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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