For me, 2013 was an inspiring year filled with developments. You may conclude that, at the end of this year, I am a little tired. But satisfied. I look forward to 2014 and am wondering where she will take me.
In 2011 I was far removed from myself. I didn’t remember who I was and where I was proud of. I fell down hard, but like me many others have been there. Standing up again takes longer than falling down, but in the end you will be wiser and stronger. In 2012 it was time to clean up all mess: chaos in every sense of the word. Big chunks of emotional mess. 2012 was a year of cleaning up, 2013 was one to pick all the broken pieces up again and put them back together. I have learned to love myself again. The great thing about cleaning up your mess is that underneath that dust, slowly but surely all manner of precious things are popping up again, things that you had forgotten because all that time they were located under a thick layer of bunch. “Hey, this is me, and I like me!” And what could be a better basis for a new life than yourself? I built myself up again in 2013. There couldn’t be a better foundation. I’m someone to love now. I chose for my dreams. I can say that I have lived my life for the fullest in 2013 and followed my dreams (sometimes a little too hard perhaps). I am glad what I gave myself in 2013. Indeed: you are responsible for your own happiness, and that realization is the most precious gift that 2013 gave me.
And the most precious gift that 2012 gave me, and stood next to me with all its support in 2013 as well? The love of my life. Suddenly he was there, I looked at him and knew enough. Happiness and love – yet so fleeting and fragile: for the first time I had fear losing it. He decided to take a hammer and knock down my wall. We became incredibly strong, and 2013 was a year to grow together. We have found ourselves and each other. I am still so in love that I dance and jump all the time like a little child, believing in cheesy love songs and getting crazy of myself and all the sweet, romantic, naive dreams and words that are dancing in my head. Our story is worth it: a they lived happily ever after.
In 2012 we decided to live close to each other and in 2013 we realized that we don’t want to be without each other anymore – not even a day or night. We found our dream house and turned it into our palace. Family expansion followed: cats Aap en Noot make this house a home. 2013 was a beautiful travel year. We went to New York, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Jordan, Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent and the travel plans for 2014 are creating themselves in our heads already. A separate post about my travel year will be written this week.
My thesis to graduate my second university was under the rubble as well, I found the persistence to finalize this and I have checked a bachelor of business management of my list. And what did I end up doing? I gave up my good job and career and started, after brainstorming and dreaming, my own business. Founded by my passion, knowledge, creativity and ambition. And what could be a better dream than that? In 2013 I have made a good start and 2014 will be my year. Bring it on world, I will show you what I can achieve. Meanwhile, I am busy with the wildly beautiful work I do and my travel blog runs like a spear. I am extremely grateful for you guys, thanks to my blog I get wonderful opportunities. I will keep on taking you to the most beautiful places on earth. I hope I inspire, let laugh and cry. That is why I have started blogging years ago in the first place. In 2013 I met some amazingly sweet new friends, and flourished old friendships back on.
I have to miss my mom for two years now. It remains unfair, it remains a terrible loss and it remains extremely difficult. But her strength is in me and she lives in me: and I do want to make her proud. She looks over my shoulder. I take her everywhere I go. Bring it on 2014, let me shine. I’m ready and receive you with open arms.
To celebrate all this I would like to make one of my readers happy with a delicious (gold edition) bottle of Baileys Chocolate. A sweet response is enough, and add here that you’d like to have the bottle. And I’m very curious how your 2013 has been.