When taking a look back at the recent weeks and months, it becomes apparent that I have not been present on here a lot … However, I very much intend to keep this blog going, although recently, I did not manage to make a proper update or keep myself current with other blogs I usually read. I hope you will forgive me.
One year ago, I wrote a post in which I declared 2012 to be the year of playing, to achieve a better work-play balance. Now, by the beginning of 2013, I must admit that the playing part did not work out quite as planned … However, 2012 has been a balancing act, just not in the sense I had desired. Some playing took place more or less regularly, at least.
~ me playing a little bit of Beethoven ~
With the piano, I refreshed some classical pieces I like to play, and I started to take jazz piano lessons in April. Since then, I have continued to practice chords and scales, and the stuff is actually getting into my fingers, contrary to my initial expectation. A little later, I decided to start playing the guitar, to be more independent from my piano. Guitar playing is fun but also quite painful, as everybody knows who has endured the initial playing on fingertip blisters. Finally, 2012 was the year in which I started composing, and since June, I have written a couple of pieces and also recorded some of them already. Other pieces are still waiting to be properly recorded. All of these things are good for me and make me happy, therefore they shall be continued and deepened in the time to come.
A major outcome of 2012 was the finishing of my studies. After months of final exams, I finally graduated by the beginning of December.
~ me on the day of my last exam (in the bathroom of the clinical psych department) ~
The exam phase was very stressful for me, because I started it while still doing the last corrections on my thesis and running a research project simultaneously, to manage to graduate before the end of the year. When I finally submitted my thesis in summer, I was quite exhausted already and still had almost half a year of final exams lying ahead. The exhaustion got so bad in autumn that there were weeks when I could hardly concentrate at all, which I tried to compensate for by pulling all-nighters and squeezing stuff into my head on the adrenaline rush preceeding an upcoming exam. In the end, everything went well though, and now I finally have a diploma in psychology (which equals a Master’s degree).
However, life did not slow down after my graduation, and I ended up getting sick with a bad bronchitis shortly before Christmas. All visiting-the-family plans had to be redefined, because I spent Christmas Eve sick and in bed and could not go home before the 25th of December. At least, I managed to start the annual Christmas chocolate production in the week before, and turned this …
… into this.
The biggest and most wonderful surprise awaited me at the very end of the year, however, and for that reason, I made a New Year’s Eve dinner for two this time.
So this was it for now. I hope I could give you at least a slight idea of what has happend over here. But now it is time to look forward to a new year, and I am happy to say that I am really looking forward to everything to come.
Happy 2013 to all of you!