Sonntag, 31. Januar 2016

The 20-minutes-a-day-challenge

It's all about challenges nowadays and I sure think it sounds better than good intentions. After an unpleasant experience with my scales I decided it's time for action.

So I decided to enter a 20 minutes of sports/movement a day for 30 days. It can be a walk (though not the daily walks to  tube stations), yoga at home and of course visiting the gym. This should get me started to incorporate sport into my daily life again.

The first week went well, which I documented on a special calendar:

I've been telling people left, right and centre in order not to be tempted to give up and my friend, the athlete, kindly offered me to join her in her swim training. Now, I'm not a fan of indoor pools, hating the smell of chlorine and how it makes my skin itch but as I want to take some surfing lessons in Queensland this summer, I thought, I really ought to.

Then it dawned on me that I would need to buy a new costume, argh... But hey, any excuse to buy new gear and I managed to grab some bargains.

To motivate myself even more I did the unmentionable and bought a skirt that won't do up. But to my defence I've coveted it for ages and it'd been reduced by 45 €!

Sonntag, 17. Januar 2016

The ribbons are for fearlessness

One of the books that inspired me the most in 2015 was "The ribbons are for fearlessness" by Catrina Davies (

It's a true story about a young woman crippled by heartbreak and grief who decides to fulfill her dead friend dream to busk his way to the midnight sun. In a huge, yellow rust bucket armed with her cello she sets of to Norway, conquers her fear of performing in public, meets amazing people and ends up driving all the way to Portugal. 

'Fearlessness has got nothing to do with being unafraid. It's about doing things anyway, getting on with it, living, whether you're afraid or not...Courage is about being who you are with your whole heart.' 

Go and get it and let it inspire you to re-think the fears that stop you from living! Ok, we might not all be musicians, able to earn money while travelling but I bet every single reader (as well as me, of course) has dreams which need to be fulfilled!

CARPE DIEM everyone!

Mittwoch, 6. Januar 2016

Welcome 2016

Today is the last day of my christmas leave and so it's time to come out of hibernation.

To be honest I'm quite glad to return to the office, after nearly three weeks, to get back into routine. And I've been missing my colleagues, chatting, coffees, laughing, shared lunches and so on.

For me 2016 is dedicated to koalas and kangaroos i.e. the big Oz adventure in July.   I've started the detail planning, booked some Airbnb accomodation for the first 10 days and bought a new piece of luggage.
One big resolution for this trip is to take it easy. Not like with other trips where I planned every single minute and filled the weeks with adventures and excitement.

My recent Lisbon trip showed me that it can be very rewarding just to be. Breathe, sit in the sun, have coffees, sketch, relax. Of course, there are still many adventures to be experienced but I will also keep days free to stroll around Brisbane or Cairns with no agenda!

So lets get it started! To all my readers a very happy new year full of love, health  and adventures!