Sunday, 4 January 2015

2015: Let it Go

2015 has to be about one thing: calm
I want to find the balance and harmony that my life for as long as I’ve known has lacked. I need to be kind to others. One who learns from her mistakes, someone who is not perfect, but can be forgiven.

Most of all, I need to be kind to myself.
I need to allow myself time – to meditate, to bathe, to run, to exfoliate, to explore again and ultimately learn to relax.
January usually marks the start of a diet, but for me, it’s a lifestyle. Two years ago I did the unimaginable and lost weight and got fit; there were so many ups and downs, and a period of adjustment that didn’t sit comfortably. 


My main aim for my body is to be fit, healthy and in good shape – this photo was taken on New Year’s Day, just after completing a 4mile run in Nice, in which I tuck a tumble, which reminded me that my body is not unbreakable, but I am stronger than I ever thought I was. 

If I had one wish this year, it would be for all of my own conflicts and troubles of the past to be finally written off. As Elsa taught me, simply Let It Go.

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Monday, 29 December 2014

2014 was...

The year I got married!
Alice and Simon (146 of 366)
There is no doubt in my heart that this was the best year of my life. It was the toughest, most anticipated year of both mine and my husband's life, and with it delivered emotion that I had never experienced in my entire 25 years.
 Nothing could have ever prepared me for what was ahead... a few weeks before the wedding I suddenly burst into tears whilst driving home. I was so scared, anxious, excited, and completely overcome with emotion. 
But that little cry got me to the church on time, and that moment will stay with me forever just like - Dad giving me away, finally saying 'I do', signing the wedding register, having our first dance (Heroes by David Bowie), arriving in Fiji, all these once in a lifetime moments captured in my heart.
This Christmas Simon's Grandad looked at me and said "That was the best wedding I have ever been to - I didn't think you had it in you" and those words summed up the entire year for me. Because he was completely right. For so long, I was the girl who nobody took much notice of - the girl who got bullied for having frizzy hair and being a bit fat. I was the girl who didn't have a boyfriend, I was the 'Goth' girl, and ultimately I was the shy one, the girl who could barely speak a single word to a stranger.
This year has taught me that quite literally anything is possible. I overcame all of my insecurities and weaknesses to become the person that I am today - and I am proud of what I have, because I did it all by myself, and I'm not going to for a second let anyone take that from me.
This year was so extraordinary, and I'm not going to for a second stop believing, dreaming and above all loving.

 I'm Alice Taylor, and I'm finally proud to be me.
See you in 2015!