Cafes in Frankfurt

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Working on my own projects while being a mom (without child care) requires tremendous flexibility, creativity, and mobility.  I do my best to use Luca’s naps to get my things done – not the dishes and laundry – and I love being able to pop into my rotation of cafes for a change of scenery and a cup of coffee.

So if you are looking for a break in Frankfurt – here are some of my favorites – pretty much all of them are in the Nordend area and they all have outdoor seating.

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In no particular order…

  • Cafe Caramel  (best soft boiled eggs in town!)
  • The Cafe in the Holzhausen Park (one of my favorite parts about living close to the park)
  • Kaffemacherei (the barrista makes the most beautiful cappuccino – see above photo)
  • Strandcafe (has a nice quiet outdoor seating area)
  • Tia Emma (close to the Zeil – sells washi tape and other amazingly cute things)
  • Glaburg Cafe (I just love this place – has an amazing brunch as well)
  • Espresso Bar (super cozy)
  • Matilda’s Kitchen (sweet tea cups and cookbook – in Westend)

There are still many I haven’t been to yet, and I’m trying to cope with the fact that I may not get to them all before it’s time to go.  Until then I will be practicing pretty much the only german phrase I know: “Ich mochte ein cappuccino” and then pray they don’t ask me anything else.

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Butterflies

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August has been totally kicking my butt!  A month I anticipate and dearly love is making me turn to my journal every day to process whatever is happening in the day and in my mind.

This morning I woke up with a million butterflies in my stomach.

I am hosting a yoga + self care workshop for moms here in Frankfurt, and after a little hiccup yesterday with the space, we are turning our living room into an impromptu yoga studio.  And actually it feels awesome…but there are still butterflies.

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I have to roll up the rug and put Luca’s toys away to make space for some lovely moms who will unroll their mats and take time for themselves today.  And well, creating this container for moms to pause, is well worth the butterflies.  So I’ll fell the fear and do it anyway.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

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Mini Yoga Flow *11

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I love this restorative pose.  Give yourself to lie down with one hand on your heart and one on your belly and feel your breath.  Press play to rest + breathe + restore.

Find more mini yoga series here.

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Doodle Day * 2

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In case you missed this coloring revolution – it’s never to late to start.  Just click on the picture below for a printable PDF version (hand drawn by the ever so talented Ryann), grab your markers and begin!

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If you’d like to share the beauty you create on Instagram use #doodlesbyryann.  I can’t wait to see!

“The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.” – Stephen Nachmanovitch

 

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Moving to Get Unstuck

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Sometimes I feel so stuck I don’t know what to do next – so I stay still.

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For instance, I have a collection of new journals that I didn’t know how to begin. The thought of writing the wrong thing in a brand new journal left me paralyzed. So I left them empty until yesterday when I boldly declared my hot pink journal for all things charm & magic – no matter how messy and imperfect it may turn out.

I needed permission to make a mess – to begin even if it is wrong.  Because when I am stuck I really am just scared of making a mistake or failing.  When I took the pressure off of having it be right I got to move again and that always  feels the best.

So go ahead and make your mess.  Begin.

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Trajectory Shifts

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I write to process things… like my many evolving answers to the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  I started my meandering career with the dream of being a professional dancer, then I wanted to be a really effective dance educator, then I wanted to be a rockstar yoga teacher that leads retreats all over the world (I still want that), and most recently I was an aspiring health coach after my incredible year at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

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rainbow notes from my last call with Jeanne

So I began to work with a business coach to help me build a successful health coaching practice, but while working with Jeanne I realized if I was really true to myself and what I wanted MOST I would instead focus on making things (like mini malas) and teaching things (like yoga) that help people connect to themselves…because that is what I really feel called to do.

So right now I am a MAKER and a TEACHER and that feels really good.

The amount of shifts I have had in my trajectory might seem crazy, but I think it is all a part of the game of figuring out that very BIG question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and listening to the answer your heart is giving.  

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