PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS IM REALLY PROUD OF THIS YEAR

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Location: Fulham, London

As of late as you know, I've been feeling like a bit of a failure - which is SO unlike me. I wrote a bit about this in this post, and although I'm feeling much more
relaxed about everything, I still can't shift this niggle that I should have done bigger and better things this year.

I made a rookie mistake by comparing myself to others and by doing that - I've forgotten about all the amazing things I have achieved this year.

I lost sight of my own accomplishments - some of which I used to dream about as a child. So in the hopes of getting rid of this god awful feeling, I thought I'd big up myself and humbly boast about how incredible 2017 has been for me.

I've said it before, but I often pin my self worth on my work life and how productive I am. So this post is solely dedicated to my personal achievements..

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Leaving Therapy
One day I won't talk about therapy I promise, I'm just still very excited and in awe that my ED and PSTD are no longer controlling my life. I left therapy a few months ago after a pretty draining but incredible year of getting well and honestly - I think its my biggest achievement EVER. I have never felt more prouder in my entire life and I'm really happy that my past self was brave enough to go on such a tough journey. I'm hoping next year will be even better in terms of understanding my mind more.

Discovering My Blackness
I never understood identity and damn well didn't get how much of an impact having no sense of self could have on my well-being. During the past year I've been exploring who I am and connecting to my blackness - something that has been missing pretty much for my entire life. I still feel slightly ashamed that I don't know much about my racial identity but I also feel great knowing I am learning more and more each day. I've said goodbye to eurocentric beauty standards and I am embracing my inner black Queen (I'm sure you've noticed lol).

Saving Money
Gosh! At the start of the year I really had to admit to myself that I'm just not great with saving money - spending on the other hand, I am brilliant at lol. However back in April I decided it was time to say 20% of all my earnings because thats just what adults do right? I don't really know what I'm saving for tbh because LOL at London house prices - but I guess its just nice to have some security if blogging goes to shit or brands just don't pay me for months haha.

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Jumpsuit | ASOS
Cardigan | River Island (only available in pink & grey atm)
Boots | ASOS
Bag | ASOS
Sunglasses* | Ray Ban (on sale)

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Doing More Of What Makes Me Happy
I made a conscious choice during the summer that I wanted and needed to stop putting my career before everything. So after the release of No Filter and due to a spout of ill health - I decided it was time to slow down and start doing things for me. Simple things like going to the cinema, getting my nails done, having a bath, reading a book and seeing friends were always stuff I deep down wanted to do - but I always chose 'being productive' over them. NOT NO MORE BABES. As of late I have really found my perfect work/life balance and the guilt of doing more of what makes me happy as slowly slipped away. Self care is just as important as your career - remember that.

Discovering My Personal Style
In the month of May I felt like I came into my own. I got braids and the rest is history lol. Falling in love with myself and accepting who I am enabled me once and for all, to stop dressing like other people or how I felt other people wanted me to dress - and to start dressing like me. I started to wear more colour, more texture and generally just put more effort into my outfits. Since then, I have felt extremely secure with how I want to dress and for the first time - I love my wardrobe. And because of this I have been producing more fashion content than ever before and honestly, its bought me so much happiness. Here's to even more fashion posts next year!

Finding Spirituality
I know its not for everyone, but its for me and its something that brings me a sense of calm and peace when the world is just too loud. I won't go into too much detail as I am still learning how to articulate my spirituality but lets just say I'm into energy, chakra's, astrology, aura and crystals etc. I believe in the universe as a higher power and that you manifest everything (good and bad) into your life. Finding a sense of community and belonging has improved my mental health and general well-being. After a long day, all I need is some chocolate, my incense and some meditation.

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2 Comments

  1. 24th November 2017 / 10:39 am

    What a wonderful post – reading this I can really relate, I’ve been feeling like a right failure lately and just not getting anywhere with work and you’ve actually inspired me to do the same thing and think back to everything I’ve achieved this year and it’s really made me feel so much better so thank you!

    Congrats so much on everything you’ve achieved – leaving therapy is a MASSIVE step, well done, I’m so glad you’re feeling happier and more confident in yourself it sounds by everything you’ve written here! You Go Girl!

    Daughter of An Air Hostess // Fashion, Travel & Life

  2. anon
    25th November 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Hey Grace! Your point about discovering your blackness reminded me you should really read this book called “Why I’ve stopped talking to white people about race”. So good! Really eye opening and an interesting read I think you’d enjoy =)

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