The end of the year has become an analogy for posting curated highlight reels on Instagram, sharing profound wisdom with the world, and announcing if you are either team “new year, new me”, or team “new year, same me” to your followers. However, as cringe-worthy as deducting 365 days to 15 seconds has become, as an ex-philosophy student and pro-overthinker, I’ve always applauded these traditions. Through all its superficiality and overflow of extreme highlight content, this was the only time of the year the majority of people stopped looking for external validation and turned their gaze inward. It’s the nearing of the new year that evokes self-reflection. For once focus on inner work, and the process of thinking in itself becomes trending. Thus, I want to use the end of the year to justify sharing some of my thoughts and life lessons of 2022 with you as well.
Beauty empowers intelligence – a controversial motto I live by. How often have I been shamed for wearing high heels to class, or too much make-up when studying. Being told “you are superficial”, “you are wasting your time on unimportant girly sh*t”, and “I thought you were smart, but you do not look like it” by both men and women, has unfortunately not been uncommon for me.
I am writing again. This simple statement feels like a huge accomplishment. Finding the time to pick up a pen and paper seems like one of the lesser difficulties in life. Most people would argue that other things, such as finding yourself, finding keys in your overflowing hand bag when running late, or finding the right way to that governmental building to file an overwhelming amount of bureaucratic documents in order to stay in a country you actually like are harder things in life to find. However, based on my personal experience, finding the time to write is something I found very difficult as well.
There’s something about the annual 1st of January that makes me feel like I can re-start this year with a blank slate. I know most new year’s resolutions are quite cliché, and nine out of the ten times do not last longer than the first week of February, but I still like to set some goals for myself each year. I think it is essential to write them down in order to self-reflect on your path. That is why I also want to share if I actually did or did not achieved the goals I set out for myself previous year.
Hi, my name is Lilia. I am a girl – or should I start saying woman now that I am 23? – with unstoppable fire in my soul, crazy love in my heart, and a philosophical mess in my mind. Welcome to my annual catharsis of all the lessons I have learned in 2017. Looking back, I feel like I have realized so many valuable things this year, and as many other aspects of my life, I want to share those life lessons with you.
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!