What I Learned and Accomplished This Year

It’s nearing the end of the year again, so it’s time for me to reflect on the year. Last year I reflected on a hectic year with lots of ups and downs. This year was a bit more on one line, a bit more regular, thankfully. Of course there were some ups and downs, but not major events, which was definitely good for my mental health. Well, let’s not blabber on for too long, let’s get into reflecting.

We’ll start with my favourite things of the year: all the concerts I’ve been to. By now, you all know I’m a concert fanatic. I live for concerts, and when I don’t have one planned for the future, I feel like I don’t really have anything to live towards. Concerts are the moments I feel most alive. So, who have I seen live this year? We started with Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and then Panic! At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots. I also saw Muse and P!nk, which were the biggest concerts I’ve ever been to. Smaller ones were MAX, Jon Bellion, Greta van Fleet and YUNGBLUD. I also saw my favourite bands Shinedown and Alter Bridge together, both for the third time already. Finally, I went to two fun festivals, de Zwarte Cross and Tuckerville. All concerts were amazing this year, I enjoyed every bit of them! I’m not sure if I have favourites, because the feeling I get at any concert is just amazing. I wouldn’t dare pick favourites.

So, concerts are definitely high points in my year. Some other high points were all the fun trips and vacations I’ve been on and all the quality time I got to spend with my friends and family. Just simple evenings in are the most wonderful evenings. But I’ve also been able to see some amazing places together with my favourite people, which is the best thing ever. I’m also very grateful everything is going well, that everyone is healthy and that my uni career is going swiftly. I feel like everything is rolling like it should, so I don’t want to talk about it too much and jinx myself.

Besides high points in my personal life, I also had a few high points in my blog life. I’ve been blogging a lot more regularly lately and I’ve really made it my number one hobby. And thankfully, that really paid off. While I managed to reach 2k views on my blog last year and I set this year’s goal for 3k, I managed to reach 11k this year. How insane is that! To some it might not seem much, but I’ve never had such growth on my blog, so to me it’s amazing. It’s also great sometimes to have your work validated by others. Months of doing make up finally paid off, being recognized by Max&More and receiving a fun PR package from them. My first ever PR! It was such an amazing thing to receive! I’m absolutely grateful for this opportunity.

A happy me with my first ever PR package.

Of course I’d love to talk on and on about all my high points, because those are the moments I want to remember. However, everyone has low points and I don’t want to leave them out of this. This year there weren’t really any big, negative events in my life, but I have been struggling with keeping my life on track a bit more than I used to. I learned that I really suffer from winter depression. It makes it almost impossible for me to get stuff done, which makes me feel even worse. It’s like a downward spiral. It’s just something I need to work on, because I know I will have this problem every year. So we’ll see how that goes in the future. It was a great learning point, however. I still need to learn how to get myself out of these negative ruts more often, but I’m getting somewhere.

Other things I’ve learned this year is to trust a bit more in the universe. As long as I channel positive energy, I know it’ll come back to me some way. I’ve been experiencing this a lot lately, feeling more like the universe is on my side for once. I should definitely leave things be more often and trust that the universe will take care of it. I also learned that if I want to accomplish something, I definitely can. As long as I put my energy into it and put my mind to it, I can do whatever I want. Somehow I feel like those two learning points are tied together a bit. When I put my energy into something, I should trust that the universe will make something good out of it. It doesn’t matter if this is the correct mindset or not, but this mindset has helped me a lot the past few months. I’ve accomplished a lot more and felt a lot less stressed about other things, which is very important to me during my winter dip. It really helps me to get out of that negative spiral more.

In general, I do feel like I learned a lot about myself this year, and that learning those things have led me to accomplish more. However, all blog related accomplishments couldn’t have been reached without my readers. I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to read through my creative outbursts and leave feedback whenever you can. I truly appreciate it! It’s been a great year, and I hope to keep this positive energy for the next one. So, for the last time this year, I want to thank you for reading, and I’ll see you next time!

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