We’re already over a week into 2018, but after reading my friend Tara’s blogpost I realised it is good to take a minute and think about all the things that make your life beautiful. I feel that January can be a bit of a depressing month, but looking back on 2017 I instantly feel better – after all, I have a lot of things to feel thankful for. Apparantly it helps to actually write these things down so I gathered, why not? Maybe it will inspire you too to think about your blessings in life. Anyway, here are mine:
1. My health
Something we more often than not take for granted, and only realise once it goes downhill. Don’t you ever think “wow, I was so ignorant about my health when I wasn’t dealing with this shit” when you’re suffering from the flu or a heavy cold? I was lucky enough to just encounter a cold and nothing more, and I should genuinely realise this more often.
2. My friends & family
Another thing we often tend to take for granted: friends and family. Even though I was living in a different country for the first half of the year, my (Dutch) friends and my family never failed to support me whenever I was feeling down or needed to talk. Of course they were also there in happy times, and I am looking back with a massive smile on the many fun times I’ve spent with both old and new friends in the past year.
3. We Are Travellers
Thanks to the wonderful Roëll and her Dutch travel platform We Are Travellers, I got the opportunity to go on three (!) press trips last year: Italy, France and Tunisia. I look up to her massively and can’t thank her enough for giving me the chance to discover new places, meet new people and work on my writing skills.
4. Graduating from university for the second time
I finished my MA in Advertising & Design at the University of Leeds this summer! It certainly hasn’t been a cake walk (I found out I didn’t really enjoy studying advertising) but at least I sticked with it and can now proudly say I am a Master of Arts. Even though it isn’t the exact career path I am planning to take, I did learn a lot, got to experience British uni life and most importantly: made friends for life.
5. Started a real grown-up job
Since October I’ve been working at an agency in Rotterdam as a project manager! I work with a variety of companies and brands to develop communication materials. It still feels weird to work full-time, at a grown-up company doing grown-up things. But the salary is something I can get used to (I am saving up the majority for future travels)!
I could list tons more, but these are the most important ones from the top of my head. Do you ever take a moment and think about your blessings? What are you grateful for?