Those Small Little Moments!

This rainbow in the Alster fountain! (Sunday, November 4). All pics by Franzi.

It’s time for a look back – those last four weeks were full of big and small events. In those tumultuous times, the small moments are those one has to enjoy the most and give back the power to go on.

I wish you a wonderful new week! Treasure those small pretty moments :)!

A surprise from Stephan: My very first time INSIDE the Elbphilharmonie – to listen to the singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan (Friday, October 20)

Those fall colors in my courtyard fascinated me (Saturday, October 21)

Hamburg’s television tower and the fairground lightened my way back home from my creative writing course (Monday, October 30)

My ‘little’ brother married (Friday, November 3)

Shiny ‘medals’ for junior scientists at the Nacht des Wissens (Night of the Sciences – Saturday, November 4)

The November light on the Isebekkanal (Saturday, November 11)

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Those Small Pretty Moments!

Sunset on the Alster (Friday, August 4). All pics by Franzi.

The last four weeks felt like a rollercoaster ride. There were extremely emotional moments and I was always on the run. Looking back, I first remember those big events that were incredibly important for me and my pals. But then there were also those pretty little moments: The ones that lasted only some hours or even minutes and came unexpected. Those moments are what makes life worth living and the happy power boosters that always give me fresh energy.

I wish you a wonderful new week! Enjoy those small pretty moments :)!

Stunning view on the Dove Elbe in Vierlande (Friday, July 21)

A relaxed afternoon in the allotment garden of my pal Annika (Friday, July 21)

A tour through the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine with its impressive library (Thursday, July 27)

A walk from my dad’s house in Chemnitz to the Adelsbergturm – the same walk I did with my grandpa every time when I visited him as a kid (Saturday, July 29)

Home-made meringues and fresh roses from the Isemarkt (Friday, August 4)

On the CSD pre-party at the Jungfernstieg (Friday, August 4)

Sunset in Planten un Blomen (Saturday, August 5)

A relaxed evening on the couch: Just me, Stephan and a bottle of wine. Perfect (Tuesday, August 8)!

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Funky Happiness: Candy Dulfer!

Dutch smooth jazz and funk alto saxophonist Candy Dulfer is a goddess. The feelings she is able to transport with her instrument go straight into my heart. I don’t know how I will ever come near anything like this by playing the clarinet. Oh, those funky tunes make me so happy!

Have fun listening!

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Happiness!

HappinessPic by Franzi.

It’s not that long ago that I dedicated a whole week to the topic of Happiness. Actually I planed the long-promised Osnabrück city guide for today. But life cannot always be planned and now you have to wait for one more week before I reveal all of Osnabrück’s secret places. Today, happiness is more important. During the last week I realised (once again) how important a good spirit is. As I just started my freelance career (?), I had to face some days that were loaded with not-that-optimistic thoughts and a tiny motivation gap. But then I went to our allotment garden and guess what? After only 30 minutes I felt pure happiness and refreshed and ready to go on. So, I think it’s time to remember that it are the small things in life that make one really happy instead of waiting for the bigger goals (career, the right partner, the future….) to become reality.

These are the small things that make me happy:

* Banana Milk!

* Gardening!

* Bread Baking!

* To Ride my bike and look up in the sky!

* Rain on my skin (yeah, I know I’m strange)!

* The sea on a rough fall day!

* Running!

* A hot bath (Oh, how I long for my own bath tub)!

* To sit in an old coffeehouse with cake and my friends!

* Watching my favorite crime series (Always and forever Tatort)!

* Music (This always works.)!

* Standing at the balcony and watching the stars!

* Dancing!

* Observing I dog or any other pet!

* Calling a good friend!

* Reading a good book!

* A good night’s sleep!

* Writing a blog post!

More happiness posts: About Happiness…, Those are my Happiness Songs… , Happy Dressing!, Green Happiness: Ice-Time! and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin!

I wish you a very happy start into this new week!

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin!

Happiness ProjectPicture Credit

A few months ago I visited a friend of mine in Cologne and by accident I came across Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project. Like I told you already (several times) I am a big fan of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and this book sounded like it could keep up with it:

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany while riding the bus. She asked herself what she wants from life. Her answer was simply to be happy. But was she happy or were there ways to enhance the happiness factor in her life? This was the beginning of a year-long experience – she started a happiness project. Each month she set herself goals: For example, January was dedicated to boost energy, February to remember love, June to make time for friends or September to pursue a passion. After I read it I must admit that Eat, Pray, Love is still my number one. Nevertheless, Gretchen’s ideas to fulfill her goals and commitments are innovative, well investigated and often extremely funny. I just started to practise one of her advises: To sing in the morning. Three times a week, my mornings start at 5am, so a bit happiness is urgently needed … and singing really is working. The book is filled with a ton of other ideas and insights, which makes it absolutely recommendable. Go and read it yourself. And then – maybe – start your own happiness project :).

One small anecdote: While reading the book in the train last week, my seatmate read the title and told me that he thinks I am looking happy anyway. This was a very nice comment and is reflecting in a very good way my own perception :)!

Visit also Gretchen Rubin’s Blog!

I wish you a weekend filled up with as much HAPPINESS as even possible 🙂 !

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Green Happiness: Ice-Time!

Green HappinessPic by Franzi. Sorry for the bad pics – it was too dark…

I made it 🙂. I mastered the Monthly Challenge of eating greener and created (okay, I admit it: with a little delay) four totally green recipes. This week was even more challenging because I tried to make something green that induces happiness. That’s why I asked a few friends for their ideas when I was enjoying the spring sun in the Schlossgarten with them on Monday. The one response that came quite spontaneous was – oh wonder – ice cream. There was no way of making ice CREAM with only green ingredients, but together we thought about the other possibilities and invented this cold, green happiness treat … on a stick. The popsicles are made of fresh peppermint leaves, pear juice and lime. When I prepared it, I nearly couldn’t resist to drink the mixture before freezing it. – I believe this would make a perfect booze-free summer cocktail, too!

Recipe:

Ingredients: Makes 4-5.

Juice of one lime, app. 200ml pear juice, a handful fresh peppermint leaves.

Preparation:

Blend all the ingredients with a hand blender and fill into small plastic shot glasses. Put in a plastic spoon (or if you have such sophisticated things, a popsicle stick ;). Freeze for app. 3 hrs (or longer).

Print Recipe HERE!

 Enjoy the happiness!

Did you see my other three green recipes? Green Power Smoothie, Green Energy Soup and Simply Green: Steamed Zucchini Sticks!

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Happy Dressing!

Happy DessingI, II, III, IV, V, VI

If you’re feeling extremely happy which colors would you wear? Yes, of course – those would be bright ones and a mix of sunny shades. Moreover, I would choose something airy to feel comfortable in. Something to enjoy springtime or the summer heat or a walk through the nature. Dresses and wide skirts are always ideal for a happy (girly) mood. I tried to create a happy outfit today – the result you can see above. And now tell me: What are you wearing in a state of pure happiness (or to motivate this state with the help of your outfit)?

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Those are my Happiness Songs…

Some songs just have the potential to make happy. Funny, that these are obviously not the most sophisticated ones. Seems like simple tunes work perfectly for happiness. These are my top five:

I. Adam Green – Emily

II. Kate Yanai – Summer Dreaming

III. Ghostbusters Theme Song

IV. The Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA

V. Bob Marley – A lalala long

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