T H E E N D O F : 2 0 1 6

2016 – A year I’ll never forget..

I started the year living in Melbourne, then relocated to San Sebastian, Spain for the majority of the year and ended 2016 back home in sunny Woolgoolga, NSW. I travelled throughout 5 countries and ticked many things off my never ending bucket list. I have experienced things that some don’t get to in a lifetime. Im so grateful for the journeys i’ve been on, the people i’ve met, and the things i’ve seen.

I’ve been challenged emotionally lately to an extent I never thought I’d face. I thought that if what has happened, was ever to happen I would not cope. I have learnt now just how strong I am. Ive felt sadness, anger, disappointment and betrayal. Emotions I thought i’d experienced but never truly have until now. Dealing with these kind of emotions, I have realised how to overcome them. When you let yourself really feel what you’re experiencing it becomes an overwhelming sensation and you realise just how much you can take and how strong you truly are. Whichever emotion you’re dealing with; happiness, excitement, joy, nervousness, anxiety, etc. whatever it may be, let it consume you. Its not a bad thing to feel everything so deeply, and thats important to remember. We are designed to feel. In this new year, take the time to recognise your emotions. Trust when I say it’ll change your world.

One of the biggest things I’ve learnt this year is that self worth triumphs everything. When you learn to love and respect yourself completely it doesn’t make you vain or selfish, it makes you indestructible. The relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.

Another thing i’ve learnt is that if you love something, love it completely, cherish it, say it, but most importantly, show it. Life is finite and fragile, and just because something is there for one day, it might not be the next. Never take that for granted. Say what you need to say, then say it a little more. Show too much. Love too much. Everything is temporary but love. Love outlives us all.

I recently received an email from someone very close to me, who I would say knows me on another level. I’ve pulled a segment from it so we can all read it. She encapsulates everything I needed to read, and also what I know but need to realise.

‘Stop, look up, i mean actually look up at what is around you. Let your senses do what they are meticulously given to us for. Live in the moment that is right in front of you. Do not compare yourself to the others around you, comparison only highlights the differences between you and them rather than showing you the beauty you have to offer the world. Make the epicentre of your world be about learning to love yourself through creating genuine relationships with others. When you be your whole self and nothing but yourself to someone their response to this will be a connection stronger and more meaningful than past experiences. Trust in the universes plan for you, and enjoy every moment along the way.’

Here’s to 2017 ✨

x .j

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