With the last bite of our sumptuous Christmas menu in my stomach, my mind is jumping forward to 2018 already.
“This year has flown by, hasn’t it?”, my sister asked and my parents agreed noddingly. To be honest, I have to disagree.
So many things happened to me in 2017 such as major events like moving to another city, my university graduation and registering my first business. I say first because I already have so many plans and aspirations for 2018… But let’s begin with a recap of 2017.
January – February
Everything that happens to you happens for a reason. Even if the reason is for you to find out that what you are doing right now is not what you are meant to do. Such as working in an office.
How many of you are working in an office? – The majority, I reckon (of those who are working already).
So was I in January and February. I was employed as a working student working 10 hours a week for the multinational electronics and engineering company Bosch. The rest of the time I spent either working on my bachelor thesis, which I handed in on 28 February (yep, on the last day) or learning food photography techniques to step up my Instagram game.
As the deadline for my thesis approached, a sense of discomfort emerged inside me. When you are on the verge of transitioning to “adult life”, you feel a sudden pressure and nervosity about the future.
“I’m about to hand in my bachelor thesis…. and then what?”
Looking back, I am utterly grateful for the chance to continue working in an office part-time during the first two months of 2017 (I worked at Bosch full-time from Mid March until July 2016 and part-time from September until February). It helped me realize that was not what I was meant to do.
I always liked working with computers and technology, but I was definitely not born to work for someone else on tasks that were assigned to me, not designed by me. I am a creative, free spirit and I would rather live in insecurity and chaos than getting up at the same time every day and leaving my workplace at the exact same time.
We are all different so I believe all of us have to make different kinds of experiences to find out what we DON’T like – and to figure out the opposite: what we truly ENJOY doing.
With three tasks on my plate (bachelor thesis, work, and my social media), it became pretty clear to me that social media was my favorite among them. I signed a contract for a long-term cooperation with a vegan company in February, so I registered my business shortly afterward. The first step towards FREEDOM!
March – September
During the warm months, I was living the dream – more or less. This summer in Germany was the coldest I can remember.
I lived with my parents, which enabled me to save up all the money I earned from collaborations with companies and my Instagram. I started writing my ebook, which turned into a major project. I finished it in July and translated it into German 2 months later.
Luckily, my parents were very happy to accommodate me a little longer so I happily lived with them while I tried everything to turn my passion into a business. I watched food photography tutorials, read books, worked on my blog and most importantly, practiced a lot. I switched from mobile editing to Photoshop Lightroom when I got my new MacBook in June. During the months January-November, my Instagram following grew from 10k to 80k, which for me was clearly a sign that my improvement efforts were successful. I really WANTED to become financially free through living my passion and this is what drove me to continue working hard.
Nevertheless, one thing was still bothering me: What’s next?
I didn’t want to live with my parents forever. I also didn’t want to spend my entire living on insurance fees (being self-employed in Germany can be a financial pain), so I decided to apply at a university once again. And I was accepted.
October – December
In October I moved to Düsseldorf. I have my own place there with a big kitchen in the heart of the city. I’ve already lived in England, China, and Serbia, so moving to another German city was not a big deal for me.
I still earn my living with my Instagram and deriving activities but now I have higher fixed costs. Rent and travel expenses are very high in Germany but I always trust the universe to provide me with everything I need. I live faithfully without fear and that’s why the universe always has my back, as it’s always been.
Now it’s December and I’m looking forward to the new year. I have soooooo many plans!
Here are my top 5 plans for 2018:
- A major blog overhaul and a larger power focus on my website. Everything will change. Stay tuned!
- New jobs! I love working on creative projects and finishing them gives me so much joy. I already have an ebook so the next project will be a workshop… and perhaps more company collaborations?
- Instagram has been causing most of us a lot of trouble lately with recent algorithm changes. I used to gain 10k followers every month for a while and now it’s been only 2k in the last 4 weeks. I still want to reach those 100k and I’m aiming much higher! You have to dream big to achieve big things. Never dream small!
- Lots of travels. I will spend a whole month in Bali (March) and I still have to make plans for my summer holidays. Any ideas?
- Fitness! I’m working hard on those gains and for 2018 I am planning to spend more time in the gym and perhaps start a yoga course again. There are a few asanas I want to learn and I have a feeling 2018 will be the year!
I just noticed most of my plans involve work. Work is good! If you truly live for your work not work to live, your life becomes so fulfilled and joyful!
What are your plans for 2018?