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This Very Moment

5 Apr

When someone walks right into your life, completely unexpected and they are everything you are wanting, needing and have been searching for.

They are the reason you smile, the reason you want to be a better version of yourself and the person you think of when you think about the future.

Then very quickly they are in your bed and at the exact moment you are feeling so much love for who they are they say ‘I love you’ and the whole world melts away.

I feel different. My heart isn’t beating the same.

2017.

12 Feb

It has been far too long since I’ve posted and to be honest I’ve missed it!

Rather than try to recount the last 6+ months lets just pick up from the present moment.

  • I am living in Southbank in the same apartment complex I lived in (and loved) before I moved to Berlin.
  • I am still working full time in a Finance role in the CBD. It’s so pleasant walking to work each morning rather than the 1+ hour commute.
  • I am still studying the CPA Program
  • I haven’t been on a holiday in too long but am planning a couple right now
  • My cat Binx is not living with me yet but he will move in soon
  • Still focusing on yoga, running and maintaining good health with sleep, healthy foods, vitamins etc.
  • Trying to ensure I catch up with friends at least twice a week and also make time to see a certain boy who makes me really happy
  • Learning new things every week and more determined than ever to make my dreams happen!!

 

So there you have it and here are some pictures that capture the above info.

❤ to you.

Summer Bike rides in Melbourne with Pinky

Summer Bike rides in Melbourne with Pinky

Williamstown Beach hangs

Williamstown Beach hangs

Home <3

Home ❤

Aus Open 2017

Aus Open 2017

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Summer = poolside hangs

Summer = poolside hangs

St Kilda Skatepark

St Kilda Skatepark

Tofu burrito at Trippy Taco in St. Kilda

Tofu burrito at Trippy Taco in St. Kilda

Lunch with a view.

Lunch with a view.

My new yoga studio, Move Yoga Filnders Lane.

My new yoga studio, Move Yoga Filnders Lane.

Sign at Old Bar.

Sign at Old Bar.

No filter, I love this city.

No filter, I love this city.

Madame B's!

Madame B’s!

Couldn't resist the peach pallet.

Couldn’t resist the peach pallet.

Currently reading.

Currently reading.

TheOtherSide. – Written in August 2016

12 Feb

Life update: I recently started a new job as Finance Manager for a global tech company. I am so incredibly thankful for this opportunity and I know that the universe was listening to me all along! I spent months apply for jobs knowing that the right one was out there for me and I really didn’t want to settle for less. I even applied for a temporary collections role and thought I would have to do something like that just to get by while searching for my dream job but my dream job came along right in time in June 2016.

Just a few months ago I had returned to Melbourne from living in Berlin for over 1 year. I was in debt, on centrelink, in poor health, unemployed, living with my parents again, feeling pretty low and honestly struggled to find a reason to get out of bed most days. It was a really awful time in my life and I kept telling myself that things would be easier and improve with time. I never regretted coming home, I knew this was where I needed to be to make the next step forward with my life and achieve those goals I had set out for myself. Flash forward and I am happily employed, earning more money than ever before, I am officially studying the CPA Program, I recently completed my first Half-Marathon run, I’m in good health and I am taking steps to improve my life further. I am saying this in hopes that if you ever find yourself in that same position, with very little to hold on to other than your sense of self worth and your faith in the universe please know that what you seek is seeking you. Everything happens for a reason ❤

 

German Tax Return 2015 – Steuererklärung

19 Jan

I thought I would quickly document my experience of completing my first German Tax Return while it is still fresh in my mind.

I am not giving anyone financial advice, but simply explaining my experience.

My situation is very simple as I had the one job in 2015, I did not work freelance, I do not have income to declare from another country, I have no disabilities, I receive no payments from the Government, I made no tax deductions for work related expenses and I am single with no children.

Now firstly I received a Lohnsteuerbescheinigung from my employer relating to the year 2015. You need the information on this in order to complete your tax return.

I was hoping to use ‘ELSTER’ a program you can download online and fill out to lodge a tax return. I think you can even change the language to english which would make things easier BUT I went online to get this program, was assigned a log in number and was then informed that the password to log in would be POSTED to me (arriving in 1-2 weeks). I needed to get this done asap so this option wasn’t for me.

I decide to go the old school way of filing a Tax Return with pen and paper.

I downloaded the following 3 forms (all in German) online from: steuertipps.de or you can also pick up these forms from your local Finanzamt.

ESt 1A 2015 (Mantelbogen_2015)  – Where you give general details about yourself.

Please note your ‘Steer nummer’ is your Personlicher Identifikation number.

I gave details for my Australian bank account as I just recently closed my German one.

IBAN, ACCOUNT NUMBER, SWIFT CODE, ADDRESS OF BANK ASSOCIATED WITH THE SWIFT CODE (not the address of the bank branch you signed up with).

Anlage N_2015 –  Where you give details relating to your income from the Lohnsteuerbescheinigung form and details of where you worked.

Anlage Vorsorgeaufwand_2015 –  Where you give details of your insurances also provided on the Lohnsteuerbescheinigung form.

For this form anywhere you see ‘lt. Nr. ##’  you look up the number on your Lohnsteuerbescheinigung form from your employer and write the corresponding number on your form.

 

To help when filling out the above 3 forms I used the below guide, although it might be out of date or for the online forms in ELSTER only as a lot of the ‘lines’ didn’t match up correctly with my printed forms.  http://www.toytowngermany.com/wiki/ELSTER

I also used Google Translate where necessary.

 

I had printed these forms, signed and dated as required and completed them to my best knowledge. Today (January 13 2016) I went to the Neukölln Finanzamt on Thiemannstraße 1, 12059 Berlin for the first time. Their hours were 8:00-15:00. I arrived around 13:00 to walk in, collect a waiting number from the machine, sit for less than 5 minutes waiting and then walked into the assigned room with my forms all ready. I explained that I was from Australia, needed help with my Tax Return and was moving to Australia permanently the very next day.

The man was extremely helpful and even spoke some English with me. He went through my forms to check all the required information was on it. He wasn’t sure if the refund could be paid to an Australian bank account and called 2 colleagues just to confirm. He also confirmed what bank account details were required. He asked me to write down my address in Australia as they will send a confirmation letter to me there. He said the payment will take longer to go through and I should expect to receive it in 3-4 months.

I asked if I was entitled to get any of my social security payments back relating to the pension etc. considering I am not a permanent citizen of Germany. The man didn’t seem to understand my question and was saying I will only get back the tax I paid if they took too much tax in 2015. For me this will be roughly 100-200 euro. If you have any info about getting other social payments back from Germany please let me know.

First German Tax Return done and dusted, woohoo!

I’ll Show You.

31 Dec

November was a slow and fairly boring month.
We had our first snow in Berlin and I also got tattooed by the very talented and very friendly Myra Brodsky.
I knew I had to get tattooed while in Berlin and had been checking out studios and artists in town feeling unimpressed by most. I came across Myra’s work on Instagram early this year and just loved it! Such a unique style and I know she will continue to do great things in the future.

Plänterwald, Berlin.

Plänterwald, Berlin.

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Present from Wien. I <3 MANNER!

Present from Wien.

Snow in November.

Snow in November.

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Kaffee und Torte.

Kaffee und Torte.

Christmas Market.

Christmas Market.

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Getting tattooed at the Black Mirror Parlor.

Getting tattooed at the Black Mirror Parlor.

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Art work by the Talented Myra Brodsky.

Art work by the Talented Myra Brodsky.

Great night @ LARRY.

Great night @ LARRY.

This Is Your Life. Make It A Good One.

11 Aug

charmer  friends  handtattoos  nr  unagi

Betty Draper Forever.

Betty Draper Forever.

By the talented Myra Brodsky.

By the talented Myra Brodsky.