Alphabet of Happiness

Hello again,

I started out writing my journal every day almost daily since 2016. It was all to keep track of the small little things of happiness happening left and right while hassling through life and being a responsible bill paying adult.

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So for #internationaldaofhappiness I figured why not combine some of those things and do a post and get all the happiness out of me. Making a list and what better way to make a list than do it in order. So here is my alphabet of happiness.

A … ASPARAGUS season because it is one of the few things you can not get year round and I always look forward to it. Same with strawberries!

B…BERLIN. When I see the tv tower my heart skips a bit. It’s where I belong.

C…COUCH DAYS. Because you can’t run around all the time.

D… DRAWING because if I’m lucky I slip in a mind of total concentration and forget time and space. Also happens with some other crafting.

E…E♥︎♥︎♥︎ aka Mr. ♥︎ somehow he manages to make me laugh even when I’m in a really crappy mood.

F… FRESH AIR to breath.

G…GRAVEYARDS hardly any other place were you can feel so much love and appreciation in the world, were I get grounded and get a feel for the important things in life. It is so peaceful and quiet.

H…HUGGS. Because it’s just nice.

I…IDAHO I fell in love with the landscape at first glance, some of the people as weird as they may be and I made some of the best memories there. Coming back now feels a bit like coming home.

J… JEWELRY mainly my handmade things. It always makes me feel complete wearing earrings.

K… KEKSE & KUCHEN ok I have to cheat and put some German in here but cookies & cake can’t be missed. It’s my go to when being sad (I know bad habit but still better than smoking or drinking), baking is fun and I love to try new recipe and combine different ones. So yes, happy!

L… LOVE I mean who doesn’t like to be loved and appreciated.

M… MARATHON of binge watching a new series.

N… NO MIGRAINE need I say more?!

O… OUTDOOR activities. Unfortunately I do them not nearly often enough. But the fresh air when taking a walk, the wind in my hair when riding the bike, the smells…

P…PEANUTBUTTER and that is a huge surprise. Because before 1999 I didn’t even know that existed. That is when I first set foot to the USA. I despised it my entire stay there. Only when I got homesick I bought myself a jar and was hooked. Crazy how that goes.

Q…QUIETNESS.

R…READING. New found old hobby. Lets be friends on Goodreads.

S…SNOW Fluffy, white and beautiful. What is not to love about it. And yes I believe I can smell snow just like Lorelei Gilmore. And I do get out when it happens, At four in the morning if need be.

T…TRAVEL. Because it is always nice to discover new things and explore. Makes you so much more tolerable.

U… UN-INTERUPTED sleep. Not waking up every time there is some sound outside – magic! Sleeping past 7am even better!

V… VALET. Usually I use the public transport or my bike to get places. But ever since last year when I started working in Düsseldorf part time Mr. 🖤 is always picking me up at the train when I arrive close to midnight. Makes my heart jump.

W… WATER. I realized in the last couple years that water makes me happy. So I would love living at the water front. A lake or a river or a bay or whatever tiny bit of water. It just has immediate calming effect. My plan: win the lottery. Move to a waterfront home. Totally manageable.

X… XMAS what else. Everyone reading along longer than one post probably knows it is my favorite time of year. If you happen to be new here. Stay and enjoy. And if you need to get into the mood go check out my advent & christmas collection.

Y…YOGA. If I ever get around to do it I feel good afterwards.

Z…ZEN TEA. I just discovered this new tea and it is to die for. Seriously.

Now who thought that wasn’t fun. Feel free to join in the in and share your list. Link back so I can read along.

Happy day to you,

Tobia

WOCHEN(GLÜCK)-RÜCKBLICK :: MY HAPPINESS REVIEW #25

It is time for a new happiness review. I just saw the last one is from January. Not that there hasn’t been any happiness here it just didn’t find its way on the blog.

The last week was really stressful for me and still there were happy moments.

It all started with coming home Sunday night after a weekend at Blogst. I have already wrote about it last Sunday and shared my DIY here. So I won’t go into detail. But it did make me happy. I saw some people from last year and some really good conversations. I also remember one where I actually talked about my day job and while doing so realized how much passion was involved. Hadn’t had that in a long time. Feels good.

Most of the week I was really busy with work but I was happy being able to work from home this week and not be in Dusseldorf. It is just different when sleeping in your own bed and drinking your own coffee. Not to mention that Mr. ❤︎ is coming home at night. And right here was another happy moment: laughing and joking around. Makes my heart skip.

On Wednesday I met my old boss for lunch. It was nice to catch up and talk and enjoy some healthy food.

 

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I had to “force” myself to get up from the desk and go outside for a bit. So I took a quick walk over the cemetery. I was there when twilight creeped in and it was mystical. You could see the grave candles flicker, wind whispering in the trees and I felt the love from all the graves ready for “Totensonntag”. And then a fox crossed my way. I think I need to go back.

creative fall walk cemetary

I also participated in an DIY advent calendar again this year and I was really busing getting everything assembled and out the door by yesterday. But while it was a bit stressful in the end it still made me realize how close the Holiday Season is and this is – as you well know – my favorite time of year. Here is a secret: Tomorrow I share my annual advent wreath tutorial! And if you like check out all the previous wreath ideas and more.

creative advent DIY

Now I am looking forward spending some relax time on the couch and sleep and hang with Mr. ❤︎ and doing bit of blog work and reading some blogs along the way.

What are your plans?

Happy Saturday,

Tobia

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Let’s celebrate: International Day of Happiness

I recently learned that March 20th marks the International Day of Happiness. It was initiated by the United Nations recognizing happiness as one of humans life goals and was first celebrated in 2013.

While I appreciate that happiness is taking a front seat in global politics I am a bit baffled that it has only been acknowledged four years ago.

However there is a whole movement behind it and you can sign up here for a free happiness guide, a kids pack and a study on world happiness. And there are ten posters to print out.

In the end of 2015 I realized that the happy moments in my life are there but I do tend to ignore or forget them. So since January 2016 I write a daily happiness journal. It made me realize that there are much more happy moments, that they are usually small, that I am still not mindful enough to catch them all…

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Today I want to share some of those moments with you:

  • Early morning sunshine in my living room
  • The smell of fresh coffee
  • The smell of fresh air
  • The smell of snowflakes in crisp winter air
  • Dancing snowflakes
  • The sound of leaves in the wind
  • A day without migraines
  • A cup of my favorite blend of tea
  • The joy of reading a book
  • Being in the flow while doing something e.g. those easter eggs or taking photographs
  • Absolut quietness
  • A good nights sleep
  • No back pain
  • A call from the godchild
  • A fun letter in the mail
  • The joy of like minded people (is anyone going to a blogging event? I am thinking about The Hive in May?!)
  • A yummy piece of cake
  • Beautiful flowers
  • Something I made
  • Laughter
  • Goofing around with Mr. ♥
  • Summer BBQ with friends
  • Learning something new in a class/workshop
  • The joy of traveling
  • Sitting by the water

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If you start thinking about those little things you can go on and on and on. Fun thing is that after I wrote my list I check out the mentioned research and I listed quite a few things that the study defined in finding happiness.

But now I am interested: what would you would put in the list? Let me know in the comments.

Happy International Day of Happiness,

Tobia

WOCHEN(GLÜCK)-RÜCKBLICK :: MY HAPPINESS REVIEW #24

Happy weekend to everyone.

I had a great, happy, productive week and it calls for Denise’s happiness project.

Lets Dance urban art

It all started last Saturday with my dad birthday party that is a huge thing every since I can remember. After college (or maybe even during college) he decided to throw a big annual gathering every Saturday after his birthday inviting all his college buddies. And throughout his life more people got invited  and some didn’t show up anymore. I grew up with this scenario and I just love it. I meet those people every year. Some I don’t even know their names but somehow its just right. You take part in each other’s life maybe just for this one night.

I had time to walk around the neighborhood taking pictures. Well, actually I didn’t feel like taking pictures but had an assignment for my photo class. And isn’t it great that inspiration comes when you least expect it? I was suddenly seeing so many interesting lines and found so many perspectives of this one building I stumbled across. I love this. And the weather was nice too – crisp winter air.

urban lines and patterns

Another thing I started this week – again – was using my yoga app. I woke up with back pain and decided to give it try again. Isn’t it amazing how fast one (me!) forgets how helpful, relaxing, good something is? So I did yoga two days in a row and hope to do more of it in the future.

A few other things happened for me this week that left me optimistic and energized (like this Shrimp Pak Choi Risotto with Coconut milk) but they don’t fit in here right now.

Overall I am happy. And I look forward to the weekend. Are you doing anything fun?

Happy weekend,

Tobia

 

WOCHEN(GLÜCK)-RÜCKBLICK :: MY HAPPINESS REVIEW #23

I started in a slow Saturday over here.

Sleeping in, drinking a coffee while reading an article in an older flow magazine and just enjoying the stray snowflakes outside.

And my thoughts went back to last week and it was a happy one.

First of all: SNOW. It started with a photo tour through the park on Sunday morning before breakfast. I spent hours trying to capture birds and snowflakes. And then more snow on Wednesday where I walked to my appointments just to be on the dancing snowflakes.

winter in Berlin

Then second: I took a ton of pictures. I am not sure if I have mentioned it here on the blog but I started a photo class at the community college in November. Every other week we get homework and have to work on a project. This past week and was trying to catch up on 2,5 tasks. We just started with architecture photography and here is one of the many shots I took.

Berlin Architecture

It was a beautiful day out. I ones again realized how happy it makes me to be outside, walk and look directionless through my neighborhood. I also managed to get in a ton of steps which made me pretty happy too.

And then I took time to cook myself some lovely meals this week. I am usually too lazy or have to make something we both eat. This week I came up with an awesome Shrimp Pak Choi Risotto. Stay tunes, the recipe will appear on the blog.

As you can see my week has been blessed. Hope yours has been too.

Now of to Denise to check out more happiness.

Happy Weekend

Tobia