Ben and I on NYE (dressed in country hoe-down theme, just FYI)
It’s 2013! I can’ believe 2012 is over, it seems like the year went by in fast forward and was done in half the time it should have been. What a year though, it was probably the most dramatic and life changing 12 months of my life and while there was a lot of bad stuff, there was a lot more good.
At the start of 2012 I finally broke up with my boyfriend of six years and moved back in with mum way out in the suburbs. I’d spent six years my life being emotionally abused and the day I decided I was done and arranged to move out that very weekend was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. Moving into a small house in Ipswich with your mum probably sounds dreadful to most people, but it was the best decision I’ve made for myself in a very long time. I was free. As a result of the breakup and the subsequent move, I am happier than I’ve ever been. I have also been able to save money for the first time in years and am saving up for a trip to the USA this year AND managed to buy a brand new car!
I met the love of my life on July 31st, a guy on instagram who intrigued me (and apparently had a huge crush on me, hee hee). It’s only been five months but what he has taught me about myself and about love has been incredible. I had such a low self esteem after six years of being put down and bullied constantly, but in no time at all, Ben has taught me how to love myself again. I never thought I’d ever find someone I was so compatible with, but through the magic of a phone app that let’s you share photos with strangers, we found one another and haven’t looked back.
I started a small business with my mum, making cute bows and accessories under our own label Ruby Kawaii! It’s still early days, but after a hugely successful launch at Supanova in November, we have big plans. I plan to dedicate a lot more time to it this year and go to lots of markets and make a real name for ourselves. My dream is to one day own my own super girlie, kawaii shop that will sell our bows, fashion, crafty stuff AND have a proper Japanese-style nail salon incorporated! That may mean I’ll be a nail tech by the end of this year! How exciting!
I have a few areas I want to improve on though. Since I hurt my back I haven’t really done a lot of exercise while continuing to eat all the food I come across I’ve gained a couple of kilo’s and my fitness as gone down the crapper, and I want to rectify that. But I am not worried about being skinny like I used to be. I just want to be happy and healthy and maybe get rid of this new gut I’ve been sporting lately ;)
2012 has been my worst year of blogging yet! I have been AWFUL! There have been a few reasons but it’s mostly just been down to time. I am planning to settle down and manage my time a lot better this year which will mean more blog posts with better content! I can’t make many promises now, but I do intend to make Ruby Kawaii 1000x better in the coming months. Writing is a passion of mine, and while I knw my blog isn’t the best one out there, it’s a good release for me and so I really should utilise it more.
I hope 2013 is going to be an amazing year for you too. Let’s all strive for happiness, good health and lots of love and positivity!