Balance of 2017

As the next year gets closer, it is inevitable to take a look back to the last 365 days and make balance. Was it a good year? Could I have done something better? What will 2018 bring me?

2017 did not have it easy as, for me, 2016 was by far the best year of my life, with loads of new people crossing my path (including my niece and my boyfriend 😀 ). But if you know me or have been following me on my social media, you probably have noticed.

2017 has given me the courage to grow in the personal and professional aspects of my life. I have proven myself able to do things I wouldn’t have expected to do in a million years; I travelled, I enjoyed, I met new people and I became more confident on myself. And this is important. Believing I was able to do things was what led me to success, to push forward on the first place.

I have to admit I am rather a coward and live quietly inside of my comfort zone. This is very nice if you are satisfied with 0 achievements in your life, or if you are happy when your life is “work-home-work”. But I am not that kind of person, and I learned that this year. I started learning new techniques and abilities, and all of a sudden I wanted more; to learn more, to read more, to have more responsibilities, to speak more. And as I did more, I became aware that I could accomplish so many things if I want to. So I did. I set myself goals, and I went after them. And no, I wasn’t successful 100% of the time, but at least I tried to get there.

I still fail, though, on comparing myself to other people. I hate doing this, but I can’t help it. Every once in a while I look at other blogs, Instagram accounts, Etsy shops and think: “I will never be that good. They probably have something I don’t.” This pushes my motivation away for few days, until I realize that it is only me who is comparing herself with someone and saying “I am not good enough”. So, if I don’t believe in myself, who is going to?

For the moment, I made a list of things I want to accomplish in the next 365 days:

  1.  Challenge myself at least once a week
  2. Learn new techniques (next up: learn how to knit with double pointed needles)
  3. Dedicate more time to develop my ideas
  4. Travel (even more)
  5. Go back to the gym

Although these do not seem like a lot of things for new years resolutions, I know they will help me to grow inside and out.

All this motivation took me to where I am today, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring us.