let me first introduce myself and explain why I started this blog. My name is Samantha, 27 years old and I am originally from the Netherlands.
I grew up in Apeldoorn in the middle of the Netherlands and I have always felt different from the rest. Now I hear you thinking ‘why different?’. This is a tricky question that I still don’t have a clear answer to today. What I can say with certainty is that I think way too much about everything and unfortunately cannot turn it off. Because of this I get in my own way, I am insecure and therefore also unhappy.
From the very beginning I also have had the feeling that I was born in the wrong country. I know this sounds a little crazy, but I’ve always felt it that way. From an early age I already said to my parents ‘I’m going to live abroad later’ and this while I hadn’t even really been abroad yet. This feeling got stronger as I got older. I did my internships abroad and started to travel more and more. Despite traveling in between, I always got into the gloomy mood when I was back in the Netherlands and picked up my normal routine there. So I decided that I had to make a change to find ‘my place’ and my happiness.
On June 29 2019 I took a plane to Lisbon with only 2 suitcases and started my ‘new life’. Did I find my happiness? Not directly but I can tell that this country directly felt good to me. The people are so nice, I feel less pressure, the weather is good and there are so many beautiful places. A perfect start to build my new life, the new me. Time to start with my dreams and find freedom and happiness.
In this blog I tell what I am doing and how I achieve this. I think it is good for myself that I can read back and see what I have achieved, how lucky I am that I have this chance and to find more motivation to go on with what I am doing. Why do I put this online then? I hope that if other people who are (a little) stuck in their routine that they maybe can get a little motivation by reading that other people also experience what they are going through and hopefully this will give a little bright spot. Even if it only helps 1 person. Every little step is the beginning of something potentially great.♥