3.29.2017

How I Feel In 5 Words.

Describe your feelings in just 5 words.
It's Wednesday - happy Hump Day! Phew, glad we already made it to the middle of the week. We turned back our clocks here in Germany last Saturday night and boy am I missing that one freaking hour! Winning an hour is awesome, but losing one! No way!

Needless to say I have been quit tired all week long and all I want to do is SLEEP! Every morning when the alarm goes off, I can't believe the night is already over! The struggle is real! I can hardly open my eyes and feel like one of the walking dead. #zombielife

Other than that this week has been pretty normal so far. Nothing out of the ordinary except for losing those 60 minutes last weekend. But the weather has been treating us so well! The sun has been out every day making our evening walks with the puppers so wonderful - the perfect way to unwind after a long day at the office.
 
Here's how I am today:
 
1. Tired.
 
2. Content.
 
3. Excited.
 
4. Positive.
 
5. Contemplative.
 
Tired because, well, duh. Content because even though those 60 minutes are gone, I am fine with what is. Excited about the success of our Facebook Group The Peaceful Posse - come join us if you haven't already. Positive because I know things will be alright, no matter what. Contemplative because I have a co-worker who isn't honest to our boss and goes behind his back and I am not sure what to do. Tell him or keep my mouth shut? Suggestions?
 
Now tell me how you are today?
 
Happy Wednesday xxx

3.28.2017

How Do You Overcome Writer's Block?

Ways to overcome the fear of a blank page.
It happens to all of us. And it's not a bad thing.
 
Writer's block.
 
The fear of a blank page and not being able to fill it with words. Meaningful words.

I have been there. You probably have, too. And we have all somehow made it through that dryspell.
 
But what do you do to overcome it? Do you do certain things in order to get back into the flow of writing. To get the creativity going?
 
Here is what I do when the ideas just won't come and the words cannot be found:
 
1. Turn off my computer
Some of you might ask why, because we need the internet to search for ideas. And I have tried that. But I have learned that whenever I just cannot seem to come up with ideas to write about, it's best for me to walk away from the computer and do something else. So, I turn it off and walk away.
 
2. Go for a walk
The best way for me to unwind is to take the pup for a walk. Whenever I am outside in nature no matter the weather, I find inspiration. Especially now during spring when there is so much to discover out there with nature waking up from it's winter sleep.
 
3. Take photos
We often rush through the day without truly noticing what is happening around us. I make it a point to grab my camera, go out and about and snap away. We live in such a beautiful countryside here in southern Germany and I sometimes forget that most of you don't know what my home country looks like. So, I go out, take pictures and that's what sparked the idea of writing about my home country. So stay tuned.
 
4. Listen to music
I love music - as I am sure most of us do. Can you imagine a life without it? So, I put on my headphones and turn up the sound. Or I jump in the car for a ride, turn up the volume and just let my mind go where ever it takes me. Now that we can finally open the windows while driving it's even better! Most of the time I come home with at least one idea in my head. (Never forget to take pen and paper along with you, so you can jot down your ideas on the go).
 
5. Flip through the pages of a magazine
I love finding inspiration in the creativity of others. Flipping through a magazine helps spark mine. All the pictures, colors and headlines normally make me want to write something and help me stay up to date with what's hot and what's not.
 
These are just a few things I do to try and get my writing mojo back. I guess anything that helps get your mind off the thought of having to write something will help you in some way and form. Sometmes when nothing seems to help, it's best to just walk away from writing for a while. I allow myself to take breaks from blogging because I want to write something meaningful for you, something worth reading.
 
So - What do you do whenever writer's block hits you? Do you have some helpful tips for the rest of us? Please share some!
 
Happy Tuesday xxx

3.27.2017

Coffee Talk | Let's Have A Cuppa.

Let's have a cup of coffee - shall we?
Imagine we were to have a cup of coffee together? What is something you'd like to talk to me about. Maybe there is something weighing on your mind, something you really need to talk about. Or something amazing happened and you cannot wait to spill the beans! Maybe there is a decision to be made and you need just that one last piece of advice before making up your mind.
 
Well, if we really were to have a chat, I'd tell you that the comedy show we went to last night was hilarious! I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard. There were so many people and we waited in line for what felt like hours. The show went 30 minutes longer than expected and we came home way too late on a Sunday night. This morning we all had trouble getting out of bed when the alarm went off, but it was SO good - it was all worth it!
 
I would also talk to you about how hard it is being a mom of a teenage girl. She really knows how to test my nerves and sometimes I feel like she couldn't care less about how tough she can make it all for me at times. I sit and wonder what I'm doing wrong for her to act that way and then I see other parents with same-aged kids who struggle just like me and I know it will all be ok at some point. We'll make it through just like any other parent ever did. Do you have a teenager?
 
I'd probably go on about how the spring-like weather is lifting my spirits and how much I enjoyed a little gardening last Saturday. Making my garden ready for warmer weather, lifting winter covers, pulling weeds and pruning some bushes all the while the sun was out - it was wonderful. Although there was still a cold breeze and the temps weren't as high as expected, it felt so good to be outside!
 
Now, tell me, what is something you would like to talk about?
 
Happy Monday xxx

3.24.2017

What's Up, Weekend? | V17.12

Come and join us sharing your favorite moments from this week!
Gosh, time sure does fly - how is it already Friday? Not that I'm complaining - I would never complain about the weekend being here! In fact, I couldn't be more happy about it! We'll go see a German comedian Sunday night - the mister got me the cards for my birthday. We'll also be taking Leonie, our daughter - and the other day we found out that my sister, her hubby and her oldest are going, too! So, we'll be meeting up for dinner and than go see the show together! Cannot wait!

It's been a pretty good week and a lot of things happened! Not all were good, but a lot of them. Here are 10 things that definitely made me HAPPY this week:

1. flowers from my man - just because (tulips)

2. Sunshine on my face during lunch break

3. Snail Mail (I really need to send some out again)

4. loud music on my drive home

5. a new season of Blacklist on Netflix

6. knitting on my day off

7. long puppy walks in spring-ish air

8. making lots of new online friends

9. positive feedback about a project at work

10. The Peaceful Posse - come join us!

Charlotte, Lindsay and I have decided to change things up for the Friday linky you might know from their blogs. This Friday linkup has always been a place where we reflect on the HAPPY and GRATEFUL things in our lives, especially the wonderful moments from this last week.

It's important to reflect on the positive things that happen to us to make them more apparent, because sometimes we might not take the time to acknowledge them while we're busy focusing on the negative things.

Happy Friday xxx

3.23.2017

Taking Stock V17.12






making: cous cous salad - so yummy
cooking: zucchini pasta
drinking: latte macchiato
reading: knitting patterns
wanting: a vacation somewhere by the beach
looking: at nature showing first signs of spring
wasting: too much time worrying about everything
wishing: for warmer temps to be more outside
enjoying: long puppy walks in the evenings
liking: nature slowly awaking
loving: malabrigo yarn
hoping: people accept and respect one another more
needing: a break
smelling: spring air
wearing: pink moccasins
knowing: everything will be ok
thinking: a lot about the past
feeling: contemplative
bookmarking: newly discovered  fun blogs
watching: How To Get Away With Murder Season 2 - loving it

I really enjoy these type of posts - just sharing what's currently going on in life.
Perfect for those days when your brain feels fried and writer's block seems on it's way. 

Don't you love them, too?

Please share a little bit of what's currently going on in your life!

Hugs xxx

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