2015 is officially over and it has been AWESOME in so many ways, one of the most exciting years for me ever! It was a year of many firsts: the year that I started my first company and became a full time online creative, the first time I rented my own office and the first time traveling to some amazing places that where topping my wanderlist for a long, long time. So much has changed for the better since I made the jump to start my own company and live my life in the direction of my dreams. I learned a lot, especially about myself, worked with some amazing brands and companies, met a bunch of cool, talented people and made brilliant memories to look back at.
One of last year’s resolutions was to travel more. And regarding traveling, it was quite the year. I had the opportunity to see a lot of the world and with over 30 flights I traveled all over the globe, throughout Europe and from the US to Asia. One of the highlights was definitely my memorable trip to the Maldives, a true dream destination. It has been especially enjoyable to travel on these work trips together with my boyfriend. We get to share these amazing experiences, while he helps me to create content.
Another highlight was moving into our new apartment in the center of Amsterdam. Since we’ve been on the road a lot and I still haven’t fully decorated the place to my taste, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to finish this interior decoration project in early 2016. I plan to share some pictures of the apartment once it’s finished.
The office I found together with my partner in crime Sanne, who is a talented graphic designer with her own company in Fashionable Merchandise, is a loft in the south of Amsterdam. Renting our first office was a bit scary at first, since we both just started, but being able to work out of this creative work environment, surrounded by these crisp white walls and high ceilings, gives me so much inspiration and new energy. I’m one happy girl. We discovered that a lot of inspiring artists have spent time there in the past, even Audrey Hepburn! More on our office loft soon on the blog…
On top of all that good news, I reached 100,000 followers on Instagram. I never imagined I would reach this milestone in just about a year since I started.
So most of all I want to say thanks to all of you. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love doing most and without all of of you, I wouldn’t be where I’m right now. I wish you all an incredible 2016 full of health, love and success. Anything is possible and the sky is the limit!
Tell me about your favorite moments of 2015?
Xx Kisses, Merel
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Lovely post! It’s great to take a look to all the previous’ year highlights (:
Lovely blog too! Have an amazing day and happy 2016,
Happy Newyear! So glad I found your blog, it looks really great 🙂
Ah so lovely and I hope 2016 i even better.
Happy New Year!
wow! That sounds like a fabulous year! I am very happy, that you could make your dreams come true so fast and in such a beautiful way! I can imagine how it is, when somebody works very hard for reaching his aims and than, booom!… all comes true and all the hard work receives an award. I congratulate you, Merel! Your story makes me believe again, that there is some kind of justice in the world. I wish you many many more success and beautiful moments for your future, and a strong health and especially deep love.
The most beautiful moment for me in 2015 was the moment, when I took a bath in the whirlpool of a hotel in the mountains. Maybe, now you laugh 😉 but it’s true, it was a magical moment, because of the amazing few, the very nice music and a glass of champagne with my husband 🙂
Happy New Year, Merel! :-*
This sounds amazing !! It sounds like you’ve had an incredible year and I’m so happy for you!! Can’t wait to read more about the new office and see photos from your apartment! Wish you yet another great year! xx
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great post. beautiful photos.
great post dear. happy new year
What a lovely post and an amazing 2015 you have had! Although my 2015 wasn’t as exciting as yours I think the highlight of my year was purchasing my wedding dress! Here’s to 2016 and more exciting things to come.
What an amazing year 2015 has been for you! Like they say, it can only get better! Congrats on all your accomplishments thus far; excited to see what will be in store for you this year!
What an incredible, successful year 2015 was for you! As they say, it can only get better! Excited to see what is in store for you this year! Congrats on all your accomplishments thus far, you are truly an inspiration!
Congratulations on an incredibly successful year. I hope you have even more success in 2016! Happy New Year!
Beautiful post!Happy New Year doll. So happy we connected through IG / blog. Looking forward to see your amazing post for 2016. Xo
2015 has been hectic, and for 2016 the best in yet to come! Happy New Year! x
Wauw, het klinkt inderdaad als een fantastisch jaar voor jou! Hopelijk wordt 2016 net zo schitterend. Wat fijn ook dat jullie nu in het centrum van Amsterdam wonen, wat een droom!
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happy new years babe! 2015 looks like it was a good one
oh that looks like a fabulous year! I wish you an even more fabulous 2016!
Congratulations on all of the milestones achieved! What you’ve done are definitely my goals. Do share more about your apartment as I believe it would be lovely! Also, cheers to more travels in 2016 x
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I really would love to hear more about how you started your own company! I’m curious to learn about that.
That part about being where Audrey Hepburn has been is so cool.
Soo jealous you get to travel so much and see the world. Love all your photos!
Your accomplishments are incredible! Keep up the great work!
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Great post babe! Happy New Year! x
I am so happy for you Merel these are great milestones in your blogging journey. Cheers to a better 2016, Happy New year!!
it seems last year was amazing and I wish 2016 will be the same or better.
Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is amazing for you! Gemma x
Congrats on your wonderful achievement on Instagram! Wishing you a fantastic 2016!
You certainly had an amazing year! The pictures are really beautiful and inspiring! here’s to 2016!
All gorgeous photos girl. You always look amazing! All the best for 2016!
Much love, Len
So pretty ! wish you all the best for 2016 babe !
Sounds like an amazing year! Happy New Year!! Great memories and travels 🙂
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Seems like you had an incredible year! I wish you a even better 2016!
Great post! Happy new year dear!
Wow, you had such a wonderful and productive year, Merel! I remember your post on Maldives and how it has inspired me to go someday! Congrats on gaining 100k followers, such a huge milestone on Instagram! I hope that this year brings so much more growth and success your way; Happy New Year, beauty!
Congrats! You had an amazing year! Happy New Year!
Wow, I see you had a very fantastic year! Thanks for sharing!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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Happy New Year! Such beautiful highlights!
Merel, congratulations on the growth of your own company and such a productive year! I wish you all the best for 2016, and cannot wait to see your new posts and travels:)
Oh wow, what an amazing year you’ve had! Have an even greater 2016!
I can’t wait to read all about your office! I’m looking for an office in Amsterdam myself – any place you can recommend?
Anyway, I look forward to seeing you grow and expand this blog more! Good luck dear!
Happy new year, dear! I love your pics from 2015!
Congrats! I wish you more and more dreams coming true in your life! Happy new year! 🙂
Looked like you enjoyed yourself throughout the year. I sincerely wish you many more happy years and I know you’ll be successful in 2016! have a wonderful day love!<3
So many great moments!
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This is incredible! Very well deserved 🙂 Wishing u all the best for 2016!
Congrats on such wonderful achievements in 2015! Can’t wait to see what you get up to this year!
This is such an amazing post! I love the photos you’ve chosen to highlight your year! Your Maldives trip sounded amazing, and congratulations on 100k followers in such a short span of time! Keep doing what you do–I look forward to reading more of your content for this year 🙂
amazing !! you are lucky girl !!
Congratulations on 100,000 followers 🙂
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Amazing pictures, Merel! Love these!
Have a great day doll!
Much love, Len
Nice pics! So beautiful!
it is good to hear that 2015 is amazing for you..happy new year and have a wonderful year ahead:)
love from India.
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Seems like you had an awesome year
Hope you have a fabulous day!
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