Chapter 24: Lessons for life (pt 1)

Being young comes with an admirable recklessness and an emotional intensity that adulthood cannot compare with. But when we are young, we are also blinded by emotion and deaf to reason. I keep browsing through my memories, with my attention especially drawn towards life choices which I now cannot identify with anymore. To ensure that my future self will not repeat these past mistakes, I have created this list of important lessons my younger self has taught me…

Chapter 23: Blueberry skies and daily routine

Good weather raises my spirit, my work attitude, my health, making me generally more productive and vitalised. Unfortunately, I cannot control the weather though. The good news is that there are other factors beside the weather that influence our state of mind, mood, attitude, wellbeing, and performance. In fact, the most influential one of them lies well within our action range. Curious to find out more about how you can you help your wellbeing and performance reach their potential?

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 15: My new hobby: attending job interviews

Job interviews are quite the nerve-wracking experience. But sooner or later we all must face them. So, I decided to apply for basically any job I come across because of the experience that comes with it. Not only does it help me to improve on my job application game, it also helps me to normalise job interviews, making them a far less dreaded procedure. I hope that some of the experiences I share here may help you with your job interviews in the future.

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.