Around this time of year, we all start reflecting on the past year and everything that has gone on. But mainly, we start thinking ahead to next year and what we’d like to change. With 2016 fast approaching – seriously, how crazy is that? – I began wondering why it is we are so quick to pick what we want to be different. Which is why I decided to set you all – and myself too – a challenge.

Instead of the usual ‘New Year, New Me’ malarkey, I want us all to ‘Celebrate You.’ Basically, I want you to sit back and appreciate yourself and your life, the trials and tribulations of 2015. As humans, we are heavily flawed and we know it. We are drawn to loathe our imperfections rather than relish them and I totally get it, being more than guilty of it myself. It’s a lot easier to tell yourself ‘I really hate this about myself” or “I really want to change that.” While wanting to change something is not always a bad thing, it’s good to be able to get to a point where you can embrace yourself for all you are.

In the entirety of a whole year, we have all gone through so much. We have laughed, cried, loved, lost, made friends, lost friends, grown and found ourselves. Each day we have created memories, both good and bad. We continue to exist through it all. And that is what needs to be commended. I am a hugely negative person, a complete glass half empty kinda gal. So in an attempt to lead by example, I’m going to pick a few things from this year , about myself personally my life, that deserve celebrating and that I wouldn’t change.

1) CAREER: I don’t talk about my job on my blog, albeit it briefly, but I changed job roles in the company this year and I feel like I am slowly but surely progressing along the ladder in the way which I want. I know I have a long way to go, but I’m trying to hard to stay positive about it and to constantly remind myself how lucky I am to work where I work.

2) DRIVING: I’ve been driving for three years but I’m still quite a wary driver. I get nervous driving to places I’ve never been before and where I know it’ll be busier. This year however, I’ve definitely pushed myself to drive to new places and also on my own. I feel so much more confident behind the wheel.

3) LUNA: By now you’ll know all about my little bundle of fur, our sausage dog Luna. I’ve had family dogs before but it’s never been entirely my responsibility to keep an animal alive since I’ve usually been a child and my parents are there to pick up the slack. While this hasn’t been the difficulty and having an animal comes with a hell of a lot of positives, it also has its negatives. I mean who wants to be cleaning poo up in their house? Nonetheless, I’m really proud of how we’ve adjusted to having Luna in our life because it is a shake up. But she is more than worth it and the love and happiness she brings us has only helped enrich our lives further.

4) MUSINGS & MORE: This year, I started my blog! It’s always something I’d wanted to do but it was 2015 that I finally took the plunge and I really love it. I’m able to write creatively how I want and it’s something I’ve become really pleased with. I truly hope it’s something I keep up and I’m excited to see how it progresses.

5) MY HOME: I’ve spoken about my house a few times so I won’t go on about it, but 2015 was the year we finally moved into our house after waiting for it to be built. When people find out I own my own home (and a mortgage *cries*) at 22 years of age, they are usually really impressed. Most of the time I brush it off in some way, but you know what? It’s actually pretty cool! We worked really hard to afford the house all without any help and for once, I’m going to let myself feel proud of that.

So there are my few of my own personal ‘celebrations’, now what about you? Sit back and let yourself reminisce about the year of 2015. Of all you have achieved and been through. I want you to be selfish, wallow in the magnificence of you for a moment and don’t you dare feel guilty about it. It’s a brilliant idea to have goals for the next year to come and I encourage that, but rather than throw 2016 into a safe and locking it with a key, take time to relish yourself, to celebrate you.

Emily x

  • Wow you own your own home?! Good for you! I'm going to do the same and celebrate me too.

    Mich | howshe-seesit.blogspot.co.uk

  • I think this is an AWESOME post, I love writing goals and also like you celebrating the positive moments of 2015 :-)!

    Emmie | http://www.carpediememmie.co.uk

  • I think this is a great idea! Too often we reflect on things we want to change without acknowledging all of the good thins we enjoyed through the year.

    Hubby and I make a habit of sitting down before the new year and talking about how the previous year went and some goals for the new year. It's always good to look back and compare our 'best' moments as they aren't always the same!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • This is a great take on New years and you really have a lot to be proud of.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I love round-up posts like this come the end of the year. How brilliant to be on your way to owning the house you live in at the age of 22 – well done! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  • Such a lovely uplifting post! I love reading posts like these ๐Ÿ™‚
    yasmina nicole

  • 2015 has been truly amazing. I agree with you on the concept on celebrating you <3
    I also started my blog this year, and it has already become such an important part of my life. Best of luck in your job, hon! Enjoy the holiday season! ๐Ÿ™‚
    xox Nadia

  • lovely post as usual ๐Ÿ™‚


  • You should be proud of yourself, owning a house at the age of 22 is a great achievement!


  • where do you work?
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

  • Such a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing!
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  • Raj

    This is such a brilliant positive post, and you have so much to be proud of it's really nice to see you share that!
    Wishing you a new year that's just as fabulous as this one has been

    What Raj Wants

  • wow amazing blog post !!! loving your blogs ๐Ÿ™‚ keep up the great work ๐Ÿ™‚

    would love it if you came and say hi


  • Aw what a lovely read this time of year! I totally know what you mean when it comes to driving, but well done you for conquering your fears and exploring new places, hopefully you feel more confident with it now? Congrats on starting your blog this year too!

    My proudest milestones this year has to be graduating and getting my first job right out of uni. Moving out is next on my list so massive congrats on the house!

    P.S i love the notebook at the top!

    Sinรฉad โ™ฅ fabuleuse, toujours โ™ฅ

  • Celebrating your accomplishments is really important to set the foundation for new ones. Owning a house is such an accomplishment as are all the others. Congrats on 2015 and here's to a wonderful new year!

    xx Yasmin

  • I am definitely afraid of driving. When I started this year with an instructor, he made me fear it more than ever with this garbage talk. I am not sure I will ever drive now.

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  • Congratulations on moving into a new role and I hope 2016 is a great year for your career. This is a really interesting post, happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚

    Velvet Blush

  • This is such a great recap, you really had a good year, congrats in owning a house <3

    Capturing Life Memoirs | bloglovin' | Instagram

  • Wonderful post! So important to think about what your proud of and not only what you'd like to change – because what we're proud of is what we do and what we surround ourselves with – which is what makes us us – and that is worth celebrating! This was so inspiring and you really should be proud of everything you've done! It's amazing! xx

    Filippa โŽฎ Always a Dot

  • This post was so amazing to read, and exactly the right mindset to have heading into the new year. I adored the way you put things and you're so right in saying we often don't take the time to step back for a minute and recognise that we should be proud of ourselves – for more things than we realise! Here's to realising more of those things in 2016! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • I love reflections on the past year – we all have so many things to be proud of when you take a few moments to reflect. Congratulations on everything you've achieved this year, and all the best for 2016!

    Katy | hotpinkwellingtons.co.uk

  • I am so proud of you! You have done really well for yourself and guess what? YOU should be very proud of yourself. I wish you all the best for the year ahead lovely <3
    Ramsha | Rose