The difference a year makes.

The difference a year makes.

Okay, so here's a little bit of an unpopular opinion. I've never been the biggest fan of bonfire night. I'm not entirely sure why, but maybe it's my dislike of being cold and my fear of loud noises that's never made it a night that I've got particularly excited about.

But do you know what, this year, I actually really enjoyed it. Not because the fireworks were amazing (in fact, if you were down on the docks in Liverpool this year, I'm sure you'll agree the main display was a little disappointing - hence me only having photo's of the pre-show in front of The Liver Building which was a lot better, instead!), but because it got me thinking about how much has changed since November 5th 2015.

And, I know for a fact that this time last year, I was thinking exactly the same. I was thinking about how many new people were in my life that hadn't been 12 months ago. How, some people that were in my life last year, had now left, and wondering what I'd be thinking 12 months on from that moment, too.

I'm sure we can all agree that 2016 has FLOWN. How we've even got to November is beyond me. I feel like I woke up on New Years day, blinked, and now we're just over a month away from Christmas all over again.

I quite often feel myself thinking that I haven't achieved anything yet, this year. As always, I'd had all of these grand plans of stuff that I wanted to see and do and achieve, and I feel little deflated that I haven't even ticked half of these off.

But, actually, I think I need to stop being so hard on myself.

This time last year I was in a job that I hated, today I'm in a job that I love.
This time last year I was having multiple panic attacks on a weekly basis, today they're about once a month.
This time last year I was wishing for a good holiday and a break, today I can say I've visited the beautiful Santorini and spent the best weekend in Brighton (two places I've wanted to visit so much).
This time last year I was still rather naive about some things, today I can say I've learned lessons to take with me into next year.
This time last year my blog was nearly 1, today my blog is nearly 2 and I've had the chance to work with some amazing brands. 

So, while I still don't quite know what I want to do with my life, I'm in a better paid job, working along side the best people ever, and I genuinely enjoy going to work every day. While my panic attacks and anxiety are still about, they're a lot more under control and are getting better. While my 2016 travel list is terribly tiny compared to some, I have the ability, and plans, to make this a lot better next year.  And, while I don't feel like my blog is the best it could be, I know that I should still be proud of this little space. 

I need to remember that while a year never feels like very long, a lot can happen in those 365 days. 12 months can make all the difference, so the next time that I feel down, or that whatever has just happened feels like the end of the world and things will never get better, I need to remember that they will, and that in 52 weeks from now things could, and will be, so totally different, and for the better.



  1. This post was so inspiring, Sophie! Best wishes :) x

  2. Having the long term perspective often helps us get through a rough patch. 1 year does make a big difference. I also would say that almost everything changes in 5 years... that is a milestone I've enjoyed tracking, both in my life and the lives of loved ones.

  3. Such pretty photos of the fireworks sophie - one year can honestly make all the difference can't it, I can't believe how far I've come in a year and it sounds like you're the same! You go girl!

    Lucy | Forever September

  4. 2016 has definitely flown by I totally agree with you! People have been in and out of my life a lot recently too but I trust the path I'm on and that I'll get there eventually!

    Abigail Alice x

  5. A year really does change people, imagine what another year could do! it so lovely to hear all the changes you've accomplished this year, you go girl and keep on going! :)

  6. It seriously is amazing how much can change in a year! Looks like you've made some huge steps and are now feeling so much happier :) Good for you Soph! xo

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  7. This was such a cool post! It's simply amazing how things can change in just one year xxx

  8. Wonderful post Soph, it can often feel like we haven't accomplished much at first glance but the more you think the more you realise how things have changed.

    Hannah | Oh January

  9. Perfect post, Sophie, and it's true on what you said- things might not seem like they've changed much, but as time goes on, there are better and better things ahead. Your photos are gorgeous as well :) x

    Kyia at WANDERLUSTGIRL// lifestyle & beauty
    Let’s be BLOGLOVIN friends!

  10. This is inspiring, how did you manage to turn your life around? Because some of the situations you were in a year ago are the situations I'm in now.