Without a doubt, 2013 was the weirdest of years for me. My health, my job, a love, friendships, colleagues, all lost and nowhere to be seen in the near future. I’ve never had worse days, I’ve never been sadder, I’ve never had to make big sad decisions like the ones I made this year. But 2013 also brought me so many good things. And they deserve some special attention on this last day of the year.
So here they are, my 13 of 2013.
There are oh so many more moments and people and things and animals and nature and cameras and filmrolls and other things that are missing from this list. Which is a good thing to realise. I have a lot be thankful for.
1. Oh nature you so pretty.
From forests, to the beach, to ice, snow, autum leaves. My love for nature grew a little bigger this past year. I’m a city girl, but nothing makes me happier than nature does.
2. My holiday to Egypt with my then-boyfriend and his family. So magical to see these ancient sites. And to sneakily take pictures when it’s not allowed. Flying from Amsterdam, to Sweden, to Egypt, crossing the river Nile, snorkling among the fishies, walking around the Tempel of Karnak, flying from Egypt, to Sweden, to Amsterdam. Such a good holiday.
3. My hair.
Cause it’s such a pretty colour and it makes me so happy ❤
4. UGH ANIMALS YOU SO CUTE.
Also. So many visits to zoo’s this year. YESSSSSSSS.
Seriously though. My family. I. Just. Cannot.
They are the most amazing people ever, and without them my life would be so much more difficult. I owe them so much. They make me so happy. My family is my everything. ❤
6. Holidays/pushing myself forward/nature/friends/music
My little mini vacation to Vlieland was so wonderful in so many ways. It was one of the few times this year where I had some hope of getting better and feeling a litte fitter. I managed to bike around the island thanks to an electrical bike. I managed to go to some concerts. I felt so free and so happy. And the island of Vlieland is so, so beautiful. ❤
7. So. Many. Summer. Picknicks.
8. Three surgeries.
But my god. Can I breathe like a mo-fo thanks to them ❤
9. Making the best new friends.
And seeing more of some old friends, and having so many good friends that I just cannot sometimes. I basically have the best people around me. I really do.
10. My kitties.
Cause my life is not complete without my Bep and Sjonnie. #crazycatladyforlife
11. Baking all the yummy foods.
12. My wheelchair.
For giving me some more freedom despite my bad health. While at the same time making me realise I need to take things down a notch, in order to truly get my health and freedom back to where I want them to be.
My good days, my bad days, my fun days, my sad days. They’re all in there. I never thought I had the discipline. But as you can plainly see. I do. One selfie a day. 2013 in less than a minute. The Ultimate Selfie.
Which is extra fitting, since 2013 apparently is the year of the selfie
To me, it’s also the year of selflove and acceptance. The way I look, the way I feel, the way I think. This whole year has been one big mirror shoved in my face. Which wasn’t always pleasant. But it turns out I’m not really all that bad. Or, not as bad as I thought I was, at least. I’m getting there, that place I want to be.
2014. You better be filled with lot’s of friends, family, funtime, yummy foods, good concerts and good health. Or you’ve got me to reckon with a year from now.
Have a safe and wonderful New Years Eve lovelies ❤ Champagne and oliebollen, Here I Come!