16 THINGS I LEARNT IN 2016.

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In 2015 I learnt mostly about myself, I learnt what I was passionate about and what I wasn't, where I wanted to end up and where I didn't. But 2016 was the year I learnt mostly about other people, the good and the bad. But heres to looking back on a year full of lessons and one the the most exciting years of my life.

 

No.1 Friendship

In 2016 I learnt a lot about friendship. Whether they were my relationships or observations I made from those around me. I learnt a hell of a lot. What makes a good friendship, how you learn to trust and the kind of people you should surround yourself. Needless to say, how many followers they had doesn't come into the equation.

I found "my people" and I decided to keep them close.

 

No.2 "It doesn't happen to people like me!"

I've used this saying more times than I can remember and its the biggest load of crap I've ever heard. Literally, anything, ANYTHING can happen if you work hard enough for it. And over the last year I've experienced growth, opportunities and experiences which I believed "don't happen to people like me!". I was wrong.

 

No. 3 Love with all your heart.

I'm passionate, over the top and over enthusiastic because the smallest things in life excite me and make me happy. I used to be embarrassed about this but this year I am embracing this part of me. Whether it's a heart felt gift, like hot chocolate, or a picture of Ali and I at our engagement, I plan on loving those moments with all my heart.

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No. 4 STYLE.

I've always wanted to keep my archive open on my blog. So that readers are able to venture back to where it all began. To be able to witness the evolution, growth and effort that has gone in to the last 5 years of Lydiaelisemillen.com

But by far the most notable evolution is in my style, from strategically bought items in the early years to a full collection of strategically bought items, it has been an fun few years watching my collection grow. Meet the first new edition to my 2017 collection, the Furla "Metropolis" Mini cross body bag in shade Noce from Forzieri offering a number of more affordable designer handbags to add to your collection. Because for me style is not how much you spend on an item, it is how you wear an item.

 

No. 5 The Tortoise & the hare

I first heard about this pair in primary school and never truly grasped the significance until I reached my mid twenties. Where people are starting to make their mark in the world, establishing careers and achieving goals. Unfortunately, it's not always possible for everyone in the same industry and none more so than in the Digital space. Which leads to impaired judgements and bad decisions.

Bought followers, Follow/unfollow bots and dishonesty is the "doping" equivalent of the digital space and it's something which became more and more apparent thanks to platforms such as Social Blade, in 2016. Unfortunately for brands, many people who bought or gave themselves these leg ups have realised the industry has wised up somewhat, so you may never know whose audience is genuine or not but I definitlely urge brands to make 2017 the year they really get to know the influencers they work with far more indepth than what is just presented in their media kits.

This time last year I had 10K subscribers on my youtube channel, I felt like the back end of the conga and tried to think of all the quick fixes imaginable to grow a large audience quickly. I decided to take the hard route. And if I may be allowed one measily humble brag, built a following of 300,000 in one year off my content alone. At first I tried to play it down when speaking to my peers

"Perhaps it's because I met with Youtube?"

"Maybe it's because Youtube are pushing new creators?"

"It could be the new algorithm?"

But I quickly stopped putting down what I had achieved when I realised my channel was receiving 30 million watch time minutes per month.

The moral of the story is just that of the Tortoise & The Hare. You can look for quick fixes and short cuts to where you want to be, in whatever industry you are in. But nothing is more successful than Real. Hard. Work!

 

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No. 6 At 100kcal per teaspoon, Peanut butter is essentially, the Devil.

 

No. 7 Right now, I'm Competing with the person I was 365 days ago.

 

No. 8 Positive mind, Positive Life

My biggest revelation a few years ago came when my dad told me that only I could control how I feel. If I wanted to be happy, I had to choose happy, if I wanted a positive life, I had to choose to have a positive life and so on and so forth. His words, since that day, have never left me. Every day I wake up and choose to be happy.

 

No. 9 Life is too short for Instagram Themes.

Whilst I am forever envious of the girls able to create the perfect theme (I'm looking at you OohCouture and WishWishWish) I just don't have that level of creativity, as much as I wish I did. 2016 was the year that I stopped stressing over my feed so much and started enjoying living in the moment a little more.

 

No. 10 Buy the bag, despite what the internet says.

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No. 11 Forever is exciting!

 

No. 12 You cannot please everyone.

There are two types of people on the internet

"OMG I LOVE HOW MUCH YOU TALK IN YOUR VLOGS!"

"OMG WOW YOU TALK TOO MUCH IN YOUR VLOGS!"

And then, there are hundreds of thousands of other types of people in between. Trying to please all of them will result in subconcious changes to your content to suit them, and as a result, losing the very essence of what makes your content different online. So I learnt to take both the negativity and the positivity with a pinch of salt and strike a balance with my content that suits me, because let's face it, the only person who HAS to read/watch my content is me!

 

No. 13 R.E.S.P.C.C.T

If you aren't a fan of Richard Pryor the title of this point may be lost on you but regardless, I learnt a lot about Respect in 2016.

I learnt about respecting myself in new ways, respecting my time, respecting my health and respecting the people I care about. Not everything is go, go, go! all the time. It's important to have balance and not work yourself to the brink of sanity. No one wants to be the person thats awkwardly tapping away on their laptop when everyone else is being respectful to those around them.

I also learnt about respecting others though, respecting my peers, the people around me that maybe I don't know so well or even just those people on the underground that have clearly lost all theirs.

But most notably I learnt about respecting  creative boundaries. The digital space has become fiercely competitive over the last year, more noticeably than ever before and it's more important than ever to respect others creativity. It says a lot about a person who is able to see someone doing something really cool and innovative but still be able to respect that persons space and stick to their own creative style. I learnt not to get swept up in what other influencers were doing, focusing on myself and my own goals.

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No. 14 The word "Influencer" is not a dirty word.

Following an inspiring chat with my friend, Sarah Ashcroft at the Clothes Show this year, it became apparent that the word "Influencer", which so many people in the industry scoff at, does actually bare some weight.

I mean you can call yourself whatever you want, call yourself Frank for all I care. but there has been a long standing issue with what we identify ourselves as online. Creator, Youtuber, Influencer, Blogger, Vlogger, the list is endless but the thing with 4 out of the 5 above is that anyone is able to identify as one of them if they start up a channel or a Blog. Sarah was the first real influencer I came across, a person who sees a tangible response to the products or items they feature. It's all just food for thought at the moment and but I for one am intrigued to know more about what makes a person influential in 2017.

 

No. 15 Comparison is the thief of joy

In 2016, I worked hard to continuously remind myself that my goals and aspirations are unique, they are in comparable to those around me. Instead of looking at what others around me were doing with envy, I looked on with pride, smiled and continued to work towards the things that I want out of life.

 

No. 16 Never stop learning.

 

What did you learn in 2016?

Photography by Reece Chapman.

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105 Comments

  1. Frances 3rd January 2017 / 9:43 am

    I just love your outlook on life Lydia, this was so inspiring. It is so so so amazing to see how far you’ve come on YouTube this year, and I can’t say I’m surprised! Your gorgeous personality will win over anyone who stumbles upon your channel xxx

  2. gal 3rd January 2017 / 9:58 am

    i never comment about anything anywhere, but i just love you. you inspire me so much. xx

    • Mary 3rd January 2017 / 10:22 am

      Ugh i feel the same!

  3. Ana 3rd January 2017 / 10:01 am

    You ate auch an inspiring person!????

    • Ana 3rd January 2017 / 10:03 am

      Are* Lol still learning English 🙂

  4. Sonvas 3rd January 2017 / 10:07 am

    Wow this post was amazing and inspirational! I also often find these kind of yearly recap posts a bit boring but this one was so well made it kept my interest up through the whole post. Great job Lydia and thank you for sharing 🙂 I wish you a wonderful 2017! xx

    http://sonvas.blogspot.fi

  5. Fran Page 3rd January 2017 / 10:13 am

    You are such a babe, and an inspiration to many, you’ve worked so hard for everything you have achieved and you really deserve it! You’re beautiful as well btw! Definitely become my fave youtuber to watch – I loved your vlogmas. xxxxxx

  6. Larissa C. Böhmer 3rd January 2017 / 10:18 am

    Lydia, you are just like a role model for me. You inspire me every day like in instagram or snapchat to work hard for your dream and that it could come true! I just want say thank you!

    • TSJ 27th January 2017 / 6:46 am

      Preach Girl Preach!!!! Your choir is backing you up????

  7. Catherine 3rd January 2017 / 10:29 am

    I really enjoyed this and you inspire me sonmich, your my inspo when I’m making YouTube videos x

    Have a fab 2017

    Catherine.
    http://www.daintydressdiaries.com

  8. Primrose 3rd January 2017 / 11:01 am

    Absolutely stunning – both images and words, as always! I think its so healthy for a person to continue growing, learning and reflecting, here’s to another amazing year for you! x

    http://www.stylepetal.co.uk

  9. Sabrina 3rd January 2017 / 11:04 am

    Loved this post. You are such an inspiration. I loved watching your vlogmas. Can’t wait to see what you have installed for 2017 xx

  10. Dionne 3rd January 2017 / 11:23 am

    I love these reflection posts, everything you’ve said it so true! Last year I focused on the negative but I’m doing a complete 360 this year and becoming positive and working hard toward

  11. Dixi Wonderland 3rd January 2017 / 11:39 am

    This was so much fun to read and the pictures are amazing!

  12. Ruth Fishwick 3rd January 2017 / 11:45 am

    Love this post and adore the imagery! So true what you say about influencers and how the term is used. I think anyone with the ability to engage an audience, whether its 10 or 10k, falls in that bracket. Loving your content lately & look forwardvto seeing what happens for you in 2017!

    Ruth // ruth-writes.co.uk

  13. Natasha Todd 3rd January 2017 / 11:55 am

    Fabulous photos, I adore this dress. Your instagram is actually one of my favourites by far so I think you are beyond right about life being too short for instagram themes. I look forward to seeing all you achieve in 2017!! 🙂 x

    Tash | natashatodd.blogspot.co.uk

  14. Carolina 3rd January 2017 / 12:16 pm

    I love how you can mixed some really serious and important things with some funny ones, jour personality is amazing 🙂
    One thing that you taught this year is that with hard work everything can be achieved. Thank you for that !

    Happy New Year to every one !

    Carolina 😉

    https://carolinascornerblog.wordpress.com

  15. Lisa Autumn 3rd January 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Lydia this post made me fall in love with you even more. I saw myself in most of the points you made. Especially the one about feeling embarassed for getting excited and loving even the smallest things! haha..

    I wish you all the best for 2017.. you really deserve it!

    xx Lisa
    lisaautumn.com

  16. Tayla 3rd January 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Lydia!

    You are such a kind, sweet soul! I love your posts!

  17. Adele 3rd January 2017 / 1:32 pm

    First of all you look gorgeous in that dress & boots Lydia! As a long time follower of your blog & YouTube I’ve been totally hooked on & “influenced” by your style, personality & outlook on life. I’m so glad you have stuck to what YOU want to do on your blog/YouTube. I was eager for each Vlogmas upload…your content in general is so fresh & real, whether it’s a haul, a beauty post or a vlog & your Vlogmas views totally demonstrated that a lot of other people feel the same as me. I don’t think it will be long before you celebrate 500k subs on YouTube & deservedly so. I can tell so much hard work & thought goes into your content. I’m put off by commenting on YouTube by some of the negativity I see & as such prefer to comment on blogs. I don’t know if that’s because I’m older at 45??????
    I love that you’re unapologetic about buying into designer bags etc…I agree, you’ve earned it so you can choose how you want to spend your hard earned cash.
    Anyways, enough rambling. Congrats on a successful 2016 & here’s to an even bigger & better 2017 full of love & light.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  18. Nienke Jolien 3rd January 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Such a great post and the pictures are amazing! I wish you a wonderful 2017! 🙂

  19. Rachael 3rd January 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Love this post! So inspiring, I definitely learnt a lot of similar things last year!

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

  20. kissesfromela 3rd January 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Hi Lydia

    Thank you so much for sharing what you learned in 2016. I just started blogging and your words were very encouraging! I have to stop thinking that I can’t do something and start thinking that I can.. because your thoughts create your reality! Right? Thank you for reminding me that.

    Lots of love,

    Emanuela

    http://www.kissesfromela.com

    • Wilhelmina 8th March 2017 / 10:19 pm

      Fantastic blog! I really love how it7182#&;s easy on my eyes as well as the info are well written. I am wondering how I could be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  21. Arabella 3rd January 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Love this post – especially when it comes to taking it slower, even if it is harder. I guess it’s different when it’s your full time job but I try to look at my blog/youtube as a hobby and yes I’d like to grow it but I’m not going to get upset over it, after all a hobby is something you enjoy right?

    Also…wow 100kcal *puts down the spoon*

    Can’t wait for more of your content in 2017!

    https://arabellawright.blogspot.co.uk/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4TVAcQpE9tWfH-YrTmxvbw

  22. Chantel 3rd January 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Awesome post and I need those boots in my life.

  23. LaurengAYF 3rd January 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Fantastic post and truly inspiring, you never fail to amaze me in more ways than one. Love the dress and the boots..actually all of it 🙂

    Lauren x

    p.s. as if there are that many calories in peanut butter!

  24. Samantha Sheinson 3rd January 2017 / 10:05 pm

    Such a lovely post! I am an aspiring and it can be very frustrating when you feel others get ahead so much faster than yourself. It is great knowing someone such as yourself focused on yourself and pushed ahead due to pure work. Keep it up!
    xoxo
    Samantha
    @thenyblonde
    http://www.thenewyorkblonde.com

  25. Justauniform 3rd January 2017 / 10:33 pm

    What a fantastic post!! Absolutely love how genuine and honest you are. Total inspo Lydia.

    Big Love,

    Siobhan

  26. Leanne 3rd January 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Thank you Lydia. So inspirational. You seem like such a warm person with a huge heart and I really admire that.

  27. Amanda 4th January 2017 / 1:27 am

    Such a lovely post <3 Happy new year!!

  28. Stephanie Terrone 4th January 2017 / 1:39 am

    Thanks for sharing all of this. I’ve only followed you on Instagram and youtube and this is my first time on your blog. So glad I stopped by! CONGRATS on your engagement and all your success. Doing it the hard way pays off!

    http://www.stephanieterrone.com

  29. Urvee 4th January 2017 / 5:00 am

    Such a wonderful outlook towards life! In 2016 I’ve learned to work harder than I was working, never give up on anything because good things take time. Pay attention to the people I am with because not all of them are real to your face. Positivity is key! You get what you think 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful 2017 filled with Love, Happiness & all the success in your life.

  30. Marshalee 4th January 2017 / 6:58 am

    One word…. Perfect! Of course in your own way. “Love ya!

  31. Dalal 4th January 2017 / 7:42 am

    Hi Lydia, this is very high quality article. I was wondering in the tone of Lesson No 5 what would you advice a new blogger to get noticed? Hard work is great, but if nobody finds your content it’s pointless 🙁 I hope you will read my comment and address the subject in your blog or youtube channel (or maybe a direct answer who knows :p)

  32. irene 4th January 2017 / 8:07 am

    love all your points. In 2016 I learned a bit more about myself and what I want to do in general. I’m following you for a short period of time (few months) and I find your blog and vlogs very inspiring. I’m sure this year will be the best.
    Love,
    Irene
    http://www.thedailylace.com

  33. Cheryl Bourgeois 4th January 2017 / 8:30 am

    Great advice ??

  34. Martha Sachser 4th January 2017 / 9:29 am

    I loved this post! Couldn’t agree more! I came across your youtube channel a day or 2 before vlogmas and am now addicted. I’m a brazilian blogger and photographer based in NYC (feel free to contact me if you need a photographer next time you’re in NYC if you need a photographer here in NY, feel free to contact me!! 🙂

  35. Veronica 4th January 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Hii Lydia,
    I just wanted to say that you an amazing person , I really look up to you.
    I hope that 2017 brings you everything and more, you deserve it

  36. Jasmine Buckley 4th January 2017 / 6:03 pm

    This is such an inspiring post, Lydia. You’ve had a tremendous year. To achieve your goals such as your YouTube viewers through your content is amazing and rewarding for all your hard work.
    As a new blogger, it can be difficult not to compare yourself to others, as brands focus so much on numbers it can sometimes be slightly disheartening if you are providing more detailed content then others. It can be particularly difficult if you blog around your local community to make your content different from another local blogger, as to purchase items/outfits/beauty products can be expensive. Though, to touch on the comment above from Dalal above, I think new blogger or not, if you are passionate about your content this will shine through and hopefully engagement and opportunities from brands will arise in the future. As a fellow Milton Keynes blogger, you are an inspiration to me and I look forward to your 2017 content. Best wishes for the new year,
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

  37. ELFIE 4th January 2017 / 7:01 pm

    So many lessons learned in 2016! Wish you all the best in the New Year as well 🙂 I’ve been watching your vlogs recently and must admit your blog content is equally worth my time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, not just outfits – I really like the way you write 🙂 oh, and congrats on your engagement! xo

  38. Athena 4th January 2017 / 8:23 pm

    I learned so much in your blog post. more than what I actually learned in the past year. I hope this 2017, it will be a good year for us! 🙂

  39. Frederique 4th January 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Well Lydia, I don’t always comment but sometimes I do and this year I followed more and more and you started posting more on youtube.
    You know what is really important too? Stop explaining yourself I’ve seen you becoming so positive (although I never thought you were a negative person, in the past or now) and I’ve seen you becoming stronger and stronger.
    Every time I watch your videos I get so uplifted but in reality, no nonsense, not always playing beautiful weather but just you and your life.
    I wanted to share a little quote that I really love:

    To get there
    Take that step
    Do and dare
    Follow your heart
    Stay aware
    Share Take Care
    And never compare

  40. Harriet 4th January 2017 / 10:56 pm

    Such a well written and inspiring post, Lydia! I’ve been loving your YouTube content this year, you’ve quickly become one of my favourite channels to watch <3

    All the best for 2017 xx

    Harriet Pattison | A Fashion Blog

  41. Paulynagore 4th January 2017 / 11:15 pm

    Your words are strong, and very inspiring! I need to learn to be stronger, to believe in myself again and stop being lazy because it’s rainning outside !
    I also want my blog to be better, having my own site, i don’t mind if it’s become a buisness or not, it’s my passion, i love blogging, reading other blogs, it’s inspiring!
    And i trully love your universe because you stay real, you seem to be a very nice person in real life ( and i regret to not live in the UK to have a chance to meet you haha).
    Anyway, happy new year again 🙂
    http://paulynagore.blogspot.fr/

  42. Devon Lampard 5th January 2017 / 1:29 pm

    I loved reading this Lydia, you have inspired me daily since i found your channel a couple of years ago. Keep being you, you’re fabulous and that’s why i love watching you! xx

  43. Aleyson Huesgen 5th January 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Wonderful post Lydia! This post is so authentic and inspirational (and the outfit is killer!). I just discovered you a few months ago, thanks to Youtube, but am sooooo grateful to have found your channel and blog! You are so inspirational to me in both style and lifestyle! Can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for you!

  44. Adriana 6th January 2017 / 9:41 am

    So pretty! I love Furla Bags! I have one in yellow but I really want a more neutral color!
    xx

    The Black Blush

  45. Immy May 6th January 2017 / 10:35 am

    This was one of the loveliest yearly roundups I had read so far. You just share SO much wisdom! I absolutely agree with all your points, I am so inspired by you and your determination. I have just started up my YouTube account, I have 2 videos and 12 subscribers and it really doesn’t bother me. I am going to work my boootay off and grow my own audience throughout this year! I hope 2017 brings you all the success and happiness you deserve! Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  46. Sarah Marinkovich-Durfee 6th January 2017 / 12:51 pm

    I LOVE your vlogs and everything about your personality. I am glad you don’t change it to try to please everyone. How tiring that would be! One thing I have learned from you this year is the idea of being strategic with my purchases. I know there are people who blast you for wearing the same things over and over again but that is what prompted the change in my way of looking at it. My overflowing american walk in closet was stressing me out! I purged so much and have vowed to be way more strategic with my purchases. So thank you! …also peanut butter 🙁 that is sad because it is so good!

  47. Amy 6th January 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Such an inspiring post Lydia! You have definitely inspired me to dream bigger. Congratulations on all of your success this year ?

    Amy // snippetsofamy.co.uk

  48. Beauteagenes 6th January 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Congratulations on such an amazing year lovely! It is so clear from your consistently high standard of content how much hard work and effort you put into everything you do! I truly see you as an inspiration and you are part of my motivation to never give up and always think I can make it!! Beautiful photos and a fab blogpost as always! Happy New Year lovely
    xxxx

  49. Leila 7th January 2017 / 2:49 am

    Not only do I love the look (actually obsessed with the dress and boots), but what a lovely blog post. So nice to see you reflecting on the past year and I wish you the best for 2017 xoxo
    fashionflurry4.wordpress.com

  50. Emmalisa Tilli 7th January 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I have to say…. this is the BEST blog I have read this year so far!!!!!!!!! and I have to say…… I am ADDICTED to your Vlogs – you have nooooo idea what its like to be an Australian trying to find the right people to trust, and be with. After some things I went through, I thought to myself, the only people I trust and love are my parents, and it is going to stay that way for awhile till I find some good close new friends. I lived in Melbourne for 20 years of my life, and it is probably the “london” side of Australia – if you’re comparing it to the UK. Fashion capital of the world, and I wanted to live that glamorous lifestyle… I loved it and missed it when I had to live in the country for three years! It KILLED me but also, it has changed me – to realising that wearing the latest Burberry coat and having a Chanel bag isn’t all that important to having beautiful friends around you, and that’s all that matters. So, I have learnt a lot myself, and plus I loved your Number 3. You have produced great content for this, and I am so glad to be able to see where you are at in a different light (other than a Vlog) – I think I have only just started following your blog and instagram. I am obsessed with hearing your voice!!!!!!! I HOPE I get to come to London this year as my passport can NOT be found and I am devastated!!!!!! I plan on it in 2017 – or whenever Prince Harry gets married! Lol! Also, do you read Sophie Kinsella books – I get the feeling you might, but not sure – as it is my favourite series EVER!!!! It’s the shopaholic series you got to look out for!!! BEST chic-literature in the world!!!! and I am sucked right in! If you haven’t I highly recommend “The Undomestic Goddess” – it is my favourite, apart from classics, and when you read it you will see why! If you haven’t read it – OMG – you’re missing out!!!!!! Have you ever thought of blogging on a book, like doing a book review???? That would be a cool idea, but if you’re not into it, I totally understand – I just LOVE following you, and I have become a fan of yours I must admit!!!

    Anyways, sorry for the essay! I just wanted to share my thoughts and ideas, in hope to hear something back from you!

    Take care!

    xx

  51. Lisa Mecham 8th January 2017 / 7:24 am

    I sincerely loved this post. Each year I like to pick a singe word that defined that year. It sounds like 2016, your word was “growth.” I’m excited to see what 2017 brings. 🙂

  52. Margita 8th January 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Spot on with every point. Many I personally relate to…. Well done on growing so significantly in 2016 and know, the only way is UP! 🙂

  53. Jasmine Jonas 8th January 2017 / 7:51 pm

    I love love love this post – and you look gorgeous, as always!

    I’ve done a post reflecting on last year and also my New Years resolutions over on my blog! xx

    jasminececiliajonas.com

  54. Emma 8th January 2017 / 8:25 pm

    As always, I loved this post. You are such an inspiration. Such great lessons to learn. Especially that you can’t please everyone. It’s impossible.
    Such a cute color on the bag. I recently bought a Furla in black, which I’m so happy about, but this color is so gorgeous!

    http://styleonheels.com/

  55. Katrina 9th January 2017 / 8:45 am

    I agree with this post so much! Hard work, dedication and being yourself definitely pays off. Congrats on your success this year 🙂 x

    http://swimandtonic.net

  56. Milenka Millie 9th January 2017 / 3:13 pm

    I love the way your posts speak so much wisdom in a really accessible, relatable way. Your point about the tortoise and the hare is so, so relevant in the blogging world. Taking the time to grow your blog, youtube channel, followers and social media must be so much more satisfying than just simply spending a few hundred pounds to keep up with everyone else. You’re a fantastic inspiration to us all! Although, one thing I feel like I have to say is that not everyone can choose to be happy. It would be amazing if it was that simple but unfortunately mental health issues can get in the way far too easily than we would like. Still, aside from that point, this is another beautiful post! xx

  57. D 10th January 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Such a great post, really love this Lydia!

  58. Saadia 11th January 2017 / 10:17 am

    I think I may be getting the the Furla “Metropolis” Mini cross body bag in the shade navy. It looks really nice.

  59. Bojana 14th January 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Such an inspiration!
    The thing that i learnt in 2016 is that you don’t have to rush anything- everything happens in a perfect moment for the purpose of being.
    Wonderful post again, Lydia.
    xoxo
    Bojana

  60. Ainsley-Louise 15th January 2017 / 2:55 am

    Amazing Lydia! You’ve inspired me so much in 2016 to achieve my goals. I hope 2017 is a beautiful year for you – still crying over the engagement. X

  61. Elise 15th January 2017 / 12:54 pm

    This was a great post with important points. I do agree with them all. Especially the point about competing with yourself, its better to do that rather than compete with others..

    http://www.zekalin.com

  62. agnes 17th January 2017 / 4:23 am

    Well done Lydia xx

  63. Jennifer 17th January 2017 / 8:25 pm

    i discovered you in 2016 and Ive legit watched all your youtube videos lol I love you and your fiancé !!!

    http://www.redlipsandlattes.com

  64. Danni 18th January 2017 / 2:31 am

    Love these 16 lessons because they really allow us to know you better. Especially #3, which is something I am trying to do with my blog. Thanks for being a great role model. 🙂

    -Danni
    http://activehabitat.blogspot.com/

  65. Laura 25th January 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Lydia I could not agree with this more. So inspiring

    Lmhedit.blogspot.com

  66. Mimi 30th January 2017 / 9:52 am

    I love this!! I love particularly like No.2 “It doesn’t happen to people like me!” You are a true testament to what happens when you work your balls off and never give up. So inspiring! X

  67. Evie 31st January 2017 / 3:09 pm

    I love your honestly – it’s refreshing to read blog posts that are so relatable and true!

  68. Susanna 2nd February 2017 / 2:50 pm

    I found your Youtube channel and I immediately loved it, very classy and inspiring for me! I have a little online space, but unfortunately not enough time to dedicate to it…
    I also like this post and the positive vibes it spread. You should really do more of this articles!
    Kisses from Italy 🙂

  69. astrid 5th February 2017 / 9:21 pm

    You are so inspiring Lydia. Not too long ago I started following you as I myself started in the blogging world and you have helped me stay on track and to focus on my goals and not compare myself to others, and to me you are an influencer.
    xox Astrid
    allthingsastrid.com

  70. Sophie 9th February 2017 / 1:10 pm

    Ahh Lydia, you are literally one of my favourite bloggers. I follow hundreds and hundreds of bloggers on Instagram, but only have a handful who’s youtube and websites I actually visit. Your so down to earth and normal! I’m so pleased you haven’t ever got rid of your archive, I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers do this, and I never understand why, its almost as if they are embarrassed of their early days? A few weeks ago I actually went back to your very first blog posts for a little nosey, and loved it! I loved seeing how your blog has developed. I think its really inspiring, and definitely nothing to be ashamed of. xxx

  71. Erin 9th February 2017 / 11:54 pm

    Life IS Too short for Instagram themes!!! Haha great post Lydia, I’ve watched your videos for a while and just popped over from your last video about thinking positively! Lovely lovely video.

  72. Chy 31st March 2017 / 2:05 am

    Love love love your blog!! Loved this article in particular. Except #6… peanut butter is so delicious. Of course which makes it bad.

  73. Jade 19th April 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Thank you so much for such an inspirational post. You’ve completely motivated me and have also reminded me that there are still lots of genuine, kind-hearted girls going through very similar life struggles. Keep creating fabulous content!

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