2012 Then, 2013 Now

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

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Hooray!

  • 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

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One of those flags are my future home.

  • 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.

Bummerama.

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:

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Bring on the Zen

  • 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

 

4 Comments to “ 2012 Then, 2013 Now”

  1. Alison says :

    Good luck! Or should I say “succes”! I hope 2013 sees you getting your residence visa issues sorted.

    1. Teresa says :

      Bedankt! 🙂 Me too. I am looking forward to integrate into Dutch society.

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