A very freckled Christmas

Hi beautiful friends,

Now that the holidays are halfway over, I thought it would be great to take a second and reflect on this holiday season. Due to my Italian family being sooo big, it’s almost impossible to gather everyone together and really get to see the whole family during the holidays so we always have to plan in advance and decide which family members to get together with. Since my grandpa came all the way from Sicily to spend the holidays with my dad’s side of the family we did just that. It was a rather small group of approximately 14 people.

Soooo, here are a few impressions of my Christmas. I really hope you all had a good time during the holidays and that you enjoyed yourselves as well as the time spent with your loved ones.

A glimpse of Christmas

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… I survived Christmas!

Looooves,

it is sooo good to be back! First of all, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and that you got to relax and enjoy your time off – I sure did!

Before diving into all things Christmas, I will update you on what’s new in my life and tell you why I’ve been absent for so long.

Goodbye first semester

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The beauty of job searching…

… it’s time to share something personal again, dear readers.

As most of you know, I’m in a place in life, where the unknown is scary yet exciting. I am looking for jobs that suit my personality and match with my working experience. Now I realize, why I advertise working a lot and for a lot of different companies. Once you’ve accumulated enough working experience to genuinely sit back and understand what is your cup of tea and what not, is when job searching will turn into a beautiful adventure.

The Search

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I must admit that when the company I used to work for couldn’t keep about 30% of the staff, the first thought I had was to apply for EVERY job available. It’s that initial fear of not being able to pay bills or being frightened that you will sit at home, munch on chocolate all day long and just despair at the thought of not having a routine in your days anymore. And frankly, I have applied to jobs that don’t even interest me, simply because I love to work and I love the feeling of having a professional purpose. However, later on in my search, I came across job descriptions (I wouldn’t call them offers yet, because I haven’t received one) that really, really caught my eye. Do you know the feeling, when every requirement they have is YOU? It’s kind of like a stranger lurking into your office all day long with some additional mind-reading abilities and then just thought: “Hey, I’m looking for a person who thinks, breathes, lives this!” – Well, this is how I feel now, when I search for jobs that interest me. Positions that are exactly what I want to do and companies where I want to end. It’s darling!

Get to know yourself

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I can’t stress it enough. While getting laid off is not a noble experience, it certainly gives you time and energy to focus on the real you. The “you” that you didn’t even know you were, because you were pressured by harsh deadlines, rude clients, or anything else that might distract you from getting to know yourself. If you would have asked me about 6 months ago what I want to do when I grow up, I probably would have said something completely different than what my answer is today. Some might call it being fickle, but I call it growing up. Now, if you, for some reason, have always known what you wanted to be and do and where you wanted to end up – GO YOU! I admire you and I respect determination like no other. But for all ordinary mortals our there, don’t worry because who can expect a 25 year-old gal to know EXACTLY what she wants to do in life? Sure, I have some sort of direction and kind of know what my strengths are, but I’m in no way, shape, or form some “future-guru” with a crystal ball. Aren’t we all supposed to grow and learn and gain. If I go through life not expanding my horizon, not thinking out of the box, not constantly gaining new expertise or skills, then what the heck am I doing breathing 24 hours a day? Do you see my issue here? How can my answer six months ago be possibly identical to the answer I would give you today? Exactly! I grow and I change and I am still molding into the person I only know fractions about yet.

Enjoy the ride

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It’s easier said then done, but don’t overstress things. If there is one thing I have learned in life so far is that nothing lasts forever and everything passes. And while it might really, really be unfortunate in some circumstances, it surely is a blessing in other.

xx

Sam

“That awkward moment” Movie vs. Reality

Hi guys,

hold your horses! This is not a review of the movie nor will I go on and on about how incredibly hot Zac Efron is in this movie, because he really is. Ahhh…. no, this post is specifically about the absolutely realistic behavior of the male characters, which compares to the behavior of so many guys I’ve met in real life. Now if some of you haven’t seen the movie, I suggest you stop reading here, because this post will contain a few spoilers.

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