Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes

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Even though some parts of life feel utterly normal, like writing final papers and presentations – other parts couldn’t feel more different. Somehow it’s already May the ninth. In other words, I have maybe two and a half weeks before I relocate to the Netherlands and I feel a little off my game. Berlin is finally hitting the summer months; everything is getting warmer, more colourful, and I find myself falling in love with the city a little more every day.

School itself has become practically non-existent. The last things I have left to finish are a final group paper on food insecurity in Yemen and a presentation on growing voter engagement in the case of the recent Dutch elections. That’s… that’s it. And yet, we still have two weeks of school left? Granted, the majority of my time has been spent working on Sub-Stances, the website & podcast & and now company?

It’s a lot to take in. So I procrastinated by sending in my Absentee Ballot for the Virginia Democratic Primaries for the Governorship (yay). I also haven’t exactly found housing for the Hague yet… or booked my travel… or figured out a number of things that I really ought to do. Sometimes it can be better to live in the moment? (Or perhaps these are just excuses that I tell myself – either way… it’s fine)

I’ve been cooking loads – which is great – and doing yoga. I’m actually on Week 5 of the Perfect Body Yoga Program, and beyond excited to get stronger. Even though I sometimes end up a little off with the days, I absolutely love at least getting to do five 30-minute or so sessions of yoga per week, along with meditation. It’s huge how much of a difference it makes.

It’s strange how calm I am about moving. Maybe some of you don’t have the nerves. I definitely (normally) do.  Not speaking Dutch should have an impact… and yet it doesn’t. For all intents and purposes, I’m going about my life as nothing exciting is happening. I feel somewhat adult-like for one of the first times in my life, and I’m… okay with it. I love Berlin. But I also love change, and I love putting myself in situations where I’m forced to adapt and change to meet challenges. If this isn’t doing that, then I don’t know what is.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. aunt ricki says:

    “I feel somewhat adult-like for one of the first times in my life, and I’m… okay with it. I love Berlin. But I also love change, and I love putting myself in situations where I’m forced to adapt and change to meet challenges. If this isn’t doing that, then I don’t know what is.”
    You are SO right Gabriella! I also enjoy being put on the spot and made to think on my feet, so to speak, where I’ve got to ad-lib and adapt to the changes around me. Not everyone likes that. Maybe bc it is in that space that we are able to use all our gifts and skills to present ourselves in a certain way–confident, sure that we’ll do fine, aware of what is happening and yet knowing all that we need to do. Congratulations to you! Sometimes it is very cool to feel like an adult…

    1. Gabriella says:

      Thanks Aunt Ricki 🙂 I do enjoy feeling like an adult – for sure!

  2. Lovely photos! Toast with bananas and cinnamon? Gotta try that.

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