Ciao 2017, Hello 2018!

Ciao 2017, Hello 2018!

Ciao 2017

During the holidays, I reflected on 2017 and came to the conclusion that it was overall a great year, personally. Some of you might have noticed that I posted on social media a few photos to celebrate the year-end. 2017 was a year of FOCUS for me, and I’m proud to have successfully embraced it. I had set for myself six intentions:

  1. Take better care of myself
  2. Develop my baking expertise
  3. Grow ideas for a future career project
  4. Live in a loving cozy home
  5. Nurture my relationships with B and my close family
  6. Have fun

For the first time of my life, I’ve made progress on ALL of my goals. And I have to thank my Powersheets for keeping me accountable (fyi: it’s an tool for intentional goal-planning with tending lists).

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Of course, each year is highlighted by positives and negatives. And we have experienced the following:

Lows

  • A close family member was diagnosed with Alzheimer-dementia.
  • My friends' cat, Panther, passed away. My family and I had a special connection with him, especially my mother. I hope that somewhere, somehow, they are reunited.
  • We faced our first home challenges: a broken fridge and a leak.
  • I said goodbye to Graziella, my first Dutch bike. Without a shed in our new neighborhood, she became rusty and people flattened her tires on purpose (yep, there are mean people in this world). I purchased this second-hand bicycle around the time B and I first started dating, and he suggested to name her Graziella. Thank you Graziella for making me discover this country one mile at a time!
  • Although I was active, I had recurrent neck/shoulder pain from sitting long hours at my office desk, and I gained weight. There is definitely room for improvement in the wellbeing department!
 Rest in peace sweet Panther.

Rest in peace sweet Panther.

 Graziella rusty and flat. Good riding with you!

Graziella rusty and flat. Good riding with you!

Highs

  • B’s promotion.
  • Spending time with family and friends.
  • My father retiring at the end of October, I’m so proud of him! He also spent his first night in his retirement home after eight years of construction.
  • Taking home with me my precious childhood memories.
  • Meeting many cats in the neighborhood.
  • Playing strategically at Risk and winning 85% of the games I've played; I should apply the same tactics in real life!
  • And more: I have a notebook full of gratitude but had to make a selection to keep it short! Practicing gratitude daily has brought me joy.
 This battle was EPIC. I had the green troops and loaded on one single territory. My goal was to destroy the blue troops (B) but the yellow troops (my brother) did it on my behalf whilst I rested peacefully in Japan. Without even knowing it, my brother gave me the win before he reached his goal of conquering Asia. Sorry bro!

This battle was EPIC. I had the green troops and loaded on one single territory. My goal was to destroy the blue troops (B) but the yellow troops (my brother) did it on my behalf whilst I rested peacefully in Japan. Without even knowing it, my brother gave me the win before he reached his goal of conquering Asia. Sorry bro!

And of course, my personal top 3 moments:

  1. Purchasing a home
  2. Investing in myself through baking courses (posts to come in a few weeks)
  3. Launching this blog
 Second night in our new home but first night on our own.

Second night in our new home but first night on our own.

Hello 2018

And just like that, 2017 disappears in the blink of an eye! I have a preference for even numbers and for this reason, I am extremely excited about 2018. For this new year, I am sending you good vibes. May you find joy, love and fun along your journey! Through tough times, may you practice self-care, and perhaps, if your heart allows it, humor – it can be therapeutic and soothing.

Currently, we are bombarded with articles about resolutions. I’ll save my intentions for later, but I will share with you my mantra for 2018: FEARLESS. Fear is one my biggest mental block, and it has slowly crept its way through my adulthood. I’ve lost the spontaneity, carelessness and, as we say in French, "lâcher-prise" (letting go) that I once used to have as a child because of “adult reality” i.e, responsibilities, work, bills, society, etc. I consider myself a courageous person, but not fearless. Yet, fearlessness brings us closer to freedom. I am hoping that maybe, with a tad of fearlessness and willingness to change the status quo, I will encounter wonderful opportunities and adventures (counting on you Dear law of attraction) and will feel less “confined” – something I would openly welcome in this season of my life.

This inspiring quote rings true to me and sums up my vision for 2018:

Sometimes what you’re afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.
— Robert Tew

I would  like to personally THANK YOU for supporting me and for reading my words in the last year, it means a lot to me! I hope that 2017 treated you well. And if not, 2018 gives you permission to turn the page and write a fresh new chapter.

Now tell me, how was your 2017? Do you have any word of the year for 2018 or any intention? Feel free to drop me a line below (you can click on the pink link "Leave a comment", I would love to hear from you!

Cheers to 2018 my Friends!

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