Every year brings its ups and downs. I believe that focusing on the good and practicing gratitude are ways to feel happier about your life. This is why I’m sharing what I am grateful for this year and what I hope to accomplish next year.
It has been a crazy year. So many good things happened to me, but there were also things that were – well – not that good. Nobody thrives all year and that is okay. Being happy doesn’t mean you are feeling joyful all the time. It means that you’re generally happy with your life and that you wouldn’t want to change a lot of things about it.
Living a happy life isn’t the same as living a perfect life. I spent years searching for perfection, but I finally let go of that idea. I’ve accepted that perfection is not a real thing. Good is good enough. When I started to realize this, I felt like I could finally breathe.
As I mentioned, I think gratitude is a great way to feel happier about your life. It ensures you focus on the good things in your life instead of the bad. There’s many ways to start focusing on gratitude. I write things I’m grateful for down in my journal, but there’s lots of other ways too. For instance, carrying a rock in your pocket and thinking of something you’re grateful for every time you touch it (as they talked about in The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes) or wearing a piece of jewelry that everytime you take it off or put it on makes you think of something you’re grateful for.
End of the year
I find that the end of the year is the perfect moment for me to reflect on all that has happened in the previous year. What did I do? What has changed? What would I do differently next time? What have I learned? These are all things I think about in the days between Christmas and New Year’s.
This way I can end the year positively and focus on what I’d like to do and accomplish next year. I don’t know about you, but the winter always gets me down. This is another way for me to beat the winter depressions by feeling grateful for all the good things in my life and focusing on times where it will all be better again.
So here goes.
The things I’m grateful for in 2017
- I got all my psychiatric diagnoses removed in the beginning of this year. It turned out I had been diagnosed by mistake and they were cleared from my name in January. This gave me the chance to start fresh and with a clean slate. I believed that I could actually live a happy life again and started to come to terms with all that has happened the past years. It felt like being given a second chance at life.
- I got to spend my birthday with my boyfriend in the Efteling, which is a great amusement park here in the Netherlands. I used to go there as a child a lot and now it’s kind of a tradition to go there every year. My boyfriend took me there for my birthday and we had a great day.
- In March we moved in together. The house we get to live in is a dream come true. It felt like home right from the start. I am so grateful that we’re in a position that we can live in a wonderful place like this.
- I am grateful I finished and passed my first and second year of my education. It wasn’t always easy to keep going, especially being burned out at times, but I am so grateful I pushed through and made it to the end.
- My internship was amazing. I loved working for Perfect Earth and playing a (small) part in educating children about the effect their choices and actions have on the environment through storytelling and gamification. I am incredibly grateful for being able to work there for six months.
- I am grateful for getting to spend two lovely weeks in France with my family. We had a lovely holiday in the Dordogne. My favorite part was canoeing down the river while seeing amazing castles.
- Other than France, I also got to travel to Lisbon and London for the first time in my life. Both are amazing cities. I had so much fun discovering new cities and spending time with (new) friends.
- The love and support of my family and friends is amazing and I can’t thank them enough for being in my life. Not only in 2017, but always. I love you.
- Last, but not least, I am grateful for the overwhelming support this blog has gotten from so many amazing people. Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing the things I share on here. You make my day, every day!
Looking forward to 2018
I am really happy about the way 2017 treated me. It was the first really good year I’ve had after being so depressed. I cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store. Fortunately for me, I believe you can have a lot of influence over what’s in store for you by setting clear goals for yourself. I’ve written a blogpost on setting goals before, you can check it out here.
My goals for 2018
I spent quite some time figuring out what I want in life and I plan on taking further steps in the right direction next year. These are the goals I have set for myself:
- Register My Passion Projects as an official business
- Get 50,000 pageviews on the blog
- Make money from the blog so I can keep doing it
- Finish and pass my third year of International Lifestyle Studies
- Write a book
- Send my book to at least one publisher
- Visit at least two foreign countries
- Go to Disneyland Paris
- Read at least 12 books
- Reach 5000 Twitter followers
- Reach 5000 Instagram followers
- Lose 5 kilograms
- Go to the theater to see ‘Soldier of Orange’ again (it’s my favorite play/musical)
- Stay vegetarian
- Stop biting my fingernails
I am super motivated to start working on these goals. I’m hoping that my 2018 will be as good – or even better than – my 2017 and I hope the new year treats you right! You can choose to get started today and work on a better, happier you. Sometimes all it takes is a year for a lot to happen and many changes to be made.
I hope you have an amazing New Year’s Eve and an even better 2018! This is really going to be your year. Let’s make sure of it! Together we’re going to make sure you find your passions and purpose and get to create the life of your dreams.
I hope to see you around often next year!
With much love,