First of all: This blog entry will be entirely different from what I usually share with you. It will get very personal, reflective, emotional and hopefully a little motivational as well. A letter to my 2017 me and to the person who I wanna be in 2018.

Dear 2018,

I will refuse to step into the new year with 2017 problems.

This year I won’t make half-hearted New Year’s Resolutions that I cannot keep anyway. I am talking about the usual stuff like “I want to eat healthier”, “I want to exercise more” or “I want to stop doing this or that”. From my own experience I know that I will throw these resolutions overboard within the first few weeks of January.

My only New Year’s Resolution for 2018 is: “I want to be happy.”

I want to stop focusing on the negative parts of 2017

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In the past few months, I constantly caught myself being unhappy and complaining about what a terrible year I’ve had. I was devastated, cried a lot, could not understand what had happened or why all of this had happened. I pitied myself. As if I were the only person on this whole planet that was having problems or going through a difficult time. In retrospect, this is totally ridiculous of course. I have food to eat, I have a home and I have wonderful people in my life.

My life is not bad at all. Quite the contrary, I am very lucky. For whatever reason, I seemed to have forgotten that.

And there is one thing I’ve realized: No amount of regretting can change the past and no amount of regretting can change the future. 

Being grateful makes you gorgeous

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Sometimes, you just have to step forward and move on. No questions, no doubts, no looking back, simply accepting your situation and moving on.

I should be grateful for what I already have.

I travelled to Cuba, Austria, Spain, Norway and Morocco and I’ve met so many beautiful souls along the way – I have been very lucky this year.

Even if I feel lonely or sad from time to time, I am never alone. I have an amazing family and awesome friends who are always there for me. I just want to let you know how much I appreciate you and that I will be forever grateful for all of your love and support.

Instead of constantly focusing on all of the bad things that have happened in the past year, or worrying about obstacles that might be in our way in the future, we should shift our focus.

2018 is the new beginning of anything I want

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2018 will be MY year. It will be YOUR year. It’s another great new chance to find more of yourself and no matter what you have been through the past year, don’t let it get you down.

If you’re having doubts, don’t let it stop you from pursuing your dreams. It’s okay. Everyone has doubts or questions certain decisions. Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain but START.

I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. Maybe the next few months will be a period of magnificent transformations? Who knows?

365 new days, 365 new chances.

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The things we are hoping for will be arriving at the most unexpected moments. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe that everything is going to be amazing in the end. Trust me.

Set a goal for 2018 that makes you wanna jump out of bed every single morning. 365 new days full of 365 wonderful new chances lie right in front of you. Don’t miss them.

I wish you all the best for 2018 – go travel, have adventures, meet amazing people & make memories that will last a lifetime! And never forget: The best is yet to come.

Love, 

Natalie


What have you been struggling with in 2017, what do you want in your life in 2018 and what are your travel plans for the new year? Let me know in the comments below, I’m curious!