Chapter 19: Positivity, Growth, Communication, Diversity

Positivity, growth, communication, diversity – four words that are particularly meaningful to me. I have not only used them on the title page of my blog, I have also adopted them as my personal slogan. Why have I chosen those four words, you wonder? Check out this post to find out.

Chapter 18: Never say never

Times change. Circumstances change. Life changes. Life leads you onto unexpected paths, and before you realise, life tricked you into taking corners you believed you would never dare to cut. I went through a few unexpected turns in life – some bigger, some smaller; but they all started with heavy prejudice and stubborn beliefs, which were both largely unjustified at the time…

Chapter 17: Keeping grounded during the Corona madness

The Corona madness has reached Glasgow now too. The problem is that panic is more contagious and harmful than the virus itself. Anxiety, when escalated to panic, is very powerful. The last thing I want is to join the public panic, the mass hysteria. However, it is incredibly hard to remain calm in times like these when a pandemic has taken over.

Chapter 16: Up and down

I thought, I spice things up this week by presenting some poetry of mine. The poem in fact was written during a very emotional time.

“I go through high,
I go through low.
An ever-changing, rolling flow.
Up and down,
steep and shallow,
sometimes hard,
sometimes mellow…”

Continue reading the full poem on the post 🙂

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 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 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.