• Embrace and Celebrate the New Year

    Embrace and Celebrate the New Year is my motto (amongst others) for 2017. I have been reading many posts complaining talking about how 2016 kicked their butt, 2017 can only be better. Whilst I am not one to judge nor was 2016 a bad year for me personally I still want to embrace and Celebrate 2017. There are so many things to be thankful for and so many things to be celebrated so far in the new year.

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    Things to be thankful for 

    • You’re alive, think of how many we’ve lost in the last few weeks and 2016.
    • Your family, no one is perfect but having that support system is second to none.
    • Your friends, as we grow older we become selective of the company we keep. Assess your own situation and see whose truly your friend.
    • Birthdays and other Celebrations. Some of our families of friends will be graduating this year, everyone will be celebrating a birthday at some point. One of my gorgeous nieces has her 1st birthday celebration coming up.
    • The air we breathe, we keep forgetting the greatest gift of free air.
    • Love ❤️ everyone has someone they love and someone who loves them. Sometimes it’s hard to believe you can ever find true love but try giving true love to someone first.

    There are many things that we can and should be thankful and what I have listed above should help us with to embrace and Celebrate the New Year.

    What will I Embrace and Celebrate in 2017? 

    It took me a while to sit down and think about the things that I want to embrace, the things to celebrate and cherish.

    • Family – I have a close-knit and involved family. Last year I created a WhatsApp group for our family so we always in contact and share our lives. It’s funny how just having this little chat group has helped us become ever closer. My family is scattered across the UK, parents in Eastern England, brother & family Northern England and Sister and I South-West England. Our extended family scattered in Zambia, Malawi and South Africa. We make do with having chat groups and visiting when we can.
    • Friends – as I grow older I learned there are three types of friend. The ones that only contact you when they need something. The ones that you can share anything and everything with and the ones who you’re friends by name only but busy bitch about you. And funny thing I have ‘friends’ in all of these categories but this year only focusing on true friends.
    • Education – some of you might not know but I am doing a postgrad course. I figured it was time I did my master’s program before settling down and having kids get in the way. Though the course has areas which I am struggling with, I have decided to embrace it all. Work hard and do my very best.
    • Celebrate me – this year I turn 30. A couple of years back this truly used to freak me out, now I can not wait to turn 30. I feel like I have been adulting for a while and feel like I am getting a hang of this. Growing old(er) shouldn’t be as scary as we think it is when we are in our 20s. I am treating myself to a vacation of a lifetime and I am so excited.

    There are so many things I plan to embrace and celebrate this year, some big, some small. Regardless I am excited for 2017 and whatever it has in store. It’s easy to get carried away in the routine of life, be spontaneous and add some spice.



    1. fashion-mommy
      January 29, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      Such an upbeat post, so right to be thankful for what we have and our family and friends.

    2. January 29, 2017 / 4:03 pm

      totally agree, this year i really focused on myself n family, booked plane ticket home as well at last!

    3. January 29, 2017 / 11:54 am

      Agreed, for me personally 2016 was a good year mostly and I am confident that 2017 is going to be even better! Great positive post x

    4. January 27, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      I’m definitely making 2017 a good year, making changes and thinking big. Be positive! 🙂

    5. Kira L Curtis
      January 27, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      I love this and I know it’s definitely something I need to sit down and think about for myself! Hopefully I will be celebrating my education by the end of the year 😀

    6. Julie Porter
      January 27, 2017 / 6:21 am

      I think we always need to be aware of the reasons in our lives to be thankful. No matter what is happening in our lives there is always something to be thankful for and usually more than one. How exciting that you have decided to get your masters – that’s fantastic!

    7. Gareth Torrance
      January 26, 2017 / 11:13 pm

      Completely agree with everything you say. For me, the biggest thing to be thankful for is definitely my daughter!

    8. Jodie Whitham
      January 26, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Lots for you to celebrate – good luck with your masters and hope you have something special for the big 3-0! x

    9. Kara
      January 15, 2017 / 8:45 am

      I think we should all celebrate the little things more often – it is what makes us happy

    10. Louise Smith
      January 12, 2017 / 11:20 pm

      Totally agree with everything you’ve written here. I had a massive wobble just before Christmas and didn’t want to wake up and see another day, but I feel so much better now and feel that I can start living my life again 🙂

      Louise x

      • January 14, 2017 / 1:44 pm

        Awww bless you love, glad you’re ok now and enjoying life

    11. January 12, 2017 / 10:23 pm

      Your completely right, I am thankful to be alive and we should express gratitude that we are here to live another day x

      • January 14, 2017 / 1:43 pm

        Thanks Ana and yes we should be grateful we are alive and kicking

    12. Beautyqueenuk
      January 12, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      I love the idea of celebrating you and absolutely hope you share more of it with us x

      • January 14, 2017 / 1:42 pm

        Thank you Rachel, I am sure I will

    13. FussFreeJen
      January 12, 2017 / 11:27 am

      A lovely positive post to read. I do like looking at a New year with new outlooks and new goals.

      • January 14, 2017 / 1:42 pm

        Aww thanks Jen, I too love looking at life in a positive light

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