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So here we are. At the very last day of 2016. Let’s be honest, it’s been a horrendous year. Lots of bad things happened to the world and yet, the year still felt as if it flew away. I’m glad that the year is over but also stunned on how fast it went. Because despite the lack of pleasance, 2016 was also a year where a lot of big things happen to me. Some are good, some or not. Nevertheless, I think it’s important for me personally at least, to make a reflection of what had happened on 2016 and what can I improve for 2017. So here’s a quick glance of my 2016.

2016 reflection

This post is just going to be short and quick because I’m off to holiday shortly. So let’s start with things I’m grateful for in 2016:

1. Traveled to 8 countries

The beginning of 2016 was marvelous. I spent the new year’s eve in Prague and from there I started to travel to many more countries. I finally get to see the places I had always wanted to see. The Eiffel tower, a fairytale castle in Germany, and best of all the Northern Lights! It was really magical and for that, I’m very grateful.

2. Graduated from University of Birmingham

I can proudly say that I ended 2016 with a new title, MSc. International Accounting & Finance. After a one short year of wonderful time I spent at the University of Birmingham, I finally completed the course in September. It’s been a tremendous experience and I will cherish it forever.

3. Celebrating the 4th anniversary

My boyfriend and I have been in a long distance relationship for 4 years. And last November we finally able to celebrate our 4th anniversary together, physically. After being in different countries (even continents) we’re finally settled in the same countries. Although not necessarily the same city. But still, I’m grateful. At least now I don’t need to apply for a visa to visit him.

4. Friendship

I make a new meaningful friendship this year, although I have to cut some people out of my life. It’s better for my mental health, avoiding drama and negativity. I believe it helps me become more productive and positive this year. I also reconnected with my oldest circle of friends and I’ve been enjoying their company even than before. So it is true, it’s good to have a healthy relationship with the closest people in your life.

Despite having some peak moments in 2016, I’ve had a lot of disappointment during 2016, especially at the end. Because I don’t particularly pleased with what life have thrown at me. Some plans I’ve carefully thought of, somehow went south. But let’s not ponder on that and rather focus on the positive things. That’s why I’m not making a list of things I’m disappointed with in 2016.

2016 has been tough. But it doesn’t mean that good things didn’t happen. And although I’m not too excited for 2017 either, I believe that it’s going to be a life-changing year. I just have to be stronger and wiser to make it through. I’ll get back to you on how it’s going next year. See you next year.

Happy holiday!

  • Seeing the Northern Lights before it disappear is on my bucketlist. It’s just a real pain to apply for VISAs. Congrats on graduating! It’s fun to focus on the positives on the last year rather than mulling over the really, really bad ones. Happy 2017!

    xo, Richel V. | Richel Goes Places

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