oh my gosh I am so sorry

Hello, Hola, Guten Tag!

It’s been a WHILE since I have pushed out a blog post, and I have really  been meaning to write one, but I just haven’t. I am currently on my train to Berlin for my End of Stay Camp! :)))) The WiFi isn’t the greatest, but I will try to write one big blog post about the MAJOR things I have been unto since my last post.

Again so sorry for being inconsistent lol.

Until Then!

Stay Gold,

-Jocelyn M

 

The Guten Tag Vlog

Hello! Hola! Guten Tag!

Ok. So. I had the idea of vlogging long before I had started the Guten Tag Blog. Recently I thought it would be interesting for all of you to actually get to see what my life in Germany is like through more than just words and photos. Therefore, I have decided to try out vlogging! I am really excited, I think it will be something enjoyable for everyone who watches, while also pushing me out of my comfort zone and forcing me to explore more than I maybe would have before! I will let y’all know when I upload the first video, and if any of you have ideas, or requests for what I should do (maybe other than just a normal vlog) email me, DM me on Instagram, or leave a comment down below!

Until Next Time!

Stay Gold!

-Jocelyn

Halbzeitcamp in München!

Hello! Hola! Guten Tag!

I recently got back from my trip to Munich with my CBYX program for our Midstay camp! It was so much fun to see all of my other Americans, and get to explore a little bit of Bayern, even though it was much colder than the Düsseldorf area during this time of year.

I started my trip on February 25th. I left from Kempen around 9 AM to get to Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof. There I met my friend Shaila and we waited for our train to arrive. The ride was nice we talked about what had been going on in our lives recently, and how excited we were to see everybody. When we were about halfway through our train ride, before we needed to change, we arrived in Koblenz. I was so excited to get here because one of my best friends Saria was going to be boarding our train! I hadn’t seen her in six months, and was so ready to give her a hug!

When Saria got situated on the train we all started talking again. It was so surreal to be there with her in person. Saria and I will often talk on the phone, but it’s so different to talk face to face instead of over video. Somehow we got on the conversation of languages and a nice man who was sitting next to us joined the conversation, in English first, but later we all switched to German. It was cool to see someone who was interested in what we were talking about. Oftentimes a stereotype about Germany is that people won’t make small talk with strangers, and while I have found this to be mostly true, that does’t mean there aren’t exceptions. This man was definitely an exception. He was so kind, and it was cool to have a conversation with him.

When we transferred trains in Mannheim we were getting onto an ICE that had A LOT of the other CBYXers from NRW. I sat with Samantha, and got to say hello to a few other people. We later arrived in Munich, and made our way to the youth hostel that we were staying at! After everyone was signed in we all got to eat dinner together. The food at the hostel was pretty good, and I am happy that they had vegetarian options available for me. I had forgotten to email AFS about that, but it didn’t seem to be an issue.

On February 27th we got to ride from Possenhofen, where our hostel was, into the city of Munich. There we walked around and some of us went to an art museum. It was really interesting and had some nice pieces. Although a few of them seemed to be pretty dark. I really like to go to art museums because even if I don’t necessarily understand what the artist was trying to convey, I can still enjoy the fact that they put the time and effort into creating something.

After the art museum we all met up by the Rathaus for a small tour of the city. It was all outside, which was COLD! But the tour was all in German, so everyone was able to practice their German while learning something new about the city we would be staying at for a week.

After our tour of the city some of went to the Deutsches Museum. There was so much to see and so little time. Eventually Saria and I ended up in the Space and Astronomy section and just hung out. We even met a family from Arizona who was on vacation in Germany!

Throughout the week, when we weren’t in the city, we were at the hostel going through different presentations and group activities about the different rules of the program, and sort of ‘therapeutic’ sessions to talk about how our exchange year was going so far. This was not my favorite part of the camp, but it was required so I can’t complain. Especially because I was able to see all of my friends!

On March 1 we went once again from Possenhofen to Munich. This time we had the option to go to a German history museum, or a Jewish museum. I decided to visit the Jewish museum, it was very interesting and had a nice set up to it. Right at the beginning of the museum there were different comics about different things both in German and in English.

After the Jewish museum we all met up to go to a Synagogue. Unfortunately I am not able to post any of the photos from here, but the building was gorgeous. The ceiling was made out of glass so you could see the sunlight through it. A woman gave us a tour and we were able to explore a little bit on our own.

After the Synagogue we had some free time in the city. I went with Samantha, Charlie, and Ailish! We made our way from the Synagogue to a restaurant called Hans im Glück. It is a fairy tale themed restaurant that has delicious burgers! (Vegetarian and Vegan ones as well!)

When we made it inside the restaurant we were all excited because Charlie’s mom was coming to visit her! It was so good to be around an American mom! She was so sweet, and paid for our meals, if you’re reading this thank you so much again!

After we finished our burgers we walked through the city trying to find another restaurant that Sam wanted to go to. They sold vegan cinnamon buns, and they were delicious! After that we walked a little bit more through the city before making our way back to the hostel!

I forget exactly when this happened in the timeline of our midstay camp, but we did get the chance to meet with the Council General from the U.S. Consulate in Munich. He was very nice in answering all of our questions. It really interested me in researching more about governmental jobs involving foreign affairs! Who knows maybe one day in the future I will be back in Germany working at the Consulate!

On our last day in Possenhofen we held a dance. Everyone dressed up a little bit and we got to have snacks, and a bit of fun before leaving each other for three more months. It was nice, but I was also tired so I went to bed early. The next morning everybody woke up and brought their bags down stairs. We had one last meeting before we began to make our way towards the Munich Hauptbahnhof to catch our trains home. I got to hang out with Saria a little bit more before we said goodbye for what we thought was going to be the last time for three more months.

The ride back home was nice. I think I probably listened to music or watched something on my phone. When I got home I was exhausted, but it was so nice to be back with Annette and Christoph. Kempen really feels like a second home to me, and even the thought of leaving it in July makes me somewhat sad. I know that I will definitely be back to visit, but it’s not the same as living there for almost nine months.

Sorry that this post got out SO LATE. I don’t know what I have been up to. There should be more coming soon about things I have done after midstay. Until then!

Stay Gold!

-Jocelyn

Since Munich, and Easter Break

Hello! Hola! Guten Tag!

So since Munich not that much has happened, other than Easter Break, but I will fill y’all in any way! So on March 17th Samantha and I hung out in Cologne. There was a little bit of drama, which caused some awkwardness between a few people, but in the end I think it turned out okay. We got to hang out in the city, go thrifting, eat some DELICIOUS vegan burgers with the best vegan cheese in the world, and just goof off together. The next morning we did face masks and made some delicious yoghurt fruit bowls.

After that on March 23, I got to hang out with a friend from school to eat dinner for her birthday. We went to this delicious American restaurant that had a ton of decorations on the walls (kinda like Cracker Barrel) and played country music! As an American I can confirm that the food was pretty similar. On the way home, as we were waiting for my bus, we got to have a small photo shoot in Wachtendonk. For some reason my camera was being really weird and had an odd filter on it, I am blaming it on the ghosts haha.

March 25th was the first day of Ferien, or Spring Break! I road into Düsseldorf to pick up Saria! She recently switched host families, and is now moving from Koblenz to Bremen. So on the way she stopped by my house for a week to discover a little bit of North Rhein Westphalia. We rode our bikes around Kempen, got some ice cream, and had a photo shoot around town. The weather was so nice so we were able to wear shorts!

The 26th we spent the day in Düsseldorf! We naturally went to Sattgrün to eat, because I SWEAR it is some of the best food I have ever eaten. We stopped and got cupcakes from Sugarbird Cupcakes which is near the Altstadt, and Saria finally bought the Kånken she has been talking about buying.

The next day Saria and I had decided on riding our bikes into the Netherlands to a town called Venlo. We thought that it would be warm, because the weather in the morning in Kempen was, but oh were we wrong. Both of us wore shorts, and we both KNEW that it was going to rain later. But we still went. It took about and hour on the bikes to get there, its 12 miles away from my house.

Once we were in Venlo, after a few bumps in the road, we stopped in a park that we saw and had a picnic. It was so fun to people watch and eat our food out in the open. Even if it was freezing cold and both of us couldn’t feel our legs. Once we had enough of the weather we locked up our bikes and found the nearest cafe to get some tea and cake. Both of us got tiramisu and tea. We brought our diaries so we could each catch up on where we had last written.

Around 4PM we decided that we wanted to start riding back home, so we would be there before it was dark, and before dinner. We snapped a few photos and then began the journey back. This time we took a different route that seemed more through nature than along the highway. Maybe this wasn’t the best idea since my phone wasn’t fully charged, but we made it back safely.

As we were making our way through the woods it began to rain harder than it was before, but since there were so many trees we didn’t notice. Finally we were back in Kempen in the warmth of my house. We ate dinner and went to bed.

After Venlo we wanted to go into Bonn to visit another CBYXer, Hayley! She showed us around her city and we got to talk about a lot of deep stuff while still having fun! We went shopping, tried on dresses that were way to fancy and expensive for our needs, and stopped by the Haribo factory store before making our way back home! It was so fun to visit Hayley, and I hope to make it back to Bonn one more time!

The next day we made our way over to Essen where we met up with another CBYXer, Audrey! We met at Five Guy’s and ate together, and then started making our way to one of the largest Primarks in Germany. Along the way we stopped in various stores, but there was one that we stayed in longer than the rest. There is a vintage boutique that has a bunch of different dresses and clothes that are all styled like the 40s and 50s. They are all so cute, well made, and not as expensive as you think they would be! As a woman who loves dresses I was shocked at the prices!

The next morning Saria and I woke up early to make our way back to Düsseldorf so she could catch her bus to Dresden! The rest of the day I chilled, and packed my bags to go to Juist! Juist is a small island in the North Sea.

The day after we dropped Saria off my host family and I began our ride to Juist, we were accompanied by Annette and Christoph’s niece Paula. She is so nice and I am happy to have met her! I mostly slept the entire car ride, but when we were there, I was so excited to be out of the car and on the island. An interesting tidbit about the island is that there are no cars. People get around by bike, walking, or even a carriage.

After we had all put our bags away we took a small walk along the beach, it’s so pretty and it reminded me of New Year’s in Denmark! On Easter Sunday we all went on an “Easter Egg Hunt” but there were no eggs, just candy (which I was perfectly okay with hahaha). Most of the week we were able to relax. We went on walks, ate together, and all got to go on a Mudflat Hike! There is a part of the sea where all of the water is gone at the low tide and you can walk for a really far distance! We got to see different worms, clams, and walk through the North Sea, without any water! It was such an interesting hike, and was probably my favorite thing we did on the trip. There was a camera crew there who was recording a report on the Mudflat and all about the program that is served. (I will have to keep an eye out for it and put a link somewhere for you guys when it is up!)

After Juist we went to Rotterdam. Over the past months Annette has been training for a marathon. The last two days of our Easter Break was when she ran! The first day I had a little bit of free time to explore Rotterdam on my own, before leaving with my host Grandparents over to Pernis, which is where our hotel was. It was a small little town which was very cute!

The next morning we got to follow Annette around and cheer her on throughout the marathon. It was so cool to witness, and maybe one day I will try to run one as well! I loved the vibe that the city had. Maybe it was because of the marathon, or just Rotterdam in general, but it reminded me so much of the time that I was in Chicago. I fell in love with Rotterdam a lot quicker than I expected.

This past week I have been back in school. On Monday I went into Düsseldorf with Samantha for frozen yogurt because it is so warm right now! I am loving the spring weather that Germany is having at the moment. That is all for now!

Until next time!

Stay Gold!

-Jocelyn

 

Life Update: January and February 2018

Hello! Hola! Guten Tag!

January was both busy and uneventful at the same time. I know that everyone complains about how long January seems every single year so maybe that’s why, but I do still have some things to post. In my last general life update I ended it saying I was going to Hamburg with my school, and then Munich for my midstay camp!

I suppose I will start off talking about Hamburg. It was so fun to be able to see the city again, especially with friends from school. We got to sing in so many cool places, the Elbphilharmonie, the Elbtunnel, etc. I was able to experience things I didn’t get to when I was there in August. When I was in Hamburg was also the very beginning of my ever-growing Star War’s obsession.

After Hamburg I was exhausted, but it was okay because right after was my birthday! Right after school I went to Düsseldorf with Samantha for curry and some shopping! It was the first time I had seen her in person in a while so it was great to catch up. When I got back to the house my host family had set up a beautiful table with lights and little presents all over. The main thing I was really excited about was a journal though. I’ve been using it as a bullet journal to keep track of my life!

The day after my birthday was bittersweet. We had an AFS meeting, but it was one of our good friend Jien’s last day. She flew home to Malaysia the next weekend. It was really weird to think about the fact that I will have to be doing that in just six months. At the beginning of the year that seemed like such a long time, but now it’s the middle of the year and I only have six months left to explore Germany, and everything else I want to do.

On January 13 Annette, Christoph, and I were able to meet up with some friends and go see the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. It was too GOOD! The singing in this show is amazing. As a fan of both musicals and rock music I was very pleased.

At the end of January my friends and I got together to celebrate my birthday. We made dinner, talked, baked buckeyes, and had a good time! I was so glad to see all of them and was thankful that we got to spend some time together.

Finally February rolled around. On the 2nd Sam and I met up in Düsseldorf and went to this delicious restaurant called Sattgrün. They have completely vegan food in the restaurant, and everything tastes like heaven. Samantha and I had small photo shoot around the city after we ate. We listened to music, talked, and laughed with each other.

February third I made my way from Kempen all the way down to Frankfurt to visit a friend of mine from America! Nicole had been in Spain the previous week with her mom on a business trip, their return flight back to the states came into Frankfurt first, so we planned it so I would be able to come and visit for the day. I was so excited to see one of my best friends! She had brought me many different kinds of American foods I had missed, which I was very thankful for.

The following day we had to say our goodbyes, after an entire night of talking. After I saw them both off to the airport I made my way back in to the city to get some Chipotle. This was a big deal for me, I love Chipotle, and there is only one location in all of Germany. This location is in Frankfurt, where I was at. I was so excited!

There was one small problem, the mall that the Chipotle was in was closed. I had completely forgotten that it was a Sunday and that in Germany everything is closed on Sundays. Luckily I knew that Chipotle and the Plaza would both be opened that day, the question was just when. The doors to the Plaza were supposed to be opened and they weren’t. I tried to ask someone from a group of people standing at the door and waiting. When they responded I found out that they were deaf. They were still very helpful in making sure that I got into the Plaza.

It was so interesting to see how someone from America could communicate with someone from Germany, who couldn’t speak or hear German! They were so sweet and it was nice to meet them.

When I returned to the Hauptbahnhof I still had a little bit of time before my train back to Düsseldorf. I texted one of my exchange student friends who lived near Frankfurt and asked her how soon she could be there. She came in about twenty minutes and we got to hang out in the Hauptbahnhof together and talk before I needed to catch my train. It was so good to see her, and to have some company while waiting.

In the evening one of my friends Alivia and I had a sleepover and we both got to eat our Chipotle. It was so good, and it was nice to have another appreciative American to share it with. We had lots of laughs that night, and tried to watch the Super Bowl together, but it didn’t work out well.

February 10th Samantha and I had a sleepover together. This was the weekend of Karneval. We made a delicious dinner together and got to catch up, even though we see each other all of the time. As we left the house in the evening to try to go to a party at my school, we found out that we didn’t have all of the permissions that we needed to get in. In the end the both of us decided that it was too much work to try to get everything sorted out and still go, so we had another chill sleepover at my place.

The next day I woke up to get ready for Karneval in Düsseldorf with my friend Shaila. We painted our faces and got there just in time for the Parade on Rose Monday. It was so cool to see everyone dressed up on such a gorgeous day in Germany.

That evening Shaila stayed the night. Everyone from my AFS chapter must do a presentation on where we come from, all in German. Shaila’s was in February. She presented it in front of me and my host parents for practice, since we weren’t going to be there. It was so good, and I think both Shaila and I really bonded with my host family that evening.

On Valentine’s Day one of Annette and Christoph’s old exchange students came back to Germany to visit. Sharon was very nice and it was cool to see that next Summer when I come back with my brother and my mom it might be similar! February 17 we had a nice dinner with my host Grandparents, and some family friends, so that we all could say goodbye to Sharon.

The morning that she left we all went on a hike together as a family. It was gorgeous outside, and Germany had such great weather. Later in the afternoon I went into Düsseldorf, grabbed some Sattgrün, and saw Black Panther with Shaila. (Such a great movie!)

The 20th Samantha and I both went out to try some vegan Döner. It was so good! Samantha was happy to try it, because I think that almost everyone else from CBYX had tried it. After we got lunch we went out to see the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie. As we were running out of the movie theatre to catch our subway we accidentally ran through some wet cement that got all up in Samantha’s shoes.

On Saturday the 24th my wig came in the mail from Amazon! I wanted to try something new with my hair, but knew that if I dyed it then it would all break off. So I ordered a $15 wig off of Amazon, and I am impressed to say the least. It was funny seeing everyone’s reactions, as I didn’t tell them that it was fake at first. But I got so many compliments for the most part, and a handful of people asked me to actually dye my hair the baby pink color because it fit so well.

On Sunday I made my way to my Halbzeitcamp, which I will write about in a different post!

Until next time,

Stay Gold!

-Jocelyn

Q&A Responses!

Hello! Hola! Guten Tag! A few posts ago I mentioned wanting to do a Q&A to answer any questions anyone had about well, anything, and here are my responses!

Q: Is the style of education/teaching significantly different from American schools?

A: I have actually found quite a few differences between the education and ways of teaching in America vs. Germany. For starters in America I feel that the teachers are always there to help you and remind you of anything. (When papers are due, when a test is going to be, what the homework was, etc.) While here in Germany the teachers seem to put a lot more expectation and responsibility of the student in this area. And if you as a student don’t know when something is then you better have a friend who does or else you’re going to be lost. Another big difference I have seen is in the responses that students give to questions. In America often times it’s perfectly ok to give short answers to a question, unless of course it is a class discussion, but here in Germany almost every student gives an in-depth answer on the subject at hand.

Q: How do you feel about the ‘norms’ or the way students treat each other? 

A: I feel like before I came many people told me that at first glance Germans can seem somewhat closed off, or indifferent to you as an exchange student. This has not been the case for me! Everyone has been so welcoming and open to me being here. And I am glad to say that I have made quite a few friends at both schools I have attended here in Germany! As for social norms there are a few differences. One thing that I absolutely LOVE is that every morning when I see the friends that I am close to we will welcome each other with a hug. In America a simple ‘hello’ is enough, which is also okay! I think a lot of people told me that students were a lot more invested in school than social lives before I arrived, and while that may be partly true, I get the feeling that my school is very connected and everyone is there to appreciate and support one another. Overall I think the teenage German and school norms are pretty cool!

Q: Do you feel you can comfortably understand the lessons?

A: Comfortably? Maybe not yet. But I am getting there. In September I was completely lost, but I am learning more German day by day, and now I have gotten to the point where I can AT LEAST pick out the main topic of the class. I still have a long way to go with fully and comfortably understanding everything, but I am positive that by the end of the year I can get there!

Q: Would you consider a German school for your college education? 

A: Absolutely! I love Germany. The people, the culture, the language, the food. 😉 And I definitely feel like college seems a lot more affordable here than in the United States. That being said I am still not entirely sure what I am looking into as a degree, and I have no idea what kind of scholarships I could be offered next year when looking at colleges in America. Germany is definitely on my list, but I am not completely sure if it would become a reality. I think it would definitely be a lot cheaper to study abroad while in Europe. And I definitely would want to study abroad again while in college. Who knows?

Q: How is the weather/climate different from where you live in the US? 

A: I always tell people the weather in Ohio is pretty similar to where I live in Germany. I believe that Germany probably gets more rain than where I live in the US, but there are no drastic differences. The temperature is about the same most of the time.

Q: What do you like the most about Germany?

A: This is so hard! EVERYTHING?! I would probably have to say my favorite thing about Germany is the language. I truly do think it is beautiful and I love having the opportunity to learn it in the country its spoken in. And if not the language than all of the wonderful friends that I have made, and my amazing host family!

Q: What do you miss most about the US? 

A: My best friend. I have made so many amazing friends here in Germany, and I love each and every one of them, but if I am being completely honest I miss my bestie. She’s always there for me and I feel like I can talk with her about anything, even if it’s REALLY crazy. I’m definitely so excited to see her (along with all of my other friends), my family, and the little coffee shop in our town.

Q: Anything you were surprised about when you arrived in Germany?

A: How much English was spoken. Especially in the beginning when my German was really bad, or if I am in the city. Once someone figures out I am not really German they automatically switch to English and I have to ask them to speak in German.

Q: What is your current obsession in Germany?

A: Um…FOOD? Hahaha just kidding. My host family recently took me to see the new Star Wars movie. So probably the entirety of Star Wars, they’re all on Netflix so I’ve been rewatching them.

Q: What is the biggest similarity and the biggest difference you have noticed about Germany and the US? 

A: Hmm. Good question. I really think that both Germany and the US can really be into sports. (As to which sport may be different.) The biggest difference I have noticed is first, the architecture. People have inhabited Germany far longer than the US so I have been able to visit some buildings that are older than the United States. And second is probably the way patriotism is shown. A lot of Americans are openly patriotic, whether its hanging the flag on your front porch, having a bumper sticker, or wearing a tee-shirt many Americans wear how patriotic they are on their sleeve, which is okay! Here in Germany its a little bit different. You won’t find as many flags hung by people’s houses, from what I have heard the national anthem is really only sung during soccer games, and I haven’t seen one German wearing a tee shirt with anything promoting Germany on it. Which is also okay, especially when you look at the history of BOTH countries you can see how the mindset of expressing patriotism has developed within the minds of the citizens.

Q: How is the German culture?

A: Pretty cool! I love how environmentally friendly Germany is! I also really appreciate the directness of the people. I honestly thought that Americans were pretty direct, but when I think side by side sometimes we can be pretty indirect people. I like how most of the teenagers here are really mature, and the fact that they have the ability to use PUBLIC TRANSPORT!

Q: What is the best food, not necessarily German, that you have tasted while on your travels?

A: One of my favorite things I have had in Germany is Fischbrötchen, which is basically a fish sandwich, but also not. I had it at the Hamburg Fischmarkt so the fish was SO fresh and delicious, and the Brötchen was baked perfectly and it was just so delicious.

Q: How is Christmas celebrated where you are? And how is it different from the US? 

A: Christmas in Germany is almost a two month-long ordeal. In the middle of November the Weihnachtsmärkte begin to pop up in the big cities. Here you can buy little trinkets from all of the vendors that are lined up, drink some Glühwein (or Punch), and listen to live music. As for the actual holiday, Christmas is mostly celebrated on the 24th instead of the 25th. The Christkind will come and deliver all of the presents under the tree and the family sits around and opens them. A traditional German Christmas dish is Potato Salad, but GERMAN STYLE none of that American nonsense. Things that are different to how I celebrate in the US are that in the States my family doesn’t buy a real tree, on the 24 my entire family celebrates with a big feast (yes I am calling our dinner a feast), and then on the 25th is when my brother and I open our presents from my mom. I enjoy Christmas in both countries though!

Q: What is the hardest German word for you to pronounce? 

A: Eierschalensollbruchstellenverursacher and I REALLY want one of these to bring back to America! (I have trouble sometimes with the ‘R’ sound in German, and the ‘ch’ and ‘chen’ and ‘s’ and ‘ß’ differentiation.)

Q: What has been your favorite moment so far? 

A: I can’t think of one moment that triumphs the rest for being labeled the ‘best’. I will say that some of my favorite moments are when I randomly get the feeling, or reminder per se, that I am in Germany. I am leaning this language. I am successful, and I am always growing into a better person every new day. Just the feeling of being proud of where I am and what I am doing make the best moments.

Q: Is it fun speaking German?

A: Most of the time! I really like the language, and think that it is interesting to learn the ins and outs of it. But there will always be moments where I want to give up, or I just HATE the fact that I can’t tackle a conjugation, sentence structure, or pronunciation. But that’s all part of the learning curve, and once I do get those things down it’s always a lot more motivating! Overall I believe that speaking German is a lot more fun than speaking English…but don’t tell anyone. 😉

I think these are almost all of the questions that were submitted! Thank you for sending them in, I really had a lot of fun answering them. If you ever have any other questions about anything feel free to message me, email me, etc.

Until next time!

Stay Gold!

-Jocelyn

Goals for 2018

Hello! Hola! Guten Tag!

This blog post is going to stray from life in Germany a bit, because today I want to talk about New Year’s Resolutions. Now normally I am one of those people who say, “I won’t make a resolution because I don’t think I will be able to keep up with it.” I don’t like to set myself up for disappointment. But this year I am truly motivated to rethink everything in my life and ask myself, “Does this (insert object, relationship, social media, song, etc.) bring me Joy?” I already consider myself a pretty happy human being, and I try my best to spread joy to the other people inhabiting the Earth, but I think I can do better. For myself, and for others.

I want to cut out the bad in my life, so I can give myself the space, time, and nutrients to grow, and blossom. I will be turning 17 in just a few weeks, and while yeah, I am still a kid, I am also my own human being. I am responsible for myself, my actions, my words, and how I want to feel about the world. And I want to feel HAPPY about who I am right now, who I will look back at when I am 80 years old in a rocking chair, and how this will shape who I am in the future.

My blog is called The Guten Tag Blog. Guten Tag means “Good Day” and I know that it’s virtually impossible for every day of my life to be amazing, wonderful, and exciting, but I still can find one thing that made me feel safe, comforted, happy, or warm inside! And that my friends, can make every day a good day.

Things that come along with being happier about who I am, and how others view me, comes along with eating healthier, exercising a bit more, cutting off social media every once in a while, and being nicer to other people. I am so excited for 2018. I changed a lot in 2017, and I can tell that 2018 is going to be a good year.

I stated before that I don’t like to set myself up for disappointment, and normally having a list as big as this and even life changing, would have made me say “NO!” because I knew that I would have messed up or had bumps in the road. Well yeah, there are going to be bumps in the road. I am going to mess up, and sometimes I am going to hate trying to work for these goals I have made for myself. But I also know that this year I can be nice and forgiving to myself, while still being ambitious and motivated. Because I KNOW there are going to be bumps in the road, but knowing that means I can prepare for those, and how to move on from them.

I hope that every one had an amazing Holiday Season! The next blog post should be my Q&A! So if any of you have any more questions please message me, or email me about them!

Until next time!

Stay Gold!

-Jocelyn

(P.S. I designed this really cute quote square, how do you like it?)

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