New Year, New Beginnings

Happy New Year everybody!

I can't believe it's 2016 already.

It's crazy, to think yet another year has gone by so quickly. However, in turn, it brings another year to dream big, accomplish new goals, try new products and go on new adventures. For me, this also means, it is my last year at uni. Really, where on earth has the time gone?

2015 was a hectic and overwhelming year for me. I learnt many life lessons along the way and a few things about myself too...some good and some things I feel I need to work on.

By no means, do I consider myself an expert or am I trying to tell others how to live their lives, I simply wish to share my life lessens of 2015.  Hope this helps in some way.

1. Great Things Never Come From Comfort Zones

I can't tell you how many times, I have turned things down or shied away from doing something that was a little out of my comfort zone. I have found myself missing out on new opportunities and of meeting new people, all because I was too afraid. I know I'm not the only one that feels this way and that different things scare different people.

So, I have decided in 2016, I am going to try new things and get myself out of this rut. Now, I'm not saying that I'm about to go bungee jumping, but I'm going to make a conscious effort to challenge myself.

2. Don't Be A Victim Of Regret

I tend to hold back on so many things and then find myself regretting it after.
I can remember when I was in high school, I decided not to take German or Drama as subjects, because I was too afraid of failing and of what others would say. I know it sounds silly now, letting my fears and what others thought get in the way of what I wanted to achieve, but I did... Even now it is something I constantly have to work on.

The truth is when you fail, you pick yourself back up, learn from your mistake and try again. I think it's important to follow you heart and your dreams, even if others tell you, you can't do it, it's silly or it will never work. The only one that can really decide for you, is you.

3. Live With Purpose

Finding ones purpose is incredibly important. I myself, am still in search of mine, but I'm getting there. 
Whatever you do in life,  make sure it is for the right reasons and that you are truly passionate about it.

4. Don't Lose Perspective

I believe, there are two kinds of people in life. People who complain, see only the negative side of things and just have a gray cloud hanging over their heads all the time. Then you get people who see the brighter side to life, try to stay positive and seem to have a spring in their step.

This has a lot to do with perspective; a positive outlook and confidence in yourself, will create opportunities to grow, learn and overcome your fears.

5. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

This was something I struggled with for quite some time. I always found myself looking at other people my age and younger and what they had already accomplished and wondered why that was not me. Why was I not doing exiting things and meeting exiting people. I would be incredibly hard on myself and discouraged by the smallest setbacks.    

I then came to realize that comparing myself to others was not helping me achieve my dreams. It was in fact, holding me back.

Everybody's journey is different. Yours may take longer than others or you may have to give up more, but it is all part of your journey and the lessons you need to learn before you get there. Embrace the challenges and never give up.

6.  Hard Work Always Pays off 

This is something my mum has always told me and I have always believed it, but only recently fully understood. It may not seem like it on most days and you may find yourself getting discouraged by some setbacks or how long it takes, but it will pay off. Keep working hard, stay positive and don't give up. 

7. Stop Getting In Your Own Way

Everything you want in life, is possible. If you want to be happy, do more of what makes you happy. If you want to be accepted, be more accepting and if you want to be successful, work harder - or perhaps just smarter:). 

If you think about it, it's quite simple really. If you do the same thing over and over again, you will get the same results.       

In order to get something you never had, you have to do something you have never done...

8. Don't Be Afraid To Fail

This is something we are all afraid of.  I, especially, had to learn this lesson.
I failed a drawing assignment at uni (sigh) and found myself embarrassed and extremely discouraged . This was a rather bitter pill for me to swallow, as I prided myself in never having failed any assignment. 

My family was incredibly supportive and encouraging and helped me realize that my failure was an opportunity to learn, grow and avoid making the same mistake. At the end of the year, all was well, as I passed all my subjects, with a distinction in the mix :). 

From this I learnt, you should not let success go to your head or let failure get to your heart. It's okay to be proud of your accomplishments and disappointed in your failures, but don't let them define you.  

What lessons did 2015 teach you and what are your dreams for 2016? Let's chat in the comments or on twitter (@ItsChantellC). 

Lots of Love 






  1. Don't be a victim of regret is such a brilliant motto to live by. Going to apply this to my own life!
    A Story of a Girl


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