Diary

23 | A year to be proud

My 23 have been good and challenging. There has been a lot of changes and it hasn't been always easy to face them. But hey, we are here for the good things, aren't we? So let's count how many things I can be proud of this year:

1. Self-love, self-consciousness and self-respect.
I am talking about using natural products for my health, eating better, loving myself as I am, taking myself a break whenever I needed it, listening to my body and being aware of its needs, taking it easy because everything happens when it has to happen, be true to myself and others.

2. Defining my priorities and what is really important and not.
I have a wonderful family that loves me as I am, a supportive couple and our little nest and friends that have been there for years. And those are my priorities: take care of my family, make my couple endlessly happy and to have fun with friends until the last days. The rest may not be that important to me anymore.

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3. Explore and feed my heart and eyes with new experiences.
Hallstatt's wonderland in winter, snowstorms at the Pyrenees, Romania and Dracula's castle, sleeping in an igloo, the Netherlands and its windmills, road trip through France and even bungee jumping for the first time. 

4. Expose my photography and start to believe in my capacities.
This turned out to my first exhibition at Photogenic Festival, and I can't be more excited about it. It felt like a dream. Also interviews, a new Instagram account and a 52 weeks' project. The will to start over.

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5. Being generous and conscious. 
I tried to donate money every time I could: to hospitals, organizations for cancer research, refugees... Even to the musicians at the subway. I also started to use eco-friendly products and reduce my ecological footprint. I read somewhere that it's better a small gesture than a bag full of intentions. So you know, every small gesture counts.

Last year, when I turned 23, I proposed myself to become a better person, and step by step I am achieving it, even I still have so much to learn. For my 24th year in this world, my one and only purpose is to take care of myself, of my mental and physical health, just to become the best version of me.

 

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22 | Year in review

I’m 23 now. How quickly time passes! And the truth is that a year ago I wouldn’t have imagined being where I am now. It’s been a great year in which I’ve laughed, cried, learned and lived. Let me explain…

I’ll start with the last adventure of this year: renting a flat with my boyfriend. A place to call home, and a place to fill with new stories. So many feelings are revolving inside me towards this decision, and all of them are good! 

Another decision I won’t regret is getting my first tattoo. Well, my first three tattoos. Three reminders to myself that I’m strong enough to achieve whatever I want, that I have to live the present because all that matters is “nå” and a reminder of how lucky I am.

Travel, travel and more travel. And all the experiences I got about it. IrelandHamburg, the Pyrenees, Italy and Switzerland. Different cities with different culture, landscapes and food. 

We feed deers in Dublin, drank beers under the snow in Hamburg, ride through a snowstorm in the Pyrenees, take four different trains to discover Italian cities and made a road trip in Switzerland that felt like a dream going from mountain to mountain. But what I keep in mind, is the confirmation that the most important about a journey is the company, not the destination. 

A new (let’s call it) business: trespunts. A platform where I sell photographs alongside two good friends: Andrea and Anna. An adventure that will open opportunities for us. And if not, at least we had so much fun trying!

And the last and more important: I spent time with my family and friends, and started taking care about myself. You know: love yourself and the others will love you the same. 

I began the year with the purpose of enjoying taking photographs as I used to do. But instead of that, I found myself enjoying my life. And everything came up without trying it. 

My goal for this 23rd year is to become a better person, someone to be proud of in ten years. And of course, continue enjoying every second.