WOCHEN(GLÜCK)-RÜCKBLICK :: MY HAPPINESS REVIEW #20

Hello There,

Remember me? Yeah, I still exist and since I haven’t been too chatty lately I figured I give you an update of my last week. And it’s been a while since I had my last little happiness review – featuring one of my most loved pictures by the way… Yes, go and check it out.

Last week has been lots of fun.

Monday started of with my third class in jewelry making – like the real stuff with flames and tools. I finished this ring and even though I don’t like gold I have been wearing it. It’s been a practice piece to try all the different techniques. I have a ton of ideas now but the workshop is only three more times…. ahhh the pressure is on!

handmade crown ring

Have you heard about CreativeLive? No? You NEED to check it out. It’s a website with online classes for the creative. You can buy the classes and download or be lucky enough to have time to watch the free classes when broadcasted. Due to time difference it’s not that easy for us Europeans but it’s possible. Specially on the weekend. I have been watching the free classes all week long from photography to building an Etsy store front to organizational tips. I am hooked. Who is with me?

And while watching I had an really creative afternoon on Thursday and made lots of new jewelry pieces. Remember my lace necklace? I had dyed a bit more of the lace back then but never got around to making something out of it. Oh and I was on a roll. Only stopped because I was missing the right beads to go with them in the end.

handmade lace earings

Those were my happy moments. What have been yours?

Happy weekend,

Tobia

EVERY DAY LIFE ON A RANDOM DAY in 2016

In 2015 I wrote down my routine for a random day in my life. I figured why not go ahead and do the same for 2016. It will be fun to go back and compare the years in a little while.

Nowhere to run nowhere to hide

So here it is:

7.10 somehow I am already awake even though I could sleep a bit longer. So I grab my phone and surf through Instagram, Facebook and Co., check some emails and just waste time.

7.30 the alarm goes off. Now I wanna stay in bed.

7.35/40 getting up, hitting the bathroom.

8.00 Making coffee, grabbing my journal and taking 10 minutes on the balcony to reflect yesterday.

8.10 chores, hanging laundry, unloading the dish washer, tidying up the living room or sometime doing quick emails or some online shopping.

8.25 high time to get going.

8.35 leaving the house, grabbing trash or a package on the way out.

8.38 biking to work – something I really start to appreciate.

9.00 hello work, hello colleagues, but first tea/water.

9.10 check emails and social media accounts, make a to-do list and plan the day.

9.45 uhhh now coffee and maybe a quick meeting with my boss about what’s gonna happen today.

10-12.30 work on projects, last minute stuff or whatever. Currently I’m working on lots of brand strategy and communication strategies for a coffee brand. Fun!

12.30 thinking and discussing lunch options, maybe having a quick dance party or a chat with our care taker who stops by to bring us goodies from is garden (strawberries anyone?).

12.45 caught up in some more work.

13.30 didn’t we plan on lunch? Grabbing a salat and sitting on the hospital campus or hitting one of the many cute bistros/cafés around the neighborhood.

Charité Campus Berlin

14.30 project work, discussions, phone calls … Just work.

17.00 it’s getting a bit more relaxed at work and we listen and sing and sometimes dance.

17.30 just getting this one thing done.

18.15 oh look work is over, clean up office kitchen and off I go.

18.30 grocery shopping.

19.00 relax on the balcony, meet friends or watch soccer (like right now, it’s European Soccer Championship!).

20.30 dinner time.

22.30 tired, better get ready for bed.

23.00 in bed, scrolling social media and maybe reading.

23.30 asleep.

Compared to last year life has slowed down considerably. My commute time is basically gone. I ride my bike to work and it takes me 15 min one way. That’s basically nothing. On the other hand you can tell that those 2 hours in the train were effective time as I used to write my blog posts there. Has been quite here lately. So I guess a new routine needs to be established.

Anyhow. I feel better with it.

Will you share a day in your life? I would love to read about your routines.

Happy living,

Tobia

Summer List 2016

Hello you, hello Summer,

After I did pretty good on my Spring Bucket List I feel like I need a Summer list too.

Summer List Summer Waves

Hoping for lots of fun experience this summer:

  1. Enjoy the heck out of my balcony.
  2. Have a day trip with hubby, maybe even a weekend trip.
  3. Make a big batch of rhubarb lemonade too last till fall.
  4. Visit grandpa and enjoy the garden.
  5. BBQ with friends.
  6. Go to a drive-in cinema with hubby.
  7. Making ice cream. I am thinking almond caramel or lemon buttermilk or one of the million recipes.
  8. Eating fresh caught fish while sitting at the sea, river or lake.
  9. Riding my bike to work every day.
  10. Meeting friends in a beer garden. One from far away…

I am liking summer. I love seasons. I couldn’t really live in an area were every day is kinda the same and a blurr. How about you? Do you have a summer list? What fun things are you planning? Let me know maybe I need to update mine a bit.

Happy Summer,

Tobia

At the moment #2

A year ago Bine had her Schreibzeit series going. One topic was: At The Moment. As I loved it very much I figured why not make it an annual thing.

Sun over croatian coast at the moment

… At this moment:

.I think: I might have found a job I actually can stand for a while, which is inspiring and makes me happy. I don’t want to jinx it though and it’s been only three days. But keep your fingers crossed.

.I like: Green asparagus. I could eat it all day every day. And I have this huge craving for ice cream. I need to get my ice machine ready to try out all those yummy recipes I have been collecting on my Pinterest board: yummy icecream.

 

.I don’t like: Waking up to my neighbors smoking. It seems like overtime we open our windows they decided to have a smoke. And then it just stays in the air – in our apartment. It sucks and its the worst during summertime. The times I question being a tenant.

.I feel: Pretty good. The last days were happy. I had lots of time for myself. I took a whole spa day and it gave so damned much that I decided to do this every three months. Falling asleep to the sound of leaves and feeling the wind on your skin. Nothing beats that in my book for total relaxation!

.I wear: My pjs but beside that more self sewn clothes. I made some palazzo pants and a maxi dress. I also have a couple t-shirts and I am planning on doing more. And of course flip flops. It’s this kind of time!

.I need: A (tiny) house by the sea. Or some sort of water.

.I’m annoyed by: Too many things I cannot change. So I need to stop being so annoyed by it.

.I want: To be able too eat ice-cream all day long and still look like I just dropped out of the gym.

.I hear: Too much. I am still believing the silence is one of the most underestimated things. I love not hearing anything for a while or just one sound and not the bustling noise of the city. Don’t get me wrong it is nice to but you can’t just turn it off.

.I’m making: Yesterday I made two earrings really quick as I was missing the perfect piece for my outfit. Usually those are the best makes. But then again so many more ideas and not enough time to do it. Or maybe it is just a priority issue…

.I eat: Asparagus. Strawberries. Veggies. Yoghurt. Ice cream.

.I drink: Homemade iced tea. I mixed myself some tea and its perfect for iced tea as it has a spicy punch to it. Also lots of infused water. I am drinking lots lately and it feels great!

.I smell: Summer.

.I miss: The sea. We’ve been to Croatia lately and the smell and the sound of the sea is so calming. I am missing clean air to breath.

.I regret: Not living closer to certain people. But between the Caribbean, U.S. and Australia I am pretty much centered here in Europe…

.I dream: Of a happy work life ahead of me. Of my creativity coming back of being more inspired and of daring to pursue my dreams.

.I think: Life is good. Its a nice feeling for a change.

Please feel free to join in. I would love to hear about your “At the moment” experience.

Happy Sunday,

Tobia

Monthly Thoughts #2

Even though I thought this little series is going to be a monthly thing it turns out it’s gonna be a bi-monthly one (if at all…). The last couple months have been exciting and boring and slow and hectic… If that makes any sense at all.

Balance

What I learned:

I learnt some new sewing skills, new English vocabulary from this latest book series I read, how much I was missing asparagus on my plate, that I usually don’t get everything done I put on my to-do list…

What I discovered:

I put up with a lot of bullshit and I later wonder why I actually do it. I need to take my side more and articulate how far I am willing to put up with stuff. It’s work in progress…

What I couldn’t do:

live a healthier lifestyle. I don’t know when it got this tough. I eat my veggies, I drink more than 2 liters, I increased my daily steps and still I gain weight, have knee and back pains and feel yucky. It’s very frustrating.

What I am proud of:

I sewed my first pair of pants. I never dared to as the patterns usually don’t fit. Well these pants are to loose at the waist but for summer it’s ok. Wore them yesterday and love the feel of them. I also started my maxi dress and so far it’s the first sewing project were I had hardly any seam to unravel and redo it. I am actually proud. My wardrobe grows with things I made myself I am not embarrassed of. 

What I can let go of:

I can finally let go of a very toxic person in my life. I knew from the beginning this person was not good for me but sometimes you are just stuck. 

What I was curious about:

books! I have read my share of books for this year already. The last weeks I read like 6 or so. They were easy and quick reads and not all that well written or deep but they had new “worlds” I wanted to discover and that is already a good book, no?

What I lost:

I believe I lost some of the sadness and negativity I have seen last December when looking in the mirror. I’d say my eyes looked more awake with life. 

Well, so far in my little retrospective. Will you join me in the fun? What happened in you world? Please share…

Happy life living,

Tobia