The end of the year is just around the corner, can you believe it? I think 2016 was the fastest year in the history – I experienced many bad moments as well as great ones. You can’t really separate those two, because without each other I wouldn’t have a breakthrough. I hope to inspire you with some of them to have one for yourself in 2017.
January started sharp and with a new challenge. The University of Arts London was looking for a new tutor to teach Social Media Marketing. So, I took the course first and a month later, I started teaching it. It was a rewarding experience. Once I taught one where I had one person who disliked everything and basically wrote me the worse review you can possibly imagine. I learnt from that mistake and since then I only got 4 or 5 star reviews. (No bragging here!)
In early February, Andrej and I went for a trip to Paris. Needless to say, it was wonderful. We didn’t go sightseeing much. Instead, we stayed in bed one day and in the evening went to Moulin Rouge. I also got some macarons at Pierre Hermé and fulfiled my dream of going to one of his shops in Paris.
Most days we were eating out at local bistros and enjoyed a glass of wine with almost every meal (except for breakfast when we had champagne – joking!). At one point after two glasses I got extremely excited about my writing and upcoming books…
Back from Paris, reality showed the not-so-pleasant face. I lost a valuable customer. One afternoon I took a walk at the Victoria Embankment, I took a deep breath and I declared I would start my own business right that moment. I never looked back since.
The end of the month took a different spin, though. Andrej and I celebrated our 2nd Anniversary on 28 February.
And the next day, on February 29, I had a book launch party, publishing my new adult short story collection Wired & Socially Awkward.
In March, I hosted first my first Zero to Blog workshops…
…and in April, I built my website and having a great photoshoot with Andrew.
May was just full on. I had so many participants on my workshop at WeWork Southbank that they had to sit on the floor!
And then my next workshop in Bratislava, Slovakia (my hometown) my workshop sold out with over 30 participants including a journalist who wrote an article about me in Slovakia’s 2nd most-read daily newspaper.
At the end of the month I visited my doctor and he had some great news for me. I was battling cervical inflammation and HPV 16, a cancerous virus, and I was winning the battle (spoiler alert: I won the battle completely by the end of the year!).
Summer in London was absolutely fabulous. One late afternoon during the weekend I went to Saint James’s Park and took a nap on the grass. London at its best.
Meanwhile, I continued falling in love with WeWork. More workshops were rolling…
…because in WeWork, you Always Do What You Love.
I finished the month with a visit to Prague where I did another workshop, and then traveled back to Slovakia for one last that summer.
I went to New York for the first time, which was a dream come true. On the 1 July 2016, in the middle of the lake in Central Park, Andrej asked the question and I said, “Yes! I thought you’d never ask!”
I learnt a few things about myself in New York too. First thing, I really like nice fancy book stores like this hidden gem on 5th Avenue right behind Toby’s Estate coffee shop. They had flowers too. Dreamy place.
And also that I really love iced matcha latte, maybe even better than coffee.
In August I crossed another thing off my bucket list: I visited Roald Dahl’s Museum. I spent there about 4-5 hours. If I were four, I would easily spend there the whole day.
I did my very first workshop in Brno and I had a total breakthrough: through tiredness and sickness, I gave my best to a small crowd of people and they loved it. It’s hard to explain but you know that feeling when you do something really well…
…in fact, even the second round in Bratislava was pleasant and at least half of the people left me a review which was more than positive.
I did the craziest thing in October when I did the Being a Leader course in Abu Dhabi. The course turned my world upside down in the best way possible. Life has never been the same.
Another trip behind me, I started to settle down in London again. After a long long time, I started to worked on my book again and make it happen. Not alone, though, but with the support of my friends.
Andrej and I ended the year together, which was quite special – it was our first Christmas together (he always leaves for business trips on Christmas). We went to Bath for a mini-break and we found the town really charming. Just like our Airbnb bedroom in a Gregorian house where I finished off some work.
We also celebrated my 27th birthday. Great time. My wish? I’ll never tell you because it may never come true.