So here we are again at the beginning of a new year. What now?
Admittedly, 2016 was a little out of focus. I didn’t particularly know where life, nor sometimes my head, was heading towards. I just went with the flow of the stream of beginnings which brought forth a new job, new friends, new opportunities and accentuated philosophies. But there had been a heap load of challenges. And just like the madness of global politics and affairs, 2016 felt like an incomparable cloud of doubt which I’m determined to get rid of.
Family and Friendly Ties
I spent the last weeks of 2016 and the first few days of 2017 with my friends and family and by the time they had to leave I was a bloody wreck at the airport. I’m going to refocus my energy into becoming a better daughter, sister, niece, cousin. I don’t have to do grand gestures, but ya know, little things like calling once a week, or WhatsApping a bit more. I don’t want to leave it too long until I see them nor speak to them again.
I’m also going to make more effort to be present for friends when they need me.
Blogging is not automatic
The Girl Next Shore is a really important part of my life and I’ve met a lot of awesome people and had great opportunities through it. However, I have to be honest, blogging felt rather automatic last year. I look back at my posts and realise something felt amiss, and I feel like that something was me. I miss my old style, I miss writing because I loved it, not because I had to do it. So whilst food and travel will still be a big feature on the blog, I’d like to refocus on writing stuff that really matter. Things about life and the like. Well and good if that brings more readers, but if not, at least I know it would still be fun, because I’m writing for me.
Work work work work workI’ve just hit my first year in the “new” job and whilst it has its challenges, I actually enjoy what I’m doing. My marketing team is pretty cool and the camaraderie amongst colleagues is fantastic. This year I’d like to focus on the motivation that drives me to become the best I can be. I’d like to commit myself into better organisation and work ethics. Because what’s life if you’re not doing something you love, non?
We’re not getting any younger and life’s too short to be spent worrying. Those who’ve been Hygge-ing or Marie Kondo-ing the shizzle out of last year say simplicity is key – perhaps there’s truth to that. I want 2017 to become an overall fresh clean slate. Like, switch off from the negatives, reorganise closets, throw away unnecessary things, and be a bit more mindful for the benefit of wellness. Eventually, everything else will follow. Fingers crossed.
Kill ’em with kindness
It astounds me, the fact that some people have so much time bitching and making other people’s lives miserable. I mean gossip is innate to human nature, but to actually take time to make people suffer is just so yesterday. In the blogging world, there are trolls (who seem to forget that IP addresses and sources can be tracked, even with VPN). In real life, there are nasty people. I’m going to focus on being kinder to people I actually like and forget about those who try to bring me down. Because frankly, I don’t give a shit and what the world needs now is love, sweet love.
Global citizen of the world
My passport is thirsty for more stamps and I am in constant daydreams of seeing the world’s corners and embracing more diverse cultures. I can’t wait to take more #girlnextshorejumps, sausage legs photos, scenic selfies and such.
Here’s a few on my plan for the first half of the year. I’m focusing more on Europe, revisiting some favourite cities and checking out new ones, too. (Photos by Travel Channel)
King’s Landing in CroatiaBack to the French Riviera for ports, boats, and a heapload of rose la piscine!
Stuff my face silly at the La Boqueria in Barcelona, and visit three different tapas bars in San Sebastian.
Visiting my bestie in Berlin.
Going back on the streets of Prague.
Firenze is beautiful in Spring.
Medieval and sunny Porto!
I haven’t finished my plans for the whole year yet, but I’m excited to schedule in more time! =)
Oh, 2016. Your ship has sailed and I am back on the shore.
2017 will be a good year. I can feel it. Here’s to the rest of the year ahead, folks =)