in august

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When I searchend my blog for my last monthly review, I was somehow shocked finding it in December 2014. The last year was really a slow one on the blog, but my life was filled with events and mile long to do lists. Today I want to bring back the monthly review, because I miss it. It’s a moment for me to pause and reflect on the month behind me, that otherwise would fly by so fast, unrecognized. So without further ado…

 

FOCUS

Trying to be present and simply enjoy the summer and the mostly free time after this eventful, busy year.

 

PROGRESS

Simplifying our home is one step closer to  a medium minimalism. It’s still a lot of stuff and my fingers are prickling, because they want to do more, get rid of more stuff. But at the moment I’m happy how far I’ve come and how good it feels.

Sorting through my photos and purging at least half of it or better two third. It’s a work in progess. But step by step or better byte by byte I’m keeping on going forward and sorting through every folder and deleting gigabytes of pictures.

 

FINISH

Finally wrote all ‘thank you’ notes for all our wedding guests and beyond. It took me several hours with help of my husband, but now they are finally shipped.

 

WEATHER

Changing rapidly between cold and much too hot. One day I have to wear a sweater, the other day I’m dying of heat while only wearing a thin shirt. So looking forward to a moderate autumn.

 

LERN

For a few weeks I tried to take every day another online course on those terrific online platforms Skillshare and Creativebug. It was amazing. In only 15 to 30 minutes every day I lerned so much, from cocking to painting to programming a website.

While editing the photos of our wedding, I lerned a lot about Lightroom and all those little options you can change and that can make an image really pop.

 

FAVORITES

My new favorite TV serie, although a little older, is ‘Lie to me’. Absolutely fascinating lerning about micro expressions and unconscious human behaviour.

I’m over the top inspired by Flora Bowley’s course ‘Intuitive Painting” on Creativebug. There was so much to lern and try. It was like magic on a canvas.

 

DISCOVER

Potsdam is not that far away from Berlin and always worth a visit. Beautiful, charming city with a lot of green and impressive architecture.

Pokemon is fun, even if you don’t play it actively. My husband (still getting used to not calling him my boyfriend anymore) plays it enthusiasticly, so we went on some walks to get him some new Pokemons. I used the time for taking photos or when we stayed at one place for longer, catching up on my reading. So fun & a perfect match!

 

Looking forward to an eventful, travelsome September.

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Scrambled eggs. Parties. Engagement. Fireworks. Traveling. Coffee with a little bit of milk. No gluten. No sugar. No milk. Tomatoes. Bacon, lots of bacon. Sweet potatoes, my new favorite. Beef and vegetables. Less fish. Anxiety attacks. Organization. Planning. Panic. Afraid. Weight gain. Weight loss. Back to normal. No motivation. Grey. Hormones. Thyroid hypofunction. Hashimoto thyreoditis. Blood tests. Paper flowers. Dancing. Too emotional. No emotions. Lerning. Growing. Changing work situation. Reading, book after book, blogs, magazines. Simplify. Zero waste attempts. Wedding dress. Location, location, location. Fear. Guest list. Insecurity. Creativity. Knitting. Crocheting. Cooking. Paleo food. New car. Weddings. Vacation with friends. The right questions. Doctors. No information. Blogging again. Photo contests. Internship. Movie cutting. Photo walks. Good times with godchildren, Funny evenings with friends. Gifts. A more simple life. iMac. Project Life. Tidy. Stress. Hot summer. Warm winter. No Christmas mood. Sad, negative colleagues. Overwhelmed. Overload. Thousands of photos. Too much. Seven scarves. The sea. Hot spiced wine. Photo sorting evenings. Tears. Grüne Woche. Schnapps. Netflix. Play station games. Game night. Quiet, not so much. Hamlet. Questions. Pressure. Birthday parties. Calendar. Less is more. Cleaning. Bad sleep. Cough. New pictures on the wall. Instagram. Black, white, gold. All the colors, again. Bad start. Big events. Lots of events. Journaling. Less art journaling, more writing. No time. Nuts. Tea attempt failed. Seven minutes. Weight watchers. Be open. Share. Almost black nail polish. Progress. Patience. Change.

in september

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working…
on blog posts, our secret project, video making, my photo archive and some other small projects.

weathering…
windy, sunny, rainy. A normal September.

crafting…
paperflowers, a minibook, Project Life cards and several little projects.

listening to…
party music. We went to two big parties, one 30th birthday and one silver wedding, with dance music.

watching…
Dr. Who, Emergency Room, Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy.

reading…
Der Schrecksenmeister“ by Walter Moers and still „The Happiness Advantage“ by Shawn Achor, and the first pages of „The Happiness of Pursuit“ by Chris Guillenbeau.

planning…
our next Denmark vacation and our big secret project.

drinking…
some tea again and corn coffee.

eating…
pears and plums, mostly on cakes.

wandering…
through shops to find gifts for friends and some decoration for our home.

wearing…
scarves and my fall boots again.

enjoying…
the last really warm days of this year, time to craft, thanks to my new challenge #365craftingtime and lovely times with friends.

wanting…
all kinds of crafty stuff, like embellishments, PL albums and cards, beautiful papers… but holding myself back, because my craft challenge, to use up most of my crafty stash before buying new things, is still running.

photographing…
some photo walks, the Berlin marathon, party people and making little movies of this beautiful fall.

thinking…
about friendship, bravery, challenges and blogging.

wondering…
how these last nine months could have past so quickly and what the last three of 2014 will bring.

 

looking forward to an exciting month

 

 

 

in august

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working…
on many new content-heavy blog posts. So amazed, what I came up with and ready to share it with you guys soon.

weathering…
a little bit colder than expected, not really summerly, combined with some heavy rain showers. But mostly sunny with little puffy clouds of white.

crafting…
a travel journal, a travel art journal, art journaling, Project Life pages, pictures for our kitchen, living room and corridor.

listening to…
the breaking of the waves and the call of the sea gulls.

watching…
much less TV and therefore have much more time for crafting and taking walks.

reading…
Jeremy Clarkson’s ‚The World According to Clarkson‘ – from time to time I’m watching Top Gear with my man and lerned to love Jeremy’s humor.

planning…
our vacation (the last bits), the new year (counting from my birthday) and a little bit of 2015. There are some big events coming up, but I can’t tell you right now. But I’m so excited and happy about it.

drinking…
a lot of coffee, water and dark beer, my new favorite.

eating…
most delicious food on our vacation. So much, that we were both fed up afterwards and now trying to eat less meat and more vegetables.

wandering…
along the beach and around Stralsund and Rostock.

wearing…
for two weeks almost only my bike clothes, because we were riding our bicycles every single day on our vacation.

enjoying…
our vacation to the fullest. After an awkward, miserable start, we had one of our best vacations ever.

wanting…
to simplify again. After living two weeks with so few stuff and being happy about it, it’s about time to get rid of some things again, which are cluttering the apartment.

photographing…
the beach, our bicycle trips, the Baltic sea, hanseatic architecture and much more.

thinking…
about how happy I am, what crafting really means to me and how to be more in the moment than thinking about future and past.

wondering…
what this exciting new year will bring.

 

now I’m up for one of my favorites month, September

 

 

 

in july

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working…
on my art journal for Get Messy and several awesome new blog posts. So excited to finally have time and the free mind again to work concentrated on the blog and new craft projects.

weathering…
way too hot. This is so not my weather. 30°C and more on a regular work day. When I came home, there was nothing I could do but lay on the sofa and watch TV, a cold, wet towel on my side.

crafting…
art journal pages and finally many new and old Project Life pages.

listening to…
music of the summer and my favorites playlists on Spotify.

watching…
the football World Cup. We are world champions! What a party in Berlin and all over Germany it was! 🙂

reading…
The Night Circus, and finally finished it. The best book I’ve read in a long, long time.

planning…
our vacation. The next big bike tour is coming. But this time together with my boyfriend to the Eastsea.

drinking…
Aperol Sprizz and Rhabarbar prosecco, very yummy. The in-drink this year in Germany.

eating…
lots of (water) melons and ice cream.

wandering…
along the Havel river in Berlin and the streets of Berlin.

wearing…
my new flip-flops. So happy that I found this pretty, comfortable ones.

enjoying…
some free time playing Playstation with my boyfriend – Marvel Lego game. So fun and hilarious. finally a game we can play together, not against each other.

wanting…
cooler weather. 5°C less would be more than enough and some rain, to dance in the summer rain.

photographing…
several photo walks and round & round’s.

thinking…
a lot about our vacation and if we can manage it. And about the blog, the amazing group of creative vixens on Get Messy and many, many new blog posts. My brain is working like mad.

wondering…
when we finally settled in in our life and work in Berlin, if we can build something of a routine with more free time now.

looking forward to a awesome, exciting August

 

in june

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working…
on big projects at work. It was exciting seeing them come to life.

weathering…
from too hot to rainy and grey.

crafting…
many art journal pages, these layouts for Caylee’s ‘Hello Lovely’ feature and pages for my Radical Self Love Bible.

listening to…
my usual playlists on Spotify ‘Run’, ‘Sing along’ and ‘Relax’.

watching…
the Worldcup, almost every match. This year all matches are so pulsating.

reading…
The Night Circus & The Happiness Advantage.

planning…
three fun weekends and a little bit about our vacation.

drinking…
Aperol Spritz.

eating…
cherries and cake, lots of yummy cake.

wandering…
through Buxtehude and corn fields.

wearing…
sandals and runners.

enjoying…
time with family, friends and my godchildren.

wanting…
a beautiful & fun vacation.

photographing…
art journal pages, our cats and my godchildren while unpacking their gifts.

thinking…
not so much, but doing instead.

wondering…
if Germany will make it as world champion.

 

in may

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working…
on our home, bit by bit and (too) much on my regular day job.

weathering…
like hot summer days. Definitely too hot for May.

crafting…
much. My craft challenge is working – I’m so motivated to craft and get projects done. More than that, I’m so happy to join Lauren and Caylee in their art journal challenge “Get Messy“.

listening to…
the newest chart hits and some suggested playlists from Spotify.

watching…
Sherlock, Madman and Dr. Who.

reading…
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

planning…
a few new projects, e-courses I want to take and the upcoming weekends in June, stuffed with little travel plans.

drinking…
cocktails and a new kind of coffee from Serbia.

eating…
asparagus, almost every weekend.

wandering…
on known routes with friends through Berlin, discovering new ways for walks and visiting a lot of museums.

wearing…
my ballerinas and sandals again. Thanks to the warm and sunny weather.

enjoying…
time to craft and good times with friends, shopping and talking.

wanting…
a big vacation. I’m so yearning for far away countries, to travel again.

photographing…
till my old camera broke and now with my new fancy camera. So happy, that I finally bought a new one.

thinking…
about all the things I’m grateful for. And there are a lot.

wondering…
what this summer will bring.

in april

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working…
on our home – repainting walls, fixing things and decorating bit by bit.

weathering…
a typical April – quick changes between stormy and heavy rain in contrast to summerly temperatures and sun.

crafting…
a notebook, to collect my ideas offline.

listening to…
Ed Sheeran’s “I see fire” and other new hits from the top lists.

watching…
too much TV and some great movies like “Iron Man 3”, “Frozen” and “The Return of the First Avenger”.

reading…
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared“, “Steal like an Artist“, “Show your Work” and some more.

planning…
decorations and art for our home and our vacation.

drinking…
sweet red wine, mostly Pinot Noir.

eating…
almost no potato chips! I’m so proud 😉

wandering…
through the streets of Berlin

wearing…
comfy clothes, cause I still don’t feel comfortable with my body.

enjoying…
the sun and warm temperatures. It feels already like summer.

wanting…
a new Project Life album and so many pretty scrapbooking papers.

photographing…
the Olympus Photography Playground, our road trip to Dangast and naturally Berlin.

thinking…
too much.

wondering…
when it’s this warm already in April, how it’s going to be in real summer? I still remember the horrible July weekend in Berlin last year.

in March

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productive… on some quiet Sundays with a lot of project photos and some crafts.

inspired… by some really good, fascinating and valuable books.

frustrated… cause we still don’t have internet!

organized… because I found wooden boxes with the perfect size for my stamp and washi tape collections, at last.

sporty… we started our training at a local gym, finally.

emotional… because of the funeral of my boyfriend’s uncle.

on the road… drove to the North (Wilhelmshaven) and South (Erlangen), almost across entire Germany.

cuddly… cats. Do I have to say more?

grateful… for the opportunity to give the Liebster Award to some of my favorite bloggers and more than that for those sweet and amazing bloggers like Caylee, Aimee and Lonneke.

cheerful… thanks to some summer like sunshine and temperatures.