So here we are, we have finally reached the end. As 2015 draws to a close it’s time to join the masses. Not just in wishing everyone a happy new year, but in taking time to reflect on the year past. Slightly clich√© I know, however, rather than a ‘new year, new me’ approach I would like to review on what I have learnt in the past 12 months.

2015 has been a learning curve both professionally and personally. A lot of changes have occurred; some good and some bad. One thing that I have learnt is that life can change directions in the blink of an eye.

2016 brings along a new decade for me. As I wave goodbye to 2015, I also bid farewell to my 20s. A decade full of gains, losses, revelations and trials. My 20s have been a rollercoaster of emotions. That being said, the last 10 years have been some of the best years of my life. From travelling, to starting my own business to marrying the love of my life. I look back at my 20s with contentment, knowing that I lived.

As I approach my 30s, I feel a sense of fulfilment. Not to say that I am now enlightened, far from it. However, I feel more comfortable in my own skin. After spending the majority of my adolescence feeling awkward and unsure, I now find myself at peace with the person that I am.

One of the biggest things that I have learnt in the past year is that finding peace within myself meant that I needed to establish my position in life and the direction in which I wish to travel. I have learnt that I am a person who loves to live outside of the box, avoiding repetitive routines. I love to set my own rules and restrictions rather than following the crowd. However, in the past, I have been fearful of failure and the opinions of others. Call it determination, if you will, but this year has taught me that fear and negativity simply had no place in my future and that many changes would have to be made in order to find peace.

The biggest change that I have made this year has been making my own goals and desires my number one priority. My blog is living proof of that. Having dreamt of entering the beauty/blogging world for some time, I finally put my actions into gear. After all, there is no point having a goal if you’re not proactive about it. Although I still consider myself a newbie with much to learn, the journey that is Reena JB-eauty has been nothing short of amazing and I’m glad that I never gave into my initial fears.

I urge all of you out there who have a goal or wish to change something in your lives to remember that action leads to change. If you want to achieve something then you have to get up and make it happen. Keeping a positive and proactive mindset will also help you in your achievements. Making small changes in your lifestyle will help you derive a clear cut path towards your ultimate goal. Clear out any clutter in your life, downsize, get organised, write lists, let go of the non well-wishers and believe in yourself. Above all remember that those you meet along the way will not always share your thoughts and beliefs. That’s what makes us all individuals.

I understand that this is not my most typical of blog posts, but I wanted to spread a little positivity to you all before the new year begins. 2015 has been an incredible year for me, particularly with the launch of this blog and I am eternally grateful for all of the love and support that I have received thus far.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy year ahead. So many memories to be made and adventures in store and I can’t wait to experience them all with you. 2016 is most definitely OUR year. See you on the other side xxx