Closing another chapter – 2020, a year of first times

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Again the end of the year has come. The last day of the year always makes me go back and think about what I’ve done good and about what I can do better next year. The end of the year is not the end. Today one year ends, tomorrow another year begins. There’s hope and many things I want to do next year. However, before talking about new plans, I want to fill today’s page with words about the current year, a year that was full of first times.

Last night, while preparing to go to sleep, I had this sudden thought that this year I tried many things for the first time. Some were successes, others were failures. No matter how I look at these experiences, I really learned a lot about me and other people as well.

It was my first time deciding that I had to stop waiting to lose weight later. I used to say this all the time: tomorrow, from Monday, next week and so on. It was my first time deciding to go on a lose-weight-journey right now. That decision is still rewarding.

It was my first time trying to change my lifestyle. Minimalism and journaling had extremely beneficial effects on me and I also changed my eating habits. I stopped eating meat and I started doing research about what a balanced and healthy diet means, but I wanted to make changes while enjoying food because I am really happy when I eat good food. Thus instead of I can’t do it, I can’t give up on it I started to say more Let’s try or I want to change that. There are no magical words, only a strong motivation behind achieving one’s goals.

I had a lot of first times while cooking. I tried recipes like Korean cucumber kimchi, Korean seaweed soup, Korean rice cake, Japanese fluffy pancakes, Japanese omurice, humus and so on. I became culturally richer every time I tried something new. I also improved my cooking skills and made people happy with my food.

I read for the first time a book entirely in Korean and I became more confident that I can do more and better. What followed next? I started watching Korean series without English subtitles and somehow I became comfortable doing it. I did well (patting my head).

I made homemade soap for the first time and I had a great time both while preparing and using them. I got closer to the person I want to become and I feel I became more responsible for my actions toward nature.

I started learning Japanese. A new world was waiting to be discovered. I opened a new door to another beautiful culture. My goal was to get to read Japanese and it was possible to read a few children stories after learning Hiragana, one of the three writing systems in Japanese. There is a long road ahead of me but I feel ready to go with the flow and to have fun while learning.

Starting a blog was also a first time, a very beautiful and rewarding one. Through my blog I was able to learn more about myself, to discover new things I want to do next, to meet beautiful people, to learn from them or to just share stories with them. For this I am always grateful and happy to have started this journey.

It was a great year, full of unexpected situations and decisions that I had to make. It was a challenging year and I have to admit I am curious about what comes next.

This is the last story of 2020. Thank you all for being here with me, for reading my articles and for sharing your stories with me. I will be here next year too, waiting for you to come by. I hope you stay healthy and have a year full of first times. Happy New Year!

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