Dear readers and friends, I want to wish you a New Year that is full of peace, self-happiness and new experiences. Below I wrote a very personal rant about what I learned in the last year or so and how I will be going into 2017. I hope it may be useful and inspiring for some of you.
Haruki Murakami was right when he said
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
My storm began when my father was diagnosed with incurable cancer. It changed my life, and it changed my priorities. When he died, it forever changed me. It made me want to love and live life to the full every single day, feel new things and appreciate my life.
The second storm hit me very recently, just as bad when we decided to separate with my ex-husband, who is the kindest and most beautiful person I have ever met. But we were not a good couple. It was hard to let go of someone you’ve been with for ten years. It killed me, but it also taught me how to live again, be more independent, less fussy and forced me to have new experiences I would have never had otherwise.
The third one was when my cofounders and I made a decision not to fully continue, together with the business we have been building for the last two years. This time I lost our wonderful and incredibly talented employees, clients and friends. This experience taught me a lot about the integrity of people, friendships and morals.
In summary, I learned that we all choose how we want to live our lives, and that is so right. But, that is exactly what we take for granted. The choice, because we have too much of it. The excess of all things make us blind, and we no longer can see the beauty of nature, the sun that rises every day gifting us with light, the birds that sing tremendously beautiful songs, the love our closest ones have for us. We turned into happiness hunters without realising that the happiness is right in front of us and it’s all around us.
Life is not always easy and kind to our loved ones or us, but as long as we breathe we continue living, and our losses define us and our strengths. Every day when I wake up, I choose to face my demons, regardless of how evil and crazy they may be. I accepted that where there is a loss, there is a gain. Losing my father was not easy, and neither was losing my family in law. However, since I was lucky enough to have been taken in by a whole new family. My point? – Sometimes you just have to face your losses, because life is full of them! I lost my family home and stability, but I have been lucky enough to have lived in 6 different countries this year. I lost my business, but since I have gained more freedom, new projects and shifted few grey hairs.
In 2016, I got tired of the rat race and all the shit so I decided to retire into the world of digital nomadism. Today I spend my life on the road, travelling to a different country every month living in coworking spaces and Airbnb’s. I work as a consultant with companies all over the world helping them communicate more efficiently using research, big data and real-time insights into what consumers want. I also run educational masterclasses and retreats all over Europe. Together with my partner, we are working on a first of a kind pop-up training academy.
Happy new year everyone, I wish that your 2017 is full of exciting and life changing experiences.
Lots of love & peace,