Updated: Jan 13, 2020
In 2018, before heading on a 9-month solo trip around the world, I asked my sisters for a birthday gift that I could carry with me the entire time. They gave me a necklace with the engraving “immer bei dir”. It moved me deeply, giving me the reassurance that I am never alone, even as I embarked on this trip…by myself.
I wore it the entire time, never taking it off.
Throughout my trip, the meaning of those 3 words started to shift. When translating it from German, “immer bei dir” can mean “always with you” but also “always with yourself” – as in always staying true to yourself.
This became my focus, and what I want to continue striving for – being in touch with myself, my intuition and my needs. Only when we are truly in tune with all that we are and need, can we be true to those dearest to us.
As we head into the new year, may you also find your north star. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and go!
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