It’s the last day of the year…

Here we are again, another year is gone.

After an Italian Christmas break, couple of trips booked and lots of food eaten, I am ready to say goodbye to 2015.

The only word I can think of to describe this year is: intense.

I changed job, house, travelled a lot to Italy, met some new people and I think I followed my 2015 list of things I wanted to improve/change.

Be happier, be grateful, travel more and do more were my main objectives. I am still learning to let it go and accept things that are out of my control and I am also working on being more grateful for what I have in my life.
But let me put this down in a proper list, just as a reminder to myself in what I want to achieve in 2016:

  • Travel more and more: so far so good, I will be heading to Bruxelles at the end of January, to Thailand and possibly Cambodia in March, to Italy for a wedding in April and to Rome in May. Do you think this is enough? Think again.
  • Be grateful: this will be in every year’s list.
    I can’t forget this, there are so many people out there that have less or maybe nothing and still, they try to live a decent life. I do have a lot to be grateful for, from the big things such as my family and friends to the small things like proper cutlery to eat my dinner with.
    We do not realize how lucky we are, even if when we think things are going in a really bad way.
    There is couple of things I am most grateful for this year: my dad still being alive, my nieces being so wonderful and for the gift of being an auntie, my new job and house and for the chance of having the chance to say thank you for all of this.
  • Improve myself as a human being, both with learning more and about things I am passionate about (like wines and weddings) or with human interactions. London is not the best place for “talking to people”, probably like all the big cities. So I will start with talking to myself more and giving me the chance to reach higher lever of knowledge about myself (some solo trips will be helpful) and maybe then I will be able to include couple of more people in the conversation. It’s not as crazy as it sounds: when you are used to do all by yourself, letting someone else peak in to your life can be tricky.
  • Be guiltless and free from social constrictions, meaning that I do something because I feel it’s the right choice for me and not because I “have to”. Like having a boyfriend because I decide I want to and not because all of my friends are in relationships. Staying in this job because I love it and not because I need to pay rent. Go home because I feel I want to spend time with my loved ones and not because I feel guilty for not going.
  • Last but not least, smile everyday. Even if it’s just for a second or for a small thing, remember to smile. This will help me to be prepared for anything 2016 will throw at me.

Friends, readers and anyone who is passing by: I wish you all a wonderful 2016, rich of love, health and happiness.
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