This year has been a good but also a bad year. I had many ups and downs and I’m very proud of everything I achieved this year. Exactly one year ago I was standing in my living room back home in Amsterdam, that was the moment when I realised that I was really leaving my safe home for this big adventure. With a glass of champagne in my hand looking at all my loved ones around me, I started crying. Crying because I’m was going to miss them so much, crying because of the fact that I was going to do this on my own, finally hit me but I was also crying because I realised how lucky I am with the life I’m living. I’m appreciating my life everyday a little bit more. This year I got closer to all my best friends and I know those friends are the ones I’ll grow old with. This year I had my first serious boyfriend and my first broken heart. This year I left home for something new, something that’s almost over now.
I’m already half way through my exchange year and can’t believe how fast the time went by. I’ve met a lot of new people who changed my life, some in a good way and some in a bad way. The one person who I’ve met this year who changed my life the most, is myself. I changed, I grew up and became a complete different girl than the one crying on new years eve last year. 2013 was a good year in many different ways, I wouldn’t do anything any different if I had the chance to. So everyone who’ve been by my side in 2013, thank you! I will face 2014 with a big smile because 2013 showed me that nothing can ever bring me down! Have a happy new year everyone!