What I Am Grateful For In 2017 And What I Hope To Accomplish In 2018

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.

New Year

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,



  • Maud,
    I just love reading your posts (and your tweets, and your instas… ) .
    You inspire me so much!
    I’m glad that these positive things happened to you in 2017.
    And I wish you (and My Passion Projects) the BEST for 2018.
    Also, if you need a friend to go to Disneyland Paris, I’m heerrre!

    • You are so sweet Malorie! ❤️ Thank you! I hope 2018 is going to be a great year for you!

    • I love your goals especially the ones about travelling and stop biting your fingernails (sadly I suffer with the same obsession…) I think that my Disneyland however would be The Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio in London! I’d die to see the sets!

      • Oh me too! But my boyfriend promised to take me to Disneyland for my birthday, so I get to go there first. Thanks for reading!

  • You have achieved so much this year. Congratulations on moving in and I look forward to seeing many more happy things in 2018. I can’t believe you’re going to write a book next year! How exciting is that.

    • Isn’t it?! I’m so excited! Thank you! I hope 2018 will be great for you too!

  • Your internship sounds like it was a wonderful experience! Good luck getting your blog views target, I’m sure you’ll make it!

  • I’d love to read a book by you and I’m so glad I found out about your blog! Good luck with all your goals!
    Ellie | elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk

  • It made me so happy to read your list about things that made your 2017! Sounds like it has treated you well. Also really love your goals for 2018, I really hope you can achieve them all! If you need a proofreader for your book, you know where to find me 😉 Sending you lots of positive vibes for 2018, I believe in you!

    xxx Nele | http://www.thenavigatio.com

    • You are so sweet! And yes, I’d love it if you wanted to proofread! I can do the same for you! Thank you for your kind words. ❤️

  • This is such a wonderful post! You have such a great way with words and I love to read your posts so much! Have a wonderful New Year!


  • Happy new year to you lovely! So glad you achieved all of what you did this year and I wish you well for your 2018 goals xx


  • You can be really proud of your year 2017 and your blog! I wish you all the happiness and luck in 2018 !

  • Your 2017 sounds like a great year! WHich is so nice to hear after seeing everyone talk so negatively about the year! I hope everything works well for you! And I LOVE your 2018 goals! I’m confident you’ll make all of them!

    • Thank you! Yes, with everything going on in the world 2017 is not the best year, but for me personally it was good. Thanks for your vote of confidence haha!

  • Sounds like 2017 was a really amazing year for you! Congrats on your clean bill of health and moving in with your boyfriend!
    Let me know what books you read in 2018, I really want to read too!

    • It was, thank you! I will! I always love new books, so if you have any recs, let me know!

  • Beautiful post Maud! I’m so happy to see what you’ve accomplished in 2017, you’ve got through some really tough stuff!

    I love the idea of practising gratitude too and definitely feel it makes day to day life so much better ☺️

    Looking forward to following along with you in 2018! Have a great new year lovely!

    • Thank you so much! And yes, the past few years haven’t been that easy, but I feel a lot better now after 2017! I hope to see you around. Have an amazing 2018!

  • The end of the year is indeed the perfect moment to look back at the year and reflect. I believe perfection is an illusion and I had let that thought go last year. It’s not achievable.
    I wish you lots of luck on your goals for 2018!
    Also.. I read ‘the Efteling’.. I love that amusement park! I spend the 3 year anniversary with my Boyfriend there last year! I am going to try and make it an tradition because I want to go there this year again with him. Are you dutch, for any chance? I just started reading your blog and I love it!

    • I am Dutch! That’s so great. Thank you, I am really glad you like it! I wish you all the best for 2018 too. Let’s make it a great one.

  • Reflecting on the past year is something i do every year too i don’t make new year resolutions anymore i just try to do what makes me happy. Love your list of goals !

    • Whatever works for you. It’s great that you know what’s best for you. Thank you!

  • Great achievements and goals Maud!
    You can do it! And if you don’t achieve them all, you can still say you tried :)!
    Happy New year!


  • Seems like your 2017 had a lot of happy moments! I wish you all the best and good luck with accomplishing your goals for 2018! Writing a book sounds difficult but extremely interesting. And losing 5 kg and stop biting nails are my goals for 2018 as well Love your post and I’m really happy I’ve found your blog!

    • Thank you so much! Good luck on your 2018 goals. I am sure you’ll achieve them. I’m super glad you like my blog. It means a lot to me!

  • That’s an amazing post! I’m so glad 2017 was a great year for you and you could achieve both little and huge things over the last year 😀 The list of your goals for 2018 are so good, I wanna pick up a few from it, haha! For one, stop biting my fingernails. I’m so happy to see you working toward getting your blog to become more official as a business project and wish you all the luck for it; can’t wait to see it soar higher <3

    • Thank you so much! That means a lot! Go ahead and pick as many as you want. I want you to have an amazing 2018.

  • Its wonderful that you have listed out exactly what you want to achieve for 2018 and this will be something for you to look back on at the end of next year to see if you have done more than what you set out to do.

  • Goal setting is important but I think it’s really mature of you to be cognisant of the fact that life may come in the way and gratitude for what we have is so much more important

  • This was such an inspiring post! I’m wondering, do you have a bloglovin’ account at all? I’d love to follow your blog on that! It sounds like you have had a good year overall – the holiday in France sounded particularly lovely (and really peaceful). I hope that you can achieve your goals for 2018 – particularly for your blog! I’m hoping to really work on my blog this year, too. Hopefully, this year will be a successful one. xx

    Alicia | http://www.alifestyleblog.co.uk

    • Thank you so much, I am glad you liked it. I am on Bloglovin yes! Under My Passion Projects. Good luck on your goals next year! Enjoy your NYE