What I want to DO with my life

So, last week’s Sunday Chat was all about dreaming big and seemed to have appealed to a lot of you. I never got so many private messages and compliments on a column before – thank you very much for the flowers. For today’s column I though it’d be only fitting to go more into detail about what dreaming means to me, what I want to do with my life and tell you a bit about some life goals of mine. And this topic perfectly goes with the new campaign of one of my all time favorite brands – DOPandora.

I do want to state that the jewelry worn in the pictures was kindly given to me by the lovely people of Pandora, however, this is not a paid collaboration of any kind. I simply received their press release telling me about their DOPandora campaign and immediately fell in love with it. Their statement and mission is one I can totally get on board with. Pandora has been a brand that I’ve been loving and wearing for years, however, I never really knew about their mission or anything else behind the brand. Seems like they’re really cool, though, trying to be sustainable and supporting women all over the world. Their jewelry is not only pretty to look at but also empowers women and wants to inspire them to find their voice and speak their minds. And THAT is something I can support 100% and wanted to share with you.

“DO is a celebration of every moment in a woman’s life, whether big or small. DO encourages women to embrace their passions and their dreams, whatever their age, to tell the world how they think and feel, and most importantly, to stand up for what they believe in.”

My dreams, hopes, and life goals

I personally find it very important to have a clear goal in mind when approaching life. I do have no idea where this crazy journey that life is will lead me to. However, I do know there are certain things I want to celebrate, accomplish, and or build. And some of these “life goals” I want to share with you today.

WRITE A BOOK – Thinking back, this has always been a big dream of mine. Coming up with a story, writing it down, and publishing it, is something I desperately want to do one day. Now, I know that I am nowhere near ready to do so right now. There is a story buried in my mind that wants to be shared with the world, though. I’m only just waiting for the perfect moment to write it all down. Either way, one day or the other I want to proudly hold my own book in my hands – no matter if anyone but me really wants to read it. Haha!

TICK OFF (EVERYTHING) ON MY TRAVEL BUCKET LIST – Travelling is a big passion of mine. And while, at the moment, I might not have the budget to approach the big items on the travel bucket list (read: Africa, Australia, South America, Asia, …), I want to use my remaining time as a student to see a little bit more of Europe and the country I call my home. Traveling is pure gold for the soul and personal growth.

LIVE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY – Yup, this perfectly goes with the travel life goal before. However, I think traveling alone isn’t enough when it comes to learning things about yourself and other cultures. So one day, I want to live in a foreign country for a while and experience the whole expat experience. Maybe I can combine this with an internship for a big magazine (another goals of mine) – if you know anyone who needs an intern, holla at this gal.

LEARN TO FLY A PLANE – This one certainly is on the more unrealistic side of things because, a) is it utterly expensive and b) am I not even a good driver. However, learning to fly a plane has been something I’ve wanted to do forever. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll actually board a (small-ish) plane not the usual way but actually fly it myself. Wouldn’t that be super cool?

BE CONSISTENT – It’s not only the big dreams, that make life worth living, though. A small thing I’ve ALWAYS wanted to learn is to be consistent. I’m so impatient and very easily lose interest in a cause. And that applies to every area of my life. So I definitely want to learn to be more disciplined and consequent, be it with my nutrition, work-life balance, or anything else in life.

To me, dreams aren’t only what keeps you awake at night and roams your thoughts by day. It’s things that drive you forward. Visions of who and where you want to be. They motivate me. They humble me. And they make me work harder. Dreams give me the confidence to stand up and speak my mind.

There’s this quote that says “if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough”. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. Your dreams should not limit you and the way you approach life. Your dreams should give you wings. It might take courage and hard work to spread those wings, but girl, you are so going to be where you always wanted to be if you only believe in yourself the magical power of your dreams.

WHAT I’M WEARING: Pandora Earrings*, Pandora Rings (1,2,3,4)*, Pandora Bracelet*, Daniel Wellington Watch*, ASOS Bodysuit, H&M Cardigan, ASOS Skirt, H&M Tights;

What do you think about the DOPandora campaign and my new jewelry pieces? And what are some goals you desperately want to reach in life? Let’s talk in the comments below!

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  • Beautiful post, I love this campaign idea – I think it’s so important to dream big and to not give up on our dreams! I’ve never known what I want to do ‘when I grow up’ and that’s always scared me and recently I’ve just had this urge to travel and blog and it’s got me so excited – that I literally can’t sleep, and I think about it all day (so when I read that I thought yes this is my dream now!) and even though it’s scary and new and potentially not meant to be, I’m so ready to try and give it my all! I just want to get out and see the world and have fun!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

  • Die BILder sind so schön geworden! 😍😍 Und die Kampagne und den Schmuck finde ich auch toll. Deine Ziele sind sehr interessant, besonders dass du ein Buch schreibn möchtest kann ich gut nachvollziehen, denn das würde ich auch sehr sehr gern. Ich find’s auch echt cool dass du schon so ein genaues Bild hast, mir persönlich schwirren zwar immer unzählige Wünsche oder Ziele im Kopf herum aber 100%ig sicher bin ich mir eigentlich nur dass ich umbedingt einmal meine eigene Praxis haben möchte – und mir die Harry potter studios in London ansehen will. Vielleicht nehm ich mir die Woche aber mal Zeit und überlege was mir sonst noch wieklich wichtig ist.
    Toller Post und alles Liebe,
    Valentina :)

  • I would love to write a book someday too – there are so many things I want to do so desperately that I try not to get overwhelmed in trying to do them all at once! It would be so cool if you learnt to fly a plane – you never know one day you might have the money to be able to do it!
    Amy xx

  • ein wunderschöner Post und so tolle Worte, ich teile deine Meinung total. Zu Träumen heißt nicht, das es nur Träume bleiben müssen. Ich finde es so wichtig Ziele zu haben und dafür zu arbeiten. Die Bilder sind super schöne geworden und der Schmuck ist richtig toll! Pandora hat immer eine schöne Auswahl und ist ebenfalls genau mein Geschmack.

    Liebe Grüße, Verena

  • I have always loved Pandora’s empowering brand messages – and obviously the beautiful jewelry too! All of these are amazing goals, especially living in a foreign country! I lived in New York a few years back for the summer and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made, next on my list is Barcelona! Also, if you wrote a book I would totally buy it >:) Immy x


  • Liebe Kerstin!

    Die Fotos haben wir beide bombastisch hinbekommen. I love it :)
    Und dein Text, inspirierend wie immer. Das mit dem eigenen Buch kann ich dir nur ans Herz legen. Mach es! :) Es ist ein wunderbares Gefühl, sein eigenes Werk in Buchform in den Händen zu halten. Bei mir ist das ja schon ein Zeiterl her und hey, zumindest einige Freunde und Verwandte wollten es lesen und ein Verlag hatte Interesse, aber ich habe es abgelehnt, weil ich alles umschreiben hätte müssen. Without me :) Aber es ging nicht darum, es zu veröffentlichen. Es ging darum, einfach diese Storys, diese Ideen auf Papier zu bringen und es ist nichtsdestotrotz ein wahnsinnig schönes Gefühl :)
    Falls du wen suchst, der dir beim Cover hilft, Fotos etc. ich hoffe, du meldest dich dann bei mir :)

    Mehr von der Welt zu sehen, ja, das möchte ich auch und ich hoffe, wir werden beide noch wunderschöne Plätze auf dieser Welt kennenlernen. Und ich hoffe, du erreichst auch dein Ziel, eine Zeit lang im Ausland leben zu können :). Das mit dem Fliegen kann ich zwar nicht so ganz verstehen, was wahrscheinlich wegen meiner Flugangst der Fall ist, aber wer weiß, auch wenn es jetzt unrealistisch erscheinen mag, vielleicht bekommst du irgendwann die Chance, aber sei mir dann bitte nicht böse, wenn ich dann nicht mitfliege ;) hihi Scherz beiseite.

    Ein ganz, ganz toller Post :-*


    • Ach Lisa, ich freu mich immer so sehr über deine lieben Kommentare!! Oh das glaube ich dir, es geht ja auch gar nicht darum viel Geld damit zu machen sondern einfach mal den Wunsch zu erfüllen und einfach los zu schreiben und das ganze dann in Händen zu halten. Hach!

  • Hallo liebe Kerstin,

    als ich diesen Artikel gelesen habe, dachte ich mir nur, “wow!! Wir haben die gleichen Wünsche!!”
    Ein Buch zu schreiben, viel zu reisen, im Ausland leben und sogar zu fliegen, zwar nicht ein rießen großes Flugzeug aber ein Hubschrauber tuts auch ^^
    Du hast recht und das höre ich so oft, Träume die dir Angst einjagen, helfen dir zu wachsen.
    Wir haben noch die ganze Welt vor uns, solange wir uns nicht selbst aufhalten.

    Ich wünsche dir viel Erfogl bei der Durchsetzung deiner Wünsche und ein schönes Wochenende.

    Liebe Grüße

    • Vielen lieben Dank Leonita. Das klingt so cool – du hast absolut Recht, wir haben noch alles vor uns :) Hoffe du hattest ein tolles Wochenende.

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