2014 Recap, 2015 Resolutions and Plans

Good day there lovelies,
2014 is coming to an end and the ending of a year marks the beginning of a new one (isn't this obvious, Sjoukje). 2014 has been an interesting year for me but I know for a fact that 2015 will be even more interesting - I'll take you on a trip with a pit stop in 2014 and a landing in 2015. Enjoy!

This year has been a year of many 'last times' for me. I'm leaving my parents' home in 2015 and many 'big happenings' made me realize that they might not be the same next year. It was the last family holiday I joined (and I took many photographs to make sure I'd never forget it), the last Christmas for me living at home and it's going to be the last year for me in this house, this city.
I deeply enjoy times like Christmas and the fact that I know that next year'll be spent differently made me enjoy these days even more.
2014 has also been a blogging year for me: I posted my first article ever on the 11th of July and this will be my 131st article ever. I've been enjoying the hell out of this period of time: the fact that people actually read what I type makes me so happy and I'm so thankful for this. I hope I'll be able to keep the blogging up in 2015. I did have some very busy 'blogless' times and it may sound weird but they felt emptier. Every happy and positive comment is greatly appreciated.
I think this year has also been a year in which I, well, learnt to accept myself: I got a new job (which I'm going to quit, new year's resolution!) and it made me less shy, more open.
This year has taught me to say 'yes' more often. I'm a stay-at-home person and I don't think there's anything wrong with that: I love drinking tea and reading books - but getting used to this might keep you away from the 'real world'. Accepting that there's nothing wrong with my personality and character made me realize that I could do anything I wanted.
Oh, and I also cut off my hair and dyed it - which has been quite a big deal for me! I used to have long blond hair, and now my hair's short and brown.
Nothing big happened in 2014: no brothers or sisters were born, no family members died - which I'm happy about because I wouldn't want to trade my life for anything bigger or smaller - but it's a fact that 2015's going to have a completely different storyline.

Like I briefly mentioned in my 2014 recap: 2015 will be different for me. I'll be leaving school after 8 years in primary school and 6 years in hell - I'll finally be going off to the University I've been wanting to go to for quite some time now.
The study of my choice is 'The Science of Communication and Information' which I won't elaborate in this blogpost as it's quite complicated. The university of my choice is in Amsterdam, which is about 2.5 hours away from my home: I won't be able to stay here. I'll have to move there. The 'moving there' part is not a big problem for me: I'm so excited to get new furniture and get used to a new place and my parents and loved ones are just a train ride away - but I'm afraid of bigger things: grocery shopping, working for my money (and not just for cinema trips and clothes) and living together with others which I don't know at this current moment.
Before this happens I'll have to tell my friends and school goodbye: I think I'm going to miss this time of my life but I'm really looking forward to a new environment, because I feel like I've been stuck here for too long. I've known my current friends for 6 years now and I think this friendship is strong enough to last, even though I'm so far away (everybody's going to a different university) so I'm not worried about that either.
Passing my exams is something I'm kind of nervous about as well: will I? I now feel like I will - my grades are OK - but you'll never know what'll happen in that big room filled with people with sweaty faces and hands and exam papers. I hope it's all going to be alright because another year of waiting is something I wouldn't survive - ever.

I don't have any special resolutions: I don't want to lose weight and I'm not going to exercise more or anything (even though my running shoes've been gathering dust in a little corner of my room..). I just want to be happy, enjoy life and make a good start at uni. That's all I'm hoping for.

What are your plans, resolutions, hopes? Let me know in the comments down below here. Love, Sjoukje


  1. Lovely post! It's amazing how far your blog has come in such a short time, all the best for 2015!

    Katie // http://zzandh.blogspot.co.nz/

    1. I agree with you! Thank you so much, good luck to you too.

  2. Best of luck for 2015, going to university is a big step, but an amazing one. I hope it's a great year for you.

  3. Good luck for your new adventure! :) I kind of envy you for going to Amsterdam, I really loved the city when I visited. Considering that I'm studying Communication Design your study sounds interesting, may I ask about it? I'm curious :D

  4. This is a gorgeous post! You write so well. I wish you all the best in 2015, and I hope you enjoy your last months with your loved ones! Thank you so much for blogging such beautifully written posts and such amazing pictures!
    Marianne :)

    1. Thank you for your compliment, it was an absolute pleasure. ^^

  5. I love following your blog, I really enjoy reading your posts! Wish you all the best for 2015, happy new year!


  6. I've really enjoyed reading your blog after discovering it a few days ago. It has really given me motivation to keep up my own blog, even while working a full time job. :)

  7. What a beautiful post! Seems like you will have a year of new and exciting adventures. I wish you the best and hope you enjoy going to University!
    Happy New Year!! x

    Fabi | www.agirlandherstripes.com

  8. Amazing post! I'm excited! Want so much to read about your wonderful adventures!
    Happy New Year! Hope all your dreams will come true!

  9. Love this. <3

    Happy new year!

    xx Nicole Rose

  10. It makes me feel really comfortable to read your post. It's so natural and honest.
    I moved away to study too, but now I'm back home searching for a job in my branch.
    I wish you all the best on your way. You'll meet a lot of new people and you'll probably change in your character. Don't forget to be tough and strong.
    I would love to have a coffee with you in Amsterdam! Too bad I live so far away.
    Love, Jana

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment <3 good luck with the job-hunt, I'm glad I don't have to start with that just yet. About the coffee comment: the internet is great but it's so sad that everybody lives so far away. Whenever I read some people's blogs I think 'we'd get along so amazingly.. but we live thousands of kilometers apart'!