On Fasting

On Fasting

Have you ever tried fasting? Malte and I realized that we hadn't spent a single day of our lives without having eaten at least something small, and generally speaking, we're always interested in trying something new. Opinions on the effects of fasting differ largely – for us, despite the challenge aspect of it (which might have been more of a contributing factor for one of us...), fasting mainly intrigued us for the numerous benefits it's said to have, such as improvements in overall health and particularly migraines and a reduced risk of diabetes or high blood pressure, just to name a few.

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Self Care Learnings: Second Chances for Lost Mornings

Self Care Learnings: Second Chances for Lost Mornings

A few days ago, I shared about a less than ideal morning on Instagram Stories and so many of you reached out with interesting and encouraging thoughts that I decided to share some of them here. You might know that balancing life and work in a somewhat healthy manner is one of the main things I focus on this year – I wrote about it here and here – and I'm so grateful for all the conversations on self care I've had and seen both offline and online.

For many, myself included, the morning really sets the tone for the rest of the day. When the first hour or so of my day starts with a huge glass of water, a few minutes of reading, a shower and those other routines that make my start into the day gentle and calm, I feel a lot better for the entire rest of the day, I'm more productive and overall just a better version of myself.

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It's the Weekend! Are You Working?

It's the Weekend! Are You Working?

It's a Saturday afternoon, and after a coffee date with a new friend and colleague this morning and then a birthday brunch afterwards, I was in the middle of what I call "light working" – you know, a few emails here, drafting some ideas there – when thoughts on working on a weekend began circling around my head, so I wanted to share some of them with you. Like always, I'd love to hear yours, too, you're warmly invited to continue this conversation in the comments!

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How to Be Alone (And Love It!)

How to Be Alone (And Love It!)

Whenever I have one of those rare nights just to myself, I usually opt for a slow night in with good food, a show and maybe some knitting. This week though, I'm home alone for a full 7 days, so I knew I wanted to get a bit more creative with how I spend time alone. Now a week might be nothing to you – I've had my fair share of across the globe long distance years and temporarily abandoned flatshares, too, and it sure is a huge privilege when spending time alone is one of many options instead of loneliness being the default one.

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The beginnnings of a self care journey

The beginnnings of a self care journey

Lately, I found myself gravitating towards books that in one way or another bring up the question of how we’d live life if we were more aware of its limits, like Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air or Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists, both of which I think are brilliant, by the way.

As much as I might have changed in many capacities over the course of my almost 29 years, what always has, and, I guess, always will be most important to me are the people I spend my life with. Sure, many of the hats I wear are an important part of my identity, but first and foremost, I always think of myself in relation to others - as a wife, friend, daughter (in law), sister (in law), cat mama, you name it. Leave me with someone I love and I’m a happy camper, no matter what (ok, unless I actually had to go camping).

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2017: The Year of the Cleanse

2017: The Year of the Cleanse

Despite my love for planning all the things, I've never been one to begin a new year with a bunch of resolutions. When I rather suddenly quit my old job (that I was still working in addition to my own business) at the end of 2016, quite honestly, I felt a bit lost though. I worried about how we'd adjust to everything that would come with this big change and what everyday life would come to be like, so choosing some sort of focus to centre 2017 around now felt like a really good idea.

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