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NEW BEGINNINGS

It is such a cliche, but how the flippen heck is time passing by so quick?! We are well and truly into March and New Year's Day felt like it was just yesterday. So much has changed in my life since Christmas (my last blog post), the biggest change being that I've moved - again. I've been having lots of fun finding new and more creative ways to redecorate and make home more homely. I think a person's home speaks volumes about their personality and where they are in life. I moved from a rental home back into the same house I lived in a year ago. I have pretty much the exact same furniture, but I am a completely different person to who I was when I moved out. It is the weirdest feeling!

2016 was one heck of a year. I have learnt so much through a series of events that happened in my life. Through good times and bad, great times and worst times. It might be a bit late for a reflection on the year that's been, but here goes...

I've learnt that just because there is a lot of hype around a certain beauty product doesn't mean that I need it in my life. When I can count the number of times I've worn proper eye make up in my entire life in one hand, I definitely do not need an eyeshadow palette that cost an arm and a leg.

I've learnt that you don't have to keep up with all the fashion trends to look good. While it is all well and good (and super fun!) to follow fashion trends, buy trendy pieces of clothing, they don't go the distance like a little black dress would. Buy pieces that are comfortable and complement your shape, your height and your skin tone. So what if your wardrobe isn't colourful? You do you.

I've learnt that something incredible does happen when women support women. It's not just something floating around the Internet because today is International Women's Day. I am so lucky to have great girlfriends that inspire me and support my craziest dreams, to laugh and cry with, to give me a kick in the butt when needed, on the reg. I count myself so incredibly lucky.

I've learnt that just because you make someone a priority in your life doesn't automatically make you their priority in their life. That when you put your 110% into a relationship, it doesn't necessarily mean that you will get their 110% back. It sucks, BUT that doesn't mean that build walls to protect yourself. That doesn't mean that you become selfish with showing love to others.

I've learnt that it's OK not to be OK. That being vulnerable does not mean that you are weak. Vulnerability shows strength and character. The ability to be vulnerable means that you are able to put aside your pride and admit that you're not perfect and you need help. It's really not the end of the world.

I've learnt that my best will always be (and has to be) good enough. That comparison truly is the thief of joy. We are all gifted in infinitely different ways and the only way we can be truly happy is to be the best version of us. Be the best version of you.

The biggest thing I've learnt? Hold onto things in life loosely. Take risks. Pursue your dreams. Fall in love. Go on more adventures. Be spontaneous. Drink more water. Invest in people and things that matter. And my latest inspiration: Do what you can't.

LOVE, ZOE.

Zoe Tan