Coming over so very unexpectedly… 2016 will mark my 20th birthday. It seems that only a week ago I’ve started my second year at uni, and here we are, a time of changes is coming. Changes everyone is hoping for… Although this year seemed so short, looking back, I can see joy, achievements, struggle, and quite frankly, life. To me, it seems as if I live super independently. At a glance, 2015 appears as a year of constant work. However, although pleasure comes in second place, my year was great. Hard, SURELY, but great.
My greatest moments and lessons from 2015…
♥ I took 13 safe flights (airport fanatic)
♥ Successfully achieved 1st honors in my degree despite doubting myself
♥ I rode my bicycle and walked wherever I could
♥ I read 7 books (which actually strike a spark in my eyes) getting me closer to my desired number of 10!
♥ Visited 7 countries this year!
♥ Worked for my own expenses and did not ask my parents for help (this makes me so proud I want to scream!!)
♥ I became a course representative at my uni!
♥ Improved my eating habits! (a little, haha!)
♥ Successfully completed my GGA French! (I am so rusty!)
♥ Stopped buying excessive nail polish and make-up! (YES!!!)
♥ Learned to budget and not stress about the money
♥ Met new people and engaged in new, positive friendships
♥ Became 19 years old. ah.
♥ Reduced my obsession with Netflix! (until exams are done:P)
♥ Drank 11% beer in Bruges
♥ STARTED MY OWN BLOG!!!
♥ Ate dried insects for the first time
♥ Got a new job – someone finally believed in me!
♥ Started learning Italian, finally!!!
♥ People walk out of your life, let them go if it’s draining you
♥ Love is tough, and hard work
♥ Long distance relationships WORK
♥ Minimalism is a great way of life… Achieve it this year!
♥ Travelling is my absolute passion. I can’t imagine a life without it
♥ Being good to people is gratifying and rewarding, stay kind
♥ Money is NOT everything
♥ Put yourself first
♥ Work hard.
♥ Don’t take up too many things – negative pressure gets too tough
♥ YOU have the power to be happy at any point in your life. It’s your responsibility and choice!
♥ Keep in touch with hometown friends
♥ Wake up earlier every day of the week (before 9:30 a.m.)
♥ Work out at least once a week (gotta go back to my happy gym life someday!)
♥ Allow yourself a technological detox day once a week
♥ Travel to at least 4 countries
♥ Read/listen to 10 books
♥ Start vlogging!!!
♥ Spend weekends at the library
♥ Learn to control negative emotions – I’m worth more than that
These ‘little’ things will bring what I lack in my life. I am addicted to technology 😦 I am SUPER lazy when waking up!!! Studying was never something I was good at. Procrastination is my best friend/enemy. I hope 2016 brings a lot of joy and strength and will again be an unforgettable year (and slow down!!!). I know I have the power to make it amazing. And so can you. Good luck!
Stay Grateful for your privileges in your life.