Before 2020, I used to openly proclaim that remote work was not for me. I thought that I would be unproductive and would have trouble motivating myself. 1 year and 6 months later, I have to revise my stance.
What personal challenges did you overcome through work?
When I was a teenager, I used to be terrified of making phone calls. I would have to prepare every word that I was going to say before hand and was anxious way ahead of time. Heart racing, hot flashes, ... the whole shabang.
What stuck with you on 9/11?
I remember the newscasters trying to explain the unfolding situation, but it all seemed surreal. The concept of terrorists or a terrorist attack were so foreign to me, let alone on that scale.
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. And as far as we have come, we still have a long way to go to reach true equality for everyone.
Life in a pandemic #5: Fatigue comes in waves
I can't lie. This week, I am feeling the grind. And I know that I am not the only one. No matter who I talk to, everyone is feeling some form of corona fatigue. Paired with winter fatigue, it can feel like a inexplicable weight.
Happy New Year!
I wish you that the upcoming year brings you all the best of life.
Through other’s eyes: I have faith
Through reflecting on and questioning my believes and values, I figured out a couple of years ago that even though I am not religious or affiliated with any church, I believe and enjoy spirituality. This is most noticeable whenever I enter a place of worship, not matter what dominion.
Christmas past 2019: Family in town
In December, my parents, my baby sister, my younger brother and his girlfriend decided to join us in New York for the holidays. It honestly meant a lot to have them in our new home town and have the people that mean so much to me get to spend time together.
Christmas past 2018: Reunion and pain management
We were lucky enough that by the end of the year I still had a good portion of vacation days left over. Paired with German national holidays and weekends, I was able to join him in New York for a little over 3 weeks throughout December which was a big luxury.
Christmas past 2017: Our first roller-coaster
Our first Christmas together was a roller-coaster. We were living in Hamburg (Germany) at the time and had made plans to spend Christmas eve with my younger siblings and their significant others at our family home on the outskirts of Berlin.
Life: Christmas traditions in my home country Germany
Every family has different Christmas traditions. Here is a list of a couple that I personally like.
Life in a pandemic #4: Where do we go from here?
This year has been a grind for all of us. The ups and downs in short succession can feel like the ocean is tossing us all over the place.