another year

Impossible that a whole year can have passed so quickly! Yesterday was my birthday and September also marks a whole year of blogging for me. I spent the day working and then going out to dinner with my family in our favourite italian next-door restaurant, so this post is a day late.

A lot has happened in this one year, some good, some bad. My dad had a heart attack (writing that still makes that weird gut-wrenching feeling in my stomach) but is now doing so much better thankfully. I finished my thesis and thus completed my education I guess, though I feel there is still so much to learn. I got a job which has pushed me further and has made me realize again what kind of person I am and what kind of person I will never be and that I am ok with that.
Putting those things into categories of “good” and “bad” feels wrong. Sometimes good things come out of bad events and, as a friend has taught me once, every decision we make is ultimately the right decision, because it takes us new places and experiences and thus makes us grow as a person. It is our responsibility to embrace our decisions and make the best of things.

Those are the landmarks but there have been soo many little bits in between. My life is, in some ways, very different than a year ago (especially looking back at my birthday post from last year). Yet the fundamental things, the things that matter, are unchanged:
My boyfriend, who continues to say the right things at the right time always. I am the luckiest girl in the world.
My family, who I love so very much.
My friends of all ages, who I can always rely on. You guys know who you are and you are the very best!!
My sweet, shy cats who give me joy every single day.
The bestest pony of all, who challenges me to get over myself and teaches me that there are few things worth making a fuss about.

And last but not least, all the wonderful people from all over the world who I meet through blogging and who are, at times, as real to me as if we had already met. Thank you so much for taking the time to read through my ramblings, for commenting and encouraging!
Here’s to another year 🙂


10 thoughts on “another year

  1. Lynda

    Happy Birthday! What a wonderful post. You are so wise for your years! Your friend is so right! I, too, believe everything happens for a reason. We might not know at the time or sometimes ever know, but it’s all part of our life plan. The hard times and “bad” times make us stronger and wiser. They also often make us more compassionate with others and push us to be better people. May this next year be full of joy and happiness and new opportunities for growth. Again, happy birthday!


    1. tidytipsy

      Aw, thanks Lynda!! I think that really is the only way of looking at it…the bad times push us to take action and grow and make us so grateful for the good. Still, I do hope for an easier year to come 😉


  2. Rosamaría

    Happy birthday Kristina!!
    Love read this post and know a little more about the women behind those beautiful photos. I think all bad things always lefts the good things we have now, just sometimes is hard see it in that way in that moment.

    Congrats with the blog anniversary, I’m happy to found you and have the opportunity to come here and see your fantastic photos and read more about you.

    a big hug from Mexico!!


  3. Victoria Bennett Beyer

    Happy Birthday! Isn’t it amazing how complex our lives are, how the good and bad are so intertwined? We just have to be happy with as much of it as we can. Glad to hear your dad is doing better and it looks like you had a lovely day.


    1. tidytipsy

      Thank you Victoria! Definitely! We do live in a very complex world, which is exciting, but also overwhelming at times. But what other way is there but to try and be happy and grateful for everything good that happens? The alternative would be being miserable most of the time and being irritated at the small obstacles thrown our way each day and indeed there are so many people that seem to be never content and never pause to stop and realize how lucky they are.


  4. julochka

    happy (belated) birthday! and happy blogoversary. it is pretty amazing the people one meets in the blogosphere. and i love what you say about your’s so true.



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