07/01/2017

4 Lessons Learned | 2016

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There were many happy moments, fantastic memories created with friends and family, sleepless nights for good and bad reasons, and new discoveries. However I cannot help but think that 2016 for me was just ok in comparison to 2015 and 2017. Admittedly 2016 had a hard job  with my temporary move to US, travels, the most dreamy engagement, successful completion of internship in FTSE 100 company and wedding in 2017. However 2016 taught me useful lessons and I am glad it did.    

First quarter of the year passed quickly between writing multiple coursework, doctor’s appointments, and surgery. Then we travelled to Thailand, I graduated with First degree, was offered a job and followed my gut feeling not to take it. 

Somewhere along the way I discovered my real passion that I want to pursue as a career. The last months of 2016 disappeared somewhere again between chores and health issues, and I cannot really tell you where else.

Stressed Superwoman

I've started 2016 with a perfectly planned idea of the year ahead, including things that only external factors had power over. I know pretty optimistic of me. I have tried, pushed, and picked myself up each time after something did not work out as I wished.

I overworked myself to the point that my body said enough is enough: You did not sleep or eat enough and now for three weeks you will be able to work with 20% of energy you had before. Of course it happened it the busiest period of my year. What was supposed to be a silly cold, which I must admit I ignored, turned out to be an exhausting process of recovery. Trap of being the busiest bee in the beehive.

Plan for 2017 is to wisely listen to signals my body sends to me and act upon them rather than ignore it.

Wrong Direction

For the last few years I thought I know exactly what I wanted to do after graduation. I had not even considered that the future might bring something totally different; not because I won’t be able to do it but because I will discover that actually I would rather take a different route. Scarier but so much more enjoyable!

I am still figuring it out but have to say that the future has never looked more colourful for me than it is now after I realised that my personality does not necessarily fits the box I tried to squeeze myself into. Brown cardboard is just not the best place for free spirits.

On a much lighter note...

Beauty Starts Inside

Bleaching my hair in 2015 really damaged, if not destroyed my hair. Finally after drinking nettle tea and taking supplements with vitamins I started to see baby hair slowly appearing for the first time in 6 months! Let’s hope 2017 will be even kinder for my hair growth and I will be smarter in the future. Here you can find fantastic hair conditioner that does exactly what it says!

Less is More

Thanks to a few chats with qualified beauticians I finally realised that taking care of my face and body does not mean patting every sample that I have at home. Now I have no mercy and if I think something will do more damage than good it is going straight to the bin. 

I found my beauty routine that finally hydrates and takes care of my sensitive skin and does not require huge amounts of time. Funnily enough it also saves me money with the same if not better results. Products that I would have to buy every month now last for two or longer. Cheek pea size really is enough to take care of my face.    

What did 2016 bring into your life?
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  1. I have had a terrible 2016 and have learnt a lot of lessons. Hoping to implement it in 2017 so far it's not going according to plan 😣

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    1. It's the beginning of January so put your potato chips down and rock and roll 2017! :)

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  2. These are good lessons to learn especially with regards to hair care, I keep bouncing back and forth with the idea of trying bleach...

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    1. Do it but only in a very good, recommended salon. I went in Boston to do it to a salon I've found online. I ended up with green-grey hair (really!) just before my engagement! I've bleached my hair on multiple occasions but this one time he ruined them! I have no idea how he managed to do that! Iga x

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  3. I wrecked my hair by colouring it over and over but I've managed to salvage it somewhat with intense conditioning treatments. I'm glad yours is starting to go back to normal. Hopefully we will have lovely amazing hair in 2017!

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    1. Thank you Laura! I have this feeling again to do 'something'. New year, new hair and all that jazz hahaha Iga x

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  4. 2016 was a year of survival and change. But to be honest most years are like that. Looking forward optimistically to 2017!!!

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    1. We can make 2017 great. Of course there will be better and worst moments but hey, it's life. Happy New Year John! Iga

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  5. I think at the end of 2016 I lost myself.. in terms of "boys" and me totally flunking my classes. But I am trying to be more optimistic this year! Reading blogs like yours really helps. I also stopped blogging for awhile so this year I'm jumping back into it 😊

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    1. I noticed that you stopped blogging. I am glad you are back and ready to rock and roll 2017! Boys will be boys but do not compromise your education. Iga x

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  6. Beautiful post dear!

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  7. Yes I hear you with the bleaching! I've done it myself and totally ruined my hair, it went 3 different colours white at the roots, yellow in the middle and orange at the ends. Very expensive lesson learned there! :D Good luck with all your hopes and dreams for 2017 xx

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    1. I know what you are talking about! Bleach is a pure devil when in wrong hands! Iga x

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  8. 2016 will be the year that I completely changed my diet. I stopped eating the traditional bacon, egg, pancake breakfast AND switched over to smoothies. My lunches are now salads and dinner I eat less of what I used to eat. I have more energy, am more focused, have better digestive health, and all around feel better.

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    1. What smoothie is your favourite? I loved the one I would pick up on my way to work while I was living in Boston. It gave me such an energy kick! Iga x

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