2017: In Review

As the clock ticks away towards a new year, I thought it would be a good idea to write out all the highlights of my year, to reminisce, appreciate and think about my goals for the upcoming year while reminding myself of how much I’ve accomplished thus far.

 

This is what I’ve been up to this year:

  • I started off this year by preparing for my 6-months-long internship in London. It was the most exciting experience in a long time which came along with a lot of stress over applications and admitting forms and settling insurances. But it was the start of an amazing half year ahead.
  • End of February, I hopped on the plane to London and spent the first few days in London in the Citizen M at Liverpool St and in the Hillspring Palmer’s Lodge in Willesden Green whilst settling in at work and searching for a room.
  • I made new friends and explored the city as I found myself thrown into a city full of madness and wonder. I’m not even exaggerating when I say it felt like a dream at first.
  • I settled in in a room that I found not long after and adapted to my daily races whilst setting up a homey feeling for myself in my room to avoid homesickness.
  • A new routine was established with my new life for six months with new friends and new supermarkets and new coffee shops and friendly strangers.
  • My friends from Germany came to visit a few times and the bills for activities and dinners and drinks out increased by weeks. I made unforgettable memories with amazing new friends and pushed myself out of my comfort zone as much as I could, more than I thought I was capable of.
  • I self-published a collection of my journal entries/poetry and prose in an anthology called Naked As We Came! I’m still so excited about it and I’m still super stoked to see readers post about it. Thank you so much again for all the support as I am writing on my proper novels right now.
  • All good things come to an end so in August I found myself back in Germany, without hanging out with my friend in Leipzig first. We went to the zoo and hung out in pubs whilst I felt really weird being back with nothing being in English. But this was great because I finally got to re-connect with an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a long time.
  • The first few weeks back in Dresden were filled with meeting up with good friends and hanging out and it definitely helped me avoid post-London depression (for some part).
  • I went to see my therapist again because I was starting to feel a little out of place in the town I felt most at home in so far. But after London, everything had kind of changed. Mostly because I had. But I started to get out a lot again and jump into experiences all over again because going back to a town you already know by heart doesn’t mean everything has to stay the same.
  • I went on an excursion to Berlin with my university peeps and we had a great day visiting the Alex Springer house, the Visit Berlin office, and lastly the authentic PanAm Lounge. It helped me a little with my vision for my future and that’s what made me so excited to just. keep. going.
  • My favourite trips of the few past months include a weekend in Prague and a weekend with my sister in Hamburg!
  • I started a new part-time job at a waitress in a Vietnamese restaurant and got to know great new people that I work with and get to call my friends, too. To be frank, I have lost connections with my former friends, which I now accept as part of life, and I am glad I found these new gems who literally came to my rescue before I could feel lonely again. I’m so grateful for them.

Things I want to do in 2018:

  • Stick to my saving plans to properly save up for trips!
  • Live more mindfully every day.
  • Do more yoga and try to meditate – basically just be more aware of my mental health.
  • Go to therapy regularly and make the best of it to learn about myself and help myself out of tough situations.
  • Work out more. I do not mean going to the gym or going for runs every week. But when I do find time or happen to feel like it, that would be great. Until then working out can simply mean dance my ass off in my apartment until I breathe heavily and sweat like a pig.
  • Go for walks more. Go see more galleries.
  • Take more spontaneous trips like I did with Prague and Hamburg. I should make use of the offers here and there.
Here’s to starting a new year of change and growth! Happy New Year to you!
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