Looking back…

Hey guys,

Thanks for checking in.

As always, I hope you’re well and that you’re safe in this crazy world we live in – oh, and happy Easter!

I didn’t really think about making a post regarding this but then a memory popped up on Facebook yesterday and I simply had to write about it. It has had such a big influence on my life and I simply could not write about it.

Denmark to Ireland

If you’ve been following me for a while you probably already know that I’ve worked abroad a couple of times to the UK, Portugal and Ireland where I worked in Dublin for a couple of years. If you’re new – WELCOME! – and now you know a tiny bit about me already.

Four years ago I decided to leave everything behind in Denmark and move to Dublin, Ireland. I quit school and moved out of my apartment within a month of getting a job at Microsoft as a sales supporter. I’ve wanted to leave school for a while because I didn’t find it interesting and my eagerness to live abroad took over – so I took a chance and now, four years later, I look back at this period with happy tears.

After Microsoft I moved to Google to work as a UI/UX recruiter for Google Play and I stayed there for a while before heading back to Denmark. I don’t know why exactly other than I missed my family and friends. I was really close to moving to Amsterdam to work as a travel agent just like I did in Lisbon, Portugal years back.

Yep, just a young me on a roof top in Lisbon, Portugal back in 2013.

Unfortunately, the company – Travel Bird – in Amsterdam closed down just before I moved there. I’m happy it closed down before and not after I’d moved there, which would’ve been bad as there aren’t many Danish jobs in Amsterdam. It still hit me hard though and I struggled with the fact that I couldn’t experience living there.

Any who, I’m back home now and after moving back to Denmark, I started as a carpenter but a back/neck injury after a car accident ruined that dream. What’s important to remember is to always make the best of any given situation. It took me a while to get mentally stable and even though I’m no way near 100% back to mental and physical health, I feel like I’ve made the best out of a terrible situation.

What are you doing now then?

I’m not going to lie. The past 1,5 years has been tough. The whole COVID-situation and my injury has really hit me and the world hard. But, after having to quit my internship as a carpenter I had to find something else to do and I found multimedia design. After being on sick leave for way too long I got accepted into school and I’ve been at it for about 6 months now – and I love it.

Financially screwed because I went back to low income while studying but I’ll live. I’ve found something that I’m actually good at and I’ve figured out – at age 28 – that I need to work with multimedia design. If you haven’t seen it already, I’ve already talked a lot about this subject in previous posts. You can find them here:

I decided to make a category called becoming a multimedia designer where I’m talking about… well, becoming a multimedia designer. I’m talking about what I’m learning and showing you guys some of the projects that I’m working on while learning it in school and in my free time – so check it out!

The landing page for my upcoming portfolio website in which I’ll show my work.

The “funny” thing is that I worked as a UI/UX recruiter at Google in Dublin and then went back home to become a carpenter only to be forced into new ways. Now, I’m here studying this subject and wanting to work as a UI/UX recruiter after I graduate in 2022. For those of you who don’t know what a UI/UX designer is, it’s basically the people designing websites, applications etc.

So, why the post?

Honestly, I don’t really know. I just saw that memory pop up on Facebook the other day and realized that I literally dropped everything at home to pursue my dream of living and working abroad. It made me happy because I realized (sorry for using that word twice) that I’m so thankful for myself – without sounding like a prick.

Looking back at these past years with my current COVID-eyes and realize (not gonna apologize again) how glad I am for the choices I’ve made in my life and the experiences I’ve given myself.

I’m a big fan of people who move abroad or move away from their comfort zones to experience new things and learn more about themselves in such an extreme way where you move away from all friends and family. Moving away and starting fresh is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself and I wish I could make everyone try it, because it feels so good, I can’t even explain it.

Wrapping up

We don’t know when it’ll all be ‘back to normal’ or if it ever will be. 1,5 years into it now and we’re still no way near close to how it used to be.

I’m hoping that we soon can travel and explore this beautiful world of ours again. I have dreams and goals now of becoming a digital nomad – living off the grid in which ever country I feel like living in. I’ve had a taste of this before and I need it again. My desire for travelling has sparked to new heights during this injury/COVID lockdown and I keep praying that the world will open up soon.

Hmm… I think that was it for now. As mentioned before I didn’t plan this post prior to sitting down and writing it, so it might be a bit weird to read. I do hope that you liked it though and if you have done anything like this or would like to then feel free to leave a comment below – let’s chat!

If not, thanks for stopping by and thanks for reading. I wish you all a happy Easter and a great Sunday!

Take care,
Junior out.

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