4 January 2016

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

First and foremost, hello :) I have missed you all so much! Sorry about complete silence for over a week. Going away, Christmas, NYE, amazing time with my hubby, our family and friends - the whirlwind of all that meant I had to postpone a few posts and had very little time to spend online. But I am back. Maybe a pound or two heavier (gym is calling my name), definitely happier and well rested, and once again, I have missed you all! Happy New Year!
Where do you even start when a post like this is due? A trip down the memory lane 12 months back can be either enjoyable, challenging or even quite painful for some. There are a few friends of mine whose life was changed completely last year. One of them is in a delivery room as I am editing this. Another one is recovering from the surgery after getting her tumours removed. No matter what your life was like in 2015, there's one thing certain - there was a change. Even if you haven't graduated, got married or bought a house (or experienced thousands of other events), there still was a change. Maybe something dawned on you like a light bulb moment. Perhaps there was a lesson learnt. Balloons and bunting or sadness and tears, here we are at the beginning of the new year. Whatever happened is ours to take on board, remember and be thankful for. You are more "you" now. Gbye, old. Hello, new. 



I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone for your love and support to me in my most recent post How To Get Into Holiday Spirit & My Two Christmases. It wasn't the easiest one to write and I know I tend to get wordy but I am so happy it was read, accepted and understood just the way I meant it. You all rock and I am so lucky to have you.

Without further ado, let's go back in time and reflect on twenty fifteen.
In 2015 I / we:
  • moved twice (recent move was together with my hubby)
  • celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary
  • started from scratch building our everyday routine, professional and social life
  • started Miel and Mint
  • did a lot of outdoorsy things
  • traveled A LOT
  • got hospitality tickets to Good Wood: Festival of Speed
  • went to a huge live rugby game for the first time (Millennium Stadium)
  • took and passed the interpreter's course
  • made a lot of new friends
  • took a proper voyage for the first time on a massive Stena Line boat
  • learnt to make traditional British Sunday roast
  • did a lot of house hunting (therightmove & zoopla are my besties lol)
  • got more flowers in one year than during the rest of my life before marriage
  • visited hospital quite a lot (no more in 2016, please)
  • had 10 people staying with us over the weekend and managed it all no prob
  • visited Emma Bridgewater factory
  • did a lot more self-reflection than ever before

THE MOVE(S):
Most of you know by now that I have been much been a bit of a citizen of the world. In the last year I moved twice (if you count the very end of 2014). Not just down the road or to a different part of the city. I moved countries. A post on the experience of an ex-pat is coming up soon ;) Even though I've travelled so much, lived in different countries for a few months to up to two years, this is a whole new deal. I am still adjusting to so many things: climate, mentality, food. So there I went from Ukraine to Northern Ireland. And again - Northern Ireland to North West of England. The main thing is that my hubby was and is beside me which made the whole experience easier and more fun. There are still times when we both feel like this is not home. But then again, we are happy together no matter what and know that everything will be clear in the future as to where we should settle down. 


CELEBRATIONS:
2015 was very special because not only we celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary but also my hubby's 30th (he doesn't look a day older than 25). For our anniversary in August we had some amazing plans of possibly going away or simply spending a day together. Unfortunately, there was a situation which made us revisit that idea. We still had a lovely time at our romantic dinner with candles. Few months later in October I planned a huge surprise birthday party for my mister which he enjoyed a lot! Later we went on a trip for a long weekend :)

TRAVEL:
2014 was the year of the wedding and the honeymoon. We went to the US (New York City), then jetted off to Mexico (Cabo San Lucas), then found ourselves in Last Vegas and finally went back again to where it all began - NYC. Not to mention all the things we did! But 2015 sure did keep up. Even though we didn't go to the States last year but we enjoyed some amazing trips: Gran Canaria, London, Wales, Northern Ireland, Poland and Ukraine. Feb, Jun, Aug, Oct and Dec were the busiest and we took 4 to 6 flights each month. The best one has to be GC beach holiday. It was the most relaxing one. Gran Canaria & Amadores Beach are incredible!

LESSONS:
Firstly, twenty fifteen was the first year of being married for me and my hubs. To say it was out of this world is a huge understatement! I learnt so much about him and definitely can say I love my man more and more each day. A friend of mine is 8 months married. She constantly complains how unhappy she is and also says that the first year is the toughest and then it will be ok. Any opinions on that, my married babes? I completely disagree. Being my man's wife is the best thing ever! Secondly, I tried, saw, visited a lot of new things last year. So thankful for new experiences. Finally, last year we had some bad news concerning our friends. One person has gone through chemo and is facing radiotherapy. Another one is in a wheelchair after an unsuccessful spine surgery. Those kind of situations make you think about life and its purpose, put everything in perspective, and, most importantly, increase the prayer life.


People call them different names: resolutions, goals or must-do's. Whatever you call them, if you're serious about what you want to do, you will achieve it no prob. Being a massive to-do lister and planning addict, I can't start a new year without a list of goals (well, technically I do it every month). But I just wanted to say I have already accomplished one of the goals for my blog! I finally went dot com! Woohoo! I also started working on the nav bar so yay to that too :) There are many other blog/personal/work/home related goals that I can write a separate post on if you would like to read it. I am so excited to enter 2016 with Miel and Mint! I am beyond grateful for unlimited kindness you showed me here on my blog in 2015 and keep pouring out in 2016. Thank you and happy new year! 

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  1. So glad to have you back with us, babe! Sounds like you had an awesome, busy time over Christmas! And a really fab year! :) You and your husband look so happy together, honestly, it made me smile just to look at the two of you. x It's so wonderful how you got to travel so much, and now that you've settled down with your other half, it definitely seems like you have lots of new, amazing things to look forward to! My 2015 was a pretty mixed bag, some good things, some bad (starting my blog was definitely one of the highlights, though!). Hoping 2016 will be a little better, me and my boyfriend are planning our big anniversary in Morocco later this year (to celebrate our seven years together), so that's something I'm looking forward to more than anything right now. :) <3 Wishing you all the best, dear, may 2016 bring joy and happiness to you, and I'm looking forward to reading your new, awesome posts! x

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks so much, honey! :) It's lovely to be back to blogging and catching up with other wonderful blogs <3 Thanks super much for your kind words, sweetheart. I honestly feel like I've known you for ages :D So excited for you & your bf - Morocco sounds amazing, such a different country to experience together. Hope your 2016 goes super smoothly and is full of happiness & laughter :) Love ya, girlie!
      xox

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  2. Yeei hooray for the dot com honey! It's so much easier to navigate to a dot com site hehe :)
    Also your year sounds so eventful and full of things so be happy about and thankful for! I also can't get over how amazing your wedding pics are <3 You looks so happy in them and you're such a beauty!
    I hope you've had a great start for the year lovely <3
    Emma xxx

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    1. Thanks so much, my lovely Emma! :) I love your wedding pics as well honey, you & your hubby are just so perfect together. Have a super amazing year & so excited you are going to be in London for a bit - wish we could meet up :)
      Muaaaah!
      xox

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  3. Sounds like a great year!! XX
    Hannah
    http://www.notmycircusblog.com/winter-white/

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    1. It really was, Hannah <3 Hope you had a lovely 2015 & that 2016 will be even better!!
      xox

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  4. I have to disagree with your friend: If the first year of marriage is horrible, what will happen when hard times come? I enjoyed being married to my husband, even though we got married shortly before our daughter arrived, so we were not only adjusting to our life as husband and wife, but to a life as new parents as well. We celebrated out second anniversary in December and will be having our second child in March, and I still love him more every day.
    Happy New Year!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Couldn't agree more - true love just grows stronger (as cheesy as it might sound) :)
      So happy for you & your happy marriage, hon!
      Happy New Year!!
      xox

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful year. Happy New Year!


    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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    1. It was lovely, Liz :) Thanks so much! Happy New Year, girlie <3
      xox

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  6. Oh my goodness! What a busy year! I hope you can relax a little in 2016 and settle into your married life and new home. I am so glad to have connected with you on here and look forward to what you have in store this coming year!

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    1. 2015 really was eventful. I hope we will get a few things sorted in 2016 and will also enjoy time together & more travel :)Very happy to have connected girlie, and yay for 2016 - have a fab year <3
      xox

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  7. So happy you're posting again! <3 Cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store for you. Oh and congrats on the .com too!

    Lois | www.aworthytrend.blogspot.co.uk

    xxx

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    1. Thanks lovely, you're amazing! You are always so supportive :)
      Happy new year and hope you have the most amazing one!! <3
      xox

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  8. Happy 2016 Nadia! May it bring lots of joy, love, health and happiness! Ahhh you and your hubby give me warm fuzzies every time I see photos of you and I also can't wait to see what you do this year! Love you girl! <3

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. Happy new year, Rainbow-Rose!! You're so amazing, so thankful to have connected with you in '15 :) Thanks so much for such sweet words about hubs & myself. Hope you enjoy this year & have a lot of fun. Much love your way!!
      xox

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  9. Happy new year, Nadia! Looks like you had an amazing 2015 and celebrated the end with a bang! Wishing you the best in 2016 :)

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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    1. Happy new year, Jasmine! :) Hope you have the most amazing time in 2016 and even better onward :)
      xox

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  10. Congratulations on you and your hubby's 1 year anniversary, and I wish you many many more! I am getting married next year in March, and I'm glad to hear you have a wonderful marriage. The divorce rate here in the US is no joke...50%! It's scary really, but your story, and other stories of lasting love gives me hope. My fiancé is my best friend and we have been friends for a year and a half before we started dating (before him, I was with someone else who turned out to be a loser and a pathological liar, and started dating someone else less than a week after breaking up). My fiance and I went to NYC, and he proposed to me in Central Park! And we are thinking of having our honeymoon in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Sorry to hear about your friends' chemo, I totally understand how rough it must be because my dad passed away 3 years ago from cancer :( I wish you a wonderful and fabulous New Year!

    Hannah
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    1. Thanks so much, girlie :) I know 1 mln% that we are going to stay together forever (as cheesy as it might sound lol). You just know when it's 'the one' beside you ;)
      Exciting times ahead you hon getting ready for the wedding, make sure to check out my wedding posts babe. I will sure post more ;) My hubby also proposed to me in NYC - on top of the Empire State :) and we had a part of our honeymoon in Mexico woohoo! :)
      So sorry to hear about your loss honey. Much much much love your way & hope your 2016 is a really amazing one <3
      xox

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  11. Your blog is gorgeous! I hope you enjoyed your year, best of luck for the new one!
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    1. Aww thank you Rosie :) Happy new year to you too!! Enjoy it to the fullest!
      xox

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  12. First of all congratulations on going to "dot com" :) I totally agree with you about the change, even tho we might not notice I am sure all of us had some changes in our lives. 2015 could have been better for me, however instead of getting sad about it, I will focus on a new year and try to make things way better:)
    Sounds like you had a really busy 2015 and I hope 2016 will be an amazing year with full of experiences, hun!
    Happy 2016 and I wish you all the best! xx

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    1. Thanks so much, sweet Ela :)
      I'm glad you picked that up, hon. Change is inevitable and it's amazing because we are growing (mentally/spiritually/becoming more "us") ;)
      Definitely take only the best and positive things into 2016 honey. You will have a fab year, I am sure!! :)
      xox

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  13. С новым годом и с первой годовщиной свадьбы)))) хороший был год, пусть 2016 буде еще лучше!!!

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    1. Спасибо огромное, Наташенька!!! 2015-й был хорошим, но и немного стрессовым. Надеемся на суперовый 2016-й ;)
      Всего тебе самого наилучшего в этом году!! <3
      xox

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  14. Beautifully written post, really enjoyed reading through it. So sorry to hear about your friends who are unwell, sending well wishes their way. 2015 sounds like it was a great year for you and I must say I'm rather jealous of all the places you've been lol! Hope 2016 is another fantastic year for you and your husband.
    By the way a HUGE congrats on the new blog link!!

    Love Hannah xx

    hannahhawes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, lovely Hannah :) And really appreciate your kind thoughts about our friends.
      We hope to travel more this year wooohoo :) Praying it's a lovely, peaceful and smooth year <3
      Hope you have a super wonderful year, honey!!!
      xox

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  15. I loved reading this! You speak so lovingly about your husband; it was beautiful to read! Girl, I wish you a great, amazing 2016!
    WritingMonique

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    1. Aww thank you, Monique :) I might sound super cheesy, but he means the world to me :)
      Thanks so much for lovely wishes!! Have a fabulous year, sweetie!
      xox

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  16. Wow you had a great year Nadia! Bring on 2016. Gemma xx
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. 2015 was great and somewhat stressful hon. Thankful for everything that happened and excited for 2016 :) Praying it will be a great year! Have a really wonderful 2016 hon!
      xox

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  17. your wedding picture is gorgeous, I can't wait to see what 2016 brings the blog!

    http://xoxobella.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Bella :) I am also really excited to see how 2016 treats Miel and Mint - I am sure it will be a great year ;)
      xox

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  18. You've done a lot over the past year- and I must say you're wedding pic is so lovely. This was a great post, it's definitely important to reflect and realize how grateful and lucky we are in life especially when things are constantly changing.
    Congrats on your new .com website!
    Can't wait to see more in 2016 :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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    1. Thanks so much, girlie. There are just so many things to be grateful for :) Hope 2016 is going to be amazing every single day ;) Have a fab year, hon!!
      xox

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  19. Wow - this year has been real eventful for you! Even though nothing is ever perfect it seems like you've focused on the good and experienced many amazing things - and amazing travels! And making the blog a dot com - something I think it might be time for me to do as well! ;) Can I also say that your wedding photo is BEAUTIFUL! Hope your 2016 will be amazing -you deserve it!

    Filippa ⎮ Always a Dot

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    1. Thanks lovely, you are so right. 2015 was eventful and amazing but it did have its challenges and difficult times. It's important to bring only the happy thoughts into the new year ;) Awww thanks for your kindness, babe. Have a really amazing 2016!! <3
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  20. Happy New Year gorgeous! I have been on a break and really missed your blog! So glad that I am back and ready to catch up!

    First, congrats girl on the dotcome change. I need to do that as well. Any helpful tips send it my way.

    Also, what a year it has been for you!! Can't wait to read great posts on your blog this year! Also, we need to collaborate! That is something that I would love to do! :)

    Hope you are having a great week hun!
    xx Arwa | cremerose.blogspot.com

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    1. Happy new year, my lovely Arwa! :)
      Glad you're here, hon ;)
      I am thankful for whatever happened in 2015 and definitely hoping for a great year! ;) Hope you have the most amazing time in 2016, sweetie! I agree on the collab - we absolutely must ;)
      xox

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  21. such a nice recap! have a happy and successful 2016!


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    1. Thanks so much, Sabina ;) Have a really lovely 2016, girlie!
      xox

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  22. Loving this end of the year recap so much Nadia :) So happy for you and all of the wonderful things that you've accomplished this past year <3 And your wedding photo is just gorgeous. It's so heartwarming, and you and your husband look very in love. Wishing you all the best for 2016! :D

    XO, Elizabeth
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    1. Happy new year, lovely Elizabeth :) 2015 has been a bit of everything but it's nice to thing about all the positive and happy moments it brought :) Have a very happy 2016, sweetie!!
      xox

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  23. huge congratulations on your .Com! I have been away over the past few weeks too so glad I havent missed out on too much :) Really loved this post, the photo on your wedding day is just beautiful, you really did achieve so much in 2015 :) hopefully you can give us some advice on house hunting this year, as it is a complete nightmare lol :)

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, sweetie! :) I am glad you're here, and I need to get back to a proper posting schedule, don't I ;) I will sure try and give you a bit of advice on that, hon. It's not easy though, and we are actually moving again in a few months!
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  24. I can't wait until you do your expat article as I am myself a French girl living en England. Your blog is really nice.
    Have a happy 2016,

    Mika from La French Connection

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    1. I will make sure to share it, girlie. Thanks so much for leaving such a sweet comment :) How are you doing in England? Have you adapted no prob? :)
      Happy new year, Mika!!
      xox

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  25. You had such a full year!! I hope 2016 is absolutely magical for you!

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    1. It really had been a big year, hon.
      Thanks, girlie. Have a really great 2016!! ;)
      xox

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  26. Happy new year, 2015 definitely has its ups and downs, all in all it wa a good year. Wishing you a better 2016
    Itsdivadiaries.com

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    1. Thanks girlie!! Hoping 2016 will be super happy! :)
      Wishing you a really lovely year, hon!
      xox

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  27. Where do I even start with the comments on this ?!?! I had no idea you moved so much .. It must has been hectic baby girl!! . I'm happy you are in the North West now .. You're closer to me!! Let's hope you don't have any hospital visits this year .. They are never nice :( ... Also you had quite a few holidays you lucky thing !! You and your hubby are also adorable .. Love the pictures of you ! Funnily enough I actually threw a surprise party for my hubby too!! You've literally had such a busy year .. I wish you the best for 2016.. And can we just meet up already!??? (Haha!!)
    Lots of love girly !!
    Saira
    www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
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    1. It really was an eventful year, hon! So much has happened and we are yet to move again but will stick around North West for now ;) Hope you have the best year, hon! 2016 is going to be amazing <3 Lots of luv your way!
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  28. Wow! You have definitely been a busy bee in 2015! Best of luck for 2016 and all it may bring!

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    1. It was such an eventful year, girlie! Thanks so much, and hope you have a lovely 2016!! ;)
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  29. Nadia, where do I begin with this! I loved reading this post, it brought a smile to my face, tears to my eyes reading about your friends, whom I sincerely pray they get better because everyone deserves the best and seeing that picture of and your husband melted my heart! It was such a beautiful read and you definitely have been a super busy person in 2015, and I hope you have a lovely 2016. By the way, I've tagged you in The Lip Product Addict Tag, hope that's okay ♥

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, honey, really appreciate your sweet message and your prayers for our friends <3
      2015 sure was really busy and a bit of everything, but at the same time a great and happy year. Will check out the tag asap honey, thanks so much ;)
      Happy new year, lovely! Hope you have a magical one <3
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  30. I LOOOVE THIS POST, HON! I don't know, can you write for me? I think your blog is something that I would read over and over without ever getting tired!You should be a writer, I'd buy all your books hahaha.
    I'm glad that you have a good year, that you celebrated your first year anniversary with your hubby (congrats on that!), that you travelled a lot and that you had good memories! I wish you came to Valencia instead of Gran Canaria so I could have met you (but well, it's nice knowing that you have a great time enjoying the beautiful and sunny beaches of Spain).
    I hope 2016 brings you even greater moments and lots of joy, 'cause girlie, you deserve all of that!
    Lots of love from your Spanish blondie friend, I wish you the best!

    Sel♥
    selenaponcestyle.blogspot.com.es

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  31. Just saying hello from Twitter!
    Congratulations on your first of being (happily) married! I hope you have wonderful 2016, and that your friend will get better xxx

    - Anne @ annesmiles

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  32. I agree with your friend, the first year of married life is usually the toughest, but most get through it. I started my blog too at 2015. Good luck on your 2016!

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  33. Sometimes it's good to take some time off and really be able to rewind and get away from social media for a bit! I know that I need to do that more often and stop being on my phone all the time... haha is was Chase says:p. It sounds like you had a really great/busy year! I seriously ADORE your wedding photo hair and I know I already said that on instagram, but it's so perfect. So happy to be able to catch up on your blog! Always love reading your posts:). Congrats on the dot com!!

    Wishing u the best for 2016 Nadia!:-)

    www.wunderbliss.com

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  34. Sounds like a great year- you did so much! I love this kind of post, reflecting on a year is always a good way of putting things in perspective and working out what goals you want to work towards next! Best of luck for 2016, I'll be following!
    Kirsty x
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  35. Sounds like a great year! I can't believe you just started Miel and Mint last 2015! Happy 2016!

    Love, Richel. | Richel Goes Places

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  36. Hey beautiful, sorry I haven't commented for a while but it's been really hectic recently! I want to write you a comment telling you how relaxed I finally am as to reading your blog! I always have/will love reading your posts because the way you make me feel like I'm a part of the whole journey. I adore your writing style.

    Congratulations on the .com! I have seen your blog change a lot and I must say it's looking VERY professional and beautiful as ever. I really LOVE your little side bar with the info in ;)

    You're year seems to have been very busy and once again Congratulations on your 1 year wedding anniversary! I wish you both a very happy and loved life together. I love travelling so I am VERY jealous of your travelling ;D I say go out and live the life that makes you happy hun!

    I am so proud of how far you have achieved and I KNOW you will achieve so much more in 2016! I know the future will be very bright for you and you will always have my best wishes with you. I am very happy that you started blogging and I found your blog because we are very mind-like people and I love how down to earth you are! I wish you all the best for the future babe!

    Love you lots,
    Ramsha | Rose
    xxx

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  37. Happy New Year dear, best wishes for you and your blog! kisses

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