Tuesday, November 30, 2010

T'is the Season

As we're starting off the Christmas season I remembered the Christmas Calendar from last year and have decided to do one again this year.
Every day until Christmas I will take a couple of minutes and ponder about something, share quotes, videos, songs, thoughts. That way we slow down in this busy season and remember what it is really about: Advent... the coming, the beginning, the preparation to the greatest thing in history. The birth of Jesus Christ!

So... stay with me for the next 24 to 30 days... let's purposely take time to slow down.



PS: Also added some beautiful Christmas music by Michael Buble to the bar on the left side.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Taken on a trip to Furtwangen

Sometimes I get into this mood where it feels like I just want to be alone. Like I just want to draw back and hide in my little shell. It's not like it happens often and it sometimes feels strange because I am definitely not the kind of person who needs a lot of "me-time".
Today is one of these days and I don't even know how to find the time to think the things through that are in my mind. I would just like to sit there and ponder and write my journal and just sort of figure it out. I just want to spend time with God, alone in my room.



Monday, November 22, 2010

Colors of the Wind

I have to admit that I love the old Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast, Arielle and the Lion King, but my absolute favorite of all times is Pocahontas. I've seen it so many times and just recently as I've watched quite a few Disney movies (Pocahontas, The Lion King, Prince of Persia) this beautiful song came again to me... ahhh.. so good that I have to share it:

Hope you have a great week.



Thursday, November 18, 2010

Good food and cookie dough ice cream

A lot of things have been going on lately and I'm sometimes just amazed how much strength and endurance and extra time God gives me. It's miraculous.
Well, tonight was sort of my night off and I decided to treat myself with some good food, some dance stretching, pampering and finally some good old Ben&Jerry's cookie dough ice cream.

I made a joghurt dip with some frozen herbs and curry from India to dip the carrots and cooked broccoli. I love cooked broccoli. It has an amazing taste.

I still had some romaine lettuce left that I tossed with some balsamico and olive oil.

We don't grow sweet potatoes here so to eat them is always a treat. I found this really simple and fast recipe where all you do is cover them in some olive oil and toast them in the oven for like 40 minutes. They were delicioso.

My co-worker told about this. It's chicory sprinkled with cheese that melts in the oven. Man, was it good.

And for dessert I had cookie dough ice cream which I simply LOVE! If I were to pick my favorite ice cream place I would totally say Cold Stone and that although I live in Europe where we get amazing gelato everywhere, but... Cold Stone it is. I have so many good memories of that place.

Anyway... hope you'll enjoy your weekend. I sure will.



PS: Sorry the photo quality isn't the best... only had my phone camera with me.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nerdy Bowling, a Wedding and lots of Michael Bublé

I normally don't always post about all the things that are happening on my weekend, but I have had quite an interesting one filled with awesome music, dance recaps, nerdiness and a wedding.

ONE is the 20somethings group in my church which I lead. On Friday we headed out for some nerdy bowling fun.

I must admit I am ususally not the kind of person who is all for bowling, but with the right group of people and nerdy outfits it was total fun!

Oh... I have been listening to the newest Michael Bublé album all weekend long because it is sooo amazing! On Friday I had watched some of my favorite So you think you can dance routines and one of the them is to this Michael Bublé song which totally got me hooked to his music again.

You can also listen to the album in my music widget on the left side. It is sooo good!

On Saturday I went to a cute little wedding. The ceremony was beautiful and my pastor preached really well. Yet... weddings kind of make me sentimental and I had to remind myself constantly of some of the choices I had made last week. It is so interesting that often times you make choices, you move big steps forward and then you take little steps back because it is a fight that you are fighting. But I know I have victory over this. I am not afraid. I move on.

Anyways... so my weekend was fun, yet filled with some sadness, but over all I think I am still stepping forward. I'm excited to see what this week will bring.



Friday, November 12, 2010

Step forward

I am a big fan of So you think you can dance and a lot of dances just simply speak to my heart, express exactly what I might be going through at that time. It is like I wrote in my post about Art in the Church that art touches the depth of your heart.
At the beginning of summer I blogged about Letting go and this week about Giving up and it is just so awesome to see how it fits together and how I regain freedom and clarity and peace and rest and ease. I love it.
So... to round this up I want you to see this beautiful dance that I keep going back to in various seasons because it is one of these pieces of art that goes straight into my heart.
Hope you enjoy it. It's called "Fear".



Thursday, November 11, 2010

Quote of the Day

Ok... I admit it... Sleeping at Last is one of my absolute favorite bands and their lyrics always struck me. Sometimes in the middle of a day when I listen to them a line might stand out and touch me so deeply I want to cry (seriously!!!)

So the following words are pure beauty and amazing... imagine somebody writing this for you. I would probably melt.

"If time is money, then I'll spend it all for you
I will buy you flowers with the minutes we outgrew
I'll turn hours into gardens, planted just for us to take
I'll be reckless with my days, building castles in your name"


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Giving up

Sometimes in life we have to give things up. Things come to an end.
I had to do this quite often in my life. Like, giving up this certain TV Show because it was not good for me. Giving up friends or a boyfriend.
If I were to put language over the last couple of months it has all been about letting go and giving up. There have been situations where things from my past would come up and would really tear me down. Things I didn't even know they were still there. Very uncomfortable feelings that rose and that scared me because I thought I was stronger or had overcome these kind of things. But then again it was good that it came up because it gave me the chance to deal with it. I was able to completely let it go and and be freed in these areas.
And then there have been things that I really wanted or hoped for or thought were right and I had to find out that they are not. They just hold me back from becoming the person I should be and so I have given up. And there are still things where I have to figure out how to give them up and move forward, like certain ministries in church where I have put too much on my plate instead of asking God what he wants to put on my plate and he never gives us too much and all these things were probably right. Yet I have come to a place of wanting to move on. I want to be the Leader He wants me to be. I want to minister to people the BEST way I can.
So, I'm still trying to figure it all out, trying to make the right choices. And it is all a process. A process of becoming the woman God wants me to be...

"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." ~ Proverbs 4:34



Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Ribbon into Bow

It is November which means that the new Sleeping at Last EP is out. The EP starts soft and quietly with "Bright and Early", a truly beautiful song. I feel like their lyrics never get old and never repeat themselves. They are always truly beautiful. Always truly authentic and real. And always poetic in a way it touches my heart.

"Cause if trust is ribbon
then patience ties it
in a perfect bow"

These are the last lines of "Bright and Early" and ever since I read these lines I cannot but ponder about them. What a beautiful pictures this makes.
Sometimes we just simply have to wait for things or to wait on things. But in all that there is trust, hope that what is deep in our hearts will find its way to reality.




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