I’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve in so many different ways. From being far away from home, dinner at my family, partying with friends, random snowball fights, going out, to kissing at midnight.
When it was time to celebrate the start of 2019, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do. I was invited to a couple of different dinners and parties, but I kept my options open. I just wasn’t sure about what I felt like doing to mark the passing of 2018.
2018 was a very interesting, challenging, hard and wonderful year, all at the same time. I spent the last 10 days of 2018 recharging my batteries, spending quality time with my family (and myself), planning out the new year, reading and being creative. It was a wonderful way of winding down the year to an end, and getting ready for what’s to come.
So when December 31st came around, I slept in, and I woke up feeling kind of off. I didn’t feel like being social or partying. So I sent a text out to the wonderful friends of mine who had invited me to celebrate New Year’s Eve with them and told them how I felt. I wished them a good celebration and then I got up, took a shower, got into some comfy clothes, made a nice breakfast, and then I just enjoyed the day. I read a little, knitted, had coffee, made myself a really tasty vegan dinner, and I opened up a bottle of white wine. And when the evening turned into night, I started writing, and I wrote my way all the way into 2019.
To me, this was the best way for me to spend the day. Not to say that I want to spend all New Year’s Eves like I did last night, but it was the right choice for the last day of 2018. I listened to my body and my mind, and I made my decision based on that.
And here I am, in the middle of the night of the first day of a brand new year! Feeling a little bit tipsy, happy about the work that I’ve done so far, feeling very relaxed, and very happy! ❤️
How did you spend the last day of 2018?
Looking back on the year that I just left behind, I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t a rough one.
I had to say goodbye to some wonderful people that I would’ve loved to have closer by for much longer. And even though the internet makes it so much easier to stay in touch with the people that you miss, it still can’t compare to deep conversations face to face, or a real hug!
I said goodbye to a few that it was time to let go of. No matter how much of a right choice it is, sometimes it’s really hard to do so.
We said goodbye to Snute (the last of our pet rats) when he’d gotten old and his body decided that it was time to leave. He left us with a lot of wonderful memories.
I got firsthand experience with how chaotic it can get when an airline’s (British Airways) IT system crashes, and you’re not in your home country.
I struggled with insomnia for quite a while.
And I got my heart broken, just in time for my 30th birthday.
But even so, 2017 had so many more truly wonderful moments!
I traveled to London (twice), Texas, Copenhagen, Kiel and Madrid!
Had my first (and second) experience with staying at a hostel while traveling, and I loved it!
I met a lot of new, wonderful and interesting people!
I went to the Oslo Opera House for the first (and second) time, and saw some out of this world performances!
I got to see Jason Mraz live once again! And I got to see Rag’n’Bone Man live for the first time! Both concerts moved me to tears!
Leander found a love for dancing, and it’s such a joy to watch him get better and better.
I got to follow Cecilia Samartin and do a behind the scenes video when she did press here in Oslo.
I got two new tattoos, a new camera and a new job!
Some of my closest friends came to celebrate my 30th birthday with me, surrounding me with love, smiles and wine, even though I sort of cancelled the party. I’m so glad they came!
I spent the actual day I turned 30 with my very best friend in the whole world, and it was perfect! Vegan sushi, Prosecco and a slumber party!
I faced my fear (which I will write more about in a post soon) and got over my extreme fear of going to the dentist!
And my plans to spend New Years alone, just snuggling up with a good book, turned into spending it with another of my best friends, going to a party, having an epic snowball fight with strangers and then dancing our way far into 2018!
And one of the most wonderful things I experienced in 2017 was that I’m still capable of falling head over heels in love. And even though it didn’t go as I’d hoped, it’s a relief to know that my heart still has the ability to fall completely for someone new. I thought I’d lost it.
2017, I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m very grateful for all that happened, and at the same time I’m very glad that it was time to split so I could start my new journey with 2018. So far I have to say that 2018 has been extremely good to me, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come.
On January 1st 2018, I started a new tradition. I wrote a letter to my future self, about the wishes I have for myself and the upcoming year. I’ve sealed it and so it will remain until January 1st 2019, when it’s time to do a recap of the year, and to write a new letter.
I have a good feeling about 2018 you guys! Let’s make it a special one!
Happy New Year!
Another year has come and gone
A year with new smiles and new faces
Unexpected things came my way
Through adventures to new places
Faced some obstacles obstacles on my way
And next year I’ll try even harder
To reach my dreams and goals
As they will grow even larger
I am thankful for everything
The hurt and joy that came my way
It is all part of the same lesson
To enjoy every single day
This is not an ending
But a start of something new
Another year to make a change
To find that fire inside of you
Cry, laugh, whisper and listen
Don’t be afraid to face your fear
Make the most of 2015
I wish you all a Happy New Year!
©Christina de Vries – Geek Heaven