We are back home and I am fumbling like whoa!
It took me 3 days to get used to the keys to our apartment and I’m still shocked by how noisy and crowded things are. The chocolate tastes different, the Park Slope Food Coop is the same, and everything seems bigger : our coffee cups, the grains of salt, our car, the TV…pretty much everything but our apartment – which feels small, cramped, and slightly outdated.
I have been on a rampage – fiercely tossing things and rearranging things to get my physical space ready for this new chapter. It is slowly beginning to feel like we never left – but Frankfurt will always have a huge space in my heart.
Now to begin again – to find my rhythm here with an 8 month old. I did it before and I will do it again.
“Life is such a miracle, and a lot of the time we feel only resentment about how it’s all working out for us.” – Pema Chodron
That I want to incorporate in Brooklyn life.
- Fresh Flowers : There are flower shops on nearly every corner and the flowers are cheap! So it was a no brainer to have fresh flowers in our apartment every week. It is such a small thing, but it makes a big difference – especially when there are big tall sunflowers peeking at you. And I love arranging a few flowers in tiny vases around the apartment, they become little surprises waiting to be found.
- Baths (on the regular) : I don’t know why it took me so long to catch on, but baths are freaking amazing! It took one long car ride with Luca screaming and crying the whole way for me to discover the power of a bath. My nerves needed calming - so I got in and soaked, and wow. They are now a part of my weekly routine! I normally leave laughing or giggling, feeling way lighter than when I got in. I have since added bubbles, rose petals, a candle, and / or some calming music to make it even more luxurious.
- A Cleaning Lady – Our rent included a wonderful cleaning lady who came every other Thursday morning. What a game changer. I would never feel justified in spending the money for this service on my own… but man is it worth it! Our apartment glistened and I could spend my time doing what I wanted to do – rather than dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning the bathroom.
These things were easy to have here – so the trick will be to bring them back or reformat them so they can make Brooklyn life just as spacious and light as it has been living here in Frankfurt.
I’d love to know what little things make a big difference in your days.
Happy full moon! Use this day to notice everything that is awesome in your life.
Have a mini ceremony, eat some raw chocolate, and then color to your hearts content. Click on the picture below for a printable PDF version (hand drawn by the talented Ryann) and get lost filling in the intricate spaces with whatever colors you’d like as you imagine what you’d like next in your life.
For more printable doodle sheets click here. And if you want to share – #doodlesbyryann .
Take a close look at downward + facing + dog and tap into your strength.
For more mini yoga flows visit the collection here.
When we were getting ready to move to Frankfurt I said I wanted to meet like minded entrepreneurs doing cool and creative things. Someone said how unlikely that would be considering I’d be relocating to a city known for banking and finance.
Well, good thing I didn’t listen to them because I’ve met : moms (who are just superhuman by nature), bloggers, foodies, the creator of a particularly amazing food blog, coaches, yoga teachers, crafters, a style maven, an indian cooking teacher, a tea + green juice maker, the creators of Glowing Abroad, a Bowen practitioner, a haiku writer, a graphic designer, and it goes on. I am beyond grateful for this incredible network I have become a part of and I am going to miss these friends. Hopefully it is just the beginning!
So hold your vision close – now matter how unlikely they may seem - and don’t take what other people say too seriously. Just don’t. And Kathleen at Braid Creative says it best in this blog post : on three great steps on attracting what you want.
“Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you.” – Heidi Johnson
I like to look ahead, rather than acknowledge what I have already done. So the other day I filled my journal with all that has happened these past six months in Frankfurt. It is amazing to see it all written out at once. It gives events that are big + small value and I felt proud and settled rather than anxious and uncertain about the future.
So go ahead and pull out your journal and write all that you have done – today, this month, this season, or this year. Then feel good and grounded about it all.
I am supremely satisfied when I am creative, when I am making messes, and when I just begin. Here are some things I have been making (and you can too) over the past few months:
Vision Board - cut / paste / collage – doesn’t have to be anything more than that.
Mini Mobiles - wrap + hang your favorite things from a branch.
Coloring Sheets - print and color these intricate doodles.
DIY Barrettes - totally fancy all you need is some nail polish!
Friendship Bracelets - these will never go out of style.
Mini Notebooks - simple + sweet
and I have been using lots of Washi Tape - the best material ever!!
“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.”
― Joss Whedon
A nice and simple way to pause and stretch your upper body. You can fold + breathe + bend with or without a little one poking around.
Click here for more attempts at baby and me yoga. I’m learning it’s always good to squeeze something in - even if it doesn’t look or feel perfect.
Do it! They are so fun to make – especially if you don’t worry about getting it right.
Flip through magazines and tear out anything that speaks to you: colors, shapes, letters, or designs - it doesn’t have to be so linear and exact. Anything goes here. It’s yours.
There is something so grounding about working with scissors, glue, and images of things you love.
Oh and if you aren’t in the mood right now to put your vision board together, keep an envelope where you can save images you like so they are there when you are ready.
I can’t wait to see what you make – both on your board and in your life.
My mini mala creations have temporarily been on hold while I search for new materials. In the meantime I am creating sweet and playful mini mobiles.
You can make your own too:
- Find a branch
- Wrap your favorite colored thread around and around
- Attach beads, charms, or anything that would dangle sweetly
- Hang it lovingly and admire it often - (I have one hanging from my altar)
If you want to co-create one together send me a note (email@example.com) and we will mindfully arrange your favorite things so you can admire them daily.