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!

My evolution in 2020 – an overview

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2020 remains for me the most challenging yet the most fruitful year. I believe that all the difficulties that came into my life challenged me to change in order to grow. I had to react, if not I would have been in extreme depression right now.

Today’s post is not only an overview on my progress for this year, but also a post to express my gratitude for the good things that happened to me and for the goals I have achieved. It is the first time I write more elaborately about my achievements and this is partly due to my journaling journey I started almost a year ago.

This time of the year I usually think about my goals for the next year, but this year it came to me that thinking about what we already achieved can help us check our development map and motivate us to continue the great work. Also it shows us where we are now so we can pick goals that would helps us continue our work and grow even more.

So without further ado, I will list the achievements that give me so much satisfaction and motivate me to keep making efforts:

I finished writing my dissertation. I postponed writing my dissertation because I felt extremely overwhelmed with a full-time job, a part-time job and school. I really felt I needed a break or at least postpone writing my dissertation for one year. I am glad and proud I finished writing it.

I started keeping an everyday journal. This is something I am very proud of. Journaling helped me in so many various ways and I think it is a habit that doesn’t feel like routine. I do it because I like it, I write whenever I feel like it. Journaling is like a friend you drink with, it never betrays you.

I started doing yoga and cardio exercises to lose weight. I lost 6 kg. I am very proud of me making efforts to lose weight. I really loved the process of me becoming healthier and more responsible for my life.

I started my blogging journey. Writing is really healing for me and I wanted to write a blog since I was younger. I wanted to have a cooking blog, but it turned out writing about lifestyle. I am still thinking of starting a cooking blog, but now I have other projects I want to focus on. It will happen one day if I still want it to happen.

I started my minimalism journey. I really consider this one a real achievement. Getting to know more about the minimalist lifestyle also changed me and challenged me to make changes where I felt I had to change. Since I started learning more about minimalism, I feel like I became more responsible toward the environment and toward myself. I started consuming less and more responsibly and thus I could save money more easily. I started keeping a track of my finances and say stop when I felt I spent too much. I gave up on eating meat. I don’t know if it’s because of minimalism, but it came so naturally after I got into minimalism. There were also a lot of other circumstances that made me choose this way of leaving. I am not a vegetarian yet because I still eat fish but I am quite happy with my choice of not eating meat. However I never pushed myself doing something I don’t like so if I ever feel like eating meat again I will do it. Right now I am quite satisfied with my lifestyle, but there is always a place for improvement and this is what I am looking for. Continuous improvement and a happier me.

Now that I see everything on paper, I realize that this year was quite a good year. If I don’t think about the challenge that we all had to face since February, 2020 could be my year. I did more than I wished that night when I saw the fireworks. The fireworks were like flowers on the sky and so my wishes bloomed in my heart. And now I know that I am capable of doing everything I want if I put my mind and my soul into it. I am waiting for another great year.

I hope you had a great year too. Feel free to tell me about it in the comments if you feel like it.
With infinite gratitude for reading my words I hope you stay healthy and positive and as always, I’ll see you around.