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?

More confidence to enjoy life to the fullest

“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” – Sophia Loren

This is a popular quote that is known by many and imaged on walls all around the world — it also graces my wall. I wonder whether all women are aware of the powerfulness of this quote by Sophia Loren. The strength and confidence it holds.

If you’ve been visiting enchanting notions before, you know I am an advocat for healthy living and eating. But in times of countless diets and this never ending and totally pie in the sky trend of constant self-improvement based on false and stressing beliefs that some people have, I find it crucial to take a moment and try to outline one true meaning of a joyful life. Which achieved, can make all the difference for you.

To be better than the person in the picture seen on Instagram, or the star that someone follows on the social web — it’s so easy to get competitive with the world these days. The feeling of self-contentment is so easy to be lost within us. Comparisons are drawn at such fast pace and over and over again. If you know what I am talking about, just unclinch your jaw, relax your shoulders and inhale deeply — exhaling, let go of all the tension that has built up inside you for the longest time. Let go of the thought that you are not “there” yet, that you have to do and make and get and be… You don’t have to do, make, get or be anything but who and what you are in this very moment. I have got a perspective on life to share with you, inspired by the quote above, and I hope it inspires you to live a life of feather-lightness and strength within yourself.

Walking through life being open to indulge in food, sharing unlimiting views, decision-making based on a free, an unopiniated mind and a choosing of activities that is not to a great degree conform to what only others expect — all this and more is expressed by the quote presented above. Do all the things that need to be done in order to have an active, healthy life. But at the end of the day, moving forward in the sense of “high performance” should not be what drives you. It should be freeness of mind, the power of free decision-making and a feeling of pure joy doing what you love, doing anything that makes you enjoy life (still being a respective, responsible and good person). Life is much more fun when you live by your own standards.

The quote indicates a beaming smirk that makes me feel good about myself when thinking of the confidence to stand by my good flaws — in contrast to bad flaws, indulging in pasta every once in a while without the tiniest bit of somewhat guilt makes you strong. And “pasta” stands for so much more than just the food. What is your “pasta”? What good flaw do you proudly own?

Let me know in the comments below. x

-your tiny woman in a giant world

the downsides of human love relationships or “doomed lovey doveys”

Being in love… What great feelings to recall: Butterflies in your stomach, the excitement of pleasant anticipation before every date, that seemingly ever-lasting smile on your face. That every touch making your all senses dance. Fairy-tale like times, this first phase of a love relationship. The heart-breaking reality is… This rarely continues to eventually end with a “happy ever after”. Even if one of the partners seems to stay in this first phase for as long as he/she knows the person.

Maintaining the excitement of the first phase requires hard work and strong willingness from both parties. One alone can try as hard one wants, it is a job for two. Love needs two people to grow and ultimately, to last. A balanced relationship evolves from a mutual attraction. Attraction is very much dependend on positive thoughts, admiration for the other person’s character and physical attraction. Having your partner losing sight of one of those aspects is not your fault. It’s just the way it is with relationships. A little distraction on your partner’s side can lead to him/her to forgetting about why he/she fell in love in the first place, which then leads to a broken heart — yours that is. Should we stop being naive and forget about relationships all over to protect ourselves from this kind of heart-break? Every single picture on Pinterest says no, “dare to love”. Well, then.

A love relationship, a real partnership between two lovers is the most beautiful thing to possibly experience. No feeling can compare to being in love and knowing that you are loved. It comes along with satisfaction, pride, great joy and happiness. The feeling that you can rely on someone, any time at any place. Someone who shares his/her feelings and thoughts and with whom you can share yours. Someone who finds strength in you and shows gratitude. Someone who is your source of energy when everything else goes wrong. A balanced partnership with mutual love and affection.

But when it comes to an end due to whatever reason that you did not have control over, after a great amount of time and energy you have put into the relationship to make it back to working, it is the worst feeling. It breaks your heart into tiny little pieces. In this stadium, it just makes no sense to hold on to the person, pushing him or her to talk to you if he or she does not want to. If someone who once shared his or her thoughts with you and spend much time talking to you, stops for no obvious reason, it is not something you can influence. He or she has disconnected from you — emotionally and physically. The healthiest thing for you to do is to make your peace with it. Just take it as it is. Maybe not the first time this ever happens. Maybe not the second time. But surely the third time. You are worth what you put out there. If you put out love and affection and receive reluctance and resistance, you are not obliged to take it in for the millionth time. Someone who loves you will not be able to hurt you, ever. Stay strong and move on. You are not the person to for ever fight for what means the world to you. Your counterpart has to take a little bit of responsibility of his/her own.

How should you go on? Concentrate on your self. Do whatever you love doing. Treat yourself. Surround yourself with the people who adore you. And don’t have second thoughts. You’ve acted on them a fair amount of times already. If it has not changed the past multiple times, it won’t change now.

Animals seem to have a better practice loving and partnering up. Being a penguin for a little while sounds just about right.

-your tiny woman in a giant world

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

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, darlings! Do you have something nice planned or have you too barely had time to arrange a date night to remember? For all you busy girls with a Mister or a Lady, I have collected some easy-to-squeeze-into-busy-schedules date ideas. It’s the one day we can fully unfold our kitchy sides, whereas the intention is to do something nice and make a day to remember for not only ourselves but also for our partners. A celebration that allows us to — collectively — show that we care to make them happy. Some argue that it is of a bigger meaning when this is done on any other day, as a surprise act. True. But still, I like to think of Valentine’s Day as a universal celebration: many people at many places celebrate love on the same day. I like to think of it as a festival.

We don’t even have 24 hours left, so let’s get this going:

  1. Breakfast in Bed: Wake up one and half an hour early to prepare breakfast in bed for you and your partner. To get some ideas, visit LaurenConrad.Com, you will definitely find a recipe that you like — how about these Love Letter Pancakes?
  2. Breakfast in a café: Would you rather go out to have breakfast?
  3. Last minute restaurant reservations: Dinner in a nice ambiance, surrounded by lovebirds sounds just about right? Then this is your go-to option.
  4. Candlelight Dinner at home: Those of you who prefer to spend the evening in intimate togetherness may prefer to stay home, put on music and lit the candles. Maybe you can talk your partner into couple dancing in the living room?
  5. Gift ideas:
    1. A huge hug.
    2. Self-baked goods (like these easy and yummy Oreo Cheesecake Cookies by Brown Eyed Baker — I heart-shape the cookies to give them an extra lovey dovey look, men might not be the greatest fans of heart-shaped things, but we’ll do it anyways) and a creative card (maybe a love letter?) is the best you can do to show your love and appreciation.
    3. Seeds to plant and a nice card to go along with.
    4. A self-drawn doodle of your partner.
  6. Outfit: A flowery dress, red nails and rosé lips. Pumps and heels might bring you into the special “dressed up”-mood as well.

At the end of the day, it is all about spending time together — no matter what activity time is spent with. So do not stress yourself too much. Enjoying the day is number one priority.

Altough this notion focuses on activities with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, fiancée and fiancé, do not forget about your friends, your family, your grandparents, aunties and uncles, your mother, father, sister and brother… Cookies or flowers, a loving hug — is all it takes to make them smile.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-your tiny woman in a giant world

A poem: Smile a gentle smile

He kissed her on her forehead
The kind of kiss that meant care
She felt the need to hug him
But that was not what he wanted right there

He wanted the invisible connection
That was the truest love to him
She would not rush him this time
If this moment was enough to him

She would keep all her longing to herself
Fighting against the yearning inside of her
He was aware of her inner combat
Knew all that she kept to herself

She gave in, just a little
And put her hand on his hand
He felt her feelings coming through the touch
Laid his hand on top, fondling

They shyly glanced at each other
Smiled a gentle smile
They knew they were just right
With the one they now saw deep in the eyes

-your tiny woman in a giant world

post scriptum: Valentine’s season reminds us why we compromise in relationships — because the happiness in the eyes of our loves is worth every bit of it. This is a poem about the different kinds of love people need and that lovers manage to balance in sake of their counterparts.

We Heart Cookies: Valentine’s Day Edition

As you’ve been following the V-Day countdown, Valentine’s Day is only 5 days away. Time get the love-themed baking on!

Searching for a yummy recipe on Pinterest, I stumbled upon a Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies recipe by Amy’s Healthy Baking. I do love oatmeal cookies (and so does everyone I know), and this recipe sounded particularly healthy which — only a month after the Christmas Holiday Indulgence season — was a plus. So I took the recipe and pimped it up for Valentine’s Day gift making purposes. Beware that these cookies really are healthy (besides the glaze), so they do not taste like your average crunchy sweet cookies. I added a white chocolate vanilla glaze and a little citrus that freshens the taste. They turned out to be delicious and look totally cute — a great gift for your health-conscious gal pals.

Here is how you make the Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate Vanilla Glaze:

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Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies /w White Chocolate Vanilla Glaze, or: A V-Day Treat

Ingredients

  • 1 cup instant oats
  • 3/4 cups spelt whole wheat flour
  • 1,5 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • lemon juice, optional
  • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • white chocolate
  • vanilla

Instructions

  • Mix the melted coconut oil, egg, vanilla extract and honey and a little lemon juice thoroughly until blended.
  • Stir in the flour, oats, salt, baking powder and cinnamon.
  • Put the frozen raspberries under warm water for a few seconds. Slice them in halves and stir in the dough.
  • Chill the dough for half an hour.
  • Preheat the oven 330 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • This step is quite sticky: Form the cookies into heart-shapes and bake for about 18 minutes. I did not flaten them enough, so make sure you do.
  • Cool the cookies on a wire rack. In the meantime: melt the white chocolate and stir in vanilla.
  • Once cookies cooled off, glaze with the chocolate-vanilla mixture. Before eating, wait until glaze is completely firm.
  • Enjoy over a cup of coffee! / Or wrap in red napkins, put in a nice little cookies’ box and make them a present for your loved one(s) 🙂

Let me know how you like them! xo

-your tiny woman in a giant world

Happy Valentine’s Day Month!

February reminds me of flowers, red blouses, heart-shaped cookies with pink sugar coating and smiley faces. Do you too smell the romance in the air?

Valentine’s Day is for lovers, all kinds of lovers. “Lover” not only in its general sense of a person who is in a physically intimate relationship with his/her special someone, but in an even bigger picture meaning “everyone who loves”. And we all do love, that is the nature of a human being. We feel love, long for it, receive and give love. These two weeks until Valentine’s Day especially, let’s remind ourselves to spread the love and show appreciation for the beloved people we spend our time with. It is always a good idea to make the most of every moment and tell the other person(s) that we happily share our lives with him/her/them. Let it be fourteen days of pure love cherishing.

Who are you going to spoil big time with your love this Valentine’s Day season? Feel free to share your V-Day season plans in the comments section below. For all the single ladies out there who need ideas, this enchanting V-Day notion from last year might help 🙂

Be prepared the upcoming days featuring a sweet little love story and a heart-melting recipe. In the meantime, here are two enchanting notions on Valentine’s Day from last year: spread the love on Valentine’s Day & Cupid’s arrows.

Join the V-Day love xo

-your tiny woman in a giant world

’tis the season to be jolly

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” – oh wait! It’s Christmas already?!

The holiday season is in full swing. Have you been waiting for this time of year all year long and now that it’s finally here, you feel like it passes by so ridiculously fast?? I hear you… For you to make the most of this year’s remaining Christmas time, I want to give you some super-ultra-last-minute ideas to realize easily while spending time with your family and friends during the upcoming Christmas days.

1. Last-minute late-night baking session: Nothing screams more Christmas than baking Christmas cookies while singing along to “Rocking around the Christmas tree…”. Make sure to wear a comfy outfit and of course a Santa hat. As you will most certainly have much to do during the day preparing for Christmas Eve with family and friends, the best time for the baking session is at night, when all is calm. Put on your PJs and get ready for some delicious cookies waiting to be baked with lots of holiday love. My favorites are vanilla crescents (Vanillekipferl), nut wedges, thumbprint cookies with jelly and of course star-shaped cinnamon cookies.

2. Christmas movies: This one you can easily check off your Christmas-to-do-list with your early morning coffee or cocoa when everybody gathers in the living room and enjoys a relaxed start to Christmas Day. Some of my must-sees include: Home Alone, Home Alone 2 – Lost in New York, The Grinch, The Holiday, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Actually Love, Jingle All The Way, Deck The Halls, Christmas with the Cranks and Love the Coopers.

3. Christmas songs: As self-proclaimed Christmas Queen, I began listening to Christmas songs right after Thanksgiving. Here’s a playlist of my all time favorite Christmas songs (currently on replay as I am typing these very words): “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by Bruce Springsteen, “Let It Snow” by Dean Martin, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting, “Last Christmas” by Wham! (must must must), Jingle Bell Rock by T. Graham Brown, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee, “All I want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Dean Martin, “Christmas Don’t Be Late” by the Chipmunks, “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” by Michael Bublé, “The Christmas Song” by The King Cole Trio and “Deck the Hall” by the London Chamber Orchestra.

4. Christmas novels: I love to read Christmas novels in December. I am sorry that I did not get to publish this post earlier in order for you to be able to get those books I list here – wait a second, it’s 2016 – you can still download them (although personally I prefer actual books, I am oldschool like that) 🙂 For the past few years, I have been reading anything by Sarah Morgan, “Sleighbells in the Snow” and “Maybe This Christmas” are really beautiful stories to get you into the holiday mood. Currently I am reading “Christmas Ever After”, also by Sarah Morgan. If you have any recommendations for my next year’s Christmas reading list, I’d be grateful for you to share with me!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas time with your loved ones – enjoy every second of it!

Merry Christmas dears!

-your tiny woman in a giant world

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Covent Garden Christmas Tree, London, December 2016

Budokon Yoga – flexibility, strength and love flowing in movement

The inventor of Budokon Yoga, Cameron Shayne, has just taken off his German tour along with his beautiful wife Melayne Shayne. Budokon combines Yoga with Martial Arts. The result is a powerful workout that leaves you longing for more.

As a lover of movement and advocate of healthy living, I was searching for a new challenge to feed my adventurous heart when I recently found and immediately registered for the Budokon workshop. I had the pleasure of spending fun and workout-wise intense hours on Friday evening and Saturday noon with the talented Budokon duo who I admire for their knowledge, discipline and lifestyle.

Cameron made us aware of the range of movements that we all hold. He demonstrated us that it is not just about the shapes or positions themselves that we usually learn in Yoga classes but the transitions that empower our body. Cameron and Shayne taught us that building strength lies in between shapes. Physical strength is not limited by age – as long as the mental strength and determination is given, everything is possible. A philosophy that I greatly support. They demonstrated us that from a flexible, healthy body comes happiness and contentment which influence our (love) relationships. A human who feels happy with (in terms of being able to move in a flexible way without restraints) and strong in his body gains overall satisfaction and radiates calm.

Another thing that Cameron highlighted is: going into Yoga class as a person with bad habits thinking one will come out as a person with less bad habits is not going to happen. This is not how it works. We have to constantly work for our aims.

These were only bits of wisdom that I was lucky enough to be shared with during the workshop. The Budokon Love Warrior class was a great experience. Not only did I find out about movements that were easily within by capabilities that I have not been aware of, but was also reminded of the immediate necessity of letting go of boundaries and having patience in order to – after many many fails – succeed. Endurance and passion are key to success. Thank you so much Cameron and Melayne for introducing me to Budokon and for inspiring me, and big thanks to Lord Vishnus Couch in Cologne for having them.

–your tiny woman in a giant world

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Budokon Yoga workshop at Lord Vishnus Couch in Cologne, October 8th, 2016