Today is the last day of 2018. And while it’s all too easy to get caught up in what your plans and goals and resolutions are for the New Year, it’s so important to look back and reflect on what this year had in store. To be proud of what you’ve achieved and overcome and to celebrate your successes. For me, this step is crucial. I easily get ahead of myself and worry about where I feel I should already be on my journey. I often think that I’m not progressing fast enough. Even when I’m doing great, I think I could do even better. So this post is about remembering and celebrating my year 2018. Being proud of what I experienced because it’s been a hell of a year!
Roughly a year ago I left my safe and comfortable life to travel the world. Seeking for something more, something different. Not really knowing what that would look like, just with an unshakable feeling that there must be more to life. Even in my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined the course this year took. The photos in this post are memories of some of my favourite days this year.
It started with a BANG as I spent NYE in Sydney. Since then, I’ve travelled to 8 different countries, most of
I’ve met so many wonderful people wherever I went. Some of them fleeting chance meetings that rarely cross my mind anymore. Others that I spent a fun week or two with and then parted ways, now following their lives online from afar. And then there were the ones that touched something deep inside me, the ones that inspired me, the ones that shifted my mindset, the ones that had such a profound impact on me, the ones that influenced and changed the course of this year big time. Some of them know it, others don’t. And that’s okay because I certainly will never forget what they did for me.
I’ve experienced so much love and support that my cup is overflowing and has been for quite a while now. That helped me to start lowering my walls and opening my heart again. To be love and to be loved. I used to say that I am not the most affectionate person, and while that is still a work in progress on a physical level, I am very affectionate with my words. I’ve never said ‘I love you’ more frequently than this year. To be honest, I think in all the years before this combined, I said it less than during the last 365 days. After all, all the love and appreciation I have inside has to go somewhere.
I’ve witnessed the kindness of the world. I’ve seen that it is truly a good place. Guess what? All the drama, misery, violence and hatred we see on TV and social media is just the worst 1% that happens out there. If you go out there and have a look for yourself, it paints a very different picture. One more reason to put ‘travel more’ on your bucket list for 2019!
I decided on the type of career I want to pursue. Figured out how I can make an impact and serve people while honoring the things I want and need from a job and from life. I finished an online degree in Digital Marketing and started my degree in Transformational Nutrition to ultimately become a Health Coach.
The most unexpected thing this year though was my spiritual awakening. I found spirituality when I wasn’t even looking for it. When I didn’t even know it was missing from my life. The Universe led me to Kundalini yoga and gifted me the tools I needed to elevate my life in all areas. I can’t imagine a life without my daily meditation, yoga and other practices anymore. I can’t even remember how I used to live without them, that’s how
I wrote about many of these things on here already. Mostly about the good things, about the fun travel stories and about the exotic and exciting places I’ve been to. But also about the things I learned, about the rough patches along the way, about the doubts and fears I had – and sometimes still have. The more and more I blogged on here the easier it became to open up and be vulnerable. To pour my innermost thoughts and feelings into these words, onto these virtual pages. What started as a project to keep my friends and family informed without having to tell everything over and over again and send everyone the same pictures (yep, I’m lazy like that), turned into a way to connect with and make sense of what is going on inside me and to express my truest self to the world.
It’s been quiet on here since I came back home in mid-July. That’s not because I didn’t have anything to say (although that’s what I’ve been telling myself on several occasions) but because it requires effort to carve out time in your day-to-day craziness to sit down and write, edit and publish. ‘Write more’ – that’s one thing on my bucket list for 2019. What’s on yours?