Essay: Looking at Night into Foreign Windows!

Pics by Franzi.

I love walking, even when it’s dark outside. It frees my mind, I finally end the day with the recommended 10,000 steps and some fresh air, smelling distinctively like the current season – filled with the thick scent of blooms in spring, sunny and dry in summer, humid and spicy on fall nights, clear and icy in the winter.

Strolling through the night

When it’s dark, only a few people are still outside. Everything is a lot quieter than during the day. Fewer passers-by, less chitchat, fewer cars. Life is going on inside the houses, not on the dark sidewalks outside. Strolling through the night is meditative. A good moment to recapitulate the day’s events or simply to let flow the thoughts.

A glimpse of life

Illuminated windows are like doors to other worlds. They show glimpses of the life  inside all those foreign houses: The family at their dinner table, the book shelves stacked with hundreds of thick volumes, the kitchen counter with a basket of fruits, the flicker of a TV. Passing all those light boxes, watching them for maybe two seconds, moving along, it’s easy to invent a very own story  about the just seen scenario: The family on the table maybe just speaks about an adventure the kid experienced the day, the bowl of fruits was maybe shopped on the farmers market this morning, the men in front of the TV is maybe enjoying his leisure time after a hard day at work.

Every window tells another story

I love those little insights into foreign worlds. It gives my own world another perspective. I am here, walking outside, those people are inside, having a great or maybe bad evening together or alone, living their life until tomorrow. Then everyone will leave his or her home again, a new day starts with all those new stories to experience.

As a kid I was living in Berlin, in a block of apartment houses. My bedroom window had a free view onto the 12-floor building opposite. There were around 100 windows. During a sleepless night I would sit on the window-sill and imagine a story for every illuminated window I saw. Those dream journeys into foreign lives made me calm and sleepy, until I was ready to go to bed again.

Today, coming home from those evening walks, I am also a lot more relaxed then when I left only half an hour ago. Here I am, letting the world outside. Closing the curtains. Switching on the light. There are a lot of stories out there. Now it’s time for my very own.

I wish you a wonderful week! Have one full of little stories :)!

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New Year’s Resolution V: Visit more Museums!

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My fifth resolution: Visit more museums (and exhibitions)! I realized that this important part of my life didn’t play the same role last year as in the past.

I maybe was only five times in a museum during the last twelve months. Last week I visited THIS fantastic exhibition and learned a lot about my own country. So, next year I resolve to spent more time with cultural events, museums and exhibitions.

Have a beautiful day :)!

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New Year’s Resolution I: Relax More!

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It’s this week again… X-Mas is (nearly) over, the new year is already knocking on our doors and it’s time for my New Year’s resolutions 2017! Today the first one: Relax more. I know, I know: This one comes every year. And I am really bad in fulfilling it.

A good friend of mine wrote me yesterday that the series “Franzi on tour through Germany” must have more episodes than the famous German soap opera Lindenstraße. Maybe he exaggerated a bit and the reason I am traveling this much is simply because I am still flexible (<- no kids) and most of my closest friends are living elsewhere. So, I promise that I will not stop traveling, but I will give myself more pauses – for my hobbies, yoga and just some me time.

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a relaxed one :)!

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Winter Vacation Special: One Quote a Day! #Day6 (or something like that)

6 Monday 2Pic by Franzi.

Day six (or something like that), quote six.

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Summer Bucket List!

Summer Bucket ListPic by Franzi.

I’m a big bucket list fan… To write a list of to-dos and to talk about it is not only a reminder for oneself – it also creates some pressure to actually do those things. Here are the ten things I plan to do during the summer of 2015:

1. Swim in the sea & pick up shells on the beach.

2. Go to an open-air cinema.

3. Eat gazpacho.

4. Go to an open-air concert.

5. Have a picnic.

6. Have at least a handful of BBQs.

7. Read at least three books.

8. Try out three new ice-cream variations.

9. Walk from Hamburg’s Landungsbrücken to Wedel.

10. Have a handful of after-work beers/wine spritzers in a nice beer garden.

…And now comes the pressure-part: At the end of summer, I will tell you how many of those activities I really have done :).

What’s your summer bucket list? I wish you a wonderful start into this next hot, hot summer week!

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Motivational Quotes!

Hello new week! At the moment I struggle a bit with my work motivation. The to-do list is just not getting smaller. So, I need some inspiration to get me out of bed in the mornings. The quote “The future is not something one recognizes. One creates it.” by Stanisław Brzozowski helps me in those moments to re-focus onto my goals in life. Here are some more motivational quotes…

I wish you a motivated start into this fresh week!

Quote4Via my little cup runneth over.

Quote3– Eleanor Roosevelt. Via Counselling Blog.

Quote2Via notes to myself.

Quote1– Wall Street Journal. Via Purple Buddha project.

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The Things I Couldn’t Live Without: Adventures!

2015-02-11 AdventuresMe, the beach & the sun. Jumping (trying to).
Pic by Franzi.

I couldn’t ever live without life’s adventures. The big ones and the small ones, too. The good ones as well as the bad ones. Whether trips with friends, new challenges, foreign countries, learning something new, mastering bad situations …or even sickness – I strongly believe that all kinds of experiences and adventures are needed to form ones personality and to going one step further in this (thank god) crazy life. I don’t regret one single thing I’ve done so-far – but there are so many things left that I hope not to miss finally. Nothing is worse than missed chances or opportunities.

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A Few Thoughts About Liberty…

LibertyPic by Franzi.

I don’t know where it comes from… but I grew up strongly believing that I am completely free in all my decisions and that I have the liberty to do whatever I want to do with my life and wherever I wanna do this. I always believed that I have the liberty to decide with whom I wanna spent my precious time and with whom not. I am 31 years old now and learned (or had to learn) that this personal liberty and my way of living is not always easy and in some ways even impossible: I have to earn money to be able to pay my rent, to travel or to go concerts. I have to learn my profession before I can convince people, that I am worth their paying. If I wanna decide where I live, I sometimes have to commute over large distances. If I wanna be free in all my decisions I have to trust only myself and no one else, sometimes not even my best friends.

I still have big dreams … a project in the pipeline, a freelance career in mind. I love my city and the people around me. Nevertheless, everything could be a lot easier if I would follow the paths that are ‘normally’ expected from me – like moving into the city I work or earn money in the industry. It would be easier, but it wouldn’t make me happy. I would not feel free or like myself. I do it my own way. Maybe all the efforts are leading to nowhere and in a few years I will ask myself why I did what I do now. Hopefully I will remember then that liberty counts a lot more for me as a person than a career or fulfilling anyones expectations. To act in a way I can feel like myself is what liberty means for me.

What does liberty mean for you?

I wish you a week full of dreams and choices!

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A Quote by…

2013-05-15 Oscar Wilde Quote

I think this one is pretty fitting for a LOOK post.

Work was pretty exhausting yesterday. Thus, only Oscar’s words for today, but I promise you that I will present you next week a very nice gardening outfit.

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About Soul Mates…

soul matesPic by Franzi. Quote taken from Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love.

It’s Saturday night 11.35 p.m. and I will finally write about soul mates. I started to write about this topic already several times now, and then I realized how difficult it is not to sound cheesy and I decided to write about other things first and give myself a bit more time of procrastination. Until tonight…

Do you believe in soul mates? I certainly do. Not because I’m an esoteric kind of girl – I only believe in soul mates because I know mine. And what do you expect when you finally are lucky enough to meet your soul mate? Yes indeed, the one sentence that comes into ones mind as answer to this question is, “And they lived happily ever after.”. But let’s be honest tonight. Soul mates are not strictly a catalyst to pure happiness. And I am very sure my own soul mate is not gonna like the next sentence: We met and it was hell, then we both only survived because there were years we just went on with our lives knowing the other part was there but always being cautious to keep a security distance between us, and finally we somehow found an arrangement to go on with each other – at least at a certain level. That’s what soul mates really are. They turn your world upside-down, you don’t know what is happening and in the end nothing is like it was before. And you are asking yourself the whole time: “Why the f*** did I meet this person at all?”. The answer is simple and hard – the soul mate shows you the essence of yourself, you will learn everything about your weaknesses (and sometimes about your strengths) – you will learn things about yourself you never thought would be there. You will grow and turn out as a person who has already fought one of the hardest fights ever. You will be you.

Today I’m happy that I have met him. I don’t regret anything. Nowadays we are something close to friendship and are happy with both of our lives. In the past few years I often thought about the possibility that there might be even more than one soul mate out there for all of us. Maybe the Illusion was one – I grew up a lot during the time with him in my life. One never knows…

I had a lot of conversations about this topic during the last years. The one wonderful occasion I remember the most is when I met the friend of a friend last summer at a BBQ the first time ever.

Me: “Hi, I’m Franzi.”

S.: “Hi, I know – you’re the one who believes in soul mates. Me too.”

At this time point S. and her soul mate already decided that a live apart was the better solution than to be together. I seldom heard someone speak with more sympathy and empathy about another person than S. when she spoke about her soul mate. And isn’t it nice to know that wherever you will be and whatever you will do there always will be someone out there who understands you and feels with you? I don’t believe something like this would last for very long if you would spent your everyday life together. Something like this is only possible with your soul mate, who is hopefully somewhere near you – but hopefully not too near you.

I wish you all a wonderful new week – with all the people who bring you further!

Dedicated to the one who certainly knows all the stuff I wrote about above.

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