Today I am sharing a slightly more personal post on the blog, mainly because I have completed yet another chapter of my life and had some time to reflect on the last few years, while keeping the future in mind. Also, whenever I go to the beach I just seem to become rather reflective. There is something about the ocean that is both calming and confronting at the same time.
That being said, I don’t actually go to the beach very often so whenever I do find myself with my toes in the sand I get pretty excited! This year I really needed a couple of days filled with relaxation on the beach. Not only was it my final (and extremely stressful) year at uni, but also the year that I went on yet another experience abroad to do an internship in London. An experience that has yet to come to an end, as I landed a job at the same company where I was interning.
Although the year might have started with quite some tears, anxiety and raised stress levels, halfway through I can luckily say that it was only the first weeks that were difficult. I soon decided to take my time with my final dissertation (a massive weight lifted off of my shoulders) to focus on the internship and I think I settled pretty quickly in London. Somehow I really feel at home in this city, although it can get quite lonely at times and I obviously miss my family and friends I still can’t picture myself living somewhere else.
Recently, I have also made peace with being in my (early) 20s. Where I basically cried on my 19th birthday because I didn’t want to leave my teenage years behind (God knows why because there weren’t even that great), now at 21 I feel incredible. Without sounding too full of myself of course, I came to a point where I am actually proud of what I have achieved so far. I still have a long way to go, but I have got many possibilities and the fact that I am still quite young made me realise more than ever that I should also take time to enjoy life right now. I am still focused on the future, but something I have learnt in my 20s is to live in the moment.
Another thing that I have noticed is that slowly but surely I have accepted my body a bit more (#bodyposi anyone?). Yes, again, I still have a long way to go and still want to improve many parts of my body, but I also came to realise that I only have one body that gets me up every morning. I should love my body for all the work it does everyday, while still looking pretty good! It’s okay to tell yourself every now and then 😉
Lots of Love,