Even though I often felt frustrated and hopeless this year, I know that the only way to go is forward. I reviewed my workbook and stuck to my plans as best as I could, trying hard not to get side-tracked or pushed in the wrong direction.
My main goals were:
- Get my residence permit and rent an apartment with my boyfriend. Check, check!
- Find a job. Found a temporary part-time, plus volunteering at an international school. Income is not much but it's a good experience.
- Self-publish my first book. Haven't finished writing it yet, but progressed a lot!
- Visit my family in Brazil. Tickets booked for next year, yes!
- Lose 10kg. Actually lost 15!
- Speak Dutch. I’m almost there!
My word for 2014 was FLOW and I definitely felt it. My residence paperwork is finally in order, we moved and made new friends, I’ve been working and networking, I’m done with Social Orientation and Dutch lessons and I finally released the weight I’ve gained in the last four years!
I had no idea how to accomplish some of those things when I wrote them down, but somehow I did - by revising them every month, brainstorming and tweaking where necessary. I’m sure that if I didn’t have that tool, I would have procrastinated or even given up.
I am very grateful for all that I learned this year, but now it’s time to let it go and look forward.
We must always hope that the future will be brighter, or what do we get out of bed for?
I sat alone with a cup of tea, a blanket and my 2015 Create Your Shining Year. I started reflecting about this year but ended up thinking and scribbling about my whole life – everything that brought me to where and who I am today.
What came out of that was the realization that the dance between the Universe and me has been working well so far, that it’s time to stop worrying so much.
I’ve been playing with a word for 2015: SUCCESS. I do not have many goals, but I do know how I want to feel: focused and satisfied. I will focus on writing and teaching, which are the things I can do well and that bring me a sense of accomplishment.
I will figure out the details of self-publishing and keep on writing and becoming a better writer.
I will figure out how to be self-employed in Belgium and I will start to create income.
Other than that I have long lists of movies to watch, books to read and places to visit, which are the things that makes me the happiest. That should be simple enough.
How about you? What are you celebrating this year?
What goals have you set for next year?