This year has definitely been one hell of a ride, compared to where it began and where it ended, I know that I'm in a far better place, not only academically, financially, but also with the people I chose to surround myself with. 2015 consisted of a lot of growth and learning and it has taken me farther than I could have ever imagined. Here's a look back on the year with 15 things the past 365 days have taught me.
The year began with sparklers, my twenty-fourth around the corner, and New York Fashion week soon after. The first thing this year has taught me was that it's okay to be selfish, to do things for yourself and to put your wants before someone else's. You're the only person that can give yourself everything. Sure, acts of selflessness are important, but it's also just as important to remember not to neglect the things that you want and the things that make you happy.
Love with all your heart. This year, Marco and I celebrated our four-year anniversary. It doesn't get easier over time but you do get better at it. You understand more, you listen more, you learn more. Not only about each other, but you learn a lot more about yourself. We've been through so much and this year we got to experience so many new things together. I know I'm lucky and not a day goes by that I'm not thankful to have him in my life. I wouldn't be half the person I am today if it wasn't for him. Don't be afraid to fall in love.
Eat good. I started the year counting every possible calorie, but it didn't make me happy. By eating in moderate portions throughout the week and treating myself over the weekends, I got the best of both worlds. My love for food has grown over the year, trying new things, which was a big deal considering I was the pickiest eater as a child. I'll admit, it's still true to this day. Eat what you want. Try new places, but it's also good to have your regular spots, mine being dim sum. Food is good for the soul.
Treat yourself. I make no apologies for how I choose to spend the money I work hard for. Don't let anyone make you feel guilty for what you do with your own money, those kinds of comments most likely come from a place of jealousy. This year was a really good one for me and I was able to buy myself things that have been on the list for a while, and you know what? It felt good.
Know who your real friends are. This is a big lesson that I learn almost every year, and it sucks thinking you meet genuine people only to get disappointed in the end, just because you constantly gave them the benefit of the doubt. Don't. Trust the vibes you get from people and it's okay to grow apart from people, but know and trust that when people treat you shitty, you can let them go and not feel the least bit bad about it. You didn't lose anything, but they lost a friend that genuinely cared about them. Their loss, not yours.
Family first. In a world where we're so hung up on hanging out with our friends over our family, texting and liking photos while we're with family, it's important to spend quality time with the people that are constantly there for you no matter what. I'm so blessed to have the family that I do because their support means the world to me. I'm making sure that my family spends more time together this year, that's for sure.
With the amount of make-up I use, it's important to be good to my skin. For so long, I was really lazy about my skin regimen, sometimes barely removing all my make-up at the end of the day. Lately, I've been a lot more careful about the products that I choose to put on my face, being better about cleaning make-up tools, and even finding a new cleansing routine to make sure I keep my skin as healthy, youthful, and bright as I possibly can. I'll try to do a full post on this soon.
Try new things. This year consisted of a lot of firsts and I hope that continues into 2016. It's been fun being able to try new things and go on new adventures. Don't be afraid just because you've never done it before. You could end up loving it, and these firsts are also a great experience to share with people you love. That just makes it so much better.
Go to new places you've never been to before. Explore every part of your own city, then go beyond those lines. It's been fun seeing new towns and going to places I've only read about or seen pictures of. The list of places to see will be even longer for 2016.
Hair. I've learned to let go of a lot of weight, literally chopped off a good 12" of my hair and now there's no looking back. My stylist of almost two years is the only person I can trust with my hair and now she is about to open her own salon. I've developed a healthier routine for taking care of these locks which I'll definitely be sharing on the blog soon.
Keep in touch with old friends. Don't be afraid to make new friends. There are people in your life that you may not always talk to but when you get together, it's like nothing ever changed. I love these kinds of friends, you just know that you'll always be able to pick up where you left off. You can also make new friendships and have a bond so good that you might as well have been friends your whole lives. These people that are happy for your success, and give you nothing but good vibes are the people to keep around.
Drink good coffee. Visit coffee shops. Talk to people. Mingle. Order that latte and shamelessly take a photo or twenty if you want it on your Instagram feed. I stopped feeling bad about taking photos of food and coffee in public a long time ago.
Find your style. This year I was able to work with so many brands and build so many relationships with amazing companies that helped shape my personal style. I've been able to meet so many new people and expand my wardrobe through blogging and it has helped me realize more what image I want to project and how I really want to represent myself. I never want that image to not be 100% me.
Travel more. Marco and I were able to book our first overseas trip together for 2016 and I'm excited to announce that we will be traveling to Europe in a few weeks. One of my resolutions is to fill up my passport with more stamps. There are so many places to see and I hope that this will be the year we can travel a lot more.
Stay true to yourself. I never want people to not trust me or what I believe in. This year will be a continuation of the work I put into 2015 and I hope that it is something people continue to love. I began my blog to write about my style and the things that I love and it has definitely come a long way since it all began.
2016 will be the year that I turn twenty-five years old. It's the year that I visit a new country with the love of my life. It's the year that I finally graduate from college after switching majors twice. It's the year that I continue to learn, grow, and surround myself with nothing but positive vibes. Here's to 2016 and the adventures it has in store for me. I hope that I continue to trust myself, learn from mistakes, gain new experiences, and live a life I am proud to call mine.