I was recently browsing through my photos on my phone and was baffled realizing how much has happened in 2019. So many places I’ve been, such amazing experiences, so many takeaways… so I thought: why not share everything I have manifested, all my learnings, miracles and blessings with you?
I am writing this blog post for you – so you can see what is possible – and for myself, to forever be reminded of how blessed I truly am.
I want to keep it short and sweet (let’s see how that goes)… So, here is my wrap-up of the past year and a full list of things (big and small) that have manifested for me in 2019.
#1 Selling My Car – Manifesting at its Best
I bought a (brand new) car in December 2017 and loved this small but sturdy little old-school SUV that fits in any parking spot (= Suzuki Jimny aka. imagine a Mercedes G-Wagon and a Smart had a baby).
However, when I bought it, I couldn’t foresee that I soon would be commuting longer distances more frequently. The lacking fuel economy and comfort in the car combined with little horsepower was a reason for me to consider looking for something more suited for longer drives.
I knew that my car is popular within a particular niche. When I put it on the market for sale, the current model was completely out of stock. The successor model had a limited and delayed supply with a months-long waitlist. Also, the new facelift was a ‘love it or hate it’ and was more expensive. On top of that, rumors started that the production of the car would stop entirely and it would be discontinued. So, people who were on the hunt were desperate to find one in good state, asap and were willing to pay what it takes.
‘Lucky’ for me, the timing plus scarcity in the market that pushed the prices up, combined with immaculate state and low mileage, I ended up selling my little car for a very, very good price.
Why am I telling you all the minutia of this story, you might ask?
To show you that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.
When I announced my intention to sell, people (friends and car dealers) were laughing at my desired price point, saying I was naive and delusional, wishing me “good luck”.
Here’s to all those who said it is “impossible” to sell a car with a profit:. I got the exact amount I had in mind, at the perfect time. There you have it!
It just all fell into place. The circumstances ‘arranged’ in such a way that it everything worked out perfectly for me. I sold my car at the right time to a lovely couple who was happy to pay for it. Everybody happy – Good money vibes 🙂
I haven’t bought a new car yet, since I don’t really need one right now, so when the time comes, I will start shopping for one that ticks all the boxes. And I am quite positive I will manifest that one, too!
- You can manifest anything you want.
- Nothing is impossible.
- Don’t listen to naysayers.
- Have faith. Trust in divine timing.
Travelling more is on my list every year. This year, I really made this happen, although sort of unexpectedly. Not being bound to holidays and yearly vacation, I was quite literally free like a bird to do whatever – albeit with a little more financial creativity required (read #5).
For a few months straight, I have been travelling to different countries across Europe. I have stayed in luxury hotels, had a health kick on a yoga retreat with my bff and been on road trips though the mountains with my friends.
I have been to places I have never been before and collected fantastic memories I wouldn’t trade for anything. Never did I come back and thought “I’d better not done it”.
- So many more places to see!
- Never let money stop you from exploring and gathering experiences.
- You can decide to have fun, no matter what.
2019 has truly been a year of love. I have never been happier. My relationships have been so amazing, both with family and friends as well as with my boyfriend and his family (including a lot of cuddling baby nieces 🙂 )
One personal highlight was the surprise trip for my birthday (I had no clue where we were going until we entered the gate, haha – I love how he still manages to keep the surprise every time!). Second highlight on the love front: his ‘proposal’ to move in together (project in progress).
Next to that, my family’s support in times of transition was beyond what I could’ve expected. My heart wants to jump out of my chest with love and gratitude for the amazing human-beings around me.
2019: Full of personal milestones, welcoming new babies into the family, friends’ weddings, big birthdays, and life and love in general … I never missed an opportunity to celebrate and be around my favorite people. YOLO!
- Celebrate life!
- The biggest, scariest changes are the most rewarding ones.
- Leave your comfort zone. Progress requires change.
Don’t we all like manifesting some money, y’all?
Selling my car (and not buying a new one yet) was obviously a biggie cash-wise.
Next to that, I had several windfalls like a nice tax return, a full bonus, as well as selling a few high-priced items like my dining room chairs (which I replaced, see below) and two Chloé bags. I also sold a lot many smaller things and products I never/barely used, so my decluttering and cashflow were going hand in hand quite nicely.
A few extra surprise refunds and a lot of free stuff made it a good financial year despite a significant income cut. I actually track every single monetary blessing that comes into my life. You should, too!
On top of that, I hit three financial milestones despite losing my job, so that’s something to be proud of, I guess.
- There is always enough.
- With creativity, resourcefulness and commitment anything is possible no matter the circumstances.
- Plan for the future but never stress about it.
#5 More Time (Quite Literally)
This one could easily be filed in the category ‘Be careful what you wish for’ but hear me out:
I got fired from my job.
Yes, fired. For the first time in my life. In a very unkind, bad, bad way. Really, like in the movies.
I had worked my ass off for with zero sense of accomplishment, hours of commute, draining my soul and energy. By the time I got home I was exhausted and worked on the blog for the rest of the night until I fell asleep on my laptop. I wanted to manage everything.
All I wished for was more time. More time for the things that matter to me most.
I wanted more time…. and I got it!
I am way too ambitious and persistent, I would have never quit myself. I could not admit how unhappy I really was. So, God helped me out. Quite literally.
I’ve spent the next months figuring out what I really want to do, taking leaps of faith, traveling… and here I am, still alive and kicking.
In the end, everything is going to be fine!
Next to that, I feel so blessed I was financially stable to sustain myself during the period of joblessness.
I am so grateful for the entire experience. I chose to see it as big sign and push in the right direction, not a disaster.
- You always get what you pray for and if not, you get something so much better!
- Bad things are supposed to happen. It is not the end of the world.
- Don’t rely on anyone else to tell you what you’re worth or what you can or cannot do.
- Uncertainty comes with huge possibility.
- Thank God I had a financial cushion to fall softly!
- Don’t be scared. God blesses the fearless.
Losing my job was the most significant event in the last year, but not the worst one. On the contrary! Getting fired from one day to the next triggered a series of life-changing events that pushed my growth to completely new levels.
It was like “Life, bring it on!” kinda moments. My personal growth was immeasurable.
Never have I faced so much adversity and uncertainty and yet never had a better time! For someone who likes stability, routines and planning everything, the reorientation period was ‘exciting’, to say the least. Talking about leaving comfort zones.
God might not always give you what you want, but always what you need. Amen!
- Don’t let your circumstances stop you.
- Everything is figureoutable.
- Change is not always bad, face the adversity and embrace the chance to grow from it.
#7 Pretty Little Things
Although the above points have been ‘enough’, this list wouldn’t be quite complete without a few luxury items I am happy to call my own now (because buying is also manifesting, y’know):
New dining room chairs – have had these on my wishlist for a while, so I got them as soon as they went on sale. Btw: My previous chairs sold a few days earlier – Timing, baby!
New dining room carpet – So happy my ‘interim-turned-semi-permanent’ carpet is gone and I got that one on sale, too. Matches everything perfectly, easy to clean and rustic, but with an elegant enough feel for a dining area (Survived a baby, a toddler, muddy shoes and red wine spills, so… approved!).
Dior Saddle Bag – On the fence for a while until I could not NOT. Just loved the revamped, iconic design with the timeless touch of the non-textured leather and golden hardware. Opted for the larger model. Just how I like it!
Dior Large Book Tote – Perfect bag for my travels; fits books, laptop, chargers, earphones,… everything. First designer bag of that size that is pretty AND practical. Love it!
Lastly, not to forget the huuuuuge Christmas tree I got as a surprise from my lovely sister-in-law, who had it transported in her tiny car, dragged into my house and mounted in my living room. Love my family!
I could go on and on, but I guess this is the largest part of all the amazing things I have manifested in 2019. I appreciate ALL OF IT.
2019 was full of good (some bad at first glance) experiences and events.
Never in my life have I learnt so much about myself as in these few months.
I am deeply grateful to God for giving me a kick in my bums and blessing me with this life I am lucky to live and experience to its fullest – good and bad.
I want to say thank you 2019! You have been amazing!
Want to know more on how I managed to live a life with no lifestyle changes after losing my job? Or more details on anything? Let me in the comments below!