week 51 | Jana

I spent the Christmas weekend with my family in Germany. 4 days of gluttony, games, laughter, booze, a pretty Christmas tree and… well, no snow. But hey ho…

For my weekly portrait I chose my sister this time. Her name is Jana.
Jana is 3 years older than me and when we grew up I thought she was the coolest. But then I turned into a teenager and everything she did was terrible and whatever she hated I loved. Just because. Luckily we passed all those bitchy phases by now 😉

Since we grew up in the GDR (the eastern part of Germany), both of us started doing sports when we were very young – it’s just what kids did back then. We did acrobatics and loved it. Until puberty hit… Jana kept at it longer than me even but eventually gave up as well. Since then we both tried a number of sports and gyms, never being particularly excited about anything. Cue Crossfit. I “discovered” it first and after annoying her for 2 years she finally tried it as well – and got hooked right from the start.

Jana has gone through some tough times in her life but since starting crossfit in January I can see how she’s changing, for the better. I’m so proud of her for sticking with it and giving her all. I can’t wait to train with her at some point and see her improvements in person.

I could probably write a novel here but I know my sister doesn’t like to be the centre of attention. Cause she doesn’t believe in herself as I do. But she’s getting there, slowly 🙂 She’s passionate, funny, caring, strong-willed (read: stubborn) and in general can do so much more than she gives herself credit for.

By the way, the photo was taken in the backyard of the housing complex we grew up in. There used to be a proper playground with monkey bars and a slide and such. All gone now… It’s like the area grew up just like we did and grown-ups apparently don’t need playgrounds.

Fun fact: When people see us together they always mention how we look alike and instantly know we’re sisters. The truth is, Jana looks like our mom, I’m the spitting image of our dad. That’s how rare redheads are in Germany – we just have to be related by default! 😀