Things I Learned In 2014

A homemade life

Photo by Katie Mitchell


The year of 2014 is not over yet – only two days! – but here are a few things I learned in the past year. One of the things I learned this year was to stand on my own and to enjoy it. Whether it was travelling by myself to Copenhagen, Paris and New York, mastering the art of dining solo at a restaurant or settling into a new city where I didn’t know anyone, I loved being able to do those things by myself and having a blissful time while doing it.

I have to admit, hopping on a plane to New York was both exciting and terrifying at the same time. What if something happens? What if I lose my suitcase? However, it was more than worth it. Even though, travelling solo can be challenging as it requires a lot of time on your own and a perfect sense of reliance on yourself to solve problems you experience along the way. Thanks to my solo travels, I became more confident, independent and I started to appreciate the little things. Eating croissants from the local bakery, photographing every single street and meeting some very inspiring and warm people. That being said, spending a vacation with some of your best friends can be pure bliss as well! When I think of the vacations I enjoyed with my friends, it brings back a big smile on my face. Oh, the things we did..

To do at least once a year. Go to a place I have never been before. Whether it is a city, a beach, a bakery or a museum. I think it can be quite exciting to visit new places and get inspired. So, where will I go next year? I wonder..

If you give up too soon, you will never know what you will be missing. Have the nerve to change your life, keep going and never quit. Think of this: If J.K. Rowling stopped after being turned down by several publishers for years, there would be no Harry Potter. If Howard Schultz gave up after being turned down by banks many, many times, there would be no Starbucks.

Do not compare your beginning to someone else’s middle is something I learned this year and for me, it was a true eye-opener. I tend to always always compare my life to other people and their lives. Then I realized I could not win if I compared myself to others so I decided it was time to compare myself to myself.

Another thing I learned to do this past year is this: Doing something every day that will inch me closer to a better tomorrow. Design a life I love, by my own standards. For me, that is making travel plans (California, Capri and Bali are on top my travel list), improving my blog and pursuing the career I always wanted.

A lot can happen in a year and I can’t wait what 2015 will bring!


  1. suus says:

    Super leuk en mooi stuk Mo! Je bent een topperrrrr!
    En.. wat voor Capri betreft .. i’m in hoor 😉

    • Monika says:

      Aaw dank je wel! Echt zoo leuk om dit te lezen! Haha een weekje naar Capri samen klinkt zeker niet verkeerd! xxxx

  2. Wendy says:

    So inspiring! thanks for sharing Monika! X Wendy

    • Monika says:

      That’s so kind! Thanks a lot! Have a lovely evening! xx Monika

  3. Corine says:

    You go girl!!!! You will have a wonderful 2015. Can’t wait to read your stories!

    • Monika says:

      Dank je wel lieve Corine! Wat leuk om te lezen, jij ook een heel fijne jaarwisseling en ik zie je hopelijk snel weer! xxx Monika

  4. Wayne says:

    This is very insightful. You really seem to know what you’re talking about. Thank you for sharing, love your writing!

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