We didn’t blow up two weeks ago which mandates me to write a quintessential post wrapping up the past year. I think 2012 has been put behind me for a long time since the first half was a roller coaster ride up and the second half was one that fell steep at a raging speed. Nonetheless, we all hope the upcoming year brings positive experiences, more wealth and less baggage (physical or emotional). Myself included, I can only hope 2013 is my lucky year.
Highlights of 2012
- My boyfriend visited me and met my family for the first time.
- I got into this beautiful rhythm conquering 3 jobs and full time University study.
- I graduated University with Latin Honors. Boyfriend visited again 🙂
- I was fortunate to travel to through Europe over the summer.
- I spent my first Christmas and (upcoming) New Year’s abroad.
Downside of 2012
- I was not able to move to The Netherlands as planned. Insert dramatic roller coaster dive down and halt with screeching brakes.
Midway through the year, my life took a big and unexpected turn. Influences beyond my control stopped the one goal I had been working on for the last 2 years. Worst of all, it ruined all upcoming plans for 2012 that included The London Olympics, Tbex Girona and a Master’s Program in Rotterdam.
You can imagine my only goal for 2013 is to make a successful move. All of my personal belongings are here and accommodated nicely. All that is seriously missing is me and a residence visa. Honestly, I’m still in limbo about my 2013 plan but you can be certain it will include the following:
- Losing Weight: Oh the typical New Year’s thing to do. This has been a battle for a few months now. After a few press trips and stress attacks, I am seriously out of shape. I’m doing the right things by joining the gym and attending 6x/week, eating right and trying to stay away from NYC Pizza.
- Learn how to drive: Didn’t I say I would do this two years ago? Well, with a long gap between now and the day I make my second try to move to Europe, there is really no excuse.
- Start Self Dutch Lesson Sundays: The best way to learn a language is to fully emerge. Having been to the country enough times to move, I’ve obviously picked up on a few words and phrases. It’ s impossible to find Dutch classes in NYC so I will try to practice my pronunciations which means I’ll probably need lots of whiskey or a decent cold.
- Manage my stress: After what happened last year, my stress got so out of control that my health was at serious risk. Can you blame me? Honestly, I am trying to stop beating myself up and to do the best I possibly can. Insert lots of Yoga, Reading and Selfish “Me” time.
- Follow a Self Chosen Path that makes me happy. Enough said.
Dear 2013. Please be nice. And include some sunny days for NYC and ESPECIALLY Rotterdam when I get there. Thanks. -Me