There’s something on my mind… Something that I have been meaning to share with you for a while now, but I’ve been scared to do so. Don’t take me wrong – I’ve always been quite personal in my blogs, but for some reason this topic feels different. It’s something close to my heart, so I wanted to make sure that my message would be clear & understood by everyone.
It has become an annual tradition on my blog. With the start of the new year (new decade even!) I look back at the goals I set for myself in 2019, as well as think of 5 new goals I would like to achieve in 2020. Sooo unique, huh? And although this might seem as groundbreaking as florals for Spring and possibly setting myself bound to fail, I think self-reflection and goal setting is important. To me, it is one of human kind’s greatest gifts to better themselves and the world. So if you’re curious if I achieved the goals I set for myself in 2019, and what my new goals are for 2020, keep reading.
2019, I will never forget you. The lessons you taught me will forever linger in my mind like the aftertaste of black coffee I’ve never enjoyed: unexpectedly intense, dark and persistently bitter. You are a chapter I am very happy to finally conclude. You have been one of the most difficult years of my life, from the time I received the news my visa petition was denied in January, to the moment I decided to move to Los Angeles by myself to pursue fulltime entrepreneurship in September. In this year’s annual self-reflection, I will share what these challenging experiences in 2019 have taught me.
Hello there, it’s been a while. Did you miss me? Because I definitely missed you. Writing this blogpost feels like putting on my favorite sweater after thinking I mysteriously lost it, but finding it hidden in the back of my closet months later. I have been trying to find the right words to say after the biggest blog hiatus in my career, but it seems like nothing is good enough to justify leaving for such a long time. Believe me when I say that I’ve really missed writing on my blog, and that I’ve missed you even more. I’ve started my blog back in November 2013, which is, to this day, the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. Without starting my blog, without you, my beloved reader, and without lots of setbacks and successes I’ve experienced in the past, I would not be here today. With here, I mean sitting behind my L-shaped white and gold desk, with a Dr. Jart toning sheet face mask, running my own freaking company in the heart of Los Angeles. Wow, it still feels a little crazy even writing that.
If there is one undefeated truth life has taught me – putting aside the question if absolute truths even exists – it’s that saying goodbye never becomes easier. If I look back at how often I had to utter the words “We will stay in touch!”, “I’m going to miss you”, or “I will never forget you…”, these past 2 years, I instantly get a sickening feeling in my stomach. Parts of me are scattered all over the world, between places and people, and I wonder if I will ever feel whole again. For now, I will always cherish the sweet memories I made in one of my favorite places in the world, with amazing souls I have met along the way. Washington DC, the time for me to say goodbye to you has come as well.
Hi, my name is Lilia, and welcome to my blog called LilyLike! I'm an online inspirer, photographer & entrepreneur. I'm originally from the Netherlands, but moved to sunny Los Angeles to chase my dreams. On my blog, you will find inspirational writings, as well as links to my favorite life, style & home decor pieces. If you want to get to know me better, click on the read more button below!