2016 Highlights: Everything I Have Achieved

As this will be the last post for the year I thought I would hop on the bandwagon of reflecting on the year I’ve had. 2016 has proven to be such a turning point for my life – an abundance of exciting experiences have been thrown at me, people have come and gone (mostly for the better) and I’ve had some positive self introspective moments that have helped me understand myself better this last year. I’ve made huge life changing decisions and travelled to so many new places and made so many new friends that I wonder how I survived so many years without these people in my life. Whilst not everything in my life is sunshine and puppies, disappointments and heartbreaks were rife, setbacks have happened but the encouraging part of that is valuable lessons have been learnt.

Helen Chik Sunglass Hut  Whippets Christmas   Chichen Itza


So what is it that I’ve done this year you say? What’s happened this year? Let me give you the list of my top 10.

1. Crossed off Mexico on my list of places that I’ve always wanted to visit and spent my birthday swimming in the most amazing natural cenotes in the Yucatan province and exploring the grounds of Chichen Itza. Helen Chik Boyfriend

2. I’ve met the most amazing and supportive partner that I could ever wish for who has moved states to be with me – both him and his two precious whippets. I’ve also spent an amazing Christmas and holiday season with him in Bali chasing waterfalls and fiery sunsets.

3. Quit my job and left my life in the corporate finance industry and chosen a path of being my own boss.

4. Worked with some amazing brands that I would have only dreamt about otherwise – Grazia, Estee Lauder, Cointreau and Sunglass Hut to name a few.

5. Been to the snow for the first time this winter and attended my first Melbourne Cup.

6. Finalized my divorce that ironically happened in the same week as I attended a wedding and watched a new couple enter a new stage of their blossoming relationship. What was more surprising is that I couldn’t be happier where I am at the moment in my personal life despite being able to class myself as a divorcee.

Helen Chik Estee Lauder Modern Muse7. Attended my first fashion week and what an experience it was trying to juggle that with full time work and fumbling my way through an impromptu SBS interview.
Read about it here.

8. Been a key speaker at three events and conquering my innate fear of public speaking. Yes it’s true, I’m a glossophobic – I am deathly afraid of speaking in front of a group of strangers. And as Jerry Seinfield puts it – according to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.


Helen Chik Grazia Grand Central Rachel Sharp


9. Been featured in one of my favorite magazines as a teenage girl – Girlfriend!

10. Receiving the continued support of such an incredible community of friends!


I can’t stress enough how grateful I am of the continued support that everyone around me continues to provide me. This year has been one to remember and I am so incredibly excited for what lies ahead in 2017!! 


Helen Chik Sri Pan Wa Phuket


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Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • Yuena

    You look amazing!! and so happy!! I hope 2017 will bring you even more happiness!

    With love,

  • Mariann Yip

    Wow what an amazing year 2016 has been for you! I am so glad you were able to quit your job and be your own boss as that is something I want to achieve next year. You looks so happy and can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for you!

  • wow what an amazing year this has been for you! Glad to see you happy with your partner! And props to quitting your job to do what you love! This is such a great step!

    I wish you even more success for the upcoming new year darling!

    Bisous, Josie


  • snappedbygracie

    You have had an amazing year. It can be a scary leap to quit a job & make a change. So congrats on all of your success ! Cheers to 2017 being even better !

  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    Haha, this post really made me smile, Helen! Happy fucking New Year to you too! The fact that public speaking is worse than death strikes one as absurd, but at the same time, if you would have asked me, that would have been my answer as well. I’ve overcome my fear of public speaking to quite a large extent, but there’s always room for practice. As recently as a year ago I would have fainted merely by the idea of it.
    Once again, have a great New Years!


  • wooooow. it’s always nice when you look back and you see success!!!


  • Nadia

    I couldn’t be more happy for you, girl!! So proud of you as to where you are now and how far you have come!! Well done!! The main thing is, apart from all the accomplishments, is the key word you used – HAPPY! I think that sort of beats everything else’s butt 🙂 I have a really good feeling about 2017 – it’s going to be a very happy & amazing year!!! 🙂
    xox Nadia

  • You have had such a great year! This post almost made me cheer outloud for you and you’ve done some great things, which can only mean that it gets better from here. It’s great to see a blogger succeeding in life and you’ve done a great job this year! Have an amazing year!
    Jordan xx

  • A very happy new year to you, you kickass, beautiful, awesome babe!!! I wish you all the best and continued success for 2017!!

    xoxo, Jo

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR to you HELEN CHIX CHICK! So glad that 2016 wrapped up well for you 🙂 You look amazing and can’t wait to read about your exciting adventures in 2017! YOU GO CHICK!

    xx Aldora
    http://www.AldoraMuses.com | BeautyBedazzled.blogspot.com

  • That’s a hell of a year girl. You look amazing and the year sounded incredible. I had no idea you were married before. You sure look super young. Getting rid of the bad and embracing the new and exciting is the way to do it. 🙂 I hope 2017 is the best year for you yet! Happy Fucking New Year!


  • You make me so proud Helen! Seriously my goals! So glad that you were able to get through your struggles and also enjoy life this year 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for you babe xoxo, sharon


  • So proud of all of your accomplishments! Wish you the best in 2017!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly | http://www.stylemissmolly.com

  • As I read through your list of key events of 2016, wow girl you went through A LOT! I’m happy for you that you were able to accomplish so much 🙂 Wishing you even more success and happiness in the new year! Thanks always for the sweet comments you leave on my blog <3

  • Dang girl you have done SO much this year. You’ve accomplished major things and gotten farther than I’m sure you expected. You’re a huge inspiration to me in the upcoming year to seriously get my ish together and make things happen! Can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for you, gorgeous! Happy New Year!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  • Deddeh Howard

    Yes!! This is what I call amazing. I’m so proud and happy for you. The sky is your limit, 2017 with be amazing girl! Happy New Year. ????

  • Gina Diaz

    You look so amazing and happy! i love this vibes sweetie, wishing you a wonderful new year 2017!

    love, Gina



    Hello Helen!!
    I feel a lot of vibrant positive energy in your thoughts. Thanks for tell us your review,,it was great.
    Eva from Italy

  • Great post!! Positive energy is what I love to read! Thanks for sharing!

    Amber / http://www.loveambervictoria.com

  • Wow your list of accomplishments sounds so well rounded and adventurous! I would be proud of this list babe. Despite what seem like difficult challenges, you really seem to have bounced back and surged forward. Glad to see your happy life up front and center on the blog. And know that you’re living life to the fullest. Good luck in 2017!

    xx Yasmin


  • Linh Dao

    Omg your list is amazing! I wish I am able to quit my job and work for myself like you and many more travels! I wish you the best for next year too!


  • this sounds like such a beautiful year!! cheers to an even better one in 2017!!!

    Frank Vinyl : A California Fashion Blog

  • Bernice Abuan

    You’ve had a fantastic year Helen and have made so many accomplishments! I can’t wait to get you on board with a campaign at work xx


  • Jennifer Quattrucci

    This is truly amazing and unbelievably inspiring!!! I don’t even know where to begin…. Mexico, meeting an amazing partner, quitting your job, working with amazing brands, surviving and being at peace with a divorce…. congratulations! Wishing you all the best in the new year !!

  • You always make me laugh. I cannot believe you accomplished so much in a year! I’m happy for you to have found an amazing (and handsome) partner and have such a good perspective on all the experiences you’ve had. You’re going to accomplish great things babe!

    Love, Liz

  • Candace

    You’re so amazing Helen! You and your boo make the most perfect couple. I only hope that I can follow in your footsteps one day soon of being my own boss 🙂


  • Brittney

    What an amazing year ????????

    – Brittney

  • Camille Lenore Nichelini

    I think my favorite is #3…you became your own boss. That is the ultimate goal of mine so major props to you!

  • Sounds like you’ve had a great year lovely. Well done on working for yourself and meeting you new man. You look amazing together.

    X Hayley

  • EverestSays

    That sounds like an amazing year Helen!!! You deserve every bit of success and fun you had in the year!

    Much love from Singapore,

  • Miss Finny

    I love the pics you chose ???? And I wish you all the best for 2017! You go girl ????????

  • Happy New Year! Sounds like last year was quite a year for you! May 2017 bring us all health, happiness and boundless adventures!

  • Happy New Year! Congrats on everything that happened in 2016, it sounds like you had a wonderful year! I hope 2017 is just as amazing for you.



  • Haha I love this post! Congrats on many of your FIRSTS and finalizing on the bad things. I’m so proud of you for the things you’ve accomplished and how far you’ve taken your blog career! Happy 2017!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  • Michelle Sun

    Helen, I LOVED reading your top ten highlights of 2016! <3 I am also afraid of public speaking, but one of my huge long-term goals as an aspiring full-time lifestyle blogger is to speak on a panel with other influencers one day! 🙂 I admire you so much for quitting your job to chase the girl boss life, as I am doing the same! Cheers to 2017 and I just KNOW you have a wonderful year ahead of you!

    – Michelle Sun

  • This Post is Amazing Helen:) So Happy for you:)
    You look Amazing as Always:)
    How was your New Years Eve?
    Wish you Happy New Year;)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina

  • jacqueline

    You’ve done so much! I love that you quit your job and pursued your passion. You’ve done so much! You’re truly aspirational!

  • Happy New Year!! Such great accomplishments babe. Congrats!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

  • Natalia Kopocinski

    Happy new year gorgeous
    You have achieved so much because you shine bright and are truly yourself plus you work hard at what you love which is so important.
    I’m so glad you have found someone that’s supports who you are.
    May 2017 be the best yet!
    P.s i love the image of you for the perfume perfect.

  • Tandya

    Wow girl! What a year! I’m so happy for you! You’re coming in hot for 2017! I love that you quit your corporate job to do something that you love!

    Happy new year!

  • Amanda Smith

    What a full year girl! 2017 is going to be amazing! I’ve enjoyed following your journey the past couple months and it was nice to learn some new things about you in this post!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  • Paula

    Wow seems like you’ve had an amazing year dear! Here’s to another great year for you! Happy new year and all the best! xx, Paula

  • Happy fucking new year indeed! You definitely went on some amazing trips in 2016!!


  • maggie

    Happy New Year indeed Helen! It sounds like you went through a lot especially with the whole divorce situation. I can’t imagine how terrible that must’ve been, but you rose above it all and conquered it like a boss! Cheers to a new year and I can’t wait to read all about your new adventures!

    Maggie S.

  • You are such an inspiration quitting your corporate job and doing your blog and styling adventures full time! I love how positive you’re being about your divorce- your gorgeous new boyfriend certainly shows that there is something better when everything goes wrong 🙂 I’m so desperate to go to that swimming spot in Mexico, I remember seeing your video on Instagram and showing my boyfriend being like ‘we NEED to go here!!’. Wishing you the best 2017 my lovely and hope to catch up with you at Fashion Week or some other event 🙂

    Rachel xx

  • Happy new year. It was a lovely read and I am so glad you are at a great place. Kudos to you in having the courage to quite your job and be your own boss. Loved your pics too

  • Virna Gambini

    Your 2016 was pure fire!
    I’m so happy for all you’ve accomplished! You’re incredible! And be your own boss is always the best choice!
    One thing I didn’t know is that you were married! Hope your new BF is the perfect match for you, you deserve to be happy 🙂
    I wish you an even better 2017!

  • It’s been such an important year for you, Helen! It takes courage to quit your job and start your own business and I’m so proud of you doing so! Wishing you all the luck and success possible in 2017!!!

    I also love the photos in this post – especially your travel shots and the image of your puppies wearing Christmas clothes – these are so adorable!


  • wow so much achievement in 2016! Alot of people complain about their year its nice to see someone who truly appreciates it and had a great year! Im glad you’ve found your guy and your divorced is settled. It must be hard but wow you’re an inspiration girl.


  • Kayla

    This was definitely a hell of a year for you! Bali is definitely on my travel bucket list. I am completely with you when it comes to public speaking, I still haven’t quite conquered that one yet. lol I hope you have an even more amazing 2017 and much success! Muahz!

  • Julia Comil

    Love this story! I have a similar story too and hope to make it like you in 2017! Have a great year

  • Lacey Wall

    I’m so happy you shared this Helen! I can relate to so many of the rewarding and not so rewarding challenges you went thru this past year. But, releasing the things that no longer serve us will benefit us tremendously in the year to come! So happy for all your achievements this year. Here’s to an unforgettable year in 2017!

    Much love,
    Lacey | http://WWW.STATEOFLACE.COM

  • Alexandra Chloe

    Okay…so jealous of your year…sounds way better than mine! Congratulations on all your achievements, i’m so happy you were able to cross off so much off your list!

  • Atsuna Matsui

    You’re such goals babe! I’m so glad that I stumbled across your Instagram last year and just following along seeing your grow as a blogger. I hope you further your creative endeavors for 2017 and really expand your growth as a blogger and social media influencer. 🙂


  • Laura Albouy

    Looks like you had a pretty amazing year! I wish you the best in 2017.

  • Happy New Year! That was quite a year for you! Wishing you better things to come in 2017!!!

    xoxo, Cinddie

  • Girl I applaud every single point you made – you are a true warrior!! Thank you for being so honest with your posts every time. It’s no wonder you attract so many amazing friends, brands, and partners alike!! I’m a little late to this post, but cheers to you babe on an amazing new year ahead! 2017 is YOUR year!! Happy new year gorgeous!!! 🙂

    xo Soo | http://www.BrownEyedToast.com

  • Nicole Ballardini

    Really enjoyed this post and all the amazing things you achieved in 2016! Well done darling!
    Nicky x

  • Wow! So many great accomplishments babe! Congrats!

    Here’s to 2017!

    Brenda xx

  • Love this – congrats on a fab year, must be so lovely to look back on this! x


  • Amanda Sorenson

    i love this!! Congrats babe, sounds like you had a wonderful year in review! I hope 2017 is even better than the last


  • Sounds like you were in for a very exciting New Year!

  • Marcy Yu

    Looks like you have such a great year babe and the best is yet to come!! Wish you the best

  • Nicole Lark

    Love it!! Love that you’ve embraced even the difficulties as lessons, so have I! What a total whilwind year it was! Congrats for all your achievements and wishing you an amaaaazing 2017 xx