Diana Arce

Spring Cleaning and waiting

I can hardly write. I can hardly concentrate. I feel like my life is moving on without me and I am waiting for the call. I am actually waiting for several calls so I’m trying to keep my cool in the meantime. So I’m cleaning. And reading books by the ton. I should know something by next week but hopefully it will come sooner rather than later so I can either start making plans for the next phase or at least start working on a new game plan. Let’s see.

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Nothing to Report... Yet

So many things have been happening and I don’t even really want to start writing about them because I’m waiting for so many responses all around that there really isn’t anything to report aas of yet. But so many amazing things may be in the works so mum is the word because it is always better not to speak too soon. Let’s just put it this way: I’ve been really busy.

In Berlin news, looks like the attempt to tear down part of the longest surviving piece of the Berlin Wall has been stopped at least temporarily. Here is the german interview with the Investor of the luxury apartments. Apparently there is a mass of disinformation about the whole topic and the taz tries to clarify it all. It’ll be very interesting to see how this all plays out and who will really be held to blame for this whole fiasco.

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On Following Advice from Mom

I had a pretty epic week by having the Valentine’s Day to end all Valentine’s Days. Wednesday night, I decided to call my mom since I was mulling over my life and the various options that have been presented to me. At the moment, I am awash with opportunity and need to make quite a few choices in regards to work, life, education… pretty much everything.

I received a pretty great job offer and was pretty close to accepting it, when I had a little crisis about my life. I’ve been putting so many projects, ideas and other paths on hold for the sake of monetary stability. Yes, I’ve learned quite a bit last year; yes, it was a great idea considering the circumstances of my recent past. But this attitude, this attempt to regroup, made me forget that I never chose this kind of a life. When I decided to study art, I knew I was choosing a harder option. I knew that my life would not look like the one’s my parents and most of the people I knew from home have chosen to lead. I never wanted the easy way. So after what will go down in history as the hardest year of my life, I decided to choose something easier, something more stable. And at the beginning, while I was still learning it as okay, but it still wasn’t right.

So back to my mom. Sometimes it takes just one person saying just the right thing to make everything click into place. And on Wednesday, my mother not only was the voice of reason but the voice of my own conscious. I can’t even completely recount what she said to me, but I realized during the course of Thursday, that her unwavering confidence in me, my work and my goals pushed me out of my indecisiveness and into action on all fronts.

I woke up Thursday morning still completely apprehensive about whether or not I should follow my gut and stop taking the safe routes, but I decided to stay the course anyway. Which inevitably lead me to have a really fantastic day. I was unstoppable and it only worked because I decided to stop lying to myself and take more risks.

Here’s what I did:
1. I finally manned up and expressed my feelings to my crush. Maybe it was because it was early, I was running late and had the option of a quick get away, but I finally did it and I feel completely relieved.
2. Chatted up a sweet cabbie who not only wished me luck at the Ausländerbehörde, but stopped the meter to save me a bit of money on the trip there.
3. I finally got my residency visa, simply by going to the appointment I almost canceled. What should’ve taken weeks and cost upwards of 250 euro, took 5 minutes and 85 bucks instead. I will never have to fill out paperwork for the immigration office ever again.
4. I turned a job offer and put the opportunity of writing my PhD first. I was completely honest about why and the news was received extremely graciously and was offered the opportunity to stay in touch in case my path would change.
5. Sent out a proposal for a presentation at a Conference on Museums and Inclusion. I’ve always felt a bit lacking on the academic credentials front to participate in such events, but decided to put my hat in the ring anyway.

The rest of the week was uneventful by comparison.

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Filler Post: No list this week

I decided to fly a bit by the seat of my pants and it worked out delightfully. I got quite a bit of work done but was also able to really and really think about the next moves I want to make for myself regarding my work and life. Vague, but true. I am working on my list for next week and will post it tomorrow.

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Results of Weekly Checklist #4, I mean 5

Technically this would be the result of Week 5 and not 4 if I am going by the weeks in the year.

1. Continue Work on applications
2. Post Application due on Feb. 1
3. Baking under the influence tumblr – not done, but did bake this weekend
4. Politaoke tumblr page
5. Politaoke splash page
6. Draft of shirt art project
7. Update social media sites
8. Meeting with Hausverwaltung regarding renovation- couldn’t make a date
9. Continue to Catch up with email correspondence
10. Pick Up Laptop from repair shop

Anyway, I must say it’s an all and all good week considering that I was computer-less for the majority of it. I didn’t think I would make any deadlines but still managed to get things out on time. So, this weekend, instead of working, I took a little time out to relax. Week 6 Checklist to com eon Monday!

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2013 Week 3 Checklist: Results plus Week 4 additions

So many things happened this week and considering that I decided to start 2013 off as “The Year of Making Changes,” I’m off to a good start. The biggest thing so far is that I am leaving my job in pursuit of better opportunities for myself and what I believe my trajectory should be. I’ve learned so much over the course of last year, but to continue to grow at the speed and in the ways I want, it is definitely time to move on.

In the spirit of this year, as well as an attempt to hold myself accountable to this publicly, I will again post my weekly checklist online. Here are the results of Week 3:

1. Work on applications
2. Baking under the influence tumblr
3. Politaoke tumblr page
4. Politaoke splash page
5. Boots to resole
6. Draft of shirt art project
7. Update social media sites – some done, not all
8. Meeting with Hausverwaltung regarding renovation Canceled
9. Catch up with email correspondence
10. Make application plan and schedule
11. Dr. Appointment
12. Send Vollmacht to Tax accountant
13. Laptop to repair shop

And This is Week 4:

1. Continue Work on applications
2. Post Application due on Feb. 1
3. Baking under the influence tumblr
4. Politaoke tumblr page
5. Politaoke splash page
6. Draft of shirt art project
7. Update social media sites
8. Meeting with Hausverwaltung regarding renovation
9. Continue to Catch up with email correspondence
10. Pick Up Laptop from repair shop

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One Week In and Little to Show for It

I’ve been back in Berlin now for one week.

I was lucky enough to get to work through my jet lag with two of the best people in the world, Mic and Nick. I was disappointed to not see them in the States, but was super stoked to see them in Berlin. They bought themselves a bit of land and are planning on building a house soon. I’ve always imagined doing something like that in my life, but not in my current state of single-dom. I digress.

I didn’t get really anything done this week outside of work. In addition to fighting off jet lag, being surrounded by half sick people all week and out of commission since Friday, all I really managed to do is get myself unsick enough in order to make my doctor’s appointment on Monday.

I’m cranky, tired and hungry and have pretty much nothing to show for being back for a week. I’m taking to making lists again and will hopefully have some results for the week to come.

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Jetlag

ugh…

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Vacation from my Vacation

I’ve been MIA since Christmas, road tripping with two of my favorite people. They are continuing on, but I’ve decided go make a stop. I’m hanging out with my parents and my brother in Florida trying to relax and enjoy the warm yet grey weather.

My friends have continued onto the Keys, but I’ve stayed behind. I need a break from all the traveling and additionally need a bit of time to reflect about the past year and plan my next moves.

Happy New Year.

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Reunited

This week my little club finally met with all members present.

I present to you the FC Sopranos Film & fernsehen Club of Steglitz über Kreuzberg.

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