2016 – a Recap

Happy New Year! Here we go for 2017, another year, 365 new opportunities for each and everyone of us.

I am very excited for the new year and I have sooo many plans and new years resolutions. Most of them are on an emotional and very pesonal level but there is at least one new years resolution that I will share with you here on the blog… wait for that 😀

Today, I want to take a look back at 2016. It was quite a year! One of the most intense years of my life, I think. I opened up my very own business, a whole new blog, I celebrated my baby girls first birthday, and I had to somehow learn how to balance out work, love, baby girl, blog, friends, etc. I came across more obstacles and difficulties than ever before in my life; and I conquered them all. I grew and learned and grew and learned even more. I am very happy with my 2016, however, I am looking forward to a new year with less stress.

Here we go with a little recap.

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2016 started off with a challenge: My no empty calories challenge. For one year I decided not to eat any refined sugars, any white flour, anything artificial. Basically anything which is empty calories without any or without many nutrients. So in 2016 I ate a pretty strict whole food plant based diet meaning only whole foods, veggies, fruits, whole wheat breads, beans and legumes, etc. I will make a seperate post about how the challenge went by next week; however I will spoiler a litte: it was the best decision EVER!

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I February I discoverd my love for PASTELS a love affair which ever grew since. I was still blogging on my old blog by the time and I was not sure wheter to continue blogging or not since I somehow was’nt really happy with my blog by the time. Also, I did not really have a topic for my blog and I felt lost in the bloggersphere and did not really know where to go.

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In March I spent a week in Denmark which was really good to get some time off everything. I was already working for my own company by the time, but it was’nt really public yet. It was my last holiday in which I did not have to check work emails every day and I really enjoyed it.

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In March I also shared a what I eat in a day  post which was actually my most popular post ever! I guess I should make another one of those sometime soon…

In April, finally, I made a decision concerning my blog and I launched Conscious Lifestyle of Mine. Choosing the name meant choosing a topic for my blog and all the blogger problems I had in the previous couple of months suddenly dissapeared. For the blog I wanted to concentrate on living a conscious lifestyle, meaning a more sustainable lifestyle. With just one click blogging was fun again and I enjoy it more than ever since I launched my new blog.

To me personally, my new blog was one of the most important decisions of the year – and one of the best 🙂

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In May early Summer arrived and got excited about wearing a few of my favorite wardrove pieces, such as my culottes.

I also shared a post about how to get back in shape after pregnancy right after my little girls first birthday. Eating a whole food plant based diet, it was very easy for me to get back in shape. Even today, my weight is less than before pregnancy (62 kilo before pregnany, 59 kilo now). I easily ate around 3000 kalories a day when I was breastfeeding full time and I still eat A LOT (I know it is a lot because everyone keeps telling me that 😀 ) however, I eat healthy and no saturated fats (animals) and no oils – which makes it sooo easy to feel and look great.

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In May I also spent a weekend in the Alpes to visit a yoga center there. I had a wonderful weekend and loads of time to relax, calm down and think about everything that happend in 2016 so far. I really enjoyed every of these small getaways where I got the chance to recap, to review, and to look back at what happend in the past few months – with my growing business, with my husband, my baby, my personality etc.

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June was all about getting ready for Summer and also about reviewing the first 6 months of the year. I shared a post about how my no empty calories challenge went so far and I made plans for the next 6 months on the blog. I had quite a few topics ready that I wanted to share.

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In July I extended the topic if my blog to a (to me) very important direction: avoiding plastics my household. Until then a conscious lifestyle to me was one in which I do eat a vegan diet (for the planet, for the animals, for the health) and in which I do not shop from bad brands which are exploiting their employees, such as H&M, ZARA, Sheinside etc.

However, that was not enough. Going zero plastic or rather less plastic was an important step to me, and I began sharing my thoughts and everything I learned on the blog starting in July.

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In one of my first no plastic posts, I shared different options for organic plastic free sun screen and I am still so happy that I found the butterbean organics sunscreen at monomeer.de because it truely safed us during our stay in the Phillipines.

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August was still all about how to avoid plastic and I was sooo excited about everything I learned during this time of the year.

Of course I also continued sharing my all second hand outfits to (hopefully) inspire others that you do not need new clothes all the time to look nice. Buying second hand is such a great way to reduce your carbon footprint!

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In September I jumped all into FAIR FASHION. After having bought almost exclusively second hand for two years, I felt like I needed something new from time to time anyway. That was the moment where I began discovering all those awesome fair fashion brands out there. My very first fair fashion post featured a shirt from ThokkThokk which still is one of my favorite basic shirts.

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In October I visited the Phillipines and spent a magical week on the island Boracay. We went there to celebrate my husband’s best friend’s wedding and we had a wonderful time. The trip was definetly of the highlights of 2016.

Before leaving to the Phillipines my husband and I got on a little getaway to the small town of Goslar to celebrate our 7 years anniversary. We had perfect weekend there.

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November was all about Fair Fashion Fall looks. Personally, I felt more relaxed and comfortable from November on. Work went well, the big trip to the Phillipines was over (I was nervous about flying long distance with the little one beforehand…), I got more used to my new life as a working mum, got a good my work-life balance, and just pretty much everything ran smoother from November on 🙂

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December, of course, was all about getting ready for Christmas. I shared my first ethical Christmas gift guide and a few other Christmas related posts. I was extremely busy with my business in December but somehow I rarely ever felt stressed. I felt like things were falling into place and I felt pretty great throughout the entire month.

For the last bit of the year, I took a small break from blogging and social media and enjoyed spending time with my family; we spent Christmas eve at our place and travelled to visit my husband’s family afterwards. I had the most beautiful, relaxing days!

Even though this year was busy and sometimes hectic, I felt as down to earth and balanced as probably never before towards the end of the year. I am super ready for 2017 and I cannot wait for all the adventures to come.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  1. Nataly KireiKana
    Januar 2, 2017 / 12:58 am

    Great year!
    Have even greater in 2017!
    KireiKana

  2. Amy Ann
    Januar 2, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Loved watching your blog grow and change over this year. I am always inspired by your commitment to health and wellness!

  3. Januar 2, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    Schöner JahresrĂŒckblick liebes! Ich freue mich schon auf gemeinsame Treffen und Unterhaltungen im neuen Jahr! FĂŒhl dich gedrĂŒckt :*

  4. Tamara
    Januar 2, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    Looks like you had a quite exciting year! I hope 2017 will be even more exciting!

    Happy new year!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  5. Januar 2, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Hört sich ganz danach an als hÀttest du wirklich ein spannendes Jahr gehabt. Mit vielen Herausforderungen und neuen Erlebnissen.

    Ich bin ja nicht ganz so strikt was die ErnĂ€hrung angeht, aber ich kann dich sehr gut verstehen. Mir geht’s mit meine Änderungen auch sehr gut und möchte es nicht mehr anders machen.

    Nein. Ich bin hauptberuflich Fotografin und selbstĂ€ndig. Ich mache nichts anderes. Aber ich war zu Besuch und der Chef hat dann plötzlich Wochenendarbeit angeordnet. Entsprechend waren die PlĂ€ne auf Eis gelegt und ich hab dann auch am Laptop gearbeitet. 😉

  6. Januar 2, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    I’m glad you had a wonderful and successful year! I have enjoyed following your blog and your journey towards a sustainable lifestyle, I find it very inspiring! I hope 2017 brings all kinds of great things your way!

  7. Januar 2, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    Wow! What a jam packed year 2016 was! I have been reading your blog for at least six months I think but until you created this roundup, I hadn’t realised how much you had shared and published. Congratulations on setting up your own business, maintaining this wonderful blog and balancing that with being a mum! I can only imagine what a long haul flight would be like with a little one. Here’s to 2017! If it is anything like 2016 I think you’re in store for a good year 🙂

  8. Januar 3, 2017 / 2:09 am

    I enjoyed reading your post darling! Visiting your blog is always inspiring!
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    Follow @remisabbah on Instagram for more wanderlust

  9. Januar 3, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    2016 was also a year of ups and downs for me, too, and from what I’m reading around, it seems to have been the same with nearly everyone. So, I’m looking forward to a much more joy filled 2017! I think it’s awesome that you made a diet challenge and actually stuck with it! So many people make resolutions that are diet and exercise related, but never follow through, so you should feel very accomplished! Also, congrats on starting your owning business! May this year be filled with MUCH success in all you do, as well as great health, plenty of joy, peace, and love! Thanks so much for sharing this recap with us and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  10. Januar 3, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Gratulation, liebe Rosa Larissa Klara! Da hast Du 2016 wirklich mÀchtig viel auf die Beine gestellt und man sieht es Dir jetzt wirklich an, wie Du bei Dir angekommen bist. Ich finde es einfach toll, wie konsequent Du das durchziehst, was Du Dir vorgenommen hast und dass Du entsprechend wirklich ein Vorbild bist. Schön, dass ich Dich zumindest virtuell kenne!
    Weiterhin den verdienten Erfolg <3
    Ein wunderbares Neues Jahr fĂŒr Dich!
    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  11. Januar 3, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    What a great post,it was a great year for you and your blogâ˜ș2016 was good to me too,of course because of my wedding,but then also because changing my eating habits and starting a healthy lifestyle with working out and everything good,also spiritual levelâ˜ș I feel really good after this past year and I hope I’m still going to evolve like that. Have you tried to make potatoe dumplings already?I’m going to make vegan chocolate energy balls,cos Im so into chocolate this daysâ˜ș Have a lovely evening,hugsâ˜șâ˜șâ˜ș

  12. Januar 4, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Happy new year to you! It seems like you have had a fantastic 2016 🙂
    <3

  13. Amy Arnold
    Januar 19, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Such a great year for you! I have enjoyed following along.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style