2018 has not been the easiest year for me, but there is still so much to be grateful for. Take a trip down memory lane with me to see why I can call myself a very blessed person.
This is essential for me. I am incredibly lucky to have such a loving family. I genuinely wouldn’t know what to do without their unconditional support. This year was no different, and I can only hope they know how lucky I feel because of them.
This is another one I lucked out with. My boyfriend is incredibly caring and kind, which is not something I am used to from previous relationships. We make a great team and I am thankful for all the fun times we have had in the past year and all the milestones we achieved.
All of my close friendships are long-distance (scattered around The Netherlands, Berlin, and Edinburgh), which is definitely not easy. Luckily I have the most loyal and amazing friends, who are just as committed as I am about keeping in touch. One of my friends even drove 10 hours each way this year, just to see me for less than two days. I absolutely love my friends.
I have learned to appreciate my health on a much deeper level this year. After overcoming the worst state of health of my life (where the physical pain was so intense at times I didn’t want to live anymore), I finally saw some major improvements this year. I cannot even imagine what people with chronic illnesses go through, so I am counting myself very lucky with my health.
I love traveling and 2018 saw me going on a few beautiful trips. I explored Morocco, hiked the mountains of Austria and rested my feet in the foothills of Andalusia. This year a lot of my trips were focused on nature, and I hope this trend continues in 2019.
Experiencing new things is essential for a rich life, so I am lucky that I got to experience many new things this year. These experiences included standing on a surfboard (I cannot really call it surfing) and doing a gong bath meditation. It also included starting my blog, eating a whole artichoke (not a fan!) and being recruited for a new job.
It is easy to focus on all the areas I fall short in, but I am lucky to look back on some beautiful accomplishments this year. 2018 was the year where a report I wrote on Pension Funds and Climate Change was published by one of the biggest law firms in the UK. It was also the year where I got my first promotion and the year where I hit all of my saving goals.
In 2018 I discovered my love for series. I have never been massively into movies, as I tend to get bored halfway through. The shows I saw on tv as a kid (I haven’t had a TV in years) weren’t that great either. But this year I realized that the world of TV (or rather Netflix and Amazon Prime) has been absolutely killing it with series lately. I enjoyed many series this past year, but the ones below are my must-see recommendations:
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
I love Dick
The End of the Fucking World
Jane the Virgin
This year threw some curveballs my way (expected and unexpected ones), but as I reflected back on the year, I realise that there I so much to be grateful for. On a basic level, I have safety, food and a roof over my head, but beyond that my life is rich with love, laughter, and excitement. I will gladly take the tears and aches that come with being human if it means I continue being this darn lucky. 2018, thank you.