by Suzie Bonaldi

Goodbye 2016.


GOODBYE, 2016.

356 days or so ago, I sat and wrote down my 2015 story. I wrote about the experiences that had changed and shaped me, and I remember feeling excited thinking about the year ahead. The promise of a fresh year that was mine to shape. I promised I would throw myself in to everything head first, do more, and be better. Fast forward a year and I feel like this year has been the length of three years, I've done enough to fill three years, and if I'm being quite frank I'm totally exhausted just thinking about it.

THINGS I'VE LEARNT

That sounds negative, and I hate that. But I touch on it because this year has been so full of life lessons. I learnt that you're not responsible for other peoples feelings (it doesn't give you a green light to be a dick, but it is a reminder you can't make everyone happy), that you should be kinder to yourself - always. I learnt that you need  to listen to your body when it's telling you what it needs, that you can't always do everything and that it is okay to push back and say no. I learnt that it's the opinion of the people on your life team that matters more than the opinion of people who see 10 minutes of you twice a week. I learnt that a year can be both incredible and totally heartbreaking all at the same time. And I learnt that there are some people who will always be there for you and your baggage, and that there are some people who need to take care of their own first, and that that's okay. 

I hate to say it, but Kylie Jenner was so right when she said this was the year of realising stuff.



THIS YEAR I...

Well, where do I even start?!

Went on a post-Christmas holiday with my fave (and our boyfriends)

We hit 300k Subscribers!!!

Stayed in Paris with Givenchy for their S/S16 Press Day - SAY WHUT.

Attended the annual Clarins Global press trip.

Attended London Fashion week and sat front row at some of my favourite shows.

Was a guest of Guerlain at the Naked Heart Foundation Fund Fair (and met Karlie Kloss)

Visited Paris with L'Oreal for Paris Fashion Week

Visited Paris with L'Oreal for their Skin Summit

Was featured in InStyle as their "Power Blogger" (awesomeeee)

Fell in love with Santorini in April 

Worked on a campaign with Guerlain for Terracotta Bronzer whilst in Santorini (note to self, stop working on your personal vacations)

Visited Amsterdam with Viktor & Rolf (+ met V&R themselves!)

Flew to Costa Rica with StyleHaul for four days with Tamara and Fleur

Came home for four days, worked in London for two and then... Flew to Crete with the girls! 

Home for two days and then... travelled to Paris with Alix to shoot my jewellery line imagery.

Whilst in Paris things took a turn for the worse and we had to return home earlier than expected. This is when I first learnt just how much I needed to listen to my body and mind.

A few weeks later I launched my Jewellery line with Mejuri

In July I visited Babington House with Alix to continue her birthday celebrations

I spent the rest of the summer in Brighton and kept my feet firmly on UK soil for a solid three months.

Liz Earl took myself, Alix and Liv to Bestival and covered our faces in Glitter. It was a magical experience and despite the weather I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

I attended London Fashion Week again - Henry Holland and Topshop were my picks for this season!

Before Vlogtober started, Josh and I stayed at Babington House as a pre-birthday treat!

I turned 25. I am now officially in the over's category on X Factor...

I hosted a meet up with Clinique and got two new tattoos and tried out a ballet lesson, all on the same day.

I bought my first grown up car - a mini cooper - and weirdly it's brought me so much more joy than I ever imagined.

We reached 350k subscribers!!!

Josh and I flew to Barcelona for my birthday and to celebrate the end of Vlogtober. It was the first time flying again since June and I was extremely anxious but we got through it and had the best time. And ate ALL THE FOOD. Priorities.

Worked on a pretty big campaign for Liz Earl in November

Hosted a meet up and spoke on a panel at Beautycon London in December.

Josh and I celebrated our TEN YEAR anniversary!

Had a very merry christmas and started to unwind. It felt SO GOOD.


That is a long list...

I definitely worked the hardest I've ever worked this year, and I've never felt more grateful for the support from my family, friends and my work team. I also feel so blessed to have such wonderful readers and viewers who truly make the hard work seem a little less so. Whilst it's been so busy it's also been an incredible year and I feel so grateful for every single day I'm blessed with. Tomorrow we say Hello to 2017 and I'll be back with my thoughts on the year ahead and how the "year of realising stuff" has changed my outlook going forward. Get ready for the resolutions! But in the mean time, have a wonderful New Years eve, however you spend it.

Here's to a happier, healthier 2017.
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30 comments

  1. 10 years!!! That is so incredible Suzie! I'm excited to see what 2017 has in store! xxx

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  2. What an incredibly busy but fun sounding year! I hope 2017 is just as amazing!! X

    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

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  3. Sounds like your year has been an interesting one, here's to a happy 2017.

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  4. You accomplished so much this year! Congratulations Suzie ^_^

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

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  5. We all are on a journey of self actualisation, and can't wait too see what 2k17 has in store for you p xx happy new year babe

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  6. Gosh the Costa Rica trip seems ages ago! You have accomplished so much! Best of luck in 2017! x
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  7. Yes! 2016 is a year of realising stuff! T_T
    Happy new year! <3

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  8. Ah, it feels so nice to read all your accomplishments in 2016! Despite the shitty year we had politically, it's nice to know that we as human beings have the happy moments too. And wow, you and Josh celebrated your 10th anniversary?! Girl, you are one lucky girl. Happy new year, Suzie! x

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  9. Hi Suzie. Happy New Year! I recall watching one of your videos which you talk about a toner which is good for under-the-surface spots but I can't remember which video it was or what the name of the product is! I wondered if you knew what I am thinking of and could let me know?
    Chloe xx

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  10. Hard work definitely pays off, and that is something I've learned this year. I've also learned that it's important to take a break too.. Happy New Year and congratulations on such an amazing 2016. I hope 2017 is fabulous for you! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  11. This sounds like an incredible year Suzie! You deserve all the success in the world! <3

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  12. i wish you all the best for 2017 suzie. and yes, 2016 was the year of realizing stuff. i feel like my whole life was turned upside down and it was hard to say the least. i hope 2017 will turn out to be better.


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  13. Amazing photos, happy new year!

    xx
    Xin

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  14. wish you a wonderful start of 2017! i sincerely love your videos and you make me miss Brighton so much<3

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

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  15. What an amazing year! So many incredible adventures came your way. I feel you on recognizing that it's not your job to make everyone happy. Wishing you all the best in 2017!

    Amanda
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  16. Congratulations on all that you achieved in 2016. I love reading and watching your content. Here's to a very happy new year and a wonderful 2017!
    xoxo
    Serein
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  17. It sounds like you had a really incredible year, your hard work has certainly paid off! Here's to an even better 2017 ♥

    Amy // snippetsofamy.co.uk

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  18. I loved that I found your channel and your blog this year !

    Cheers, Jennifer // latest post - my new year resolutions https://youtu.be/TsUVgHqbfZM

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  19. Just found your blog, loving it :)

    Love, Toneia http://www.thebeautymisfit.com/

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  20. I loved seeing you evolving this year so much! Well done lovely

    xx Lisa
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  21. What a year :) Happy New Year

    Mel x

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  22. Gosh you had the most magical year. Congratulations Suzy, all your hard work has been worth it. Happy 2017!

    Arum Lilea

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  23. So many amazing achievements and events! All the best for the new year, hope its equally as awesome xx

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  24. What an absolute amazing year you've had! HNY X

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  25. You have done so many amazing things! Best wishes for 2017 xx

    Zoe Mountford x

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  26. It all sounds amazing,Congratulations! You should feel proud of yourself! xX

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  27. You really have achieved so much in one year - so it's okay to take time to unwind and recharge your batteries when most needed. I hope 2017 brings you extra happiness and stress free hustle! x
    Margaux / www.bonjourwhite.com

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  28. Congrats on all of your achievements in the past year!

    Happy New Year!
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  29. Lovely photos <3

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    Victoria

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