self portraits – you can feel lost in the most beautiful and greatest times of your life
I am spending some days out here in italy in this beautiful house surrounded by olive trees, the ocean and stunning landscapes – i’ve had some time to think and reflect.
I wanted to create a series about my learnings. it felt purest expressing my thoughts through self portraits. (which was a real challenge because i’ve never done anything like this before.)
the past months have been so beautiful and at the same time really challenging to not fall apart, somehow. 
it has been months filled with change, being able to do what I love but not really feeling satisfied by my work and what I bring into this world right now, learning and growing so much through my experiences but not having a lot of energy to give and just feeling so tired all the time, falling in love and loving that someone so deeply – It’s all a bit overwhelming.
but I am so unbelievably thankful for the life I get to live and the people I get to love.
loneliness and feeling lost can be extremely painful and difficult to deal with. however, these feelings can also serve as a motivation for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.
what i do most of the time is stay really busy and distract myself from myself. I haven’t checked up on myself and through that mistake I never really figured that maybe i’m not as okay as I thought I was.
that’s what happened in the past few months. the feeling of suddenly feeling so lost after I just thought I found myself.
the things i’ve learned in the past years are helping me handle situations like these better, I’d like to share some of my most meaningful and important learnings because some of you might be going through some similar stuff right now. 
before you read them I want you to know that you are not alone and that you are loved and worthy and that you should be so proud of yourself for how far you’ve come.
protect your time, protect your energy, protect your mental health.
be kind to yourself and explore yourself. know your worth.
forgive others and yourself – practice radical self forgiveness.
you don’t have to pick the best of a bunch of bad choices. “no” is always an answer.
care for others without expecting anything in return.
communication, forgiveness and trust are the most important factors in relationships and friendships.
surround yourself by things you love. they will inspire you.
self care is not selfish.
don’t be scared of disappointing others. 
learn how to know when people just want your service and not you.
the more clarity you have the less it matters what others think.