This blog post was supposed to be a video, but for the last couple of days I´ve been stuck in bed with a sore throat and a bad case of what seems to be a bacterial infection. Now, before you start feelin´ sorry for me, I am getting better and, to be honest, these couple of days of lying in bed, surrounded by my little fur-balls, watching movies, reading books and being spoiled more than I ever have been by a beautiful man that keeps on showering me with love haven´t been all that bad either. The last couple of days have been just what I needed (O.K. Maybe the constant runs to the bathroom and the ˝I think I´m about to cough my brains out˝ feeling have been a bit much, but no biggie) since I finally got the chance to have some ˝me time˝ to reflect upon the last year and all that has happened.

Today I´ve decided to share some thoughts that have been making their way into my mind with you guys. With that I want to show you some memories, recap on some of the main events in the past year and share what I´ve learned.

There´s something I never shared with anyone before and to be honest, I never thought I would share this with anyone. For the last couple of years I have been making a list at the beginning of the year as to what I want to accomplish in the next year (not in a ˝New Year´s resloution˝ kind of way, but more as a reminder) and as the year went by I tried to mark all the biggest events in the year. Today (a minute or two ago, to be exact) I took out my little notebook and I was completely shocked as to what I found. I took a look at 2015 biggest events and compared them to 2016. Now, don´t ask me why, but I have this weird urge to share my wishes and my events with you.

2016 WISHES:
– Stay vegan (khm…ohh, well)
– Collaborate with YSL (O.K., I guess I did that for a while)
– Post at LEAST 24 Youtube videos (I just counted them and I actually posted 25 of them,
not including the one hidden one I have,
since I´m still not sure whether to post it or not – Good job Rose! :))

– 57kg/125lbs (haha-haha-ha good one!)
– 5k Instagram followers (Guess I had a thing for Instagram back then, ha? :D)
– Surround yourself with positive people (Done, done and DONE)
– Meet new people (Way to go, Rose!)
Blog at least once per week (Gonna have to work on that one this year, ha?)
– Be thankful
– Read more (You go, girl!)
– Educate yourself
– Be happy
– Love
– Help animals (I got this!)
– Travel (Ok, once was enough for 2016, gotta change this in 2017)

Now, there are a couple more, but I don´t really see the point of writing them down since they are all pretty much the same from this point on and I think you got the point. These moments of realization and self-evaluation are why each year I try to take some time to write these points down. I haven´t looked at these points in about a year and it shocked me how many of the things I now take for granted were once nothing more than a wish. I encourage you to try and do the same. I don´t believe in New Year´s resolutions and I never have, I started writing these things down as a reminder to see how far I´ve come.  To see what I mean, let me just share some of my 2016 highlights.

 

2016 BIGGEST EVENTS:

Tongue piercing
If you´ve been following me for a while, you know this was one of my biggest wishes. I have talked about it in a video I filmed almost 2 years ago (available in SLO – check it out HERE ) and in 2016 I finally made my wish come true and got it done. I still can´t tell you how much of a big deal this was for me and although it probably seems like a small thing to most of you guys, it meant something big for me. I want to thank my friend Tina for being there with me, offering her support and kind words when I needed them while watching me drool all over the piercing-lady and well, not posting the video online. I on the other hand, decided to share my experience in a weekly vlog (SLO only).

Reevaluated/ended my relationship(s)
O.K. This is a part of my life I tried to keep hidden since my last break up, but heck, maybe it´s the pills or maybe the sickness making me do it – I´m gonna touch up on this one, too. In 2015 I ended a long-term relationship. It was painful and we both got hurt, but it was for the better. There´s no hard feelings between us now and all we have is great memories and something to be thankful for; however, it wasn´t always like this. After the break-up things got messy and wild. We thought we could find a way to make it right again, but there was a part of me that just knew that wasn´t gonna happen. So, I started seeing other people and let loose a bit. This didn´t last long since, if you know me you know I don´t have the patience for these stuff and as I always say – I have more important things to do than worry if a guy likes me or not, so at the beginning of 2016 I´ve decided to reevaluate and end all my romantic relationships and I have to say this was one of the smartest decisions I made this year. Don´t get me wrong, I kept on meeting new people and going out, but my priorities were elsewhere. I finally learned how to enjoy the single life, free of partying and dating, and I finally began to remember who I was before life got in the way.

 

Got my very first business cards
I´m a true American Psycho fan, so you can imagine how much of a big deal this was to me; Thank you Staš!

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London
As I wrote this word down I became speechless. In 2016 I got on the plane for the first time to go to an event Makeup Revolution was hosting and I can´t thank Adam enough for that since he and his team really made this year a year to remember for me. Not only was it my first time flying it was my first time in a city with so much life and craziness. I fell in love with it and I can´t wait to go back. Thinking about the time we had in London makes me happy and it´s moments like these I´m thankful for social media, for giving me the chance to share my experience with the world – since looking back at all the vlogs and blog posts from London makes me feel as if I were there again and I can´t begin to tell you how motivated and inspired that makes me to keep on doing what I love to do.
You can see some of my London vlogs here:

And read some of the posts I made here:
http://www.aleksandrarose.net/en/category/travel/

 

Met Adam Minto
Thank you London!

Adam Minto

 

Went wine Tasting with Winestronaut
It was an honor being invited to a wine tasting with Winestronaut and an experience I would gladly do again. I would recommend Winestronaut to anyone who´s looking for a little fun and who wants to know more about the beauty of the Vipavska valley. In case you missed the vlog and want to see how bad my drunk English is – your wish is my command ;).

 

Moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress
An awesome decision I couldn´t have made without the help of my best friend, who also helped me design my site, stayed up with me the whole night, worked on every detail with me, listened to all my nagging, granted all my wishes and made the site everything I ever wanted. Ohh, and did I mention we made the blog public on the day it had it´s 3 year anniversary?

Got an engraved Yves Saint Laurent lipstick
Those of you that know me, know I always had a weird obsession with Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics so getting an engraved lipstick from the brand was like a reward and a sign for me to keep going, keep blogging and keep being me. I got it at an event for Lancome I was invited to and I cannot tell you how honored I was and still am. Opening the packaging brought tears to my eyes and I still save the lipstick for special occasions only – it is kept safe in my beauty corner so I can always have my eyes on it
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Organized my first ever event
Yes, we did it. Me, Ajda, Nina and Sindi got together and organized SummerMBeauty in Maribor. It was definitely something I will never forget and I can say honestly say this experience has made me appreciate companies and all their effort even more.
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Bought my own flat
Yup, this I would say was the biggest one. I don´t really know what to say about this one. There were sleepless nights and there were tears, but it was all worth it once I finally got the keys to my place and got to call it my own. I think my life changed completely and I got a chance at a brand new start because of this one, but it was not all sunshine and rainbows, I can tell you that.
I talked about this period of the year a bit in one of my vlogs, you can check it out here:


Got a job at Sportina

Not only that! Sportina gave me so much more than a job. I met new people, made new friendships and had countless laughs because of it. I learned I´m really good in sales and I love to work with and help people. I had an amazing time there and I will never forget the people I got to work with, this job really made me see how it´s not about the work you do, but about the people you do it with.

Learned to appreciate my family

Now, here´s something you didn´t think you´ll see, ha!? I was always someone who took her family for granted and it was not until moving on my own that I finally saw how much they mean to me and how much I actually love them. It took me 22 years to let go of my ego and realize how good my family was/is to me and to admit my flaws. Guys, there´s really nothing ˝cool˝ about hating on your folks, trust me!
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Became completely financially independent
Woop! Wooop! Say what!? Yea, you got that right! Not long after getting the job I finally stood up on my own two feet and I can´t describe how good it felt. Knowing you have to carry all the responsibility your parents used to take care of can be quite scary, but trust me when I say, there is no better feeling in the world like knowing you don´t have to depend on anyone but yourself. It gives you freedom and it makes you prioritize. It makes you figure out who you truly are and what you want out of life.

 

Shaved off half of my head
Another one of my ˝things I always wanted to try, but never had the balls to actually do it˝ was finally crossed off the list this summer and I love the way it looks! #It´sTheLittleThingsInLife

 

Adopted Mica
If you knew me a year ago, you would have known one thing about me – I love dogs. Now, as far as cats are concerned…those things scare me! But what can I say, a lot can happen in a year and I this is the story of how I got my own cat.
Mica

 

Learned I am enough
In my past I have struggled with depression and although I believe this is the first time I ever talk about it, it will probably be the last time, too. This year I got to one of the lowest points in my life. There have been times in my past when it got bad and this year was one of them. However, trust me when I say this, you may see me fall, you may see me cry, but you will never see me quit! And so I picked myself up, talked to some people, read some books, went to a couple of seminars and baaam – I´m back bitchezzzz! Stronger than ever! (Hahaha – I even made my self laugh with this ˝wanna-be boss a** bi**h˝ attitude, don´t really know where this came from)

 

Met an amazing man
Huh, how should I begin this? I can´t help, but smile just thinking about this one. You know how they say, you can never really love someone, until you learn to love yourself? Well, I never really believed that, since I always thought that maybe the love you give is all you need. Well, call me a believer. I can now say I never really knew what love was until I learned to love myself. It was in that moment that I began to accept myself as I am and be who I am that a beautiful being walked into my life. He made me question everything I ever stood for and it was in the first hour after meeting him I knew there was something special about him.

 

Adopted Buki
Turning into a real crazy old cat lady reeeall´ fast.  After my usual walking the dogs at the shelter I´ve decided to go take a look at the cats, too – something I usally never did, to see if Mica´s babies were adopted yet and just like that, I got a strong urge to take one of those cute fur-babies home with me. Although Buki was not my first choice he definitely was the right one.
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Mojca became my boss
You all know Mojca, right!? Guess what!? She´s my boss! Yea, I switched jobs and as luck would have it I did so just in the time when one of my best friends got promoted and thus became my boss. I love my new job and I have to say I´m really good at it – never really knew I had such a skill for talking to people and it makes my day putting a smile on someone´s face.

My boyfriend moved in with me
Yup, we did it. In a year I went from living in a dorm, to being completely on alone and on my own to now having a full house. Call me crazy, but I guess I just need the chaos in my life.

 

Now, I was going to tell you more about my life, but speaking of chaos…I think one of my cats just destroyed a vase I had in the living room so I´m gonna skip the part about how I had my first car crash this year, an Australian brand shared my video and gave me a huge shout out, met one of my biggest blogging inspirations Brana at the BBMULJ, got the certificate for a dog-walker at the Maribor´s shelter, started going back to the gym, how one of my closest friends made my summer one I will never forget just by coming to visit me in Maribor or how I finally went to watch my very first football game as a true ˝štajerka˝. There´s much more, but as I have said, gotta go clean up the mess. Hope you enjoyed the post, what were some your 2016 highlights? Would love to hear some of them to get some ideas of what to put on my list for 2017.