There is a lot to be said for new beginnings. You always convince yourself that you’ll start again and be a different person, but you end up being exactly the same and nothing ever changes except you stress yourself out even more than usual.
Despite that random spiel, I have just recently started a new job and I’m determined to get myself sorted out this year. It involves the usual goals: get out of debt, save money, actually learn the German I’m going to class for, travel & generally stop trying to live like a uni student. This is all very difficult on the graduate wage that I am earning, but with a little dedication (and some adsense/freelancing/ebay extras) anything is possible.
Whilst I am enjoying my new job it is the complete opposite of my last job, and this is throwing me a bit. I used to work in a fairly big international publishing/events company where I would plug away in my corner, never having to stress too much and without anyone really giving a shit if I was there or not. Now I work in a tiny company with nine other people who rely on me and who seem to genuinely care about their employees. I’m afraid I must look quite silly reacting to all of this, but I know I’ll get used to it soon. I’ve only been there three days after all.
I’m going to start with small goals this month. The main is to get my head around this new job, to focus on learning German and to track my spending so I stop buying useless crap. I am going to Japan in July for Fuji Rock so I need all the $$ I can spare so I can buy as much sushi and electronics as I can!
And speaking of learning German, here is an amusing video of the fantastic Christoph Waltz from the 70s. I can’t pick up everything he’s saying, but it’s something to do with the number of days in the year.
For any other students of German I would also recommend watching a lot of the original Inspector Rex series, as well as pretty much any film starring Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger and Thomas Kretschmann.
I have also discovered a series of podcasts called ‘Mission: Berlin’ which I found really helpful when picking up basics. Just a warning it’s a very corny kind of time travel adventure story, but I’m a massive Doctor Who fan so I love that kind of thing. You can find them here, or you can download everything through iTunes. There’s one for French and Polish as well if you’re into that.
Anyway this blog will serve to keep you updated with my obsessions with photography, movies, travel, attempts at learning a new language, new work exploits and the random musical adventures my editor and I go on writing and shooting for music website Push to Fire.
That’s all for now, see you soon!
Listening to: Yellowcard, Grinspoon
Watching: Django Unchained, The Edukators
Reading: German textbooks
Current man-crush: Thomas Kretschmann