I don’t even know where to begin… Nearly 30 flights, moving to a new country while still living in your home country, meeting new amazing people, speaking at a fashion conference are just some of the highlights.
You have been a year full of surprises. A year full of travel. A year full of self discovery and growth. A transformative year I never imagined. I think it’s important to pat myself in the back for everything I achieved this year but also look back at all the lessons I have learned.
It’s OK to let things go.
Until recently, I have been guilty of holding on to things that I didn’t need. I always had the fear of missing out on it or the “what ifs” kept lingering in my mind. It is so liberating to let go of “baggage” and move on. It feels like a deep cleansing.
It’s OK to not be OK.
One thing that has taken me long to overcome is to stop being so hard on myself. One of my many flaws is that I always strive for perfection. I’ve learned to accept that it’s ok to have bad days. It’s ok to cry when things go to shit. It’s ok to let loose and let out whatever you’re feeling in that moment. You don’t always have to be strong. It’s ok to be vulnerable.
Self Care is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.
As selfish as it sounds, you come first. You are first best. Make time for therapeutic activities or what feels good to you. I try to meditate as often as I can ( thank you Head Space ), go for spa treatments, exercise and try not to stress myself out. As someone who has been diagnosed with GAD ( General Anxiety Disorder ), practicing mindfulness has had a tremendous effect in my overall wellbeing.
Just Do It.
Life is to short to not add some spontaneity. Book that ticket, be open to new experiences, fear less. Set a goal each week and do it. One of my biggest highlights this year was giving a speech at a major fashion summit in Cyprus. I remember I almost didn’t go because I was so scared. I remember calling my mom, telling her all about it and my hesitation. She immediately talked me out of bailing and I thank her for it. I thank her for believing in me and this turning into me believing in myself. The day I got on the plane to Cyprus I overcame my fear of public speaking and discovered a part of myself I didn’t know. I realized if I set my mind onto something, I can most certainly do it.
The Art Of Not Giving A Fuck.
Lastly, this book, if you haven’t read it already, is worth mentioning. It has changed my perspective on so many levels and has helped me prioritize and focus on important things in my life. Here is an excerpt from the book:
“Not giving a fuck does not mean being indifferent; it means being comfortable with being different.
There’s absolutely nothing admirable or confident about indifference. People who are indifferent are lame and scared. They’re couch potatoes and Internet trolls….They hide in a gray, emotionless pit of their own making, self-absorbed and self-pitying, perpetually distracting themselves from this unfortunate thing demanding their time and energy called life.”
Nothing in life is guaranteed. Things come, things go, people come in and out of your life. No mater what the situation, good or bad you have to be thankful.
I am thankful 2018 for all the lessons, experiences and memories. I am also thankful to you guys, my internet friends for all the love and support throughout the years.I am beyond grateful to you for sharing this journey with me.
I am so excited and looking forward to the New Year and what’s to come. Bring it on 2019!
DRESS | H&M
EARRINGS | Morphe London
SHOES | Migato