Friday Flow #4: Bookcrossing

www.bookcrossing.com

Have you ever heard of bookcrossing before? It’s been around for way over a decade now and I’m still stunned about how few people actually know what it is. So here’s a brief explanation for those who don’t know it:

Think of bookcrossing as being the biggest library in the world, where everyone can add their own books to share with people. If you have a book you’d like to share, you can register it to the site. It then gets a personal bookcrossing-ID, and you can “set it free” wherever you like: in a restaurant, at the trainstation, on a bench… Just “casually” leave it somewhere. Someone will find it and Continue reading

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Cleaning Up: My Desk

Guys, I’m REALLY trying hard here 😉 I know it doesn’t look so in the pictures, and actually, the new ones (which I haven’t published yet), look worse! I just figured I must start somewhere specific and cleaned and decluttered my desk. This is what it looked like afterwards:

nice and tidy :)
nice and tidy 🙂

Of course, you might already guess it: most of what was on it is now on the floor, but at least the desk looks tidy and clean 🙂 I tried hard to keep Marie Kondo’s sentence “if it doesn’t make you happy – let it go” and it has worked quite well so far – at least for the desk^^. Decluttered all of my pens and pencils, sharpened them, tossed away the dry ones (…can’t tell you how many!!!) and must say it feels great 🙂

The problem now is Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Rule of Thirds.”

I haven’t heard of the rule of thirds before and it’s quite interesting to read about it. I love experimenting when taking photographs, and I hope this picture is fit for an entry to this weeks’ photo challenge:

Weekly Photo challenge: Rule of Thirds
Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds, Zürichsee 2015

It was taken last week at the lake of Zürich. My camera isn’t the best high-tech machine, but oh I do love it ❤ I love playing around with the zoom, and waiting for a perfect moment (after wasting 100 pictures :-D), and lately I really enjoyed that one filter it has called “Expressive Art”. Some people might find it a wee little bit exagerated, but I just really like that effect and am not (yet) tired of it 😉 Hope you enjoy the picture! Feel free to comment and criticize 😉

<a href="https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/rule-of-thirds/">Rule of Thirds</a>

Friday Flow #3: Love Yourself. Every Day.

Believe it or not – the most important person in your life should be yourself. It might be hard to take, you might disagree with me at this point and call out in protest and mention your husband, wife, children, parents… But think about it: where would they be without you? What would they do if you’re not strong enough for them? Who will be there for them? Exactly!

Spoiling myself during a rainy irish afternoon <3
Spoiling myself during a rainy irish afternoon ❤

Now let me ask you another thing: do you spoil yourself enough? Do you treat yourself with the deserved respect? Do you Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symmetry.”

So let’s try another way to post an entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge – I think this time I got it right 😉 …

Every time I get out I take my camera along. This photograph was taken last summer during a stroll through Zürich. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry
Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Symmetry

Friday Flow #2: Go Out And Visit Local Heritage

Isn’t it odd, how we tend to never really have a closer look at local heritage surrounding us? How, for instance, most New Yorkers have never been up the Empire State Building? Londoners never took a trip out to see Stonehenge? Parisian people don’t bother visiting the prosperous site of Versailles? How many times did you go and visit local heritage only for the sake of yourself, and not because you wanted to show visitors around? Well, it is quite a phenomenon… I’ve talked to so many people from big cities about a certain famous castle, site, museum. Most of them told me they have never actually been there…

I’m no different. Although I try to kick my bum every once in a while to go and see such beautiful sites on my own, I tend to push it away and tell myself that “it’s right there, I have all the time in the world to see it”. Well, maybe Continue reading

New Weekly Feature: Friday Flow

So, barely a month into blogging, I’d like to try out a weekly feature. I’ve been having some ideas and eventually settled on the name “Friday Flow”.

Why Friday Flow?

Fridays are my busiest days of the week. I work all day long, work needs extra care to finish up everything of the last week and prepare for the following week. After work, I rush around trying not to miss buses, trams and trains, to safely get to my sports club. By the time I’m back home it’s near midnight and the only thing I’d like to do then is shower and sleep for 15 hours straight 🙂 I’m sure I’m not the only one having a tough Friday, so I thought this specific feature would be a nice way to share some beautiful thougths, stories, tips, art, photographs, ideas, music, or whatever other neat things are around in this planet and worth sharing, to give you a lovely end of a hard working week ❤

Why Flow?

I like the word flow. It flows from your tongue. It flows around in the air after you said it. Let your thoughts flow. Go with the flow (alltough I sometimes really like doing the oposite 😉 ). It’s short. It’s neat. It’s beautiful.

German flow magazine issue #7
German flow magazine issue #7

So the first thing I’d like to share with you on this new “Friday Flow” issue is a magazine called “flow” – matching the featurette’s name. I just bought myself the latest copy and can’t wait to start reading it. Or, wait, indeed I can – I like leaving the magazine in a place where I can always look at it, it fills me with happy anticipation 😀 (I sometimes also even like leaving my presents untouched to savour the joy of being able to unwrap them anytime soon^^).

I stumbled upon an issue not even a year ago, but I dare say it has changed my life. It has filled it with more happiness. With more creativity. With more ideas. I love sitting on my bed late at night and going over an article or two before going to sleep, it’s so enriching. Featured topics of the magazine would have a wide range, for instance:

  • DIY / upcycling
  • crafts instructions
  • recipes
  • psychological articles on whatever is current in our general lifestyle
  • ideas
  • introducing interesting people and what they do
  • extras
  • …and so much more!

I’ve never read a magazine before that made you feel so good after flipping through some pages. That made you happy. That filled you with happy and positive ideas. It is simply BEAU-TI-FUL!  And also – it has given me a lovely slogan I like telling myself when I get distressed or worried:

live mindfully!

Because, truly, our time on this planet is limited…

The magazine is issued in three languages: Dutch, English and German. It is sold in many different countries. So go and try finding it in your local newspaper shop or kiosk if you’re curious, you’ll not regret it 😉 I can recommend it to anyone interested in creative minds and a happy, healthy lifestyle.

The flow magazine has brought a lot of joy into my life. I hope it will bring joy to yours ❤

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Browsing through my WordPress Reader I ended up reading a post by Pixie Dust Beach about a book review that made me very curious (=> visit her blog and read her post here: https://pixiedustbeach.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/decluttering/)

She wrote a book review about Marie Kondo’s new book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”. Her book review was very uplifting and positive, and I wanted to know more about the book and looked it up on Amazon, where I was able to have a look inside the book and Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

I’d ve been looking into the past few Weekly Photo Challenges and decided to give it a shot 😉 This weeks’ challenge has the title “Depth”.

Weekly Photo Challenge 01
Weekly Photo Challenge 01 – “Cliffs of Moher”

Whenever I get near a cliff, I get automatically drawn to it. They are just magical, immense, and I adore the sound of the waves crashing against them. They seem mighty and peaceful, and nothing is nicer than sunbathing and reading a good book on the edge.

The older I get, the less I dare going to the very edge. It can get quite windy along the cliffs and you just never know 😉 In this particular picture I was amazed by the size of the cliffs in comparison to the tourists on the other edge oposite me, taking photographs. I think it looks incredible, despite that the photograph itself is no piece of art 😉

Depth