Friday, 1 January 2016

Don't be so hard on yourself this year

So I wanted to get something off my chest that's been bugging me for the last couple of weeks. 2015 was by all accounts the year of the 'girl boss' - not that that's something to be sniffed at. Feminism became a trendy buzzword, Hilary Clinton got stuck in with the US Presidential race and many ladies from the blogging world I really admire took their internet empires to new heights. Success is a wonderful thing, and so is being told we really can have it all. But the companion to this kind of movement receiving so much attention is by all accounts a hindrance and downright enemy: comparison.

In the last 365 days I've spent more time comparing myself to others than I probably ever managed to do in high school. I guess that comes with the territory of spending so much time online. Lusting over the Instagrams of celebrities, fitness moguls and top bloggers might feel like a good use of your time but in reality it's probably just highlighting the abs you don't have, the crisply decorated apartment you don't have and the brand events you didn't make the guest-list for.

I have a tenancy to beat myself up if I feel like I'm not achieving as much as others seem to be, but I think this year we could all do with a bit of a reality check. Stop being so hard on yourself for not being where you (or society for that matter) think you should be by now.

Instead, start working towards things that you actually want for yourself this year, and accept that everyone runs into stumbling blocks along the way - they just don't publish those moments to Instagram!

It sounds really cliche but all those Primark t-shirts from 2013 with 'YOLO' plastered over them speak the truth. I don't wanna look back on another year and feel negative about most of it. I've made a promise to myself not to feel bad about every little mistake or failure this year, but to embrace them as a part of life and always keep reaching for what I want - you should too.


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