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Blog It Forward – Lena Stodal

Hi SAP Community – while strolling through all the great content, I came across Susan Keohan’s brilliant initiative “Blog It Forward” – check it out! Her idea is a great engagement and perfect to meet all of you out there, hence I wanted to contribute to this sequel as well. On top of that, I got tagged by my colleague Julia Russo who just recently posted her BIF. So quite some reasons for me now to share some of my personal insights with you.

About Me:
I grew up in an area called “lovely Tauber valley” very close to the ancient little town Rothenburg ob der Tauber (where there is Christmas all over the year). The area is lovely, but to be fair, it got a little bit boring after spending my whole childhood there, that is why I decided to spend some time abroad and moved to the beautiful UK for half a year and lived with an English family. I loved it living close to London and really enjoyed my time there. After 6 months in the rain (ok, I am exaggerating, it’s actually not that bad) I fancied some sun and went to Gran Canaria for another 3 months au-pairing for a Spanish family. Coming back to Germany, I started my Bachelor studies at the University of Mannheim. As I like going abroad and explore different places, I decided to do an exchange semester in Ireland. I was very lucky as I met super nice people/friends there and had such a blast. For me personally, the Irish are one of the nicest and most generous people I’ve ever met.
After my Bachelor studies I wanted to pursue my professional career with my Masters studies in English Linguistics, Marketing and Management. This was also the point in time I joined SAP as a working student in the Global Marketing Team. I liked the idea of working in a large organization and what kind of opportunities it opens up. For example, I was able to continue working as a working student/intern in Toronto, where I did another semester abroad. I loved Toronto, it was such a great time with some of the SAP colleagues and the exchange students I met. Although it is such a big and vibrant city, it felt so small after such a short time. Have you been yet?

Market square in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Famous Plönlein tower in Rothenburg with my friend Muzna       

Toronto Island from where you have a great view over the skyline

  Niagara Falls
(you might be able to guess during which season I was in Canada)

 

I’m a very energetic person, kind of always on the move and I like to explore and learn. My goal for 2020 indeed was to visit at least one new place per month – it will be my goal for next year. I need my physical compensation from work and like swimming a lot as well as running, playing volleyball, and tennis. Another compensation and hobby of mine is listening to music, especially electronic music.

I just recently joined the SAP Community & Influencers Team and am super excited to be part of such a global team. My focus is on engagement, reputation and recognition. I am honoured to support my colleague Audrey Stevenson (Reputation and Gamification lead) on the topic around missions and badges and am looking forward to post the Weekly Mission and Badge Roundup blog post going forward.

Fun/Weird Fact:
So apparently and according to my friends, it is me laughing. It is loud, crazy and can be kind of a weird laugh that changes in between and is contagious to others. Please don’t challenge me on this though, it really has to come naturally to hear it in its whole magnitude. A friend of mine actually once said that we should create an annual calendar with one of my laughs for each month.


If you could have lunch with one person alive or dead, who would it be?
This is an easy but also sad one for me. I wish to have one last lunch or dinner with my friend Meike one last time. We were best friends at school and she died very sudden in a car accident when she was 15. I wish I could hug her one last time and say goodbye properly. I am certain though that she is doing fine and is protecting us as an angel from above.

What’s on your bucket list?
Well, if we wouldn’t have the corona pandemic this year, I would make one of my longtime wishes come true and fly over to Island to see Orcas. I am impressed by these wonderful, majestic creatures. On a little sidenote – ever since I watched my first Free Willy movie (Jerry Janda, would this one qualify for a Weekend Movie Club session? haha), I wanted to see a killer whale in nature. I love the ocean, but also think it is a scary place to be in. Imagine having your eyes closed, being in the middle of the sea, all alone, with miles and miles of water to the right, to the left, and down…

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Potatoe salad by my Oma. There is nothing more to add.

If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?
I would actually want to work in any social establishment 1 day a week. Back in the old days, when I did my A-levels, I used to work in an old people’s home in my school holidays and on weekends. Although it was a quite physically exhausting job, I really liked it to help and care for the residents and it always made my day seeing their thankful faces when I wished them a good night in the evening. In general, completing a social project for a couple of weeks/months (preferably somewhere abroad) would be another thing I would love to do in the future.

Let us now figure out who you are. I do have the pleasure to ask for more insights from:

Michael Graf
Phillip-Thomas Braun
Alexander Mentz
Jutta Villet

Please choose from the following questions:

• What was your most exciting travel destination?
• At which location would you most likely spend the rest of your life?
• If you land on a lonely island and were only allowed one item – what would you take with you?
• What was your first thought when you joined SAP?
• Summer or winter for the rest of your life and why?

Thanks for taking your time reading this – take care! 🙂

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  • I think I went trough all emotions while reading your extraordinary BIF!
    I was excited, curious, I had to laugh when I read your fun fact because it really is true 😂 and I was sad when I read the story of your friend.

    Lena, thank you very much for sharing so much of your personality and your personal wishes!

    I think I know you a little bit better now and I can’t wait to laugh together (in a crazy way 😁)

  • Lena,
    I’m so glad you joined our team, and I loved reading your BIF (as I loved reading the recent BIF by Julia).

    I’ve already enjoyed your laugh, I must say. You’re bringing more joy to our team which is great.

    I share your passion for travel and for living in foreign places. I used to have what we call “itchy feet” and moved every couple of years. As a result, in my lifetime I’ve lived in several US states, Switzerland, Germany, Guam, and Palau. I’ve settled down more in the last 14 years, having found a new love for Northern California’s wine region (credit my husband who has lived here all his life), which we still regularly explore on our motorcycles. But despite settling down from a “where I call home” perspective, I still like to travel a lot, and my husband and I look forward to doing so once restrictions are lifted again.

    I also used to be an au pair: a family that was friends with my family took me along with them to Bern for a summer to care for their daughter. It was a great way to explore that city and country!

    Thanks again for sharing your story with the community.

  • Thanks for sharing your story, Lena. It’s always so good to learn more about the colleagues you are working closely together with. I admire your experience in living outside of Germany. It must be great to learn so much about the different cultures as well as to get to know the area in those countries. According to the pictures it’s beautiful 🙂

    We have not only the sports in common (running and tennis e.g.) but also living on canary islands. I used to live on Fuerteventura for 7 months. 😉 I love the canary islands (and swimming in the ocean, too)!

    It’s great that you are part of our team now and I am looking forward to laughing with you a lot together! And that you didn’t loose your laughter after you lost your best friend so early.

    Keep your cheerfulness!

    • That’s cool – I also visited Fuerteventura during that time and loved the black sand beaches! And I am sure we will have a lot to laugh 😀
      Thanks for your kind words, Svea. 🙂