OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI always have this surreal feeling wash over me at this time of year. Another year passed and here I am sat in the same chair in the same spot as I was last year. Yet it’s all so different.

As much as I would love to relive all of the amazing things that happened to me throughout 2015, you guys were right there with me for every moment, you already know. Instead, I’d like talk about the changes that happened within me over the last 365 days.

I started off 2015 with bags under my eyes and butterflies in my chest still trying to adjust to so many changes in my life. I wasn’t quite ready to be an adult. But over the first few months of the year I learned and adapted, finding out just how truly strong and resilient I am as a person and now the only fluttering in my chest is with excitement for each day to start.

I learned to be assertive and to speak from my heart where before I would shy away and ignore situations. I wrote controversial blog posts laying my thoughts and opinions bare for all to see, because I wasn’t worried by the repercussions, I had learned to stand firm and strong beside my beliefs.

I learned about being me, unapologetically. I finally allowed my style to shine through, wearing my own blend of high street and designer, I didn’t have to pigeon hole myself anymore. I could finally be who I wanted to be and the warm reception from you all was incredible. I expanded my blog and brought more to the table and again your support was right there.

I grew a thicker skin and became unafraid to face problems head on even if it cost me a little pride.

I learned that I am never going to please everyone, and that I don’t want to either.

I developed a profound respect for the hundreds of creative, original and inspiring women in our industry.

I pushed my boundaries and faced my fears, a week on a boat and a cable car off the sheer drop of Santorini being no match for me.

and most importantly I loved with every part of my being, I loved life, I loved each and every one of you, I loved who I once was and who I had become, I loved the journey I had been on and the destination I reached.

So here I am, on the last day of 2015, with my usual sense of surrealism but this time partnered with sadness that I’m bidding farewell to the most heart warmingly incredible year of my life, worry that life simply cannot get better than this and excitement because I know that I am still so very naive with so so much to learn.

Now lets do it all again in 2016!




  1. Nicole 31st December 2015 / 7:14 am

    It sounds like a good year! Btw: I love the balloons! Where did you get them?

  2. Zita Jane 31st December 2015 / 8:22 am

    I love love love this post Lydia! As you know, I am a huge fan of yours, you’re a great writer, brilliant photographer and I am excited to see what’s to come from lydiaelisemillen.com in 2016!

    I can only hope that I will get to meet you one day in 2016 given that I am only in Northampton 🙂

    Wishing you more amazing things for the new year! 🙂

    Love Zita Jane | Twenty Four

  3. Jemma 31st December 2015 / 9:12 am

    What a beautiful post. It’s amazing to see how people develop as humans each year. Blogging allows people a glimpse into the lives of others and I always think it’s wonderdul how you unashamadly stand up for who you are and what you believe in.
    Here’s to an exciting 2016, even if you end up in the same chair next year I’m sure you’ll have travelled quite a distance in the meantime. Happy New Year! X

  4. Merel 31st December 2015 / 11:01 am

    Ahh I’m so happy for you, you deserve everything you accomplished this year. Nice resolutions too! “Cry less” haha? And “stop working silly hours” haha #relatable! Wishing you all the best for the new year babe!

  5. Saf 31st December 2015 / 11:27 am

    Lovely positive post!

  6. Carrie 31st December 2015 / 11:44 am

    Great post Lydia!

    I discovered your work this year and you have changed my life! As a hair and make-up artist I had watched the industry change dramatically in terms of social media, I had shyed away from it for years. I was too self conscious to put myself out there, scared of judgement mainly! Following your posts and being inspired by your incredible photography I started my journey! I can’t thank you enough!
    Carrie x x

  7. Liv 31st December 2015 / 12:01 pm

    Girl, you have just kicked ass this year. It’s so wonderful seeing someone so genuinely lovely, hard working and kind doing so, so well and you deserve every success. I’m hoping to take a leaf out of your business woman #GIRLBOSS book for next year too <3 xxx

  8. Rachel 31st December 2015 / 1:46 pm

    I’ve loved reading your blog over the past year, you’ve had so many amazing adventures and I always look forward to reading your posts!

    Rachel – Cake Doesn’t Count xx

  9. Chloe 31st December 2015 / 11:12 pm

    I’ve been a ghost reader for a long time but I just wanted to say..
    I love how honest and open you are, it has been lovely to see how you have grown as a person through your blog and social media.
    2015 was the year that I too learnt that you can’t please everyone, and that’s ok. Be the best version of you!
    I wish you and Ali the best of luck for 2016 I’m sure it will bring you fabulous things!
    Hoping to catch you both at a fitness expo next year, my boyfriend has a massive man crush on Ali.
    He will only buy clothes that have been featured on his blog haha!

    Looking forward to following both your journeys into the new year!
    Have a fabulous night!


  10. Bridie 1st January 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Such a lovely post for a lovely lady. 2015 was the year I discovered your blog and I haven’t looked back since. The joy and enthusiasm that bounces from you is inspiring and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2016. Wishing you all the best! x

    Bridie | The Same Old Chic

  11. Dani 1st January 2016 / 9:03 pm

    I absolutely love this post, I feel like I can relate to so many of your points and resolutions!
    It’s so easy to get caught up and forget to take care of yourself and spend more time with friends and family!

    Looking forward to what 2016 bring you!

    Dani x

  12. laura 4th January 2016 / 6:44 pm

    You are SUCH cutie!! This outfit, yes!

  13. Laura Louise Clifton 5th January 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Can relate to so much in this post. I follow your snapchat, instagram and read your blog regularly. You really inspire me to keep up with my blogging and style snapping.
    I love my style (admittedly, it’s mostly high street at the moment!) and I admit, it’s hard to keep up with it when you have a full time job and a boyfriend ha! But never-the-less 2016 will hopefully be my year to showcase who I have become. Someone I am proud to be!
    Your story inspires me, great motivation!

    Would love a follow or mention if you have time!

    Instagram & Twitter – @lorclifton
    Blog: http://www.thepsychestyle.co.uk/

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