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Thursday, 4 January 2018

Reflecting on 2017


Firstly Happy New Year, I can't believe we are now in 2018!
2017 seemed to just slip away and the year began and ended rather quickly, well thats what it felt like for me. As always the year was full of up's and down's for us all, but for me I had some great achievements like getting my BA Honours degree in Fashion styling and image making and I also turned 21. However 2017 was also a really tough year for me career wise. So I'm just going to jump right in...

The final year of my degree was beyond intense, deadline after deadline and more work than ever before. Stress of getting models, dissertation, getting books made, researching, styling, personalising and so much more. I have to admit I handle pressure quite well and seem to thrive and want to push myself further, but my anxiety not so much. Lets just say my degree welcomed anxiety into my life and it hasn't really left since. Don't get me wrong, I rarely get panic attacks now and the anxiety is calm. But lets face it you can't go to uni and not feel some sort of overwhelming sensation, then lucky you. It really was tough, lots of crying moments, happy moments, angry moments, name it all I felt it. But my final project I ever did at university was my strongest work yet and I am so proud of the final outcome, I made memories and got to shoot with some beautiful friends. 

But then the day came, I graduated. I did it. That was an amazing feeling to stand on that stage and receive my certificate! It was such a beautiful day (not weather wise, it was awful) but the whole day with my family and boyfriend, celebrating with the girls I did the course with and of course having lots of pictures and procesco. It was incredible and I am so proud to say I did it, I got my degree. Nothings worth having if its easy and this degree really wasn't. I was pushed to my limits and made to question everything I am about, but getting through was my biggest achievement.




   
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But I guess the tough part for me last year has to be getting a job. I am still looking, applying and determined to get there. But last year wasn't easy, I guess I thought having a degree means finding a job more easily but that wasn't the case at all. You either don't have enough experience or you are over qualified and right now I am still stuck in that rut. I know that getting a job after university in something so specific isn't easy, but I guess I thought I would be working by now. I have worked since the age of 16 and I have continued to do this job while I am on the hunt for the right job to start off my career in fashion. 

The emotions I have gone through has been up and down. One day I am watching netflix all day and eating lots of food. The next I am crying, lonely and sad. To then having to join the gym as my anxiety got bad again and not working or having my mind focusing on something creative caused me to have shakes and feel down. So I did something about it, don't read this and think well she hasn't said she's been applying. Because trust me, I have, a lot. So I didn't want to feel this way any more, it was getting me down and getting people around me down. So I joined the gym and within a few weeks, the shakes stopped and my anxiety died down. This is something I still do 4-5 times a week and it really does help. I also took on extra hours at my part time job to earn more money and get active again. 

But the best thing I did was this. I started to blog and do social media as a full time thing, it became my hobbie turned to my job. I put more time and effort into this, because it makes me happy and its something I have become so passionate about. Don't get me wrong I am not earning a living from this, but I am getting to work with amazing brands and connect with different people from all over the world. I also discovered my style and what I want to do, thats a blog post I will save for another time. But there you go if last year was tough in different ways from mine or similar ways there is always something you can do. I did this, I started the gym. I did things which I am still doing now, which I am taking into the new year to add to my new goals. Getting a job isn't gonna be easy but least in the meantime I am doing stuff I love and I am also bettering myself. 




I also turned 21 last year, that was a great highlight of 2017. I got to spend the day drinking pims, eating afternoon tea and dancing like an idiot with all of my favourite people. Having a alice and wonderland themed afternoon tea was so cute and beyond special, I couldn't have asked for a better birthday. I've also been to to Salcombe, graduate fashion week, stayed at hotel football, watched dirty dancing, wicked and alice in wonderland at theatres and watched harry potter at an outdoor cinema to name some of the fun things I did this year. I couldn't afford to go on holiday abroad so trying to make the most of the UK's summer is never easy, but I made the best out of a dull summer and still created some great memories.

I feel like I have so much to write down from experiences last year or thoughts and feelings I am having, so be sure to see a weekly blog post from  me where I babble on about all sorts of stuff. More than what I have written has happened this year, I've lost friends, gained new ones, received sad news, received great news become poorly, got better, things changed, stuff happened. But I don't want this to be a sad post I want my writing to always see a positive and to see the good in situations. More writing to come and its all from my heart, this is my honest reflection, outlook and take on my world. 

I wanted to write this post to highlight the fact that when people go through ups and downs you've always got to try and pull out a positive or do something to better your current position. I don't believe in everything happens for a reason in all aspects, but I do believe that everyone has a path and the ups and downs are all part of your journey and they make you, you. So heres to 2018, putting 2017 behind us and looking to the future. I have so many goals for this year and I can't wait to see what this year has in store for me. Wishing you all the best year!!

Fashion Bambi 
xoxo
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6 comments

  1. Girl you ROCK! Huge congrats on getting your degree this year, uni is so bloody tough but you did it! We all have struggles with uni and if anyone doesn't then I seriously question whether or not they are actually there.I am certain you will find a job just right for you that you will love soon, these things take time but it will happen. At least you've managed to use the time to do something you love and work on this blog :) You're pics look great as always

    Lon x

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    1. Ahhh thanks so much for your lovely comment! Glad you liked the post:)
      Thank you and yeah haha thats true!
      Thanks beaut :) xoxo

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