A poem: spicy salty bittersweet

A plunge into the salty waters of an exciting new spot
Sand tingling between your toes, massaging your feet as you get out
Your left strap slipping off your shoulder revealing tan lines underneath
Feelings of soundly relaxation reaching your all senses while you stretch it all out

A spicy affair that evolves in foreign summer nights
Sights and touches that make your heart beat faster and your smile happier
The routined days are still so new with every sun rising
A rush of freedom flows energizing your body

The bittersweet moment when goodbye is on the agenda
The nights and the ocean getting colder as the summer days pass by
What stays are not only the happiest memories of shaping adventures
But the sense of a completed, fully content you

-your tiny woman in a giant world

post scriptum: “Every summer has a story.” Summer 2017 has begun. Where will your story take you?

A Catalan eve

Special venues make life exciting. Even if there is no special occasion, no birthday or holiday near, we ought to feel special and make ourselves an extraordinary time. Eating delicious food in a well-planned atmosphere, dressed up nicely and dancing happily can put us in a festive mood and can give us just that feeling that makes for great energy and motivation.

Image this: you sit on the balcony of a house in the mountains of an exotic island – a buena vista (Spanish “great view”) in front of you: palm trees lightly swinging in the wind, colorful flowers, high mountains and the wide sea where the sun sets. You’re wearing a red salsa dress. On the table in front of you: a fruity and refreshing glass of sangria and a delicious desert, crema catalana. In the background Blake Shelton’s Sangria is playing.

Doesn’t this inspire you to treat yourself with an evening celebrating yourself and your fabulous life just as it is? With tasty food, a devine drink and a perfectly put together ensemble to get you into the festive spirit for absolutely no other reason than cheering for life itself?

What is your go-to ensemble when it comes to creating special moments for yourself and why?

Have a great start into the new week! x

-your tiny woman in a giant world

May I interest you in a little gardening lifestyle?

Waaay way back in history, all mankind had to hunt and gather to get food and nourish their families. Their meals consisted of plants (probably not rarely undefined plants), vegetables, fruits, fish and meat. They were self-dependent and speaking of the health aspect of their eating habits would be doubtful but nature-based. So how bad could it be anyway.

Then, some time later (I am great with exact dates), most of mankind planted and grew seeds, to live on vegetables, fruits, rice etcetera and had farms with chickens and other animals who served either eggs, milk and/or meat. They did not only feed themselves but also the surrounding neighborhoods. They were co-dependent and lived a healthy lifestyle regarding their eating habits.

Some further time later, mankind revolutionized the food industry (or more accurately: they developed the food “industry”, we all know today). Suddenly, there were heavily processed food and mass food production. Unfortunately, very little good came with it. Who am I kidding: processed food is pure poison for you and your body.

A farther time in the future, I hope for our and our planet’s sake that we will find a healthy balance between self-supply and buying our food. That’s why I have a crazy suggestion to make… Why don’t we all (who have the opportunity) start gardening and planting fruits, herbs and vegetables that grow in our latitudes in order to at least semi-self-dependently provide food for ourselves? This way, we can control what goes into our food and ultimately into our bodies, i. e. avoid pesticides, biogenetics and the similar.

Besides the benefit of having control over the food that we nourish our bodies with (which keeps us alive), gardening would also mean for you to go after a hobby that is set in nature. In times of digital office jobs, bonding with nature and spending time outside is such a healthy thing to do: fresh air and giving your brain a break by concentrating on a peaceful occupation.

Did I manage to persuade you to invest a little time in a gardening lifestyle?

-your tiny woman in a giant world

post scriptum This notion does kind of read like a children’s book, right?

A poem: Spring, you with the beautiful soul

Spring, you — with the beautiful soul, take me in a state of admiration every time you come back into my life. Admiration over the beauty of nature. The singing birds, the blooming flowers, the shining green leaves of the trees. Your air is so pure, pure of life and full of the smell of positive change.

Spring, you make our hearts beat a happier rhythm. You warm our souls with yours. And your soul, oh your soul, is so good. The only plan you follow is for us to be active and healthy and happy. For our animals to come out and play.

Spring, we breath you in, see you with widely opened eyes. We watch you consciously. We would not want to miss the tiniest glance of beauty you offer us. Stay with us for as long as you can. Until you joy- and playfully have transformed us to feel as alive as can be. Until you tickled every bright color possible out of this lively powerful planet.

In return, we cherish and admire you. Your wonderful being will have nothing but our perfect appreciation. Every time you see us smile, feel our kisses coming your way, staying with you as our symbol of gratitude.

-your tiny woman in a giant world

spotlight on morning routines — take 2

This following notion is take 2 (the beauty of seasonal morning routines) on morning routines. Also see take 1 (the impact of morning routines on us).

The beauty of mornings is one of a kind. The seasons define our morning routines. Seasons decide what we’ll have for breakfast and where we’ll sit having breakfast. They make for our level of motivation when looking out the window. Seasons influence our choice of music. And seasons very much determine our perception of our environment. In strong nostalgia of past summers, I’d like to share with you one of my last year’s summer morning routines.

My alarm does not have to go off — the beautiful rays of sunlight that shine through my window into my room, warming my face, wake me up gently. The pleasant anticipation of a bright and sunshiny day get me out of bed and clear the need of pushing “snooze”. My thoughts are filled with beachy memories and happy ideas. Tiptoe-ing to the window, opening it and taking in — with all my senses — everything summer offers on this beautiful morning:

I hear the birds tweeting to one another, sharing their laughter.
I feel the mild air and sunshine on my skin, making me feel alive.
I smell the flowers, growing my longing to finally step outside.
I see the green leaves that dance in the light wind, gratitude pulsing inside me.
Is there a thing more perfect than this very moment?

Is there? The conscious gratitude of the “here and now” fills me with great contentment. I get dressed (a light shirt and jeans shorts are all I need today), get ready, smile into the bathroom mirror and dance my way downstairs. Before I head to the kitchen, I take a moment and get on the patio, take a deep breath, stretch, smell the flowers.

The kitchen is my go-to-place on sunny mornings like this. The kitchen window is where the sun goes up. I prepare my breakfast: I slice a watermelon and goat cheese into pieces and place them on a plate and pour over a little honey. The colors on the plate speak for themselves: pink, gold and white. Nature’s treasure. The combination of the freshness of the waterlemon, the creaminess of the goat cheese and the sweetness of the honey creates a culinary delight. With the bitterness of my cup of black coffee on top, it is the best light breakfast to have. Sitting by the kitchen table on the chair, crossed-legged, I enjoy the peace with nothing but the birds singing in the background.

With my spare half an hour left before I need to leave for work, I hop on my bike and cruise around the neighborhood. Enjoying the wind blowing through my hair as I gain momentum, and the sights of colorful gardens that make me smile, I breathe freely.

Grabbing my tote bag with all the necessities for the day ahead as well as my workout bag, I head to my car and head off to the first destination. Driving with my windows down on the country road, I sing along the Mamma Mia! soundtrack, dancing and loving the day.

What does a summer morning routine of yours look like?

-your tiny woman in a giant world

summer wine

We enjoy the greenness of the leaves. The brightness of the mornings. The colorfulness of the sunsets. We appreciate the hot days. The cool breeze at nights. We love being with one another. Sharing precious time. Creating lasting memories. Jumping into a refreshing lake. We marvel the blooming flowers. The cloudless skies and the starry nights. We even relish the grasshoppers’ evening chirrs. We adore every bit of these summer days. May they last the longest time.

post scriptum Summer with its free spirit and endless opportunities, allows us to fully unfold our inner potential, our truly desired version of ourselves. Thank you, summer – we treasure you.

-your tiny woman in a giant world

a berry dream of a summer cake

Is it really already July?

Summer is in full swing (although here in Cologne, Germany, we have only got the pleasure of a little taste yet, but we will get there – … hopefully). The flowers are blooming, the nights are shorter, the days sunnier and longer. These beautiful days, all I can think about is to be outside: from meeting up with friends in beer gardens and parks to shifting my workouts outside so that I can enjoy the birds’ twitter, the wind blowing in my hair and the sun kissing my skin.

On a sunny Sunday like this, nothing comes close to the deliberating effect of singing and dancing to Miranda Lambert while baking a fruity berry summer cake. I got inspired by the Swedish Midsummer berry cake recipe by Nourish Atelier – a wonderful food blog with lots of healthy and delicious recipes. It looked so tasty that I had to give it a shot and the result is: it is a fruity citrus dream of a cake! Perfect to indulge in on a coffee-and-cake kind of Sunday in the garden. In my version, I did some minor changes, here is how I did it:

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 125g coconut oil
  • 125g honey
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • zest of 1 orange
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2tbsp vanilla extract
  • 250g spelt flour
  • 1tbsp baking powder
  • 75g cacao powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cardamom

Berry mascarpone icing:

  • 200g mascarpone
  • raspberries, one handful, halved
  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • 2tbsp honey
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp honey
  • 1/4 cup almonds, halved

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease a 25cm spring form with coconut oil.
  3. Melt the coconut oil slowly in a pan.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the mashed banana, almond milk, vanilla extract, orange and lemon zest and honey. When the oil is melted, all to the bowl and mix well.
  5. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cacao powder, salt and cardamom.
  6. Whisk in the wet ingredients to blend.
  7. Bake until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes..
  8. In the meantime, mix all the ingredients – except for the 1tsp honey and the almonds – for the icing and put in the refrigerator to cool.
  9. Put the almonds on a plate and sprinkle honey over them. Put in the oven for 10  minutes.
  10. When the cake is ready, let it rest to cool.
  11. When the cake is cooled down, add the icing on top and spinkle the caramelised almonds over the cake.
  12. Et voilà, enjoy with a cup of coffee and lots of sunshine in the garden. 🙂

Tell me, if you try the cake and let me know, how it turns out! Would love to see your pictures of your cakes on Pinterest or via e-mail!

Have a lovely Sunday,

-your tiny woman in a giant world

Glad midsommar!

Happy midsummer everyone and a special “glad midsommar” to my dear Scandinavian readers!

This past Tuesday, summer has officially begun and in Scandinavia, the summer solstice celebrations have started today. This weekend is purely dedicated to nature. For the Scandinavians, midsummer has a whole other meaning and relevance than for most of the rest of us. With dark (really dark) winters where they only get to see a couple of hours of daylight, it is more than understandable why summer is cherished like crazy (in a good way). Scandinavia with its unique bond with nature impresses me. Making the most of what nature has to offer, they take in all the beauty, all the astonishing lights that are in full swing these days.

Men and women, girls and boys all together sing the “frog song” and dance along the maystang which they have decorated beforehand. They embellish their heads with flower crowns and eat and drink and laugh, savoring the little things in life that in fact, are the greatest: nature and loved ones.

Let’s all be aware of what nature has to show us this weekend – glory in the changes, realize the beauty of sunrises as well as sunsets,  spend time outside and breathe in the fresh summer air and let the sun kiss your skin.

Glad midsommar and a wonderful summer beginning to you,

-your tiny woman in a giant world

happy places or a description of an island’s (cottage’s) charm

Have you had a moment of complete mind peacefulness and zen in the past weeks? Moments where you can sort out things that you need time thinking about and solving in your mind for? Moments that you spend at an individual happy place without any disturbing external influences? Where you can spend your time doing whatever you please to do?

Every once in a while, that is what we all need – to spoil ourselves.

Imagine a charming cottage on a beautiful island. A garden that was created with so much love and patience, it spreads pure joyfulness if one just observes the details.

We need to visit a place to treat our tummy with delicious sunrise morning coffees, juicy fruits, exotic food and good wine in the evenings, our eyes with views of nature’s beauty and walks through lovely streets, our ears with nothing but bird twitters and the sound of palm leaves that blow in the wind, our bodies and souls with early morning meditation and yoga sessions and sunny swims.

Have you experienced that much inspiration at a place that you could do all those things being exactly who you want to be? Thinking only thoughts that you want to think? Sometimes, we need time to remind ourselves of our ideals and of the people we once decided we wanted to be.

For you, it may not be an island – it may be some place completely different. We all have a happy place – often it even changes over time.

If you would like to see impressions of the cottage and the island that I am referring to, you are welcome to visit my Pinterest board to rummage in my pictures.

Do you know your happy place? I would love to find out about it if you do. If not, I wish you have much fun exploring some for yourself!

-your tiny woman in a giant world

A Sunday image

In a little town’s central square on a sunny Sunday at noon, a curly brunette, Amy, begins her day. The one holy day of the week, when everybody is resting and energizing for the week coming up, Amy is well aware of the importance of organizing her thoughts and plans in order to be starting off a week teeming with creativity. Sipping her cappuccino in a bakery café, she glances out of the window, observing two ducks sunbathing their way across the square. The habitants’ friendly conversations are passing by her ear. The charm of a little town never seizes to put a smile on her face. Holding a novel in her hands, Amy feels the relief and joy of a wandering mind, in pleasant anticipation of the day’s plans ahead with her happymaker(s).

Let your mind wander and your spirit be free.

-your tiny woman in a giant world