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2016 Retrospective & 2017 Resolutions

It's almost end of year and the perfect time to have a look over this year's resolutions. The list wasn't long. I'm happy to look back and see that almost all the points are checked. Let's have a look together!
First things first: I wished for this year to be happy and healthy. Most people will say there is nothing you can do about this, but they are wrong: it's up to you what you want to do, what you put in your mouth. I'm happy I was able to give up easily for a couple of weeks to cookies, sweets, sugar. I tried also to eat more vegetables, green & eco. For a month I gave up coffee for green tea, but I discovered I don't have to give up when I can enjoy both. I will continue to do it next year because it's helping me feel better about myself.
Next on the list was: Sport, to do more exercises. For almost 6 months I had a subscription to the gym. I did body combat, yoga, swimming. After the 6 months I continued to practice yoga at home, almost every day before going to bed. Also here I will include walking every day for ~4km.
Next point: Travel and meet people. This was a good year for travelling:
- Bruxelles x 3 (business trip)
- Amsterdam (the best apple pie)
- Dusseldorf (the best lemonade)
- London (the longest walk - 26km in one day)
- Berlin (the best cappuccino)
- Madrid (the saddest trip)
- Barcelona (the sunniest destination)
For sure I will continue travelling next year. I already have two new destinations: Teneriffe in January and Lisbon in July. This is what makes me the happiest.
Regarding meeting new people, this year I made few friends. There's a say: strong essences are kept in small bottles. Friends of friends become also my friends. I'm happy for my best friends when someone new comes in their life and they want to share that joy with me. These days it's difficult to keep in touch with others, but when you find those persons who are worth it you don't give up on them.
21st of May 2016, Lisbon it was written down in my notebook (Adele's concert in Lisbon). It didn't happen but instead I went with my best friend, on her birthday, at Rihanna's concert in Piata Constitutiei + Sia's concert two days after.
It wasn't 7th July 2016 in Copenhagen, but 12th July in Dusseldorf, Beyonce's concert with my best friend.
I didn't continue learning French, I dropped off after few months. I'm not disappointed about this, at least next time when I go in Paris I will know how to order "café au lait avec pain au chocolat".
New challenges to develop my career appeared. I changed my employer and my position and the future is brighter. 
I tried to overcome my fears but this is not one year job. I'll continue the work I started to rediscover myself. 
The least and the most important: always smile *^_^*.
For 2017 I want to
  • continue to take care of my health
  • practice yoga more often
  • continue travelling 
  • buy a bike
  • take the driving license
  • take drawing and painting lessons
  • learn more about our history
  • learn a foreign language and visit a city where it's spoken and use it
  • keep my friends close and make new friendships
  • don't forget to smile *^_^*, drink coffee & tea
  • stay open minded and let yourself be surprised by unexpected 
I almost forgot the most important item on the list: to keep writing here!
Happy new year!!!!






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