Hello and happy Tuesday everyone! It’s been a while and my days have been filled with travelling, busy work days, spending some quality time with loved ones, enjoying nature with Zaphira and – trying to finish the new apartment!
I am proud to say that it is almost done. Well, it’s been “almost done” for about 3 weeks now. I managed to more or less unpack everything within a weekend – finished a few last boxes the weekend after and now only have one room semi-undone left: my home office. Although more or less everything is already at its place, it still feels a little cold and not as inviting as it should. My biggest issue: I cannot work in a place I don’t feel 100% comfortable in.
This week, however – if I am lucky – my two carpets should arrive that I ordered. One for the living room, and one for my office room. I’ll then need to add a few last details, put up some pictures (some walls got repainted so I had to wait) and hopefully I am rather done then. Of course, my apartment is ALWAYS a work in progress and I love switching things up from time to time. Yet, the basis should be done in the next few weeks. At least that is my plan before I leave for my next trip!
I’ve been off guard for a while now and I guess I should apologise. It probably also doesn’t help to complain or list the things that are going on right now that are keeping me busy. Yet, I have not forgotten about my readers, nor do I have the intention of stopping any updates anytime soon. Do forgive me though, please, if my updates are not as regular at the moment. Once I have finished my larger projects, and most importantly, finished my masters in a couple of months, I am hoping to dedicate much more of my free time here again.
On another note – I was skimming over Pinterest the other day and fell in love with some of the interior inspired pictures I found. I thought I’d share a few of those with you today to show a sign of life. A combination of these and my own little touch to everything – that would be my dream apartment/home one day. I love pairing the old with the new, having an apartment with that “old” vibe (“Altbauwohnung”), adding new pieces into it, and having a hint of that Scandinavian and Soho Design Interior flowing into the whole thing.
I just absolutely love looking at lifestyle photos and especially at interior stuff. I am even thinking of making my little hobby more realistic and looking into learning more about design on a professional level for the future. Not to stop what I am doing right now; instead – to potentially being able to use my hobby and love for interior (and food – oh jee, now I am starting to get indecisive again) more frequently in the future! What do you think of the inspo photos from Pinterest, any favorites? xo
It’s almost that time of the year – another 12 months have passed, and everyone seems to be writing down their goals for 2017! Looking back at 2016, I am proud and happy to say that it’s been well to me. Or better say, I’ve done good. I surely could have done things better, put more effort into certain things and by far life isn’t perfect. But is it ever? I think it is most important to appreciate what you have; rather than being upset about the things you don’t. There is so much evil in the world, and when we look around and read the news, there is always someone that is better off – or even worse than us. Comparing oneself is what makes most people upset about their own situations. Look at social media. Instagram, for example. It’s a blessing and curse by itself. We compare each other on it, we look to those that have more followers than we do ourselves and it seems everyone is constantly smiling and happy. Of course, this is not the reality. And thus, it is important to keep certain things in mind: to appreciate what you have, to accept whom you are, to compare ourselves less to stories that only show a part of the person’s life.
In the end, of course, I cannot lie. I too look at Instagram, at certain influencers, and admire their work. Yet, never has it filled my heart with hatred. Never have I compared myself to a point where it made me unhappy with myself. Rather, I get inspired by influencers. I look up to achievements they have made. And I work on my own goals and see if there is anything I must change to achieve those. For 2017, I want to continue my journey. I want to find myself. I want to finish my studies and perhaps start something new. I want to live my life and not regret it after 12 months thinking I should have done something different or taken a different decision. I want to live 2017 to the fullest. Where to start and how you ask?
I love doing a million things at once and working simultaneously on different projects. My agenda fills fast, yet I always find time to squeeze in one more thing. Therefore, downtime, and taking the time to breathe, is utmost important. I’ve started this already, just taking the time off in the evening and not reading my emails after a certain time if not needed. Taking time for oneself is so important – yet we tend to often forget ourselves and place others in front of us. Taking time for ourselves can be as simple as lying down and shutting our eyes for 10 minutes, reading a magazine, taking a short walk in the fresh air, or sipping on hot chocolate whilst watching the flames at the fireplace.
From my own experience, I know that it’s easiest to stay in one’s comfort zone. I do it all the time. I wear black because it’s easy, its sophisticated, it’s nice, it goes with everything. As easy as it is, it’s no surprise that you might fall behind and not be noticed in the crowd. If you don’t want attention – perfect fit. Standing out, however, doesn’t need to be attention-seeking. It’s being noticed. It’s being confident. It’s showing character. Wearing black works in that combination – but then the attitude should show. Wear red lipstick and heels if needed. Or go for a completely new look: wear pink (or whatever you fancy)! Of course, whatever you choose, do it for yourself and remember, never do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Say Yes, say No
There are some that say yes to everything. Do you have time to help with this project? Yes. Do you mind adding these items to your list? No. Can you help me? Of course. I tend to do it all the time. I tend to take on more projects than my agenda fits. I help friends when I don’t know how to fit it in. I work my ass off to help others, and forget my own free time. In these situations, saying know must be learned. It’s okay to say no and to put yourself in front of others. That is, from time to time. Likewise, one should not say no all the time and be surprised that no one ever comes back again to ask for help or to hang out. Finding the right balance between a yes and no is critical in today’s, fast-pacing world.
Laughing is healthy. Yes, it causes wrinkles around your mouth and in your face. But really? Isn’t it something great? For one, no one should be afraid of “getting older”. Secondly, laughing is one of the things that keeps you young – in my opinion. Being able to laugh at yourself in situations you funnily messed up or laughing with (not at) others is so important. It keeps us alive. Sadly, many of us are constantly worried and barely ever laugh. I once read that laughing can be practiced and if you fake-laugh hard enough and a couple of times, real endorphins (the happy hormones) are released and you will start laughing. Perhaps give that a try!
Appreciate the moment
We live such fast-paced lives. I do too! We run errands from A to B, have one million projects going on, some of us have children, and it seems there are never enough hours in a day. Instead of looking at our watches constantly and worrying all the time that we will miss out on the next big thing, it is important to just appreciate the moment. Be it the five-minute break you are taking with your coffee during work hours: appreciate it. The short call your friend gives you only to say she’s in a hurry but thought of you: appreciate it – she took the time to call you. Of course, we cannot stop time and sometimes there is just too much to do. Yet, (almost) everything can be done with the help of a little time-management. Adding in a few extra minutes to just enjoy the moment won’t cost you anything!
Life is all about giving and taking – in my opinion. I love giving. I love making people happy and seeing a smile on their faces. That doesn’t mean you must buy them presents all the time or even spend money at all. It can be as simple as a compliment that you love their outfit, that you noticed their happiness or simple that you enjoy their presence. It can be a handwritten note that lets them know you appreciate the extra effort they have put into helping you with a project or a text message saying you can’t wait to see them later that day. Your co-worker brings you that coffee every morning? Why not bring him or her a treat the next time you walk past their desk or invite them out for a lunch. It’s often the simplest thing that we forget – yet they are often so appreciated by others. They might not show it immediately, but perhaps they have something else to give another day. Lastly, never forget to thank with a smile. Personally, I think that is often rewarding enough for me.
With that – I wish you all a Happy New Year and an amazing 2017!
C O F F E E. It wakes you up, it keeps you warm and cozy, gives you energy. You’ve got to love coffee. So much for the drink. Even more enjoyable is a cup of coffee (or tea) with the right book on your hands. With Christmas coming around the corner faster than I expected it, I am in need of getting some presents for the family and close friends. Personally, I love gifting what I love myself. This may sound egoistic, but I can’t really give when I am not convinced of it myself. Of course, everyone has their own taste. And most obviously, I will not try and push what I think is best onto other people. Yet, it helps to love the presents, too. The worst, however, is when shopping and suddenly finding a million things that would perfectly work for my own home. Does that ever happen to anyone else? I’ve been looking at a few coffee table books (hence, CTBs) recently and almost ended up shopping for myself again – rather than for others. Anyhow. Here are some coffee table book ideas if you are still looking for a small something to brighten up a loved ones’ face over the holiday season.
I already have books 2 and 3 – though surely am looking at getting my hands on the other three, too. I am especially interested in number 5, though also love the photography of Peter Lindbergh. Likewise, Kelly Hoppen has an amazing eye for interior and I understand she gives amazing insights into the industry and how to achieve and make the house of your dreams. Do you have a CTB that you can’t live without?
Wednesday already! How did that happen? The days are flying by – and so are the birthdays. I might have told you this before, but I swear almost everyone I know is celebrating their birthdays these days. November-kids for the win! Today is my sisters birthday: so all the best, also from here, to the sweetest and kindest soul on earth! Tomorrow it’s my uncles birthday. I’d love to be there, in Hamburg, but unfortunately my travel plans don’t allow for it. I’ll be flying into London tomorrow – a day trip, only. It will be quite busy. Boarding at 6.45 am (too early!) and arriving back in Zurich at around 9pm. I’ll have to wake up at 5 am tomorrow, so I am already complaining on the inside. Next week I’ll be in London again, though less stressful, as I am staying overnight. I’ll be there Tuesday to Wednesday, and attending a bigger event on Tuesday night. Then Friday next week I’ll be flying to Malta for the weekend (well, until Monday afternoon) to celebrate my dad’s 50th birthday next Sunday. And then November is already over. Annnnddd we will be going into December, starting the Christmas season, and jingle bell songs will be filling my apartment at all times. Alright, maybe not at all times, but surely from time to time when the cookie-baking-season starts. So excited!
I’m still debating whether to decorate my home or not. Usually, I am all in for it. This year, however, I will be spending Christmas with the family in Malta, and already flying there on December 21st. Not sure if it’s worth decorating for 3 weeks? I most likely won’t be able to decorate anything, time wise, until the start of December, or maybe this upcoming weekend. However, the first weekend in December (or second?) I will be traveling again, to Ingolstadt (south of Germany). As you can see, I am not home many weekends before Christmas arrives and so I really am debating whether to “skip” the decorating this year. What do you think?
Now I’m off to dinner with a good friend of mine. It’s always funny being around him and I can’t wait to eat. Already hungry. The next debate is what to eat. I am somewhat craving sushi (as always), but we may try out something new! Anyways – need to jump now. Till next time!