2018 Highlights

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Happy New Year Everyone!!! The long awaited 2019 has come and the dread 2018 has finished.

Okay, it wasn’t dreaded. It was a learning curb of ups and downs, fun, tears, laughter and joy. I have definitely had several highlights this year and thought that this will be the perfect time to talk about them. I also decided that travel isn’t going to be my main focus anymore as unfortunately, I have several other commitments which have put my travelling on the shelf (just for now though, don’t worry, I will come back and grab adventure by its wings again someday!)

Travelling (dah, of course!)

My Highlights this year were being able to travel South East Asia, America, Bulgaria and actually, visit Poland for the first time 16 years. I was only a little child when I moved to the UK so I have forgotten a lot. It’s an awkward feeling when you go back to a country where you originate from but you feel like an outsider. For some reason, however, it has sprouted roots and I feel like it is a trip that I will have to do again, less rushed and more destinations.

Relationships

Well, this year has been both difficult but interesting when it comes to relationships. When I talk about relationships I do not mean the romantic type.  I mean the type that leaves footprints in your lives. I have found very interesting characters along the way, some that will stay with me for a while and some who have run in and ran straight back out, but all very memorable, funny and annoying at times too. I have learned a lesson from all of them.

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”William Shakespeare 

Independence

I remember this was a huge goal at the beginning of 2018. It was also difficult as doing things by yourself can often be very hard. However, I have fallen in love with it. To be honest, there is no better feeling grabbing a cup of coffee your favourite book and chilling in a park or a cafe and enjoying the 30minutes you have all to yourself.

I have also noticed, that a lot of people find this weird! They very often question me about how I’m comfortable doing things all by myself. The question I ask back is… “If you aren’t comfortable with yourself, then who will you ever be comfortable with?” – Food for thought 

Smaller things I learnt but more significant:

  1. Don’t Rush – Things do truly come to those that wait
  2. I am not invincible – I honestly do feel like sometimes I could take on the world and then I drop – rather funny at times
  3. Keep your head up – We all have our ups and downs
  4. Don’t let other people write your story – Only you know what you want
  5. There is always something new to strive towards 

So for 2019, I could write an endless bucket list of the things I want to do and achieve this year but that never seems to happen. Does anyone know at least one person that makes a plan, follows it through and without any hiccups along the way? Well, I don’t! So I’ve decided that I am not making new years resolutions. Blah.

I honestly do wonder how this will work out. I’m a crazy person who likes ticking things off a neat list and knowing. If something doesn’t go well or if the last minute plan doesn’t work out I do freak. Others never know, but a little bubble of spasm bursts inside me yelling for help! Okay, Okay, I know that this sounds like a very negative attitude towards a new year and you all know that I’m just not that kind of person to be negative. I find a way around this eventually.

So no New Year’s resolutions are my way of testing the waters. I did actually get a pretty good vibe about this year. If you believe in the gut instinct (I very strongly do, it’s never yet failed me) then this one will be a much better one. This, of course, doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that I don’t want to achieve or do this year. It just means that I won’t get att humped up about them and frantically worry if things aren’t going right. I would say that they are overall very broad goals like getting my life together. LOL.

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