I love this time of year, not because I’m big on Christmas, we don’t even celebrate it in Bosna, but because I love being snowed in with the pets and a hot cup of tea and honey (my ‘new thing’ since I’ve been sick for about 90% of this winter). Nothing compares to nights spent cuddled on the couch drinking hot chocolate and watching every Christmas episode of Friends with my family. I love the coziness of it all – the smell of vanilla scented candles, the sight of Christmas lights on front doors and the feeling of gratefulness, love and comfort.
^turns out not everyone in my household is as crazy about the holidays as I am😂
I’ve also fallen well into my additional role of “housewife” when I’m not doing things for school and work, and I have to say (and this is so not me) I really love it. I was never the type to want to stay home, but baking, cooking, and decorating the house for winter has been a ton of fun. Granted, I’m still working towards finishing my Master’s and MS and working at a new hospital, but housewifing has just become my “side hustle” if you will.
Despite starting the year off with the death of a dear friend, this year has turned out to be filled with lots of excitement, love, support and surprises. My low points brought me to my lowest but the high points gave me things I am forever grateful for, like getting engaged to my best friend of 3 years, my other best friend having her first baby, bridesmaid-ing to my third bff’s wedding, becoming a home owner and moving to a new one, and switching careers. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel all over the US and Europe, and spend winter in London, Philadelphia, and in one of my very favorite cities at this time of the year – NYC.
I loved the dancing lights on Saks, it was so cute!
Christmas in New York is something everyone should experience at least once in their life. London is also incredible during the colder months; the city gets frosted in lights and snow and turns into a winter wonderland. It was my second time going in less than 4 months and it was so worth it, even though I’m a weenie when it comes to handling the cold. I saw the Harry Potter Studios for the first time, and it was the coolest thing I have ever seen. I’m so glad we went when they had it set up for Christmas🎅🎄☃️❄.
^Hogwarts Common Room at HPS
^London Leadenhall Market
^Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
With Christmas comes the New Year and all the upcoming goals and resolutions. I’ve always set new years resolutions because I love the feeling of a new year and a fresh start. This is one of the most exciting times for me, especially with all the new changes and people in my life. Looking back at this blog has made me realize how much I’ve done – and how much I haven’t even documented yet, which is something I want to get better at next year. It’s crazy to remember that this time last year I was in Australia, jumping out of airplanes and exploring the city of Sydney. This year, I’m in a whole different place, literally, and engaged to my best friend. I have so many goals, plans and ambitions for next year that I’m excited to work on.
However, for the rest of the year I’m focusing on taking advantage of the last week of 2018 to enjoy some downtime in my own home and be present with my family and friends. I want to read more, cook more, relax more, and do as much as I can before recharging for the excitement that’s to come in 2019. I also want to take time to reflect on this year and everything that has happened. That’s one of the main reasons I started this blog, so that I could write about these adventures and look back at all the super cool things I did. I’m already excited for December 2019, but lets not start talking about that just yet..
I was recently reminded of a Barabara Bush quote that really stuck with me:
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.”
So, be present and enjoy time with your loved ones because these moments are the most precious ones. I know I will.😊 Happy Holidays!!
All the love,