Living in the right place- Why choosing where you live does matter

I am going to be 100% honest with you guys: a lot of the time that I am in Munich I am miserable, unhappy with my life and I have zero inspiration to do things. Whilst travelling I have been to some extremely powerful places on this globe and whenever I have been in such a spot it felt like I was another person. Suddenly everything was easy and fell into place. I truly believe that choosing the place where you want to live is crucial for your life to be good. The reason that I am sharing this with you right now, is simply because some of you might be going through something similar and by writing about it, I hope that I can inspire you to realize that the problem is not you, it might as well be the place you are currently living.

Typing this I am still considering, whether it is stupid to blame your home for certain things in your life not going right, however this has been so true in my life at the moment, that I simply can not think of it to be wrong. Ok, so let me explain everything to you by giving you examples of two totally different Janines:

 

Janine in Munich: Never motivated to go out and do things. Extremely uninspired. Worries a lot. Has to force everything she needs to do. Nothing comes in a natural “flow”.

 

Janine in Bali: Happy, motivated and excited to do things. Constantly inspired. Meets amazing people that fit perfectly into her life right now. Attracts opportunities. Life is easy.

 

I truly believe in the law of attraction and the concept of us attracting what we are and what we think. I feel that by being in a place where our frequency vibes well with everything around us we are so much better at attracting good things into our lives.

 

“By being in a place where we are truly happy

and our frequency vibes well with our intentions,

it is so much easier to attract good things into our lives.”

 

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Think of it this way: how are you supposed to feel happy, uplifted and encouraged in a friendship group that is envious and constantly tries to bring you down? It is extremely hard and anyone would recommend for you to leave that group. Same goes for the place you live in. If your environment simply doesn’t support your personal growth you should reconsider if this is the place for you.

 

There are certain things I worry about so much and work extremely hard for in Munich and then whenever I travel to some powerful place (e.g. Bali, Cape Town etc.) those things just suddenly fall into my lap: people call, I receive exciting emails, life works.

 

I don’t want to say that Germany is a bad place to live in. It is definitely not. Munich is just not the place for me at this point in time. I think we all have a place that works very well for us, we just got to figure out where it is. And how do we do that? By travelling!

 

“Travelling is more valuable

than a new handbag ever will be.”

 

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Travelling is one of the most valuable things there is. I would recommend to anyone who is having a hard time, who is feeling depressed or uninspired to go travelling. Nothing else makes you realize the abundance of opportunities and gives you a new perspective on life like travelling does.

Yes, not everyone has the money to travel a lot, but here another one of my favorite quotes comes in: “One day you will either have stories to tell or excuses to talk about.” Work hard, save money and be assured: travelling will be worth way more than a new handbag ever will be.

 

“One day you will either have stories to tell

or excuses to talk about”

 

By living in a place that aligns with our values, and by surrounding ourselves with people that vibe on the same frequency as we do, it is just so much easier to attract good into our lives.

 

On Instagram you only see my highlight moments. Of course, I post a lot more when I travel somewhere, when I am inspired and truly happy. But when I am in Munich I oftentimes can’t get myself to do anything. I feel like I am not living life to its fullest potential.

 

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Maybe Munich would be the perfect place for you, but for me it is simply not. Writing this post, I just want to give you guys an idea of how unmotivated and uninspired I sometimes feel. It is totally normal, however Travelling has shown me the potential in this life and it has made me realize that I need to leave Germany again in order to live life to the fullest.

 

This is not about running away. It is more about running to a place where you can find your magic.

Lots of love to all of you, 

Janine

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17 comments

    1. Tanja
    2. 10 months ago
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    Beautifully said! I can totally understand..you just have to find the place that feels home and where you are happy living your life.

    1. Alexandra
    2. 10 months ago
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    Schön, dass du so ehrlich bist und man sieht, dass eben nicht alle, die erfolgreich auf Instagram sind und immer schöne Bilder posten, auch gleichzeitig rundum die Uhr glücklich und motiviert sind. 😉 <3

    1. sophia
    2. 10 months ago
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    Hi Janine
    I dont think i have commented on a blogpost in my life before, ever. I found your instagram profile after travelling in Bali for a while and have been following you there and have resently discovered your blog. Anyway, when i read this post, it felt like reading my own thoughts and feelings like no other post, text, article, whatever – that i have ever read. What really touched me is that i have not been fully aware about how wrong i thought it was of me to feel like this. I know very few people, if even any, who i feel can really understand me or share the same feelings towards travelling and being in my home environment. Reading this has made me realise that i am turning away from one of the (only) things that really makes me feel inspired, because i keep thinking there is something wrong with me and i am running away from myself and unresolved issues somehow – that not being fulfilled by everyday life and what i know well is a flaw.. I have been quite depressed for many years and suffered from low self esteem, but the two times i have lived abroad and my only two moths in Bali, have made me feel like a completely different person while i have been away and for some time after i return home. I Stop worrying, i am inspired, excited for the future, at peace with my self , love deeper and value my friends and family so much more – but most important i trust and believe in myself. This is a big contrast to the me at home: pleasing, not daring to follow my dreams, anxious about the future, depressed and constantly self-doubting. Why does this happen?? I dont know, but i do know that your post has made me realise that i am not completely alone – and that i might not be wrong for feeling this way.
    So, thanks for being honest and being an inspiration – i really admire your courage to be who you are – i know it is tough, being a 20-something european girl myself. Keep on inspiring, it can change the world in little ways!

    Love from Denmark 🙂

      1. Janine Jahnke
      2. 10 months ago
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      Hi Sophia, Wow just by reading this I got goosebumps. It is absolutely crazy how even though we have never met and live in two different countries we are going through the same thing. I always felt soo ridiculous when I told people that I am so unhappy and not the same person when I am at home in Munich. But then again what is so bad about getting our inspiration from traveling? Other people smoke, buy expensive cars whatsoever. If it enriches our lifes and makes us feel different why shouldn’t we do it. Considering that we are such a small part of this infinite universe I feel like we have to make us of the opportunity and see as much as possible on our planet. So cool, that you have been to Bali too! It is honestly one of my favourite places ever. who knows- maybe we will meet each other there some day? Your comment honestly made my day! xx Janine

    1. Sabrina
    2. 10 months ago
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    Hi, Janine! I usually don’t comment on other people’s posts, but I could relate so badly to this one I felt like I had to say something.

    I completely understand what you mean. I am Brazilian and feel unhappy most of the time I am in my hometown. Even though I like other cities in my country and think it’s a good place to live, I love Germany. And especially Munich.

    Funny how these things work, isn’t it? I guess it happens because being a foreigner can help to feel a bit lighter, too. When you’re exotic in a different land you learn to love yourself better, I think. At least that happened to me.
    Oh, and I also started my vegetarianism process while I was living there 🙂

    Anyway, I just wanted you to know I understand and feel exactly the same across the Atlantic. I wish you happiness wherever you end up to be. Hopefully we’ll manage to settle our gypsy souls in a place that fits us better 🙂

      1. Janine Jahnke
      2. 10 months ago
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      Wow thank you SO SO much for your comment. It is incredible to read that people actually do relate.
      You are so right- I think it is the new inspiration and foreign vibe that gives us new insights and a different perspective on life. This world is so big and has so much to offer. Why should we spend all of our lives in one place?
      Lot os love from one Gypsy Soul to another ! xx Janine

    1. Leonie
    2. 10 months ago
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    Janine, Ich verstehe total was du meinst! Home is where you’re Heart is <3
    Ich hatte das selbe mit Hamburg und Hamburg ist eine tolle Stadt, aber immer wenn ich in Italien war, war ich so voller Lebensenergie und packe jetzt meine Sachen und ziehe dort hin! Ich verfolge deine Reisen schon lange und der Aufbau des Hauses in Cape-Town und ich bin schon so gespannt <3

    xx leonie von http://www.leomida.com

      1. Janine Jahnke
      2. 10 months ago
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      Genauso geht es mir auch! München ist auch wirklich toll, aber es ist echt immer was anderes wenn ich weg bin.
      Vielen Dank für dein liebes Feedback, ich bin auch schon sooo gespannt wie alles hier in Kapstadt wird.
      Ganz liebe Grüße, Janine

    1. Erika Carlier
    2. 10 months ago
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    This post is truly inspiring and I loved every word of it. You have an amazing view on life and I hope to one day get to live my life in that way. I can’t wait to keep following you on your journey. Much love. xx Erika.

      1. Janine Jahnke
      2. 10 months ago
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      Wow thank you so much Erika! Your words honestly mean so much to me! xx

    1. Astrid
    2. 10 months ago
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    1000 Dank für diesen Eintrag Janine! Ich bin auch aus München, war aber schon immer viel glücklicher, wenn ich im Ausland war. Wenn ich mit Freunden darüber geredet habe, konnte es immer kaum jemand verstehen, weil München doch so eine tolle Stadt ist! Deshalb bin ich mir oft irgendwie undankbar vorgekommen. Du hast mir nicht nur aus der Seele gesprochen, sondern auch eine neue Sichtweise gezeigt! Ich bin dir gerade so dankbar 🙂 Ganz viel Spaß bei deinen Abenteuern und ganz liebe Grüße, Astrid

      1. Janine Jahnke
      2. 10 months ago
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      Hi Astrid, Danke für deinen lieben Kommentar. Es tut einfach gut zu hören, dass es anderen genauso geht. München ist auch wirklich schön, aber manchmal passt es einfach nicht 😉 Ganz liebe Grüße, Janine

    1. Michaela
    2. 10 months ago
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    Liebe Janine,
    Ich fühle zur Zeit genau so wie du es in deinem Post beschrieben hast. Ich “studiere” grade für 3 Jahre auf einer Fachakademie und wohne in einem Dorf ein paar Kilometer von München an den Bergen. Durch das Reisen habe ich erfahren, welch ein Mensch ich eigentlich bin und was ich mir wirklich wünsche! Ich will weg von hier. Ich bin kein Bergmensch, kein Mensch für kaltes Wetter und Dorfleben. Ich komme mit den Kerlen und Leuten im allgemeinen hier nicht klar und will nichts lieber als nach Australien, wo ich mich wohl fühle. Wo ich das Meer habe, wo die inspirierendsten Menschen wohnen, wo ich das Leben voll auskosten kann. Die Vorstellung, noch 3 Jahre hierbleiben zu müssen ist furchtbar. Sobald ich mit meiner Ausbildung fertig bin, bin ich weg und dann sieht mich hier erstmal niemand mehr.. ich bewundere es, dass du deinen Traum verwirklichst und das Beste aus deiner Zeit machst! Ich wünsche dir, dass du von tollen Leuten und viel Inspiration umgeben bist! Danke für den Post!

    1. Claire
    2. 10 months ago
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    Wow! This post has most definitely struck a chord with me and couldn’t of come at a better time when I have been feeling confused, anxious and unsettled. It reminded me of that saying ‘When a flower doesn’t bloom you change its environment in which it grows, not the flower’. Bali really makes me feel so alive and like the best version of myself. Whilst moving there is not an option for me at the moment it still important to remember this feeling and strive to feel that way where I chose to live. Thank you for this X

      1. Janine Jahnke
      2. 10 months ago
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      Omg that saying:”When a flower doesn’t bloom you change its environment in which it grows, not the flower” is honestly one of my favorite ones out there!! It is so comforting to read that so many others feel the same way. Bali is truly amazing and I think you are totally right when you say that the first step is to remember that feeling and strive towards it. Wishing you the best of luck xx Janine

    1. Michaela
    2. 10 months ago
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    Liebe Janine,
    Ich fühle zur Zeit genau so wie du es in deinem Post beschrieben hast. Ich “studiere” grade für 3 Jahre auf einer Fachakademie und wohne in einem Dorf ein paar Kilometer von München an den Bergen. Durch das Reisen habe ich erfahren, welch ein Mensch ich eigentlich bin und was ich mir wirklich wünsche! Ich will weg von hier. Ich bin kein Bergmensch, kein Mensch für kaltes Wetter und Dorfleben. Ich komme mit den Kerlen und Leuten im allgemeinen hier nicht klar und will nichts lieber als nach Australien, wo ich mich wohl fühle. Wo ich das Meer habe, wo die inspirierendsten Menschen wohnen, wo ich das Leben voll auskosten kann. Die Vorstellung, noch 3 Jahre hierbleiben zu müssen ist furchtbar. Sobald ich mit meiner Ausbildung fertig bin, bin ich weg und dann sieht mich hier erstmal niemand mehr.. ich bewundere es, dass du deinen Traum verwirklichst und das Beste aus deiner Zeit machst! Ich wünsche dir, dass du von tollen Leuten und viel Inspiration umgeben bist! Danke für den Post!

      1. Janine Jahnke
      2. 10 months ago
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      Liebe Michaela, Ich kriege gerade echt Gänsehaut wenn ich mir die Kommentare zu diesem Post durchlese. Es ist echt unglaublich wie vielen es so geht wie mir. Ich kann dich nur zu gut verstehen. In der Sonne, am Strand und in der Umgebung von inspirierenden Menschen bin ich einfach eine andere Person. Das liegt auch nicht daran, dass es “Urlaub” ist sondern einfach daran, dass einen sein Umfeld extrem beeinflusst. Ich wünsche dir ganz viel Kraft und Inspiration für die kommenden 3 Jahre- das kriegst du bestimmt irgendwie hin. Probiere einfach in den Ferien und am Wochenende möglichst viel “rauszukommen” und zu reisen. LG Janine

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