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Peace within.

Second Trimester

THIS GROWING LOVE As soon as I hit the twelve week mark, my nausea started to wear off. By the end of May, my body felt like mine again and all the discomfort had miraculously disappeared.  Sure, there was this growing belly and my thighs, breasts and buttocks became rounder by the day. I actually started showing very early on and throughout the first two trimesters my belly was going to be on the larger side. However I absolutely loved these changes and every inch of my body who did such an amazing job at providing and nurturing our little boy. By week twelve I had already told everyone about the pregnancy, including my job, due to either coincidence or decision. Anyways there was no hiding my discomfort during the first trimester and I felt more relief communicating my situation than keeping it to myself. Which meant that as I was now entering this second phase of pregnancy, all I had to do was to relax and enjoy. June was really a perfect time for …

First Trimester

READY FOR PREGNANCY Ever since I can remember I saw myself as a mother and thought I was going to be a young mum. My mum had myself in her early twenties and I being raised surrounded by people under 30 always felt precious to me. Plus, I have four siblings and changed diapers of three of them so being with small children comes naturally to me. Yet, my twenties passed quickly with travelling and enjoying life to the fullest and having a child was certainly not on my agenda. When I had just turned 30 I met the man whom I am now married to. Yaron and I started a pretty serious relationship right from the beginning but with him being a Colombian living in the US and me being German we had to sort out our living situation first which took almost five years. After trying different scenarios and home bases we finally decided to settle in Munich two years ago. It was just by the end of 2018 that we started to …

Coconut Rose Soap

I find it so relaxing to create things. Especially with all the Christmas hustle and bustle going on in the city I enjoy to slow down and dedicate time rather than money alone to my loved ones. With a few simple, organic ingredients you can make your own soap. It is super easy, inexpensive and there are no limits to your creativity as you choose your favourite ingredients,  scents and colours. These soaps make for a truly beautiful gift for the upcoming Christmas celebrations.   Coconut Rose Soap ∼ 10 Muffin Moulds ∼ 500 gr. Curd Soap 100 gr. Coconut Oil 6 Teaspoons Coconut Flakes 10 Teaspoons Rose Petals 4 Drops Essential Oil Rose   Grate the soap and melt the flakes in a water bath. The temperature should not be too high – otherwise the soap might change its color. Add the coconut oil and mix everything well. Stir in the coconut flakes and add rose oil to liking. Pour the mixture into silicone muffin moulds and immediately add a layer of rose petals, …

I will miss this place.

As I am writing this, I am sitting on the garden porch of the house we currently live in, in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. It`s the house of the family I have been working with since late summer. They became true friends and invited us to stay here during their travels to Argentina and so we did. It is the second house we got to sit over the course of last year. We also looked after two dogs from time to time. Two houses. Two dogs. Three families I worked for. We grow close to the things that surround us and this time having to say goodbye is hard. It is hard because I don`t know when l`ll get to see them again. We grow attached to places, people, animals, because they touch us. I love each dog we have been sitting like my own and I often find myself missing them painfully. The same counts for the kids. Julian`s softness, Anais`wittyness, Luna`s strong will and chubby cheeks, Joean`s bright mind… And then there`s the …

Prison Yoga and Meditation

I was always interested in facilitating postitive change in society and bringing yoga to marginalized and under-represented communities is a major cornerstone of my work as a teacher. With a 700 % increase in the US prison population between 1978 and 2005 and a total of 2.2 million – the largest prison population in the world – there is a huge community who benefits tremendously from the positive effects yoga has on the body and most importantly the mind. Studies support the importance of yoga and meditation on the path to rehabilitation. Not only are 60 % of all parole release who meditate still clean after two years but also the reoffending rate of meditators is up to 40% lower than that of convicts who receive only education or psychotherapy. In 2014 I attended the Prison Yoga Teacher Training led by James Fox, one of the pioneers of bringing yoga to incarcerated people in the US and in 2016 I became part of the Prison Yoga and Meditation project that teaches yoga and meditation to …

Just do it!

Every day we wake up to a set of intentions and things we wish to check off our “to do list”. On days when our mind is focused, we may achieve what we aimed for. On other days, when we are a bit off track, the list seems endless and it feels like not much is happening. For me, there seems to be a rule of thumb to this: after a day of over achievement follows one, where not much is getting done. Try as hard as I might. I can usually detect those days either right after waking up, when my mind is buzzing with unfocused, anxious activity or when I am about to set my goals for the day and the list becomes endless. 1-5 items on my list is a realistic scenario. 5-20 is a lost cause, right from the start. But then there are tasks I need to get done that bring with them a level of discomfort that makes the avoider in me want to push them back, hour by hour, …

You have all the answers.

When we reach a crossroads in our life that asks for a decision, it can often be very challenging to know which way to go. Especially when it comes to the more fundamental aspects of life like relationships, family, work and the where, how and if of settling down. Since I entered into the relationship with the man who is now my husband, life has been a rollercoaster regarding these matters, to say the least. Torn between Munich – my hometown – and Los Angeles – home to my husband`s art making. Torn between the quietude and quality of life in a comparably small city in Germany and the possibilities and creative playground that is Los Angeles. Torn between making a moderate, but stable income without too many out of the box possibilities and working your way up from nothing to what may possibly culminate into very successful careers. Torn between the seasons and everylasting sunshine. Torn between dark bread and donuts… okay, not really. But you get the idea. Sometimes when I try to …