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2021 review – A year of local adventures

This past year was obviously marked by the pandemic, and even though there was some “getting back to normal”, things still aren’t like they used to be. However, I was extremely lucky in 2021 to be able to travel a bit, see friends and go out, and overall, I have to say that my year was filled with adventures.

2021 highlights:

Work and university degree: this year was very intense, including professionally. I got very rewarding news at work with an extension of my current contract, and also finished my university degree (the 2nd year) in astrophysics! I don’t talk about it a lot but I still feel quite proud of what I managed to do!

Hobbies: I talk about them in every monthly review, even though it is usually to say that I didn’t have enough time for them ahah. Between learning to use a sewing machine, reading, playing the piano, learning Russian and painting (very rarely though), I did keep myself quite busy outside of my working hours. I love having all of these hobbies and passions, but I do need to find a better balance!

Friends: this year, some friends and family members came to visit me, and I went to visit them. I also really enjoyed the time that I got to spend with my friends here, and tried even more than usual to spend real quality time with them, which included going to Malta and on a short adventurous weekend in Belgium with some of them!

Running: I had never really been the “running” type, but this year I got more and more into it. Not that I actually ran longer or faster, but I did enjoy the regularity and the “time off” that running gives me. Plus, I use this time to listen to podcasts, which is a double win! The main highlight regarding this is me taking part with some colleagues in a sort of race, where I did run a bit faster than usual – yay!

Flowers: having some cute flowers on my balcony, buying beautiful bouquets, walking up and down the cherry-blossom street next to my flat and visiting a “fairy” forest outside of Brussels… these are all the ways that I tried to make my everyday life a bit nicer and more colourful in 2021. I can’t do it as much in the winter but I can’t wait to chase flowers again in 2022!

 My boyfriend: I have to dedicate a section to him, obviously, as this year we celebrated our one-year anniversary and got to travel to Croatia and the South of France together, on top of the many short local adventures we went on together. Many of the amazing memories I have of this year are linked to him: from traveling, to having an indoor picnic, a getaway in the woods, a beautiful birthday brunch, memorable dinners on the balcony, delicious meals and a “Christmas after Christmas” day.

Traveling in Belgium: this year, I got to see more places in Belgium that I had never been to, like the beach town Ostende, Antwerp, the Hal Forest and the Ardennes, and I also went to Bruges and Ghent again, which I still love. I learnt how to skateboard in the Bois de la Cambre, went on walks in the Josaphat park, visited a few castles and went to different light shows in the winter. I realise that I haven’t shared many of these local adventures on this blog but I can’t wait to do it!

Traveling abroad: despite the current world situation, I was lucky enough to be able to travel even outside of my country: I went to the South of France and the South of Italy to see my family this summer, and could spend a few days in beautiful Dubrovnik, as well as a long weekend in Malta. I could also go back to Canada this autumn to see my sister, and I already can’t wait to go back! Having family abroad can be tough as you don’t get to see them very often, but at least you always have a place to go to whenever you travel!

My theme and intentions for 2022:

The main thing I want to focus on going forward is


As my sister so rightly pointed out to me, there were moments when I felt very frustrated in 2021 because I couldn’t find the right balance between being outside (traveling, seeing friends, exploring, discovering new places) and being inside (taking care of myself, reading, working on my hobbies, etc.).

So, it became quite obvious to me that 2022 would be dedicated to finding a balance between all the things that I want to do, without feeling guilty when I don’t tick off the dozens of things that I would daily put on my to-do list.

For this, I want to focus on four aspects of my life:

  • Exercise: I want to be more active, move my body more and have fun while doing it. I’d love to try new classes and I also want to learn to push myself a bit more when I’m running.
  • Nutrition: eating better, eating healthier, preparing wholesome and nourishing meals and, especially, cutting down sugar. This goes of course hand in hand with exercising!
  • Relaxation: this is to balance things out a bit and remind me to also prioritise “looking in”, slowing down and resting. It is a reminder to do “unproductive” things, things for my self like doing a face mask, reading, playing some piano, doing something creative.
  • Play and adventures: part of what makes a month or year memorable, at least to me, are the fun activities, the exploring new places and discovering new things. This year, while taking the time to slow down from time to time, I still want to go on many adventures and discover new things!

I won’t go into too much detail about my specific goals for this new year, but they basically revolve around the four areas that I just talked about, with a main focus on health and fitness, language learning (is this going to be the year that I am finally able to speak Russian? We’ll see…) and creativity (which includes this blog, where I’ll try to be more present).

To sum up, 2021 was a year filled with adventures and new discoveries. It was energising and a bit hectic as well, but most of my memories of it are amazingly good, and I feel very grateful for everything I got to do. The new year is already underway and so far I feel quite good about it, with some cool things planned and a solid-ish routine, that I hope to keep for most of the year!

I hope 2022 will be a wonderful year for all of you too! Thank you for following me on my adventures when I post them and for reading about my little life! Here’s to an amazing 2022!

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Hey, I'm Juliette! I'm starting this blog to keep a record of and share my adventures. I love everything sweet, sunny days, fluffy kittens and people who smile. When I don't work I like to discover new places and try to learn languages. I hope you will find something that you like in here! ☼


  1. Sounds like a pretty wonderful year. Congrats on all your accomplishments… astrophysics, wow! I actually spent most of my childhood wanting to be an astronomer, but physics and I sadly never quite clicked. But I still find it fascinating.

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    • It was a great year indeed! I also always struggled with physics in high school (and hated it), but somehow, if it’s applied to stars and planets I suddenly find it more interesting – that doesn’t mean I’m good at it though ahah 😅

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  2. Astrophysics… I didn’t see that coming. Wow! When I was in my university years, I bought a few books on this subject, but I don’t think I’ve ever finished reading them. It was only when Neil deGrasse Tyson started appearing on TV I rekindled that long-lost interest in astrophysics, although just a little bit. Sounds like you had a wonderful 2021! I hope 2022 will be another great year for you too, and I hope you’ll get to travel more.

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    • Yes, the Neil deGrasse Tyson series is really nice and beautiful! I started to read some books about it and then I just wanted to learn a bit more about it, so I picked that course 😊 I hope 2022 will be a great year for you too! Thank you for reading!

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  3. You had a fruitful 2021! I didn’t know you were a student, but kudos to you for studying astrophysics: it’s definitely not an easy subject! Running is an admirable goal: similar to you, I have a goal to return to running consistently this year. I raced competitively in high school and have always been into the sport, so I want to return to that this year! Hope you find more balance between the external and internal this year, and I wish you a lovely 2022!

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    • I’m not really a student as it was an online degree that I was doing on top of my regular job, so it required less time than an actual course at university, but it was still very interesting and rewarding! 😊
      Wow, it is amazing that you used to race competitively!! I’m sure you’ll get back to it, especially if it’s a passion of yours! Thanks a lot for reading and I hope your 2022 is filled with joy! 😊

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  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful year filled with many amazing achievements worth celebrating. Wow, congratulations on getting a degree in astrophysics! That’s so impressive, Juliette! I am still in awe of Belgium and its fairy tail forests filled to the brim with beautiful flowers – it’s hard to believe such places exist for us to enjoy! Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    • Thank you so much, Aiva! I hope you get to visit Belgium soon (if so, don’t hesitate to let me know!) and that you can see the beautiful fairytale forest with your own eyes! 😊

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    • It definitely was, and I hope 2022 will be more balanced in this area! Thank you for reading and for your support! 😊 I hope your 2022 started off great!

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    • It was indeed, but I’m sure it was just the same for you and anyone else! At the beginning I also thought that I didn’t do anything, but in the end, turns out it wasn’t as bad as I thought! 😊


  5. That’s a really great and absolutely positive review of the year, Juliette! I’m glad that you made the most of this Year 2 of the pandemic and didn’t let it stop you from enjoying life while taking care of your own mental health. I hope you’ll achieve just as many things in 2022, if not more! 😀

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  6. Still sounds like a great year to me, and congrats on your astrophysics degree! Women doing well in STEM is always a huge deal. I hope you find more balance this year. That struggle is quite relatable for me as well, and all my goals for 2022 revolve around that word. Best wishes!

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    • Ahah thanks! The degree is just something I did as a hobby and I don’t really plan to actually use it, but it was fun and quite rewarding for sure 😊 I hope you will also find a bit more balance this year, and if you have any tips please share ahah! Best wishes!


    • Thanks a lot Diana! I’m glad you liked this post! I am indeed learning Russian, struggling a bit but getting there! That’s really nice of you to offer some help! Thank you so much!! I won’t forget 😉

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  7. I love it when you talk about your life. It almost brings me back to the start of the year, and makes me want to take stock of how I’ve been living thus far. Since we’re drawing to a close, it’s good to start reviewing now anyway.

    Have you stuck to the many hobbies you pursued? And how is your exercise and nutrition been?

    You’ve been travelling a lot and putting out great content, so that part’s covered, eh? Anyway, thanks for sharing!

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    • Oh, I should really re-read this article ahah! I do a yearly review each year and I’m very curious of how the next one is going to be! I have stucked to my many hobbies but sadly not as much as I had hoped, with some seasons where I wanted to do one thing more than another, exercise is going ok and nutrition, well… I’d say it comes and goes! Though by comparison with last year, there’s definitely a progress!
      Thank you for reading and for your kind words!

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