The end of the year is drawing close now, and I have to say: I can’t wait for 2017.
Personally, it wasn’t a bad year for me at all, but it wasn’t the best either. Plenty of real highs, but also proper lows. But before I dive into these subjects too deep (after all, I’m going to write my end-of-the year reviews soon) I’m going to take a moment today to put my wishes for 2017 into words. Somehow this year went by really fast, and many things I wanted to get done simply got sidetracked and were left unrealized. No one knows what the new year will be like, but I have an uneasy hunch that it’s going to be a turbulent one, even though I certainly wish it’ll be calmer than 2016 was.
My wishes for 2017? Here they are!
As far as my private life is concerned I’m really very happy right now – in Berlin, with my boyfriend and somehow also with myself. I can’t think of a happier feeling, it’s worth more than all material goods in the world combined. I have a great home, a wonderful man on my side, two marvelous cats and a heart-felt wish to have kids.
There’s only one thing that I’d like to add, thinking about the future: a little less drama. I think by now there’s no one left in my circle of friends that gives me headaches or whose loyalty I would ever doubt. Having said that, I felt the same last year, and I was wrong in some cases. My wish is that I won’t have any bad surprises in that respect, no backstabbing, no intrigues, no publicity-craving rants – I had more than enough of all of that over the past few years!
Peace and a sense of shared harmony – that sums up my wish number 1 for 2017!
This one is a recurring one, cropping up on every year-end list for quite some time now, and somehow I never manage to actually follow through with it: Yoga.
I had this idea to start with yoga for ages. I’m super inflexible, and could definitely use a quiet counterpoint in my life. But that’s in fact the problem: I don#t even have a daily routine that I could set a counterpoint to. I somehow, just about, manage to do sports more or less regularly, but 2 hours of yoga per week on a regular basis just didn’t seem possible so far. Even though I really, really want it. On the one hand it’s always difficult to change bad habits for the better and actually go, and first I’d need to find the right class and the right school (suggestions in Berlin Mitte, anyone?). Then I’ll have to get into my rhythm and TAKE THE TIME to do it. You notice, dear readers, I’m still full of excuses why it’s difficult to start.
Well, let me put it down again this year, as usual, and let’s see where I am with it in a year’s time…..
I have been wishing to engage with new professional challenges for quite some time now.
No panic, I am a blogger and I won’t give that up. Still, having done this for so many years I can say I saw and did a lot and have built a wealth of experience that I’d like to share. Whether as a public speaker, or giving public workshops, or at a uni or something along those lines. I really think it’d be amazing to teach the foundations of bloggers to others, and I am quite sure there’s a lot to be done and a real demand in that area. I do feel I’d be up to the task, no doubt about it, but I’m also sure I’d have to overcome quite a bit of initial nervousness. That’s kind of what makes the challenge so exciting though, and you know what they say:
if it doesn’t challange you, it doesn’t change you.
Here’s another wish related to my professional life, which is to do with the fact that so much has happened this year in the area of influencer marketing. The increasing professionalism brings many advantages with it, but as with everything there’s also a huge downside: blogging has become a service.
It used to be that bloggers developed beautiful stories together with their cooperation partners, we had the freedom to create something beautiful to communicate the message of a product, we could really go to town, creatively speaking. Nowadays there is much more control, and many more limits are imposed on bloggers. The visual language is often pretty much predetermined, as are – in some cases – entire paragraphs, deadlines are tight and strict, and so on and so forth. I think that’s a real shame, on the one hand because I lose jobs that way, on the other because it really isn’t in the best interest of the reader. Often enough, the wrong bloggers are picked for certain kinds of products, and very often it seems that tailored communication with the target group is sacrificed to reach. That’s especially apparent for bloggers in their 30s, which have a great target group for luxury products but – in many cases – not a huge fan base (you tend to think and work differently when you’re in the 30s than when you’re in your 20s). Very often, marketing departments opt for really young bloggers and Instagramers that have crazy follower figures, but whose target group simply can’t afford luxury products because most of them are still in school.
This is actually an aspect that is often enough overlooked in influencer marketing as well. The thing is, it could all be so easy: we’d just need to improve communication with each other instead of being too confrontational. Plus, sometimes we all need to widen our perspective. My wish is that we regain some creative freedom and improve communication with each other, in all directions.
My last, and by far most important wish, will probably make me sound like a beauty pageant contestant. The girls in these shows are always asked what they wish for, and the cookie cutter answer is: world peace. Well, even if it sounds cheesy, that’s my biggest wish for 2017: Peace.
Sure, it’s probably a little naive, but let’s face it: 2016 was a catastrophe politically. So many innocent people lost their lives, so many amazing personalities have passed, so much tragedy has come to pass… it’s getting too much to bear. Of course I get caught up in my context of life, I complain about taxes and always crave more stuff, but I am always aware that my problems are simply nothing compared to what so many people have to deal with and live through. I know I can’t really understand what many individuals and families go through in the world today, and I have no words to express how much it pains me even from afar.
I wish we’d stick together more as humans, less egoism, and I wish, for the sake of all of us, that we find ways to build more bridges and devote less energy to building walls. I am sure many of you feel exactly like I do: like a little cog in a machine, constantly diverted by my minuscule problems that don’t even deserve to be called that, feeling powerless and like there’s nothing I can do. The thing is, deep down I know that’s simply not true.
We all have the power to change ourselves and our surroundings, and we all know that in the end it takes only one snowflake to trigger an avalanche (ok, so that may not be the best analogy, but you know what I’m trying to say). The world can be a better place than it is right now, it is a real possibility. I am aware that the system is complex, and often it’s difficult to get to the bottom of political decisions, but before getting overwhelmed by it all we can always opt to start with something small that is in our power, right here, right now:
Do charitable work, be role models for others
Donate more instead of spending all you have on consumer products
Produce less waste, opt more often to drink your coffee without a plastic lid
Shop consciously, go for quality instead of quantity
Give the cashier at the supermarket a friendly smile once in a while
Be nicer with each other, simple as that
Make YOUR world a better place.
And with these words I’m heading into my vacation. Be well, I’ll see you soon!