Home Truths from 2016

Home Truths from 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m so sorry for the radio silence on my end but the first week of the year is always manic for me! Who really thought it was a good time for uni deadlines?! A couple of all nighters made sure everything was in on time and now I can get started with the year properly! Before I start enacting any resolutions I thought I’d share with you some things that 2016 taught me- now I’m not saying Kylie Jenner can tell the future or anything but it did turn out 2016 was a year of realising a whole lot of things…

  1. Blood isn’t always thicker than water- my family are the BEST and I really don’t think I could get much luckier, but I also have some amazing friends that I would do anything and everything for. Sometimes, friendships are just as strong as family ties, mine have crossed countries and continents this year and I’d say are stronger than ever.
  2. Life is precious, and short- it seems we have lost so many huge figures this year, and even on a smaller scale than all those well known faces. I feel like death has been a huge component of 2016 and if it’s taught me anything it’s that you’ve got to make the most of the time you have, and don’t forget to tell people you love them!
  3. What you put into your body really does make a difference- this year I’ve realised I don’t really get along with Milk, and since I’ve been trying to cut it out (cheese & chocolate have been making things difficult) I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in my digestion and skin!
  4. You don’t have to have your shit together ALL THE TIME- in fact, it’s pretty impossible. There’s always gonna be something that doesn’t work how you want it to or one day where everything seems to be going wrong, but everyone has them! Even when it seems like everyone around you has it figured out, they probably don’t (esp. final year undergrad’s!)
  5. The past is the past. There’s no point wasting time worrying about things you have/haven’t done and how you could have handled situations differently- unless you can time travel, there’s nothing you can do about it now (and would you want to deal with the consequences if you could?!)

On a lighter note, 2016 was also the year I realised I LIKE HUMMUS?!

I’m sure there are plenty more things I’ve realised this year, whether it has to do with the fact I’m growing up and experiencing bigger challenges or whether 2016 was truly the year of ‘realising stuff’ I shall never know, although I have a feeling it may be the former!

What’ve you realised this year? Be it significant or not I’d love to know what you’ve learnt!

Tara xo


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  • Yessss to #4 and #5! I think #4 is so important to accept in order to maintain your sanity, and #5 brings to mind the quote: Know it was good while it lasted then move the fck on! There’s too much of life left to live to be stuck in the past 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Yes to them all, but especially number 5! That’s something that I’ve been trying to work on myself! x


    • I still torment myself sometimes but I just have to remind myself that there’s nothing I can do about it and to move one- also it’s worth remembering that others might not have even noticed!

  • rae

    This list is a very important one and full of significant takeaways I feel. Especially about trying to leave the past in the past – this is still something i sometimes struggle with, but when we are able to leave the past in the past and truly get over something we feel so much lighter and are so much more happy for it!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • I completely agree, even now I don’t let it go often enough, maybe one day I’ll get to that point!

  • #4 is so true! It doesn’t also help to compare yourself to others and doesn’t mean you’re lost when you’re just going on a different path.

    . Btw, glad I stumbled upon your blog. Followed you on Bloglovin! 🙂


    • Yes! As they say, ‘comparison is the thief of joy!’, I’m glad you enjoyed the post Alissa!

  • April Rose Pengilly

    Great post! It is definitely hard to keep it together all of the time… I think I cried at least four times in public last year!
    April xx


    • Oh god I don’t even dare think about how many times I did! Sometimes you’ve just got to let it out!

  • It’s a refreshing post, I like to read about lessons learned, reflections and tips. I also want to do anything to get a clearer skin, it’s just that I’m addicted to chocolates but dark chocolates at least. I don’t know if that makes a big difference though because I eat it almost everyday. Nice to find your blog, I’m following you in Bloglovin to get updates, I hope you would like to follow back. Thank you!


    • I’ve started to keep some dairy free chocolate in the house for when the cravings strike but it’s just not the same! I’m hoping that my tastebuds will get used to it and find normal chocolate too sweet eventually!

  • Alex Quinn

    Great points! I 100% agree with them all. Especially the last one about the past being the past. (Which has been a topic I’ve struggled with occasionally)

    • It’s so easy to dwell on things, I think we all probably hold on to things longer than we should!

  • I totally agree with you! Very inspiring. I’ll need to remember that for 2017 x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

  • Nice post! I still don’t like hummus haha ):


    • It’s so weird, I couldn’t stand it then one day I loved it-maybe 2017 will be your year to convert!

  • Everything in this post is so true! it’s so great when you start leaving the past behind you then you can focus on present/ future things.. 100 per cent agree with you with friends can be as strong as family.. Hummus is amazing!


    • Haha Hummus is definitely amazing, I’ve had it most days this week though so think I’m going to burn out soon if I don’t go steady! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Sophie Mariah

    I love these truths! I totally agree with all of them, I’ve learnt not to worry about things to much and to just go with the flow. I’ve also learnt to look after myself more! Great post.

    Sophie xx | http://www.snippetofsophie.com

  • Amelia

    I love this post, life is precious and something I am definitely trying to remember every day