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A Review Of 2013


It’s not very original, writing a post like this. Everyone does it and I’m sure you read a 100 like this before starting on this one. But I’m going to do it anyway; a review of my 2013.

2013 was the year I turned 30, yes really, THIRTY. I didn’t really mind to be honest, it’s just a number and you’re as old as you feel (how cliche). My birthday wasn’t celebrated with a big party, I’m just not that into it, but I did spend it with friends and family and I can really enjoy spending it that way.

A few of my colleagues decorated the office with decorations with photos of me on it. A very nice gesture and I really felt like it was my birthday.

In May, I travelled through Scotland for a week with Noëlla. We first took a boat up to Newcastle and went on to Scotland from there. We have seen so much and Scotland is so beautiful, the nature there is amazing and the people are very friendly. It was a wonderful trip and I wouldn’t have wanted to miss it!

Noella and I

Right after that, my little sister got married. My brother in law and I get along well and I’m very proud of both of them. I also consider it a true honor that my sister wanted me to be her maid of honor. The day was fantastic and everyone has really great memories of the day to look back on.

Sister and I at her wedding

After that it was calm, Or well calm, I worked a lot because in October another trip was waiting for me. My big backpack trip through Europe with my cousin Sarah from New Zealand. We hadn’t met in “real life” but we did Skype meet. The trip we made together was amazing, we visited so many places, saw and did so many things. We get along great and this trip will always be special. Now it’s time for me to go to New Zealand (I’m working on it).

Sarah and I in Paris

Just before the end of this year, in December, I was able to go back to London to meet up with my friends and see a concert of my favourite band. It was a fast 48 hours in London but it was good to see everyone again and to be in my “home away from home” if only for 48 hours.

Unfortunately it wasn’t all fun and games this year. In the beginning of 2013 I got sick, 7 whole weeks. It’s all part of having a chronic illness but not being able to do anything for so many weeks would make anyone feel miserable. There were also a couple of bad news messages, but I don’t want to elaborate on that. On top of it all one of my horses got seriously ill, but luckily things seem to go a bit better for him.

Dribbel in the snow

All in all 2013 was an amazing year. I was able to spend a lot of time with the people I love and also had a lot of time to spend on my other love; travelling.

I intend to make 2014 another amazing year. What it will bring me exactly travel-wise I’m not sure yet, but I’ll see where I’ll end up. Other than that I want to spend (more) time doing yoga, eat and cook even healthier and just enjoy life.

I want to wish you all the best for 2014. May it be a fantastic year with lots of joy, love and happiness.

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  • Reply Te January 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Sounds like you have had an eventful year!!! Great news about your horse getting better 🙂
    I know you said you have family in New Zealand but if you need any other information let me know!! 🙂 maybe they aren’t from my city 🙂
    Here’s to 2014!!

    • Reply Chantal January 6, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      It was eventful for sure! I’m so happy my horse is doing a little better, I hope it only goes better from here.

      Thanks for your offer, I might just take you up on that when the time comes, the more information the better!

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