hnyIts 2014! Well, maybe not yet in every country but in the Netherlands it is. I thought this day would be a nice time to look back to all that 2013 has brought me. Because 2013 was the year I started blogging! March 10th to be exact, and looking back I am so happy that I made the choice to do so, because blogging has brought me so much.

There are many things that blogging has brought me, but for this post I’d like to focus specifically on the changes in my life. Yes, I’ve gotten the opportunity to read awesome books, something I have loved since I was a little kid. But most of all, it has made me realize who I really am, and who I want to be. Or more specifically what I want to do with my life.

I’ve been chatting with authors, participated in online Book Clubs, had lots of bookish discussions, and somewhere along the way I figured out that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I love reading, I love literature and I love the English language. So I made a decision and in 2014 I’ll start university, studying English Language and Culture.

When I told my friends and family this they all rolled their eyes, stating that English Language and Culture was just me and that I’d be a fool to do anything else. While that confirmed to me that I’d made the right choice, it just wasn’t that easy. I’d been filled with so much doubt and uncertainty about the future and as the time to choose grew shorter and shorter it became even harder to make a decision, because choosing was just so final and it meant that I had to make the choice. The right choice… That was scary, but now I know, it’s also such a huge relief to finally know. Without blogging, I shudder thinking about where I would have been at this point. Blogging has been the main factor in realizing that English Language and Culture was THE study for me, without blogging I’d probably still been stressing over which study to choose.

Besides all that, blogging just became a main factor in my life. My blog became a place to feel at ease, because my blog and all my sweet readers and commenters never fail to make my day and make me feel happy! The blogging community is just such a homey place, filled with so many great people.  The funny tweets that never fail to make me laugh, the dozen of great discussions, the new friends I made. There is just never a shortage on reading material! That’s just awesome, at least to me it is!

Yeah, I think it is safe to say that blogging has brought me lots of joy. Of course there have been many other things that brought me joy as well, but I wanted to dedicate this blog to my readers, especially the readers that became my friends. This post is to thank you for the great year that is coming to an end. 2013 was awesome! and I look forward to getting to know you all even better, the endless and funny discussions, and to making new friends in 2014!

Happy New Year To You All!