2015 was an interesting year for me both personally and work related but I wouldn’t change anything that happened. It was only when I took out my diary, I noticed everything I fitted into what was already a jam packed 2015! In 2014 I grew as a person and achieved things that certain people thought I would never achieve, finished my Post-grad in PR & Marketing and started working in my dream job for Cocoa Brown Tan. Never did I think that 2015 would top that year but it did in so many ways.
I wanted my first blog post of 2016 to be positive and share my excitement for the year ahead with you all while also reflecting a little on 2015.
After a pretty wild December I have decided it’s time to have a dry January. I want to look after my health and what better way to kick start it than to give up alcohol. I have also added in giving up chocolate too for January. After having a really good chat with Ali Ryan from Goss.ie about why she is going on the dry for January, it inspired me to do so too. You can read her article about why she is doing it over on Goss.ie. They also have some great ideas and activities on what to do instead of drinking, you can read here.
It’s a typical thing for people to say at the start of the year that they want to loose weight etc. Of course I want to loose some weight but for me it is about a lifestyle change rather than a ‘diet’. I want to improve my fitness and increase how often I exercise. I have started by setting myself weekly goals to make it more achievable. This way you look at your weekly diary and see what you have planned and you can organise your workouts around your week. I know this seems like a lot of effort but if you fail to prepare you won’t ever get anywhere. You have to want something bad enough to actually make it work. I already attend FitPros Gym in Blackrock Co.Dublin 4 times a week and they have changed my idea of exercise. You sign up for a month at a time and attend strength and conditioning classes (Monday – Friday 3 classes and then 1 weekend class). Phil and Loren are amazing trainers and push you to the level you need to be pushed. Loren herself is an inspiration with her fitness and she has really helped me understand more about the nutrition our body needs in order to train. You can follow Loren’s fitness journey on her Instagram where she talks about all things training. I really enjoy training and it has become routine in my life, now I just need to cut down on my chocolate intake! The classes are an hour and you never regret a workout with them. For more information about joining FitPros contact Phil on 0852857587 or Info@fitpros.ie. You can also find them on Facebook too for a better look at the gym (photo above).
If you are not based on the Southside of Dublin another gym I would highly recommend is FlyeFit. They have gyms in Ranelagh, Swords, Baggot Street, Macken Street and now on Georges Street in Dublin City Centre. FlyeFit have a roaming membership which means you can use all of their gyms and they have more plans for expansion down the road. I got to see the new FlyeFit on Georges Street just before it opened and I cannot wait to get in and try it out. If you don’t like training on your own they have one of the best spinning classes I have ever been too!
I love to travel. In 2013 I spent 4 months travelling around the world with one of my best friends, Aimee and since then I have longed for the adventure. We traveled through 14 countries and I completely stepped out of my comfort zone. I learned so much on this trip and grew as a person because of it. I stayed in a hostel for the first time, learned that material items are not everything, climbed Machu Picchu in Peru and figured out that you can achieve so much more on your own than being in a relationship that will bring you down. Travel is the only thing that you can buy that will make you richer and I have already started to budget for this years trip. I’m planning a biggish holiday with my boyfriend Darragh to either Cuba or Bali. We both have incredibly similar bucket lists which makes travelling with him even more enjoyable and he is a super photographer. I have been to Bali before but had everything booked before we left. This time I would rather explore the island with a much more relaxed approach. Friends of my parents visited Cuba last year and their stories have left me thinking about a trip to Cuba ever since. Of course neither of these trips will be cheap so my researching hat is on. If you have been to either country let me know (tweet me @k8_kell).
I absolutely LOVE my job and could spend all day talking about it if I could. I work as PR & Marketing Executive for Cocoa Brown Tan. Some people woke up this morning dreading the thoughts of work after the Christmas break. I on the other hand could not wait to get back to work. Every day is different and you don’t know what is around the corner. Working for an amazing boss also helps to love everyday of work. My boss, Marissa Carter is not only an incredible boss but also an inspiration. She inspires me to work harder both personally and work wise. Her work style and ethic is something I think more employers need to take on. Working with her is a dream and I love being part of the Cocoa Brown Journey with my fellow Cocoa Brown girls. Watch out 2016…we have some HUGE plans! If you don’t already follow Marissa on Snapchat (UN: cartermarissa) then you should. She shares beauty, business and all over life tips with a daily quote she is inspired by.
The value of a good friendship is priceless and cannot be replaced. I have some incredible friends from my childhood right through to making new friends last year in the blogging community. One of my favourite things about blogging has been making really good friends who share the same love for blogging as you do. My friends are a huge inspiration in my life and I love learning from them too. I look forward to making more memories in 2016 with these friendships and cannot wait to see what 2016 brings us.
Enjoy the Unknown & Stay Positive:
Some fear the unknown, I say embrace it! We can plan as much as we want for 2016 but at the end of it all we actually don’t know what is for us this year. Last year saw one of the most important people in my life develop an illness that we didn’t see a positive outcome for. Last April I really thought that it was the end and my life as I knew it would be completely different. Even at the hardest times I told myself that you must remain positive even when you don’t want to. I know that this will sound all airy fairy to some but being mindful and thinking positive is what helped me through it all. I kept thinking ‘If I am negative what good will it bring and how will it make others around me feel’. If I had been negative from April until now what sort of person would that have made me, let alone how everyone around me would feel with my negativity. Thank God everything for us worked out but I owe so much to staying positive and not worrying about the ‘what if’.
What are your plans for 2016?
Love Kate x