Another year is coming to an end and it has been a long time since I took the time to write a blog-post. But just as in the previous years I want to continue the nice tradition to reflect on the past year and highlight its good and its bad moments and draw some learnings from it.
Did you know that only 2.1 percent of all working parents both work full-time? For me this number sounded incredibly low – but looking closely at my own experience and what I have seen and heard from other working moms, it actually comes as no surprise that most women withdraw, often reluctantly, from their until then successful careers. It's the year 2021 and we are still dealing with a severe parents-career-gap. How is this possible?
A crazy year has come to an end: my little one is turning one next Monday, Germany has finally started vaccinating people against covid, my next parental leave is about to begin in January and I finally feel like writing a blog post again. So I thought this is a good opportunity to write my own personal review of this year, month by month, to conclude with it and reminisce about all that has been good, bad, funny or utterly shocking and what I learnt through all of this.
If I have learnt anything from being pregnant and giving birth it is that we should be way more grateful. Every day without severe pain or physical restrictions is a good day; every day when all your loved ones are happy and healthy needs to be cherished; every day you are able to enjoy good food and have enough of it is a gift – but we tend to forget that.
This December is very special for me because nine months of pure pregnancy fun (wink wink) are coming to an end and I must say: I have severely underestimated the process of producing a human being in one’s own uterus. So, in order to celebrate and anticipate the soon ending of my pregnancy, I have composed a list of the top ten things I am looking forward to about not being pregnant anymore.
East side gallery in Berlin This is my sixth week of bed rest prescribed by my gynecologist due to premature labour. And let me tell you: although it might seem pretty "chill" to be officially allowed to lie around all day in PJs watching Netflix, reading books and ordering stuff from the internet – if …
Have you seen the movie "Ex Machina"? If you have, you might remember the gorgeous nature-setting where the secret KI-research facility was located that serves as the movie's main site. I can still recall pretty specifically how fascinated I was by the lush greenery, the beautiful mountains, the waterfalls and the secludedness of it all …
This summer one of my travel-dreams finally came true: we went to Norway for two weeks! Read this if you are interested in suggestions for your Norway-cation (wink wink) This summer one of my travel-dreams finally came true: we went to Norway for two weeks! Read this if you are interested in suggestions for your Norway-cation (wink wink) or simply if you're in the mood for looking at beautiful pictures..
At first, it seems like such a simple question, but for me the definition of what a "career" really is has changed throughout the jobs I have had so far in my life. Four jobs and four very different angles on a goal that almost everybody strives for.
And then suddenly you are pregnant. One random morning before work you pee on a stick, see the little second pink line in the control window and realize: everything will change now. And as if this mental load that you have to carry around for three months without being able to tell anyone else than …