didn't eat the chinese on the 9th of May 2008 I wouldn't have that piece of fat there" - stop it now, are we nuts? The bad days are bad but they make the good days even better and that is how a life is created. The point I am trying to make in the midst of this long ramble is to enjoy life, cherish the people you have in it and live in the moment, not on your phone! Obvs you can take the insta when you have the chance - you gotta do it for the gram but don't take it too seriously! If someone is annoying you online, is there a need to send hate in their direction? There is an unfollow button on every form of social media for a reason, use it, you have no idea what is going on in anyones life and your "little" comment could be the very thing that sends someone over the edge! 
Lastly (before I send you all to sleep) is to enjoy life, I plan on making the rest of my life the best life I can create! I want to see the world, I want to fall in love over and over again, I want to buy that Gucci if my heart desires and I want to look back on my life when I am 80 years old with a smile on my face! We all think we have loads of time but the truth is we don't, who knows if I will be here next week not to mind next year! Life can honestly be taken away from you in a swift minute so wouldn't it be a shame to let it go to waste? So from the tears to the tantrums, the smiles to the laughs, enjoy your life and ALWAYS REMEMBER, "Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Sassy, Be YOU".
I am ready for you 2018!
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