At Home

16 09 2013 Thinking About

copper and sheepskin, Kupfer und Schaffell

Katja from Raumfee hosts a wonderful series with the topic: At home

Every day for several weeks now she invited a blogger to interpret the topic.

It's amazing to read all these personal and individual stories. 

I also got a turn:

"At home is always somewhere else"

I love to travel because I love change, adventure and inspiration.

I actually dream about to spent a whole year traveling but my family is not excited about an adventure of such kind. 

It also wouldn't be an easy thing to pull off because german children have to attend school by law.

That means for now traveling can only happen during school breaks.

Luckily we were able to live abroad for a while and I will always cherish the years we spent in California.

Four years ago we relocated back to northern Germany. We moved into an furnished old village school house owned by a friend.

It was meant to be a temporarily location but turned into a longer stay until present.

Over the years more and more of our personal stuff moved in but still, it never really turned into "my home".

I always knew, we will move again - sooner or later - and that kept me from connecting with the heart.

So for now I just define "At Home" not with a location but with a few items I like to have around me for wellbeing - next to family and pets of course!

A cozy chair - a handwork project - flowers - a piece I brought home from afar (represented by the branch) - some decoration (I like copper and the plus-sign right now...)

copper and sheepskin, Kupfer und Schaffell copper and sheepskin, Kupfer und Schaffell

And later in the year I will add a new location to the "At Home-Feeling": We will move into this apartment.

And there it is: Change and adventure...EXCITING!

Happy Day and many thanks to dear Katja for the invitation.

Anette 





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Kindness Is Free

30 08 2013 Thinking About

Kindness is free picture

Yes, it IS free to smile at people, to be polite, attentive and thoughtful in daily life.

I try to remind myself and my children every day to just be kind, because it feels so much better and it DOES make a difference for others and for yourself.

In the online world kindness is not free - it "costs" time to respond to an email, answer questions, write a blog comment, click "like", retweet or repin something which might caught your attention.

And all these actions can and do add up to quite an amount of time you spend on being kind online.

And time is a rare thing these days...

I very much know that first hand.

The more I am overwhelmed with joy by the generous kindness of my readers and my customers.

So - this post is about to let you know how touched I am by your super sweet words and how much this means to me.

I am deeply grateful to be connected to so many nice and friendly people.

Here is one of the wonderful sweet and heartwarming comments people say about me and my work: SO SO Thankful for them. YOU ARE THE BEST!

"Anette, I have nothing but warm, loving thoughts of you. You are such a nice person that I am thrilled I even found you! (...) Generous of spirit and always thinking of others. I will be back often to your shop and I will tell everyone I know that shop on Etsy where to go. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I am so happy to have done business with you!" Jane

Knock on wood - I have never received a single mean or bad comment or e-mail AT ALL.

I am probably the worst shopkeeper there is. I never read any shop instructions, newsletters or updates or statistics or insights or...

It is just so much information and always something to implement and i just simply do not know how to find the time to do that. 

Thanks to one of my customers I only recently discovered  the nice feed back that my customers left me at DaWanda and Etsy.

She had asked me to please not forget to leave feedback for her because she wanted to leave me feedback as well.

That's when I finally woke up and saw the feedback that was already left for me by other customers!

Not that I didn't  know I could rate my customers - I always did that - BUT I didn't know, that this goes PUPLIC and that it actually is for the customer to read!!! I thought it's an information and reminder for myself and always wondered why i should do that. Boy - how naive and uninformed (you can say: stupid :-)) can you be? Really embarrassing.

So - all I usually wrote in these feed backs was: "All good" - that's it! Nothing personal or meaningful or kind - no greeting whatsoever.

So rude. I wish, I could edit it...

If one of my customers reads this post please be assured that I am sorry and would have written something different if I would have realized that it is a personal message to you.

thank you picture

Well - there is always something new to learn and always room to grow, right? 

Have you read A cup of Jo's recent post on kindness? Joanna shares a beautifully written speech of George Saunders that is really worth spending the time to read.

Happy Day and THANKS again for being so kind,

Anette 



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Vegetarian, Vegan Or Even Raw? Thoughts On A Healthy Diet

12 07 2013 Thinking About

I LOVE Santa Barbara's Farmers Markets.

The selection of fresh and mostly organic grown vegetables and fruits is absolutely incredible.

It is a paradise for the health conscious and easy to just live off this abundance of earthy delights.

We have always been striving to raise our children (and ourselves :-)) as much as possible on organic and unprocessed whole foods and the years we lived in Santa Barbara made it very easy to stick to our choice.

For a while we even ate an almost raw diet and felt great on it. I became a "Living On Live Food Instructor" certified by Alissa Cohen and taught workshops about this lifestyle.

But then priorities shifted and we went back to a "normal" organic diet with still lots of raw and cooked vegetables.

I found it difficult to be strict with dietary choices once the children are getting older.

They are social beings around other children and they do not want to be and feel different from their peers.

After a while I got used to the fact that once in a while they will eat unhealthy food and I quietly let them enjoy it.

And the great thing with exposing them to lots of good food and talking often to them about the benefits of healthy choices though is, that, by time, they start to recognize how they feel after they have had too much junk food or sugar and they limit the intake by themselves.

Over the years on my health food journey I have met many Vegetarians, Vegans and Raw Foodists who weren't all healthy and glowing and most importantly: They were NOT happy!

I got to the conclusion: It is NOT all about food! If you tend to your sprouts and green juices rigorously but unhappy and stick to your health regime only because you think that is the best you can do or so called "Health Gurus" tell you that you MUST do it -  then often you won't get the results you are so longing for.

I am a strong believer in a healthy mindset. If eating that burger with fries makes you feel so good and so happy you should allow yourself to eat it once in a while without feeling guilty. For me it's all about to find a healthy balance in your choices. And I am not saying that this is an easy thing to do.

I am still trying to figure it out every day :-)

Everyone is different - PLEASE - all this is my opinion - yours might be different and everyone is responsible for their own well being, right?

So - off to the farmers market!

Usually I am excited to get pictures of as many different colors and shapes of fruits, vegetables and flowers as possible at the market.

This time it was different.

Mostly Creamy whites and bits of shades of other colors caught my eye!

This very much resonates with my lately passion of soft muted color combinations throughout my Pinterest boards as well.

I worked a lot these past months and seeking out these calming colors and beautifully styled pictures help me to de-stress and find back my balance and peace of mind. Holly of decor8 recently shared a great blogpost on her thoughts of scaling back and how to transfer that into real life and I very much feel the same need these days.

It also was really fun to seek out vegetables for a color palette.

But - who knows - maybe I will pick a different color at the next market :-)

They run almost every day in or around Santa Barbara in different locations.

Isn't that fantastic? 

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Santa Barbara Farmers Market, Gemüse vom Markt Santa Barbara Farmers Market, Gemüse vom Markt

Santa Barbara Farmers Market, Gemüse vom Markt Santa Barbara Farmers Market,Gemüse vom Markt

Santa Barbara Farmers Market,Gemüse vom Markt Santa Barbara Farmers Market,Gemüse vom Markt

Santa Barbara Farmers Market, Gemüse vom Markt Santa Barbara Farmers Market, Gemüse vom Markt

Happy Day,

Anette 


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Superwomen...

23 05 2013 Thinking About

are presented @ Nic today!

My favorite personal SUPER-WOMAN (to be...) is my daughter Jette.

She will be 10 next month! Oh my - I  can't believe that...

It seems like yesterday that I waited for her - carrying this enormous two-weeks-over-due belly around.

But then everything happened quickly and actually life has never been slow again after her arrival.  

Looking back it seems like the real baby-being-time was very short.

My daughter had not much interest in long sleeps, laying around, crawling, slowness in general.

Neither did she have an interest in girls dresses, dolls or princesses.

All she wanted to do was moving and being independent in what she was up to. She loved and loves to run, she loves animals and especially horses. 

I would like her to do more with her talent in sports but she has her very own head.

I am also amazed how well organized she is - school wise  - but also in her friendships and life itself.

She seems to be so much more experienced and thoughtful than me at age 10.

Maybe that is the way these days with all the media and also with our different style to raise our children today. They are the most important beings in our life. We try to always find or seek answers to their many questions. We encourage their thirst for knowledge and expose them to beautiful places. Their life is incredible rich - maybe too rich to stay as happy-go-lucky and innocent like I was at this age...

My daughter finished her elementary school years yesterday and got her report. A superwoman-report :-) We are really proud of her.

After summer she will go on to a new school - very exciting!

But honestly - I wish, I could still carry her around - just for a little bit...

my daughter is awesome

(unfortunately I could not find the original source of this wonderful inspiration I found on Pinterest) 

If you think, she looks a bit moody on this picture, you are right - she does unfortunately not like to be photographed - unless it is a picture of her on a pony. Can't have enough of those... 

Happy Day,

Anette

P.S. Sweet Michèle from "peek-a-boo-berlin" has chosen me as a "Superwoman" today :-) - Wahhhh - can't believe that either - I feel very honored! Thanks so much! XOX





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