Chapter 14: Raising Expectations

We raise expectations towards the world, towards others, and certainly towards ourselves. We raise them consciously, sometimes unconsciously. Expectations are either met or failed, and the challenge is to keep expectations realistic, so that we do not get disappointed as easily and often.

Chapter 13: Introspection

Turning inwards when you feel lost to re-discover your path ahead again, or turning inwards to make meaning of yourself and life. This chapter features two short, philosophical reflections on big questions in life, namely the search for meaning and purpose

Chapter 12: Time as our slave driver

Rushing from one event to another, chasing deadline after deadline, I find myself enslaved to time, and I am noticing the side-effects rather pronouncedly. This is the first moment in three days that I am properly calming down, taking time for myself, without the next appointment on my schedule haunting me.

Chapter 11: Facing peer pressure

We have all seen the ugly face of peer pressure before. Peer pressure is so powerful that it can make us ditch our principles, values, and habits, only because we want to belong. Facing it is not easy, but together we can do it!

Chapter 10: Q&A

36 questions to fall in love with somebody: These 36 questions where derived by science with the aim to create a conversation that can establish intimacy with anybody. So, let’s play this little game of Q&A. shall we?

Chapter 9: The journey is the destination

Recently, this saying has been on my mind a lot. Contemplating about it, I realised that as a child, even as a teenager, I never truly understood what it meant. I had not actively felt it, experienced it, embodied it, and thus, I had not understood it in its full depth.

Chapter 7: Midnight peanut butter cravings

Even though a part of me knew that I am suffering from mild anorexia, the other part of me did not want to acknowledge this. I refused to label myself as anorexic because giv.ing it a name made it concrete. There is a fair amount of inner resistance to be fought before you are ready to come to terms with the type of problem you seemingly meant to have as according to the general belief. Acknowledging and accepting the full extend of such problems is really not that easy as I can confirm.

Chapter 6: It is all about the people

2019 has been a hell of a ride, marked by immense personal growth alongside increased self-awareness. Most importantly however, this year, with all its ups and downs, could have not been so successful without the contribution of many beautiful people. What I learned from being so social is how much others mean.

Chapter 5: To my fellow perfectionists

Living life as perfectionist comes with its advantages and disadvantages. If we are not careful, we can easily end up being enslaved to our perfectionism.