في المتحف الفن الإسلامي

This week I made a trip to the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin. It was very nice, although I expected it to be a lot bigger than it was. After the museum I went shopping and bought some nice clothes.

As you can see in the title of this post, I am still working very hard on practicing my Arabic skills. It’s getting slightly better, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I want to become really good in Arabic and this takes time.

This week was very nice, cause I had a lot of free time and a lot of opportunities to think about my future, make plans and everything. Next week my dance courses start again. It was nice to have a break of them.

I reconsidered my future and I decided to not only become a web-developer, but to also study Python. That is a very mighty programming language and it will give me more possibilities to make money online.

I want to become a freelancer and travel the world. I will start by registering for couchsurfing and make a first trip in Germany and then in Europe. My ultimative plan is to go to the Middle East. Dubai, Jerusalem or Istanbul are places that attract me a lot.

I hope that I will be brave enough to fullfil this dream.

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Internet Famous

It is truly fascinating how much time and effort I put into pursuing and pushing my career as a belly dancer. My website has 120 posts and 26 pages and that is for the German part only. I also translated a lot of posts into English. On this blog I have 218 posts. Isn’t that a lot of work? How many hours did I spend creating content for those websites and now everything is history. How can I proceed without all of this being wasted?

Of course, I will leave everything as an archive for myself and everyone who enjoys watching the videos. But besides that? What can I do to somehow pursue an artistic lifestyle? Of course, I need a job to make money. But besides that I need an output for my creative energy. I feel that my motivation is coming back. I just need a way to reintegrate it in my life.

I have always loved working on my projects in my leisure time. That’s why I wanted to make it a full time job. But it didn’t work out. Now I need to find new ways to handle everything that I’m capable of. There are two things that I really want to do, but I don’t know if I have enough time to do so. The first thing is vocal coaching and the second thing is a tandem partner for learning Arabic.

What I already did was creating a mastermind group to help me achieve my goals. We have met one time till now and I hope that this will be a helpful institution. Besides that I am blogging on a daily basis and here of course every week. That is the plan. I would really love to be one of those internet famous people, but I don’t see that I can achieve this any time soon. I say internet famous because of this video. If you didn’t see it by now, do so. It is a must watch!

My non glamorous life

It’s been a week since I promised regular postings and here I am not knowing what to write. This blog was supposed to be a place for my glamorous life, but now I don’t have a glamorous life anymore. I guess you have to get used to a new me.

I could start describing the life that I am living right now. I work part-time in a software company. We do E-Commerce. I am working as support agent, but I also do a lot of HTML and CSS work. I decided to do a further education in Web-Development and I’m gonna start with this in October probably.

I am still giving dance classes in our studio and I am learning the Arabic language. It gives me great joy to study and practice it. I still dream to move to Dubai, but I don’t know if I will really do it. I hope that I can visit the city next year and then decide if I like it or not.

As you see I lead a normal life and it is not glamorous at all. I didn’t do any photo-shootings for ages and I don’t know when I will find the time to do one. I will continue posting great pictures of me, because I still have some old ones that are pretty good.

I still live in Berlin. I like my home, but I also dream of leaving it and seeing more of the world. I hope that I can do that soon. After I finish my Web-Developer training, I want to become self-employed and I hope that I will have better chances to travel then. Right now I’m lacking the money and also the bravery.

Dare to give up

It’s been a while, since we talked the last time. I hope you still remember me. I am the girl who tried to be a professional bellydancer and from what I can tell you now, I failed miserably and I am not going to recover in that domain. But wait. How did I get here?

The last year has been VERY bad for me. I had a nervous breakdown and spent the whole summer in hospital. I had to give up on my self-employment. I gave up all my hope and lived in total despair for quite a while. Now I am getting better and start dreaming again and have a vision of a better future for me.

I am not sure where my life will go, but one thing is sure: I don’t want to be a belly dancer anymore. I am completely done with that topic. Fed up. I have been disappointed so many times, that I cannot enjoy this anymore. I need to find something new to work on.

Long story short: I quit. I give up. I can’t do this anymore. I don’t enjoy dancing anymore and I can’t pretend that I do.

I am still interested in Arabic culture and I am still learning the Arabic language. I am starting to enjoy my life again and I feel better without the dance. Maybe it was never a true passion of mine, maybe I just did it, because it became a routine. It gave my ambitions a way to be embraced. It gave me something to be completely absorbed in. It gave me something to work on, something that I thought about most of the time.

But that is over. I can’t hear it anymore. I don’t want to see it anymore and I don’t want to do it anymore.

Please don’t tell me, that I need to try harder, that one should never give up on dreams, cause maybe that dream wasn’t mine. Maybe sometimes you change and you don’t want to pursue something that you liked before.

I feel that there is a big pressure on people to be successful with something and to keep going no matter what happens. Believe me, I am the Queen of not-giving-up. I tried it for so many years. I worked so hard. I pushed myself to the limits. And I didn’t see that there is no perspective and I am heading nowhere.

I will be happy to say, that I was an ambitious belly dancer in my youth. Of course I am still young. But I will work on other projects now. Weekly blog posts intended.