Seven-Day Decluttering Challenge Day 7- Electronics, and Thoughts // Yedi Günlük Azaltma Maratonu Son Gün- Elektronik Aletler ve Değerlendirme

*English version follows*

Tam yedi gün arka arkaya yapamasam da bu azaltma maratonunda beklediğimden çok daha fazla çöplük buldum evde. Çöplük diyorum çünkü insanın hiç de düşünmesine gerek olmayan şeyleri attık çoğu zaman. Bakmak yeterli oldu o objenin hayatımızda yeri olmadığını anlamaya. Ve yaklaşık iki yıldır yaptığım alışverişe, evime girenlere dikkat etmeme rağmen böyle oldu. İki yıl önceki halimle, ama şimdiki bildiklerimi bilerek bu işe girişsem herhalde evin yarısı gidermiş. 🙂

 

Fakat şunu da gördüm ki, kesinlikle azaltmak yeterli değil. Düzenli olmak da çok önemli ki bu benim en büyük eksiğim. Az eşyam da olsa hala kendi düzenimi oturtabilmiş değilim. Zaten bu nedenle bazen eşyaların varlığını unutuyorum ve yıllarca çekmecenin dibinde kalabiliyorlar. Doğuştan düzenli insanlardan biri olmayı çok isterdim, ama maalesef yapa yapa öğrenmek zorundayım.

Bugünkü konumuz elektroniklerdi. Yine komono kategorisine giren bu yaramazlar evin her yerinde olduğu için aslında bu yedi gün içinde onları zaten tespit ettik. Kurtulacağımız elektroniklerin listesi:

  1. Bozuk bir hdmi kablosu
  2. Eski bir klavye
  3. Bozuk bir tıraş makinesi
  4. Bitmiş piller
  5. Eski telefonun eski bataryası
  6. İki adet hafızası düşük flash disk (verilmek üzere ayırdık)

Şimdi iş bunları nereye vereceğimize kaldı. Bitmiş pilleri TAP topluyor, diğer elektronik eşyaları ise Media Markt’ın aldığını duydum ama gözümle görmeden inanmayacağım sanırım. Bugün yarın gidip vermeye çalışacağım, bakalım başarılı olacak mıyım?

English Version

Although I couldn’t do the seven day marathon in a row, I found lots of “garbage” at home than I expected. I say garbage because the things I tossed were generally not recyclable or reusable. And sometimes just looking was enough to understand that this object has no longer any purpose in our lives. And this is happening after two years that I’m shopping mindfully and responsibly. If I had decluttered with the mindset that I have now, I would have gotten rid of half  the objects in our home. 🙂

I also saw that decluttering simply isn’t enough. Being organized is equally as important, which is my biggest weakness. Although I don’t own much, I don’t have a sustainable organization style. That’s why I keep forgetting the items I put deep in the drawers and I need this decluttering marathon to remember them. I wish I was one of those people who are innately organized, but unfortunately I have to learn to be one.

Today I was supposed to declutter electronics. But honestly in the last six day, I encountered most of them and put them aside so I didn’t need a full day to inspect the electronic items at home. Here’s what we decided to say goodbye to:

  1. a broken hdmi cable
  2. an old keyboard
  3. a broken shaving machine
  4. old batteries
  5. the first battery of my previous phone
  6. two low-memory flash disks (to be given away)

So now the job is how to get rid of them. There are local centres in TR that collect batteries, but I never recycled electronics before. I’ll check an electronics chain store which claims to be taking them for recycling, but I have see it to believe it. I hope they won’t end up in landfill.

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Decluttering Marathon Day 6: Bathroom // Azaltma Maratonu 6. Gün: Banyo

Honestly this was one of the most cluttered places before I started this marathon but I didn’t touch it just to feel the joy of tossing so many items at once!

Açıkçası banyonun en dağınık yer olduğu başladığımda belliydi ama özellikle dokunmadım ki bugün geldiğinde fazlalıkları atmanın verdiği hazzı yaşayabileyim!

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This is the top of the washer. Did I say it was cluttered?

I already have a very small bathroom, so the only countertop is the poor washing mashine. And after coming back from the summer vacation I wasn’t that motivated to tidy it.

Zaten çok küçük bir banyom var ve eşyalarımı koyabileceğim tek yer çamaşır makinesinin üstü. Bayram tatilinden dönüşte de kendimi hiç motive edemedim doğrusu burayı toparlamaya.

 

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Sometimes organized people tend to hoard stuff. My husband is the most organized person I know, and I know when he’s committed to it he declutters like crazy (like in yesterday’s post), but he has this habit of collecting little hotel shampoo bottles everywhere he goes. Luckily for us- and the environment, no hotel carries these small bottles in Japan; so we didn’t bring any of these back from our Japanese holiday. But in Dubai, where he spent half of the last year, all hotels give these away and he made a big collection of nearly 50 bottles. I had to step in. I poured all the shower gels in the liquid soap container. We don’t use liquid sop any more but I know that my guests do, so I put it in the guest bathroom. To my surprise, it smelled great. I guess I’ll do the same with the shampoos as well. For now, I put them in the purple bag on the washer, in a drawer under the bed.

Bazen düzenli insanlarda da istif alışkanlığı olabiliyor. Eşim tanıdığım en düzenli insan, ve aklına koyduğu zaman neler yaptığını dünkü yazımda anlatmıştım. Fakat gittiği her otelden minik şampuan şişeleri ve sabunlar getirme gibi bir huyu var. Şansımıza Japon otellerinde hep büyük şişeler vardı, oradan bir şey getiremedik, ama özellikle geçen senenin neredeyse yarısını iş için Dubai’deki otellerde geçirince 50’ye yakın şişe birikti. Kullansak neyse, kullanmıyoruz da. Ben de duş jellerini sıvı sabunluğa doldurdum. Artık sıvı sabun kullanmıyoruz ama eve gelen misafirler genelde tercih ettiği için misafir banyosuna koydum. Kokular karışınca güzel kokmaz diyordum ama beklentilerimin tersi oldu. Kalan şampuanları da yatağın altındaki çekmeceye koydum, herhalde şampuanların sonu da el sabunu olacak.

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bye bye, things

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Unbelievable! Yarım saatte bu kadar değiştiğine inanamıyorum!

I changed the tablecloth on it too, and I really couldn’t believe how much it cleared in just half an hour. There were lots of things I parted with, especially old containers that I thought someday I’d use them for some diy project but that someday never came. Time to say goodbye. I also tossed old and disliked products like that hair mousse or the deodorant. But as you see, we still have some hotel products here. These are from the hotels he spent summer holidays as a child. Some of them are over 20 years old. What can I say? They give him joy.

Üzerindeki örtüyü de değiştirince yarım saatte epey bir ferahladı banyo. Belki bir gün kendinyap projeleri için kullanırım diye düşündüğüm küçük, büyük, spreyli vb. şişeler vardı, onlara elveda dedim çünkü o bir gün hiç gelmedi. Deodorant ve saç köpüğü gibi eski ve sevmediğim ürünleri de attım bu vesileyle. Bu arada gördüğünüz gibi hala bazı otel sabunlarımız duruyor. Bunlar eşimin çocukluğunda gittiği otellerden. Kimisi yirmi yıldan eski. Ne diyebilirim ona mutluluk veriyorsa, değil mi?

Seven Day Decluttering Marathon- Yedi Günlük Azaltma Maratonu

Seven Day Decluttering Marathon- Yedi Günlük Azaltma Maratonu

Because I wasn’t at home that much during summer, no decluttering was done. Since my childhood, summer has meant home to me, spending more time at home, bonding with home. However, this summer was different. Between the travels and family vacations, home was a bit lonely. Before autumn hits and school marathon starts, I wanted to have a one week decluttering marathon. Today, I’ll start with the kitchen. Cupboards, kitchenware, fridge, food… Let’s see how much I’ll get done in a day. If I can’t finish everything, it’s OK. Tomorrow, I’ll go on with the second category, which is known as komono in Japanese.

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Bu yaz evde pek olmamamdan mütevellit temizlik ve azaltma işini epey bir “salladım”. Benim için yaz mevsimi küçüklüğümden beri ev demekti, evde daha çok vakit geçirmek. Bu yaz ise daha farklı oldu. Seyahatler, aile ziyaretleri derken evim biraz kimsesiz kaldı. Sonbahar gelmeden, okul maratonu başlamadan ben de bir azaltma maratonu yapayım dedim. Bugün ilk gün mutfağa girişiyorum, kap-kacak, buzdolabı, bakliyatlar… Bakalım ne kadarını halledebileceğim… Yapabildiğim kadar, bitiremezsem yarın devam etmeyip bir günlüğüne Japonca’da komono olarak bilinen kategoriye el atacağım. 

 

A few tips on packing/ Bavul yapma üzerine birkaç ipucu

1. If you’re packing a sun hat, put it upside down and fill inside and the outer edges with soft clothes like t-shirts and socks. This ensures the hat will stay in shape.


1. Eğer bavulunuza bir hasır şapka koyacaksanız ilk önce ters olarak koyup, içini ve dışını tişört ya da çorap gibi yumuşak kıyafetlerle doldurabilirsiniz. Böylece şapkanın şekli bozulmayacaktır. Bunu öğrenene kadar bu şapkayı uçakta/otobüste elimde poşetle taşırdım. 😄

2. Fold the clothes so that they can stand up on their own, using the Konmari method ( vid below). That way you can take the clothes you need without messing the organisation of the suitcase. 

Also, pack your shoes separately to make the best of the space.

 

2. Giysileri yukarıda görüldüğü gibi, dik duracak şekilde Konmari metoduna göre katlayın. Böylece içinden bir giysi almanız gerektiğinde diğerleri bozulmayacak ve her şeyi bir anda görebilirsiniz. Konmari metodu ile giysi katlama için aşağıdaki videoya bakabilirsiniz.

Diğer bir ipucu da ayakkabılar üzerine. Ayakkabılarınızı tek tek poşetleyin ki yer kaplamasın. 

3. Last but not the least, don’t over pack. Only bring what you need. For me, for one month of visiting family and then going to the seaside, I packed 6 t-shirts, one pair of baggy trousers, one pair of jeans, swimsuits, one summer hat, a very light towel, one pair of sandals and one pair of sneakers. Besides clothes, toiletries and basic skin care products. For makeup, just a 10 ml bottle of foundation and an eyeliner. I guess this suitcase will weigh below 10 kilos it’ll be more than enough.

I hope this post helps you to pack lighter and in a more organised way. 🙂 

The other half of the suitcase/ bavulun diğer yarısı

3. En önemlisi de, yalnızca ihtiyacınız kadar olanını alın bavulunuza. Bu herkese göre değişir, ben bir ay kadar ailemin yanına gidip sonra da deniz kenarına gideceğim. Bunun için altı tişört, bir şalvar pantolon ve bir kot pantalon, bir çift parmak arası terlik ve bir çift spor ayakkabı, banyo ve cilt bakımı malzemeleri aldım.  Mayoların yanında kurulanmak için bir peştemalim var ki hem hafif, hem de suyu kalın bir havludan daha fazla emiyor ve anında kuruyor. 

Makyaj malzemesi olarak 10 ml lik bir fondöten ve bir göz kalemi yetti. Bana yetecek hatta artacak bu bavul tahminimce 10 kilodan az oldu. 

Umarım bu yazı daha hafif ve düzenli bir bavul düzenlemenize yardımcı olmuştur. 🙂

Keeping the Possessions Minimal, but Not My Interests.

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAVJAAAAJDY2ZTI5OTNiLTA1YWMtNGEzMS05ZTljLTUzNmRlZTE0YjE1YgSometimes people think (and I think) I’m contradicting myself because I choose to live a minimalist lifestyle with less clothes, less makeup and overall less possessions. Yet, my interests are not minimalistic at all. I’m currently interested in writing: blogging, creative writing and handwriting/lettering.

But I also like to read and talk about psychology, the environment, sustainability, sewing& embroidery, botany & gardening, cooking & nutrition. Not to forget I work full time as an English instructor and I love teaching. And I’m almost sure I forgot to mention a few some.

My old (though somewhat related) interests were in playing the guitar (which I decided to sell as I wasn’t playing for nearly a decade), knitting and crocheting, animal rights, social anthropology, sociology, and political sciences. Last but not least, I also want to learn (and feel the need to learn) more about positive sciences. I’m regretful that I hated Math and Physics in high school.

Does a person who wants to lead a minimalist life style need to keep their interests to minimum? I definitely don’t think so as the whole idea behind minimalism is to keep what matters and what is valuable. So it pretty much depends on the person.

But then again, I sometimes feel guilty that instead of excelling in one particular skill, I tend to go back and forth between these areas, and knowledge and skills  grow slowly. It feels like I need to have a life purpose yet I don’t. Wouldn’t life be easier for me if I just tried to excel in teaching? I sometimes wonder.

However, recently I came across a term, coined by Emilie Wapnick:

Multipotentiality

“An educational and psychological term referring to a pattern found among intellectually gifted individuals. [Multipotentialites] generally have diverse interests across numerous domains and may be capable of success in many endeavors or professions, they are confronted with unique decisions as a result of these choices.”

She also has a fantastic TED talk:

She simply describes those of us who has many interests shouldn’t blame themselves, or be afraid and discouraged. Even if you lose your curiosity in one subject and be a beginner many, many times in your life, you use all your accumulated skills and knowledge and bring a new perspective to your new areas. So in a way, you are always a beginner, but because of your complicated history, you are never a beginner.

This really makes sense to me because as separate as they may seem, all of my interests feed into each other, and help me lead a more meaningful life every single day. I can relate to most of my students, who are studying at different departments, because one time in my life I delved into their profession in one way or another.

Sometimes I decide to quit one of these areas altogether, as in the case of the guitar, and I feel a bit guilty about that too. But after watching Emilie’s talk, I realized practising classical guitar taught me rhythm and mathematics, as well as  how to appreciate music. It introduced me to great musicians as well. So I’m always grateful for that. I don’t want to go back in time and become a master guitarist, though, I just wasn’t meant to be one. I didn’t have the motivation that my teacher had, for example, practising four to six hours everyday. I was too busy researching some other area I found mind-opening.

Learning that there are a lot of people like me is a relief. Learning that multipotentiality is not a burden but a gift made me more confident in pursuing my endeavours (or starting new ones, does learning really end anyway?).

Do you feel you are a multipotentialite, too? Or is specializing in one area more of your thing?

image source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-multipotentialite-judi-umali-rajkumar ( a good reading piece too if you’re into it)

you can also visit: puttylike.com (Emilie’s website)

5 things to be before you die

In a creative writing book, one of the prompts was to write “5 things to do before you die”. Five isn’t a big number, that’s why you  need to put only the biggest dreams there. You can’t put “not so sure” kind of dreams in a list of five.

At the beginning of the list, I wrote “publishing my novel or stories”. Then I thought, what if it happens? Will I accomplish my dream when I get to publish one book? That didn’t sound right. Or one of my biggest dreams was to travel to Japan. Hopefully I’ll realize it this month, then what? And when I thought further, I really couldn’t find any goals or things worth “doing” before I die.

So I blamed myself for having no dreams, no passion. But the problem wasn’t with me, it was with the question. The word “to do” indicated a process which is fated to end. If you say “to be”, however, the things you’ll write can be more extensive and more meaningful. And as long as you live, your dream doesn’t have an ending. You can keep on “being”. With this in mind, I prepared a list of five things to be before I die.

  1. To be a writer. A blogger, a novelist, or any kind of writing that I can’t imagine for the time being.
  2. To be a traveler.
  3. To be a minimalist, living intentionally.
  4. To be consistent with my beliefs and principles.
  5. To be a master of yoga (having it as a part of my life)

Now this list feels right!

And not to forget:

Style Matters (but not the size of your wardrobe)

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I really can’t say I’ve found my style yet, a style that I can keep for years. Or rather, I’m denying my jeans & basic t-shirt style and hoping that I’ll come up with something chic (or I’ll be a cool grandma who’s still wearing jeans and a star wars t-shirt). Meanwhile, I adore people with style, people who follow a timeless fashion.

In an earlier post, I talked about fashion designers like Micheal Kors and Vera Wang, who stick with black in their wardrobe. Today I’d like to turn to Royal Family and the “repeaters” that I like a lot!

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Princess Anne, the only daughter of the Queen is definitely my favourite, she likes wearing the same outfits with small changes again and again, and here is one outfit that I love. She first wore this marvelous lavender coat with a matching hat in 1979, and has worn it to several occasions since. Her outfits are probably made from the finest material and with great design and tailoring involved, why waste them, right? This coat is definitely timeless fashion. If you want to see her other outfits that she’s wearing again and again, you can check this newspaper article out.

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Princess Kate also follows Anne’s footsteps, and she’s getting lots of attention for it, like everything she does. I remember how the media blamed Kate  for wearing skinny jeans! (I thought she looks great in them too.) She is on the newspaper no matter what she does, so if she chooses to do nice things everyone knows about it. I’m not British, but maybe because I teach English for a living, I’ve always thought the Royal Family is a huge influence on today’s society. They are big role models, along with superstars and scientists and politicians. So I really appreciate these two princesses’ styles and hope we can learn from them. Being thrifty and frugal is not only for the commoners! 😀

Things I said Goodbye This Week

This week I said goodbye to my guitar, which has a sentimental value but has never been used for the last seven years. It’s been sitting at my parents’ house, sadly. I remember the first time I started to play when I was twelve; I had a very cheap guitar, but I was quite eager. I even filled my journal pages saying that it was my only friend. Ovsn853792er the years, however, after I saved some money and bought a Yamaha, I realized I wasn’t made for playing the guitar. I could write, or cook for hours for example, but I couldn’t stand guitar practice for more than an hour. So I slowly stopped playing it, and this photo is from 2009, when I almost never played the guitar.

I asked a friend of mine, who is a musician, what to do with it, and he said he can gladly buy it. As a matter of fact, he needed a classical guitar. I sold it for a symbolic price, after all, what matters is that he is going to use it far better than I did, and it will make the guitar happy.

 

The second thing I said goodbye to is eight books. Two of these, I realized I will never read them again. Two of them, I realized I had the original English copy of the book, and these img_0997are the translation. I never liked the other four anyway. So I put them on the Freecycle group of the university I’m working at,
and in a minute, I gave them all away.

We fill our homes with items saying “what if” to ourselves. What if I play the guitar again? What if I read this book again? What if my grandchildren want to read this book? We even imagine these items as our legacy, we see our grandchildren using them as a memory. In reality, no grandchildren will keep 500 books just because they inherited them. They will most likely keep the ones of utmost value. So I believe even if we keep some items as legacy, we must keep the best of them and in the best condition.

 

 

5 Reasons to Prefer Short Hair

Even a very simple choice such as a haircut can change one’s daily routine greatly. Here are my top reasons why I prefer short hair.

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1. It’s practical.

You need minimum time and effort when styling short hair. Even with very stubborn hair like mine, all I need is a straightener and it takes 5 minutes at most. But for most, it’s just wash and go.

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2. You don’t need that many hair products.

When my hair gets longer, it tends to tangle and shred, and makes me worry and run to the drugstore like most women. But with a bob-style haircut, all I need is a small amount of shampoo. And now that I’ve found the right shampoo after many tries, I’m in heaven.

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Of course I need pins and stuff, but when my hair is long I tend to tie it, which means my husband will find hair bands everywhere in the house, and it drives him crazy. So less hair, less mess.

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4. Less hair loss

Less hair, less mess again. When my husband or I skip going to the salon for a couple of months, our house is filled with hair! Gross, and I did a little bit googling about the fact. It turns out many people experience it, but there is little evidence to suggest that longer hair shreds more. Maybe it’s because they just break in the middle, or they stand out as they are longer. It may also because of tying the hair, which I do a lot. But when I have a bob haircut, I almost never shed any hair.

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5. It looks cool!

Some people worry that they won’t look beautiful without long hair. You never know, most people who have the guts to have their hair cut look much younger and cooler in my opinion.

As my teenage role model was Dolores O’riordan, I always thought short hair was much beautiful and interesting than long, except for Alanis Morissette of course. She should never cut her hair! 😀

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I hope this inspired you to try out a new hairstyle next time you go to the salon!

all images except Dolores and Alanis are taken from unsplash.com, a place for free photos.

17 Before 2017- and thoughts on 2016

Earlier in September, I set seventeen goals for myself to accomplish before 2017 starts. Here is what it looked like:

 

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November and December was crazy at work, so I can’t say I was great at making all of these goals come true. Let’s see how it went:

Goals 1 to 4: Minimalism

These were the goals related to my minimalism journey. Although my kitchen and vanity are quite compact as they are, I wanted to declutter them once again. However, apart from giving away empty jars and throwing away unused make-up, I haven’t been quite successful in these.

And again, although I know what to wear pretty much every day, I couldn’t set a time to organize my wardrobe just for work. I do love my winter sweaters, though!

My fourth goal was to finish 7 skincare and make-up products before 2017. I finished 2 of them, threw away 2, and working on the other 3.

 

Goals 5-9: Mind Goals

These are goals related mostly with mind. I started a novel about 4 years ago but never touched it for 3 years until I went back this year. But I am not sure if I like it anymore. I am like 5000 words in, and I’ll maybe go on, maybe not. Anyway, I would like to write an independent short story no matter what happens in my novel journey.

This is what I set out on. I’m proud to say that I wrote more than one story, in fact, I wrote 3 stories and I’m working on the 4th one. Plus, I registered for a creative writing course, which has been my highlight of the year.

FutureLearn: I managed to finish three courses at FutureLearn, which has been so great and informative. The courses are: Nutrition and Well-being, Start Writing Fiction and Mindfulness for Well-being and Peak Performance. These courses are given every two or three months, they are entirely free and given by professors all around the world, and are interactive so you get to participate in a lot of discussions. I strongly recommend the platform and these courses in particular.

In addition to writing, I wanted to read 50 books, but I could only finish 29. This is pretty big for me, I had set a rather impossible goal anyways.

And for my blog:

My blog of course is among my goals. Keeping a record here really helps me put things in perspective. Right now I have 100 followers, I want to double it by the end of the year.

I couldn’t spare much time on blogging since October, so I am a bit disappointed with myself. I have only 53 posts and 134 followers at the moment, which isn’t much progress since September. I hope I can work more on it in 2017.

Goal 10: Job

I started my new job on January 6th, and towards the New Year the committee will decide whether I will be permanent or not. Fingers crossed!

I have my final examination on Wednesday, so still fingers crossed!

Goals 11-14: Health

 

Oh I feel so guilty about this! I haven’t had my check-up, nor did I practice much yoga.

Goal 15: Crafts

I did finish the table cloth I started! Here is a close-up:

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Goals 16-17: Spirit

I’m still working on making meditation a daily habit. I think my main problem is that my days can be unpredictable, so it can be difficult to set a routine. But I am hopeful 2017 will be a better year for me to practice more mindfulness.

And last but not least, finishing the year in gratitude is so important to me. This year has been both challenging and rewarding for me. I got into a new job, and I went through a very interesting training process. Some parts of it I loved (like getting to know yourself first and being more mindful), while some parts I couldn’t really make sense. Serenity was my key word last year, yet I was more stressed than ever. Still, it is very interesting for me to see that every passing year I am growing as a teacher and a person, and it feels like I am getting more self-confident. I make more conscious choices, and behave more responsibly. I guess I have become an adult without even realizing!

As I am writing these, I am worried as well as excited for 2017. It hasn’t been a good beginning in Turkey (mass shooting at a night club in İstanbul) and it seems we can’t escape terrorism: it’s in our daily lives now. It is very distressing to live with it and go to public places, as there has been 3 massive suicide bombings in Ankara, where I live. There has been students in my school who lost their lives at the age of 18. It is just hope sometimes that keeps you alive, so my wish for the new year is to never stop hoping.