Monday, December 26, 2016

1 of 12 Wishes for 2017

Picture: Insel Mainau, Lake Constance, Germany

My Wishes For 2017

I thought that it would be nice to send out my wishes to you (and the universe) for this 2017. I thought of 12 wishes (one for every month of the coming year). Wishes for myself, for you, for our world. And more. Wishes for how I'd like to be, for how I'd like to behave this coming year.
Each day, for the next 12 days, I'll meditate on the one word and then I'll sent it out there. Hoping for the best!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

2017 Is Just Around The Corner

Can you believe it? In 8 days it will be 2017! 2017!!! Sounds like something way way in my future but no... it's just around the corner.
I love December (I had written about the Advent Season). I particularly like the time between Christmas and New Year. In between kind of days. The year is almost over (and with it everything that happened - the good and the bad). The new year not here yet (with all its surprises).

Time to look back. To think about all the places I've been. To think back at all the lessons learned. At all the new people I met and the ones who still accompany me. I feel grateful.

Time to look forward. A new year. Like a blank sheet of paper. I can start writing a new page of my life. New travels. New people. New places. New challenges. And I am grateful for that as well.
These in between days, in between Christmas and New Year, are neither here nor there. The old is over, the new yet to discover.
I plan to enjoy them fully.


6 of 12 Wishes for 2017

Picture: Chincoteague Island, VA, USA

5 of 12 Wishes for 2017

Picture: Marseille, France

4 of 12 Wishes for 2017

Picture: Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

3 of 12 Wishes for 2017

Picture: Monte Albán, Mexico

2 of 12 Wishes for 2017

Picture: Hierve el Agua, Mexico

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Home Made Beauty Products

Only yesterday I was going on about maybe starting to make my own beauty products and ... today I just came across this article about Lauren Singer. Isn't life wonderful? And am I right in not believing in coincidences?? 
I knew about Lauren's website Trash Is For Tossers but I will have to spend more time checking it out ...
I am super excited to starting my own beauty products!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Less Plastic

As part of my "trying to live a more authentic life, a more conscious life" there are not only steps like learning to say no or spirituality in general.
There is more to that. Every day things like ... consuming less, producing less waste, eating healthy.
Let's call it "to go green" here. I want to think about it more, do more about it too and subsequently write more about it as well.
Let's start with "less plastic".
We drown in plastic. Literally. When I started to notice where I use plastic in my everyday life, I was shocked. Plastic is everywhere! And most of the times I use "it" only once and then throw it away. I do recycle plastic whenever I can, but many "things" are simply not recyclable. I decided that it was time to change my way of doing things. My way of buying things. My way of using things.
The aim is to use less plastic.

So, my quest began SMILE Some of my life's plastic items were easily replaceable.
I drink tapped water and avoid plastic bottles in general (wine luckily comes in glass bottles haha).
Laundry detergent was another big plastic bottle. I now buy the brand who sells the detergent in a cardboard box (cardboard is recycleable). My disposable razors became ... an electric one (why didn't I think of that earlier??). Then came the vegetable bags. In the supermarket I no longer buy my vegetables and fruits in plastic bags. I use cloth bags now. They are reusable and I carry them with me every time I go grocery shopping.
I could go on and on (but I don't want to bore you). Fact is that I do my grocery shopping more consciously these days. I always buy the organic and local version of anything anyway. Now I also check if there is a similar one that is "greener" (no plastic etc.). I'm really getting good at that and I realize that grocery shopping is, like every aspect of our life, a matter of habit! Habits can be changed, luckily!!

Then there is some other stuff that is impossible to get plastic-free. Like body lotion. Or shampoo. Or toothpaste. Or deodorant. I will have to find a brand who takes back the bottles or then I'll have to start "producing" the stuff myself. mmmh. Producing my own toothpaste? Why not? It's like baking bread. At least you know what it's inside :-) I will have to do some research on that. And ideas?

While writing these words, I realized that there are three aspects of my life that are not green at all.
1) I am no vegetarian. I do like meat. I do not have to eat meat every day but not meat at all? Oh my!
Solution: I could do a no meat week per month.

2) I drive a car. I love driving my car!
Solution: Be more conscious. Could I take the bus, the train instead to go where I want to go?

3) Traveling by plane. Oh my, that one is difficult to pass up on. Very difficult!
Two solutions come to my mind: donate money for every air mile (organizations like myclimate). And travel by train whenever possible.

This new quest of mine is quite exciting. I do love to question my habits from time to time!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Soundtrack of your Life

I was listening to Brett Eldredge's "I Wanna Be That Song" (one of my favorite songs these days!) when one sentence in particular stuck:
"Every life has a soundtrack".

Music has been important all my life, even though I never learnt to play a musical instrument (it's on my bucket list!). 
Some of my friends are "one kind of music" kind of guys and girls. Like "Rock music forever", or "House music forever" etc. It's like with fashion. Some people find their style and stick to it their whole life.
I am more an eclectic kind of woman. In music and in fashion SMILE
The first album that I bought with my own money was Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (that's a moment I won't ever forget!). Before that I listened to music cassettes that my parents bought me. That would be ABBA.
Neue Deutsche Welle comes to my mind as well (ah the eighties!), Italo Disco as well (when I started going out on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon with my girlfriends - have I mentioned that I not only love music but I adore dancing as well???).
So many phases since then. The Simon & Garfunkel phase while living in Paris (I walked the dog twice a day and my walkman was part of the ritual!). A decade of House Music (in almost all its forms) (and the clubs that went with this music as well obviously!) followed. Classic Music came next. Pop, R&B and lately New American Country.

So, I agree with Brett: every life does have a soundtrack. And my life's soundtrack and its chapters reflect my different life stages perfectly.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

10 Steps to Happiness

I found this on Facebook. I thought that maybe you'd love these 10 steps as much as I do!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Spiritual Quest

What does being on a spiritual quest imply?
Do I need to spend some time in an Indian Ashram?
Practice yoga?
Meet with other spiritually minded people?

I, for instance, have been on a spiritual journey since my twenties. I have never been to an Ashram and have taken up yoga only a couple of years ago. My spiritual quest so far has been more about getting to know myself better. As I am a person "who needs to understand", it has been about what's going on in my head and in my heart. I added my body to the whole equation when I took up yoga classes.
It has been a wonderful journey so far!

Recently though I started understanding that a spiritial quest is even more faceted.
I realized that my spiritual journey should, at some point, be reflected in how I live my everyday life. How I go on about the little things in my everyday life.
How do I treat my friends/my parents/my brother/my neighbors/strangers on the train etc.
How do I talk to strangers? Am I polite and do I smile?
Am I patient and gentle with elderly people (when they don't do things as quick as I want them to do?).
Same goes for kids. Animals. Nature.
Do I respect and accept other's opinions? Other ways of being?

It's good and needful to get to know yourself better. To have a strong body and mind.
It's the way I behave on the outside though that reflects my real inner (spiritual) being.

Sunday, December 4, 2016