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Hey. 2o18 ends in 2 days and I feel like 2018 took more than just 365 days. So many changes for me personally. No way in my wildest dreams would I imagine I would be ending this year like I am. I’m sitting here in my new apartment in a new city with a new job and best of friends thinking back about last year.

I’d like to take you to this nostalgic throwback to my 2018 with me.

img_2302January – I started 2018 in Paris. Great way to start a year and I wrote all about it in New Years Eve in Paris article. Shortly after the trip I created this renegade7x blog and began my proper blogger journey and I can’t believe it’s been just a year.

I was still studying pharmacy at Charles University in Hradec Kralove. I was just on the beginnings of my anti-depressant therapy when I celebrated my 22 birthday with my family and friends.

February – I managed to pass an organic chemistry exam I was struggling with my first year at university. That, in fact, caused me to repeat the year. I considered finishing this exam a huge milestone for me cuz it was holding me back from 4 more years of studying pharmacy. But soon I realized that I felt no satisfaction with passing the test and that academic life is not fulfilling me at all. On the other hand, is contributing to my mental health issues. It was not healthy for me to continue with that misery.

That was the moment I stopped trying to make everyone around me happy and focused on myself and my own happiness.

That’s when everything changed for me.

March – after a short job hunt I found a part-time job at KFC restaurant. While I was still in school simply for benefits of it and to really figure out what I want to do with my life. I met incredible people in there and working in a fast food chain restaurant has taught me so much about discipline and teamwork I could never imagine. It’s so much harder than I thought (think about that next time you’re at fast food restaurant). I have a new respect for everyone working in the food industry.
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April – I started fully working on my own fashion brand that’s still not fully out yet as I’m not quite satisfied with my work yet. I know I can do better and I want my product to be just right.

I designed and co-created my first dress and wore them on my cousin’s wedding.

May – I cut my hair short what came as a quite shock to my new friends but the ones that knew me longer already knew how often I change my hairstyles. I talked about this in my All of my hairstyles article. I also traveled to the Netherlands with my now roommate and co-writer of books section Domc.

You can read about our One day in the Netherlands here.

img_2304June – I was fully working in KFC restaurant. Fully working on my blog. Began some interesting fashion collaborations. Kept working on my fashion brand but I still longed for something more. I started another full-time job hunt and it went so smoothly for me as I was already a qualified, pharmacist assistant.

July – I went on just one job interview and got the dream job in Prague – the capital city of the Czech Republic with great salary and opportunities.

This was the major change in my life I yet had to face.

My big step into proper adulthood. Since I was a kid I was very independent and I’m so grateful that I’ve been on my own since I was 15 as that made this change so easy. All I felt for this whole time was excitement.

I didn’t have a single regret about my decision to quit school and move far away from my hometown, to a different city to start again.

Everything feels just right now and that’s what was missing from my school years.

I explained more in my Story behind my University dropout article.

August – Me and Domc decided to live together and began our frustrating apartment hunt. We got to live in our perfect apartment by pure destiny I believe. More in Septembers news.  I said goodbye to KFC and friends I made along the way and moved on.

September – New city, new job, new place – scary but excited. I have always found beauty in new beginnings just as in the endings. I always think about this quote from Johns Greens Paper Towns book:

“Leaving feels good and pure only when you leave something important, something that mattered to you. Pulling life out by the roots. But you can’t do that until your life has grown roots.”

I did just that and it felt so good. Yes, beginnings were hard. September 2018 was really tought. I felt very lost in my work. We didn’t have any money to start with. Had to live on soups but it still felt better than anytime before.

October – First paycheck made it all easier and even though money can’t buy happiness they are still pretty close to it. I got along with my coworkers pretty good and realized they are really nice people and that this will be great fun. Of course, I got yelled at by random strangers at work.

But I got to go home to my own place in Prague where I live with my best friend, write my heart out to unbelievable 100000 strangers on the internet, collaborate with fashion brands and earn some extra money and manage my fashion brand from a distance so yeah everything was ok.

November – I realized I am actually pretty good at helping people in pharmacy. It took some time to learn how does pharmacy works like in reality – what is like 98% different from what we’ve been taught at school. I work with around 200 people daily. Even though it’s so physically tiring it all goes away when those people thank me for helping them. Sometimes it’s really hard as any other people-job because not all of those 200 people are nice or well-behaved. But it’s this nice small gestures I’m holding onto.

img_2305December – I finally get to go to my hometown after so long and spend a lovely Christmas with my family and dog.

And now I’m sitting in my place planing New Years Eve party with my friends and writing this article. At the beginning of December 2018, I reached my blogger goal of 100000 visits to my blog and I’m still starstruck as I explained in Reaching my blogger goal

Now you see why I feel like 2018 took at least 5 years and not just one.

So many things happened and I don’t think I can ever express my gratitude for everything I have, I became, and I am because of this year.

I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heat for sticking with me and reading my rambles. You made my year the best it could be. I look forward to everything that 2019 might bring my way. I hope you’ll stand by my blogger site in 2019 and all of the years to come.

This is my last 2018 article. I hope your year was just as good as mine was and I wish you all the health, happiness and love in 2019. Have a great New Years Eve and a Happy New Year.

Thank you

xoxo Natalia

38 Comments

  1. December 29, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Happy New Year Natalia. May the peace of God’s blessing rest upon you this coming year.

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much

  2. December 29, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    Congrats and a wonderful 2019
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    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:27 pm

      Thank you

  3. December 29, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Continue Propsering. Congrats on everything you’ve accomplished.

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:27 pm

      Thank you

  4. December 29, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Wishing you all the best in 2019, Natalia. Allan

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:27 pm

      Thank you

  5. December 29, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    Wow your year sounded totally amazing! Congrats on reaching your blogging goal 🙂

  6. December 29, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    It is always exciting to start the next chapter in your life. You will look back one day and see how far you have come.
    When I was 22 I had just started dating the woman who I would marry and have 4 kids with. That was ten years ago. In that time we have moved from one end of Canada to the other 2 times and lived in I think six different houses after moving out of barracks. We`ve started and sold a business, released and rejoined the military. Life is an adventure.

  7. December 29, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    I think it is great that you have tried new things and discovered new abilities 🙂
    Praying 2019 is even better for you 🙂

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:27 pm

      Thank you so much

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:26 pm

      Thank you – you too

  8. December 30, 2018 / 8:09 am

    Your 2018 has set a hard act to follow! Good luck with 2019!

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:26 pm

      Yes exactly- thank you

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks you too

  9. December 30, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Congratulations on all your our achievements. I’m sure it has felt like a whirlwind. Blessings to you in 2019. 🙂

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:24 pm

      Yes totally- thank you

  10. December 31, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    Happy new year babe!! 🌟✨

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 4:23 pm

      Thank you 🙂

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you

  11. January 2, 2019 / 12:19 am

    My husband is a pharmacist and yes it is a hard job… good for you for sticking with it and especially passing organic chem!

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 8:23 am

      Yes it is – thanks

  12. January 4, 2019 / 1:59 pm

    What an incredible year, with so many big life events!
    It’s wonderful to see how you rose and conquered your challenges. And, of course, we all know you looked fabulous every step of the way. 🙂

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you so much

  13. January 4, 2019 / 2:32 pm

    Sounds like a full-on year. I realised you’re only 3 years older than me.

    • nat7x
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 3:06 pm

      It truly was

  14. January 6, 2019 / 10:01 pm

    Happy new year Natalia, I hope 2019 is as great for you as 2018 😀

  15. February 10, 2019 / 10:34 am

    Lovely details Natalia and very beautiful photos

    • nat7x
      Author
      February 10, 2019 / 10:39 am

      Thank you

      • February 11, 2019 / 6:33 am

        You are welcome Natalia

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