Do more of what makes you happy: Eat raspberries

…or strawberries, or blue berries, or black berries… I went to the farmers market with my son this morning. First we picked up some veggies and fruit. Then he suddenly asked for strawberries. Got those. Shortly after he asked for raspberries. Next time, I said. Then we picked up some sugar peas and fresh carrots….

Some days everything works out just fine

The sun is peeking through the leaves overhead. I can feel the fall air on my skin. The voices of other people in the park are dropping away, blending into the background. I am early for my yoga class. A rare occurrence. I had the day off and thought it would be a mad dash…

There and back again…

I haven’t checked-in during the last 18 days. So much has happened… I have traveled 10,000 miles, climbed a mountain and lost a friend. I finally understand that my roots are in Germany and my heart, that expansive-space-in-my-chest, will always be on the Pacific West Coast. And I realized that should we decide to move continents…

I really ought to…

This is where I go when I feel the need to let go of „stuff“. I focus on whatever thought has been circling around in my head driving me crazy. Then I make a conscious decision to let go. I take a rock and throw it as far as I can. When the physical sensation…

We even got a tree

Earlier this week during our last team meeting this year, it hit me what progress I experienced during the last year. Reading through my bucket list, I was once again reminded how I like to plan things and life turns out quite differently. On Tuesday we will be celebrating our first Christmas unpacked in Germany….

Happy Canada Day!

Thinking about maple leaves, maple syrup, red and white stripes, Canada Day parades, Oh Canada, BBQs, picnics, weekend get-a way’s, ferry line-ups, Canada flag tattoos, fireworks, music, friends! Someone asked me the other day what Vancouver is like. I talked at lengths about multiculturalism, because Canada Day reminds of how different nations can peacefully co-exist…

Never say never

Who would have thought that most of my blog would be about homesickness. I never dreamed of pondering the various forms of missing someone and something. I also didn’t consider how homesickness sneaks up, gets triggered, comes in waves, can be debilitating and brings about profound realization… sometimes at the same time. I left Germany…

Didn’t see that one coming…

Sunday morning. We started with a heart chakra meditation today. And I distinctively remember thinking to myself: oh no, I am going to get emotional. Well, little did I know how emotional… Rewind… Saturday afternoon. We were doing some spine loosening exercises that involved kicking one foot forward while swinging the arms overhead in the…

An alphabetic Ode to Vancouver

Last week I read this great post about An Alphabet of Gratitude. At the time I was planning to write an alphabet of gratitude (or things we like) with my son, however, feeling a wee bit homesick during the last day or so, I came up with an A-Z of things I miss about Vancouver…