When it comes to beginnings of a year on the blog I feel like I fail every time, because I always try to write something that justifies my feelings, why I’m not doing recaps and why I find it so hard to settle on (real) achievements or wishes for the next year. So here I am another year with that same attitude, I feel very confused the first days (weeks actually!) of a new year and although this definitely translate into my writing, I also think this is being true to myself so I refuse to see it as a negative thing anymore.
Of course, I think about the year that has gone by, this 2019 was quite good to me, I can’t really complain at all. I got to be in my favorite place in the world for the third time, and I pinch myself that I was lucky to do it. This time was very nostalgia meets feeling at home travel, the highlight of course was seeing sakura for the first time but also going to the Harry Potter land in Universal’s Osaka, our bike ride in Wakayama and seeing snow (in April) at the Koyasan (magic indeed!).
T-shirt Uniqlo (Frozen 2 collection)
Pants Zara (oldies)
Beret Miss Patina
Scarf Suara (Christmas present from my bro & sis in-law, thank you!)
Wool gloves c/o Lana Mint (a small brand from Spain, they are artisan made!)
This year we had a big episode of pure terror with Juno during the summer that just hit the target of my biggest fears in this life, but luckily it all ended fine and she is healthy now and a cuddle bug as always. Blog-wise it was a steady year, I don’t think this blog as an earnings generator (I would be broke by now, ha!) but rather a creative outlet. I have done some collaborations with clothing brands that I love which is something humongous for such a small tiny blog like this (I even had to turn down a couple of collabs because they didn’t feel right). I really can’t believe when I get proposals, and I had the creative challenge to deliver something I was proud of and that wasn’t an ad but rather how the pieces of clothing are part of my world, for real. I am so tough on myself with the final results of photography that then end up thinking all the hard work doesn’t really show off, ha! But I can’t help it, the virgo in me is a strong stubborn advisor.
Giving the step to start learning Japanese was a good decision of this year, one that points towards that inner wish of never stop being curious about new things. I won’t feel old as long as something excites me. We finish the A1 course at the end of January, and I will definitely be enrolling on A2 for the next semester, I hope our sensei Nanami-san will continue being our teacher because I like her a lot!
For this 2020 I ask for health of my loved ones, because that’s my number 1 worry, and myself, but also to be able to do things without the need to feel validated.
Big hug to all of you on the other side, wish all your wishes come true! 2020, off we go!