At the end of every year, I dedicate a blog post to the life lessons I’ve learned in the past 12 months. Even though this has become a familiar routine for me, writing this annual recap felt as different as my go-to outfits recently. Sneakers and loungewear have replaced my usual heels and blazers. I have worn my everyday pair of jeans a hand full of times. My beloved designer handbags have been collecting dust on their dedicated shelves. 2020 managed to turn everything upside down and make day-to-day normalcy feel like something from a romanticized past life. So damn, what a year 2020 has been. It was supposed to be the best chapter of my life. Having a fascination for numerology, 2020 seemed like the perfect numerological year – especially for someone born on 10/10. Instead, this year became one of the toughest challenges I’ve faced. Looking back at everything that happened has made me shed some tears. I have not felt this much anxiety, loneliness & sadness since battling depression in high school, a dark chapter I’m not particularly eager to revisit. 2020 was a tough teacher, and her strict methods and hard wake-up calls will be remembered forever. But it is that often these tough moments end up teaching us the most valuable of lessons. Now more than ever will this annual recap work as a personal catharsis. I am letting go of the pain that 2020 has caused, and only taking the life lessons with me to the next year. So let’s revisit this dark chapter for the last time, and reflect on the wisdom it has taught me, together.
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.
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.
2018, you were a pivotal chapter in my story. You have been a stepping stone toward my bigger dreams and goals, and I feel extremely grateful for that. This year, many important storylines have come to an end in my life, creating space for new adventures and experiences to cross my path. 2018, you have taught me many invaluable lessons, and in today’s blogpost I will be sharing 5 of my favorite life lessons of 2018 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!