Reflection on 2018 & happy new year to you all! πŸŽ‰βœ¨πŸ’•πŸ’«

Hey lovelies πŸ’•,

Happy new year to you all! βœ¨πŸŽ‰ In this post I will talk about my 2018 and will show you how I celebrated New Year’s Eve. I’m glad I don’t have a cold amymore but just tonight I got my period so yeah that also sucks 😭 I’m glad I take medication for the cramps because otherwise I wouldn’t survive it. Besides, I’m also being anxious about my appointment of getting one of my wisdom teeth pulled out this week. I keep postponing the appointment. I know I have to do it but I’m so scared. H e l p. I also don’t want to do it in Holland. Here in Spain it’s much cheaper and the dentist understands my anxiety but I’m still so afraid and I just feel like I can’t cope. If anyone have some more tips to survive it I will be forever grateful πŸ™πŸ’• I can always take medication for anxiety if that’s enough to help me cope with it.

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We are already in 2019. A year has flown by. As usually I want to reflect on my year with this post and also write some important things for you all. Every year has its ups and downs. Every year consists of good things and bad things which happen to us. The most important thing is how we react to all these things. I know how hard it’s to stay positive in this sometimes dark world. I just keep believing that there are so many good things in the world and that there are indeed so many good people. You just have to find your tribe. I’m so glad I did.

I’m so happy with my blogging community, mental health community, Yoga Girl community and the goddess revolution community. I’m thankful that I joined these communities this year. They made me feel less alone and so much happier. If I’m in Holland I will maybe go to a meet up with some yoga girls. I also really wish that we will continue to all be friends and hopefully one day we will all meet ✨ I know the universe brought us all together for a reason which is to be connected with awesome people, share our struggles and feel supported.

I learned a lot this year. I learn every day from this world. This year I realized that there are truly lovely people who care about you and want you to be happy. I learned that it’s better to have a few good friends than a million of fake friends. The ones who love you will always be there for you no matter what. I learned that true love exists when I saw my brother getting married in August in Spain. I learned that this life is an adventure. Sometimes we win and sometimes we loose. We learn from every experience. I also learned that it’s okay if I’m not where I want to be in life. I still have a long way to go. I will find a career I love and will keep growing. It all takes time, pacience and trust in myself. I have to love myself, believe in myself and know that I can make my dreams come true such as working and living in Spain ✨

I also went to my first feminist strike in Valladolid, in Spain on International Women’s Day on the 8th of March with my mother. This was such an empowerful event. I never went to a demonstration before. I really wish 2019 will be the year that less women will be suffering from violence. I wish that women and men have the same human rights. Together we are starting a revolution. This is just the beginning. 2019 will be the year where women can be themselves, love themselves and love each other πŸ’•

This year I also learned that music is the best thing in life 🎢 I would be lost without music. I went to so many amazing concerts such as the OperaciΓ³n Triunfo 2017 concert in Madrid with my friend Maria πŸ’• OperaciΓ³n Triunfo makes me so happy and full of life. I also enjoyed the concert of Pablo Alboran, Chenoa, Hombres G and Celtas Cortos with my mother in Valladolid. I also enjoyed so much the concert of Sofia Ellar with my friend Maria. I can’t wait to see her again. It was so lovely to meet Sofia and get a picture with her. She’s the best and I can’t wait to see her singing again 😍

This year I began to read again a lot which I loved to do so much when I was younger. I will continue reading this new year. I also kept writing and being creative. I hope to create more amazing content on this blog. Writing is amazing. I travelled to Madrid, Granada, Santander and Somo. I discovered Somo which is a beautiful surfing village in the north of Spain. In 2019 I really want to go to a surf camp again πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸŒŠπŸŒž. I didn’t go surfing for more than two years. I miss it so much. It’s also so good for my mental health. The sea is my home and cleans my soul. The beach is my favourite place on this earth. I can’t wait to travel to more amazing places and meet more amazing people.

Somo, Santander (September 2018)

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Granada, Andalucia (July 2018)

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La RΓ‘bita, Mediterranean Sea, Granada (July 2018)

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Madrid (March 2018)

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Maybe for some of you this year was a hard year. Maybe some of you have lost someone close to you. Maybe you just didn’t felt okay and were struggling. I’m here for you. It’s okay to grief. It’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to feel sad. Feelings change and emotions change but it all takes time. Try to not be hard on yourself next year. Remember, I’ll will always be there for you πŸ’• I hope you will invest in self love and self care this new year because that’s the most important thing that matters. I also encourage you all to surround yourself with people who love you and who bring you only good vibes because you deserve that ✨.

I celebrated my New Year’s Eve in Valladolid, in Spain. I decided to not go out with my friends. I also didn’t go out last year. I used to party every year but I don’t feel in the mood anymore. I have to do what feels good to me. I went to the hairdressers in the afternoon to cut the dead ends, my bangs and they made curls in my hair. I love to look good for myself. I dressed up at home and did my make up. My mother and I went to the house of the mother of the wife of my brother. We celebrated all together New Year’s Eve: Rafael, my mother, VΓ©ronica, VΓ©ronica’s mother and her brother. We enjoyed eating delicious Spanish food.

We ate cheese, jamon serrano, chorizo, bread and chicken. I didn’t eat the fish because I don’t like fish so much haha πŸ˜‚ At 12 o’clock we watched the television and ate the 12 grapes. We also had champagne πŸ₯‚. It’s a tradition in Spain to eat the 12 grapes. They say it brings luck. We watched television where we were hearing beautiful music and we played Spanish card games. I really loved it so much. I love playing games with my family. At 3.30 am my mother and I went home and we stayed in watching some television. We went to bed at 6 am pretty late but doesn’t matter because it’s a special night. I’m glad I didn’t go out because as soon as we were home I got my period haha. On New Year’s Day we just stayed in and chilled. I saw the movie Grease. I just love that movie & the music so much 😍 I also saw the movie Paper Towns which I love so much from John Green. I already saw this movie with my best friend one day and loved it.

l wish you all an amazing new year full of love, happiness and luck πŸ€βœ¨βœŒοΈ Stay strong & stay safe. We are all in this together πŸ’ͺ I love you all so so so much ❀️. Thank you all for reading. How was your New Year’s Eve? Did you stay at home or did you went to a party? Which are your goals or dreams to achieve in 2019? I would love to know. I will speak to you all soon in my next blog post.

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Much love πŸ’•,

xoxo Christina

10 things you need to bring to the beach πŸŒžπŸŒŠπŸ„πŸŒ΄πŸ‘™

Hey lovelies πŸ’•,

I want to thank you all for your lovely comments on my last blog post and on my Instagram @seaofwordsblog. I’m so happy to have this blogging and mental health community on Instagram that’s always there for me when I feel great and when I feel bad. It means the world to me. I will also always be there for you all. Friends forever ❀ I wish to meet you all one day. Today I want to talk about 10 things you need to bring to the beach. Happy Summer time to you all! 🌞 I can’t wait to go to the beach. I’m longing for that so much. I’m a mermaid and the ocean is my home.

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1. Sunscreen lotion

This is just the most important thing to bring to the beach. Nowadays, there’s are many people which have skin cancer. It’s so important to use sunscreen lotion and also a high factor. This is especially important for people who burn easily. I can get a tan but not so easily. I almost never get burned easily. Sometimes it happens and it hurt a lot. I use factor 30 or even factor 50 from Nivea. It’s important to use suncreen a lot during the day at the beach. After swimming in the ocean you have to use suncreen again. And after a day at the beach I always use aftersun with Aloe Vera. This is just so refreshing and good for your skin.

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2. Bikini/swimsuit

I always love to use a bikini during a day at the beach. I don’t have swimsuits. I had one when I was doing swimming competitions when I was younger. Now, swimsuits are in again and I really would like to buy one too. I have a nice bikini from the surfbrand Roxy which I bought on sale, it was like €25. My favourite bikini is from the surfbrand O’Neill and it’s also a special material. It’s the material of surfing wetsuits. I love this bikni so much. The combination of the colour pink/orange is so beautiful. I got it for my birthday a few years ago and it was about €80. It wasn’t on sale. I never buy such expensive bikinis but it’s great to get it as a present hahah πŸ˜‚ Do you prefer a bikini or a swimsuit? πŸ‘™

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3. Hat

To protect yourself from the sunshine a hat is important to use. I love to use mine which I bought in Mallorca, in Spain. When I feel that my head is going to be too hot I can feel dizzy and bad because of the sunshine. A hat is the best thing to wear. I took these pictures below a few years ago in Mallorca during Summer with my friends. It’s my favourite island ever yeahhh good vibes! πŸŒŠβœŒ

4. Sunglasses

Fortunately, I never needed glasses but I use sunglasses. Those are without prescription but for the ones who use glasses I think you can have sunglasses with prescription. Using sunglasses is just so important to protect your eyes from the sunshine. It also looks great and fashionable. I use one which I got from a friend with aztec print

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5. Beach towel

Of course, bringing a beach towel is really important to lay down on it on the sand. My favourite towels are one which is just like a normal towel with a Summer theme. My other favourite beach towel is a round one which you often don’t see on the beach. I bought this one from Etsy from the brand Beach Lulu and it was like €50 euros in total. It came all the way from America and I had to pay the shipping which was expensive. It was so worth it because I love it so much. It has beautiful colours and a drawing of a sun, yeahhh hippie vibes ❀ Do you also have a round beach towel? Do you like mine?

6. Flipflops

I love wearing flipflops at the beach. I have one pair of Roxy and another pair of O’Neill. These two are getting a bit old and you can’t even see all the print anymore. That was the reason that I bought a new one in the shop Carrefour. I bought such an amazing pair of flipflops. I loved the Summer theme. I definitely need vitamin sea 😍 There were just €3 so cheap!!! If I’m not wearing flipflops, I’m walking barefoot at the beach πŸ˜„ That’s just the best.

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7. Books/magazines

If you like to read it’s really great to bring a book or a magazine to the beach. I love to read at the beach whether it’s a novel or a magazine. One of my favourite magazine is the dutch magazine about psychology. It definitely helps me a lot with dealing with my anxiety. You can read amazing tips on how to care about yourself and your mental health. Reading at the beach and hearing the waves is just so relaxing πŸ‘Œ

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8. Ipod/mobile phone to listen to music

I don’t like to use so much my mobile phone on the beach because I want to be happy and enjoy the moment. I like to use my old iPod Touch or Spotify on my mobile phone to listen to music. I love to listen to music because it’s so relaxing and always make me happy. I will soon share a beach play list for this Summer 🎢

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9. Camera/Polaroid

I love to take great pictures at the beach. Sometimes I use my mobile phone to take pictures but I prefer to take pictures with my digital camera or polaroid instax mini camera πŸ“· It’s great to have some memories of that day at the beach.

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10. Hair brush

I love beach hair so much. I love to bring a hair brush at the beach and brush my hair a few times at the beach. If I don’t do it I have tangles in my hair which hurts. It’s really great to brush your hair a few times at the beach and especially when you went swimming or surfing. I bought a great hair brush in the shop Carrefour for €2.

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Thank you all for reading. I hope you all liked this list of 10 things that you need to bring at the beach. Of course, this list is personal and can be different for any of you. Could you relate to this list? Would you add something to my list to bring to the beach? Do you love the beach as much as I do? 🌊😍❀ I would love to know your opinion.

Much love ❀,

xoxo Christina