2017 - A personal review

#nofilter pictures of my hometown :) - Potsdam, Germany.

2017 has been quite a stressful year for me - paying off my student loans, deciding to live alone in a big flat after my flatmate moved out, having a difficult relationship with food, and finally, within the last two months, losing my old job and finding a new one.

When life is stressy and the big things you had planned for might not be happening for a long time, it can start to feel like not many nice things happened. But looking back through my journal, quite a few smaller things also helped to add up to a nice year overall.

I'll share my personal highlights here; there will be time for an in-depth look at art later on.

That time I met a guy I had been in love with for a while
(Friedrich Schiller, bust by J.H. Dannecker, Stadtschloss Weimar, Germany)

After all other holiday plans fell through, I went on holiday for one week with my mum and her partner in autumn. We went to Thuringia, where we learned about Luther and Goethe, but, more importantly, there were many forests in autumn colours, and also many, many owls. And we went to Weimar, and there was Schiller, who is better than Goethe anyway ^^.

That time I was a big child
(KiKa characters in Erfurt, Germany)
Other great small moments included:

  • that time I visited many many cute cats (and the friend who feeds them)
  • that time my mum accidentally parked in a tiny garage of a high-end hotel and I got to see a cool collection of flashy cars (Bentleys, Porsches, Teslas, the like - and a very pretty Alfa)
  • that time I went on a bike tour with strangers from Instagram and it was awesome - I hope to do this more often next year :).
  • that time I got portrait photography lessons while visiting a park
  • that time I found a cool new museum during museum night and got to chat about my favourite painter
  • that time I finally saw the castle in the park next door after living here for four years (To be fair, it is undergoing renovation and was only opened this summer for a special exhibition.)
  • that time I painted my front door bright green ... and my closet ... and my fridge ... and my spice rack
  • that time I finished the book I had been reading all year (I wrote a review about it for Floralcars - you can find it here.)

That time the family's (my) owls got together for a family photo

I also ran a 5.2 km race without giving up, went to a talk by President Obama, saw an acrobatic circus performance and chatted to many many strangers while sketching outside (or while being dragged to social events). I fared quite well despite the terror,  so I shall count it as progress.

Looking back on my year, there are quite a lot of nice memories, and I actually enjoyed myself, even if there was no 'big' thing to look back on. It's very nice to see, and if I have any personal goal for the new year, it is to create more fun small memories, so that life is enjoyable even when there are no major highlights to look forward to :).


  1. It still sounds like a good year! I am glad you enjoyed the many small things, and don't forget that it takes a lot of small steps to reach a big thing - my New Year's Wisdom is showing ;)

    1. Thank you :). And yes, I will try to take many more small steps in 2018 :).

  2. I’m sorry to hear your Year was stressful - I hope 2018 is kinder to you! But it’s so important to focus on the “little things” too, as well as the big. Cos we often overlook them. Sounds like you had some lovely moments throughout your year, despite the hardships.


    1. Yes, it was a nice year overall. Thank you, and a happy new year to you too :).

  3. It sounds like you do have some great things to look back on from 2017, even though it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows! Good on you for powering through that 5.2k race, I certainly couldn't do that! It's a brilliant achievement and you certainly deserve a pat on the back! Having many cute cat-based memories for a year can only be a good thing in my book! Your owls are adorable and I wish I had a collection of my own, they're such charming creatures!

    Wishing you nothing but the best for 2018!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. Aw thank you! I was mostly dead because I also had to bike to the race and back, but I was a little bit proud too :). And yes, cats and owls are always great :). Wishing you a good 2018 too!

  4. sorry to hear your year was so stressful! but good that there were also some ups and achievements! hope 2018 will be good to you! xx corinne

    1. Aw thank you! And a great 2018 to you as well!

  5. Oh my god that bread statue in Erfurt! Never thought I'd ever see it again, I thought it was super funny when I first saw it in 2011.
    These little moments are wonderful. Just goes to show that no one big thing has to happen to make a year enjoyable.

    x Envy

    1. Hah! Yes, I went with my mum and she just stared and was very perplexed. Then I did the dance, and she thought I had lost it :D.
      Thank you, and have a happy 2018!


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