Sunday, 26 April 2015

Appreciation Sunday #14

 Long time no Appreciation Sunday!

For the past few months,I had been in quite a rut. I had no inspiration whatsoever (but not only for blogging). I guess it was a result of all the uncertainty due to my job search, university and a general feeling of being lost. Only recently I have started to get back on track.

Naturally, I am glad that I have found a new job. It is still a bit of a challenge, but I enjoy it.Every day it forces me to interact with a lot of people I don't know. So, it is definitely out of my comfort zone, which makes it even better that I got this chance. The chance to expand my horizon and experience something new. Who knows when I am going to benefit from this?

On another note, I met up with a very good friend of mine. She had moved to Munich more than half a year ago, so we rarely get to see each other in person. It was a wonderful day. We took a long walk and later on had a BBQ with lots and lots of good food. 

I've also been a lot into trying new things in the kitchen, such as these little babies:
They are basically like banana-oats-cookies. Very filling and a good breakfast choice.

Excercise-wise I've been quite diligent (yay me!). I go to my aerobics-class once a week, as well as to zumba-step, which is SO, SO, SO exhausting, but super-fun. In addition to that I try to work out at home two times a week. Fitnessblender just got me hooked!

So, on the whole, things have been going quite well for me. University is torture, because there is so much to do, but everything else is pretty amazing. The thought I will be through with uni in about a year scares me to death, but on the other side I think it is finally time, that I become fully independent.
In a year, things might be difficult, but in two years, maybe I have a job, a point to start and this prospect excites me quite a lot.

What have you been enjoying lately?

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Spring has sprung & enjoying the sweet Life

 Spring is one of the most curious seasons of the four (next to autumn if you ask me). Especially in its early days.
The mornings are cold and crisp. During the day it often gets warm enough to take off your jacket (and if you are like me you already start sweating like a piggy). And when you leave the house in the late evening, it is cold again.
But recently was one of those nights, where you left the house and it was still slightly warm. Even the wind was nothing more than a soothing breeze. The air smelled like grass and the warmth of the streets. It was such a divine feeling!

I always like to stress the fact, that I am a winter kinda gal and it is still true, but I also like spring. I love it, when everything comes back to life, because it makes me feel more energetic as well. Things just get problematic for me when there is too much sun and too much heat.

So, a few days ago some friends and I met up to take a look at the cherryblossom trees in our city which are in full bloom right now. We started off our tour with some handmade ice cream from the "Eislabor" (salted caramel and yoghurt ftw!) and took a little stroll through the old city centre. The view was truly amazing. The trees line almost every street and there were so many people sitting outside or taking pictures.
It was just a very peaceful, lighthearted atmosphere that gave you an instant boost of happiness.

This picture was actually taken around my neighbourhood, which is also very beautiful at the moment
It is quite amazing how photos one can take of basically the same thing without getting tired of it. It reminded me of my trip to Tokyo two years ago when I spent ages photographing the cherryblossom trees there.
Oh, the sweet, sweet memories...

What have you been enjoying lately?

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Challenge of accepting Change

Original picture taken from unsplash
 Man is a creature of habit.

However, at times, we seek to break out of our daily rhythms to do something exciting; something new that will hopefully give our lives a twist into a slightly new direction. 
There are even people who deliberately choose to lead a life far away from your average 9-to-5-jobs, because they like the uncertainty, the "thrill" that comes with it. On the one hand, it means more freedom. On the other hand it stands for more responsibility

Personally, I am as boring and even scared as can be. When I started looking for a new part-time-job (well, cause university is not for free), I was terrified

Changes scare the shit out of me

I love having a clear plan of what is a about to happen to me. Of course, I enjoy the spontaneity of an unplanned meet-up with my friends, but bigger changes (for example a new job, a move) do not excite me. My instant reaction is panic:
"How am I going to deal with this? Am I able to do this?

Once I am comfortable with a situation, the people around me, the habits I have created, I start to ease into my life. I feel confident and secure. Of course, it is normal for people to become insecure, when they are thrown into s new scenario. It is a perfectly normal reaction. Things change constantly, and some people can cope with it better than others, because they see the positive effects a change might have on them.

I am not one of them. 
I knew that I would find a new job sooner or later. Still, I was afraid of the new environment; namely the new schedule, the colleagues, even the setting itself (I've never worked in retailing before). I've been at my new job for about a month now and finally things are starting to settle. My mind is finally calming down. 
Dealing with customers is becoming easier. The fear of doing something wrong is slowly diminishing. 
I am happy with what I do, and once I leave my workplace I feel like I have accomplished something. 

This feeling is good and strong at the same time.

Of course, it takes time to accept changes.
It takes time to adapt. 

This is just one of the smaller steps I have to take.
But every step I take forward leads to a new one, knowing that I can build on every experience I have made so far.This knowledge gives me the strength, as well as the courage I need to go on. 

How do you deal with changes?
Do you welcome them with open arms?