4.07.2017

What's Up, Weekend? | V17.14

Come on over and share the link to your happy moments!

It has been a rather quiet week over here and I hope you are all well. A lot has been going on - work-wise and family-wise which forced me to put my little blog a bit on hold these past few days. It feels good to let go of it though, when there is so much other stuff going on around you.

I went to my first WW meeting on Wednesday night and I feel absolutely energized to get this weight loss thing going and I am really motivated to get back in shape. I signed up for a 3-month-trial to get things going and will just wait and see how to move on afterward.

Just to make things clear, I do not want to lose weight to fit into any kind of "standard" other people have set for themselves or others. I want to lose weight to live a more healthy life, to live longer, to have less back pain and avoid any health issues in the future that will most likely occur if I don't change my habits and to be a better role model for my daughter. I am not on any crazy diet taking some kind of hormones or drinking some kind of shake to lose the weight I put on over years in a matter of weeks. I want to do this in a healthy way which will make it easier for me to keep it off and I want to hold on to the things I learn along the way to avoid a fallback.

With that being said, let's focus on some of my happy moments this week:

1. fresh tulips

2. awesome coworkers

3. spring weather

4. 13 Reasons Why (cannot stop watching)

5. fresh strawberries

6. Italian ice cream

7. old photo albums

8. music

9. friends

10. snail mail

Come over and link up with Charlotte, Lindsay and I for our weekly What's Up, Weekend post. Feel free to share your happy moments, moments of gratitude and anything to help us all focus on the good things in life!

Happy Friday, friends! xxx

3.31.2017

What's Up. Weekend | V17.13

Come on over and share the link to your happy moments!
Not quite sure what it was with this week, but somehow it has been a drag for about anyone I know. Everyone seemed tired, moody and not really in the groove. Neither did I and boy have I been tired all week long. I have had trouble keeping up with replying to comments on all my social media - so please bear with me, I will do that this weekend! I cannot tell you how grateful I am Friday is here, which means the weekend is literally right there in front of us! Yay. Anyone feel me?
 
But, my week did have lots of happy and positive moments, some of which I would love to share with you all like every Friday for the past 2 years or so.
 
Here are 10 things that made me extremely happy these past few days:
 
1. Re-connecting with an old blogging friend from way back when.
 
2. Sunshine on our evening walks.
 
3. Pizza date with some friends.
 
4. An hour of me-time while my man and daughter were doing the groceries.
 
5. Knitting on the sofa watching Blacklist.
 
6. Coffee with co-workers on our lunchbreak.
 
7. A friends's baby shower.
 
8. Planning a trip for April - I'll have a few days off around Easter
 
9. Gardening
 
10. The Peaceful Posse - come join us!
 
Charlotte, Lindsay and I are totally blown away by how our Facebook group is growing and that you all are here to make it such a fun expereince! 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, so please come and join your link and spread the word - the more the merrier!
 
Have a fab Friday and hang in there - the weekend is right around the corner!
 
Hugs xxx
 

3.30.2017

Being Real And Honest To Myself Today.

Breaking bad habits can be tough, but if you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything!

Today I am real and honest.

To myself.

So I can hold myself accountable.

The thing is - I have always struggled with my weight. As long as I can remember I was the "chubby" one. Not fat or obese, but chubby.

I always thought I was too thick in highschool - looking back on pics now, I can see that I wasn't. But people made me believe so. Which lead to one diet following the other. I tried so many different things, which all worked fine in the beginning, but never lasted long.

I didn't have my "goal weight" when I got pregnant, needless to say I was far from it afterward.

I lost a lot of weight during our time in the US - I walked a lot, my diet was different and I felt really good about myself. But back in Germany, feeling homesick and depressed for a long time, the weight came back on and then some.

I am an emotional eater. I literally eat my feelings. And the regret always sets in way too late. Afterward I feel miderable. But it doesn't stop me from doing the same mistake over and over again.

I have to break that cycle in order to achieve a healthy weight and to feel good about myself again.

So - I have decided to join Weight Watchers, because I know a lot of people who have had tremendous success losing weight on WW. And because I want to do it in a healthy way and I want it to last!

The first meeting I will attend is next Wednesday and then every Wednesday after that - so, I will share my journey on Thursdays.

I will also start being more active, now that spring is here I will use my bike more often, the pup will be taken on her daily walks as usual and I will also go on walks/ runs by myself where I can go a bit faster since our Kyra suffers from arthitis and can't go that fast any more.

I will share my journey here with you all. I know it won't be easy and I know I will struggle for sure. But, I have set my mind to it - I want to lose this damn weight once and for all!

I hope you will all cheer me on and listen to my rants that will for sure come. And if any of you have tried Weight Watchers before - please share some of your experience with me - I would love to hear!

Have you recently set your mind to something important you want to achieve? I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Thursday xxx

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

3.22.2017

How I Feel In 5 Words.

Try to express your feelings in 5 Words.
It's Wednesday - yay, happy hump day!

Wednesdays I always share how I feel. I use only 5 words to describe my emotions. 

Sometimes they are similar and sometimes they are all over the place. 

Sometimes we can feel all the feelings at once. Sometimes there is only room for one emotion.

Most of the time my emotions are all over the place, because normally we have to deal with so many different things in life, there is no way we only feel one certain way. 

Here is how I am today:

1. Confused.

2. Excited.

3. Tired.

4. Content.

5. Resilient.

See what I mean with my feelings being all over the place?

I feel confused, because I got an email I wasn't able to process just yet. I feel excited for the possibilities it might mean. I am tired because it's only friggin Wednesday and the weekend cannot come soon enough. I am content because I feel satisfied with what is right this minute. And I feel resilient because there is nothing I cannot take.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!
Please share how you are today in the comments! I would love to hear!

Happy Wednesday xxx

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3.21.2017

I Got Kicked Out Of A Facebook Group.

Sometimes life kicks butt.
I wasn't planning on writing this post. 

I was going to just let it go.

But I have been contacted by a few friends who had noticed that I wasn't around that said group anymore - asking where I was or what had happened.

To get straight to the point - I  got kicked out of a Facebook Group I had been a member of for almost 3 years. Heck, I was even an admin until just recently where I stepped back because of life.

Why did I get kicked out?

Because I formed a new Facebook group with two wonderful friends, Lindsay and Charlotte who got kicked out of said group as well. They had spoken up about a few things and had mentioned a few concerns towards the founder of the group who had set several rules for her members but wasn't following them herself (e.g. reciprocating comment love).

She thought we were talking about her behind her back. That's why she deleted me from the group.

She didn't want to hear their concerns and just felt attacked. Had excuses over excuses for why she wasn't able to follow her own rules. But, here's the news: We all have busy lives. We have jobs and/ or are moms, we have families to take care of. We all spend hours on working hard for our social media presence and maintaining our blogs and so on, and so forth.

I get it, sometimes life gets too busy or in the way and that's when I allow myself to take a break from it all or to ask for help. But some people can't do that. Maybe because they are afraid to miss out on things or they are afraid of giving up authority. 

She didn't just kick me out of the Facebook group, she even blocked me from it and from almost all of her social media accounts we had been following each other on. I said almost all, because she forgot some, but don't worry, I took care of that. I don't need negativity in my life.

She even got me blacklisted from her WP blog using IP Blacklist Cloud. Ha, I think she might not know that this could affect her ranking. But, what do I care!

I didn't understand at first. There was never a negative word between the two of us. I was a loyal member and admin to the group for a long time - always sticking to the rules. A few members recently even contacted me because they had also noticed her not reciprocating at all. I told her and she felt attacked. And more excuses.

But long story short - that is the reason why I haven't been around. She even kicked out members that joined our new group The Peaceful Posse, but we are all moving on.

I don't hate her. I feel sorry for her. I really hope she gets her life in order. Obviously she has a lot on her plate and I would never point fingers. I just felt the need to speak up because I feel wrongly treated. 

I thought friendship was worth something. Seems that is not the case for everyone. 

With that being said - please come join us in our awesome new Facebook group The Peaceful Posse where the main rule is to HAVE FUN!! 

Hugs xxx

P.S. I am not writing this to attack anyone. I simply felt the need to explain to my friends who were concerned about me not being there anymore. Guys, I am here - more than ever!

3.20.2017

This Is Me - 20 Fun Facts.

This is Me.
Hello - welcome to The Brave Wanderer, my little space on the Internet.

So glad you are here. I am thrilled to have you.

I hope you enjoy your stay.

My last introduction was in the middle of last year. I know, it's not been that long ago, you can read it here and I might not tell you an awful lot new stuff today, but I thought it would be fun to tell you a few fun facts about myself, so you can get to know me a bit better.

So, here goes:

1. My name is Christina, but I have been called Chrissy ever since I can remember.

2. I do not have a middle name - it's not that big of a thing here in Germany.

3. Yes, that's right, I am from Germany. My family and I live in the beautiful countryside of southern Germany. I will try and post a lot more about my beautiful home country throughout the year.

4. My second home is America. I have lived a total of 7 years in the States. I will definitely write more about that as well.

5. I hate wearing socks and only do so if temps require them.

6. I am married to my soulmate and we have a daughter, named Leonie, who will be 14 in May. 

7. Yep, my girl will be 14 years old. That makes me 41 - ha, what a coincidence. 41 is 14 backwards.

8. I am also mom to our fluff, Kyra and our kitty, Miley.

9. I am addicted to knitting - give me a pretty skein of yarn and I'm happy.

10. I love sushi and won't say no to a latte macchiato.

11. Netflix for the win! I love watching movies and shows and I also love going to the movies!

12. Being outside in nature, walking the pup or gardening are two of my favorite pastimes.

13. Music - who can live without it! Currently obsessed with Katy Perry's new song! It's so fun!

14. I take photos all the time - you can see a few on my IG.

15. I collect quotes and believe in the healing strength of words.

16. I believe in granting everyone their opinions and I believe in respecting one another.

17. I wish the day had more hours because there is so much more I'd love to do.

18. Agree to disagree - makes things a lot easier.

19. I am slightly addicted to diet coke and diet Dr. Pepper - one a day can't hurt, right?

20. I love making new friends - so let's be friends!

Come and join Charlotte, Lindsay and I in our new Facebook Group The Peaceful Posse and help share the love!

I'd love to hear a few fun facts about you in the comments! Tell me something fun about you! Follow me on my social media - links can be found in the sidebar right up there!

Happy Monday xxx

3.17.2017

Happy Friday | V17.11

Hope your week was filled with magical moments.  Happy Friday, everyone.

It's been a while.

But I am trying to get back into the flow of writing.

What can I say, sometimes life kicks you in the butt and you just have to go with it. But somehow you always manage and somehow it all works out in the end. And that's what truly matters.

Life can be tough in so many ways. And it can make you question about anything. Family is the most important thing we have. Friends are, too. And it happens to all of us at some point - we figure out that someone we called a friend turns out to not be one.

And it will make us rethink friendships in general. It might make us wonder if there might have been something we could have done differently. But when someone suddenly blocks you entirely out of their life without any reason you gave that person to react in such a drastic way - you might want to consider that the fault was not on your side after all.

With that being said - life goes on and we should try to always move on with life.
Here are 10 things that made me happy this week:

1. Real friends I can rely on.

2. Coffee date with a co-worker

3. Compliments from my man

4. Hugs from my girl

5. long walks with the pup

6. the first signs of spring

7. Lourde's new song

8. Open windows on my drive home

9. How To Get Away With Murder

10. Knitting a birthday present for my mom (she will be 70 in June)

I am teaming up with Lindsay and Charlotte, two amazing ladies and supportive bloggers who are wonderful friends and also my fellow admins of The Peaceful Posse a facebook group for positive people - come and join us, we'd love to have you and add your link below!



Happy Friday xxx 


3.08.2017

How I Feel In 5 Words.

Can you describe your feelings today in only 5 words?

It's been a week already. One whole week without a post from me. What can I say - life has been super busy and there hasn't been any time for my online life at all.

My mom has been very ill battling the influenza and pneumonia at the hospital for well over 2 weeks. She is now back at home but needless to say not in any place where she would be able to do anything without help. So I have been driving back and forth between my parents' and our home, cooking meals, doing laundry and cleaning for 2 homes. I really love helping my parents in any way I can, but it has been really stressful and I hope things will be back to normal soon, because beside working full-time in a very demanding position, I also have a teenager, a husband and 2 furry kids that want to be taken care of and - not to forget - I have needs as well. So, needless to say that I am a little more than exhausted.

On top of everything else my sister will re-marry this Friday and is also 6 months pregnant, so I have been helping her plan and execute her wedding as well as a move to her and her fiance's own place 2 weeks ago. Phew, just writing about it leaves me breathless. When did I do all of this? Oh, and we replaced our second car with a better make and model. Yay.

My five feelings for today:

1. Tired.

2. Forworn.

3. Weary.

4. Drained.

5. Sanguine.

I have been too exhausted to sit in front of my computer trying to come up with something blog-worthy and there are at least 5 post drafts saved for me to come back to. But after a few sentences in, I always gave up and preferred knitting and watching HTGAWM on Netflix.

Can you blame me?

How are you and what's been going on in your neck of the woods? I really hope all is well.

Hugs xxx

3.01.2017

How I Feel In 5 Words.

Try to focus on your inner voice and listen closely.
A migraine forced me to call in sick yesterday. I have them every other month and when I do, all I want to quiet, darkness and sleep. But I am much better today, back at the office and ready to tackle the day.

Other than that things have calmed down a bit after all the sickness we went through since December and I am looking forward to spring-like temps, so we can finally be outside more again and soak up that vitamin D. This time of year is a little weird - with the holidays gone and spring not yet here, everyone seems to be in some kind of funk. Don't you think? Krysten from Why Girls Are Weird described it rather precise in her inspiring post yesterday. Head on over, she is sharing some amazing quotes!
Today I feel:

1. Rested.

2. Excited.

3. Content.

4. Amused.

5. Hungry.

Excited because I just booked our summer vacation home in Tuscany, Italy and I cannot wait for August to come! It even has a private pool! Yay!
Hungry because I am trying to lose some of that holiday weight I unfortunately packed on over Christmas and am eager to finally lose. Wish me luck.
So, how has your week been so far? How are you today?

Happy Wednesday xxx

2.28.2017

Coffee Talk.

Let's have a cup of coffee and talk about what's been going on lately.


I thought it was about time to sit down and have a cup of coffee again. It's been a while and I bet we have a lot to talk about. So, if we were to have a cuppa together I would share with you the following:

You probably noticed that it has been rather quiet over here in the past 2 weeks or so. You might remember Leonie suffering from pneumonia. I took a few days to take proper care of her and after returning back to work I had to make my way through the workload that had been neglected during that time. Unfortunately my co-worker who subs for me when I am gone (I sub for her as well), isn't that reliable and more of the lazy kind. So, lots of things had piled up on my desk.

And when life takes over and consumes all of you, there is no room for ideas or creativity left which are both required to run a successful blog and to write posts that are worth reading to others. That is why I was gone for a bit.

I would also tell you that I have been really busy knitting lately. I squeezed in an hour of yarn therapy each night before bedtime. It is simply one of the best ways  for me to unwind, next to taking the pup on long walks. There is nothing better to clear your mind.

And I would definitely tell you about our summer vaction plans. We have been going back and forth about where to spend it this year. Originally we were looking into traveling Canada for 3 weeks, but a co-worker of the mister quit and so now he can only take off 10 days instead of 4 weeks, so we are going to have to postpone Canada to next year and look for alternatives.

I think we found a quite good one - we are now planning a trip to Tuscany, Italy. I found a few beautiful vacation homes all with a private pool and am now waiting for the landlords' responses whether or not one of them would be available during the time we are planning to travel at the end of August. Please keep your fingers crossed for us!

And last but not least, I would let you know that I was guest blogger over at A Blissful Haven yesterday and would ask you to hop on over and take a look at what I wrote about how to keep your relationship going strong!

But enough of me - now it's your turn! What has been going on in your life lately? I'd love to hear!

Happy Tuesday xxx

2.24.2017

Happy Friday | V17.08

Another year is in the books. Time flies they say. It sure does.

I turned 41 last Sunday - another year in the books. Time flies, they say. It sure does. Didn't I just celebrate the big 4-0. It's crazy how every year time seems to be going by faster and faster. Don't you think?

I enjoyed a lazy birthday this year. Sleeping in, late breakfast, a long walk in the morning sun with my man and the pup. A long hot shower afterward, a little knitting and Netflix (Marcella) on the couch and a yummy dinner at our favorite local Greek restaurant in the evening. Back at home we popped open a bottle of champagne and enjoyed a relaxing evening.

It was a fun day spent with my loved ones and I soaked up every minute of it, not letting the Monday blues get to me. Oh, how I envy you entrepreneurs for not having to battle that awful feeling Sunday nights knowing you'll have to head back to work in the morning. Not that I don't like my job, I really do. I just don't like being in the daily grind and spending such a long time away from home every single day.

I know it has been very quiet over here in the past week or so. Life was busy, so much has been going on. I needed to take a break from the online world to be more present at home and have more time for life. I guess we all have to allow ourselves this freedom to take a step back if needed.

I really hope you are still out there and all is well in your part of the world. Wishing everyone a fast Friday and a wonderful slow weekend packed with lots of lovely things.

Happy Friday xxx

2.14.2017

Valentine's Day

Wishing you all a love-filled Valentine's Day!

Wishing you all a wonderful, happy and love-filled Valentine's Day!
Hope you can spend it with someone special!

Hugs xxx

2.10.2017

Happy Friday | V17.06

What were some of your HAPPY MOMENTS this week? Come on over and share some!

It's been a long week and I have been very absent over here. Sometimes we just have to focus and set priorities and sometimes life needs us in the here and now. That doesn't mean I didn't think of you or my little space over here. Believe me, I did and I tried to write something substantial a couple of times, only to hit save and close the window again.

As many of you know my family has been on and off sick at home since the beginning of December last year. Leonie, my daughter had some high fevers at the beginning of January but seemed ok again 2 weeks ago. Last Sunday she sunddenly battled yet again a high fever. I took her straight to emergency care and they diagnosed pneumonia.

She has been home since Tuesday and I have been busy keeping her comfortable. She seems to finally be on the mend thanks to her meds. Nonetheless I have been a hot mess, worried sick about my girl. I guess you can understand why I stepped away from my blog for the most part of the week. My brain felt scattered and I wasn't able to write anything.

But things are starting to look better and this week did hold some happy moments for me:

1. Leonie finally feeling better

2. watching movies with my girl

3. coffee date with a friend to get my mind off of things

4. deciding on a new knitting project

5. long puppy walks

6. the mister cooking dinner

7. clean sheets

8. still watching "Call the Midwife" - LOVE

9. 5 lbs down

10. a new pair of jeans (smaller size)

It's the little things they say and that's so true! Buying a pair of jeans in a smaller size was one of my victories this week and it felt so good! I am looking forward to a lazy weekend, staying in, ordering out, knitting and cuddling with my fam.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Happy Friday xxx

2.06.2017

Taking Stock Of Life.

Come and join us taking stock of the things currently going on in our lives and the things that are important to us right now.
Last week was a good one in so many ways. There was little to nothing to complain about and the weekend was even better. I got to spend lots of quality time with my loved ones, I had a few hours for just me and the mister spent going on an impromptu coffee date and a little shopping spree afterwards. I was able to knit a few rows here and there, did a little cleaning up around the house and I indulged in my newest addiction, my bullet journal. Guys, I was pretty hesitant to get started with it, but now I am overflowing with ideas and it is so much fun! Do you bullet journal? I'd love a few tips or sources from where you get your ideas! And I will definitely blog about my journal soon!
 
So, here's what I have been up to lately:

sketching: duh, my bullet journal

purchasing: pens over pens

reading: journaling tutorials

watching: Call the Midwife

listening: Charlie Cunningham 'Lines'

eating: lots of fruit and sushi

knitting: a summer shawl for a friend

wondering: if Punxsutawney Phil is right about the weather

hoping: for a soon spring (hence the spring-like image today)

wishing: for lots of growth throughout the year

thinking: a lot about politics lately

looking forward: to our Berlin trip on my birthday weekend

searching: for things to do during said trip

trying: lettering - bullet journaling is opening so many creative doors

dreaming: that everything will be alright

Now, tell me, what have you been up to lately? What are you currently watching? What is your current favorite song and what is you favorite dish right now?
 
Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by!
Hugs xxx

2.03.2017

Happy Friday | V17.05

Looking back on the happy moments of the week helps stay positive.


According to Punxsutawney Phil  we are in for another 6 weeks of cold weather because he saw his shadow in front of the crowd at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. We were all probably hoping for a different result, but we'll just have to wait and see if there is really some truth to his forecast after all.

It's been a good week with a day off on Wednesday. So working 2 days before and 2 after that felt like a really fast week. I wouldn't mind if every week were like that! And now that everyone seeems to be on the mend and the sickies finally decided to leave (knocking on wood - literally), things at home are back to normal and that feels really good.

Here are 10 of my happy moments these past few days:

1. the day off on Wednesday

2. Sushi date with my girl

3. snail mail

4. Malabrigo yarn delivery (be still my knitter's heart)

5. Call the Midwife

6. Pizza night

7. Coffee Date

8. sunshine

9. knitting

10. puppy walks

So, there you have it - week 5 of 2017 has been rather good and I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend. What are your plans?

Now, tell me some of your happy moments this week!

Happy Friday xxx

2.01.2017

How I Feel In 5 Words.

Take the time to breathe every now and then.
Today is February 1st! Can you believe it? How did January just fly by? Crazy.

February is a good month. We've got 2 birthdays coming up. My dad's is on Valentine's Day and mine on the 19th. It's also Valentine's Day and we finally booked a trip to Berlin on my birthday weekend. I know I said I was thinking about booking a solo trip, just for me, but I figured I can't just up and leave on my birthday, so I will let them tag along and save that solo trip for some other time this year. It will happen though! I promised that to myself!

I took the day off today. Our company is giving every employee an extra day off for our good results last year (YAY) and I decided to take mine today. So I am looking forward to a fun day, filled with blogging, knitting, a little Netflix and a long walk with the pup. Later on I'm taking Leonie to get her hair done and on a sushi lunch date after school.

So, there's that and here's how I am today:

1. Excited.

2. Relaxed.

3. Content.

4. Giddy.

5. (a little) reflective 

What are your plans for the day and how have you been so far this week? Please share some of your thoughts in the comments! I'd love to hear!

Happy Wednesday xxx

1.31.2017

Kindness Goes A Long Way.

Treat others the way you want to be treated. Don't expect something you are unable to give.
Kindness really does go a long way. Treating others with respect, because that is what everyone deserves. Respect. Honesty. Kindness. 

Don't expect something you are unable to give. After all: What goes around, comes around.

You never know what someone might be going through. Maybe being kind to them is exactly what they needed in that moment. Kind words may lift them up and give them the strength to endure whatever they are going through.

A co-worker of mine has been battling breast cancer for well over a year now. She is currently going through radiation and came to visit work yesterday. She looked really good compared to the past few months. On top of battling cancer she had slipped on black ice and broken her leg right before Christmas. She had to go through surgery and is now receiving physiotherapy to be able to rebuild her muscle.

When I first met her 3 years ago, her hair was long and brown. One day she came to work with short hair. I thought it was because of the summer heat and told her how much I liked her new look. I could see the tears behind her smile. Little did I know that she had cut them off because they were going to fall out anyway. 

Shortly after, she told everyone what was going on. We all cried together. I felt so sorry for her. But she is such a strong woman. So brave and so willing to win this battle! I know she will be ok. And I am so proud to call her a friend. 

Her hair has grown back a bit. She is now rocking a greyish white pixie and she looks amazing. I l just had to tell her how amazing she looked! She really did! Another co-worker told her the same thing. When I scrolled through my Facebook feed last night, I came across her new profile pic - it was taken yesterday after she had visited and the caption said: "a new pic of me, now that I was told how great I looked, I feel confident enough to share it with the world!". When I grow up I want to be as brave and strong as her!

Kindness people takes no effort but has such a huge impact! So, go ahead and throw it around like confetti, because one can never have enough!

Be kind to one another. Give hugs. Tell others what you admire about them! But, mean it! Tell the truth! Because after all: What goes a round, comes around!

Happy Tuesday xxx

P.S. Have I told you how amazing you all are lately? Because, really you are!! Thank you for stopping by! Hugs 

1.27.2017

Happy Friday | V17.04

Can I have an amen for Friday finally being here!
So, the sickies finally seem to be on the mend (knocking on wood, don't want to jinx things) and I feel like the world got lifted off my shoulders. I am really looking forward to the weekend. I have secretly been wishing for a little getaway, just me though. No one around, just me, myself and I. I think I might have to do that in the near future. Take the weekend off just for me.

Have you ever done that? Escape from your loved ones to fuel your batteries? I'd be lying if I'd say I wasn't looking at hotels and Airbnb options in Berlin, Germany during lunch break. I think I might even do that in February for my birthday - it's on a Sunday this year and I took Monday off. Ha - and I haven't told anyone yet. I made the decision at work today and it all happened on a whim. Not sure if I will take my man and child with me. I will have to think about that. haha

Ok, now to my week. How has it been despite the sick people surrounding me? Let's see, here's what made me happy:

1. Peanut M & M's from the vending machine at work

2. Coffee break with a co-worker

3. Sunshine on my way home

4. Loud music in the car

5. Dr. Pepper (I dropped a can in the parking at the grocery store and it kind of got emptied in a second)

6. Pizza night

7. Knitting

8. Puppy walks 

9. Wrapping up a huge project at work

10. The sickies going away!

All in all a pretty normal week. Nothing out of the ordinary. Kind of enjoying life and all of it's ups and downs. I guess it helps looking on the bright side of things rather than focusing on the negative. 

Now, how has your week been? What made you happy?

1.26.2017

A Letter To My 31 Year-Old Self

Throwing back to 31 years.
10 years ago (yep, I'll be 41 in February) I was a different person. A young mother, we had just built our home and were on the verge of moving overseas to Chicago. I was courageous and strong just like today, but I didn't have the confidence I have now. I didn't feel in sync with myself and I didn't love me for who I was. Self acceptance came with time and I can now say that I am truly content with who I am and where I stand in life.

Dear 31 Year-Old Version of Me,

Don't worry about that stupid co-worker who doesn't like you. It's her loss. No, really, it is! You have to learn and accept that not everybody has to like you, so stop working so hard on gaining everyone's approval. They don't have to approve of you and you don't need them to.

It doesn't matter what others think of you or your actions. You should do what your gut tells you to do. Believe me, it will always be the right thing to do. Don't do what others expect you to, do what you feel is right.

You are beautiful just the way you are. You don't have to be skinny. You are perfect the way you are and you're absolutely worth being loved for who you are. Did I mention that you are beautiful! Because you are!

Speak your mind. You have an opinion and you are entitled to. So don't be afraid to say what's on your mind if something bothers you. Sometimes you will find out that your opinion was wrong, but that's ok, learn from it and move on!

Learn to let go. Don't dwell on things in the past. Things that cannot be changed anymore. They are over and gone. Try to accept them to move on. You cannot look into a bright future if something in your past is holding you back.

Don't hold grudges. You have to forgive, even if it hurts. This doesn't mean you have to forget. You don't. But you have to forgive to find peace. Peace at mind and peace at heart. Life is too short to hold grudges! Forgive and move on and you will be much happier.

Tell yourself and your loved ones how amazing you are from time to time. Give yourself some slack and credit for your achievements. You are wonderful and special and unique! Believe in yourself and your capabilities and you will achieve great things!

Don't be too hard on yourself. You are awesome, so go and do crazy things, learn and grow! And you will find that life is beautiful! It really is! Enjoy it!

Hugs,
You xxx

Have you ever written a letter to a younger version of yourself? What are some of the things you told yourself?

Happy Thursday 

1.25.2017

How I Feel In 5 Words.

Life can be overwhelming. Life can be beautiful. Life can be overwhelmingly beautiful!
Is it Friday already?

Oh wait, it's only Wednesday. Dang it. Why can't it be Friday already? Doesn't time normally fly by? Why can't it fly by this week? Man, I wish it were Friday already. Ugh…

Sorry, but this week has been nothing but overwhelming and stressful. Both physically and emotionally and I am more than ready for it to be over. And out. Over and out. Let week 4 of 2017 just go away and never come back. Into my memory at least. 

We've got the sickies again. Ugh… Well, not me - KNOCKING ON WOOD - but the mister and my child. Both suddenly had a fever of 104 on Saturday night, so I packed them into the car and drove to emergency care with them. Both shivering from the fever. Both with a massive headache. Moaning and complaining all the way.

Well, the doctor prescribed antibiotics once again. There was no way around it. Back at home I managed to get the fevers down with paracetamol and leg compresses (is that the right word?). Thank goodness it went down for both of them, so they were able to sleep a bit during the night. I took Monday off from work to take them to see our family doctor who complimented me for doing everything right. So thankful they are both better now.

But, I am beyond exhausted and could really use the weekend - NOW!

Needless to say that today I am:

1. Tired.

2. Drained.

3. Grateful.

4. Healthy (again, knocking on wood)

5. Relieved.

I really hope this flu passes me by as quickly as it came and knocked out the both of them. I really hope I will not end up like them. I really hope my body is strong enough to fight it off. Please keep your fingers crossed for me, will you?

Now - enough of my whining:

How are you today? Please share in the comments using 5 words or less! P.S. You can use more than 5 words as well! Whatever floats your boat!

Hugs xxx

1.24.2017

My Biggest Social Media Pet Peeves - Pt. 3 - Pop-Ups

Do you use pop-ups on your website? You should really stop using them! Google recently made an update regarding Pop-Ups. Have you heard of it?

Blogging is my hobby and I love it. I enjoy reading other blogs, connecting with other bloggers from all over the world and I love that you never really stop learning as you go along. Blogging is a great way to express yourself and for the most part it's really fun.

There are some things about blogging though that I dislike. And I am sure that I am not the only one who doesn't like a few things going on in social media. I already wrote about my disliking the follow to unfollow trend in Part 1 of this series and I told you how I feel about irrelevant comments in Part 2.

Well, there is another thing I really don't like when visiting a website. Any kind of website. 

Pop-Ups

Some cover the entire website as soon as you navigate to the page, making it hard for you to read past it and some only cover a part of it or appear after a while when you are already reading. If you're lucky, you don't have to find the X to exit it, but you just click next to it to dismiss it. But most of the time it's hard for you to find a way to get rid of it and there is no way to read the page, so I just close the window and never come back.

There are pop-ups I don't mind though, which don't affect my reading experience. Like banners at some place of the website, usually the top, displaying something for me to click to enter something e.g. subscribing to a newsletter or giving me a coupon code and link to an Etsy store etc. 

Some pop-ups are necessary by law, like e.g. age verification or cookie pop-ups. I am totally fine with those because they do not hinder me from reading the post I came for in the first place. But if the pop-up covers the entire page inviting me to sign up for this or that, I lose interest in that website quickly, because, let's be honest here - who's got time for that?

If you offer a newsletter, display it on the sidebar, at the very top of your blog or maybe even in the post footer. If I intend to subscribe to your content, I will find a way - trust me. And if I am interested in your other social media, leave the links there as well and I will know what to do.

But, please, for the love of a blogger-friendly experience, get rid of those post blocking pop-ups! Because they are not only super annoying, they might even harm your SEO according to Big Eye Deers about google's 


Have you heard about that? What are your thoughts on Pop-Ups? Do you use them?

Happy Blogging, guys! xxx

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