Thursday, 31 December 2015

5 Things | What I've learned in 2015


The last day of the year has finally arrived and I must say I am feeling such a buzz today! Normally, I'd say I don't feel like anything is about to change or it's just another day so it's not a big deal, but this year I am so excited for today! Yes, it might be because I will be getting a long weekend but it could also be because I feel like 2016 is just going to be swell!

I was scrolling through my photos on my beloved iPhone 6 (not 6s but it's okay) and thought to myself, "I have so much to be thankful for!". And yes your guessed it, I have A LOT of photographs capturing my happy memories and possibly life changing moments in my life so I thought it would be nice to do a 5 Things post on a few things that I have learnt from 2015.




1. Friends and family are the most valuable.

 I know this is probably the biggest cliché ever and I guess this idea has always been in the back of my mind but this year is the year that I finally understand what other people mean when they say they need people. Work, family, and acquaintances will always come and go but family will always be yours no matter what! As well as having a great family, I've also been very fortunate to have met a few friends that I hold closely to my heart so I guess they've made the cut past acquaintances and weather they like it or not, they are here to stay! I wouldn't have achieved half as much as I have now or be this content and happy 

Side note: I have a couple more friends that I didn't manage to get a selfie with this year so if you're here and reading (cause why wouldn't you be, you are after all one of my closest friends) and can't see yourself, then it is your own fault for not selfie-ing with me! Ha, love ya all really...



2. Spending time and money catching up with friends is a lot more rewarding and cheaper than spending on clothes.

This is sort of a follow up on number 1 but it is another thing that I've experienced this year. Don't get me wrong, I have always been and will probably still be a materialistic person because I just really like pretty things, but that doesn't mean I can't have pretty things and build relationships or have new experiences with the people I care about. This year, I started going out for meals with friends without a particular occasion (birthday, celebration, leaving drinks, etc.). We would meet up, have good food and simply talk to each other. Not only did I have an amazing time but I also found that I spend a lot less money than if I were to go on a shopping spree which is ironic because I used to think that I'd waste a whole lot of money on eating out, and then at the end of it all, leave with nothing to show for it. WRONG! You leave feeling all content and grateful for having a wonderful friend to share life with, which I think is far more priceless than any handbag (yes, even a Chanel one).



3. Hair is confidence.

2015 is finally the year that I got myself some hair extensions and I have no regrets! This is the first year where I had the privilege of learning about hair through the eyes of various African and Caribbean women, they were kind enough to share a bit of their culture with me and ladies... don't you know a thing or two about hair and hair care! So yes, I experienced getting a weave but in the end decided that it was too much maintenance for me and turned them into clip ins hair extensions instead. I am absolutely in love and sounds so ridiculous but once I had this long hair on, I genuinely felt like 'me' again. I used to have long hair as a child, then went through various styles and colours and now I just want to have my long, thick, and luxurious Asian hair back in my life!




4. My iPhone 6 is more than just an iPhone.

As I am looking through my photos on my trusted phone, I start to wonder why do I feel the need to capture almost all remotely exciting event in my life... I've thought long and hard about this and I think, well why not?! I am a very visual person, so when I look back on these photographs, I get a burst of emotion, and it takes me back to that day when something funny, amazing, or emotional happen. There's so much you can do on an iPhone these days, take panoramas, edit and retouch photographs, make a collage, share the photos, keep them, upload them onto your macbook, and of course take a #Selfie or two hundred... the list goes on, but my point is, my phone is more than a phone because it is a memory vessel that sparks my feelings and emotions, reminds me of the good times I had, reminds me that all feelings, good and bad are all temporary emotions, which in it's own very unique way is quite healthy I think.




5. There is so much beauty in this world if we just stop and look for it.

I got a new job in July, and as luck would have it, it was located just down a few roads from my flat which means I can walk there! It's a good half hours walk there and back (so an hour a day) which is not only good for my health but also very good for my mind! Every morning I get a burst of fresh air and some alone time to think and be calm, and every evening I some time to wind down and get rid of any negative vibes before I get home to relax. Walking has also taught me to explore and simply look at your surroundings and find beauty no matter where you are. I'm not going to lie, even half a year ago, I would moan at the thought of exploring because there would be a lot of walking involved and I would just find it utterly boring but now, I am genuinely all up for it and while I'm there, I will do my best not to moan and instead take in the beauty of the world. After all, you never know when you will see such a beauty again!

Of course, I have learnt so much more from this past year but these were just a few that came to mind! Let me know what you learned from 2015 in the comments. Would also love to hear your thoughts on my 5 Things posts, you can read my previous 5 Things post here!

Happy New Years to all you lovely people of the blogging world, thank you for always commenting and showing your support! Hope you have a fab time celebrating no matter what you do and I wish you all the happiness for 2016! BRING IT ON!

See you on the other side!
Grace
x



@the_queenbeach

13 comments:

  1. #3... I CAN SO RELATE! I use to have that long thick asian hair and miss it! I have been eyeing hair extensions too! Are you putting it in and out every day?


    Happy New Years babe!!

    Sabrina | www.gypsytan.co

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    1. I normally just put them in on the weekends, or when I have a special occasion! But hair extensions is seriously what I needed to stop that terrible urge and envy for long hair! I feel at peace with me and my hair hahaha

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    1. Glad to hear! Thank you for stopping by! Happy new year to you too!

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  3. I don't know why I laughed so hard at your tweet. Hahahaha!

    I think No. 3 is soo weird to me. I don't do anything with my hair, that's why I cut it so short. Though on the days, I curl my hair I go 'DAYUUUM, HEY SEXAY.' Because like dayum, I look goood. Hahaha!

    Happy New Years, and have an amazing 2016! <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

    INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY

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    1. hahahha your comment made my day! Thank you! Curls make EVERYTHING better, or at least bouncier!

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  4. Happy New Year to you and I can relate to all your comments, especially the one on the iphone!!! Gorgeous shots and I love your hair!

    Macarons and Mischief

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    1. Oh yes, sad to say but actually not that sad at all, I am in love with my iPhone! Thank you, can't wait to check your new posts out! You are so active!

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  5. Happy new year babe! Love these photos so much, you are seriously so pretty and rofl-ing at that twitter status!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Thank you Rae, happy new year to you too! Oh thank you so much, means so much! Love your photography and blog too!

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  6. Lovely post! Yes it was a crazy year and so much to be thankful for
    Have a great 2016!

    xx The Girl in the Bunny Ears
    girlinthebunnyears.com

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    1. Indeed it was! Hope 2015 was as kind to you as it was to me, happy new year to you too!

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