Tell Me Something Good #132

I’ve been enjoying the weekend way too much, hence totally missing out on posting this when it was supposed to be up. But hey, it’s not too late, the week is still young, so let’s kick it off on a positive

It’s easy:

• Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

You know it by now! We are not moving any further without a little happy dance. It really doesn’t matter which style of dancing you like. Just do it. Just dance! Maybe you dance with a group of friends… even if they are different than you, or just by yourself. In any case: Have some fun!

happy fresh prince GIF by Nick At Nite

Just keep it going 🙂 Do another round and simply enjoy… and when you had enough, then maybe do another round. And when you feel that is it, here is what I’d like to share with all of you today:

“We spent the weekend catching up with friends. We saw a friend we have not seen for many, many years and had an amazing time. Then we were invited over for dinner by the family of my friend, who passed away recently. We had a great evening and it was lovely to see how well they deal with everything. How they created a new reality without really forgetting about the old one. It makes you realize that you are truly in charge of your life and happiness and, even in dark and sad moments, you can create happiness.”

Tell Me Something Good #130

It’s one of those Mondays when a lot of people need something positive in their life. I’m thinking of everyone affected by the Californian fires. It breaks my heart to see what is going on and I wish there would be something we could do from here besides sending positive thoughts. Personally I find myself at the beginning of what is shaping up to be an incredibly busy week. So much going on but that’s good and I’m really looking forward to all of it.

So let’s start this week on a positive.

It’s easy:

• Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

You know it by now! We are not moving any further without a little happy dance. It really doesn’t matter which style of dancing you like. Just do it. Just dance! Maybe you dance with a friend, just like Garfield and Otis… or just by yourself. In any case: Have some fun!

garfield GIF by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

And once you are done, here is what I’d like to share with you all:

“So here I was, thinking of what to share and thinking that I can’t mention again how much I loved my walk along the beach. And then my phone rang and it was one of my lovely friends. We chatted about this and that and about the friends we lost this year. And it hit me. It’s about the little things. The fact that I was able to go and walk on the beach, to put my feet into the water and watch the seagulls. It’s about the risotto I cooked and that got demolished in no time by my family. It’s about the board game we played and the fun we had while doing so. It’s about the hail we had the other day, watching it bounce of the outdoor table. It’s about the hugs and cuddles. It’s about being alive and loved. That’s the good thing this week, every week…”

 

 

 

Blast From The Past – White Lies

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Yeah, I got caught again. By my kids. When I was giving an answer that was… well… not a lie… but also not the truth. I was trying to find a way out of something without wanting to hurt that persons feeling. Yes, if you want to be super correct, it was not the truth. But sometimes the truth hurts, right? I mean, if you look at someone and think that they look super exhausted and probably gained a lot of weight and they then tell you how great they feel because they are on a new diet and that they fit in cloths again they weren’t able to wear… you can’t really tell them that you don’t agree. You would either not say anything or tell them that they look good. Or maybe that’s just me…

But where do you draw the line. Where is a lie a lie and where is it just a cop out? Where can you get away with it because “lying” actually doesn’t do as much damage as there would be if you’d tell the truth?

I’ve mentioned before that one of my friends is really sick. For a long time nobody really knew how sick she was. She was telling everyone that she is in therapy and that it progresses step by step while it was no longer about actually healing but trying to give her as much time as possible. Not even her family knew. So where is the line? Where is the line between protecting yourself and others and a damaging and hurtful straight out lie?

While I was thinking about this I remembered a post I shared a long time ago. After a conversation I had with another friend of mine. And I’d like to bring it up again, as a Blast Of The Past. I would love to hear your thoughts about it, so please don’t be shy and comment. Oh and: No white lies, please 😉

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Tell Me Something Good #105

Isn’t that the truth… and when we fall we start thinking about getting up again instead of just doing it… So enough now. Let’s get up and move…

It’s easy:

• Mention something that you consider being good in the comments

• Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.

• Share this post and invite your followers as well.

It before we do, as always, let’s do a little happy dance… even if you are chilling on the sofa…

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Are you sure you are done? Are you sure you don’t want to dance a bit longer? It might make you feel good… See! Just another little round… And when you are done, here is what I’d like to share with you today…

“I find it difficult today to be all cheery. Some not so good news in relation to a close friend play with my mind and my feelings. And it’s almost numbing. At the same time though it shows how important it is to live your life to the fullest and create a life you are happy with. Because you really never know what cards you are dealt with. It all can change so suddenly. So live in the now. Enjoy the moments. Don’t be grumpy for too long and with the people you love the most (I know sometimes it’s hard). Look at the positive there is in your life and cherish it. Today the sun is shining. The weather is simply stunning. My son is here with me, my husband and my daughter are out at the moment. We hugged and we kissed. We laughed together already today. There is a lot of love between the four of us and we have a good time together. Little things? Simple things? Maybe. But aren’t they the most important things ever???”

Tell Me Something Good #79


It’s Monday here once again (where does the time go?) and time to share something good. You might have seen the quote about the people who make your soul dance I posted this morning. Thankfully I have many people in my life who make my soul dance. Some from way back, some people I only met a little while back and some I only just met recently. And I love all of them. But enough said now because otherwise I have nothing more to share after the happy dance. So let’s do this! Let’s kick off the week on a positive note!

It’s easy:

  • Mention something that you consider being good in the comments
  • Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.
  • Share this post and invite your followers as well.

So before I share why I’m so excited for the coming week let’s do another happy dance. As you know I love my happy dances and so I decided to just keep doing it 😉

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And when you are done, here is what I’d like to share with you today:

“As I said, it’s all about people who make your soul dance. People who make you feel good, people who put a smile on your face just thinking of them. It can be a friend you met through a friend of your husband, a friend you met when you were a child and is just a part of your life no matter what. It can be a friend you met on a holiday, friends you made thanks to your kids and who feel like family. Or friends you met through a new business venture (either personally or virtually). One of those new friends mentioned that it is about finding your tribe and when you do you feel good. And I couldn’t agree more. I do wonder though in a way what makes me part of her tribe as she is a full on vegan, is an activist who is standing up for this world, nature and the animals. And I… well, I am a meat lover. Enough said. But you know what. I understand and value her. She understands and values me. I love our exchange and what I learn from her. So maybe that’s part of being a tribe? Listening, caring but letting each other live the life that suits. So find the people who make your soul dance and enjoy having them in your life. And maybe, just maybe let them know how much you care for them…”

About Stealing

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How often do you hear someone accusing someone else of stealing their partner? It happens, right? Every time I hear this phrase it makes me think. Just like the other day when I was listening to the radio and the hosts had this discussion about Katie Perry and Taylor Swift and how they were best friends until one stole the boyfriend of the other. To be honest, I don’t even have a clue who did what there and it actually doesn’t really bother me of they get along or not.

But (here it is again): Suddenly so many thoughts started racing through my head.

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Blast From The Past – 100%

I took my daughter to a birthday party yesterday and while watching them get rid of their energy by climbing walls, towers and other interesting object in one of the indoor climbing facilities I had a chat with one of the other moms. We talked about how the girls have met and the friendship they have between each other. She then mentioned how much the birthday girl meant to her daughter. That her daughter sees the birthday girl as her best friend but that it was not the same for the host than for her baby. She explained that although the birthday girl really appreciates the friendship with her daughter she knows that it’s on a different level.

Friendships can be like that, I guess. Being there and talking about this made me think of my best friend and the relationship we have and used to have. And while I did this I thought, that it’s all about the perspective we have and our expectations. Maybe the birthday girl thinks exactly the same way about the friendship to this other girl. But maybe she simply has a different way of showing it. So I remembered a post I wrote about a similar thought and would like to share it as a Blast From The Past with you today. I wonder what your take is. Do you think we can actually value something the same way but life it in a very different way?

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Tell Me Something Good #44

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Not my work but I love it!

Hello you all it’s Monday again in my little part of the world. The weekend has been very busy and yesterday, on my way to bed, I actually felt like all my energy had been used up. But let me tell you: I feel so energized today!

So let’s do this! Let’s put some effort into creating a good week and kick start it with a positive thought on your Monday morning. Let’s kick start this week on a positive note!

It’s easy:

  • Mention something that you consider being good in the comments
  • Or write a post about it on your blog (please don’t forget the pingback if you do so I don’t miss out and also share the link to it in the comments below). Something good that happened to you recently, or something good you will experience in a little while, or something good you know will happen soon. Something that makes you feel good.
  • Share this post and invite your followers as well.

Before I share my good thing with you let’s get a bit excited. I’m sure there is something for you to get excited about. And even if it’s just a tiny thing. Just wiggle and shake, scream and jump, laugh and clap, celebrate… just be happy 🙂

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Doesn’t it make you feel good? Go ahead! Have another go! Feel great about yourself, feel good, be happy, dance, wiggle and shake 🙂 And once you’re done, I’m going to share my good thing with you:

“It feels so good when you realize that friends of you totally get you. Totally understand the struggle you are in and know what you talk about. It’s a great thing to find yourself in the position where you don’t have to explain anything because they know. We were invited to friends last weekend and had a great time, having fantastic conversations. And it became clear that we know exactly what we talk about in regards to certain people in our lives. So far, even with really good friends I often felt I had to explain the situation and sometimes I felt like they did not really understand. No question in regards to their support but it makes it so much easier when you realize that people actually get what you talk about and no explanation is needed.”

Drifting Apart

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The following post was written over a year ago for another expat blog. My feelings in this regard have not changed although we’ve been back earlier this year to the “motherland”. It actually only got stronger. I don’t belong there anymore. There’s nothing that pulls me back. Of course I would love to have my friends around, catch up with them. Other than that, there is truly nothing in me that misses living in Switzerland.

I find it interesting. I would have never imagined that the “split up” would be so final. I could have never imagined that I would not miss living in Switzerland. But the cord is cut and it’s such a good feeling.

The interesting thing is that even with your friends, things are no longer the same. You are not spending time together anymore. You don’t go through the same things, you don’t read the same newspapers, you don’t watch the same shows and you don’t share the same issues of a country any longer. Everyone moves on. Just like after splitting up in a relationship.

You remain friends because it’s what you are. You hang on to what once connected you. Sometimes I wonder if it’s still there or if you just hang on to how it once was… If it’s only memories shared that still connect you and your friends. Although you keep in touch you will not be able to make new memories anymore. Not in the way you used to, not with the people you used to make them.

Here is what I wrote in February 2015:

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