Looking Back | A 2016 Round Up

 

Wow, 2016. What a year. For some, it's been pretty tough. I'm not going to discuss politics, but the world was quite scary at times this year. However, for me, this year has been pretty incredible. I went back and reread my post about my 2016 goals this morning, and it made me smile: I have pretty much achieved everything that I set out to!

My biggest goal was to step the game up with my photography again... and I think it's pretty obvious that I did that. I did my first fashion shoot in January, and then another in March for my friend Jayne Ireland who runs Tom Lane, and from that point on, I didn't really stop shooting all year (in fact, I'm still not shooting - I've got another one booked for December 23rd!). To be able to look back and realise that I had a dream, that I took small steps towards making them a reality, and then they actually did... it's pretty amazing. I obviously have so much more to achieve, so many more dreams to fullfill, and millions of ideas floating about in my brain, but all in all, I am pretty damn proud of myself for what I've achieved this year.Aside from photography, so many other things happened. One area that became more difficult was Atlas. I've not gone into a lot of detail here about recent events concerning Atlas, but the truth is that running business is tough. I really didn't realise how hard it would be, not just to manage it all, but to keep things going. There have been changes regarding Atlas recently, the biggest of which is that we will now be a website based magazine only. Our website has been growing bigger each month, doing so well all year long, that it was a no brainer when I began to re-evaluate the future of the magazine. Sometimes its incredibly hard to change something that you've been working on for so long, or to realise that the plan you had in mind for it needed altering. But the good news is that it's not going anywhere, and it's only getting better. We're embracing the change. Let's see what 2017 brings!

But what's been the best part of this year for me? The people in my life. I've never felt more surrounded by amazing people than I did this year. I've made so many new friends thanks to work, or simply just through this blog that I started, and I really couldn't begin to tell them all how much they mean to me. The support network that I've got gets me through the days of doubt, the moments of frustration, but also is always there to celebrate the wins. You know who you are, so thank you!

I'm so excited to see what 2017 brings. If it's anything like 2016, it'll be amazing. Thank you all so much for the support, thank you for reading my blog posts, thank you to everyone who has worked with me this year, thank you to everyone who's believed in me, and thank you for letting me share what I love with you all. To sign off, here are just a few of my favourite images from this year!... Let's face it, it was hard to pick just a small number, so for once in my life, I'm spamming you with them all. Enjoy! :)

 

What I'd Like to do in 2016

Self Portrait by Olivia Bossert I'm not very big on New Year's Resolutions. I've never really made them before, because I know for a fact that I'm setting myself up for failure. A New Year's resolution kind of implies to me that in the whole previous year, I've been doing things wrong. I'm quite an ambitious person, though, so I'm always setting myself goals. With Christmas almost here, and New Years approaching fast, resolution stuff begins to pop up left, right and center, and of course that makes me start to reflect on what new goals (or current goals) I'd like to work on. Let's call it a "refocus."

  1. Work. I'm a work-a-holic. I've been "working" on some kind of project since I was 15, all the time. It started off with photography at 15 and it consumed me. Then Atlas came about, and that's been my primary focus since I was 20. We've got so many big projects for Atlas, and I won't go into massive detail about them now because this blog isn't really supposed to focus on Atlas, but I'd like to grow the business more, take our print issues worldwide, grow our audience, and collaborate with more brands in future. It's exciting! See what we're up to here.
  2. Photography. My photography took a bit of a back seat for a few years (for various reasons), but I'm feeling incredibly inspired lately and have been thinking about what kind of work I'd like to produce. My day to day work with Atlas involved reviewing submissions from talented people all around the world. It definitely gets me inspired, and I'd like to start shooting again, more frequently, working with local Cornish designers. I've seen some of the talented designers there are in the area, and it's so inspiring! I'd also like to use film more. It's a medium I adore to work with, but didn't feel confident enough to really test out when I was younger.
  3. Fitness. I'm currently working towards some new goals, which is ongoing and has started well before the New Year. In a nutshell, I'd like to finally push the excess body fat I have around my middle. No, it's not big, and no I'm certainly not overweight at all, but I'm someone who likes to see how far I can go, and I would really really like to be confident in myself in a bikini. I know it's very superficial, but this is a place for honesty, right? I'd also like to see how strong I can get! In the past 6 months, I can't believe how much stronger and fitter I am. Never in a million years did I think I'd be able to run 10 miles (16km), but I can! And I can just about deadlift 60KG (we're working on it), I've improved my sprint time by 5 seconds, I sit between 150 W and 160 W in my spin class, and I can punch harder than I ever thought I could before. Feeling myself get stronger and fitter is the most incredible thing and I can't wait to see where I am in 6 more months!
  4. Health. 2015 was a big year for me in terms of my digestive health. It's well known on this blog that since I was 15, I've struggled more and more with my IBS. It steadily got worse, then when I was 20 I made changes, and it got better, but it would still come and go in waves. I went on the Low FODMAP diet this summer, and it has been life changing for me. Hard, I'll admit, and there are certain things which still trigger my IBS (ie. stress) but overall, I'm so much better than I ever was. All I really want to do in 2016 is to carry on eating what makes me feel good, developing recipes that are Low FODMAP, and sharing them here! (PS. I have loads of new ones, but I'm currently visiting my parents in Switzerland, so I can't photograph any of them to share with you!)
  5. Happiness. One thing that I realized (big time) this year was how important it is for me to take the time to relax. I have a problem where I feel guilty if I'm not constantly working. I feel like there's so much to do, and I'm totally aware of it, so if I stop, sit on the sofa and watch Homeland with my boyfriend, I get a pang of guilt because, really, I could be at my desk hammering out more emails or doing more strategy work. But taking that time out every day to do something that I enjoy, even if it's as simple as reading a few blogs, or watching some YouTube videos refreshes me, and I'm so much more productive (and enthusiastic!) if I've been able to recharge my batteries. In 2016, I'd really like to continue to do that.

So there you go, some goals which aren't really goals cause I'm sort of already doing them, but things I'd like to carry on doing! I find the end of the year is, more than anything, simply a really good time to reflect, think about where you are, and what you'd like to continue working on.

What are your "resolutions?" Do you have any? What's your take on New Year's resolutions? Let me know in the comments bellow!

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