February 10, 2016

toward new shores

Some of you might have guessed it all a long, the big news I was being cryptic about for days. We are moving. Yes, we are leaving our beloved Fishbowl and we are leaving Berlin. It is all quite spontaneous and short-termed, but we have been thinking and discussing this for quite a while already. Many ideas where running through our heads, somehow they have never taken shape. Until, as I have written in my last post, we went on a little roadtrip two weeks ago and suddenly found this amazing place. A place we have always dreamed about; in a very small village 40km south of Berlin (which is close enough to keep working in the city and in the countryside equally); beautifully refurbished old buildings, barns to hold events in, space for workshops and a lot of green grass and little lakes for Miss Emma. After we had met the landlords, it only took us another five minutes to make a decision. And this is where we are at now, somewhere between making plans and saying goodbye. I am so excited about what is next.

February 06, 2016

sixes & sevens

To be at Sixes & Sevens is an English idiom used to describe a state of confusion or disarray. That is at least, how Wikipedia is describing this status. And it is exactly what I had been in for months, actually almost all over the last year. Things came up, others left, people greeting friendly, while others had to be guided to the door. And somewhere in between, you would have found me. Questioning. Not seeing. Not knowing either. It was not about being sad or even depressed. I have loved many moments during those weeks. I have felt even happy. I just didn't know where to go from there. Didn't really know, what is was that I wanted for my life, how I wanted to see myself in a couple of years. Something didn't fit, some things didn't click. Like my inner compass, the one I had been able to rely on forever, like it hibernated. Deeply and ignorant, accompanied by a big fat snore.

Luckily it has been the same for the husband, which meant we totally understood each other in not understanding. We have shared the same moods and fatigues and finally managed to slow down. In December, we've decided to give in to that hibernating concept. For one, for two, for three weeks. In the end, we didn't do much for more than a months. And suddenly something shifted. We both did develop a little adventure seeking attitude. A "let's drive some new road" mood. And that is what we did. Little changes, driving a bit more far than usual. Thinking a little more around the next corner, than we had done before. And guess what happened, we did find a welcoming campfire in a totally unexpected place. A new concept where and how to live. And answers, to many for those nagging questions. I am excited to see, where we will go from here.

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February 04, 2016

first steps into february

Some days are busy and completely filled with the most exciting stuff, but they just don't look that way. I have been doing a lot new stuff this week already. There have been four and a half hours at the opera house for starters, watching Richard Wagner's Lohengrin. And though he is absolutely not one of my favourite composers, this has been really impressive. Especially the parts with the choir. And the stage setting. Amazing and brilliant.

And then, I have started a new job (that is not the big news, I still have to keep a secret. Sorry). Well, something little aside; teaching elderly people from all over the world some English. It is only a couple of hours a week, but it perfectly fits into my schedule and into my idea of expanding my aim to work with refugees and migrants. Therefor, I am pretty happy about it. We had a good time together already.

The rest of my days are basically long lists, new ideas and from tomorrow on, a lot of studio work.

I hope you are doing fine, despite the grey and rainy weather lately. Spinach and some pasta for me now.

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