I can’t believe this year is coming to an end. I remember last year this time I was thinking about how I wanted to make 2017 an amazing year, and now we’re here, at the beginning of 2018. It’s like the end of a book chapter, finally knowing what happened and wondering about what will happen in the next chapter. To me, there’s something about the new year that really excites me. It feels like a fresh start, with beautiful new memories ahead of us. But it’s also time to reflect on what happened the past year. What did I do? What did I learn? And what will I do differently this year? I know this is the time when everyone starts setting their new years resolutions, but I personally don’t really believe in that. I think you should continuously be working on yourself throughout the year. This is why I prefer to reflect on 2017, to see what I want to achieve in 2018.
2017 started of on a good note for me. In January I went on a trip with my family to Liverpool, something we like to do every single year to start the year of right. Looking back at myself at this time, I realize how much I have changed compared to where I am now. I feel like I was at a complete different state in my life, having no clue of where I would be now. This year has really been a year of growth for me. This might not be so clear for everyone around me, but mentally I’ve gone through some big changes.
The first few months of 2017 were mainly spend focussing on uni work. I was quite motivated and it paid off with good grades. I finished my first year of my bachelor in Media Studies and received my propedeutics.
The most vivid memories made in 2017 happened in the summer time. The summer of 2017 was quite an important turning point for me. I finally started doing the things I’ve been wanting to do for so long, like starting my blog and creating content for Instagram. I finally decided to take my Instagram to the next level and take it more seriously which is why I bought my very first DSLR camera. This made me realize how much I love photography, and I started putting more effort into my content. And hard work does really pay off, because my followers started to grow and I started collaborating with some brands. This really motivated me to work even harder, and so I spend most of my summer working on my blog, creating content. And apparently, that’s what makes me super happy as I remember my summer as the highlight of this year.
But also on more a personal level the summer time has been a changing point. Some things happened that made me realize who my real friends are and who are not. I’ve learned that it’s okay to let people go if they don’t add anything beneficial to your life. Always remember, the ones worth your time will give you theirs. Cutting people out of your life at the same time makes space for meeting new people. This year I’ve met a few incredible new friends, and I feel super grateful for having these people in my life. What I’ve learned in 2017 is that it’s so important to surround yourself with only positive people who motivate and encourage you. Don’t waste your time on people who put you down.
The rest of my summer consisted of traveling. I went to Lisbon with my family and fell in love with the city. I definitely want to come back to Lisbon again as it’s the perfect combination of a summer holiday and a city trip. Besides that, I went to Milan with one of my best friends which was an amazing experience. Again, the city stole my heart and I would 100% go back. The weather was perfect and I loved the vibes of the city. I’ve come to the realization that going on trips like these make for the best experiences. Traveling genuinely makes me super happy and it’s something I always want to keep doing.
At the end of the summer another very important event happened. While casually having dinner at Vapiano (a place I’ve visited way too often this year haha) with two of my friends, the idea of doing something together with the three of us arose. This is how we came to the idea of starting an online magazine called Miss Independent Mag. We are currently still working very hard on realizing it and it will be launched in 2018, which is something to look forward to. I can’t wait to make this idea come to life.
After the summer, it was time for me to go back to my real life. University started again which meant I had less time for blogging and creating content for Instagram. Looking back, this honestly makes me quite sad as this is actually the thing I love doing the most. From here on, my motivation went completely downhill. I found it really difficult to balance university and my blog, and it became even harder when I got accepted for a job. This year I became aware of how difficult it is to balance these three things at the same time, and I still struggle with it now. One thing that’s super important is to keep your motivation high for the things you’re most passionate about. Always remember the reasons why you started something so you know why you’re doing it.
I feel like the last few months of this year haven’t been the best for me. I think it was due to the fact that I couldn’t find a routine for my life. I felt overwhelmed and unmotivated. Above that, I really missed having two of my best friends around, since they moved abroad. But luckily they were able to come back to the Netherlands for Christmas and I’m so happy to spend some time with them again.
Standing here at the end of 2017, I’m feeling a lot better and ready for the next year. I’m going to be spending my New Year’s Eve with one of my best friends and I can’t wait to jump into 2018 on a positive note. Looking back at myself exactly one year ago, I couldn’t have imagined where I am now. I have changed in the year of 2017, which is a good thing, it means I’ve grown. I’ve learned that it’s okay to not be doing what everyone else is doing, and instead focus more on myself. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone which is one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’m grateful for all the memories made in 2017 and excited about where I’m going in 2018.