8.31.2016

How I Feel In 5 Words.

How I Feel In 5 Words.

Sometimes I feel like I can't breathe. You probably know that feeling. When life's load gets way too heavy and you're having a hard time managing it all. Those moments force me to take a step back, so I can take a closer look at my situation and decide what to change in order to make things more bearable. Well, that sounds kind of harsh. Bearable. As if everything in life was tough. Not everything is tough, but a lot of things just are. We all know it. And we all know that place where things get too rough. Good thing we have people in our lives to help us get out of that place and move on.

Long story short - here's how I am today:

1. Exhausted.

2. Annoyed.

3. Hopeful.

4. Positive.

5. Ambitious.

Always try to see the good in the bad (see there are more positives than negatives up there). A day is never just negative. There is something positive in everything. We just can't always see it. 

If you're having a tough day as well - take a moment and think of something good that already happened today. Maybe it was a hug from a loved one or a wet nose from your furry kid. Maybe a smile from your neighbor.

Positive minds live positive lives.

Ok. Now, did you think about it? What was it?

Happy Wednesday, friend xxx

8.30.2016

Let's Have A Cup Of Coffee.

Let's Have A Cup Of Coffee.
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Imagine we were meeting up for a cup of coffee. Wouldn't that be nice. We could chat about the going ons in our lives, we could enjoy some me-time us-time together and go on about our kids, school, our jobs...well, we would probably talk about almost anything on our minds.
 
I would love that. I enjoy dates with a friend. It feels so good to let go for a while and have someone who understands you, and who really listens. And in return I love listening, too.
 
Here are a few things I would totally talk to you about:
 
- The ongoing heatwave here in southern Germany is really getting to me. I cannot wait for fall and I am so looking forward to all the things it brings with it.

- Being a mom to a teenager can be really hard. Kids these days are so different than we were and I know it's a generation thing, but it can still be so hard sometimes.

- Dealing with an unloyal co-worker who only plays nice is really hard, too. Always having to watch what you're saying because it could be used against you isn't fun.

- People here in the more rural parts of southern Germany, Germans in generell, are very nosy. Especially your neighbors like watching what you do, or what you unload from your car and they enjoy telling others all about it.

- Oh, and one more thing - the weekend cannot come soon enough.

Now, tell me what you would like to talk about or get off your chest! I am all ears!

Happy Tuesday xxx

8.26.2016

Happy Friday | V16.34

Happy Friday | V16.34

It's Friday, guys! Yay. 

If you've been reading along this week, you will know how much I was looking forward to this. It's been a rough week with piles of work that had been waiting for me after my vacation, a heatwave that hit Germany over the past few days and to top it off, I think I am coming down with something like the stomach flu-ish. Must be the heat. It's really been unbearable and made us take a trip or two to the local pool in the evenings to cool off (which wasn't such a bad thing at all).

But, Friday is finally here and I will take advantage of the next two days off to recuperate and do as little as possible. And although it's been a hard week, it did have some very happy moments. Here are a few:

1. Swimming with the crew.

2. Ice cubes in my glass.

3. AC in the car.

4. Dog walks in the cool evening air.

5. Stranger Things.

6. The soundtrack of #5 - hello 80's.

7. Italian ice cream.

8. A trip to the yarn store.

9. Iced Coffee.

10. Friends.

As you can see, all things cool are way up on my list of happy things. But I have been told that this will be the last "big" heat wave of the year here in Germany and that we can look forward to a wonderful fall season! I really hope so.

Now let me know some of your happy moments of the past few days? I'd love to hear!

Happy Friday, everyone! xxx

8.25.2016

What Is Your Favorite Season? Mine Is FALL.

Which Is Your Favorite Season? Mine Is FALL.

I don't exactly know how often I have gushed about my love for fall on my blog or any other of my social media accounts (you can find them on my right sidebar, right over there —>). Those of you who have been sticking around for a while probably already know that fall is my favorite time of the year (except for the holidays).

There is just something about it. The fresh crisp air. The changing colors, the leaves, the wind, the morning dew and fog in the valley, the warm afternoons and heck yeah, even the rain and sometimes grey. I love it all and I cannot wait.

So, when is this year's official start of FALL?

This year's autumnal equinox falls on September 22, 2016 at 10:21 A.M. EDT. The equinox occurs when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south.

It is the summer's great last heat,
It is the fall's first chill: they meet.

- Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

I will definitely be posting more about what I love so much about autumn in the next few weeks. But I would also love to know:

What is your favorite season and what do you love most about it?

Happy Thursday, everyone xxx

8.24.2016

How I Feel In 5 Words.

How I Feel In 5 Words.

 
Wednesday is here - my third day back to work after my 3-week vacation. The temps have been going way up since yesterday what made it even harder for me to be back to an office without AC. So, here I am trying to bear the heat, glad that the week is already halfway over.
 
This is how I am today:
 
1. Hot.
 
2. Tired.
 
3. Hopeful.
 
4. Weekend ready.
 
5. Un-motivated.
 
There you have it. I am a hot mess. My co-worker left tons of work on my desk for me to come back to. I have been working to get it all done plus the daily stuff piling up as well. Talk about coming back from a vacation being relaxed and having it all undone by a not so reliable co-worker in no time.
 
Hope your week is going better than mine?
What have you been up to and most importantly - How are you?
 
Hugs xxx

8.23.2016

Are You A Fan Of Ancient History?

Top 3 Hollywood Movies Related to Ancient Egypt

Egypt is one of the oldest cultured lands on Earth. Based on History World’s published work, human beings settled near the Nile River as early as 6,000 BC. Since then, people have been living in this area, and the country is still prominent today, most notably for its rich history. For this reason alone, Egypt has been a popular subject in written literature, art and media, which include movies. The ancient lands became even more known to modern society thanks to the wide reach of motion picture films. Take a look at three (or four) of the best works in cinema about Egypt. Note that this list is about movies from Hollywood. If you want to go all-native, check out another list featuring classic Egyptian-made movies by The Culture Trip.

1. The Mummy (both 1932 and 1999 versions) If you’re reading this, and you haven’t seen either one of the two The Mummy, then you’ve pretty much missed out on not one, but two of the greatest films ever about Egypt. The original, way back in 1932, is enough to give goosebumps to any viewer. It was thrilling as well as chilling, and Imhotep became synonymous with evil. Apparently, another version will be shown next year, as reported by Collider.

The Mummy with Boris Karloff


(Boris Karloff in The Mummy / 1932)

The 1999 release, though essentially a semi-remake of the original according to Filmsite.org, has had its own appeal and moments. The filmmakers turned it into an Indiana Jones style movie, with elements of comedy and light romance. It’s an adventure flick that’s great for kids and adults alike, exploring Egyptian mythology and culture, most obvious of which is the ancient practice of mummification, along with the beliefs and legends surrounding it. Imhotep this time may only bring nightmares to kids, but the O’Connell family and the whole film is still a joy to watch. The scenery and landscape, of course, will make you wish you were an archaeologist. Treading the Saharan sands and discovering the structures of Egypt is a very exciting thought.

Brendan Fraser in The Mummy

(Brendan Fraser in The Mummy / 1999)

2. Cleopatra (1963) Some might see this movie as the reason for cementing an image of the legendary beauty for the ancient queen of the Nile into modern pop culture, given that it starred the very lovely Elizabeth Taylor. The increased popularity of Cleopatra established her permanently around the world as a name associated with Egypt. Time Magazine stated that it was nominated for nine Academy Awards that year, and won four: Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects. The costumes alone etched the appearance of pharaohs in people’s memories. On the other hand, the plot which was centred on the love triangle between Cleopatra, was intense, intriguing, and gripping.

Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra

(Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra / 1963)

Even before the film, however, her image could be seen in various other forms of media and art, including a 1st Century BC black basalt statue highlighted by Historylists.org, and numerous paintings listed by New World Encyclopedia. In another form of media, she also reached the world of video games as software developers included Cleopatra in titles such as Sid Meier’s new addition to the Civ franchise – Civilization VI; Cleopatra, an Egyptian-themed slots game and; Pharaoh, a PC strategy game released way back in ’99.

The Prince of Egypt


3. The Prince of Egypt (1998) Don’t mistake this animated motion picture as a film exclusively for kids. The Prince of Egypt is a movie very much filled with substance. It’s full of life lessons, moments which will give you the ‘feels’, and it actually depicted a pretty accurate portrait of Ancient Egyptian society. It’s a wonderful epic picture, overall. In fact, Blavity proclaimed that it is still among the greatest animated musicals of all time. Moreover, the movie is also about self-empowerment, likewise reflected in its official song – “When You Believe” which won an Oscar for Best Original Song. It was performed by two all-time great female singers, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

All in all, these three titles contributed greatly in bringing Ancient Egyptian society to the modern era. On top of that, each film featured different memorable characters: the O’Connell family and Imhotep, Cleopatra, and Rameses and Moses.

Do you have any excellent movie suggestions linked to this ancient culture? 
I would love to know.

Happy Tuesday xxx

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8.22.2016

Are You Living Your Dream?

Do what you love most.
Do what you love most, they said. Follow your dreams. Live your dream.

But it's not always that easy though. Or is it? Follow your dreams and do what you love?

I think that if you really want something, you can do it. But you have to believe in yourself. I am sure that you can achieve whatever you set your heart and mind to. You just have to try and you have to have faith in yourself. Because if you don't, who will?

It will probably mean putting in extra effort and lots of extra time. Time you might rather spend with your loved ones. Time you might rather spend sitting on the sofa watching season x of your favorite show. 

But no one ever achieved something by sitting on the sofa or by going to the park. 

It doesn't mean that you will not be able to do these things any more. It doesn't mean you will not get to do things for fun or have some downtime. All it means is that, if you want to accomplish something, you have to make the effort. 

Put in that extra time. Sit down and work hard for it. Because while you'll be at it, you will notice that your dream is achievable and that you are making progress every step of the way. 

And whenever you feel like giving up, review your goal, the reason you are doing this. Remind yourself to never lose sight of it. Write it down and add some smaller goals for along the way. They will be like little treats to make it easier for you. 

Every time you reach one of those smaller goals, you will be one step closer to your actual goal. It will make it so much easier for you to keep on going.

I know that it's always easy to talk or write about these things. Easier said than done. I know. I know. Trust me. But I also know that if you really try, I mean really try, you can do so much more than you think you can. 

Just remember to:

- write down your goals and review than on a daily basis to not lose focus

- declutter your life, your mind and your space so your brain can function

- start a day on a positive note and most importantly end it on a good one

- focus on one thing at a time to not overwhelm yourself

- set yourself a time schedule and try to stick to it

- overcome your fear of failing because, you got this

- remember that if others can do it, so can you

- work hard and it will pay off

Now tell me, do you have a goal you are already working towards? I do. 

Have a wonderful and successful week, everyone!

8.19.2016

Happy Friday | V16.33

Happy Friday

Can you believe that it's already August 19th? Isn't it crazy how 8 months of the year are nearly over and fall is right around the corner? Fall! I cannot wait! My favorite season and I am truly grateful we get to experience all 4 seasons here in southern Germany.

It's been another fun week of vacation. Another Friday is here. Another 10 things to be happy about:

1. Evening bike rides with the fam.

2. Long walks at sunset with the pup.

3. BBQ on the patio.

4. A trip to Stuttgart.

5. Working on my picture wall - pics will follow.

6. Kitty purrs and snuggles.

7. The Secret Life of Pets with the crew.

8. Coffee dates with a friend.

9. Spa day with my man.

10. Fresh fall-like air through open windows.

How has your week been? What adventures have you been on? Back to school fun for your kids, maybe?

Happy Friday xxx

8.17.2016

How I Feel In 5 Words.

How are you?
We have been working in our backyard for the past 2 days and on top of that we've been helping my parents trim their bushes as well. Needless to say that my entire body is sore and aching. We've also been doing bike rides in the cool evening hours, going a bit further every day and I can already feel and see some changes in my body. Yay! Hard work and dedication really do pay off.

Those few sentences are already packed with emotions, but here are some more to make this post complete:

1. exhausted.

2. content.

3. accomplished.

4. excited.

5. ambitious.

I guess all in all not too bad feelings to have, right?! 

How about you? How are you and what have you been up to?

Happy Wednesday xxx

P.S. The pic was taken during our week up north on one of the few days we were able to hit the beach.

8.16.2016

Tuesday Thoughts

Tuesday Thoughts

Things that are on my mind today:

- it's day 2 of my last week of summer vacation…SIGH.

- I love succulents, took that shot at the nursery last Saturday.

- do all kids sleep in till noon during summer vacation?

- the weather during our week up north was, oh well

- now the sun is shining and the temps are up

- thank you for that.

- haven't been knitting in a while, but I feel the itch. 

- a trip to the local yarn store might be in order.

- I think I need another cup of coffee.

- a day trip somewhere to a lake nearby might be nice.

- I should really look into that.

So, now tell me, what's on your mind on this beautiful Tuesday?

Hugs xxx

8.15.2016

Fate - Does It Exist?

Do You Believe In Fate?


* a power that is believed to control what happens in the future*
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To come right to the point: I believe in FATE. I might not have at a younger age, but various experiences throughout the years have proved me wrong.

The first experience I can now say was fate, was definitely meeting my husband. We met at a party. A party I wasn't going to go to. But my best friend had convinced me to tag along, promising me to go to the club I so wanted to rather go to afterward. Needless to say we never went to said club. My husband and I have been a couple for 23 years now, 13 of which we have been married. Yes, we waited that long to tie the knot, because we focused on our careers first.

Another experience proving to me that fate was real, was when we went to the animal shelter to adopt a dog. You know when you have your mind set on something specific, which will be the one thing you will focus on, not even noticing anything else around you? Like when you buy a new car. Before you had it, you never really noticed that type of car before, but after purchasing it, you will see it EVERYWHERE.
Well, when we went to the shelter, we knew exactly what we thought we wanted. The shelter guy interviewed us and took our entire family situation into consideration, only to lead us to this one kennel in which we would find the for us perfect family dog. Kyra has now been a part of our family for 9 years and I we couldn't ever imagine life without her!

It's a funny thing with FATE. It somehow navigates us to where we are meant to be rather than where we want to be. Somehow we "pick" places, people, situations etc. which magically turn out to be the perfect place, person, situation for us at that exact time.

Last week the husband and I went to a career workshop together. We had signed up for this a few weeks ago, knowing it would be during our vacation. We didn't know any of the other participants and hoped it would be a great way to connect with like-minded people. It was a 3-day workshop filled with lots of interesting topics, awesome food, many laughs, great entertainment and a top notch hotel for all of us.

As we entered the auditorium on the first day, not really knowing what to expect, we somehow picked these two seats in front of a couple that looked to be our age. Turns out they were and that we connected on so many levels it just had to be FATE that we had picked that place right in front of them. We spent the entire time together, making this whole experience so much better.
We live about 3 hours apart from each other, are now connected through social media and already planning to meet up with our daughters very soon.

FATE - either you believe in it or not. All I know is, I believe in it and it has enriched my life in so many ways so far - I cannot wait to see what else it has in store for me.

Now tell me, do you believe in FATE or are you more of a pragmatist?

Either way, happy Monday - may it be a great one! xxx

8.12.2016

Happy Friday | V16.32

Hello, it's me.

I haven't blogged in weeks. What can I say. Life got super busy and I did what we do when things get overwhelming, I set priorities. Blogging is my hobby. A very time consuming hobby, as we all know. So, the only right thing to do at the time, was to press pause for my blog. Sorry, not sorry.

Good thing I don't do this for a living, I guess I would be broke by now. haha

Work was hell throughout the month of July. My dear co-worker with whom I share an office with and for which I sub during her time off and vice versa, fell down a flight of stairs and broke her right foot as well as her right collarbone. Needless to say that she wasn't able to come to work for weeks.

I subbed for her half of June and the entire month of July. At the end, I was just exhausted. My workload was insane. I worked overtime for what feels like a gazillion hours and my batteries were more than empty.

August 1st was my first day of vacation. A 3 week vacation which is still going on. Friday was my last day at the office and Saturday morning we packed up the car and made our way to the 6.5 hours distant North Sea near Bremerhaven, Germany, where we had rented a cute vacation home for the week.

It wasn't clear til one day before my last day of work, if I would even be able to take this vacation, because that was the day the doctor cleared my co-worker for being able to return back to work. Thank goodness. I was ├╝ber-happy for her recovery but also very, very happy to being able to go on this very much needed vacation with my loved ones.

Vacation by the North Sea / Bremerhaven
Here a few impressions of our week up North. The weather was just like anyone who has ever been there would anticipate it to be. A day of sunshine and warmer temps followed by a day of rain. We tried to not let it get to us and made the best of those windy and wet days by going to some fun exhibitions in the city.

We munched on amazing food throughout the week. Lots of fresh fish and crabs, but also on some yummy burgers in this super stylish burger parlour we found right by the beach. They even had hairspray and brushes for their guests in the restrooms, so one could re-style their hair that got messed up in the windy northern part of Germany. Very cute.

I didn't take too many pics and only posted a few on Instagram, because 1) I wanted to be more in the moment than behind a camera and 2) wi fi was a rare thing in our vacation home, which was a good thing, because it "forced" us all away from our devices and we got to spend more quality time with one another than I could have dreamed of.

I am back and I hope it will stay that way. Vacation gave me back my blogging mojo!

Happy Friday, everyone….hope you're still out there!

Hugs xxx

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