Things I Left In 2017

I’ve seen a lot of really positive posts about how well 2017 has gone for people, and I have to say it’s not been a bad year for me either. It’s been unexpected, definitely-losing my job in July and then going freelance wasn’t ever my plan, but I’m so glad I made that leap-and I’ll definitely be building on my 2017 successes in 2018. Hell, I even launched my own business, Laura Haley Photography, which is fantastic for me. But, there are also some things I left in 2017.

Fake friends

Two people I thought I was really close to have disappeared out of my life in 2017. I say disappeared-they’d probably describe things differently. What actually happened is I realised I was doing all the chasing in the friendship. I was the one organising that cup of tea, sending the first text all the time, inviting them to things-and they were the ones who cancelled, every single time. I decided that if someone was telling me with their actions that I wasn’t important to them, maybe I should listen, and so stopped chasing them. I’ve not heard from either for months, throughout my birthday and Christmas I didn’t even get a text. Message received loud and clear. Fake friends are definitely things I left in 2017.

Self doubt

At the beginning of 2017 I went to watch a photographer do a studio shoot, saying ‘it’ll be good learning for me but I’ll never be shooting people, I’m just not good enough’. Now I have my own photography business and I AM shooting people, regularly, including second shooting a wedding (my biggest fear!) at the end of 2017. I am leaving self doubt in 2018. I can do whatever I want to do, and I will smash it photography wise this year. Self doubt is definitely one of the things I left in 2017.

a girl with blonde hair and a white shirt looking in a mirror on a pink wall

Money worries

This is completely a hangover from the losing my job and going freelance days-since July I’ve always, in the back of my mind, been worrying about money. My car insurance, road tax and MOT were all due in December and I didn’t know what they’d cost, and that was stressful. Now that’s over, I’m planning a no (well, very low!) spend January and February so I can save as much as possible, to put myself back into a position where I have savings. Yep, money worries can stay in 2o17.

What did you leave in 2017?



  1. January 15, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    Sounds like you made some good decisions in 2017. I left behind beating myself up about things and it felt good!

  2. Rachel
    January 15, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    Sounds like positive 2017! I’ve found that I have a few people that I seem to contact buy not the other way around. I’m slowly realising that these in fact are not friends.

  3. January 16, 2018 / 10:43 am

    Good luck with your photography this year, it sounds like you are doing well. I hope 2018 is great year for you with true friends and less money worries x

  4. January 16, 2018 / 11:32 am

    Sound all very positive . There is loads I’d like to leave in 2017 but I have a feeling some of it will follow into 2018, that I supppose is life!

  5. January 16, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    Great post! I’ve definitely left self-doubt and negativity in 2017. What’s the point, like?

  6. January 16, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    I left fake people, money and work worries and self doubt behind in 2017. Here’s to an amazing 2018.

  7. Kirsty
    January 16, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Sounds like you have left some things behind that definitely don’t deserve a second thought! Good luck with 2018! X

  8. January 16, 2018 / 11:46 pm

    Great idea for a post. I too have left behind fake friends. I just don’t have time to mess around trying to make others happy anymore

  9. January 17, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    It sounds like you’ve made some healthy choices for 2018. Good luck with the wedding shot

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