2018 – My Year of Big Change

The last year changed my life completely. 2018 was my year of big changes. It started and ended with a family vacation, but everything in between is not at all how it was before.

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The first months of 2018 were filled with school, exams, learning, working. But I also took lots of time to spend with my friends and family.

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I turned 18 at the beginning of the year. And even though this means being an adult, I didn’t felt a big change…luckily. Driving a car on my own, without having to have one of my parents next to me was the biggest difference I could feel.

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In April I finally had my last day of school. Celebrated and enjoyed with my friends and making one of the last school memories together. Then the preparations for the final exams started and in the end, I can say: it sounded more difficult and challenging than it was. We all made it – we all celebrated our High School graduation.

And that was the biggest change of 2018: stopping to work on things that I need to know, need to do when someone wants it, to do what I love and choose for myself. I can finally use my time however I wish to. I finally spend my days doing things I love, enjoy, that are bringing me closer to my goals and that I truly want.

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After I enjoyed the summer in Europe at home and in Portugal for two weeks, worked in a beer garden and café for a while and spend as much time with my family and friends as I could, I started the journey I have dreamt of since I was 14 years old.

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I went to Australia. With a huge backpack on my shoulders and so much excitement for what is about to come. Facing the biggest adventure of my life, all by myself and knowing that I would learn, grow, experience and meet many new people along the way.

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There will soon be a blog post about celebrating New Year’s in Sydney and all the tips I have for you!

And my year still ended with my family by my side. I was lucky enough to have them over in OZ for three weeks over Christmas and New Year’s.

So this was my year 2018! I take a lot of amazing memories, lessons I learned, new and old friends, pictures I took and more excited for what is to come into 2019!

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Plans for 2019

In the last year, I wrote down goals that I want to archive. But even though I am a hard working person and I like to get things done, learn, grow and improve, it is hard to keep up with long-term goals. I just never know how and where to start. I rather like to tick many things off my to-do list and get things done to feel accomplished and productive. So this year I want to set myself a big to-do list / daily/weekly goals that are easier to keep up with.

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My To-Do List for 2019

Daily
  • Eat healthy! Which means: vegan, lots of veggies and especially greens, wholesome products, minimal produced food, good amount of protein, drinking at least two litres of water/tea
  • Be active! Go for walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, dance, stretch, do yoga, clean, cook or bake in the kitchen, take pictures – try to limit sitting that is not necessary for eating or working

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  • Spread positivity! Be happy, grateful, thankful, loving, caring, kind, helpful, nice. Pamper yourself, do things that make you feel happy and loved, love yourself, care for yourself so you can take care of others, practice gratitude, spread positivity
  • Be me! Not afraid of other peoples opinions, doing what I desire to, not being shy because I might have different opinions or values than others, don’t overthink your decisions too much

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  • Make a positive impact on the world! Eat vegan, buy only vegan & cruelty free products, don’t support animal cruelty, use only minimal plastic, buy from sustainable brands, support local agriculture and businesses, use re-useable products, buy less and also: talk about these topics with people you meet, your friends and family, make people think and hopefully improve and change to the better, be a good example, inspire people

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  • Work towards your big goals in life! Read books, blogs, educate yourself, practice, practice, practice, work hard, put in effort and heart, take opportunities, go for it

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Weekly
  • Workout! At least 4 times a week. Whatever you fancy: go for runs, hikes, bike rides, swims, home workouts – at least you sweat, breath heavy and feel it in your body. But especially work on building muscles, let them burn, let them grow, tone and strengthen.
  • Stretch and do Yoga regularly! Stretch after every workout as well as stretch and do yoga for a peaceful mind, to move your body in between working at the desk, to stretch your sore muscles and to get more flexible
  • Set goals and write to-do lists for the week! To keep on track, keep focused and organised, to work towards the big goals, to be productive
  • Upload 3 blog posts per week with interesting content that has value

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To-Do
  • Do a surf camp and learn to surf
  • Be an AuPair
  • Find a job in a health food café, organic store or somewhere else that I like
  • Live at the coast, in an apartment near the ocean, with a balcony to have breakfast outside
  • Film and edit more, upload videos on YouTube, make vlogs
  • Write an eBook
  • Travel and enjoy Australia, travel the East Coast
  • Get a tattoo and a third ear piercing
  • Declutter and sell my closes and build a minimal wardrobe with great timeless pieces
  • Do skydiving
  • Ride a horse at the beach
  • Snorkel more
  • Travel and explore Bali
  • Test many healthy vegan cafés and restaurants or dishes
  • Do a retreat on Bali
  • Do Yoga in Bali
  • Do a Yoga class on the beach
  • appreciate and enjoy being home and around my family and friends
  • Enjoy having a kitchen to myself, all the ingredients I need and try out new recipes, make recipe videos, create recipes, take beautiful food photos
  • Start studying
  • Get my own apartment or a shared apartment, design it minimalistic and beautiful
  • Make my blog into a business, more professional, consistent, interesting, incorporate YouTube videos, improve writing and photography
  • find and connect with people that share the same interests, values, thoughts etc.

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What do you think about New Year’s Plans? Did you set some for yourself? What are you excited about in 2019?

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My First Video from Australia – Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road

I am so excited to finally share my very first video from Australia with you!

I planned to film and vlog a lot here, but it is harder than I thought to keep on track and also find time to edit. Especially because I have never done it before and needed to start from the beginning.

But now I am super motivated as I had so much fun looking back on my old video clips from the beginning of my journey and making it into a wonderful memory, so there will be a lot more videos following soon!

I already planned to make one from my Outback adventures and I started to vlog and talk in my videos as well now, so there will be vlogs coming soon!

I hope you are just as excited as I am and curious to see more than just text and pictures on here.

To make my own filming and your watching experience even better, I am grateful to have my brother with me for the next three weeks, who is into videography as well. And I am planning to buy a new GoPro for some great action and underwater footage, as well as using my brother’s drone for some awesome landscape views.
So there will be a lot of great new content from us coming soon! So make sure to follow us both on our YouTube channels and Instagram accounts!

I hope you are just as keen to see what will come and if you have any suggestions, tips or ideas for my videos, please leave them in the comments as I really would love to improve!

Educate Yourself – Learning after School

In school, you get to learn a lot of things. Things, you think that you’ll never need in your life and forget quickly. But what you learn in school that (hopefully) stays your entire life is how to learn, how to gather information and make something out of it.

In your A-Levels, you have the highest general knowledge of your lifetime, knowledge from so many different areas and still, you feel like you don’t know anything to survive in the real world. But at least you got the ability to find the information you need, use it for yourself and make something out of it.

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After finishing school there is nobody that motivates you to learn and practice for hours and hours daily. Maybe in university, this motivation will come back, but still, it will be your responsibility to work on your own education. With yourself, for yourself.
But the great thing about it is, that now you are able to choose what you want to dig into more deeply. Topics that haven’t been taught in school and interests, that might be worth more for you and your life than knowing how photosynthesis works.

I really enjoyed school, enjoyed learning, but I hated that I had to “waste” my time on topics and tasks that weren’t interesting to me and I much rather would have liked to work on my own projects and learn about things that will help me with them. And I think that’s the case for most students – we don’t hate school and learning in general, it’s about the subjects and topics that we can’t choose to enrich our lives.

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Now that I finished school this year and decided to take a gap year and fulfil my dreams of travelling the world fulltime for a whole year (or longer?!), I can spend all my time and energy on things that I choose myself.

If I wanted to, I could only enjoy and chill this year. But that’s not my nature.

If I would be an animal, I would be a working bee. I love having meaningful things to do, plans for my week, work to finish and tasks to cross off my to-do list. And especially, I love and want to learn and grow as a person and build my knowledge and ability in areas that I want to improve on.

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For this gap year (and beyond) I want to:

  • experience personal growth through solo travel, situations and problems to master in Australia
  • improve my English by living and working in Australia, writing my blog and talking in my YouTube Videos in English
  • work towards making my blog + YouTube + Instagram into my business. I want to improve my photography, videography, business knowledge, writing and editing skills

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In today’s world, it is so easy to get information. You are never really alone with your problems and usually not the first one who wants to know how things work – you can find everything online.
Blogs, videos, eBooks, podcasts, audiobooks, movie’s – there is a source for everything you need and you can get all the knowledge you desire.

So I decided to share my favourites (and more that are on my to-read/listen/watch list) in different categories with you that help me to educate myself!

German Podcasts

  • Kurz durchdacht
  • Digitale Nomaden Podcast
  • GEDANKENtanken
  • Weltwach – Abenteuer, Reisen
  • beVegt – vegan leben und laufen
  • Ohne Müll

Movies

  • Tomorrow
  • Rotten (Verdorben)
  • Minimalism
  • Conspiracy
  • How the health
  • Food choices
  • Forks over Knives
  • The true cost
  • Living on one dollar
  • Mission blue

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Books / eBooks / audiobooks

…that I love

  • the books by John Strelecky on the meaning of life: (Deutsch: Safari des Lebens, Das Café am Rande der Welt, Wiedersehen im Café am Rande der Welt)
  • Skinny Bitch about the vegan diet for a healthy body
  • The inside story of our body’s most underrated Organ (Deutsch: Darm mit Charme) by Guilia Enders about our digestive system
  • Frühstück mit Elefanten by Gesa Neitzel, a story about making decisions and living the life of your dreams
  • How to be Parisian by Sophie Mas & Audrey Diwan
  • Journey Man by Fabian Sixtus Körner, the most exciting and adventurous travel diary
  • Heilen mit der Kraft der Natur

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…on my list

  • The China Study
  • How not to Die
  • Making ideas happen
  • Books about storytelling
  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
  • The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  • Live Camp Work
  • How to Travel fulltime

Besides reading my books, I also really enjoy listening to them because it is quicker which means you can listen to it here and there to really internalize the content and keeping it in mind. That’s what I did with the John Strelecky books. I probably already listened to all of them for about 4-6 times and I love how it makes me improve my thoughts and actions after every time.

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I also love to read books first (because that can be a totally different experience) and listen to them again some time later because I love the story so much.

And audiobooks have another advantage: meanwhile, you can do other things and multitasks which can make you more efficient. For example, cleaning and organizing, sorting through pictures or editing them, working out or to pass time when you are walking, sitting in public transport or on a road trip. But you should keep in mind that multitasking can cause stress to your brain and make you less efficient when you can’t focus on any of your tasks. So I never try to read and listen at the same time – that’s just not possible.

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What do you want to educate yourself on? Which topics are you interested to improve?