What A Year It Has Been… Let’s Make 2018 Even Better! | Neeltje’s Thoughts: 2017

It’s the last day of 2017… What? Yes, it really is! ? I can’t believe how quick this year passed. Everyday I check my Timehop (this is such a fun app, you should really get it) and get very nostalgic. In my Timehop I can see what I posted from one year to even six years ago. So when a new year starts, I feel like it was 2014 a couple of seconds ago. For this post I wanted to reflect on the great things I did and accompliced this year. Enjoy!

Neeltje's Thoughts: 2017


My 2017 started off with a lot of school things I had to do. First I had to finish my Photography minor. Lotte actually helped me a lot with all of the different themed photos I had to take. One day we had planned to take photos, it was really cold and it had snowed. ☃️ This was perfect for the vibe of photos I wanted to go for and in the end we also got some really pretty nature shots.

Besides that, I also had to think about what I wanted to do for my thesis. In February all of this started and a week beforehand I still didn’t have any idea what was expected of me and what I was going to be doing. Of course this made me very stressed, but in the end it all worked out…

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In April I celebrated Thoughts in Style’s blog birthday! ✨ It was actually four years ago that I started this blog. How weird! Anyways, when I needed a break, I mostly just got the train and went to any city I felt going to for the day. I went to Amsterdam a lot… Lotte and I actually won a breakfast at Pluk with an Instagram giveaway, so this was a great excuse to go there again.

Summer didn’t start that great for me. I had been working on my thesis for the past months and I really wanted to be done with everything before summer started. Unfortunately that didn’t happen… I was really discouraged, but after thinking about it, I thought it would be better for me if I just made it the way I wanted to (perfectionist right here).


At the beginning of July Lotte and I went to Edinburgh! ✈️ I was so excited to go there, since it had been on my list for awhile now. Edinburgh is a city I really recommend going to. The people are so lovely, the sights are amazing and I just love the accent. We stayed in a beautiful hotel and were able to walk everywhere. I can’t wait to go somewhere again next summer. Are there any cities you recommend visiting?

Besides traveling to Edinburgh, I also spend a day at Strandfestival Zand with my friends (which was a lot of fun) and handed in my thesis. Handing in my thesis was something I was so nervous about. After waiting for almost four weeks (what felt like four years), I got the call that I could do my final presentation! A week later I did my final presentation and officially heard I was graduated. A very proud moment for me! Oh, and besides that, I also started my first official part-time job. A great way to end summer and start a new adventure.

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When October started, everything got very busy and time went by very quickly. First, I officially received my diploma at my graduation. Second, I started working four days a week instead of three days. Third, I went away for a weekend with my friends. Since we graduated, we don’t get to see each other very often, so we decided to have a girls weekend. Lastly, I did get to enjoy the lovely fall weather. Lotte and I took some photos at one of our favorite places, which you can see here. During the month of December it finally snowed! The first couple of days it snowed, I was really excited about it. I took lots of photos in the snow. But when I had to go to work with the bus and train, it was a little less fun. December is mostly for me about Christmas and my birthday. On December 20, I celebrated my 22nd birthday with my friends and family, which was a lot of fun. ? In this blog post you can see the most beautiful birthday cake I had.

Neeltje's Thoughts 2017 Hopefully you liked reading this post! I think it’s always great to reflect on the year I had and just to be grateful for everything. Even if you don’t have a blog, just write down everything you did during the year that you’re proud of or grateful for. For 2018 I won’t be making any resolutions because I just want to see what 2018 has in store for me. I hope everyone will have a lovely, healthy and beautiful 2018! Let’s make it a good year with lots of new opportunities & adventures. ? Do you have any resolutions for 2018?





  1. December 31, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Ik denk dat je er een goed jaar hebt opzitten! Ik doe nooit echt aan goede voornemens. Als ik iets wil, dan wil ik dat meteen en wil ik niet per se tot januari wachten, haha. Als kind wilde ik eens per se anderhalve liter water per dag drinken. Ik sleurde die waterfles echt overal mee naartoe, mijn moeder werd er gek van, hahaha. Na drie dagen of zo ook al wel weer opgegeven, maar dat illustreert wel mooi hoe ik met goede voornemens omspring, hehe!

    • Neeltje
      December 31, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      Haha, ah! Ja dat vind ik dus ook, dus we shall see what 2018 will bring 🙂 Gelukkig nieuwjaar alvast! X

    • Neeltje
      December 31, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      Thank you! Happy 2018 to you too 🙂

    • Neeltje
      December 31, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      It definitely was 🙂 Happy new year! X

    • Neeltje
      December 31, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      Thank you! Happy new year to you 🙂 X

    • Neeltje
      December 31, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Thank youu 🙂 Happy new year to you! Xx

    • Neeltje
      January 1, 2018 / 2:04 pm

      Thank you! Happy 2018 🙂 X

    • Neeltje
      January 2, 2018 / 4:33 pm

      Thank you! Xx

  2. jane
    January 3, 2018 / 7:11 am

    Looks like an amazing year for you babe,.
    Happy New Year!
    Let’s start the year right.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    • Neeltje
      January 3, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you so much! Happy 2018! X

  3. January 4, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Love your blog. Happy 2018!

    Offtopic question: I want the same smilies @ my blog (also in the comments) as you have in the blogpost. How can I do that? Thanks!

    • Neeltje
      January 4, 2018 / 5:45 pm

      Thank you! Happy New Year to you too. I just copy them from here: http://getemoji.com/ Hopefully that will help 🙂

  4. January 7, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    Gefeliciteerd met je afstuderen en wat heb je trouwens prachtige foto’s op je blog, heel erg mooi. Ik heb een paar doelen voor 2018. Graag wil ik afvallen en ook sparen en het laten groeien van mijn blog staat op het lijstje.

    • Neeltje
      January 7, 2018 / 5:49 pm

      Dankjewel! X

  5. January 7, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    Wat gaan de jaren toch snel voorbij je. Al 4 jaar je blog gefeliciteerd. Verder echt een leuk jaar. Op nar mooi 2018

    • Neeltje
      January 7, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      Ja he! Dankjewel! X

  6. January 7, 2018 / 10:22 pm

    Wat een jaar! Dubbele proficiat voor het afstuderen en voor het 4 jarig bestaan van je blog!

    • Neeltje
      January 8, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Ah dankjewel!

  7. January 8, 2018 / 12:58 am

    I love how you put this post together to round everything up, I am a student too so I feel your pain with all the college work that has to be done throughout the year. Wonderful blog by the way lovely, keep up the amazing work with it! x


    • Neeltje
      January 8, 2018 / 9:44 am

      Thank you so much! Xx

  8. January 8, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    Gefeliciteerd met het behalen van je diploma… heerlijk! En nu aan t werk… Je foto’s zien er prachtig uit!

    • Neeltje
      January 8, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      Dankjewel! X

  9. January 9, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    Dat klinkt als een mooi jaar. Ik wens je voor dit jaar veel mooie momenten toe!

    • Neeltje
      January 9, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      Dankjewel! Jij ook een mooi jaar gewenst 🙂

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