Ahhhhhh how is it New Years EVE EVE already? As I write this (a few minutes before I press publish) I’m at the tail-end of a very relaxing Christmas break where I have spent the least amount of time working than ever before.
Although there’s been no ‘digital detox‘ as such, there’s been a definite shift in thinking. From thinking less about some things to more about others. Chucking out my usual routine of eat, sleep, work, repeat has left space in my head for a whole lot of creativity and I’ve had one of those breaks where I find myself excited to get back to work. My little head is filled with excitement for new projects, itching to get stuck into old ones and I’m generally feeling well rested.
Obviously it’s also the time of year when thoughts turn to the previous twelve months, and much is talked about reflecting, resolutions and how we can all smash the next year.
But I’ve never believed in resolutions personally, I think it’s just another way to put pressure on ourselves and guarantee we rely on rating our self-worth. I do believe in reflection though. Counting the things we feel gratitude for and chucking away the things we feel crappy about, ready to start 2017 anew.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the idea 2016 was the worst in history because, actually, it was quite bonkers and unpredictable. But when I looked at my 2016, discounting world madness, it was pretty bloody momentous. I got married at the beginning of the year.
You don’t do that too often, so would I let celebrity deaths and the impending inauguration of a very orange man overshadow that?
I’ve had my best ever year for work too, and have racked up bylines across various national newspapers, magazines and travel websites alike. I even launched a blog mentoring service.
I started growing a human being, and realised it was about to change my life in a really cool way. And weirdly, pregnancy seemed to give me a whole load of energy and a new found love for writing.
And I haven’t even got started on the amazing travelling I’ve done. Budapest, Jordan, Cortina, Scotland and Paris have all helped to slightly satiate my indelible wanderlust. I’ve got one trip already booked for January and a few more in the works for 2017.
Chucking out the rule book a little and my own ingrained ideas of what a blogger should be doing meant I had a stack of space left to discover what I actually enjoyed doing. Photography came top of that list, so it was only natural my focus shifted to fall back in love with Instagram again.
These weekly updates, where I share a snippet of my life and who I have been poring over on Instagram has been a little revelation. So I’m rounding off 2016 by sharing my absolute favourite galleries of the year.
No two are the same, and I love them all for very different reasons — give them a follow and see what you think. And please let me know if you’ve found any amazing accounts this year too.
Theme: My Favourite Instagram Galleries of 2016
This feed is pure, unadulterated pretty. It’s lovely, salty sea-scapes with various gorgeous shells found by Kat in the foreground.
It quenches my thirst for cold-hued snaps, and reminds me how dreamy the Great British seaside is.
I discovered Anna late last year when she was still going by her old moniker of Ardent Wanderess.
But this year she has seen (and shared) some big life changes and, as she is always so damn honest, she never fails to inspire me. A super talented photographer, she’s also a vegan and ardent nature lover more at home hiking through the the mountains than sharing soulless #islandlife selfies.
As I approach my impending motherhood with caution, I’ve found myself naturally gravitating towards the mum’s I want to be like…..and no two seem to be the same.
Which is kind of their shared thread I guess — doing things differently to the norm. Zoe has the coolest style, and her Instagram stories always make me laugh — she reminds me you don’t have to look the same to be a good mum.
Sara is the QUEEN of Instagram and I credit her with single-handedly re-igniting my Instagram obsession.
Her interior shots are soft, unapologetically feminine without conforming to stereotypes and just visually perfect.
I’ve mentioned Sophie before, but I honestly can’t get enough of her stunning landscapes and cute Instagram stories.
She’s getting married this year, so I’m looking forward to drooling over beautiful wedding shots.
I can’t tell you how hungry I get perusing Giulia’s gallery. She has a cool #dailycortada theme on her Stories too which often inspires me to get out of the house and into a cafe. Despite not liking coffee!