2.27.2015

Things I am GRATEFUL for.

Grateful for...
It's been a busy week and I didn't even notice how fast it went by again. Didn't we just wake up on a Monday and already Friday is here? Crazy. 

I've had a lot on my plate both at work and at home and I am hoping for a little unwinding in the next two days. And although I sometimes lose sight of all the good surrounding me, because I am so invested by the everyday, there are lots of things I am incredibly thankful for.

Here are a few things I am especially grateful for this week:

- My husband making me coffee in the morning.

- A hug from Leonie when I send her off to school.

- A wagging tale and kitty meows when I return home from work greeting me at the door,

- Mindful co-workers making it easy for me to adjust to my new position.

- A bouquet of tulips from my mom - just because.

- Relaxing on the couch with my loved ones watching a movie.

- Dinner together - all three of us.

- A much needed massage to unwind.

What are you grateful for this week? What is it that keeps you going?

Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs xxx

2.26.2015

You are E N O U G H.

You are enough.

Life can sometimes be overwhelming not leaving any time to focus on yourself and your needs. And others can influence you into thinking something which isn't true. Never let anyone tell you that you are unworthy of something. Never let anyone make you look small. And don't ever let anyone make you feel bad about yourself.

Don't ever forget...

You are unique. Believe me. No one will ever look as good at being you than you do. Like ever.

And if you ever feel like failing at something, don't look at it as a failure. See it as a gift - the gift of learning something new.

Every obstacle that you have to face can be the opportunity of growing and becoming a better you.

Try to be the best you can every single day. And make your own definition of "best".

Be compassionate about what you do every day. Compassion is key to a better you.

And always forgive. FORGIVE. Forgive them. Forgive him. Forgive her. Forgive yourself.

The more you forgive, the lighter your load, the more you will be able to enjoy being Y O U.

You are enough. Always. Never doubt that. YOU ARE ENOUGH.

You are wonderful, amazing, beautiful, funny, and so much more. From the beginning to the end.

Happy Thursday.
Hugs xxx

2.25.2015

Getting fit.

Around this time last year I was on the right track. I had noticed that my efforts were starting to show results in finally losing the extra weight. Especially around April I really noticed that my body was changing. I felt so good about myself. And I was sure I would never let it slip again.

Until, well, I let it slip again. Let me just say, life happened and the pounds came back on one by one and probably even a few extra. I feel frustrated. I don't want this. Why do I have to eat my emotions? It's always been that way. 

I hate how I feel. I don't like how ill-fitting my clothes are. I don't like my reflection in the mirror. I can't stand it. I could go on and on. But most of all I hate the example I am setting for my daughter. I try not to address my weight issues in front of her. I don't want her growing up with the awareness that her body has to look a certain way to be accepted.

I don't want to be skinny. I just want to feel good about myself. So, 2015 will be my year of weight loss and a healthier life style. In honour of my journey with my One Little Word® THRIVE I am taking this challenge of trying to grow in regards of my body and my health. I want to get rid of all the extra pounds and then some to become a better and healthier version of myself. 

I know I can do it. I have done it before. So many have done it before. We are all in this together. Either to lose weight, get stronger, tone your body, build up your muscles, or maybe you even have to gain weight…we are strong, so - LET´S DO THIS!

Hugs xxx

2.23.2015

MacroMonday // Rose

MacroMonday // Rose
Steffi from glasklar & kunterbunt, a German fellow blogger always has a fun photography link up on her blog every Monday. MacroMonday. I haven't participated in a while due to other things I shared on the blog, but today I am sharing one of my recent macro shots.

It's one of the roses from my birthday bouquet - I am always fascinated by all the little details of a flower. Look at those tiny veins in the petals. So pretty.

Hope your week is off to a wonderful start. Our day started with snow after enjoying so much sunshine during the weekend. SNOW!! NO!! Go away! haha

Happy Monday 
Hugs xxx


2.22.2015

Project 52 // Capturing Week 8

Project 52 // Week 8
my birthday bouquet // we have fields full of those here // quote Saturday
drive to work on Friday // new charm // new yarn 
enjoying the sun on Friday // Weikersheim, my town with it's castle // x-ing

Week 8 of 2015 was my birthday week. And just like every other week it came and went in a heartbeat. It was a good week. Both at work and at home. I was able to spend some extra quality time with my loves since school was out for the week. It's an extra week schools here in southern Germany  get for all the mardi gras festivities - I told you the Germans are serious about that. I don't know about the rest of the country, I'm guessing it's similar all over Germany.

The weather has been a bit erratic in the past few days, going from sunshine to cloudy, to rain and a bit of snow only to return to sunshine. I'm just gonna take that as a sign that spring is almost here and I can hardly wait. I have been imaging myself sitting in a garden chair out in the sun with a book or knitting needles gliding through my fingers. Cannot wait.

Today will be spent lazy just like every other Sunday - will go out for a walk in the sun later on and then get started on a fun new shawl to finally make use of that yummy yarn I got yesterday.

How is your weekend going and what are you up to today?

Happy Sunday, friends xxx

2.21.2015

Taking Stock

Don't think - just do.
lovingthis!
knitting: another pair of socks
cooking: Ratatouille
drinking: Cappuccino
reading: Magazines - my weekend reading
wanting: Spring to come.
playing: Angry Birds Seasons
wasting: too many thoughts on insignificant things
enjoying: the weekend, time off from work
listening: Firestone by Kygo
wandering: over the hills and through the woods
hoping: to be at a better state of mind once the sun returns
marveling: over new yarn for a new project
needing: sleep, sleep and even more sleep
smelling: that spring is on its way
wearing: my hand knit shawls
following: a ton of new blogs, loving it!
noticing: blogland changes
knowing: that it's hard to be the parent of a teenager
thinking: I am doing a good job nonetheless
giggling: silly jokes from the mister
watching: Dexter, yet again, also started Bates Motel
observing: the changes my girl is going through becoming a lady

Yep, sometimes it's better to sit back and watch and let it all just happen. There are certain things you just cannot change. Other things though just need to be done without thinking too much about them. Getting older also means learning how to distinguish the difference between the two of them and acting accordingly.

When I was younger I would rather act on a whim instead of giving some thought to certain things. Today I know it's better to evaluate a little before. But I have also learned to not over-think, it's just not worth it. A few thoughts only - you will now just what to do.

Happy weekend!
Hugs xxx

2.20.2015

Thank you. // Danke.

Birthday
Here I am one day later, one year older and still feeling the same. ha 

It was a wonderful day spent with family and friends.

Way too much cake has been eaten, way too much drinks were had and the dinner was outrageously delicious.

This morning I woke up feeling just like the last 365 days and the year before that and even before that probably. 

Age truly is just a number and it doesn't matter that we are growing older, it only matters with whom we are growing older.

I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends, the ones in real life and all of you amazing online friends! You have all showered me with birthday wishes, here on the blog, on Facebook, on Instagram and Twitter and I even got some e-mails from a few very special friends from several corners of the world.

Thank you all so very much for making my birthday so much more special. For thinking of me and sending love from everywhere.

I am so blessed to have all of you in my life - you guys are the bees knees! Love ya.

Hugs xxx

2.18.2015

My Birthday // 39

Birthday

Tomorrow is the day. 

I will be 39

Phew. 39. 

One more year in my thirties. Whoa. Kind of weird. Kind of scary. 

Feels like half-time. 

On the other hand though - 

I am glad to be where I am now. 

With the experiences I've been through.

The knowledge I have gained so far.

The things I have done leading me to be the person I am.

The people I am with.

I would love to change the location - you might know where I'd rather be.

But, one day that dream might come true.

All that counts is being with the ones I love and that they love me back.

Everything else will eventually fall into place.

Happy Happy to me. 

Hope you don't find this selfish.

A little egoism can never hurt, right.




Hugs xxx


2.17.2015

Been thinking // About disappointment

Disappointment.
Disappointment is such a strong feeling. 

It's so hurtful to be let down by someone you thought you could count on. You feel left alone. Like an outsider. Struggling. And someone else is watching you lose your breath without helping.

Why does someone do that? Hurt you purposely without thinking about the consequences. 

Words that have been spoken can never be taken back. And even though you decide to forgive someone, you will still never be able to fully forget.

Hurtful words are like a branding to your soul. They stay with you always and sometimes will haunt you. You will remember in certain situations and re-feel the pain.

Going through such a memory can feel like something is suffocating you. It can make you feel queasy and dizzy. Making it hard to think straight. Feeling like spinning around. Like watching yourself from the outside. 

Disappointment is so hard to accept. It makes me wanna cry. It makes me angry and upset. It can make me say things I didn't mean to say. But sometimes your mind is out of order and you just let the words flow out of your mouth.

Disappointment is such a strong feeling.

Don't let them bring you down, no matter what! Have you been disappointed lately?

Hugs xxx

2.16.2015

Project 52 // Capturing Week 7

Project 52 // Week 7
The weather was heavenly this past weekend - even though it was pretty cold the sun was shining and we just had to get out! My dad's birthday on Saturday was a lot of fun - we had my parents and some family and friends over and indulged in some delicious birthday cake. And then we had dinner together later on. But since my mom hasn't fully recovered from her bronchitis, we decided not to go out for dinner, instead I cooked for everyone and it was so good. 

Yesterday the weather was even better and so we decided to flee from all the mardi gras / carnival parades around us and took the 30 minute trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber for some sightseeing and coffee. We love going there on a whim since it is so close by and during this time of year it's not packed with tourists from all over the world as it usually is. Some of you might have heard of that town before - it's ancient and sits up on a hill surrounded by it's castle's wall. It is definitely worth a visit if you ever get the chance - and while you're at it, come by my place for some coffee and German cake!

The mister took me on a belated Valentine's sushi dinner last night, we had also planned to go to the movies but lost track of time while devouring our sushi and so Netflix it was when we got home. We are now on season 5 of Dexter - he just lost Rita, his wife, and things are a bit jumbled what with her being gone and him being a single dad trying to get his killing schedule in order. I must admit, I was a bit shaken when Rita was gone, she just belonged to the show and I am eager to see how he manages things alone. Cannot wait to find out how all ends, I have an idea on how it will all go down, but I haven't googled to not spoil it. 

How was your weekend? What did you do on Valentine's? I hope your week is off to a good start!

Hugs xxx

2.13.2015

Friday // Facts

Carnival
The weekend is finally here and I can't wait to stay up late catching up on Dexter (binge watching on Netflix) and sleeping in tomorrow.

Yesterday I mentioned that it was carnival season here in Germany right now - I didn't mean the kind of carnival you see in the photo above (which was taken at a carnival in St. Charles, IL back in 2010), I meant the mardi gras kind of carnival. It's a big deal here, people love dressing up pretending to be someone else for a few hours. I am not into that at all - although the carnivals like the one pictured above aren't really for me anymore either - I always get sick on the rides. haha

The weather has been nothing but gloomy and dreary here in southern Germany. It's freezing outside - a fact that makes walking our pup such a challenge for me. I am not into the cold, I'd rather have to sweat. But, it is what it is and I will just have to take it and stop complaining already. ha

Tomorrow's my dad's birthday and we will be celebrating at our place. Cake, dinner, presents and all. I find it harder and harder looking for the right present for him. Men in particular aren't easy to get gifts for - but finding a gift for my dad is even worse. It's like he has everything he wants and needs and, so we mostly end up getting a new book or gift card for his kindle, a good bottle of wine and some chocolate, cause that's how he rolls.

Valentine's Day isn't such a biggy over here and due to the fact that we've always been celebrating a birthday on the 14th made it even less about Valentine's. But that's fine with me, it's kind of like with Christmas - we prefer showing our affection with little surprises throughout the year, instead of just on that certain day. Although I wouldn't mind getting some nice flowers from the mister - we'll see about that.

How are you celebrating Valentine's Day? Do you do something special with your better half - maybe go out for dinner? Do tell!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Hugs xxx

2.12.2015

Thursday // Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts in Germany
I'm glad it's Thursday already. Life has been so busy since the beginning of the year and I am thankful for every day I don't have to set the alarm. It's a good thing though that our schedule has been so tight lately - it makes time go by faster which means spring will be here in no time.

A busy schedule sometimes unfortunately includes a few struggles as well. The relationship to my sister has been developing in a very uncongenial way. This has been going on for several months now and originates from her new relationship and the friendships coming with it. Sadly she is a person who likes to be influenced by "strangers" more than by her family. That has always been the case ever since I can remember. I have come to terms with that and have also decided that she will just have to deal with the consequences from her behavior towards me and the rest of our family. Period.

I am still so "in love" with my new job. Even though there are so many things I have to learn for this position and a few seminars I will have to attend, it is a lot of fun and a huge leap for my career. So grateful for this opportunity of growth - life can be good after all.

Germany has been in a state of carnival fever for about 2 weeks now. February is the month of carnival in Germany. The northern part around Cologne is a "carnival hotspot", but here in the south of Germany are a lot of parties with people dressing up as well. Lots of parades during the weekends and lots of fun for everyone who likes dressing up. I don't. As a matter of fact I can say with certainty that I loathe carnival and everything having to do with it. I can't help myself, it's just not for me. Never has - never will. 

A big fundraiser is being held for a family of 3 that just recently lost their home to a fire. Turns out they didn't have insurance and now investigations will have to show the cause of it. Gladly they have been blessed with lots of help already and were able to move into an empty house in their neighborhood which has been uninhabited due to renovations. The owners offered them to move in and live their until things get settled and sorted out. The community and all surrounding neighbourhoods have been pitching in and giving things they don't need anymore or were willing to give up on to help the family in need. People are good after all.

So, what has been going on in your neck of the woods so far this week? Are you a carnival fan - do you like dressing up? 

Hugs xxx

2.11.2015

How I feel Wednesday // in 5 photos







 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

"We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are."
- Max de Pree

Happy Wednesday xxx

2.10.2015

What Inspires Me // Very Inspirational Blogger Award

Two awards in one week - I think i'm on a roll here. Yay. The lovely Charlotte from My Pixie Blog has nominated me for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. Thank you so much, dear Charlotte, I am very honored.
The Rules:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog.
  2. Display the award logo. 
  3. Nominate 15 other bloggers (more or less) and provide a link where they may be found.
  4. Go to their blog, leave a comment to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.


3 things that are inspiring me right now


1. Blog world never ceases to inspire me. Especially when connecting with other like-minded bloggers encouraging each other in facing whatever obstacle. No matter what you are going through or dealing with, there is always someone out there, somewhere in the world, who finds the exact words to lift your spirits helping you feel better while going through this rough patch. I absolutely love finding other bloggers with whom I click. I couldn't imagine life without my little blog and I so grateful for all the good it has brought to my life.

2. The sun - this may sound weird but after all it is that time of year where we all crave warmer weather. Days like last Sunday that include a few hours of sun are exactly what I need right now. Those rays of sunlight inspire me to go out and do so many things. I cannot wait to be able to take tons of pictures out in the sun watching nature explode once spring is finally here.

3. My birthday is next week. I will turn 39 on the 19th and although it is kind of giving me the creeps that this will be my last year in my thirties, I am also looking forward to that new chapter in my life and cannot wait to find out how life will be as I grow older and "wiser". haha So, I guess it's safe to say that growing older and gaining experience is somewhat a big inspiration to me.

Ok, now it's your turn - I am supposed to nominate 15 bloggers to join me and share the things that inspire them. I am going to stretch the rules a bit here though and I hope you will bear with me on this one - I nominate whoever wants to share their sources of inspiration and I am looking forward to reading them!

Happy Tuesday!
Hugs xxx

2.09.2015

Liebster Award // Thank you.

The lovely DT from Here I scribble… nominated me with this wonderful blog award. Thank you so much, DT!



RULES
  1. Thank and link back to the person who nominates you.
  2. Answer the questions given by the person who nominates you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers. 
  4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5. Let the nominees know they've been nominated!

QUESTIONS FOR ME
  1. What's the scariest thing you ever had to do? Packing up my family and entire household to move overseas to Chicago and start a life there.
  2. What makes you proud of yourself? Looking at my daughter and seeing the person she is growing to be makes me entirely proud of myself.
  3. What do you do when you are procrastinating? I push unpleasant things away until I no longer can, but it does give me a bad conscience and I can't stop thinking about it until it's done.
  4. What would your autobiography be called? Expat by heart
  5. What's your favorite habit of you? Mmmh, probably that I am a perfectionist, although that is not always a good thing, it does come in handy in certain situations of life.
  6. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I'd say a bit of both, although I am more of an extrovert.
  7. What is your biggest turnoff? Noise in general, but especially when someone makes weird sounds when eating and drinking. So annoying!
  8. Mountains or Beach? Again, a bit of both, but if I really had to choose just one, it would always be the beach!
  9. What's something nobody knows about you? Not sure there is anything nobody knows about me - I guess my husband knows all my "secrets" and there is really nothing that extraordinary that I would have to hide it. I think...
  10. Who has influenced you the most? How? That would have to be my mom - I always wanted to be like her when I grow up and I think that I really have a lot in common with her and who she is. 
  11. What is your favorite book? Silver Linings by Matthew Quick 

MY QUESTIONS FOR YOU
  1. What is your favorite song?
  2. Where would you like to travel if you could go anywhere?
  3. Do you regret something in your past?
  4. What is your favorite time of the day and why?
  5. Do you have a secret wish?
  6. We all have a movie we could watch over and over - which one is yours?
  7. Is there a craft you would like to learn?
  8. Road trip, air travel or by train?
  9. Camping or hotel?
  10. When did you start blogging and why?
  11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
I NOMINATE


If you haven't been nominated but would like to play along - please consider yourself nominated!
Have fun!
Hugs xxx


2.08.2015

Project 52 // Capturing Week 6

Project 52 // Week 6
It's been a quiet week over here picture-taking-wise - the weather has been outrageously cold. The snow/rain and icy winds have been killing me. Taking the pup out is really a challenge in these weather conditions, I'm telling ya! It made me appreciate the few hours of sunshine we got today so much more. Boy that sunshine is like a magnet pulling me in as soon as it appears. Makes my heart jump for joy and my soul smile big time. I can't wait for spring to finally arrive. So glad we're almost there!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend so far - enjoy the rest of it!
Hugs xxx


2.06.2015

Thoughts // Unspoken.

Words I won't say.
1. Being a good parent is so unpretentious. 

2. I don't need a best friend, I can do it all by myself.

3. Life is ordinary.

4. It's not a big deal to grow your blog.

5. No, let's not go to that yarn store.

6. I don't need a vacation.

7. Everyone else is better off.

8. I am looking forward to the big 4-0.

9. Winter, please stick around.

10. TV is overrated.

Life can be tough - and it's the same for everyone. No matter where you are, what you do and how you live, I'm sure you've been through a rough patch. That's just life - ups and downs and ups and downs. And it goes on and on until it ends. I will be 39 in 13 days. The last year in my thirties. Now that makes me a bit anxious and it gets me thinking. Where am I in life and where do I want to be. The 3-0 didn't bother me at all. The 4-0 does. It's an odd feeling. It doesn't feel weird regarding the getting-older-part. It's because I keep looking at it as my half-time. And that slightly scares me. I just want to make sure to lead the life I wish for, the life I envision and I want to do everything possible to achieve that. I don't want to waste any precious time. I hope I can make it.

Just some thoughts and things that have been on my mind. I hope they make some kind of sense. This is something I wanted to write down, so I can come back and re-visit my thoughts some time later on. 

Are you headed towards a certain birthday that makes you a bit anxious? How are you dealing with it? What are your thoughts?

Hugs xxx

2.05.2015

Are you an Over-thinker? // Stop it.

Are you an over thinker?
I used to over-think everything. Not because I was insecure, but because I wanted to please everyone. In a group or team I wish for mutual consent. I do want what I want and I will do most likely anything to get it, but I don't want others to surrender something in order for me to achieve that. Sometimes I would sit at home thinking about a certain situation and the words that had been said and maybe wonder if things would have gone differently, if I had said or done something else.

It would matter to me what others thought of me. How they saw me and what they heard in my words. Did they get me? Did they understand me? Did they like me? Was I wearing the right attire, was I acting the right way? I would even sometimes get sweaty palms worried about being accepted. That was in my early twenties. I will be 39 in 9 days.

Boy was I stupid. Who cares what others think? Why would it even matter? Does it change anything? Everyone sees things in their own way. Everyone likes different things. Just because you like something doesn't mean everyone else has to like it. Be your own you and let others be themselves. Let them think of you whatever they want. Don't care about it! The only thing that counts is that you like yourself and stand for what you do and say. Don't try to please them all. Because you just can't! And you don't have to. 

I know it can be hard to let go. We strive for perfection. I know I do. But is there even such a thing - perfection? Something that seems perfect to one might not to another. Don't make assumptions and act on hunches - act on facts. Do one thing every single day that will get you where you want to be. Think positive and ask yourself the right questions. Ones that will mentally put you in a positive, productive and solution-focused state of mind.

Stop justifying and explaining what you're doing or not. Be honest and true to yourself - trust me, it's quite effective and liberating! And find someone who will tell you what he really thinks, someone you can trust to talk about your thoughts. Maybe that person has similar thoughts and you can help each other overcome them and get out of them. Try to free your mind and shake off the negative things. Believe me, I know how hard that can be - like I said, I used to overthink everything. I don't anymore and I am getting better and better at it. You can, too!

Happy Wednesday.
Hugs xxx

2.04.2015

No words to be found. // What a busy mind.

Words

We do, we live and breathe words. What would life be without communication. Be it by speaking or signing. By words coming out of your mouth, flowing from your mind through your fingers to a piece of paper or a screen or by pointing with your hands and fingers forming shapes to show your vis-à-vis what you are trying to express. Communication is key. In all areas of our lives. We have to say what is on our minds in order to achieve what we wish for. No one can read our thoughts. How are they supposed to know what we want, if we don't tell them?

Sometimes though, when my mind is busy and full and overflowing with information, I can't seem to find the right words. This is something I often stumble upon when it comes to blogging. There are so many things I want to share. So many topics on my mind, only to vanish once I sit down in front of my computer ready to type it all out. 

I am not a blog post planner type of blogger. Does that even make sense? HA - I don't really jot down my ideas when they come to me, I mostly write out of an impulse. I have an idea, I match a photo or quote or both to it and start writing. A little editing here, a little formatting there and done. Not the typical way to blog, is it? Maybe I should try the jotting down my ideas thing. Maybe it would make things easier for me. 

If only the day had more hours. As a working mom who will increase her office hours by 2 hours per day coming March the day is often over too soon. Most of the time. And once the clock hits a certain hour I am simply too exhausted to even think about getting up from the comfy sofa to write down my ideas. I cherish down time on my sofa. There is this spot on the left side of it which is all mine. It belongs to me. It perfectly fits the shape of my bum. And it's there all day long waiting for me. I'm telling you, once I hit that spot there is no escaping it. haha 

I guess that is what you get when you blog for fun. If your blog is your income you will probably see things differently, but for me it is just a place to share my overflowing mind and connect with like-minded souls. Maybe one day things will change and I will see things from another angle, but until then I will just take those word-less days and roll with them.

Happy Wednesday, dear friends.
Hugs xxx

2.03.2015

Winter Blues // Things that keep me sane.

Winter Blues


I am not a winter person. Don't get me wrong, I do like the snow - watching it from inside the house, but I don't need to be in it. I like how it covers everything under a soft layer of fluff. I enjoy watching kids have fun sledding and skiing, but I do not need to be part of any of that. I don't like the cold, I don't like the wet and I don't like the bundling up part of it. You know, the thick gloves, the snow suits, the moon boots and all the shenanigans that make it hard to feel your body, let alone move around.

Winter is cold and wet and windy. I hate winter storms and I sure can do without the icy roads on my morning commute to work. Everything outside looks dreary and clammy and it gives me shivers down my spine by the thought of having to brave the cold wind. 

Yesterday I came across a blog - and unfortunately I failed to bookmark the url, but I remember the idea of the post - it was about the things that helped keep the author stay sane during the long winter months and I thought it would be fun to make a list of 10 things that help keep me sane during this long period of time. 

1. Knitting: So glad I have a huge stash of yarn that needs some TLC, I have been busting that stash all winter long knitting hats and socks and cowls for everyone and their mother. Although, I am itching a bit to head to the yarn store for a delicious new skein or two.

2. TV: Or respectively Netflix. We have been binge watching all kinds of shows: Breaking Bad, Orange is the new Black, Orphan Black, Dexter, Bates Motel, Suits…just to name a few. Aside from that I have been watching a few of my favorite movies.

3. Blogging: Either I write a post, read through my feed or tinker with my blog design - the internet is keeping me busy sparking new ideas for expanding my "online presence" in one way or the other. Trying to be more creative again.

4. Books: I have been reading more again, but it is hard for me to work on knitting and flip through the pages of a book at the same time. Especially since I knit according to pattern it's difficult to concentrate on reading the pattern and a book all at once. That is why I have been trying out audio books and I must admit, it really is an alternative to be able to do it all together.

5. Coloring: I ordered some mandala coloring books for Christmas just in case some one got bored during the holidays. Little did I know how much fun we'd all have coloring those circle shaped pictures.

6. Music: I love music and I love singing along. Thanks to Spotify the newest tracks are always on hand - I sure enjoy putting together a fun playlist according to the mood I am in.

7. Photography: I take pictures of everything. I particularly enjoy snapping pics of my pets. Kitty feet make for great snapshots. I haven't been as active on IG as I normally am, well, due to being sick last week and not really getting out of the house, I neglected my online life a bit, but now that I am up and running again, be prepared for more pics in the near future. Are you on IG and I don't know, yet? Tell me!

8. Cooking: I enjoy cooking a meal from scratch for my family. Snipping vegetables for a stew or stirring up a yummy risotto somehow has a soothing effect on me. There is nothing better than a house filled with the scent of a home cooked meal. Don't you agree?

9. Decluttering: When I am stuck inside because a blizzard is blustering around our home, I go on kind of a mission hunt. I sort of search our house for tasks, duties, things that need to be done but no one really wants to take on. Our office/ guest room is one of those tasks that has been waiting for me to take over. There are still a few administrative questions that need answering before I can get started, but after that there will be no holding back. I am planning on "flipping" this room into our master bedroom to turn that into our office/ craft and guest room because it has more square footage. There will be posts and pictures in the future of TBW.

10. Sleep: Being sick sucked all energy right out of me. To be quite honest I never fully recovered from the shingles last October which is probably why this flu really knocked me off my feet. I guess I have to take more care of myself and listen to the signs of my body more closely. I've been getting in tons of sleep last week, and yet I still feel so endlessly tired all the time. Is it just the time of year or am I still a bit under the weather? Have you been significantly tired lately?

Are you a winter person or do you prefer warmer weather as well? What are the things that keep you sane during this time of year?

Happy Tuesday.
Hugs xxx

2.02.2015

Welcome February // Happy Groundhog Day

Welcome February.

And suddenly February was here and the sun came out on Groundhog Day, although the main part of the day has been cloudy and it has even been snowing. I sure hope the groundhog finds cloudy weather when he merges from his burrow, because that would mean spring will come early. If he however sees his shadow because the sun is shining, winter will stick around for 6 more weeks. No, please, let it be cloudy. HA

So, here it is, month 2 of 2015. February is the month of Valentine's Day (which is also my dad's birthday), it's the month that has us hoping for spring and it is also the month of my birthday. On February 19th I will be 39. The last one in my thirties. Whoa, I can't believe how fast time is going by. It just leaves me in awe how it seems to be flying by. I mean, where the heck did January go so fast? I feel like 2015 just got started.

I went back to work today - feeling so much better! Yay. Hope you all are well! How was the SuperBowl? Did you watch? I didn't - the time difference is too big. I would have had to get up in the middle of the night for it. How was Katy Perry?

Happy Monday.
Hugs xxx

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