Whenever I post on Facebook that I’ll be “coming home“ for a visit, friends reply: “Which one?“ That question is justified. Do I mean Germany, where my family lives, or England, where my heart will always be, or Japan, where I’m currently a resident? Where is home really? When it comes to living abroad, I’ve … More Where is Home?
Let’s get this straight right at the beginning: I’m alright and definitely don’t intend to freak anyone out. I’ve been dealing with depressive episodes on and off throughout my life, so this isn’t news to me and as far as I can tell I’m not a threat to myself or anyone around me. I tend … More How Depression Talks To Me
So I joined an online Asthma Support Group the other day. And it changed my world. It’s been over 2 years now that I’ve got adult-onset asthma and I’ve struggled with a lot of things since then. General self-doubt, all kinds of fear, feelings of worthlessness and instant depression after an attack, just to name … More My Asthma Support Group Experience
After visiting Taiwan during term break, I had some cash left over that I wanted to spend at Taoyuan airport. Changing it back into Yen would have been a waste because of the insane charges. So, I was running out of time and desperately searching for something halfway useful to buy when I came across … More Funny Stories in Japan – The Gold Smuggle Incident
I knew everyday life wouldn’t be easy in Japan only a few minutes after landing there for the first time. How did I know that? I got off the plane and went to bathroom. And stared at the toilet in horror. There were a thousand buttons and none of them I could read. (The very … More Funny Stories in Japan – The Emergency Button Incident
Yep, there is a desert in Japan where you can ride on a camel. I didn’t believe it either, that’s why I had to hop on a plane to Tottori and see for myself. This has been – by far – one of my favourite places to visit in the past two years in Japan. … More Riding on a Camel in a Japanese Desert
In the past weeks, I’ve had a weird realization. I’m happy. Not just for a brief moment, but in general. My health has been stable for months. My job seems a lot easier to handle now and I feel like I’m actually making a difference. Every day I’m surrounded by the most positive people who … More I’m happy. And terrified.
All my life I’ve been confused about how much the image many people have of me differs from how I see myself. In my mind, I’ve been a huge introvert as long as I can remember. In kindergarten, I avoided talking to other children at all costs (and spent most of my time in the … More The Extroverted Introvert (Yeah. It’s a thing!)
When people walk into my apartment, the first thing they ask is “What is that?“ and point at the many post-it notes on my wardrobe. Those are your responses to my writing over the past two years. I wrote them all down and re-read them when things aren’t going so well. They remind me that … More KIND WORDS MATTER.
This morning, my colleague was teaching my class for the first time. Afterwards, she asked me: “HOW?“ “How what?“ I asked back. “HOW DO YOU DO IT?? Your kids are so well behaved. They were absolutely quiet and paying attention. How did you make them turn out this way??“ I didn’t really know how to … More “HOW DO YOU DO IT??“
This August, I went to Zushi beach in Kanagawa. A lot of things I saw that day made me think ‘Yep, this is Japan!’ Here are some of my observations. Number 1: You’ll never be alone No matter where you go or how early you are – everyone else is already there. I got to … More What a day at the beach can tell you about Japan