Reflection of 2017

Reflection of 2017 | Layla Rosita, | #reflection #ibiza #sanantonio

Like I posted on my Instagram, I usually don’t write these reflections, but 2017 was such a  demanding, challenging, but also a beautiful year with amazing people who were there for me when I needed it the hardest. It was a year that I definitely want to reflect on.

Buying a house

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The year started pretty awesomely for Romke and me. We managed to buy our dream house, the old school headmaster’s house in a small town nearby Romke’s place of birth. It was a fixer upper though, but we were ready to get our hands dirty! We had big renovation plans and we are still working on it to make it our little palace.

The best visit ever

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World’s greatest couple came to visit me unexpectedly – again! I told you once before that my bestie from Aussie showed up on my front porch, well, they did it again… Unfortunately, they came to visit for a sad reason, but I was delighted to see them. This way I could also show them our new house in real life! I want to visit them in Australia so badly, but the airfare tickets are really pricey and we still have a lot of remodeling to do!

Losing a parent

But the same weekend as we got the keys to our castle, Romke’s dad suddenly past away. This was unexpected and broke our hearts into a thousand pieces. Instead of remodeling, we were trying to cope with our deepest loss, especially Romke of course. It was extremely challenging to balance our renovation project with our mixed emotions: pain, confusion, sadness, anger, listlessness and the list goes on… And sometimes, it still is.

Buying my first car 

As I moved to a small town – without even a tiny supermarket! – I decided I needed my own car. Where I live, I need to do everything by car: grocery shopping, going to the gym, going to work. But more importantly, this way I can see my friends and family whenever and wherever I want. It was a big decision but I never regretted it for a second, driving it feels like freedom.

Visiting the Veluwe

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To escape our renovations and take a very much needed breather, Romke and I took a short trip to the Veluwe. Holland’s biggest The Veluwe is the largest push moraine complex in the Netherlands. It has many different landscapes, including woodland, heath, lakes and Europe’s largest sand drifts. It was my first visit – that I can remember – to the Veluwe and I’m really looking forward to going again this summer.

Girls trip to Ibiza! 

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Amber asked me if I wanted to join her and 7 other ladies to an all girls trip to Ibiza! Eventually, we left with 10 women to this exotic destination. I am forever grateful to have experienced this with all these beautiful girls.

Renovation success 

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Sure, our project isn’t finished at all and we have so much work to do, but I’m really proud of how far we have come renovating our home. We’ve spent from April to the end of September without a living room, without even an object to sit on other than a bed… Also, we lived without a kitchen for 3 months. When I look back at that time I’m so proud of all the work we’ve done. Our bedroom, living room and kitchen have been renovated. Read: not decorated. Currently, we’re working on the walls of our hallway. After that, we’ll work on our guest bedroom.

City trip to Krakau

Only two weeks after Ibiza, I took a city trip with the office to Poland. We’d visited Krakau, a very authentic, historic and exciting place to go to. I was really amazed by how wonderful this place is and I can recommend it to everyone. The food was great, the people were nice, there’s a lot of cultures to experience and for once, the prices were very pleasant. My travel diary about this trip will be up soon!

Even though I have had days where I felt useless, lacked all the energy and motivation to do something, it really made me stronger and more determined than ever. I wanted to share my highs and lows with you from the past year. I’m very curious, what are yours?

Kisses, Layla







  • Courtney Hardy

    Sounds like it has been a good year. I hope you have a wonderful 2018.

  • Sorry to hear about your loss. l can only imagine what a rollercoaster of a weekend that was when you purchased your home.

  • Great blog post, thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great 2018 !


  • Missy May

    You can proud of yourself and of course you man too. So sorry about his dad passing. Unfortunately we can’t control things like this and its sad. Love the simplicity of the decor. Can’t wait to see the end result.
    Happy 2018 Layla.

  • Congratulations on all you were able to accomplish for the year 2017. It must have been hard losing someone close to you and I’m so sorry for your loss. Keep going strong & breaking barriers all the way. Happy New year

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    You look incredible! I love these photos babe. Stay fabulous!
    Happy Monday!
    Much love, Len

  • Wow, you had a year full of adventures dear. Cheers for more adventures this 2018!

    Jessica |

  • Jane Fitfabfun

    You had such an amazing 2017! Wish you all the best for 2018!
    xo, Jane

  • Is that your home?? Totally pinterest-worthy! What beautiful detail!

    District of Chic

  • Kara Aragon

    Sounds like a wonderful year. Your house is so cute. I love it. And your trips sound amazing.

    Kara Aragon

  • Life really has ups and down, but overall, it sounds like a great year for you 🙂

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  • Sonia Makosso

    so inspiring, I hope 2018 will be an amazing year for you. I really like the renovation.

  • Kim

    Congrats on your beautiful house! Your Ibiza picture looks gorgeous.

    Simply Lovebirds