2015 has been a year of changes, in my life and most importantly, in myself. It’s been a challenging, emotional and difficult year in many ways, but also so extremely positive and rewarding. Shortly, I would probably say that this was the year I grew up. There is a moment when it hits you, the feeling of being an adult and knowing that you can now leave your teenage years behind.
To me, it has been all about getting an idea of what is really important in life, learning that it’s better to face my problems then to flee them, appreciating the little things, and moving closer to myself and to my main life goal, which will forever be – finding the balance of simplicity, spirituality and superficiality.
Not the easiest of goals I know, but setting this standard reminds me of what I believe in and makes it easier for me to see things clearly.
I had to make a few very hard decisions this year, give up certain things for my own good, and I had to part with a most beloved person. There are many things I know I could’ve done better, but at least I know now that I’m on the right path and hopefully that I can make up for it in the future by being the best version of myself.
One of the greatest things about this year is that I started this blog, which has been so incredibly fun and exciting. A very special city and a very special person got me as inspired as ever, and the result was this little space to collect all of my creativity and thoughts. I can see so clearly through this blog what the year has been like for me.
Every post represents what kind of mind-frame I’ve been in, in the same way as you can see the emotions of the artist or musician in a painting or a a piece of music. This blog has developed along with me, and will continue to do so.
I’m definitely proud of myself for everything I’ve accomplished this year. Especially getting rid of a large amount of old, bad habits and becoming a new, healthier and more aware human being. I feel as if it can only get better from here and I’m so incredibly curious and excited to see what next year will bring. Most importantly I will plan as little as possible, let things happen naturally, and just follow my intuition.
It’s quite the mission to summarize a whole year, but I’ve collected a few captured highlights and moments that were worth sharing. Here we go!
Celebrated the start of 2015 with rosy cheeks, fake eyelashes and messy hair, as one usually has after standing out in the cold, dancing to all the big hits and having one too many glasses of champagne.
Spent almost all of my time with this person, who made 2015 such a special experience for me.
Inspiration for creativity was the reason I moved to Berlin and it finally led me to start my blog, louisewhitehouse.com. This blog has meant a lot to me throughout the year and I’m so surprised and thankful for the response and support from all of you who are following. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do <3
Met lots of funny, interesting and special people throughout the whole year.
Had some pretty insane meals, especially when living in Berlin. If you’re curious, there is a previous post where I mention my favorite Berlin food places. Find it here.
Started to open up a bit and shared more personal posts here on the blog, like this one about body image.
Went to Croatia with Stefan and spent two weeks in a car, driving along the coast, stopping at stony beaches and camping on the way in a cheap little tent.
A change started to grow in me which led to some major life decisions, and I ended up going to a yoga retreat/ eco-village on the Danish countryside, without really knowing at all how it would turn out. My time there just happened to be a major life-changing experience, and during these two extremely joyful months I learned about myself, got in touch with my spiritual side and was probably the happiest I’ve been in a long time. More about this experience here.
Finally, I moved to Malmö in the south of Sweden with the purpose of settling down for a while and creating a simpler way of life. It’s really been great getting back to proper routines after a crazy year of ups, downs, constant changes and going from one place to another. Though if I know myself I’m pretty sure that I will get restless soon again and start daydreaming about new adventures for next year. I have a confident feeling that 2016 will be as eventful and exciting as ever.
Best movie I watched – Cold Mountain. This was such an increadible and well made movie! I really don’t understand why it didn’t get more attention when it premiered. It’s got a crazy amount of good actors (Jude Law and Nicole Kidman in the lead rolls), a beautiful story-line all the way to the end and the soundstrack is amazing. Don’t miss this one!
Best songs I listened to – I got a list made through Spotify with my most played songs of 2015. How good is that! This list includes everything from my usual indie/folk/rock to Beyonce and One Direction. Find the playlist here, listen and enjoy.
Best book I read – The Wisdom of Insecurity, by Alan Watts. This book played a big part in my decision to change my way of life. Alan Watts is forever one of my biggest inspirations and one of the most genius philosophers there is. He has an incredible way of talking about the world, life and the ways of us human beings. The best thing is that if you don’t want to read a whole book, you can just watch one of his many speeches on Youtube here. Listen and learn.
Wishing you all a very happy and stressless new year, full of adventures and positive changes.
And by the way, what would you guys like to see more of on here on the blog?
Lots of love,