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03 January 2018

Welcoming 2018 With Open Arms

Hello 2018!

I'm writing this without the faintest clue where it's going to go - which is very unlike me. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not very good at the whole 'play it by ear' thing, much more of a 'play it by a detailed plan' kind of woman. I suppose the logical place to start is - Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful NYE wherever you are, even if you think the whole thing is silly. I myself am partial to any excuse to get dressed up, and have a drink or two with friends. This year I welcomed the new year from the motherland - Denmark, and from the most gorgeous apartment in Copenhagen (pictured above). 

New Years Eve felt special this year - I spent the last one in hospital waiting rooms, not quite sure what the New Year had in store for me and my family and quite frankly terrified. 2017 was by no means an easy year, and often it felt like blow after blow and my biggest achievement was no doubt coming out the other end with my optimism somewhat in tact. There were of course the moments of silver - attaining a first class degree in spite of everything, graduating with my peers on time, relaunching Into The Fold and pushing it forward with some of the best content we've ever run. I also came back to blogging after a two year hiatus, and watched wounds heal slowly but surely. It wasn't all bad. To end it surrounded by my friends and family, in one of my favourite cities felt like more than I could have ever hoped for and I won't pretend like I didn't get a small branch in my eye when the clock struck midnight, and maybe tear up a little. And then I proceeded to get outrageously tipsy and dance until the sun would have come up if the sun ever rose in Denmark in December.

I'm under no illusions that the next twelve months will be without challenges, but like I said - my optimism is in tact. 2018 has the capacity to be the silver lining - I'll be (hopefully) getting started on my career, finding a home to call my own and the hard decisions to come at least come with a little pre-emptive warning.

I'm not one to make resolutions, life always seems to have other plans - but there are a few things I want to do this year. 

Firstly - pick up a paintbrush again. I used to pain a lot of watercolour portraits, and it's really something that calms me down and helps me completely zone out. I do not have the zen to do yoga (or the flexibility) so it's a fantastic kind of meditation for me. The last year has felt so manic, I haven't found the time, but this is going to change.

Secondly, and I suppose rather obviously, I want to get started on my career and end the year moving into my own space. I feel incredibly motivated to get to work and find something I enjoy - I sway between wanting to be a badass business lady to a chilled out creative so I want to find something that hits the sweet spot between those two things.

Next up, I need to get writing more. I write a fair amount already, but I want to branch out to pitch more freelance work and also get back into writing fiction and poetry which I have been doing for the last ten years. I've already said I'm going to start sharing some poems on my Instagram, so keep your eyes peeled there.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I want to learn to look after myself. Whether that's making sure I'm keeping fit, making sure I'm sleeping well and keeping track of my hormones. I went off the pill around two months ago, so my mood and cycle is a lil' bit all over the place right now (also, hella sore boobs. Not okay). I'm enjoying the rollercoaster - I know that probably sounds weird, but I'm actually a fan of having my natural periods back and just understanding what the heck is going on with my body a little bit better. This year I really want to get to grips with my own hormonal cycle and understand how it affects me, my moods and evidently my boobs. I'm going to keep up swimming and gyming as much as possible, without putting realistic expectations on myself and I'm also going to be less afraid of treating myself once in a while. 

So perhaps less resolutions, and just things I want to get back to doing. Either way, I'm welcoming the new year with wide open arms and hoping for the best.

Speak soon!

& OTHER STORIES dress, ZARA shoes.


  1. I can't wait to see the new contents that you are going to share with us

  2. Loved reading this post! I totally relate to wanting to work on something I'm truly passionate about and building a career around that. Well done for getting through 2017 (and obtaining your degree!), wishing you the best for 2018!
    Holly x


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