5 ways to view life as an adventure

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Life is but an adventure – it is not always easy to find a way to live by this adagium. These 5 thoughts to remember might help you a little along the way.

1. The hardest road might just be the most interesting one.

As Robert Frost said: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” There will be bumps in the road, you could be walking for days and not see any light. You could fear your biggest fears, but in the end, remember that the hardest road can be the most valuable, because it will help you grow.

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To freak c’est chique

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Pregnancy Scares

Freeeak oooout! Remember that song? It was funny, right. The past couple of days it has been all I could do. Literally freak out. Time flies when you are having fun, apparently also when you are having not so much fun and are basically glued to the couch because you are so tired of carrying a baby in your belly. Say that again. A baby in your belly. The wonders of nature. Sometimes those freak me out. My little girl is the sweetest ever, I’m sure. She dances all night every night, then holds still for about 3 hours in the early morning so I can catch some sleep before it’s too late, and accompanies me again with fun tickles during my morning ritual. Cozy. And freakin’scary. Because eventually, she has to come out. And I feel like I don’t have a CLUE as to how that works.

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Things no one told me about being pregnant

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So I’m pregnant. The big surprise 2014 brought me. It being a surprise, I never really spoke to anybody about what it means to be pregnant. All of my friends don’t have babies yet. My mother seems to have avoided the subject up until now because she didn’t think it would happen for the coming 2-4 years. For me, the past five months have been a kind of rollercoaster. I usually try to come as prepared as possible to all new adventures. Here I simply lacked knowledge about it coming. So, here are some things no one told me about being pregnant (maybe they would have, though, had they know this was going to happen). A little note for all you girls out there who might think about becoming pregnant, now or in the future.

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2014 – What this year has taught me

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This has been a hell of a year. A surprising one, to say the least. I had fun, I travelled to new and exciting places in the world and had a great summer in Berlin. But to be honest, looking back it feels like I lost control over my own life. Not in an entirely bad way, more in a huge life-lesson kind of way.

Growing up, I always felt like I was the one who could decide on the direction. That I could control what would happen when and how ‘successful’ I would be. It was all depending on structure, planning, hard work and dedication. Wrong. Turns out you cannot always be behind the steering wheel, even in your own life.

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Like a bloated frog

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Exactly like the one pictured above (the thing in the middle). Let me debunk some myths for you. Pregnancy is not always a time of sole pure bliss. Of longing for your little one. Neither of feeling pretty or just continuing your daily business for nine months until you can give birth covered in rays of sunlight. Although, in my case the last part might happen. May, you know, there is a chance that might happen…

So, about that frog thing. Your body immediately starts to change when you get pregnant. That’s also the way I noticed that this was not a normal delayed period, but some new adventure my body was readying itself for. Fun! Right? Think again.

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A tiny-but-very-big new adventure

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So, I dissapeared off the face of the earth for quite a while. To say that the past few months were life changing would almost feel like an understatement. Because man, things got turned upside down for real.

All was running smoothly and I was busy planning some new projects of my own, thinking about travelling Europe for maybe even up to six months together with my BF and definitely enjoying life. Until suddenly I got sick. Not sick-sick, but a kind of sick that I’d never experienced before. Like a mix of growth pains because of puberty and sickness in the morning. Well, does that ring a bell? Not with me, initially. I must have had my head buried in the ground or something. Because hello, a few days later I had the unavoidable positive pregnancy test in my hands…

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Birthdays

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That moment you realize another year has passed by. Evaluate what happened. What didn’t. What stayed the same and all that changed. Life is a gift, that I remember every year when it’s my birthday. I got to live another one. Last thursday was the day I turned 26. And I feel a bit old now, even though my grandpa assured me I’ve just come into this world and don’t yet know half of it. I guess I believe him.

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Slow Blogging

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Last week I wrote about Arianna Huffingtons’ book Thrive, and the impact the book had on me. And still has. It moved me to rethink my life. And also my blogging strategy, the way I embedded blogging in my life. I’ve always appreciated quality over quantity. With a full-time job, projects on the side and a big family, I just can’t post qualitative articles on a very regular basis. Add something valuable. And I don’t want Quarterlife Adventures to become an empty publishing machine.

I did some research on the internet and in my head. I feel like there is a tendency where bloggers write for the sake of publishing, and readers read for the sake of fast and thoughtless entertainment more and more. True inspiration doesn’t come to you by reading tons of ‘list’ blogposts, other peoples diaries or masked advertisement online. It comes from Life. From real people. From the World.

Let’s all move back there, out of our digital realities. Try to visit the internet less frequently. See the beauty around you. Write on paper with a real pen. And type it all up once you feel happy about what you’ve written. Because blogging still is a beautiful way of sharing information, inspiration and stories about life. Super accessible for anyone. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have discovered some bloggers from all over the world and their beautiful style of writing, living, thinking. So keep publishing. For some that might be every day, for others every week. Maybe even ‘only’ once a month. That’s ok. As long as the piece adds value. Reduce information pollution, please.

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My Adventures #3

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After having introduced myself (and you guys) last week to Adventure Days, this week couldn’t be anything other than an eventful one. Wednesday was my Adventure Day and I really pushed myself to try out new things and live without fear. It worked, at the end of the day I felt awesome. This week I visited Berlin Ethical Fashion Show, had my best – and oldest – friend over for the weekend, and watched the last World Cup games.

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My Adventures #2

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Sometimes I feel like the weeks rush by without me having enough time to do all that I wanted to do. This week was one of those weeks. There was so much to do at the office, with new colleagues coming in (yay!) and new projects being launched. It gave me a lot of energy and curious enough, being presented the latest projects from my colleagues left me with the feeling of wanting to start my own project. Like, really ‘my own’, ASAP.

When I was still in University and High School I made sure to always have an entrepreneurial project running on the side. This way I made a business trip to China, set up a foundation and wrote a book (a long time ago). But now I’m 25 and I suddenly feel like I’m on the verge of starting my own business, or moving to a new country in search of new adventures, of taking a new leap and not feeling super insecure about it. As if all that talk about life experience and growing as a person has materialized into me feeling ready. My brain started working overtime this week, and I can’t stop thinking about all the exciting opportunities that are looming everywhere.

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