2014/01/01

Happy Horse Year!

 

2013 was, without exaggeration, a life-changing year in my life. On the 1st of January 2013, I was hoping for a lot, but nothing was certain yet. Gradually, every single thing I’d been working hard and praying for came true - I submitted a thesis I was proud of and which eventually received a very positive feedback. I graduated with honors, which may sound silly, but I really wanted to maintain an as good as possible GPA and perform well in my graduation exam. After staying up the whole night in front of my PC and hypnotizing the screen, I finally learnt I was chosen among the University of Tokyo Research interns. And a short time after, I was informed I was accepted to all three MSc programs I applied for, after a long consideration I chose FIPDes, and a couple of weeks after received confirmation of my scholarship. I got in an unhappy relationship, but realized soon enough it led nowhere - and I met Gerald at the end of August and we’ve been officially and happily together since the end of September. Even though my MSc has been full of stressful moments, hard projects, lessons I’ve never seen before and days when I barely had time to sleep for three hours, it has also been a very enriching experience, with satisfying results.





I am very very grateful for this experience - I have been in situations that would have made me cry a couple of years ago, but now I feel that whatever I will encounter, I will be able to solve it. I have been working with a very heterogenous group of people - culture, age and education-wise. I have wronged people, I have been wronged by others, but most importantly, I established friendships across the globe and got to know many amazing people I would never have met if I hadn’t left my country. I think I gained a more global perspective and I’ve been slowly realizing that I may not be always right, even though it’s very hard to admit. I have been challenged a lot - be it international groupwork, managing a big research project, living on my own in a foreign country or travelling and changing languages all the time. I have to learn new things on a daily basis, but it is very stimulating.  





And I already know that 2014 and 2015 are going to be equally, if not more, amazing - you’ll learn very soon why!

And at the end of this post, I would like to give encouragement to everyone who dreams big or feels unhappy with his or her current situation:

Nothing is impossible, you just need a strong determination, willingness to work harder than others and self-confidence. Grab every chance you can to do what you love.


It is OK to wait and prepare and go at your own pace. If you don’t loose focus, you’ll get where you want to be someday.


Don’t fear changes - hate your major? Apply for another. Is your relationship more stressful than happy? Break up. Your life is too short to be spent in pain. Sometimes, quitting is a better option than pursuing a dead end. Once you’ve made the choice believe in yourself and work hard on your future - be it a new professional focus or a new love life.


It’s hard not to envy others - but transform envy into your drive for going further. Look for options to improve professionally and personally. Some people may seem to have luckier circumstances, but with hard work and strong will, you can get wherever you want.


Nothing is as hard as it seems at first, so accept every challenge coming your way. It will make you stronger and more prepared for those coming next.


I really wish all of you a happy and fulfilling 2014 and may all your dreams come true! 

Yours truly
Vita <3

20 comments:

  1. Great Post!
    I follow you now on GFC & Bloglovin, hope you follow back♥
    & a happy new year!:-)
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  2. Hello Vita it was so great to read this post, so inspirational and so special - I am glad you had this amazing year and I know the future can only be bright for you because has you say, work and being focus on what we really want is the most important thing! I am very happy for you and I wish you a great year ahead! May 2014 be better than 2013!

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    1. My dear Sara, thank you so much! <3 I hope you will be inspired and happy every day of 2014, I can't wait to see your new creations!

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  3. Wow this was such an inspiring & encouraging post to read! Sometimes it is so good to read qualitative pep talk! :)
    I am very happy that this year turned out so well for you, because judging by your blog, you are a very kind a generous person! I cannot wait to hear your news about 2014 & 2015!
    Happy New year, Vita & I hope all of your wishes come true in 2014!

    www.callmemaddie.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Maddie! I hope 2014 will be a great year for you as well, I hope you will be able to balance work and school and still have enough time for you loved ones. And I also hope your dog will get better!

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  4. Wow very inspiring post, you achieved many goals in the past year, met amazing people and that inspires me. I hope this new year you enjoy to much!
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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    1. Thank you! I wish you the best for 2014 as well! <3

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  5. i'm glad everything works out well for you in 2013. i hope 2014 will be a even better year for u :)

    xoxo
    mochaccinoland.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! <3 I hope for you as well!

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  6. It is wonderful to read about your year. It is very special and inspiring. You are an amazing person and thanks for your friendship. I wish you all the best for the new year and I know you’ll do so well.

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    1. Thank you a lot, Imogen! I hope that you will be happy with work, have good health and be as playful in fashion as ever. <3

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  7. Very motivational, and beautiful, Vita. Have a wonderful year in 2014 :)

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    1. Thank you, Cerena! I missed your blog, so my wish for you for 2014 is that your studies will leave you enough time for blogging. :)

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  8. I am sooooooooo glad to see your year has been so especial. You are not only beutiful, but clever and wise.
    Love and sunshine on everything you do This year, dear Vita.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

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    1. Thank you so much, Sacramento! I hope this year, you will enjoy your new home, spend magical moments with your loved ones and continue bringing together amazing people! <3

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  9. Wow, the most meaningful post I've read. Not that I wouldn't enjoy reading your other posts but this is something I should copy, print, put on the wall above my table and read every time when I feel like not studying or working anymore. Because you are ABSOLUTELY TRUE! I should always remember what you have achieved with your determination and learn from you. I wish I could do the same once :o).
    All the best in 2014, dear Vita!

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    1. You're doing great at work, and I wish you all the best for your studies too, you're a smart girl and you'll pull it off! <3

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  10. this was such a great and inspirational post! I'm glad to hear that you have conquered all the challenges that came your way last year and became a stronger person out of it. what you wrote about quitting rather than pursuing a dead end is spot on. life is what you make of it right?
    and thank you also for the lovely comment on my latest blog post, happy new year! :)

    Metallic Paws

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