Looking Back On 2018 To Look Forward To 2019 | Neeltje’s Thoughts: 2018

Dear 2018,

Why did you went by so quick? I feel like I was writing my round up of 2017 just a couple of weeks ago… And now I am here writing a round up of my 2018 and wow… What a year it has been! 2018 has definitely been the year of self reflection, changes and doing a lot of what I love. Of course I have also had some challenges and learnt from mistakes. Since I love to reflect on every year to look back at what I accomplished and maybe even get an idea of what I will be doing in the new year. Let’s start with looking back on 2018!

┆ LIFE ┆

In my life there were some big changes this year. When 2018 started I had just gotten used to the fact that I was actually graduated and started working more at my job. Besides that, I still worked at a restaurant on the weekends. Sometimes it was a lot. I felt like I threw myself too quick into working more and wasn’t really thinking about what I wanted to do and what I needed. Elba had the same feeling as me and convinced me to take a yoga class with her and it changed my life. Ever since then, I have been doing yoga at least once a week and also been working out three times a week. I never thought I would be a person to go to the gym but now I can’t go without it. Working out and yoga make me feel better, fitter and more energized. I am so happy I chose to do something for myself (like I talk about in this blog post).

Then around June I started looking for a new job. I applied to a couple and got an interview at a communication agency, got a second interview and was hired in a little over a week. This meant I would start at the end of August. It all went so fast but I am so happy I found something new and that varies every single day. It is hard work but I have learned a lot in five months so I am very grateful for that.

┆ TRAVEL ┆

Traveling is a big part of every year. At the beginning of each year I try to plan trips for the rest of the year. So that’s also what I did in 2018. I had no idea of where I wanted to go or the cities I wanted to see. In 2018 I ended up going to Paris with Lotte, Berlin with my family and New York with my mom!

➵ July 29 – August 2, Paris

Oui oui Paris! My first trip during the summer was to Paris with Lotte. I had been to Paris two times before but since it’s such a large and beautiful city, I couldn’t wait to go again. We were in Paris for five days so we had plenty of time to explore the whole city. We saw everything from the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Musée du Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Le Marais and so much more. It was such an amazing trip so you don’t want to miss the travel diary I made about our time in Paris… Read my Paris travel diary here!

➵ August 13 – August 16, Berlin

After Paris my family and I went to Berlin for a couple of days. I think traveling with friends and traveling with family differs so much. When my friends and I travel, I mostly make a list of things I want to do. When I go on holiday with my family, I just let my parents make plans. This is why a holiday like this is a little more relaxing. We had been to Berlin before but I couldn’t really remember anything about this trip so it was like I was wandering around a new city. If you want to know more about my trip to Berlin, you should definitely read my Berlin travel diary.

➵ October 21 – October 28, New York

The last trip I took in 2018 is to my all time favorite city, New York City! My mom and I booked this trip pretty spontaneously back in January and I was so excited to go! New York has so much to offer and the other two times I was there, it was only for four days. This time we were there a week and it felt like I knew the city so well. When we walked somewhere, I recognized so much. We saw so much, discovered a lot of new places and I took many photos. Every time I look back at the photos and videos I took, I get teary-eyed because I miss this city so much. Lotte and I are already planning to go together next time… Get to know all about my New York trip in this travel diary.

 

┆ FAVORITES ┆

Over 2018 I have definitely developed a couple of new favorites. Of course I mention my favorites every once in awhile in a Loves Lately post, but I also wanted to share some other favorites I’ve loved over 2018. My favorite…

… memory of 2018 is visiting my favorite city again with my mom. I am still so happy we went to New York again and I can’t wait to go again.

… thing I did in 2018 is stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new activities. I have actually found something that has kind of changed my life, working out.

… event of 2018 is the Justin Timberlake concert. JT has always been one of my favorite artists and in 2018 my mom and I got to go to one of his concerts again.

┆ NEW YEARS GOALS ┆

Like I’ve mentioned before, I never really do New Years resolutions. They are kind of unnecessary and mostly don’t work because they put a lot of pressure on you. That’s why I have made a list of three goals for 2019. First, I want to keep working on myself, like I did in 2018. Second, I want to learn new skills. To keep learning is important to me and in 2019 I want to do more with design. Third, I want to get stronger. Not only physically but definitely also mentally. These are the goals I will be working towards during 2019.

Well, that’s my round up of 2018! Thanks for the memories 2018. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for me. I want to wish you a very happy, healthy and sparkly new year! ☆ What is your best memory of 2018? What are you looking forward to in 2019?

Love,

Neeltje

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44 Comments

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 26, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Ah thank you so much! I hope you had a lovely Christmas as well. X

  1. December 26, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    What an amazing and busy 2018 you had with so many changes and travel! I love your photography! May 2019 be every bit as full of great things!

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    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 26, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Ah you’re so sweet, thank you! Xx

  2. Lisa Autumn
    December 27, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    Such a beuatiful post girl!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 27, 2018 / 9:58 pm

      Thank you! X

  3. December 29, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Seems you had a pretty busy year! To me traveling is important also. I always try to wrap my work around it (that’s possible because I’m a freelance writer). I just came back for a lightning visit to New York. Loved the vibe over there! And I took my kids to amazing Egypt. Best wishes for 2019!

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 29, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      Ah New York is amazing so I get what you mean 🙂 I wish you a happy 2019!

  4. December 29, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Het blijft leuk om zo terug te kijken op een mooi jaar. Leuke reisjes en mooie veranderingen 🙂 Op een mooi, gezond en liefdevol 2019!

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 29, 2018 / 3:15 pm

      Jaa leuk he! Dankjewel, jij ook alvast een heel mooi 2019 gewenst 🙂

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 29, 2018 / 3:15 pm

      Same here! I hope you have a lovely 2019 🙂 Xx

  5. December 29, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    Mooie foto’s. Het is altijd een goed moment om terug te kijken op het afgelopen jaar zo vlak voor de jaarwisseling.

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 12:03 am

      Dankjewel! Ja he 🙂

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Happy New Year to you! X

  6. December 30, 2018 / 1:28 am

    Looks like you had a lot of great things happening in 2018 😀 One thing I want to do in 2019 is be more organized about everything, making goals, and actually going for those goals. I’d love to do some travel next year, but may have to cut back to focus on other things. Oh, compromise.

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    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:26 am

      Sound like lovely ideas for 2019 🙂 Happy New Year to you!

  7. íngrid
    December 30, 2018 / 9:20 am

    wat een leuke terugblik. kijken wat je gedaan hebt en plannen maken voor het nieuwe jaar. hier al vast disneyland parijs geboekt met de kidss

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:26 am

      Ah wat leuk! Daar wil ik ook nog een keertje heen 🙂

  8. December 30, 2018 / 10:50 am

    Mooie foto’s en mooie momenten ‘captured’ in een herinnering. Daar is een blogpost als deze ook heel mooi voor. Een soort van opsomming zodat je het niet meer kunt vergeten. Goed van yoga en aan jezelf werken. Yoga heeft heel veel voor mij gedaan. Op dit moment merk ik dat ik juist meer behoefte heb aan work outs die veel van mijzelf eisen (fysiek). Het mentale is even te pijnlijk en moeilijk op dit moment. Yoga haalt dat bij mij naar boven en dat kan ik nu niet goed hanteren. Misschien dat dat in 2019 weer komt.

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Dankjewel! 2019 is weer een nieuwe start dus hopelijk komt het in het nieuwe jaar weer.

  9. December 30, 2018 / 10:54 am

    Dat is een heel mooi en vol jaar om op terug te kijken. Goed dat je aanvoelde dat het werk bijelkaaropgeteld teveel was. Ik start in januari met mindfulness en yoga, ik ben benieuwd.
    Een hele fijne jaarwisseling en de beste wensen voor 2019.

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Dankjewel! Yoga is echt een eye-opener voor mij geweest. Hopelijk is dat voor jou ook zo 🙂 Gelukkig nieuwjaar alvast. X

  10. December 30, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Zo, je hebt in 2018 aardig wat ondernomen en gezien.
    Voor 2019 hoop ik op net zo’n mooi jaar voor je. Fijne jaarwisseling gewenst.

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Dankjewel! Jij ook alvast. X

  11. December 30, 2018 / 11:28 am

    Goed dat je aan yoga bent gaan doen en leuk dat je dingen in jezelf ontdekt, die je niet voor mogelijk had gehouden

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 1:14 pm

      Dankje! Ja het is echt een eye-opener geweest.

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 1:14 pm

      Thank you!

  12. December 30, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    Je maakt echt super mooie blogs zeg 🙂 complimenten! Wat heb je een paar mooie reizen gemaakt dit jaar! NYC staat ook op mijn lijstje. Berlijn wil ik ook nog wel een keer heen, want ik ben er ooit een dagje geweest… Dat is natuurlijk veel te kort.

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      Ah, wat leuk om te horen, dankjewel! Happy New Year 🙂

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:17 pm

      Thank you! Happy 2019 to you 🙂 X

  13. December 30, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    Parijs, Berlijn en New York in één jaar. Dat klinkt echt helemaal cool en te gek. Hopelijk ook weer leuke reisjes in 2019.

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:17 pm

      Jaa, kan niet wachten om weer te gaan plannen 🙂

  14. December 30, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    New York! Ik ben echt heel jaloers!

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:17 pm

      Ah! Het is echt zo’n mooie stad. Echt de moeite waard 🙂

  15. December 30, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Wat een leuk jaaroverzicht met prachtige foto’s! Ik zie allerlei plaatsen langskomen waar ik graag nog eens naartoe zou willen…

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:17 pm

      Dankjewel! 🙂

  16. December 30, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    you’ve made some nice trips this year!! Hopefully many more to come!

    • Neeltje
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you! I hope so too. I can’t wait to start planning again. Xxx

  17. January 1, 2019 / 3:50 pm

    I REALLY LOVE YOUR BLOG!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR, have a wonderful year ahead <3

    • Neeltje
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:52 pm

      Thank you so much. Happy New Year to you as well. Xx

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