2017 is coming to an end and in keeping with tradition, I’m reflecting about the past 12 months. It’s been a year quite unlike any other I’ve ever experienced, but perhaps the most rewarding year of my life. So far, so good. Enjoy the ride – and please feel free to share your own thoughts of 2017 in the comments below.
Moving to Berlin
My relocation to Germany became official in the beginning of the year, where I decided to move to Berlin for good. Why? The atmosphere, the creative scene, the amazing opportunities for startups – and the fact that you can be yourself 100%. Berlin is a mix of many things, but what I love most is the atmosphere and the opportunities. It’s known as a nightmare to find accommodation in the city, but I was lucky enough to avoid the housing struggle. A general tip if you’re considering to move here, though: get on the market in time!
My first trip to Russia
Any first time in a new country is special, and Russia was no exception for me. I’ve always wanted to visit this huge country and was absolutely stoked when my friend and I journeyed to St. Petersburg in January to make our first film production together. St. Petersburg lived up to my expectations; it’s very big, very beautiful and very cold in winter! If you still haven’t seen our video from the trip, click here. I’m already looking forward to visiting Russia again. Perhaps Moscow is next on the list?
Speaking at World Tourism Forum in Istanbul
Istanbul was another destination that I had the pleasure of visiting for the first time in 2017. And it was just as magical as I thought it would be! Unfortunately, I only stayed for a couple of days, so I didn’t get to explore the city as much as I wanted – that obviously calls for a return-visit in the near future! I was surprised by the size of Istanbul. The city is huge and consists of nearly 15 million people. That’s almost 4 times the size of Berlin!
The reason I went there was because of World Tourism Forum, which takes place every year in a new city. In 2018 it will be hosted in Russia. Apart from meeting up with a bunch of lovely travel blogger colleagues (and having a party at the beautiful Ciragan Palace Kempinski), I was invited to speak about the future of luxury travel in an expert panel. It was a great experience! You can read more about it here.
Speaking at Log.In in Vilnius
Log.In is the largest tech festival in the Baltic countries. It’s held in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius every year, and it’s a great place to network and meet new people. I had the pleasure of traveling there with my partner – he as a host and I as a speaker. A bit nervous, I entered one of the main stages to speak about freelancing and how to build a freelance career. It was one of my first speaking gigs ever and even though I wasn’t all pleased with my own performance, I’m still proud that I made it through. In this article, you can read about my tips for building a successful freelance career.
Signing my first book contract
In the Spring of 2017, I could tick off a life long dream of becoming a published Author, as I signed my first book contract with a Danish publishing house My book ‘FREELANCER’ is still in the making and will hit Danish book stores in early Spring 2018. I can’t wait to share it with you guys! 😀 A few copies will be given away, so stay tuned! Hopefully, it’ll be translated into English at a late stage.
Launching my coaching business
2017 was the year that I finally ventured into coaching and consulting – something I’ve been flirting with for years. I began studying life coaching and mindfulness in August and I finished with a diploma in November. In January, I’m continuing the journey with spiritual coaching (Mind & Spirit Mentor). All of this has resulted in the launch of my business and website www.regitsececillie.com, where my main purpose is to coach and mentor freelancers and female entrepreneurs.
Becoming a mother!
No matter what adventures I’ve embarked on in my life so far, the biggest one will undoubtedly take place in 2018, where I’m becoming a mother for the first time! Needless to say, my pregnancy has taken up quite a big chunk of 2017 and I’m beginning to realize that life will never be the same after February! In a good way though 😉 Don’t worry, this won’t become a full-blown mummy blog, but I’ll aspire to show you how to combine family life with a traveling career (at least on a part-time basis).
So what has been my favorite trips this year? I didn’t board as many planes as in 2016, but that doesn’t mean that my travels have been less exciting. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Here’s a recap of my favorite travel destinations this year.
Favorite destinations in 2017:
* St. Petersburg, Russia
* Istanbul, Turkey
* Dresden, Germany
* Vienna, Austria
* Poznán, Poland
* Rheinhessen-Pfalz, Germany
* Lake Como, Italy
* Vilnius, Lithuania
* Costa Navarino, Greece
* Malaga & Marbella, Spain
* Les Gets, France
* Geneva, Switzerland
* Gent, Belgium
* Paris & Burgundy, France
* Portimao, Portugal
* Sofia, Bulgaria
Now over to you: what are your highlights of 2017? 🙂