Happy New Year!

And happy birthday to my blog (a couple of days early, but who’s counting?). 
2013 was a strange year for me. On the upside, it was a year of new beginnings, but it was also a year filled with stress and difficult decisions. While we’re happy with the decision we made, it’s a little tough sometimes when we’re homesick for Belgium and missing our friends. I hope 2014 is a little easier all round.
My 2013 highlights really make me smile:
  • I rediscovered my love of sewing, and have finally made something which I like
  • I travelled to new places, visiting friends and attending the beautiful wedding of a good friend in Sweden
  • I moved to a flat with a sea view
  • I started Russian lessons
  • I learnt to crochet
I don’t seem to have blogged about most of these things, but there’s always 2014!
I normally make a lot of resolutions, but this year I’m keeping it relatively simple:
  • Improve my sewing (maybe I could sew some of my new work wardrobe)
  • Try new things (experiences, food, anything)
  • Be braver (this links into the above, but also includes just doing stuff without worrying about it for ten days beforehand)
  • Be nice to myself (time to stop dwelling on the small stuff and start focussing on things that make me feel good)

I hope 2014 brings you everything you dream of…

A New Year

Usually I stay in on New Year’s Eve in order to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for 1st January. I like to spend the day thinking about where I want to go with my life, what I want to achieve in the next twelve months, how I can best set myself on the right track for the future.

This year was a little different. This year (for reasons I may explain in a later post) I decided to live my life instead of planning it, and I went out with my brother and his friends, drank heavily, danced my socks off, and basically wrote off the next couple of days for recovery.

Now, it was a fantastic evening and I really enjoyed myself, but I feel like I’m already behind with the new year and I’m struggling to motivate myself into doing anything productive. To try and get back on track, I’m going to spend this weekend thinking about my plans, thinking about what I want to get out of life in the next year. Just thinking, a lot. I already have a rough idea of what I want, but I want to get it all down, all planned out, really think it through.

I suppose the first part of these plans is this blog. This is going to be where I document my year, this is part of what requires so much planning. I mean, it doesn’t NEED that much planning, but if I’m going to do it properly (foreshadow to another idea to be revealed later – don’t rush into things and abandon them when they end up a bit half arsed), then I should plan.

The first stages are done, and my blog looks bald. I think the time has come for a post!

So here goes. Welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy reading it!