Happy New Year!

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!

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  1. 01/01/2014 / 09:01

    Wow English Language and Culture! I’m a senior in high school and I’ve been thinking about majoring in English as well, but man, I just hate writing essays and I don’t like studying about the history of English, and learning about old English so maybe not. I really want to major in Computer Science sinec I love web design and graphics more than books hehe. Blogging became a main part of my life for sure. I love it and every time I go on my blog and visit other blogs, all of my stress goes away because this community is just awesome!

    • Iris
      01/01/2014 / 19:48

      This community is absolutely awesome, the extra reading I get to do is great of course, but really its the people that make blogging so much fun to do.
      Computer Science! That is awesome, I’d love to be able to do web design and graphic design, maybe you can help me someday haha. I’m just a big sucker for the English language and Literature. Essays I don’t particularly love, but I like them well enough. The only thing I loathe is presentations… So I do dread that part. But hey! I’ll manage ;)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. 01/01/2014 / 10:42

    Good luck with your decision! That’s like…huge, and stressful to make those kinds of choices, eh? But I’m glad you decided it through blogging. That’s awesome. Happy new year! I hope 2014 is equally (and more) awesome for you!

    • Iris
      01/01/2014 / 19:49

      Thank you! Yeah, it was horrible, I was constantly doubting myself and you can’t imagine how relieved I am that I finally figured it out :)

  3. I have actually been thinking about majoring the same thing, but unfortunately you need a ‘vwo’ certificate for that. And I am doing my ‘mbo’ now, but going back to ‘havo’ next year. So I’m thinking about it, but I don’t think I will choose to do it, I’d love to learn a new language instead of getting better at a language that I already ‘mastered’. Maybe I’ll study the same thing in Germany and learn the German language at the same time. Who knows!

    • Iris
      05/01/2014 / 20:28

      So many options right? I did Havo first, when I got my diploma I had no idea what to do so I continued high school and started VWO. I can’t say I loved the past two years, but what I do love is the ‘extra’ time I got to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. If you finish Havo, you can start studying English at HBO and then continue English Language and Culture at University after your first (or second) year (I think once you obtained your P).
      Like I said lots of options! Figuring out what the future holds sucks, but its such a relief to figure things out and for all the puzzle pieces to fall into place!

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