A teacher once gave me this advice: If you want to achieve something, tell other people about it. Because by telling other people about your goals will help you reach your goal(s), by creating a positive pressure.
So here I am.
#1 More time for blogging
About 9 months ago I created this blog. Made two posts and then disappeared for another 2 months. It’s fair to say that I have underestimated how hard it would be to maintain a blog. I thought “Hey you talk about books all day why not make a blog” and I was sure the ideas would just come to my mind. Boy, was I naive.
But over the past months I have learned from my first mistakes. I’ve grown with my blog over the past months as well and I want to grow with it even more over the next year. That’s why I’m going to define blogging time in my free time to work on the plans I have for my blog.
#2 So much to read
This year I want to focus a bit on the books I have on my never-ending pile
more like mountain of unread books. Of course I will also catch up with new releases and I also will look out for more diverse books, but this pile of books needs to shrink.
That’s why I want to define some reading time as well. Usually I only read a bit before work and during my lunch break. But I want to take some time on the weekend where I turn my phone and laptop off and won’t let anyone disturb me.
#3 Love myself more
It’s about damn time I put this on my agenda.
For years I have been neglecting myself, tearing myself down whenever I had the chance to and treated myself bad in general. It’s time that this stops and I start to appreciate, respect and love myself again.
I’m going to do whatever makes me feel best this year. I will leave toxic people behind. I will stop comparing me to others. I will appreciate my life as it is and make the best of it. And I won’t let anyone bring me down.
#4 I’m finishing training
I started an incredible journey in 2013. On the 1st November I had my first official day as bookseller-trainee. While it has its Ups and Downs I did enjoy every minute of it. I met some of my closest friends via school and found great friends in my fellow trainees. The shop has become my second home, and my colleagues my new family. I got the chance to meet some very lovely authors and participated in some cool events my shop organized.
3 years have passed since then and my time here is almost over. I have grown a lot during this time and I will forever be thankful for the opportunity that has been given to me. After I already wrote my finals in November last year I’m waiting for my oral exam to take place, which will mark the end of this journey.
So what’s next?
#5 Let’s move out
There were two things I was sure about, 1) I want to stay in the book trade and 2) I had to move. So what should I do?
Now this is something I have been thinking and over thinking for over a year now. Where should I move to, the next bigger city? Maybe even Frankfurt, since this i a very special city to me? Or somewhere completely else?
I answered myself this question in February last year.
After spending a week in London last year, I fell for this city all over again. And while I know, being somewhere on holidays and actually living there are two entirely different things I wanna give this a shot. I’m giving myself a year and then see where it will take me. Maybe I will love it and stay a little longer. Maybe I want to move back to Germany after this year. Or maybe I’ll move somewhere else. Who knows what 2018 has in store for me.