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According to my WordPress stats, this blog had visitors from so many different countries – so exciting!!! Most of the visitors were from Germany, Kenya, the United States and Egypt. Then there were some from The Netherlands, South Africa, UK, Thailand and Spain. And lastly a few (less than 10 visitors each) from Finland, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, France, Poland, Philippines, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Uganda, Romania, Pakistan, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. I’m kind of impressed – all that since September 2014! The most popular post in 2014 was this one: “Introducing THAAT – A Social Enterprise & Innovative Consultancy based in Cairo, Egypt.

Looking back on 2014

Just like many other years, a few days ago I found myself reflecting the year:

  • Overall, was it a good and happy year?
  • What or who made me feel good?
  • What wasn’t so good this year?
  • Did I do what I wanted to do?
  • How do I feel now? Am I satisfied with the year?
  • What should I do different the coming year?
  • What are my plans? My dreams? My hopes?
  • And how can I achieve them?

I’m pretty much of a person that aims for happiness now. For some people, it looks like I’m not interested or too lazy in finding a “real” job. And that upsets me sometimes. For others, it looks like I’m wasting money and being unrealistic (like spending 6 weeks in Kenya after quitting my job). This, I perceive as rather a dumb attitude. But this is exactly why it’s difficult to follow your dreams and do what you really want to do. It’s not necessarily hard because it’s difficult to find your passions and find work around it, it’s more because of the discouraging environment, the people you are surrounded by. It is still uncommon for a German to start a company, especially in this “young” age, or to be a travel blogger. Not all people seem to understand that it’s a lifestyle choice and that everybody should decide for themselves what’s best for them. Testing a business idea is easier (and cheaper) than ever. Just a few days ago, I found two articles around that topic and thought I should share them:

  1. “Why millennials should become entrepreneurs now” by Mike Pugh, Entrepreneur.com contributor
  2. “Retiring at 27: Ambitious, lazy, or crazy?” by Brenton Hayden, Founder of Renters Warehouse

So, as expected, this year was a year with many ups and downs. In the beginning of the year, I found myself in a new city (Berlin), in a new flat and with a new job (photo studio manager). Now, by the end of the year, I’m jobless and pretty much broke. But guess what, I’m in a much happier place than a few month ago and I’m curious and excited about the future. Change is good. Change is healthy.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou

Looking forward – 2015

In 2015, there are some things I want to do or at least look into and try:

  1. Get a new job (Okay that one is simply necessary to pay the bills)
  2. Redesign the blog/website (I think it can be improved). On that note: Anyone that knows how to create new menus with WordPress is very welcome to teach me.
  3. Get to know the Social Entrepreneurship & Start-up scene in Berlin more by visiting different events and talking to people
  4. Develop a Social Entrepreneurship Training & Consultancy programme & run a pilot in South Africa. I’ve already set up a Facebook Page (Whatamission Ventures) and I’m currently looking for partners and legal advise to get this idea properly off the ground.
  5. Do research in developing mobile apps – in particular in networking and game apps (Got some ideas here and already signed up for Women in Teach and StartUps in Berlin)
  6. Do more of what makes me happy (A general mantra for 2015)

Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

On this note, I want to wish everyone a happy new year!!! Do more of what makes you happy, too 🙂 Happy New Year