Looking back on 2019

Hi, it’s been a while! Since we’re going into the new year, I’m trying to get back on it with posting regularly. And what better way to get ready for the new year than by reflecting on the last one?

It feels like years went past, instead of just twelve months. The first six months of 2019 were so drastically different from the last six that they feel like a completely different time.

I grabbed last year’s post about my 2019 resolutions and goals to see how I did. I think it went pretty well.

What did I do in 2019?

I travelled. A lot. But again, only in the first six months. I went to Iceland, where I failed to see the Northern lights, visited friends in Finland and Spain and also went to Italy, Austria and Hungary on my own.

I moved into a place of my own and have been absolutely loving it (new “living alone”-series coming in 2020!). I finished my thesis – I just have to defend it before a few teachers but then I’ll finally be officially done with school. I bought a car that is my new baby and I love taking it on trips…

I met a couple of new people that I really enjoy hanging out with and went to see some old friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. I will never be the kind of person that has a million friends and hangs out with them all the time but I definitely prioritised my friends this year, and that feels great.

I got more creative and forced myself to take more photos during my “Living as an Artist”-challenge, which I absolutely loved, and definitely want to keep up in the new year.

What did I not do in 2019?

The short answer is most of my goals. Or I achieved them in a way that was different from what I expected.

I didn’t buy my own flat, as was the original plan, but I am living on my own in a lovely cottage. Never finished (or even start) writing and editing that book. Or anything else for that matter – which I talked about in my last post.

I might have done one cultural thing per month, but haven’t paid that much attention to reaching this goal and I couldn’t tell you if I actually did it.

And I didn’t read 75 books. Instead, I read 67, which is a lot less than I usually read. But, looking at the amount of work I’ve been doing the past year, I’m completely happy with that number.

Even though I didn’t complete all of my goals, I’m still pretty happy with how this year went and everything I did. It feels strange to look back at this year and how much my life has changed. I can’t wait to see what 2020 – a whole new decade! – has in stock for me.

What was your favourite thing that happened in the past year?



  1. 8 January 2020 / 3:44 pm

    I’d like to travel more in 2020, get to know different cultures. It would be nice to explore more of where I live as well.

    • maartjevansandwijk
      8 January 2020 / 8:07 pm

      That sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 8 January 2020 / 12:32 pm

    It looks like you had a great year.

    Wishing you all the very best for the 2020.

    Thanks for the motivation.

  3. aisasami
    8 January 2020 / 10:33 am

    Just having my sister come and study here in Japan with me (I work full-time) for three month was the best part of 2019.

    • maartjevansandwijk
      8 January 2020 / 3:12 pm

      Oh thatโ€™s amazing! Have you been living in Japan for long? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 8 January 2020 / 3:33 am

    My husband and I went out of the country for the first time together to Cancun, Mexico.

    • maartjevansandwijk
      8 January 2020 / 7:48 am

      Thatโ€™s amazing! How was your trip? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • maartjevansandwijk
      8 January 2020 / 7:49 am

      Good luck! Travelling is amazing!

  5. 7 January 2020 / 8:47 pm

    I feel like I need to travel more. I definitely havenโ€™t traveled as much I could be. Thank you for sharing. Fantastic blog post.

    • maartjevansandwijk
      8 January 2020 / 7:49 am

      Only travel if you have the time and money! Hope you have an amazing 2020 ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 7 January 2020 / 3:52 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been a busy bee with all the travel and reading. I wouldn’t worry too much about just missing a few targets…. better to reach for the clouds!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      7 January 2020 / 4:30 pm

      Very true! No point in reaching all targets but missing the actual goal, which is a happy life ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 7 January 2020 / 3:48 pm

    First of all, I love the name of your blog – fabulous! Your caffeine infused world explorations are wonderful. It sounds like you have accomplished quite a lot this year. Wishing you a meaningful 2020!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      7 January 2020 / 4:30 pm

      Aw thank you so much โค๏ธ

  8. Bree
    7 January 2020 / 2:54 pm

    Travel is a big thing so seeing that you did a lot of that it looks like it was a great year!

  9. 7 January 2020 / 1:03 pm

    It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time travelling and although you didn’t read 75 books, 67 is still incredible!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      7 January 2020 / 4:31 pm

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I know itโ€™s still quite a lot – just need to stop comparing it to the number of books I used to read

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