2017 was a year with ups and downs. That’s just the way it goes for most people.
I felt like it was mostly downs before I started thinking about this post and then I found out that there were a lot of beautiful things too.
Let’s get the negative out of the way first. My job. I have never felt so uninspired, so uncreative as I did this year. When I felt down, sad, angry, basically miserable.. it was often because of my job. I had never realised this before, but paperwork is my kryptonite… and that’s a problem when you work in administration.
The job, in combination with other stuff, drove me to the point of mental exhaustion. Things got so bad that the smallest setback would become a trigger. Lots of crying and exploding in anger ensued. Finally, I decided to look for a different job and give myself more time to rest. Applying for jobs sucks, but I made it. I’m really looking forward to doing more marketing related projects. I’m leaving my old job in two weeks.
Okay, now that all that’s said. Here is my 2017 (positive) lookback.
I finally decided how I want to write the story I started researching last year. I have most of the plot points written down. Now I have to write it all out. I don’t want to drag my negative feelings into it, and I honestly don’t feel like writing right now. It’ll happen eventually. I don’t want to pressure myself into writing because I want to at least try and enjoy it.
I read 29 books this year. Not my finest reading year (once again, didn’t feel like reading most of the time) but I liked most of the books I read. You can find my favourites here.
And here’s one from the list:
I've been so bad at reading lately. I always get so excited about other books and have to convince myself to keep reading what I'm in the middle of. This is a great book by the way… The writing is amazing! #saturday #saturdayafternoon #ianmcewan #nutshell #currentlyreading #hamlet #retelling #bookporn #books #belgianblogger #bookworm #booklover #bookaddict #igreads #tea @teapigs #booksandtea #cozy #relax #momlife #metime #selfcare #flatlay #library #librarybooks
Loved that book…
I tried to read for the Booktube-a-thon, because I participate every year… I failed, hard. But that’s okay. I didn’t think I’d do great anyway and at least I read something that week.
And.. I made something I actually liked. So there you go, not bad at all. Hurray for creativity.
Yup, I got a tattoo. It’s one of the best decisions I made this year. The wonderful Gjenn at Petitattou inked me. I decided to buy myself flowers, a permanent bouquet. Not everyone likes tattoos and that’s fine, but this is for me. Only for me. And it makes me insanely happy.
If this is going to end up being one of my favourites, I'm going to kick myself. It's been sitting on my shelf for ages. I'm 30 pages in and have already marked close to ten sentences that I love. Honestly, I think this book is going to slowly destroy me and it's probably not the best book for me right now… but the writing. I can't not read it… In case you're wondering "War and Turpentine" was longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize this year. And yes it was translated into English so you can all read it. #books #currentlyreading #belgianblogger #bookblogger #tattoo @petitattou
Will there be more tattoos? … Maybe, probably, soonish…
Last but not least. Travelling.
In June we went the Provence. We stayed in a little town near the Mont Ventoux and I had such a great time. It was the only moment I felt truly at ease this year. I finished three books in that week. (Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor, Rebbeca – Daphne du Maurier and Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman)
We went to markets, swam in the ice-cold river that came down from the mountain, went for walks and enjoyed the warmth, the sun (and the wine). We’re already making plans to go back in 2018.
Also, I FINALLY got to visit Scotland and let me tell you… I’m in love.
Yes, it rained a lot but that’s nothing new, it rains in Belgium too (it’s raining as we speak, or as I’m writing this). It’s the nature that does it and the silence. Being able to drive for half an hour and not see another car, bike, human being. Arriving somewhere at night and hearing deer call out at each other. Jumping into fairy pools and crawling up to the Old Man of Storr. Standing in the middle of Glen Coe, surrounded by hundreds of waterfalls. Looking up at night and seeing millions of stars. I saw the milky way for the first time and it’s so, so, so beautiful.
I want to go back.
Anyone want to join me?
How was your 2017?