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Monday, July 15, 2013

Weekly Wishes #4 – Savoring my time in Germany

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It’s time for Weekly Wishes again and I really cannot fathom how quickly this week has passed! I once again want to thank you all for the continued support and love I receive on these posts – it honestly takes my breath away! Melyssa really has build up the best and most encouraging community I could think of and I honestly don’t remember how life was before.

My goal for last week was to stay on top of my planning and to write a to-do list every night for the following day – on paper. I’m moving to Norway soon and there were still so many things I needed to do and I feared I would lose sight of everything. So how did I do? Well… good news first, I did almost all the things I needed to do. But I didn’t write a to-do-list every night. I tried, but soon realized that I was never checking that list anyway, so after a while I just didn’t bother anymore.

And I don’t regret it either. Everybody has his own way of planning and organizing and physically writing down things just doesn’t cut it for me. In the end, the important thing is to get stuff done, tough, and not how you manage to do so. I like to note down things on my phone in the spur of the moment because it’s just the easiest and most convenient way for me and that’s okay.

Now what about this week? I don’t have a lot of time left in Germany. And as I’ve stated above, time just seems to fly right now! And while I’m excited to leave for Norway, there are still so many things I want to do in Germany. First and foremost, I still want to spend time with my family, friends and – of course – Samuel. I really want to concentrate on savoring my last weeks in Germany, instead of stressing out about the future.

What I need to do first is set up meetings with the friends I still want to see before leaving. Most of them don’t live in my town, so there’s some planning required. Samuel and me can be more spontaneous, but I still want to compile a list of things and activities for us to do before we part.

This goal – savoring my time in Germany – is a bit abstract, but so important for me at this time. I know I will be back in Germany before I know it, but I still want to say goodbye properly.

To all expats out there: What did you do in the weeks leading up to leaving your home country? How did you feel: Excited, nervous or a mixture of both?


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I’m once again linking up with Melyssa from The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes



  1. Hey Melanie.
    I am an expat living in Abu Dhabi and I am going home to NY today, wohoooo!!!!
    Luckily my friends were all here with me so we hung out together a lot.
    Dinners and movies at each others homes.
    found you on the Nectar Collective link up.

  2. Hey Melanie!

    Way to go with your goals from last week! Haha, I am like you, too -- I may write things down, but then I never look at them again! But like you said, the most important thing was DOING the stuff and you got that, so way to go! :)))))

    I really like your goal for this week. Ah, it can be so easy to get wrapped up in the place we're going that we forget about where we're at. Savoring the present and appreciating it is so important -- and you setting this goal reminds me to do the same with my last weeks in California.

    One piece of advice before setting out? Eat lots of good, hearty German food (and ethnic foods!!!) before you go to Norway and also enjoy the sunshine as much as possible! Be outdoors!! Norway is beautiful but it snows most of the year (as I am sure you're aware), haha, so enjoy the good weather while you can! :)


  3. I'm in my final weeks in Korea and I feel EXACTLY like you do. It's so hard trying to figure out what to do and not to do while trying to manage your emotions at the same time. I wish you luck on this wish because it's one that's close to my heart. Have a blast and enjoy Germany every day that you are able to! :)

  4. Goodbyes are always so hard for me—I hate them! Hopefully you'll be able to meet up with everyone you love :) Have fun!

    Michelle @ Mishfish13

  5. Moving on is always so hard but the great thing about it is you can always go back if you want. One tip I received that I thought was great is that instead of rushing about to a bunch of different places to see everyone, let people know that you will be at a certain place like a local bar or coffee shop for the night and they can come see you when they want.

  6. Moving to Norway will be a wonderful experience - I'm excited for you!

    I was nervous and excited to move from DC to Scotland, but I always knew that I would most likely be back. I think that's what made it easier.

  7. I too need to savor my time at home because I have 1 1/2 more weeks of living here! Ah! I understand what you mean by savoring your time at home. I'm not even sure where to begin with saying goodbye. As much as I don't want to think about it, it's going to happen. Unfortunately my friends are all over the place, but I should meet up with the few that are close by. Right now, it still feels like it's all a dream.

    I wish you all the best with being with your friends and family and enjoying your last weeks!


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