To travel is to live

Once again I find myself on a plane with my life packed in suitcases and on my way to a new place and not least: a new adventure. This time I have a few things worked out from home - I know where I am going to live (at least for the first couple of months) and with whom: my beloved boyfriend (whom I met last year in Shanghai but that is another story). Still, there is a lot of new things waiting for me in China. A lot of uncertainty. And I absolutely love it. The unknown, the unexpected and the feeling that anything can happen.

I always find it so important to move forward - not just physically move - but more as in setting goals and moving towards them. For me it is not only about achieving my goals. It is more about having goals and move forward. And as they say: 

a goal without a plan is just a wish

So now is the perfect time to formulate my goals and plan how I'll move towards them:

- Learn basic mandarin (I am starting fulltime mandarin study at Jia Tong University in Shanghai next week)

- Become amazing at yoga (I will engage more intensively in my yoga practice: join classes every week. Hopefully set up a yoga atmosphere in our spare room - I brought my favorite mat!)

- Look for opportunities in regards to my career path (I already got in contact with relevant organizations through my network for future work after my studies)

- Travel around in China and experiencing this fascinating culture (we have already planned two trips for the coming months: a trip to Putuoshan a buddhist island in the Zhejiang province on the East coast and to the lake-city Kunming in the Yunnan province in the south of China).   

and as always: to continue my happy & healthy habits 

To travel is to live
— Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer & poet