Happy 2017!

by Gio

2016 is almost over – and not a moment too soon.

This year was a mixed bag for me. The lows were devastatingly low and the ups… well, I’ve had to work so hard to make them happen. But that’s what makes them so rewarding, right?

This was the year I’ve grown up the most. I just wish I didn’t have to get beaten up so badly (figuratively speaking, of course) to learn my lessons. Humans, huh? With us, it’s the hard way or no way.

2015 was the year I finally took the leap and went for my dreams. It paid off. A year later, I now have the job I’ve always wanted and it’s starting to generate a good income, too.

And I hate every second of it. There are days when getting an email from a client is enough to bring on an anxiety attack and the thought of writing another promotional piece for a business blog makes me cry.

I love writing because it gives me a voice. A voice I can use to help people and improve their lives. Using it to promote messages I don’t 100% believe in just to make a quick buck is soul-destroying.

But that’s the price you have to pay to work for someone else, right?

So, I’ve started investing more in myself. I took a few blogging courses and looks like I am starting to make enough money with this blog to scale back on my freelance writing work.

It will mean less money for a while, but life is too short to waste your time doing something that doesn’t fulfil you. Every time I did that in the past, it always led to awful bouts of depression. It just ain’t worth it.

You know what else ain’t worth it? Being ashamed of your mistakes. Wasting time being mad at the people you love because they’ve hurt you. Waiting for the other person to make the first move to repair a relationship.

You think you have all the time in the world to make things right and then you get a phone call on your way to work. He’s dead. Couldn’t put up with the feelings of guilt and shame anymore. Knew how angry you were. Couldn’t bring himself to make the first move.

And now it’s too late to let him know if only he had dared to pick up the phone, you would have welcomed him back with open arms.

Time has run out.

Game over.

I miss you, daddy.

It’s too late for us. But it’s not too late to own my mistakes. Make the first move. Rebuild my relationship with the people who, for one reason or another, I’ve lost touch with throughout the years. Turns out, they’re glad to hear from you again and you can often pick up where you’ve left off.

You just need the courage to drop your ego and go for it.

And that’s what I’ll be doing next year. I’ll say no to jobs I don’t enjoy, even if it means making less money. I’ll focus on the things that bring me joy and fulfilment. I’ll keep in touch with old friends and make new ones.

I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m so grateful to you all for sticking with me throughout the years and I hope you’ll stick around for a few years more.

Cos this little blog isn’t going anywhere. It taught me to believe in myself. Brought me friends from all over the world. Allowed me to help strangers feel better about themselves and how they look.

The BWB community is awesome. And I only want to serve it better in the future. You’ve done so much for me and I want to repay you by writing even more useful posts, create more helpful resources and give you all the tools you need to take good care of your skin, gain more confidence and love yourself more.

I wish you all, from the bottom of my heart, an amazing 2017! May the new year be filled with love, happiness and health. And may all your wishes come true.

Happy 2017 everyone!

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Ana December 30, 2016 - 4:11 pm


That’s all I say because I don’t think my words can match the emotions in this piece.
I wish you – and all your readers – a happy, and far better 2017!

Gio December 31, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Ana, thanks so much for your kind wishes and your support. It’s been a tough year. Let’s hope 2017 will be much kinder to us all. Happy New Year!

SherryG December 30, 2016 - 11:19 pm

I’m sorry for the loss of your dad. It sounds like you are on the right path professionally and personally. I wish you all the best in the New Year.

Gio December 31, 2016 - 10:06 am

Sherry, thank you. I wish you all the best for the New Year too. May it be an awesome year for us all.

Barbara December 31, 2016 - 12:54 pm

Great post! (as always) Well, I always enjoy your post and I trust what you write. And that says a lot. Keep the blogs coming and I wish you all the success in the new year!!! Cheers!

Gio December 31, 2016 - 1:27 pm

Barbara, thank you so much! It really means a lot. Happy new Year! 🙂

Lidia December 31, 2016 - 3:13 pm

I wish you all the best for the coming year professionally, personally, good health and peace within yourself.
Hope you’ll get over of what you missed with your daddy.
Keep on writing, you do it so well.

Gio December 31, 2016 - 3:17 pm

Lidia, thank you so much for your kind words and wishes. Happy New Year to you too!

Paris B January 5, 2017 - 4:28 am

Hi Gio, I’m so sorry to hear about your father. Wishing you even better success in this new year, and that you find joy in all that you do!

Gio January 5, 2017 - 11:37 am

Paris, thank you so much. I wish you a wonderful 2017, too. May it be filled with health and love.


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