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How Has Your Life Changed In a Year?

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I feel like now I'm entering mid twenties territory my life is flashing before my eyes. Hours, Days and Months pass by quicker than I care to admit sometimes. It’s interesting to see how much life changes over time though. I feel like the past is the past, dwelling on things does nothing for the soul but I do feel reflection is a really important part of moving onwards.

Going into 2014 I was coming out of a really bad year. On the prompting of a friend I decided to write down all the things about my life that were different then and now. I found it quite cathartic to write down my list my achievements and failures and sit back and reassess my life in 2014. It was healing in some ways to look at how far I’d come as a person and showed me that my hard work has really paid off. I grew in confidence as blogger, creator and in my personal life. Something just aligned at the end of 2014 that made everything make sense again. I felt like whatever I was doing was just right. I feel more authentic, like I could express my opinion without worrying and felt myself beaming with confidence all over again.

Life is constantly changing and full of milestones. It’s so easy to focus on the bad things in life and let the good things pass us by without a second thought. While I’ve always said I'm never quite sure where my life is heading - even at the age of 25 I don’t know what I want to do with my life. I'm really happy, positive and motivated with how things are progressing.

Always be proud of accomplishments, no matter how big or small. Reflect on the good and the bad time and use them to grow as a person. Think about  how much your life can change in such a short amount of time. It might not be perfect right now but in time things will work themselves out. I promise.

43 comments

  1. this seems like such an odd comment to make, but through reading your blog/watching youtube i feel like you seemed much happier and more accomplished in 2014, which was really lovely to see!

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  2. I feel like I should do this! I sometimes put myself down about things, but when I look back I see that there is a lot to be thankful and happy for! Brilliant blog post!

    shannon // shanlxuise.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Such a beautiful post! I feel as though I can relate to pretty much everything you've said, especially reflecting on not only the good but bad times to grow as a person, instead of dwelling on them x

    Lizzie // xBeautyMagic

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  4. Great blog post! I'm feeling pretty excited and inspired for 2015 right now x


    Isabella Hope

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  5. I feel like so much has changed in a year more than ever!

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  6. You're right, you should always be proud of all of your accomplishments. Life's too short to do other wise :)
    Happy new year, Lily! May this one be the best yet x

    Kinza

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  7. I feel like I have changed so much over the past year too. I definitely managed to get out of a rough patch and now I feel much better for it. Lovely post, short and sweet x

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  8. This is such an inspiring post. It's such a good idea to look at what you've achieved in a year! Funnily enough, I just did a post on my blog about focusing on the positives in life rather than negatives.
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  9. This is such a beautiful post! My life has changed so much to the point where I nearly recognise it!
    Emma xo | Missemmalouise12.blogspot.ie

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  10. This is such an encouraging and motivational post Lily, it's great to hear that everything is falling into place for you! Hope you're having a lovely day :)
    Hannah x
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  11. Heartwarming post. Reflection is important and I wish I'd realised that earlier.
    Xtal
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  12. Love this post! And it's definitely true! Whenever I'm in a bad situation I think: what would life be like in a month or so? Things go by and to end this comment with a cliché: "this too shall pass" :)

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  13. You should try the 100 Happy Days Challenge Lily. I did it last year and it encouraged me to find at least one thing per day that made me happy. It's really good!

    Rachael xo
    Girl Behind The Blue Door

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  14. Nice post...

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  15. Such a great post Lily! Support you no matter what! ^^ x

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  16. During our first class of 2015, my yoga instructor told the class "resolve to make every day the most fulfilling day of the year". I think about that every morning :-)

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  17. Lovely post!!!! Great photos. Would you like to follow each other on GFC?! Let me know and follow me on my blog, I will follow you right back on both GFC and Bloglovin!
    xx
    Tanya
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  18. This is such a lovely and honest post, which is always so interesting to read. As another 25 year old I definitely identify with what you said about not really knowing what I want to do with my life, just that I want to be as happy and healthy as possible. All the best for 2015!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  19. I tend to focus on what's going wrong rather than what's going write, so the exercise you did in writing it all down sounds so helpful!

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  20. 2014 was a tough year for me but I'm happier now although there's still a lot to figure out! =) x

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  21. Great post ! 2015 is going to be a great year

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  22. I read blogs on/off before 2014 and then yours properly in early 2014 and you definitely seemed happier and more aware of your personal strengths and attitude towards life - it's been great to see your content grow and im 20 and have no idea yet of what I really want to do, but blogging is helping us all make changes in various industries we didn't have access to before.

    Lauren x
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  23. Great post Lily. I've gone through a lot of changes in the past year. January is a great time for reflection I think!

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  24. Such a lovely post Lily <33

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  25. i love what you have written and happy to hear that 2014 was a good one for you :)
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  26. Lovely post! I agree, so much has changed within the past year. It's always good to reflect both the good and the bad. Love your new blog layout!

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  27. I agree, reflection is really important. Happy New Year! xxx

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  28. This is SO true. I hope you have a happy 2015 x
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  29. Such a lovely post and really like your advice! I always feel time is flying by and it's great to just do what you love and not care about what other people think! Do what you want to do and achieve in life and spread positivity x

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  30. I'm really glad that you're feeling happy and accomplished and that you're happy with the way that your life is moving forwards. I feel like 2014 was a massively transitional year for a lot of people, myself included, and that really came across (in a positive way!) in your blog content last year. Massive well done for everything that you achieved and I can't wait to see what you pull out of the bag this year :) xo

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  31. This is so sweet! Thank you so much for all your advice! Let's make 2015 amazing!
    manicpixiegirl

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  32. You are right it is pointless dwelling on things , I am going to make 2015 a better year than the last. xox

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  33. the only really thing we need is to be happy with what we have and where we are going!
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  34. Thanks Lily. I experienced a lot in 2014. I thought that I wouldn't be able to last 6 months on my current job but now I am 13 months in. Time flies, its true.

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  35. So much to look forward to in 2015... Make it count.

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