A last post for 2022


As we near the end of 2022, I want to take a moment to reflect on everything that happened. Before I welcome the year 2023, I must decide what memories I will take with me, what particular events I am thankful for, and what experience has taught me the best lesson.

In 2022, there was no middle point for me. I have known only the extreme high or the deepest bottom. Life has taken me off guard, and I felt puzzled while searching for answers.

This year has given me everything I asked for and everything I did not know I needed. Out of nowhere, I was blessed with a growth opportunity in my career. I did not see it coming, but the universe had it all planned for me. With that growth, I had to step into a greater level of learning which felt uncomfortable. I truly understand the meaning that everything worthwhile is uphill. We only grow out of our comfort zone. I am still learning, growing, and grateful for the opportunity.

Two years ago, I celebrated a milestone. Unfortunately, due to Covid, I never had a chance to celebrate and had to pause my planned birthday vacation. I was utterly pleased to enjoy this vacation this past June finally. I spent two beautiful weeks touring Europe. It was such an enriching experience that I will cherish forever.  https://marjiesimpleword.com/i-travel-to-escape-and-regain-my-life/

Germany, June 2022
Rothenburg, Germany
Brussels, June 2022
Lucerne, Switzerland

2022 was not all successful. I have reached the deep bottom and overcame several challenges. I have lost joy and interest in everything that usually made me smile, and my blog suffered the most as the inspiration was gone. I am here, ready for another year, so I will not dwell on the negative part of this year.

I will only say that for a very long time, I have tried to hide my pain and pretend that everything was okay, and the truth behind each smile was a torrent of tears. I realized that I could no longer lie or hide my truth. I am finally ready to admit that my marriage has come to an end.

Thankfully, travel expands the mind and can fill all the gaps. In November, I traveled to Greece and spent one enriching week. It was all I needed to save me from the chaos.

Greece, November 2022

As I look ahead to the new year, I feel very thankful for all the gains, losses, and experiences I have been through in 2022.  I am confident that last year has given me enough hope, determination, and strength to start 2023.

I want to say thank you to all of you who have visited my website even though I was not very active. It means a lot to me. I hope you also took some time to reflect and are ready to embrace all the blessings coming your way.

Cheers to the New Year ahead.


  1. Some things in my year were great and some not really, but that’s okay, all part of my journey. Congrats on your career growth, that’s awesome! Wishing you a wonderful 2023.

  2. It is amazing that you traveled to Greece this year, I hope you liked it. I also traveled to Green this year, and went to Athens and Santorini, was amazing…

  3. Thank you for sharing your reflective post of 2022. It was a very rough year for many. But all good and bad experiences comes with lessons to learn and strength to gain. Happy 2023. I pray that everyone reading this blog, will be filled with blessings of happiness in 2023.


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