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What 2022 taught us

What 2022 taught us and what we should expect from 2023

A personal annual review is an opportunity to step back and take stock of our hits, misses, and learnings from the past 12 months.


The day of our personal annual review

We’re days away from saying goodbye to 2022 and probably most of us might want to simply move on and start writing on a new page. Trying to forget the past 12 months as they never happened, would be a mistake. Whether your past year has been strained by stress and uncertainty or full of success in the face of adversity, it’s worth it to take the time to do a personal annual review.

Αντίο 2022... Ο πλανήτης ετοιμάζεται να υποδεχθεί το 2023 |

First and foremost, 2022 started well for me and my family. After a long and difficult period of the pandemic, we are all healthy without even minor health issues that I can recollect. We should never forget to be thankful for our good health, otherwise, I would recommend a visit to your closest hospital, just to see how it is going there.

Our Natura Villa Review

Starting with our first business, Natura Villa, 2022 was the best year in terms of capacity and revenue. Our new website and 5-month advertising seem that pay off. My brother Angelo, was responsible for managing the villas, hosting the guests, and making breakfast. For the last two years, Angelo has taken cooking lessons which proved to be a really useful skill. All told, we hosted 312 people, including families, friends, and couples from 18 different countries.

Our Skyline Villa Review

On the other hand, 2022 was an amazing year for Naxos Skyline. The third villa, Avra villa, was completed by the end of February and during May we finished building the stone wall around our property. Our new website went online at the beginning of the year and bookings came one after the other. I met wonderful people and truly enjoyed my time with them, getting some useful advice. “If you don’t ask the answer is always no”.

Luxury Villas in Naxos | Naxos Skyline

Except for the intense and stressful daily routine, especially in July and August, we didn’t face any difficulty. We were asked for some requests and I think on almost every occasion we responded quickly. We have excellent reviews for this year, continuing the perfect record from 2021.

To sum up, I believe that 2022 was a great year for me (but there is no need to contact it here, except if someone asks me) and professionally. Our objectives were met, not to say that we exceed our expectations, so now is the time to focus on the new plan for 2023.

Will 2023 be better than 2022?

What do I expect 2023 to be like, right? First and foremost, I am happy to work one more year with the same employee as we had a good connection. It’s important to create a team that you trust and as a result, you feel more confident for better results. Secondly, I would love to see most of my old guests whom I see more as friends rather than customers. Of course, I can’t wait to meet new people. I am sure I will have a very interesting time and by asking questions I will get useful advice and broaden my views. Last but not least, we should forget our goal-setting for 2023. My new objectives have become more ambitious so my task might be more complicated, but I am sure we are going to make it.

I wish you the best year yet. May you achieve all you want with ever-present happiness!

May the New Year 2023 bring you more happiness, success, love, and blessings!

Wishing that you have a truly remarkable and blissful year ahead! Happy new year to you and your family!

Dimitris Gabras
Dimitris Gabras

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2 thoughts on “What 2022 taught us”

  1. Happy new year to the Gabras family, the team at Natura Villas and all the good people of the wonderful island of Naxos.
    We were fortunate enough to spend 6 weeks with you in 2022, certainly the best holiday of our lives, the memories will stay with us always.
    Every good wish for 2023
    Neil and Vicki Luxton

    1. Happy New Year to you, Neil and Vicki,
      Traveling with your partner makes your time even more joyful and everything might seem even better, although thanks a lot for your kind words and your wishes.
      It was our pleasure to meet you and we are looking forward to seeing you again.
      Your comment here is much appreciated and very meaningful for my blogging effort!
      Kind regards
      Dimitris Gabras

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