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Saturday, 30 December 2017

3 Life Lessons Learnt This Year

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Phew!  Another year polished off.  I'm ending this year with a lovely sense of calm, as well as excitement for the year ahead.  I'll admit, I'm sitting firmly in the camp of people who love the fresh slate and new beginning that the New Year brings with it.  I know, I know, it's just a date on the calendar.  But it's also an opportunity to reflect and move forwards with a newfound sense of, I don't know... I want to say rejuvenation?  As much as I love the festive season, preparing to take down the decorations and freshening up your environment can be such a cathartic move.  It provides the perfect reason to turn a fresh eye to your social circle, habits, fitness journey and goals. The New Year is a free pass to a mental shift in a more positive direction - and what could be better than that?!  So the question is, what has 2017 taught me?
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H E A L T H   I S   E V E R Y T H I N G 

Damn, this was a tough lesson to learn.  It's true, you don't know what you've got until it's gone!  I'd mentioned last month how I was dealing with a couple of frustrating health concerns.  Well, I'm ridiculously happy to say I'm now through the worst of it.  It's amazing what we take for granted.  Everything tends to lose it's 'shine' when you know your health isn't 100%.  Now?  I'm more grateful than I've ever been; it feels like a new lease of life, a happier and healthier one.  If you're reading this and you've got decent health, go ahead and give yourself a hug.  Let it become the thing you console yourself with when other things don't go to plan and I promise you, life will very quickly seem brighter.

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W O R K   S M A R T E R ,  N O T   H A R D E R

This phrase has popped up left, right and centre everywhere over the past few years and I've finally taken it on board.  First and foremost, this year I stopped knackering my knees by running for hours on hours outdoors and instead joined a gym.  My new plan created last summer, featured the introduction of new equipment and weights and sure, still a lot of running, but the results have been all the better (and safer!) for it.  I realised in the Autumn how the same could be applied to blogging and quite a few other things - total breath of fresh air, phew!

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H O N E S T Y   I S   T H E   B E S T   P O L I C Y 
(WITH YOURSELF)

Never lie to yourself.  Because ultimately, we're going to end up with more of what we've got right now.  Put it this way, if you say you love jelly then people will associate you with jelly.  They'll buy you jelly as a treat and maybe even take you to a jelly factory on a special occasion.  But, you don't even like jelly.  You thought you should like it and so you said you did and now you're drowning in jelly when really all you want is chocolate cake!  And I guess the same applies to everything else in life.  This year, the most powerful lesson I've learnt, is how happiness begins with being honest with yourself.  The sooner you're honest about what you like and love in life, the sooner you can attract more of it.  Life is too short to bully yourself into doing things you don't even like.      

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So, there we have it!  I mean, I'm pretty sure I've learnt more than just three lessons this year, but these are the ones that have been the most impactful.  I'm going into 2018 with a beautiful sense of calm I'm not sure I've ever completely felt before.  What to expect from A Glass Of Ice?  The usual mix of fashion and lifestyle, alongside plenty of travel diaries.  Plus, a new focus on slow living with the aim of adding something special to life's little moments; turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Oh, and probably lots of accessories I call 'dreamy' ten times over!

I'd love to hear what lesson(s) you've learnt this year?

I hope 2018 is a spectacularly fabulous year for you, filled with happiness, health and more success than you know what to do with...
See you on the other side, gorgeous!


With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Girl these pictures are gorgeous! (as always!) I'm so glad you're over the worst of your health worries, I hope 2018 brings you even better health!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  2. I really enjoyed this post beauty. I'm happy you're feeling great and are ready for the new year. One of the lessons I learned this year is to step a bit more out of my comfort zone, it can be such a struggle sometimes.
    See you in 2018!

    www.fashionradi.com

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  3. ALL of these lessons are so on point. I would 100% agree that your first one is our top one too! We both got sick a couple times this year, and have been injured too, and ALL we wanted during those times was to be healthy. Your health is everything!
    Even though there were the hurdles and obstacles of 2017, it was an incredible year. I'm so on board with being crazy excited to see what 2018 brings!
    Happy New Year girl!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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  4. I really love this post, it is so different from the usual life lessons I read, I feel like I can relate to it a lot more! Couldn't agree more with you about the first one, and I'm glad you are feeling better now!

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  5. I really love your positivity and outlook on life- who knew you were facing health concerns? I think my fave lesson is being honest to yourself. I love your jelly analogy! Wishing you a very prosperous 2018!

    Madeline

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  6. One of my aims is to work smarter , not harder in 2018!

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  7. Nice photos! Happy New Year x

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  8. Que sigas aprendiendo muchas lecciones lindas. Feliz 2018 desde El Blog de Boris Estebitan.

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  9. Yes, health is the most important thing ! Great photos ♥

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  10. Health is the number one thing!
    Nice pics too :)
    HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! :D
    Olivia Poncelet <3
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  11. I totally agree with you on everything..
    Great post.
    Happy New Year.
    xx
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  12. Happy New Year lovely! These are all really great lessons! I'm glad that you're health is doing better and I hope it stays that way! :) xx

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  13. Work smarter, especially when it comes to the blog. But I only learned that at the end of December when I finally sat down to map out some goals and what I could do to achieve them...

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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  14. I couldn't agree more with what you said, Gabrielle. Point number 3 is particularly powerful. I spent a lot of time last year reflecting on who I was and how I treat myself.

    Her Style Hive

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  15. Nice thoughts Gabrielle!!!
    I hope you'll have a wonderful 2018!!!
    Don't miss my latest post, now on my blog! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,
    Eni

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  16. I'm with you Gabrielle! I always like to start the New Year FRESH! It's invigorating. I'm excited about 2018. I'm so glad your health is better. I had my own issues as well and I'm doing much better. You're going to enjoy the gym. Happy New Year to you and wishing you the best in 2018.
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  17. Such a great post! Great lessons learned too. Love your hat!

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  18. Great post!

    Wish you all the best in 2018!

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  19. Such a lovely post! I'm definitely starting to appreciate my health more now that I'm older, so one of my goals in 2018 is to eat healthier and exercise more! Glad to hear you're feeling physically better and I hope it stays that way! Happy New Year!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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  20. I also love this feeling of starting again in the New Year. Of course we should be able to start afresh whenever we feel the need to, but a new year brings another opportunity to get our movitation up!
    Working smarter is a great one - we can easily forget about it when we're so busy we can't think, but being organised to work smarter is a real thing to work on. This year I've always learnt that if you are strong enough, you can achieve all the challenges you set yourself. It's by believing in yourself that you get what you want!

    Julia x
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  21. Gabrielle this is such a beautiful post - both the photos and your writing. I'm so glad to hear you're through the worst of your health concerns! You're definitely right, everything does seem to lose some of its shine when you're unwell. Wishing you all the best in 2018, and can't wait (as always) to see what you continue to do with this blog.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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  22. I absolutely abide by these life lessons. Well said =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  23. Beautiful photos girl! I've definitely learnt that health is wealth.

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

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  24. Great lessons and BEAUTIFUL photos my friend.. happy 2018! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  25. You look gorgeous! I know what you mean about health. I had some issues myself with having to have some surgery. But I am much better now and recovered quite nicely. I think it is massively important to take care of your health. And never lie to yourself. ahahah Chocolate cake over jelly sounds better with a hot cup of tea if you ask me. :) I am happy that you are taking care of your health and living a fun and happy life. It is how all of us should be especially, in 2018. Start the year off right and be good to ourselves. I have been enjoying Christmas with my family and loved ones and New Year's spent in France. It has been so much fun and a calming way to just enjoy life. :) I hope your Christmas, New Years, was amazing. Can't wait to read more on your blog and here's to more success and fun for you in 2018. FYI, I just adore your travel diaries :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/12/the-new-years-eve-edit-parisian-2018.html

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  26. this is such a cute look! Happy new year babe!

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  27. I absolutely love the being honest point, and I love the way you've explained it. Being honest with myself is definitely something I need to work on, and will help me fall back in love with myself

    Abi | abistreetx

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  28. This is so on point, and I couldnt agree more! Number 2 is so true! Indeed, we have to work smarter and spend our time more efficiently. Too many times we get too busy with our work we tend to forget the most important things in life - family, friends, and just living life at the moment. Happy New Year to you dear! You got a lovely sweater right there.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  29. So many important lessons for this year :) Nice Post! Happy New Year Dear!
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

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  30. Gabrielle, I could not agree more with all three of those lessons! Ironically, I learned much of the same in 2017 as well. I also had some health issues and YES to an intense feeling of appreciation for the times when you are healthy. I also switched up my workout routine significantly - doesn't it feel ten times better not to overwork yourself?! Such an inspiring post, beautiful. Now let's have an amazing 2018! xx

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  31. Love this post dear, as if you're listing if for me haha. The last one rings the most, it's always rewarding to be honest. Glad to know you'll continue to do what we love to read in your blog. I like your matching knitted jumper and beanie. Wishing a Happy New Year!!!

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  32. What a nice way to look back on the year that's passed! I'm so glad things are going better for you health-wise too! It's so hard when you aren't feeling the best as it makes everything so much harder - good health is definitely to be treasured and I'm so glad I got through some health troubles a few years back, and I'm much better!

    Happy new year! Hope that 2018 is off to an amazing start for you, and you had a wonderful Christmas time.

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  33. Thanks a lot for sharing the wonderful picutures including the important lessons you learned! Yes, I agree to each single point you mentioned!
    Happy New Year!
    With love from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  34. Great post babe, and I so agree with you with those 3 lessons !

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  35. So true, I enjoyed reading this ♥

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  36. Now these are great lessons learnt Gabrielle. -And great advice for us in a way too. Thanks for sharing. I've learnt a lot too which will be my next post on my blog.
    Thanks for bring one of my cyber family in 2017 and cheers to a happy blogging in 2018.

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  37. YES YES YES! So inspirational hun!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  38. Such a lovely post, with a really great message. You're so right about working smarter and spending more time to enjoy the little things - I'll definitely be taking this into 2018.

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

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  39. I am all for working smarter in 2018. Happy new year Gabrielle
    Wonder Cottage

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  40. Ah this is such a lovely post hun! Hope you had a wonderful New Year - hope it's filled with happiness, love and health! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  41. These are some great life lessons! Honesty is always the best policy, otherwise you're not being true to yourself...P.S. who wants jelly! :) Talking of which, I've gone back to the gym this week and it's tough to say the least but good to have a bit of focus after an indulgent Christmas! Summer bodies are made in the Summer right?! Happy New Year Gabrielle!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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  42. I agree with all these lessons, you are so right! I have learnt this year that there is no point in comparing myself to others. Happy New Year! :) xoxo
    Magda

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  43. These photos are so sweet and refreshing, and I can't wait to read about your take on slow living. Personally, (last year) I learned that you have to know how to stand up for yourself professionally, and letting things go is sometimes a key to happiness. Happy new year Gabrielle. I wish you nothing but the best!

    amberelb.com

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  44. I learned in 2017 that I really need to be more consistent with blogging!

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Lifestyle Blog

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  45. I agree that honesty is so important!

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  46. Wow these photos look amazing! Best wishes for the New Year!

    xx

    Linda from Beauty And Tips

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  47. Totally agree with your three lesson : photos are beautiful :)
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  48. Honesty and work are always present in my life. Evil and lies sooner or later are discovered ...
    Good year!!
    xoxo

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  49. You shared some really important lessons here. Work smarter, not harder is a saying that can be applied to many areas of life, from working out to planning a travel. Knowing what the exactly the right thing to do in a certain situation is something akin to wisdom, but even simply trying to use our brain cells a bit more can take us far. Just sitting down and analysis our strategies. Most of us do this when it comes to work decisions but we forgot to implement it in our daily lives. Every day life matters as well. It matters a lot actually, as it affects our quality of life. So, taking up some time to figure out the proper way to do something, whether it be dieting or exercise, is rather important.

    Very important lesson learned about health as well! Almost everyone makes the mistake of taking one's heath for granted until some health problem occurs and reminds us of the dangers of doing just that.

    Honesty is everything, isn't it? And it always has to start with being honest with ourselves because if we can't be honest with ourselves, we can't be honest with others either.

    Happy 2018! You look gorgeous btw, love this cozy outfit!

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  50. Gorgeous photos! They look so cosy, happy new year to you - hope 2018 is everything you hope for
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  51. Work smarter, not harder - girl you've hit the nail on the head there!! Couldn't agree more, I'm going to focus more energy on less work but be smarter about it too for sure! Wishing you ALL of the love, happiness and success in 2018 girl! <3

    Hayley xo
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  52. Love your words of inspiration lovely, I have learnt that being honest is important to maintain relationships & friendships :) no matter what! Wishing you a lovely New Year Gabrielle ❤️! :)

    Serene xoxo

    iamserenel.com

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  53. These are great lessons Gabrielle! I have also learnt about health being the most important thing!

    Also loved your jelly example, so simple and clear :)

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  54. These are definitely important lessons to learn. Sorry to hear you've been going through some health struggles, but that's great that you're through the worst of it. You're right that we never seem to appreciate our good health until we don't have it and notice it's gone! And I totally agree that it's always best to be honest with yourself because if you're unhappy about something then it's never going to get better if you can't even admit it to yourself, let alone take steps to change it.

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  55. Haha I love that you illustrated your honesty story by using jelly. I need to learn to work smart! ;)

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  56. Happy New Year.
    Great lessons.. especially the work smarter not harder..

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  57. Agreed about health! Although it's kind of like anything with our bodies, as soon as something starts to have a problem it's just like you spend so much time all of a sudden wondering why you didn't appreciate it all more to begin with.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  58. Happy New Year 2018. All the best to you, Gaby.

    I am 200% with "...the most powerful lesson I've learnt, is how happiness begins with being honest with yourself.
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  59. Cool post, babe! Health is of utmost importance especially when you reach my age. Happy weekend! xoxo

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  60. Beautiful Post, my favorite phrase was "The sooner you're honest about what you like and love in life, the sooner you can attract more of it. Life is too short to bully yourself into doing things you don't even like" that is so true <3

    Maggie

    www.ohmagblog.com

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  61. Very good advice.
    Happy New year to you

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