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Two years ago, I flew into Germany for a fresh new start after a roller coaster of a year. While I can’t say I have really slowed down, in many ways these two years have taught me things I never thought I would learn about myself.

I wrote about reflecting on one year abroad and why I moved abroad to Germany, in case you’d like to play catch up!

Long story short, I was looking for a way to explore a new country, go back to being a student,  build a long-term career in Germany and pretty much build a new life.

For as long as I’ve known, I’ve jumped into one thing after another. Even moving to Germany from India was somewhat impulsive and happened in a period of fewer than four months. However, in many ways, it was not.

I had for a long time yearned to head back to a European country after my semester abroad in Poland in 2013. Let’s just say the stars aligned in 2016 and I found myself moving to Germany for what I thought would be a “test period” of two years.

Moving Abroad Alone- What am I doing now and where am I headed?

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As some of you know, I came here to study a second Master in Economics and I’m almost done with it. I’ve really enjoyed being a student again, switching to a healthier (harder to follow) lifestyle, exploring different places in my holidays, making new friends, exploring a new culture, learning and speaking German and working at a German company all this while with no real responsibility except for paying my bills.

But I’m also kind of done with being a student.

I have to admit that I am the kind of person who does like some structure in her life. Even though I deal with uncertainty phenomenally well, I don’t WISH to deal with it anymore. Not in my professional life, and not in my personal life.

I’m turning 27 soon, and I really do feel like I’ve lived a tremendously lucky, dynamic and vibrant expat life in my 20’s thanks to my undying curiosity to learn, see and experience new things. I’d like to wind down a bit to build a solid base for my future.

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Professionally, thanks to the two years I’ve had to reflect on myself, I’ve cemented the fact that I love everything that has to do with Marketing. Even though I am an exceptional sales person (at least I think so hehe), the creative side of business makes me WAY happier.

Blogging semi-seriously and actually making it profitable for the last few months has also made me understand how much I love to produce content and I would continue to work on that long-term.

Luckily, I’ve been offered a kickass Marketing role at a company in Germany and it’s pretty much everything I wanted to do once I left university again. This time, with a much better idea of what I would get into than I had fresh after my MBA.

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Personally, I’m at a point where I’m really content with who I am, my life’s choices, the small group of people I love and adore, and I’m more than grateful for everyone who has supported me in my journey.

I no longer let other people/society define or affect my life’s choices or decisions (save a select few) and I have no desire to look back at my past with anything but gratitude. Some relationships have become stronger, some have disappeared altogether from my life, and some I don’t wish any longer to hold on to.

Life is to be lived in the here and now, and I’m going to focus my energy on doing exactly that.

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Blogging Update

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I think my favorite part of moving abroad alone to a foreign acountry has been the journey to document it and the platform this has now grown to. Even though until March of this year I only treated this blog as a journal about life abroad, deciding to switch from ‘Indian Girl in Germany’ to ‘Indian Girling’ three months ago has felt more of a business move than it has a hobby.

I now write exclusively around travel hacks and blogging tips to focus on millennials who would like to have it all. I don’t think you need to choose between traveling and your career. I don’t believe you need to quit one to do the other. Unless you MAKE it your job to travel the world, in that case, you have all my respect!

In just 3 short months, I’ve managed to recover the entirety of what I invested to switch from a hobby (free) platform to a self hosted (paid) website.

I’m so happy that my passion project is already a small side business and who knows one day I might be able to live off this blog alone. 😉

Like I explain here, blogging is a solid side business. One that needs time, effort and dedication to grow into a long-term gig, but with never-ending potential. I kick myself sometimes, why I didn’t get serious about this a few years ago already!

If you'd like to know how to start a blog, head here to get my free Blogging Starter Guide and Essential Toolkit.

Moving to Germany From India- Was It Worth It?

Aaah, the million dollar question.

The answer is Yes and No.

Moving to Germany or for that matter moving abroad alone to a new home seems like a magical fairytale life to many people, when it most certainly is not.

Magical. Maybe. Fairytale. Not so much.

Everything that I’ve known my ENTIRE life has been questioned in the last two years. I’ve had to learn a new language (make space for the chaos in my brain), understand a very different working culture, figure out day to day bureaucracy, adapt to meeting new people from a new culture, struggle with simple tasks such as going to a doctor or getting a haircut, unlearn everything I had from my past relationships and test my limits on how long I could go without seeing my loved ones.

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Yet, all of this has made me who I am and I’m so proud of who I am. Even more so, for being able to do, what the majority of the people I know wouldn’t. It wasn’t easy to leave behind a well established comfortable life in India to become a student again in a foreign land with zero backups and no guarantee anything would ever work out.

I took an extreme gamble, and well it paid off. The how, why, where, what may change and it may not be the same for you or another person, but for me, it HAS been worth it.

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Lessons Learnt
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I have written a post here on life lessons I learnt as an overachieving millennial girl here. 

But here are some others I’d like to highlight specific to the last two years I’ve had after moving to Germany-

  • Shit happens for a reason. Whether it’s God or the universe, listen to what it’s trying to tell you and follow your gut. It will lead you in the right direction.
  • If a person, a job or an opportunity leaves, LET IT GO. And no, if it comes back to you, it doesn’t mean it was meant to be yours. It just means it found no one else to take your place. Too little, too late.
  • You can either take a risk now, or regret not taking it ten years later. The choice is yours. We are the only ones standing in the way of our happiness, and little do we realise no one else can serve our happiness to us. We have to go running after it and chase it down one way or another. Blaming people or your environment for not getting what you want is only relevant for so long.
  • Jobs and money will come and go, people won’t. Learn to value what you have now and work on cherishing it. People that make your tribe are far and few in between and the right ones will find a way to stay. The wrong ones will find a way to hurt you and never own up to it or try to make amends. Like I said, keep the best, leave the rest behind!
  • You cannot have it all. Pick the battles you want to fight!

Elaborating on the last point above there are some things I absolutely dislike about Germany-

  • The slow speed of everything. Whether it’s opening a german bank account that takes one month, getting a doctor’s appointment, applying for resident permits or getting anything done in a reasonable time. As an Indian, this is THE most frustrating thing about living here but I’m trying to get less and less bothered by it.
  • The seriously ineffective medical insurance and treatment process. It seems like everything else, I must “plan” when I will fall sick or I may not receive treatment for weeks or months unless I call an ambulance and pretend it’s a fatal emergency. On the one hand, the socialistic system of medical insurance works really well for people who can’t afford medical care, on the other, it makes it impossible to be flexible and actually have access to quick treatment. I once considered flying back to India to get a pair of new glasses just because I had to change to a new prescription. NOT KIDDING.
  • The language challenge. Even though I’m blessed to have picked up German to the extent that I could also nail my job interviews (pat my back), it is still a continuous challenge to explain stuff like your medical history in German. There are some words German language dictionaries just DON’T teach you. And nowhere is the struggle more intense, than it is for specialist or technical vocabulary. I want to get a new driving license soon to be able to drive around for holidays, but the process itself is incredibly complicated. Not to mention learning 500 new words related to automobile parts is not sounding like a fun idea at the moment.
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Even though I have to deal with these challenges on a personal basis, I knew life would not be roses and wine when I decided to move abroad.

I’ve picked my battles, and I’ve decided to call Germany home for a few more years at the very least.

I feel safe and respected as a girl.

I have access to pretty much all of Europe at driving distance.

There’s no need to work more than the required hours and if I did, I know I would be compensated accordingly.

I get 30 official holidays and 13 public holidays a year. It doesn’t get better than that.

India will always be home, but for now, Germany is doing a good job in second place and I’m glad I get to call it home a while longer. 🙂

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