Do more of what makes you happy: Draw some monsters

My son told me the other day that he likes the robots I draw. I do not know whether I ever drew robots as a child. Or monsters. Or mandalas. Now I do. And I am enjoying it tremendously. There is quite a lot of drawing going on in our house. My husband is an…

Jena: Words on the Wall

These posters seem to be popping up all over the place. Here at this abandoned building. There on the bench in the park. What I love about them is that they have been placed with intention. Not randomly. To me they are the contemporary version to the Weimar: Words on the Wall project. This is…

Day 18: Some days are just the beginning…

Some days or any day Long, drawn out, epic or Short and sweet Fundamentally 24 hours Remembering forever or trying not to be reminded of Sometimes submerged, forgetting everything else around me And then this day once in my lifetime, receiving you, my son… And nothing stayed the same… I love you!

Go ahead… create the holiday you want!

These days its all about the upcoming holidays. Since returning to Germany I get to enjoy lots of Glühwein, Christmas market atmosphere and some more Glühwein. I missed it. When I was a teenager, I did not enjoy Christmas. With the passing of my grandmother, our families went very much separate ways. Everyone was too…

Being vegan is optional

I gave myself a present. I almost got the sales clerk to wrap it, however, then I did not want to waste the wrapping paper… I love this book, everything about it, the heaviness, the colors of the design, the photography, … and the best part, most of the recipes are under 45 min. prep…

Day 10: Abundance

Piping-hot vegetable soup, home-made banana bread for dessert and a cup of tea. Whenever I make time to cook I love the result. This is such an easy way to connect with what is good for body and mind… Savoring time well-spent on nourishing food. Watching my son and his friend stirring the dough, giggling,…

I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!

„I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say hello, goodbye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!“ This is me most mornings when I am trying to get ready for work and my son (instead of understanding my very important adult world) wants to cuddle, read a story and then another one. I…

An alphabetic Ode to Jena

Well, with our 1st year in Germany completed, I thought it would be about time to follow-up on my A-Z of things I miss about Vancouver with a list of great things I enjoy at the other side of the world. A – Apartment: I love our place here. The building is just over 100…

Root to rise

I am back online. After two weeks without yoga I just completed my 6th yoga teacher weekend and I feel amazing. I underestimated how much mental effort it is to start a new job, no matter if I have amazing support from my new colleagues. So all the changes combined with my ever-present sinus issues…

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…

Little Pleasures

I really enjoyed writing my post Chitter Chatter Random Thoughts last week. Cruising on gratitude is always giving me a good vibe. Focusing on little pleasures I experienced last week… I spent Thursday’s lunch break at this little italian cafe. It happens to be down the road from where I work. I have wanted to…

Yoga with an Audience

On Wednesday I woke up at 5 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. I snug out trying not to wake my son (my husband sleeps through anything). Looking forward to an extra half an hour of time for myself. I finally finally created some space in my day for home practice. After ten years…