Looking Forward, Looking Back

(Image via Garance Dore)

So, first things first.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It is going to be a great one – you just have to believe it. Oh, and no resolutions, because when you are in your 30s, you should know well enough that they do not work.

Resolutions or not, there are still some things that I hope would happen in the next 365 days. I hope to read more books (although with the baby on his way, I will not be so hard on myself about this), have less stuff (decluttering is the goal and Carousell may be the answer) and be more content about who I am and where we are (which means to stop comparing myself to people with “perfect lives” on social media).

And one other little thing: I hope to not only survive motherhood, but actually thrive in it. There is no doubt that this is the most ambitious thing that I have ever set out to do, so wish me luck! I would definitely need truckloads of it.

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(Image by Alex Mazurov and Anastasia Glebova)

Almost exactly 10 years ago, I came back from Copenhagen after a semester of being an exchange student. It is definitely one of the most memorable and cherished periods of my life to date. Naturally, I was reluctant to return home – I mean, there was nothing much to look forward to, with (what I expect) to be a gruelling final year ahead (and thesis-writing is not usually the most pleasant of tasks).

While I was moping around, suffering from withdrawal of my time away, the friends I made during those short months were enjoying another semester of carefree foreign student life. And during the summer of 2006, they made a trip to the Faroe Islands – I knew all about the magnificence of that magical place because they wrote me a beautiful postcard.

Ever since then, I have wanted to go there myself. Unfortunately, it is not the kind of place you go to on a whim, and the chance never quite came up.

In the meantime, before I get there, there are these gorgeous photographs by Alex Mazurov and Anastasia Glebova of travel blog Near The Lighthouse.

Enjoy.

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If being grown up means being committed—to a business, a project, a person—then it’s impossible to peak. And the deeper the commitment, the deeper the meaning that can emerge.

What Separates the Peter Pans from the Pros, Jocelyn K. Glei

A thought-provoking quote via Swiss Miss, which feels just right for the beginning of the year.

What are you committed to now, and what do you hope to commit to in the future?

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