03/01/2016

LIFESTYLE | 2015, Retrospection & Hopes


So that's it, we are in 2016! I am always excited when a year ends and another starts, and I am usually full of new resolutions - that I actually sometimes accomplish, eh! - and motivation. This year, although I have great hopes that it will be a good one for me, I am not too sure about how I feel. I have mixed feelings, and I have decided to write them down and share them with you, so that maybe it will help my mind to clear up!


2015 was definitely a great year for me. The first six months were spent in England, where, to be honest, I had the time of my life. I knew even before I set foot in Reading that I was going to love it, and I surely did. Leaving was quite hard to get used to, and I've found myself, these past few weeks, dreaming about it again and feeling very nostalgic. I had the chance to visit many amazing cities, meet amazing people, and make so many memories that will never fade. And it also made me realise I do love France nonetheless - I was somewhat happy to come back to Paris and visit again the place where I used to go all the time before my year abroad. I live in a beautiful country, with family and friends nearby, and it is a joy to share some time with them after months of being apart. 
This year, I've also started to feel more confident - although this comes and go - and to expose myself here on my little blog. This is truly one of the highlights of my year; I love that I really got a lot of comfort and happiness from blogging. I also read a lot, and learned a lot of new things - through books, through an online course about Ancient Roman architecture that I followed, and through documentaries and tourism. This is not something that I share on this blog because it is not the target, but I love History and Art and learning is one of the highlights of my life. Anyone passing an exam about Roman temples? I got you covered haha.


To sum it up, 2015 was very rich for me in terms of experience, discovery and overall happiness. Only, the past few weeks got me quite pessimistic I have to admit. Since the killings in Paris on November 13th, I have not been feeling the same, and I have no idea when this strange state of mind will pass. Not that I am thinking about it every day, but you know, there is this constant threat hanging over our heads, that tell us that things are not going to be right. At least this is what I feel, to me we have reached this state in our History when something has just happened, that will change the years to come in a way that we can't predict yet. It was bound to happen eventually, but that has made me feel less secure in my country. This is also why I'm really looking forward to the moment when I go back to live in England, because I feel so much at peace there, that it is the only thing that will make things better for me.

So, 2016, I'll just ask you one thing: let me go back to England. I am going to apply for a job there and if I am lucky enough, I will be living there again around September/October time. Other than that, I have a few other things to look forward to this year. Firstly, I am going back to Reading in April for a week of holiday, and it makes me so happy even just to think about it. I also have booked a holiday in Sicily in May, and I am super excited because I love Italy and have wanted to go back there for years. 

I will try to make 2016 a good year. We never know what the future holds, and unfortunately I am not very optimistic society and world-wise, but in terms of myself, personally, I'll try to stay happy, motivated, focused and hard-working. I'll try to take new opportunities and spend some quality time everywhere I go and whatever I do. And obviously, I'll keep on writing on this little blog, because I always come back to it, even when everything else is going wrong!

What are your goals for 2016? Are you looking forwards to doing some special things this year? ♥
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10 comments:

  1. Your 2015 sounds like it was amazing! I wish that I was able to travel that much. Good luck with your goal of living in England dear! Happy new year :)

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    1. Yes, I was lucky enough to visit pretty places - especially in England, there is so much to see! Happy new year to you Sarah :) xx

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  2. amazing photos :)

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  3. I am looking forward to our second child arriving in March, so yes, I am very excited for 2016!

    2015 seems to have been a very exciting year for you, even though the horrible killing had it leave on a bad note. Fingers crossed that your dreams of moving do come true in 2016!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. You must be getting so impatient now! This is the best thing the new year could bring - a new life a new little member in your family! :D Thanks for the support, moving would make my 2016 be great for sure! xx

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  4. Aww I'm sorry to hear that you are feeling uneasy at the moment! I completely get what you mean and what happened was definitely a terrible thing. I hope you feel better soon though and find something to help, before you hopefully move to England. I also hope that you had a great New Year and an even better 2016.:)

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    1. Hopefully I'll get better soon, I'm feeling a little blue but I guess after all the Christmas fun, things seem very dull after! Thanks for the support, it means a lot to me to read kind messages like yours :) I wish you a wonderful 2016 as well! xx

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  5. 2015 was such an adventure for you! You visited so many beautiful places. I hope that 2016 is just as good to you Julia, if not even better.
    It is easy (and very normal) to feel down sometimes, but I think the most important thing is to look towards the future- such a cliché, I know. You seem to have many plans for 2016 and I hope that all of your dreams and hopes come true, I also hope that you keep up the blogging because I really do find your posts and adventures so readable and uplifting :) xx

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    1. It is true, we should always look forward and start new chapters with positivity - I've been working on that in the last few days, it has made me feel better. Thanks for your support Georgia, your comment just made me so happy! xx

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