Happy New Year!
While looking forward to 2013, it’s also time to look back at an eventful and amazing 2012. So much has happened this year! It’s hard to imagine that at the beginning of 2012 I had just “bought” a business. That I was about to make the hard decision of quitting it too. I’m very happy to say that my business partner is still going strong, even though the franchise is not. He was able to get out of the franchise and successfully launched his own agency under the name Hanzewerk. I’m also very happy and grateful that me and him were able to stay good friends, even though our business adventure together didn’t work out as planned.
Then came my decision to move to Spain. I had money to stay here for three months without a job. I was fully expecting to drive back after these three months. But look at me now, nine months later, still enjoying the sun at the Costa del Sol and loving every minute of it! Driving to Spain is the best decision I have made in my life. In the beginning I had a tough time. I wasn’t particularly happy and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I also had a hard time adjusting to life in Spain. I didn’t have any friends and it was harder than I expected to really build up a life again.
I was still enjoying myself most of the time though. And I’m also very grateful that I got to be close to my sister when she gave birth to Jayden. To experience the last couple of weeks of her pregnancy and also the first months of her being a mother. That is very special to me. And when Jayden was born I knew that my trip to Spain was already worth the trip. To have been here for that is very precious and I will never forget it.
After about 2,5 months I got a job. A very good job. And I’m still very happy to have it. I’m officially a Web Application Tester and within that job I have the privilege of working together with a group of designers and programmers to create a new and innovative web application. It’s a very cool project to be a part of and I hope it will be a success. My colleagues are great and so is my employer. I feel very lucky that I got this job.
After being here for about 6 months I finally started to feel like I was building up a life. It’s weird how it can take such a long time to settle in. But the first couple of months I really felt like a tourist. I wasn’t trying to be anything else. But the last couple of months I have been making friends and just enjoying my life here 100%.
One thing that I’m also very happy about is that I got fit. And I don’t mean fit as in pretty, but fit as in healthy. The first couple of months here I gained some weight. I was drinking and eating way too much and I wasn’t very active. I felt like I really needed to lose the weight and joined a gym. Now, 6 months later, I have lost more than 5kg and feel better than ever. I want to get even fitter though. It makes me feel good and it’s nice to be active. I still don’t feel like I’m 100% in shape. I get out of breathe quite fast and I still can’t beat my mom in arm wrestling!
I think joining the gym actually was the turning point for me. It’s when I started feeling better about my life here, because I was being more active and not just slumming around. I also met someone there. Someone who’s becoming a good friend and who has made my life a lot more interesting.
So. I’m still in Spain and have no plans of going back anytime soon. I’m not worried about what I want to do with my life anymore. I’m happy now. And isn’t that the whole purpose of life? Enjoying it. I’m fully enjoying it and I plan to keep doing that as long as possible.
Of course being here has it’s drawbacks. I miss my parents like crazy sometimes. I feel bad that they don’t have one but two daughters who fled the country. It breaks my heart a little when I think about the little lonely moments they must have. But I also know that they’re happy that my sister has her little sister here. And that they’re happy when we’re happy. Still, it would be extra cool if we could all be happy together in the same country. Maybe someday that will be the case again! I think it will :).
I miss my friends at home too. I just went back to Holland for a week and it’s so great to see them all again. To just hang out and talk or ice skate or play boardgames. I do miss them. But I’m also very grateful that even though I live 2400km away from them our friendships are as close as ever.
So much to be grateful for :). 2012 was a good year. I’m looking forward to what 2013 has to bring!!
There’s just one more little thing I have to talk about.. new years resolutions! Of course I have them! I’m afraid to look at the ones I made last year though.. but let’s have a look anyway.
So… what’s next? I just made a 2-years-resolution on Facebook. A friend of mine posted her resolution of watching all the winners of the Oscar for Best Picture and I kind of love that idea. It’s a list of 83 movies though and I haven’t seen most of them yet so I know it’s impossible to watch within 1 year. I watch approximately 100 movies a year so I’d have to be watching almost only Best Pictures and that’s just not possible.
So, my 2-years-resolution is: watch all 83 Acadamy Award winners in the category Best Picture. I’ll make a seperate page on this blog to keep track of what I watched/have yet to watch.
Of course I’ll keep my yearly resolution of visiting a country I’ve never been to before in there.
Another one is that I hope to achieve great things with TeYo, both with Flex Uitzendwerk as with Altijd TeYo, which is our new name for administrative services we want to offer.
You know what? I didn’t get to fill any of my resolutions. Obviously the last one about Flex didn’t happen. Although I did learn a lot from the experience and I don’t regret it. It made me a little less ‘dreamy’ about having a business.
I didn’t get to fill the ‘visit a new country’ one either. But, in my defense, I did move to a new country, so I think I have a reasonable excuse this year. It will definitely be back on my resolution list this year though.
The first one, the 2-year-resolution. I guess I haven’t failed it yet as I still have a year, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to fulfill that one either. Since I moved to Spain I’ve been watching a lot less movies (58 v. 97 last year) and I’ve only watched 5 Oscar movies. And honestly, I’d rather be outside and do fun stuff than force myself to watch movies I don’t really feel like watching.
So… I guess I have to think of some resolutions that I will actually follow up on. So here goes:
- Go to two countries I’ve never been to before
- Learn Spanish!!! (this one I really have to do!)
- Learn how to kitesurf
- Cook more
And I think I’m going to keep it at that. I’m sure it will be difficult enough!!
Happiness is Not a Destination,
It’s a Way of Life!