Life Update: What I´ve been up to in the last 15 months

Hello my beautiful friends, in my last blog post I gave you a little hands-up that I would be taking a break for quite some time, but no one expected me to leave for so long – neither did I! The past year has been such a rollercoaster for me and one of the most challenging journeys of my life. A few times I started writing a new blog post – in fact, I wrote this one at the 7-month mark but never posted it.

This blog has always been my creative output and the space for positivity and mindfulness, but I had no idea what to write or how to inspire, while my own mind was devastated. I didn´t want to increase my sadness by sharing it, so I paused. I waited and waited. I waited for the moment when the time would heal and fix all the damage that has been caused. I waited for the moment when I would feel like myself again. But the reality is, time doesn´t heal everything. Sometimes you must bury a dream and say goodbye to a loved one. Some times pass by and just because you wish they would be longer, you can´t pause or replay them. I´m sure all of you have experienced a similar feeling in the past. You´ve also wished and lost. I guess in the same way as I have changed in the past year, this blog might too. I´m not sure what kind of posts I want to write next, but as I´m typing these words I can feel such a relief of writing something. I can´t predict where life will bring me next, but I want to start sharing my journey again.

So, where did I move to?

I´m still an expat and some of you guessed correctly that I´ve been moving to the Netherlands. The beautiful city of Amsterdam has been my home for almost a year now. Moving to Amsterdam has been very different from my previous overseas experiences. Even though the country is in a lot of ways very similar to my home country Germany, I found it more challenging to settle in than it was in Chile, France or Australia. Even after almost a year, I´m still trying to find my place.

German vs. English

Maybe some of you have recognized that I changed some parts of the blog to german. For a long while, I was considering changing the website completely to my native language. I´m a german author and it would make a lot of sense if my website would be in german as well, right?
Well even though that might be the smart way to do it, I recognized that something in me just got blocked. I didn´t feel as creative or free to write in german, so right now I decided to switch everything back 😉
This is my blog, so I can do whatever I want to! This blog has always been something I did for fun, to share my travel journeys and overseas experiences with someone – not a website I only fill for marketing purposes to attract more readers. Being a full-time writer I think it is actually very healthy for the mindset to have something just for fun. Well but for the very few german readers I have, I want to announce one thing:

Two years ago I started my own book editing company The Author Edit, which edits German and English books and gives writing coaching to authors. So while this website will stay in English from now onwards my german readers can find some german content on the new website of The Author Edit. It would make me very happy if you would check it out here.

So this has been my little update for today, I really hope my next post won´t take this long again 😉 Thanks so so much to all of you that still commented and wrote to me in the last year! I actually got four messages today from some of you, who wrote that they hope I´m okay and come back. I really appreciate it, you have no idea how much! Yesterday has been my birthday and I turned 33 – a lucky number in Germany – so maybe this really is the perfect moment to start all over again and make this new year of life a happy one!
What have you been up to in the last year? I will answer all your comments in the upcoming days and hope together we can make this the creative and happy place again, that we all loved so much.

Lots of love,

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  1. Oh, Tiziana, you just made my day with this post! I’m SO happy that you’re back, but totally understand it still may be a bit before you write another post. I am so sorry you’ve went through a lot of pain while you’ve been away. I can definitely relate with having one of my toughest years and losing my grandpa, it can be so difficult. Sending you hugs and prayers!

    I truly hope you start to feel more at home in Amsterdam, my friend, and that things get better for you! Fun fact: since February, I’ve been learning German on Duolingo and have really enjoyed it! I’m still a very long way from having a true understanding, but I would definitely use your blog as a learning tool if you changed some or all of it to German, haha!

    Wishing you a wonderful day, my dear friend, and again, so happy to see you’re back! 🙂

    Make Life Marvelous

    1. Aww Ashley, thank you for this super sweet post! It really means so much to me <3
      I also lost my grandpa this year and it´s been so hard to deal with all the perks of being an adult.
      But it´s so cool to hear that you are learning german. It´s tricky with Duolingo, at least learning dutch with it didn´t bring me that far yet as they start with the weirdest words, but depending on the language they have some great extras. In the English version for learning Spanish there are for example little stories and it´s very interactive 🙂

  2. Hey Tiziana, glad to know you are back and welcome again 🙂

    I was checking your site from time to time wishing to find updates but I imagined you were there trying to settle. I hope your new life in The Netherlands bring a lot of magical adventures and opportunities, I have never been to this country but I’d love to go! Adaptation must be a complicated process but I am sure you will find a lot of joy.

    And congrats, first for your birthday and then for your project! This sounds super exciting!


  3. Glad to see you are back and wow you have been up to a lot while you’ve been away. Your new business adventure sounds perfect for you and I wish you the best of luck with it! I would love to live in another country someday (probably just for a short time) and I bet it is challenging yet fascinating to explore and learn the culture there.


  4. Amsterdam sounds incredible I could not imagine a person would not like living there. The rent is high similar to NY only safer. NY is not safe anymore no U.S. city is they are all becoming crime ridden. And in addition to the decent weather, great food and friendly people it is also beautiful to look at too!I tried to post this comment on that post but it would not work???

    Allie of

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