Beautiful Venice 

Work life is keeping me busy right now and it looks like it will be another couple of days until I will find time to write. “Haste makes waste” I once heard and so I don’t want to just put out anything. As a matter of fact, I’m working on something special inspired by the 3 day quote challenge, but it can’t be rushed 😉. Really nothing in life should be rushed through and it is the opposite, really. Life is fast enough already, I hope you find some time to slow down. Steal an hour here and there and do something for your soul. You’ll be amazed how good it makes you feel.

I leave you with another picture I took, this time in Venice, one of my favorite places on earth and I’m lucky to have visited three times….so far. And yes I will return to this old world charm and the European lifestyle that speaks to my soul and catches my wanderlust. 

Have a great weekend everybody, catch you very soon.

Xoxoxoxo ❤️

The European in me…

As I get ready for work, my mind is drifting and I find myself traveling down the road that leads to my passion for travel. Maybe it is my sense of adventure and exploring new places that leaves me feeling like Columbus must have felt while discovering a new oasis for my heart, maybe I’m homesick and maybe it is my sense of beauty for this world, my bohemian roots, my gypsy, wandering spirit that is yearning to be free.  

One particular picture comes to mind and I have a soft spot for this country that lies far far away from me right now but remains always close to my heart. I took this picture in Verona Italy, the birthplace of Romeo and Juliet (do I need to say more?), and besides it’s visual beauty it speaks to the hopeless romantic that lives within me. It was a warm summer night and we slept in the car before taking the train into Venice the next morning. Ah Venice, I do miss you and Europe all together. ❤️

Have a great day everybody, I hope you enjoy this picture which remains years after, still a favorite. 

3 Day quote challenge – The final one

And here it was, the last day and the final quote about to be revealed. The suspense couldn’t be more intense and all day at work I was contemplating what my final words would be, what final insight I would give and what final reference I would leave you with. Nothing seemed to fit and while there were many quotes that speak to me, none seemed to be the one that filled that certain spot of “The one”. There were good ones but that was all they were, “good”, the runner up from great, and while good is good, I wanted it to be great and found them to fall a bit short of the message I was searching to convey. Whatever message that was since I hadn’t even decided on the quote. Lol…ok this one got out of hand a little and I hope I didn’t lose you.

While pondering the final quote for the challenge of which I was nominated for by, it became obvious that this was so much more than just a challenge to share a few quotes. Make sure you check out her amazing talent and blog for more insight as she is the one who started this all for me and allowed me to walk away feeling more enriched as a person, having learned a few insights myself.

Going through all the wonderful comments and the feedback I had received while at work, I still had no clue about the fitting quote. It was a comment my friend at left for my second quote that made me pause. He was looking forward to the grand finale, my final quote and he seemed to think that it would be a belter. I feel very honored by all the trust put into me, but man, talking about putting the pressure on and having to live up to it, or at least die trying. 😉

Thank you for your kindness and your always supporting words. Please everybody, stop by and check out this talented writer and show your support as you have shown it to me. You will fall in love and won’t regret it. Thank you, you are the best….

While reading the quotes of my nominees, something became apparent and I realized a profound meaning in all of this. It is safe to say that when we pick a quote to share, it’s somethings that lies close to our hearts. Something we can relate to, something we perhaps have experienced and something we want to share. Maybe it is something that made us feel good, perhaps something that has brought great suffering and pain. In either case, picking a quote is a very personal experience that allows you a glimpse into a persons soul. It can be a cry for help, something you can finally put out there to get some words off of your chest, but most likely it is something that allows your vulnerable side to emerge. And how often do we protect this vulnerable side and tuck it away for safe keeping due to being hurt too many times! It may even cause us to harden as a person and in the worst case become bitter.

It is a quote that allows us a form of expression, something to take solace in, a safe haven if you will. And so I realized that this 3 Day challenge was not just about ourselves and the quotes we picked, but also a big part of the readers who we aspire to touch with our chosen words. It allowed us to share something with great meaning while spreading love and understanding. All while bringing human kind closer together.

The quote I have chosen for my grand finale speaks for itself. I don’t know if it is the most profound quote there is, but this one is for all of you. The big hearted that are taken advantage of for their kindness and the ones that continue to fight the good fight and choose love. You matter more than you know and I’m here to remind you that you make a difference each day and every day. This quote is a reminder to not harden your heart, to believe in the silver lining and to just do your thing. To give love when the world judges you, to remain pure even in moments of deceit and to remember the words so you can shine on…you beautiful unique YOU ❤️

“Love is my gift to the world. I fill myself with love and I send that love out into the world. How others treat me is their path; how I react is mine.” – Dr. Wayne Dryer
The rules are simply and short:

Thank your nominator and link back to their blog

Write three quotes total, one for each day out of the three

Nominate three fellow bloggers each day, nine total
And my last nominees are
Xoxoxoxo ❤️

My missed adventure 

I can’t help but sit here and think that I missed out on a great adventure today. Somehow it weighs heavy on my heart and I turn to writing to get it off my chest. Perhaps it is because I am not happy with how I am spending my two days off, even though I love to be at home, (a cancers castle) which also allows me to write and connect with you. Yesterday morning, my first day off, I woke up to a violently shaking and spinning room. It happened as soon as I opened my eyes and immediately it made me sick while I was frantically trying to focus on something in the room to make it stop. I succeeded eventually which seemed like it lasted forever and I was left scared and exhausted of what had just happened. I just laid there for a few minutes before I found the courage in attempting to move. I had never felt anything like this, nothing with such intensity and after some research I found that it could be an ear infection I’m dealing with that threw my sense of balance off by leaving me feeling vertigo. I didn’t feel good for the rest of the day and hardly ate anything. The constant headache, breaking out in hot and cold sweats while feeling that my brain was in a fog definitely signaled that something was a bit off. I slept off and on throughout the day and I think it was probably the best I could do while not feeling well. Just sleep it off if you will and if you can.

Nighttime came and I was afraid to go to bed. Still dizzy at times, I feared to wake up in the same fashion and tried to make myself as comfortable as possible by putting my worries to rest. Not an easy thing to do as I would have no control over the spinning. Finally tired and worn out, I fell asleep. I woke up this morning feeling better but not a 100% and so I decided to stay at home vs. going for a hike. The mind won but the heart felt sad.

As I sit here, staring out the window I am transfixed on the wind playing with the last green foliage. A few survivors from a summer already past, making room for another season to bring a new colorful blanket to our world. A fall blanket I was hoping to find today in what seems to be the last day in the 80’s. My last day off anyways. Perhaps for awhile, perhaps until next season. While watching the leaves glisten and shine in the sun I can’t help but yearn to feel that very sunlight on my face. It was a battle between the heart and the mind and I find myself torn between the logical and what my heart desires. I know it was the right decision to stay at home, to get better and yet I can’t ignore the call of nature and the feeling of that I missed out. 

Maybe a little retail therapy will help and I order a little something from the catalog hahahaha. Spending time on a work related project I had to bring home is not doing the trick for me on this one, even though I will have to complete that before tomorrow and before getting back to work. 

Catalog therapy takes me back home to my childhood and my Mom. She never got her drivers license and after my Father’s death, it left us pretty restricted, not only with shopping, but really with anything as far as escaping the house. And so we ordered from the catalog that would offer pretty much anything from fashion to housewares and domestic items. Oh yeah and jewelry, definitely my Mom’s passion.

Growing up in Germany with so many fashion capitals such as Paris, London and Milan close by, I always loved clothing. My closet still suffers from my passion for it today but I’m the kind of girl who doesn’t mind to go camping, lie down in what others may consider dirt and breaking a nail is definitely not the end of the world. I can adjust to the mood and the vibe, the occasion and the moment and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can be the girl next door, your buddy in crime or clean up nicely if the occasion calls for it. But no matter who I will be for that day, you will always find me in every situation.

I remember studying the catalog with my Mom, folding page corners to mark precious finds or wishful dreams of owning such treasures, and eventually narrowing it down leaving some folded pages for another time, another order to be filled after saving more money. And then the order was sent off and with it came the wait, the anticipation for the package to arrive, to open it, reveal the bounty and to finally try it on and model the amazing finds. It makes me smile to think back to those times as I realize that I still do this today, but it also makes me sad that it is not my Mom who is in the audience to watch the spectacle unfold these days as we live in different countries now. I miss her and perhaps a little catalog therapy will bring me a little closer to her today and help me distract myself from my missed adventure. Better yet, I think I will call her to hear her voice and to tell her that I love her. 

And perhaps afterwards I will marvel in a few pictures from my last hiking adventure in nature to share with you a few special moments from my end of the world….until next time.

I hope you enjoy….

Pictures from last Friday and one of the many favorite hiking places I have. This one is only an hour from my house and there must definitely be a feel good kind of vibe Vortex that resides within that place. ❤️

3 Day quote challenge – Day 2

I have been asked to partake in a 3 Day quote challenge by so please be sure to circle back to my nominators blog for more insight. Thank you again for kindly including me and for allowing me to feel empowered to know that my message matters. 
The rules are simply and short:
Thank your nominator and link back to their blog

Write three quotes total, one for each day out of the three  

Nominate three fellow bloggers each day, nine total
I am moving on to day 2 of this challenge and again I contemplate what words I want to leave you with. I selected a quote that ones again hits home for me and is learned through personal experience. 
And here it is….. 

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner” Lao Tzu

Chances are that we will never see eye to eye with every individual that crosses our path and some incidents will leave us with painful memories and hurtful experiences. I think it matters what others think of us and deep down we want to please our fellow humans. I find a common ground with you wanting to be acknowledged, to contribute to society, perhaps even know that your input brings some value to the table. And while we should never stop this pursuit, I also know that there will be criticism and deaf ears at some point. What are you going to do when that happens? When your vulnerable heart is left disappointed, shattered and hurt during that moments of rejection!!!
Unfortunately I have witnessed many people change, (including myself, initially and to a point) to become something or somebody according to the image of what they thought society wanted them to be. With different opinions they were rejected, didn’t fit the norm, while others found it hard to relate, nor were they interested in taking the time to get to know those who were different. 

It left two choices. Either become an outsider, perhaps an introvert at some point, or lose their own beliefs and side with the popular opinion in an attempt to fit in.

It is human nature to look for acceptance, but witnessing such rejection left me feeling sad. I saw more and more of their true nature disappearing in an effort to please others and my decision and choice was born in those moments. A painful process that leaves so much more to be said and evokes the question of which path is the right one for us to travel. 

You may stand for the minority by standing on your own, but there are those that need the “True you”. It may be 

painful at times, but I wonder what is left if it requires you to lose your uniqueness in order to fit in. A prize I am not willing to pay. We become enslaved in the prison of our own creation and you decide if this is your life’s purpose….
My three nominees are…

Symbolic circle

I got this little necklace as a gift and perhaps nobody could have forecasted the meaning that it would hold. For sure not me as I first saw it and I couldn’t have understood the impact it would have, despite that I was taking an immediate liking to it. Nor the giver of this precious gift and instead the focus might have been if I would like it, let alone creating this profound moment in time. Or was the reaction anticipated, was it an intentional message, was it filled with reassurance, perhaps a promise?
The circle, symbol for some important values and meanings. It is ongoing, there is no beginning and no end, there is only eternity. It is said that the circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinity, timelessness, all cyclic movement and God. Further it is sacred and divine, representing the infinite nature of energy and the inclusivity of the universe. 

I loved circles long before I became aware of their meaning and I never expressed my feelings about them. It was never a subject that came up and still, here all of a sudden it was, this little necklace of three circles. Nothing really too unusual or too strange you might think. Lucky guess perhaps, anybody can pick a great present, right? 

Well the story didn’t ended with me liking the gift, of course I did like it, a lot on top of it, but that wasn’t all. The necklace had a meaning all of its own and what followed next left me in awe. Three circles, each made of a different medium, each one a different size. The circles were to represent….
The Past…….The Now…….and…..The Future
It was unknown which circle of the varying sizes would stand for which era and apparently it was up to me to decide which part of my life I was going to give the biggest or the smallest meaning to. This immediately sent me pondering my life and how it fall into place in relation to the little circles. Which one had the biggest meaning, was I truthful with myself and more importantly was the order the way I wanted them to fall into. And if not what was in need of change, what had to happen! 
The Past: If you follow my blog in any form you most likely know what I think about the past. An era filled with lessons painful and good that brought good memories as well as things I don’t care to dwell on. In the end it resembles a time gone, a time that can’t be changed and a time that will never return. I believe that staying too long in the past hinders us from moving forward and if we don’t move forward, we become stagnant with nothing to strive for. Time stands still for us, we don’t evolve and instead we are left behind….forgotten. 
The Future: How much control do we have over the future? Can we predict what is to come? Maybe to some point but even if so, aren’t things going to happen exactly as they are? I believe so and yet we spend so much time speculating on the “What if”, trying to play put out every scenario. For what…to be prepared, to stay in control over our lives? I’m not sure of how much control we have over what is to come but I do believe that we have control of how we react to the things that life has in store for us. For myself I found that staying flexible to rolling with the punches it’s essential and it’s not a matter of how many times we get knocked down, but a matter of how many times we get back up. Keep that in mind and you will have little need to worry about the future. 
And finally The Now: The only thing we will ever have. The past is gone, the future holds the uncertainty of the unknown, but the current moment….the now, is all we will ever have control over. It is up to us how we want to impact the current moment, if we let it pass us by or if we turn it into a lasting memory to forever be imbedded into our hearts. The choice is ours.

A few years ago I came across the New York Times bestseller “The power of now” by Eckhart Tolle. A guide for all seekers to spiritual enlightenment. And even if that is not what you are after, you are still about to take something away from this book to help you defeat the enemy within…the ego. The mind that keeps you hostage in the past, makes you worry about the future and has you contemplating every possible scenario. I highly recommend it to anybody that has questions and it remains a favorite that has helped me transform my thinking. The results? More joy and more freedom to be myself and find my purpose in this world and that’s a good thing. 

Which circle would you give the biggest meaning to? 

3 Day quote challenge / Day 1

I have been asked to partake in a 3 Day quote challenge by and like always I’m grateful for the request of my opinion. To be heard and being able to contribute, as well as receiving the opportunity to perhaps make a difference for somebody that can find hope in the words. Thank you very much and please be sure to circle back to my nominators blog to find more quotes.
The rules are simply and short:

Thank your nominator and link back to their blog

Write three quotes total, one for each day

Nominate three fellow blogger each day, nine total
I have to admit that I am a sucker for quotes and they hold great wisdom and advice for me. I find myself cradled and motivated by their insight as well as inspired by the values and the pursuit of what I hold dear to my heart. They become my mantra and a reminder whenever I feel the need to correct my path.
And while there are many and it was hard to choose just one, here is my first quote for this challenge.
“She wore her scars as her best attire. A stunning dress made out of hellfire.” -Daniel Saint
This quote speaks to me because it is inevitable that life will leave us with lessons of which some will eventually turn into scars. The impact can be empowering or devastating and no matter how hard, the choice of how we wear those scars is ours. We can let them define us and give into the fight, or we can get up and rise again until we learn to wear them proudly, becoming stronger in the process. To wear them like a dress of hellfire and to let them be the birth of our inner warrior.

Which one will you chose?
My three nominees are…
Have fun with it, I can’t wait to hear about your mantra and what speaks to your heart.