January 03, 2017


Without realising, I've had a pretty huge break from my personal blog. It wasn't intentional as I really do love my blog but I've simply had a jam-packed year launching a new business as a Personal Stylist and generally having lots of fun but with a fresh new year, it seems right to start again. 

I've probably mentioned this before, but I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions. I either don't stick to them at all (for example, telling myself I'm going to give up chocolate which is a blatant lie - I can't go a day without) or I make loads of resolutions, stick to them for one week and then find them in a notebook tucked in the bottom of a drawer a year later. So this year I'd like to share the positive lessons I've learned in 2016. Hopefully you can relate to them in some way and I hope they'll help you to see the positives from the year you've just had. After all, there's been a lot of doom and gloom in the world over the past year so I'm sticking with the 'Good Vibes Only' rule for 2017!

So here we go....

Lesson Number 1: Explore your surroundings

I moved to Northampton around 2 years ago now and for the first year or so it seemed to take ages to settle in to a new area. In Summer, my parents came to visit and instead of going shopping or for lunch somewhere we ventured out to the Althorp Estate, the place where the late Princess Diana is buried. On a bright Summer's day, the grounds looked absolutely beautiful and I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else. There was something so peaceful and tranquil about the amazing house and grounds and at times her tragic death felt really raw and emotional. After wandering round the grounds I spotted the quote below and I think this is a quality we should all aim to adopt more often, helping others more vulnerable than ourselves. 

The visit to the Estate was really eye-opening and what I'm really trying to say is put down that laptop or phone, enjoy the countryside around you and spend more time with your family as it really is an amazing thing, I just wish I could do more of it!

Lesson Number 2: Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life

The past year has had it's ups and downs on the career front but I'm actually really glad I'm out of the other side! After having to leave my dream fashion job due to a very expensive and time consuming commute, I decided to try something different (not where my passions truly lie) and it really wasn't the job I had hoped it would be. The people were so lovely but the job was the complete opposite of what I'd imagined I'd be doing, which was a role in fashion and something creative. After several nightmare months of crying and wondering where on earth my life was heading, I decided to take a risk and quit my job, leave the salary behind and head back to the drawing board. 

This was an incredibly nerve wracking thing to do but I'm pleased to say that job I didn't necessarily like gave me the kick up the bum I needed to start a Personal Styling business called www.sarahstyles.co.uk and I've never been happier. Seeing my Clients faces light up when I'm with them and seeing their confidence grow is incredible and it's exactly what I want to be doing. My website is still a work in progress and I've also had to juggle this alongside freelance contracts whilst I constantly develop my business but I will get there. So if you're job isn't making you happy, take a leap of faith as you never know where it may take you. I always seem confident on the surface but I have my moments where I doubt myself, but if you keep telling yourself you can do great things, they will happen!

Lesson Number 3: Travel More!

When my boyfriend Rory suggested we go to the French Alps for an 'adventure holiday' as opposed to a beach holiday, my face was probably a complete picture! I couldn't understand why I'd enjoy walking and generally being active when holidays are supposed to be relaxing. But on this occasion, I have to say I was very wrong as I loved every minute! The Mountain biking was a little scary and hurtling down a mountain with shin pads that were falling down due to overused velcro combined with a pair of Levi hot pants that were a little too small did make me have a minor meltdown, but all in all it was the holiday of a lifetime. 

Rory is always the one to challenge me and push my boundaries and I'm thankful for that as otherwise my life would probably be very boring indeed! I'd definitely consider an adventure holiday again so this may be something you'd enjoy too.Just look at those mountains!

Lesson 4: Surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even if you don't see it yourself!

I count myself as being very lucky as I have an incredible set of friends. Some I see regularly, some I don't have the opportunity to see as often but this year I decided to only spend time with those friends who truly care about me and have my best interests at heart. My uni friends have always been incredibly supportive and this year more than ever, I've really valued their friendship and we confide in each other about everything.

I think you reach a certain age (27 to be precise!) when you know who your true friends are and I'm pleased to say by not wasting time with people who can be bitter and hurtful (harsh but true) I've spent more time on nurturing those important friendships that matter the most - it's just taken me years to figure this out! 

I went to Barcelona with friends this year, spent the afternoon on a London bus having Afternoon Tea with my lovely friend Rach and got to see my ex work colleague and friend Gemma get married which was a super special day! Friendships like this are the ones that count and I'm so glad I've chosen my friendships wisely. 

Lesson 5: Eat what you want and enjoy it! 

I've enjoyed more calories than I care to take note of this year and I feel so much better for it so there's no January detox heading my way. Yes, I'll probably eat more greens and do more exercise but I'll still be enjoying my food and more treats like the below! Life is too short so you might as well eat cake...and churros!

Thanks for reading this post and let me know what you've learned in 2016 in the comments below!
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