I wanted to take a moment to briefly share that I passed the 5-year Vienna mark for my blog (and also for me, who moved here in June 2014).

I started American in Vienna as a creative outlet for me to express my findings and realizations living in Vienna as a newbie. A newbie in the sense of being completely new (and overwhelmed!) with my new life abroad.

I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew I would do whatever I could to make this blog a great resource for people. My passion and drive soon led to opportunities I could have never dreamed of. It left me with the confidence that I know I can achieve anything I want if I set my mind to it.

Truthfully, however, becoming a blogger and ”influencer” has also brought adversity. Like anyone who succeeds quickly and publicly, the more successful you become, the more there will be people who will (subtly or not so subtly) try and thwart your progress. This can be due to jealousy and/or finding you a personal threat to their own success. It’s even worse when it happens from people in your network or local community. And if you don’t have the skills to manage all of that, you will fall.

Experiencing the ugly truth of human nature, competition, and success over the years has supported me in taking a personal retreat from this blog and social media to heal, strengthen, and grow. Out of it came a stronger me (with tools to face future adversity) and interestingly enough, a stronger marriage with my husband, Aldin.

Now, with a much better sense of myself – and ”chutzpah” as my cousin in Chicago calls it – a new direction has emerged within me. Personally and professionally, I will be embarking on a new journey, and if you wish to stay in touch about it, do sign up here.

In the meantime, thank you for reading my blog. I hope you have found my writings helpful. Please do continue to reach out to me with any questions you have about the city or life in Vienna. I will still be available to answer all your questions 🙂

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