Just a German Girl in London: 32 Great Reasons to Move Abroad #livingabroad

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MyNutShare – Just a German Girl in London – Living Abroad

Thanks everybody for your great and positive feedback to my latest blog post You are so lucky to live in London. Here are some reasons why I think  it’s great to live abroad or travel as much as you can.

  1. You get to know yourself very well.
  2. You’ll stretch your mind because you continuously have to get out of your comfort zone
  3. You’ll experience a lot of challenges. This is tough. But when you achieve to manage those you will feel soooooo, soooooo good
  4. You’ll find pleasure on little things that you wouldn’t have thought to matter
  5. You’ll see, eat, experience continuously new things and everyday life can become pretty exciting
  6. You’ll miss home and learn to be grateful
  7. You’ll figure out who are the friends that love you and are there for you (of course, vice versa) no matter the distance
  8. You can receive parcels from home and exchange parcels, which is a great thing to do
  9. You’ll meet new people
  10. You’ll realise that a lot of people do have exactly the same experiences as you and therefore new friendships can sometimes build on a more intense basis – similarities connect
  11. You’ll feel home on more places than just ‘home’
  12. Heimat becomes something special – you will become sentimental and sometimes homesick but to head ‘home’ to see your loved gets you excited as a child on christmas
  13. You’ll relax  – you’ll have the chance to step back from expectations, cultural norms and figure out what you truly want
  14. Therefore you will become more independent and value more your own decision-making skills
  15. You can restart in a certain way – no one knows you anyway so you don’t have to deal with expectations or stereotypes
  16. You’ll have a lot tourist moments in the city / country you live in because you absorb things differently. When I lived in Germany I actually haven’t traveled too much within the country or did a lot of sightseeing within the cities I lived in, because I always felt I could do it later. But living abroad – especially if it’s for a limited time only, will create a certain sense of urgency to do so
  17. Your language skills will progress incredibly – simply because you have no other choice
  18. Distances will no longer matter that much
  19. You’ll become proud of your cultural ID while also …
  20. … growing into another culture. The world becomes your home.
  21. You’ll become more aware of cultural differences and learn to appreciate them
  22. You’ll learn so much by having friends from all over the world
  23. You’ll realise when talking to tourists how much you have learned – i.e. London transportation and the tube map and a lot of other things
  24. You can do whatever you want (of course, just the legal stuff) and many people wouldn’t even care as it’s more anonymous
  25. You’ll learn how to ask for help …
  26. … and while doing so get more confident in not having the perfect language skills
  27. Especially when you relocate or travel with a limited amount of luggage you’ll declutter and simplify your life.
  28. You’ll learn to focus more on collection of moments rather than clutter and stuff
  29. You’ll anyways find loads of cute stuff you want to take with you
  30. You’ll realise that things you are good at can be totally challenging because you don’t understand a word (i.e. for me an aerobics class) – and you’ll be so proud of yourself when you manage to participate anyways
  31. You’ll be surprised how people from different countries think about your home country and you’ll create great memories. I gonna share my favourite example with you. A friend of mine from Taiwan was totally surprised when I had a salat because she believed that Germans just eat sausages and meat.
  32. You’ll have conversations about things you would never think you could have a serious conversation about and you’ll totally enjoy it. And let’s be honest it’s great to get to know everything about other cultures when it’s shared from locals

What else do you think makes the adventure ‘living abroad’ so worthy? Let me know – either in the comments or drop me a message.

Lots of love,

Steph xx

What is Attitude?

Hello everybody,

Stephanie (My Nut Share)
Stephanie (My Nut Share)

ever felt pleased when someone told you ‘I love your attitude’? I did, absolutely. However, I did not really know what my ‘Attitude’ exactly is. So, I thought I will need to find out. Here is what I found:

 What is Attitude?

A Definition of ‘Attitude’ by Business Dictionary: “A predisposition or a tendency to respond positively or negatively towards a certain idea, object, person, or situation. Attitude influences an individual’s choice of action, and responses to challenges, incentives, and rewards (together called stimuli). Four major components of attitude are (1) Affective: emotions or feelings. (2) Cognitive: belief or opinions held consciously. (3) Conative: inclination for action. (4) Evaluative: positive or negative response to stimuli.

OK, so, this is a lot …  let’s get a bit more into this.

Eagly and Chaiken (1993, 1) defined attitude as “..a psychological tendency that is expressed by evaluating a particular entity with some degree of favour or disfavour”. This means when a certain event is happening you will react (think, feel, behave) in a certain way.  This reaction or more the way HOW you are going to react is influenced by a more positive or slightly negative favour of reaction.

OK, so let’s look into the reactions (think, feel, behave) into a bit more detail with some examples:

Thinking: This is the cognitive component, i.e. what we believe and / or know about a certain event.

Example: I think elevators are dangerous, because the space is limited inside an elevator, it goes up to incredible heights and I have to trust in mechanics and technology.

Feeling: This is the affective component, i.e. the feelings and / or emotions we have about a certain event.

Example: I feel anxious when I have to use an elevator.

Behaving: This is the behavioral (or conative) component, i.e. the way we behave or act.

Example: I’d rather choose the stairs or I get sweaty hands and feel anxious when  I have to use an elevator.

Why does Attitude matter?

To answer this question I want to quote a page I just found and, which I think brings the whole thing to the point. Here we go:

A Good Attitude Is The Mother Of Success. Your attitude determines how you’ll be in a future situation, independent of the circumstances that present themselves. If you have a “go-getter”, positive attitude at work, then you’ve decided before circumstances present themselves that you’re going to come out on top. This powerfully shapes how you encounter different situations. The locus of control is within you, not your environment. You’ve predetermined the outcome even before the game has begun.” (For more check out: http://www.positive-thinking-principles.com/what-is-attitude.html)

Having an internal Locus of Control means you believe to be responsible for your actions and the outcomes of those. Things do not happen to you or are results of luck or destiny  (this would be an external Locus of Control) but you make the things happen! A rule of thumb indicates ‘Your success depends 10% on what happens to you and 90% on how you react’.

With this been said – let’s take action and let’s make things happen!

P.S. I DON’T hate elevators 😉