Reflecting On 2019 - Hayley C's Blog

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Reflecting On 2019

Hi everyone
So this is my last blog post of the year. I wanted to write and fill out a reflections questionnaire to share my favourite and worst parts of 2019.
What is your favourite 2019 memory?
I have so many highlights of this year. But one of my favourite moments was creating my cruelty free beauty shopping series back in January (click here to view the video playlist). The first episode (which was filmed in The Range) was shared on their Instagram page. I felt as though it was a sign from the universe that I was on the right track so I made 10 more episodes in different stores across the UK.
What have you achieved this year that you are most proud of?
Not quitting making videos or blogging. I've struggled with my mental health on and off so I've not been able to post as regularly as I would of liked. Sometimes I've let the self doubt creep in which tells me that my content isn't good enough compared to other creators. I'm still working on rewiring my brain to focus on what I'm doing and my progression rather than looking at everyone else. But it's easier said than done when you are having a down day, log onto social media and everything appears picture perfect. It's important to remember that social media isn't real life and often just a highlight of the best parts.
Which day would you relive from 2019?
Making chocolate easter eggs with Bumble at Studio Chocolate on one of the hottest days of the year.  I released my inner artist and ate chocolate at the same time.  It was a good day.
What have you learnt in 2019?
1.Self care should always be a priority. Your battery has to be fully charged first before you help anyone else. You can't help others in the best way possible when you are on 2% battery yourself.
2. Don't compare yourself to other people (it's easier said than done as I'm working on it myself) Try and focus on your progression, how far you've come and the baby steps forward that you are taking. You matter and you do make a difference.
3. You aren't going to be everyone's cup of tea. Some people aren't going to like you and for absolutely no reason which is OK. You don't have to prove yourself to anyone. Be polite and kind to everyone you meet as you don't know what they are going through.  
How have you grown in 2019?
In Vlogmas episode 1, I opened up about my struggles with mental health and reaching out for help which I've never shared online before. So many people reached out and told me they have felt the same way or they are also seeking help. Which made me feel less alone and supported.
What has been my biggest struggle this year?
Mental health, comparing myself to others, not being able to function on some days but that's OK. It's apart of being human.
What is my reflection for the coming year?
I hope 2020 is full of fun days out and events to vlog because I love taking you along with me to new places. I'd love to film more beauty and food reviews. 
What will I let go of?
Perfectionism
What are most looking forward to in 2020?
A fresh beginning and grabbing each and every opportunity presented to me.

I can't wait to see what 2020 has in store. What's going to happen in the next decade? Let's find out and make it a good one. Thank you everyone for your support this year. I'm wishing you a Happy New Year🎉
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley 
Xxx

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