Let’s talk New Year Resolutions

Over the last couple of days, and I mean that because as I’m typing this it’s only the second day into the new year - I’ve read a lot of blog posts
and tweets with people saying that new years resolutions are dead, non existent or simply just corny. I, myself tend to set myself some every year and they usually consist of the same sort of themes and ideas. The typical get fit, drink more water, be happier and to build my confidence in my design work. When I look back at 2016 and my resolutions I set for it, I do have to admit I mostly failed at them all. I did join a gym, but had a couple of bad experiences with my PT which triggered my anxiety and I started to associate these bad experiences with the gym, even though I should have tried to change this thinking I think I was just dealing with too much in my personal life, as well as my working life and trying to balance social and university as well. It all just got a bit too much.

If I remember correctly another one was to change my thinking when it came to my design work and to become more confident in what I was producing. This, when I look back on it is kind of like a double-edged sword. While I was for the most part, really happy with what I was creating because I was still in uni and producing work to fit within the briefs, I had to essentially be creating to my teacher’s tastes and then compete with
all the other students in my class. Combine the stress of consistently trying to please the teachers and comparing your own work to your friends ended up with me just submitting work that I was yes – happy with but just submitting it to get it done.

Moving onto a more positive note, I feel like I was able to get a bit more of a control onto my anxiety. I feel like this is something I’m just going
to have for the rest of my life, its something I don’t feel like I will be able to completely push away… if that makes sense. But last year I was able
to push myself to do more events, more social outings, make new friends and grow more within myself. These little achievements for myself are something I want to continue to improve on coming into 2017.

Okay, enough with all the crap from last year. This year after reading a post about new years resolutions and how to stick to them from Anna
(who if you don’t know of then you are completely bat shit crazy), she mentioned that her goals are often SMART goals. If you haven’t studied any business subjects in your life then you probably won’t understand what it means. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. In other words, your goals should be clear, easy to measure, not set too crazy so that you can’t achieve them and have a number or time
set so that you know where you stand and how much more you have to do to reach that goal.

So for this year, 2017 I think I will attempt to achieve the following goals;

To Drink at Least 1 bottle of Water a Day – this is a difficult one for me because I don’t like tap water. I’ll drink it if I really have to but otherwise
I don’t like it. (My family gives me so much crap because of this, but maybe this is a goal within a goal??)

To Go For At Least a 20-Minute Walk, 3 Times a Week – I really don’t like the gym I’ve decided now after attempting my third one.
I like being outside, not having to listen to men make so many noises while lifting weights or see them walking around in their tiny short shorts.

Meditate Daily – I think setting aside some time for myself each day to just reflect or wind down will help my mental health overall.
This is something I think is important to do and putting down the technology will help too!

Practice More Self Love – this one is a difficult one. I’m not too sure if this is technically a smart one (news alert – it ain’t) but by this I mean taking myself off to see a movie that I want to see, or going out for breakfast, lunch whatever it may be. Treating myself to a new item of clothing or simply a bunch of beautiful flowers for my desk. It’s all about the small things that make you happy. 

I think for now I’ll leave it at them. There are of course career goals and travel goals but seeing as I have no clue what I’ve got ahead of me
this year, I feel a bit uneasy setting some goals relating to them.. Though in saying this maybe I should to kick my own butt into gear!

What are your New Year resolutions? I’d love to read them so link your post below or comment what yours are!
I'll leave you with some of my favourite photos from the year :)



A Life Update

I know I know, it's been a long time. Almost a year in fact which is both terrifying and exciting at the same time. I'm not sure why but I always feel like I need to explain where I've disappeared to, whether that be on blogs or my very unused YouTube channel.
To sum up this year, it's just been a bundle of emotions.
It started with an amazing holiday to Vanuatu with my family (you can read about that here). This was a holiday that was very much needed and in fact went on a little longer than we had planned because the runway at the airport was so badly damaged from the cyclone that planes were refusing to fly in and out!

After we'd got home, I had a very exciting job opportunity come up, but unfortunately that fell through and it just wasn't meant to be. I then started my final year at university and slowly got into the grove of the work/ university lifestyle. I then applied for a new job, which I got so that was quite a change of pace. I was now an assistant manager working 15+ hours a week while trying to juggle all my uni work on the side as well. Eventually, I just ended up wearing myself completely out and ended up getting physically sick, but my mental health also made a reappearance. I wasn't sure if I wanted to touch on my mental health here on my blog in case
of any future job opportunities that could potentially read this, but I have such a strong passion about mental health and raising awareness about this issue of the stigma of mental health that
I am pretty open with my experiences with it - but I'll go into that another time.

I went straight from semester one into winter term at uni, which was both a blessing and a pain!  It was here that I met the most beautiful bunch of ladies that I would now consider to be some of my very best friends. We laugh at how ironic it is, especially for two of us who were in our forth and final year of uni that it took so long for us to finally get a nice group of friends at uni!

Around mid October, I decided to resign from my job so I could just focus on uni and do really well for my last semester and I honestly think that was the best decision I had ever made.
My stress levels reduced dramatically and my mental health began to improve again and I really started to enjoy my uni projects and ended up doing really well in terms of my marks.
I would always laugh at the tutors that say "you shouldn't be worrying about your marks!" but really at the end of the day, if you know you've done well on one part of a project or well on an assignment then you are going to push yourself to do well for the rest of the semester!
Which is exactly what I did! 

Now I've finished everything and I feel as though I am in a bit of a limbo with my life. I'm applying for jobs, taking time for myself to just relax, read and create and work out my goals for next year as I start to head into "working in the real world".. On one hand I'm really glad I've finished uni because I just feel absolutely exhausted, but on the other hand I'm really going to miss the structure of uni, the studying and just always having something to do!

To finish this rather long post, I thought I would leave you with a list of things I plan to work on over the next little while to keep myself occupied!

- Finish my travel scrapbook and photo album
- Start up my blog again
- My personal branding
- Start filming, editing and creating videos again


On Holidaaay!

Hello Everyone,

I know it has been a while, but since my last blog post I started an internship at a fabulous PR company and that has kept myself very busy indeed. Two days a week I was interning then somewhat relaxing and then working at my part time job for the other two days of the week. I'm not complaining though. It's been good having a break from uni, I can't really say that I miss it just yet. It's nice not having to be working on folio work or assignments. 

So currently I am on holiday in Vanuatu. For those who don't know I was almost born here and lived here for a year after I was born.. I don't remember anything but it has been really wonderful coming back here with mum and seeing where she used to work and live. Though we are yet to find the two houses she lived in! 

I'm here on holiday with my family, my 2 brothers, mum and grandparents. We are staying in a breath taking Airbnb (which I would recommend 100%).. This time away is what the doctor ordered. It's giving me time to reflect my life and where I am heading and I couldn't be more grateful for this. 

I really wanted to take this time to think about how I want the year to pan out and what I want to achieve. I wanted to write this post down sitting at a table by the ocean but the sea mist and rust is intense! 

So for 2016 I'd like to somewhat achieve the following;

- Be Happier : 2015 wasn't the greatest of years for me. Those closest know it was one of my hardest. I went through some pretty intense personal issues, which I'm sure will resurface at some point this year but I'm going to bat them away!

- Be Healthier : I know this is always on everyones list, but this seriously needs to happen for me. I'm not saying that I'm not healthy at the moment, but I'd like to make some improvements.

- Be more creative : One thing this holiday that I am enjoying is sitting down and creating. It doesn't mean I'm really happy with the quality of work that I am producing but at least it is a start. 

- Be more honest : With myself, with others, with life. 

I think this is where I will leave it for now. I have another blog post idea up my sleeve so I am sure I will crack that one out in the next couple of days. Hopefully I will be updating this website with more work and blog posts over the course of the year as it is definitely something that I love to do. 

Lots of love 

B x