30 November 2014

decorating for holiday season 2014: get inspired!

I don't do much decorating during the year, but when it comes to the holiday season I am all in. I love getting inspired by other peoples creativity, so I spend one or the other hour reading and surfing for inspiration. This is throughout november usually.

At on point - rather shortly before the first of December - I put out all the christmassy stuff and spread it on the table. It pretty much is the same every year with one or the other new item that found its way into our house. Then it's all sitting there in several boxes quietly waiting for me to find its place and company. That usually takes a couple of days and is always a surprise. Which angel is going to sit where, which colors are going together this year and so on...

We have this tradition in Germany - it doesn't seem to be so very known though: We call the four Sundays leading up to Christmas 'Advent Sundays'. On each of these days, we light one candle on the Advent Wreath. This is something which has been accompanying me all my life and I love continuing this tradition although its not done in Spain. Here they traditionally celebrate the 6th of January.

Well the Advent Wreath can be bought (even here on Mallorca), but is much nicer self-made. Mine looks mediterranean with little olive branches, 'cause thats what I find in my garden. For me Christmas, well entire December really, wouldn't be and feel the same without this tradition - its so festive I think!

I also attached some golden stars and little christmas trees to the birds cage and got a Advent calendar with treats for our dog. I guess a little craziness is ok, right? Or to put it differently: each and everyone needs to be spoiled, at least a little...

And lucky me: I get spoiled by my mum. She still sends a box filled with self-made cookies! Every year it needs some convincing work, but so far it always worked ;-) And those cookies are soooo good. No way we could stop that tradition! What would Christmas be like? Don't really wanna know...

Happy holiday season everybody! 

14 November 2014

coffee moments

You know, I noticed a little while ago that in fact there is always time to enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea or juice or whatever your favorite may be). Having grown up with a german conditioning until recently work came first, but always. Work and if by chance there was any time left after fulfilling all my obligations: enjoyment.

Living in Spain now I am learning enjoy first and work from that more happy place. And that's what I would like to encourage you to. It makes a huge difference in how centered and satisfied I feel. One moment at a time, one day at a time. And: I am still a beginner, still learning. So come and join me in learning to enjoy life at its fullest! I am curious to hear how you make your day.

a small cafe near Munich

in Santanyi, Mallorca after having done my veggie shopping

and of course wine moments happen too...

and cake moments... after a hike in the Tramuntana

watching wind surfers

at lake Starnberge south of Munich

at the ocean front

in Campos, Mallorca

right in front of our local church