WOW!!! This year has gone by faster than my teens. It has been a challenging yet remarkable year altogether. There were moments when I wanted to give up, some that made me cry, some that made my laugh out loud and moments that made me realize I am much stronger than I thought. So without further do, let's jump straight into it.
I am typing this in my little apartment in New York! Unbelievable!! I had been meaning to make this move forever! Ever since I was a young girl and discovered how fashion and clothes play an important role in my life, I knew New York was the place for me. The first time I visited this city back in 2008, I knew without a doubt that this was IT!! Gosh, I still get goosebumps! New York is beautiful, daunting, and definitely not your mother. I have learnt so much the few months that I have been here than this whole year put together. Getting here is just the beginning. It's a goal I have accomplished. Putting in work is what comes in next. It will not be easy but I believe the first hurdle is done. Now it's time to layout the foundation.
Many people will come into your life. Some will be there for a season, others will be there for commercial breaks, others will be there only when the glasses are being raised up in toasts, while others will stay forever. Life is a journey and not everyone will be with you in the long run. As the people shuffle in and out in your life, you will discover a few things about yourself, and about life too. We are all different, the most important thing is to DO YOU! Do what makes you happy, do that thing that excites and scares you at the same damn time because at the end of the day, the only one in charge of your life is you. You should be in touch with your inner star play at all times. For the people who are with you on this journey called life, treasure them, learn from them and be grateful to have them in your life. They are your team, they will cry with you when times are tough and remind you it's not the end of the road. They know your weakness but show you your strengths. They will push you to greatness because they believe in you. They will challenge you, they will drive you crazy at times, but they will always be there when you need them. It won't be about who you knew the longest but who walked into your life and said "I am here for you!" and proved it.
This was the post popular post this year. It was not on a new outfit post, or my fitness regimen but on death and loss. I found that this post resonated with a lot of people because my emotions were deep and raw.. My eyes still well up when I read it. We go through life thinking that the last time won't be the last time. We think we have forever, but we don't. So live your best life now do what makes you happy. Don't forget to love. Love the people around you, love what you do, love everyday that you get to wake up and see a new day.
MY FAVORITE READ THIS YEAR
One of my favorite reads this year was Mitch Albom's Tuesday's with Morrie. I loved it so much I think I might read it again. I have recommended it to everyone I know. There were gems scattered all over the book. Add it to your booklist. It's a quick read but the wisdom in it is beyond. One of the many favorite quotes I have highlighted from this book goes like this.
"So many people walk around a meaning less life. They seem half-asleep, even when they are busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devoting yourself to loving others, devote yourself to the community around you, and devote yourself into doing something that gives you purpose or meaning."
Get this book!!
THE BLOG AND YOU
Thank you, Thank you!!!! I wouldn't be doing this if it was not for you. Anneconventional is what it is because of you. You who has clicked a link from twitter or Facebook to find out what I am talking about. Whether it's on my latest outfit post or my little musings on life! I appreciate you all. Thank you so much!!!! With every post I share, I learn so much more about the fabulous world of fashion and myself as well. I went on a little black out mid this year. I had decided to change my blog layout as this year started which resulted to using WordPress. I did not like the results and the new site looked blah and had major hangups that at times drove me crazy! I even wondered why I did it in the first place. I was uninspired and unenthusiastic. Even my big bro Dybby mentioned that there was a long period where I just didn't post. I told him I had to take a mini break. Doing that made me neglect my blog and be indifferent. Here's the thing about the things you are passionate about. They won't let you get a good nights sleep. You will think about it over and over again. I pondered on how I would restore the site back, tossed and turned on many endless nights. I decided I would go back to my original platform (Squarespace) and create a site that would make me happy. So here we are, a revamped site that is simple and clean with easy navigation. Thanks for the wonderful comments on how beautiful the new layout looks. I truly appreciate it! Keep on subscribing and sharing. 2016 will be a fabulous year.
So as I don the quirky 2016 hat and sunglasses. I am raising my glasses to you and yours!!
WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR AND A VERY PROSPEROUS 2016!!
Thanks you once again for continuous support!! :)