The Year of You: A year of following my dreams

The Year of You: A year of following my dreams

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

It was the weird intermittent period between Christmas and New Year when I decided to change my life completely. One cold christmassy morning, I opened up my journal and began to try and create my 2018 vision board, what do I want this year to look like? I thought. I’ll admit I went a bit blank. What did I actually want? Not what does society want my life to look like. Not what do other people think I should be doing with my life at this age.. what do I want?

And then it hit me, since I graduated most of my *big life* choices had been based on fear. I took jobs out of fear because they paid well even though they did not align with my dream career, I stayed in relationships and friendships out of fear. Fear had been eating away at me and directing my life for so long, it was finally time to take the wheel back, pick up the pen and re-write my story.

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

And in that moment – once I identified what my most important values were for my future – my game plan changed and my dreams for the following years shifted. I quit my job to work full time as a content creator, this is my passion, this is what I know I am destined for, and as a humble brag, this is what I know I am good at.

So on the first day back at work after the holidays, as soon as I walked into the office at 8am I handed my notice in. I feel absolutely exhilarated. I have no idea what’s coming next, but I know now that I am creating my life, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my ship.

I know that every action has a reaction and there is no doubt going to be some difficulties on the way to achieve my dreams. But I am using that fear to make me feel surprisingly motivated and optimistic. I have an incredible platform and opportunity to inspire, impact, and deeply affect others. And that is what sets my soul on fire.

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.

So what’s next for Year of You?

I am happy to let you all know I am taking the blog further and launching – as part of the brand – a Youtube channel and a podcast as part of the 12 month miracle mind shift programme. The 12 month miracle mind shift is about getting clear about what makes you happy, and then creating, manifesting and living your best life one month at a time. It’s about having the courage and self love to show up EVERYDAY as the brightest, happiest, and most bad ass version of yourself, whatever that looks like to you.

Each month I will be producing weekly content on my new Podcast, Youtube channel and blog that you can follow to create your best life in 2018. January will kick off with all things to do with CLEANSING AND DECLUTTERING YOUR LIFE from your physical and mental environment to your mind, body and soul.

My content won’t be polished, in fact I want that to be a promise I keep myself. To try and be as real as possible: unpolished, un-shiny, warts and all. You see, I think in the influencer world everything has become so shiny and edited and sadly, more and more un-relatable. I think it’s time we stop pretending to be perfect, it’s time blogging and social media became authentic again and I hope by showing you my personal struggles and how I overcome them as well as the positivity on my platforms this can help achieve a sense of relatability and ultimately help you live your best life.

2018 CONTENT GOALS.

AND AS FOR ME?

As a self confessed workaholic and slightly neurotic control freak it’s time for me to step back on the crazy and step into the woman I want to be, flaws and all. That means, more time for myself, trying (and sticking) to a yoga practice, having a lie in from time to time, to meditate more, to read, to create, to relax, to make decisions only based on the life I know I am destined for.

A year of magical thinking

I hate to sound like a cheesy cliché but you have no idea what you’re capable of until you push yourself to try it, if you don’t try you’ll never know! So go for it now, life is short and time is precious.

We have one life and I intend to live it fully, to not settle, to find adventure, to learn and love and help others. & I hope you do too. And I hope that you too, live a life that you are proud of.

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20 Comments

  1. August 30, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    I did a very similar thing back in May when I quit my well-paid office job in London to move to Brighton and jump head first into freelancing. I’m still trying to find my ground and am wobbling a little bit but the feeling of liberation was incredible. x

  2. August 31, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Good luck with your Masters! And congratulations on having the balls to quit something that’s not working out for you. Life is way too short. I wish you the best of luck!

    Chichi
    chichiwrites.com

  3. August 31, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Good for you for making a change. Best of luck!!

  4. September 5, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Best of luck! I respect you so much for having the balls to start over !!

  5. September 13, 2017 / 1:04 am

    Good for you its so difficult to explain to someone that you dont want to do what’s expected of You! Best of luck in your masters I hope its everything you want it to be xox

  6. September 13, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Love this! And I totally get it. Best of luck with studying & respect for leaving a situation that wasn’t doing anything for you x

  7. September 17, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Love this post. Go you!! Totally envious of your confidence to do this. I’ve been having an internal debate for weeks about whether to quit my career in PR for similar reasons. Good luck with your studies..but most of all enjoy it! Xx

  8. January 3, 2018 / 8:03 am

    Yes girl!! I wish I could be this brave…maybe after a few little successes I will feel ready to take the plunge.

    Best of luck with everything, it’s going to be amazing. Can’t wait to see what you achieve in 2018.

    Abi xx

    abirichards.com

  9. January 3, 2018 / 10:21 am

    Congratulations, that is so exciting!! Can’t wait to keep reading your blog this year and your podcast!!

    Sarah
    SarahAurorax.wordpress.com

  10. January 3, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    This gives me so much inspiration! You go girl! Congratulations on following your dream and doing what you do best! Looking forward to seeing what’s to come 🙂
    http://www.jessdownard.com

  11. January 3, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    This is so exciting! Hope it goes well for you! Can’t wait to see what happens next xx

  12. January 3, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    Congratulations, you are an inspiration!

  13. January 4, 2018 / 1:16 am

    Love this! It’s so inspirational how brave you were to make a huge change in your life to go after what you truly want. I wish you the best of luck!

  14. January 4, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    Utterly inspirational lady! Wishing you all the best with your new direction! Looking forward to what comes next 🙂 xx

  15. January 6, 2018 / 6:12 pm

    YES TO ALL OF THIS! I can’t wait to see how it goes.

  16. January 7, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    I left my job a week ago and it was the most exhilarating decision I’ve ever made. 2018 will be the year I follow my passions and achieve all the “big” goals, or at least move towards Achieving them. It’s going to be an amazing year. Good luck to everyone who commented!

    • Year of You
      January 8, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Ahhh i wish i could like this comment a thousand times. Best of luck to you girl, i’m rooting for you! and i hope my mindshift programme throughout the year helps encourage you to keep following that dream! xoxoxo

  17. January 8, 2018 / 8:35 am

    I’m so excited for your future!! I want to do the same but I can’t quit my job, I need the income at the moment but I hope within 2018 I can build myself up to lead to self employment

  18. January 11, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    This post is amazing & so inspiring! I too have just quit my job before Christmas as i just was never happy at a workplace, even though i was doing a job I loved i was fed up of making other people’s dreams a reality & not mine as i have always wanted to be self employed! I have been suffering really badly with anxiety & felt so lost so decided it was time to take some time out for myself & work on what i want! This post has really inspired me that i did the right thing & to keep on going pushing my dreams! I look forward to seeing how it all goes for you in 2018 too & i wish you all the luck! Your blog is lovely ❤
    Chantelle xx

    • Year of You
      January 11, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      Ahhh this comment makes me so happy! I am so glad you have made the decision to focus on work on yourself. Making your own dream a reality really makes life worth living and gives you something to concentrate on especially when you can struggle from anxiety.❤ I hope that all of your dreams come true, and i hope my blog continues to help you on your journey! Thanks so much for your comment! xx

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