Who am I? Well, you might not believe this, but I’ve actually given that question quite some thought. The message I took from all the “how to set up a successful blog” articles that I’ve read over the last couple of years is most clearly: decide who you and your brand are. Sounds simple, right? It’s not. And it kind of surprised me. So here are the simple facts about me. The ones I most certainly know.
My name is Nuria – and no, I’m not Spanish. One of my parents’ neighbors just happened to have a little girl called Nuria and my Mum really liked the name. I will be 25 years old in a bit over a month and am currently anticipating that birthday with mixed feelings. I spent most of my childhood in Zurich where, on average, we moved house about every 8 years. When you have a growing family and crazy landlords, that’s pretty much what you have to do. I have three little brothers, although the word little really doesn’t fit anymore as they are all taller than me now. My family means everything to me. Through ups and downs, they are my rock. Always.
I’d say, I was a good student all through high school, although physics and chemistry were never my strong suit. After graduating in 2011, I went on straight to university to study English Literature and Linguistics. Since you had to choose two subjects I studied German Literature and Linguistics as well. A good combination if you maybe – but not really – want to become a high school language teacher. I soon realized that German wasn’t really my thing which started my since ongoing search for what else to study and how to earn money. Eventually, I ended up doing my BA degree with English Literature and Linguistics as my major and Communication Sciences (is that how you call it?) and Politics as my minors. I am the most apolitical person, so the reason I chose Politics is a whole other story.
After a little detour, I got my BA diploma pretty much two years ago with grades that I’m still not really happy with. Could have done a whole lot better. But last minute revising for exams had kind of destroyed my dream of graduating with good grades. During my time at university, I worked at different places. Amongst other, I spent most of my free time working for a student organization called AIESEC where I met many different people and became more confident than I ever thought I could be. I will forever be grateful for that time.
Fast forward to today and my life is again quite different. I started my primary education’s degree two years ago and have been working part-time at a primary school for almost exactly a year now. What has changed drastically is that now, I’m working towards a degree which will guarantee – well, there is never a 100% guarantee – that I will find a job, which is/was the main reason I chose primary education over an English Lit masters. Taking this decision was really hard as I loved my English studies. But having an MA diploma in English Literature sadly doesn’t automatically fill your hungry stomach.
So here I am in August of 2017, living in my own flat together with my boyfriend, working 3 different jobs, emptying my bank account every month and really looking forward to 2019 when my primary education’s degree will finally be done and dusted.
These are the simple facts about me. The facts that I don’t have to think about as they are a given. But while these things are a part of me, I feel like they’re not really what make me me. So here’s my attempt of telling you about all the other bits and pieces that make me who I am. I want to apologize in advance for the randomness, but summarizing who you are is quite a hard thing to do.
I love books. That one is simple. And the reason I love books is that I love reading and telling stories. Ever since I was a little girl, I would “read” my brothers their favorite children’s books. I would make up random stories long after bedtime and keep them from sleeping. Many things have changed during my 25 years of life, but my love for stories whether they be written, told, shown or sang is still as strong as it was 25 years ago.
During the one year I have lived with my boyfriend now, I’ve found out that I am also really fond of making piles. Would you call that being messy? I’m torn because I think that piles are a very handy thing. The problem only arises when you have multiple piles all over your apartment that never get put away. So I apologize for that.
I don’t really have a green thumb although I love plants. For whatever reason tough, I always forget to water them. Sorry for that as well. 🙂
I love spending my Friday nights at home, eating pizza and watching a movie. The whole going out scene has never really appealed to me. I guess, I should apologize for that as well, as it is very weird for a 25 year old to never have been out clubbing and never have had a massive hangover because, up until recently, I never drank any alcohol. There’s something about losing control over what you do and say that just never spoke to me.
There are only 2 to 3 people that I would really call my friends, but they are quite enough for me. And I will forever be grateful that they have stuck with me until today. Because as they are well aware of, I suck at staying friends. For reasons that I have yet to understand, I tend to push people away after a certain amount of time. Which leads me to the next point.
Although I am a people person and enjoy being with friends, I also really can’t stand human beings most of the time. Now before you start raging about how that is a really rubbish thing to say, let me explain myself. I think that human beings can be awesome and do quite amazing things. They can be compassionate, self-less, funny, really bloody intelligent and creative and so many more things. But throw together a huge group of people and put me in the middle of them and I can guarantee you that after only a few minutes I’m going to want to run away. I just never felt confident and happy among large groups of people. So I’d much rather spend my time at home or with the little handful of people I know really well.
I would say that overall, I’m a fairly confident person. Most of the time, I know who I am and what I want or don’t want and don’t let myself be persuaded otherwise. Being the only 18 years old who’s not drinking at a graduation party should prove that point. 🙂
But while I know what I want out of life on the greater scheme of things – a husband, two to three kids, a house, a dog and a tree – I often feel lost when it comes to all the little things. Will I really ever be a teacher? Is that what I’m supposed to do? I’m not ready to have children yet and start that family, so what am I supposed to do now? I love writing and blogging, but can one really make a profession out of that? Will I have the patience to finish a degree at a school that I strongly dislike? I know I’d be a good teacher, but is it really my calling or just me settling for a secure job? I would love to travel the world some more and maybe even live abroad, but will I have time for that?
There are so many unanswered questions and sometimes they can be quite overwhelming. I also really don’t know why after 25 years of nothing really going to plan, I still make them religiously. Why? Maybe I need the potential security of making plans because they give me control over my life. At least in theory. Because in reality, no six months have been what I thought they would be. Something has always happened that made me change my plans and adapt to the new situation. I guess that’s life?
So as you can see, there are many different sides to me and these thousand something words are by no means enough to really describe who I am. Which is maybe why I struggled so much to give my blog a clear focus and find my “niche”. But you see, the thing is that I am my niche. I am me and there is only one of me out there. And when I searched the internet for blogs that really represent me, I never really found anything.
So here goes nothing.
If you, like me, are a twenty something year old woman – or man for that matter – who loves the simple things in life; who follows far too many mummy bloggers because she loves the things they talk about; who sometimes struggles to identify with all the other twenty something years old with their glamorous lives, beauty products and fancy coffeeshop visits; who prefers cuddling up on the couch with a good book to putting on makeup and going out; who – to be honest – isn’t all that good at applying makeup in general and who sometimes feels a bit lost because what they really want is something that the time just isn’t right yet. If you are someone like that, than I think this blog is the right place for you. As this will be the corner of the internet where we can share our “boring” daily life stories, talk about the things that worry us and the things that we are afraid of. I want this to be the place for all those people who are often overlooked, who think they have more insecurities than other, but deep down know that they are amazing.
I don’t know really what the game plan will be for this blog. The only thing I know is that I will post three times a week and that at the moment these days will be Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. With regard to contents, I will write about whatever feels right at the moment and about whatever feels right with me. You can for sure expect a bookish post every Saturday. But as for the posts during the week, they will range from travel itineraries (I just came back from 17 days in Sweden), favorite recipes (do you know HelloFresh?), ramblings about life, memories, thoughts, organization tips (does anyone else organize all their things every time before uni starts only to abandon the organization system after two weeks?) and much more. I just love to write and share my stories with the world so that is exactly what I am going to do and I would love for you to join me on this journey.
If you’d like to talk to me some more and get to know me even better, I would love for you to say hi over on my Instagram or my Twitter. I even have a Facebook page, but as I’m not really much of a Facebook user myself, I think I’ll focus on the first two for now.
So yeah. That’s that for now. I apologize for the rather long and rambling post and congratulate you if you’ve made it to the end. We’ll hopefully see each other again on here on Wednesday and until then I would love for you to tell me 2 or 3 things about yourself in the comments just so I can get to know you a little bit as well.