Oh 2016, I have ambiguous feelings towards you. You dragged on for what felt like forever and then you suddenly sped up and passed by faster than I could blink. Or say 2017. You brought me joy, you brought me sadness and you certainly gave me some valuable lessons. Whilst 2015 was the year of amazing experiences, 2016 was the year of important life lessons. I learned that starting uni can be difficult, that balancing blogging and uni is a huge challenge and that travelling does not automatically bring happiness. But there were many amazing moments as well, let’s not forget about those. I had an amazing birthday in Amsterdam (how was this only 8 months ago?), got to live with a lovely French family and explored the south of France and the north of Italy. If you kept up with my blog, you know that my stay in France did not turn out as expected but I still made memories that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Over the summer I spent a lot of time planning my studies, went on a few road trips and finally on a holiday to Croatia where we swam at the feet of a beautiful waterfall. Definitely one of the highlights of 2016. I also moved away from home and began studying in London which was a dream come true but yet a huge step for me. Studying psychology inspires me, fulfils me and fills me with hope – hope that everyone of us can be helped, no matter how dark times might be. Like I said, starting uni came with difficulties but I’m sure I just needed some time to adjust. The decision to move to London is certainly one I will never regret. I love the hustle and bustle of the city, the opportunities and that I get to spend time in all these amazing museums. And I have to admit, I sometimes still stop on Waterloo Bridge to take a picture because the city brings out my inner fangirl. Can you be a fan of a city? I met so amazing people, off uni and at uni and I am planning to get out even more in 2017. There are so many interesting people out there whose stories are waiting to be told.

If I look at last year’s resolutions I can say I did alright. If you remember I did a post at this time last year talking about 16 things I wanted to do in 2016 and even though I did a poor job with them, I accomplished all of my personal goals. I changed my lifestyle, starting exercising and eating better. I went from hardly exercising at all to exercising every single day and now I aim for 2-3 times a week. Working out regularly and eating a plant-based diet are two changes that have had a significant impact on my life and I finally feel like I’m acting in line with myself and like I’m taking care of my body. I also set myself the goal to handle finances better and to explore more and it looks like I did both. I’d love to accomplish some things from last year’s list though, including going to a festival, trying a new hobby and volunteering – especially the latter is important to me and I’m already working on a plan. But let’s get down to it and talk about my resolutions for 2017.

In 2017 I’d like to be a more active blogger. Whilst the beginning of 2016 started out perfectly in terms of blogging, it went downhill fast in the second half of the year. Although I still published posts, I was hardly an active member of the community. I don’t think I will ever schedule more than two tweets a day but hey, I’d at least like to take part in some blogger chats. And I’d love to go to another blogging event, if the opportunity comes up. If you have any tips for juggling blogging, uni and working, please let me know, I need all the suggestions I can get. I would also like to continue exploring, experiment with photography and allow myself to be more creative in general. The latter goes hand in hand with taking better care of myself. I am a perfectionist and although that can be helpful, it can get in the way to happiness. Studying is important, but so is having me-time, diving into the world of fiction, catching up with friends and of course – writing. It somehow feels like my resolutions add up to one big resolution or anyway, they are definitely connected. And although accomplishing them won’t be easy, I am looking forward to the challenge and to 2017. There are some exciting things happening this year and I’m planning to make the best out of it. Last but not least, I’d like to live in the present instead of the future – I sometimes feel like I forget to truly live whilst planning everything ahead. And I think it’s time to put a stop to that. I want to make the best out of each day and I know that sounds incredibly cheesy but instead of counting the days I will make the days count.

What are your new year’s resolutions? x