2017 – New Year. New possibilities. Let’s do this.
2016 is over and it’s time for a review. So how was my 2016? I’m gonna answer straight forward: quite okay. Satisfying. Comme ci, comme ça. Maybe this sounds a little bit unhappy – pessimistic, negative – but that’s how I experienced it.
2014 was pretty fucked up.
I’m sorry for swearing, but there is simply no pleasant way to describe that year. Relationships, break-ups, attempting to make new and quitting old friendships, celebrations vs. loneliness, depression and feeling lost. Some major health issues and diets. Also in addition I gave up all of my hobbies – drawing, photography, blogging – so boredom was all over the place. A peak of negativity.
2015 was better.
I was still feeling lonely and lost, but there were some bright spots as well. I managed to hold on to certain things, mainly because I stopped doing numerous things at once, but instead tried to focuse on one at a time. I thought about my actions and learned a lot about myself. I had fun and started a new relationship.
2016 was okay.
It was neither worse nor better than the year before. I had a few expectations and hopes since the beginning of it, but unfortunately they didn’t work out. Since these hopes are about some major changes in my life, I will continue working on them this year. I also found new hobbies and interests, like hiking or bouldering and got quite obsessed with the latter, even though I hate sport. I bought myself a subscription card and practised up to three times a week – also gained two clothing sizes because of that (hi muscles, didn’t know you existed!) and started to feel more healthy.
I also started to read more about vegan food, fair fashion brands and minimalism and it’s all so inspiring. Made me think about how much I used to consume when I was younger and all this consumption oriented blogosphere and social media world out there. And I am a part of all that. So that’s definitely a new year’s resolution for me: learn more about these topics and incorporate them into my life. Because it’s important. Because I want to change. I’m really bad at staying tuned to one thing – always want to do this and that, multitasking– so that will be a double challenge for me: staying focused and constantly work on something. Get better.
Also I visited Norway in 2016 and it was the worst trip ever. I’m not exaggerating, but there was this one day – this one situation – where I honestly feared for my life. It was cold, pouring, all streams flooded, no way back and forth. We had to cross one of them. I was dead scared and cried. Made me realise that everything is temporarily and I should live in the here and now. And no matter where I’ll be traveling next year: it can only be better!
The best about 2016?
Moving to a new place in December and most important: moving together! We have been searching for the perfect flat for several months and only got denials…but it’s saving the best for last, right? So in December we finally got a „Yes“. The flat is even better than we expected, because it has a balcony and sun all day long. Plus the district center and local river is only two minutes by feet. We also bought the Ikea advent calendar and were lucky enough to find more than the regular 5€ gift cards, so our flat is quite comfy already. But as you might already know: there are always bits and bobs to change. It’s a never ending process and maybe I’ll be an interior expert at the end of this year.
So this December was really good to us – I believe it’s a positive transition into the new year. 2017 will be great!
Here are some more things I’m excited about in 2017:
# Festival season and some concerts. First time seeing Rammstein and System of A Down. And hopefully many more. But starting with A Day to Remember next month.
# Spring and summer. Some sun and warmth. Need that.
# Decorating our balcony.
# Long hair again.
# New GoT and Stranger Things season. Star Wars. All those nerdy things. (PS. You need to watch Westworld!)
# Traveling to Estonia. Or Lithuania. Did not decide yet. And maybe Canada in summer.
# Planted some bonsai trees – cannot wait to see them grow.
# And buying a new laptop. Can’t escape consumerism, can I?