Recap 2017: Happy New Year 2018!

Hey readers, 2017 has been a fulfilling year. It was long, busy, yet at the same time, it went by so quickly. I started the year by continuing my internship at G-Star which led to February. Then I started my masters in marketing management at Erasmus. I took classes along side my internship. This obviously kept my life busy, very occupied and I’ve learned so much. I got to gain so many new skills and work and polish on old ones too. And I can’t wait to add more skills in 2018 for my future career that I’m currently very unsure of.

I also got to take a trip to New York City for the first time during the summer. What a dream come true, and an experience I could finally tick off my bucketlist! I have always wanted to go to New York City, I blame all the pop culture. It had infused me with ‘anything can happen’ in New York City, and all that romantic comedy. I do want to live there for a year one day, and hopefully I will, within my twenties. The experience was even more elevated as my best friend, who I haven’t seen for 3 years, lives there. Seeing her again after all that time was amazing, we didn’t miss a beat.

After the much needed vacation, I went back to work at my internship until august. The time I finally said goodbye to my position and went back to school. It was quite bittersweet leaving an experience I had enjoyed so much. It’s definitely something I will never forget, especially when you consider that I got to be so lucky where I enjoyed my very first work experience.

Starting September I went back to school, where I was determined to achieve good grades and attend every single lecture. I can testify that I didn’t do so in my bachelor year, and looking back at it, I probably should have. Nevertheless, all the classes I took in my Masters, I have thoroughly enjoyed. It certainly kept me busy. Last semester was filled with things, that honestly I was borderline stressed. But, I’m really happy with how I succeeded this semester and what I have presented this last semester.

I do have to say that I am so happy that I decided not to do any extra curricular the last half year. It gave me the opportunity to really figure out what I wanted to do, to focus on my studies, to hang out with friends and to do things I wouldn’t be able to do if I didn’t take the time. After doing an internship and my studies the first half, I realise I didn’t have time to do much else. And I don’t regret a thing. But I did realise how this was a good time, to do me. After I finish my masters, I wont have the luxury of time. Going to school also gives you days where you don’t have to go to school. It allowed me to go on day trips such as to Brussels, or to Brugge. It will be harder to do trips such as those when I’m at work, where I just want to relax during the weekends. It’s one of the best decision I have made in 2017.

Part of 2017, was the time spent with friends and family. The amount of time I got to see old friends when I went to New York, the friends I got to hang out with here in the Netherlands and the new friends I have made. The time I spent with my family, going on spontaneous trips. 2017 has truly been unforgettable and magical.

van Menxel 2017 recap

Several of my favourite blog posts from 2017:

  1. A Love Letter to the City That Never Sleeps
  2. 23 Things I Have Learned in the Last 23 Years
  3. New York City in Pictures; Summer Vacation
  4. My Goals For My Master Degree 2017
  5. My First Internship at G-Star RAW in Amsterdam

Have a magical 2018, and thank you for all the love in 2017!