Today is the first day of the new year and it’s time for a little review of what happened in my life in 2015. For me 2015 was a year full of new experiences and lessons learned. However this past year was also a period of transition with a lot of uncertainties especially regarding my professional future.
After graduating from Uni I finally started working full time as an associate at a law firm that I had already worked for as a part time research assistant the previous four years in December 2014. Thus at the beginning of 2015 I found myself placed in a completely different situation in life. From the good old student days I went straight to working full time. And by full time I mean an all-in contract and a job that soon showed to require the readiness to give up on most of the life outside of the office. This massive shift that completely tipped over my work-life balance soon took its toll on me. After only a few months I realized that, although I had a well paid job in a thriving company the effects it had on my private and personal life made me increasingly unhappy. The tough hours at work made it impossible for me to do sports on a regular basis, see my friends as much as I’d have liked to or dedicate some time to my other more creative hobbies. In other words, I more and more had to give up on all the things that I consider crucial to my happiness. The result was frustration, the feeling of being trapped in a never-ending rat race, uncertainty about my future and fear of failing. There were times when I sat in my office late at night and felt like crying because it felt like everything I was studying and working for the last years turned out to just make me miserable.
Besides the occupational blues I underwent particularily in the first half of the year, I can really not complain about the year 2015 at all. I am blessed to have a great relationship with my wonderful parents who always support me and are there for me no matter what. 2015 was also a year that strengthened my relationship to my gorgeous and lovely missus Sophie. Last but not least I am so grateful to have a circle of friends around me who over the last years have become more like brothers to me.
Another personal highlight for me was moving to Australia for 4 months. It was the second time I’ve lived in a different country and despite the short period of time it feels like Australia and Sydney in particular have become my second home. Despite the rather short time I’ve lived here in Sydney I could take a lot with me. Starting from jumping over my shadow several times to stepping outside my comfort zone to establishing a new existence, friends and rhythm of life in a foreign country at the other end of the world (and yeah I know Australia is not North Korea but it’s still a new environment). After all I’m more than happy that I’ve decided to take this step, draw a line under my previous job and make new experiences in new surroundings. I’ve made many new friends over here, worked with incredibly interesting and inspiring personalities, have finally found the time to focus more on myself again and had the pleasure to enjoy living in probably the coolest city on earth for quite a while. So from a personal perspective: 2015, you were awesome!
The biggest growth certainly happened on Instagram where I’ve made it from less than 10.000 followers to almost 25000 at the moment. At this point I wanna thank each and everyone of you for your support and kind words. I really appreciate it a lot and I’m happy if I can provide you with some inspiration for your own style. At the end of the day the most important thing remains that we all feel comfortable with what we wear and that we can express or emphasize who we are or how we feel with the way we dress. My goals for 2016 definitely are to diversify the topics on my blog a bit and provide you with even more useful and inspirational topics which hopefully will eventually help me to build a bigger audience also here on my website and other social media channels.
Finally, I want to thank you all for reading my blog, looking at and liking my pictures, dropping me a line or two and maybe taking some inspiration from the content I provide. Together with you I’m confident to make 2016 an even more successful year and I’m looking forward to where my journey as a blogger will take me next.