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Hamburg Happenings. // Winter 2015

Winter in northern Europe is no joke.

While the sun manages to rise by 9:00am, it packs up and heads home for the day around 4:00pm. That lazy sun. But the clouds, the clouds seem to work overtime, so should the sun even make an appearance, the clouds make sure to block out an ray to possibly come our way. It’s hard. So when I get out of work around 6:00pm, I typically find myself in a pattern of going home, cooking, showering, TV. No more, no less. I create a rut, and I find comfort in building a home there…

But… BUT (!) now the sun is staying out longer, and the clouds are taking some time off, (and this metaphor is ridiculous, I know), and this changes everything.

So farewell, Hamburg winter… and hello, Mr. Sun. I’ve missed you. I really have.

And I’ve missed this blog.

Blogs are tricky in that unless it’s your bread and butter, it’s hard to stay motivated to write after you write all day to earn aforementioned bread and butter. Now that the sun stays out longer, and there’s a bit of light still when I get home, I feel like I have been gifted a few hours of the day, making me so much happier and optimistic. I suddenly want to jump back in to all of my beloved hobbies.

There for a while, I never knew if my desire to write for fun would return.

But it has, and for that, I am oh, so thankful.

march 2015, quote of the week, quotes, wise words

Quotes for this particular season of my life. || March 2015.

“I have this bad habit of forgiving those who arent even sorry.”
An amazing thing happens when you stop seeking approval and validation: You find it. People are naturally drawn like magnets to those who know who they are and cannot be shaken.
— Mindy Hale, The Single Woman
I’m not the same everyday. There are times where I’m loud and chatty, and there are times when I’mr really quiet. I don’t think I can define myself.
— Jongup
“It took me years to comprehend, but now I think I finally understand. The silence, the distance, it wasn’t just some small definition of possibility. It was the epitome of impossibility. It was impossible. This, us. The ignoring, the glaring, the down right shutting out. It all mattered to me, but none of it mattered to you. That’s just the truth of it all. The truth I’ve been refusing to understand but now do. You’ve never had any interest in me and never will.”
— t.b.h.
If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.
— Paulo Coehlo
This you know is a time for taking in—taking in friendship, conversation, gaiety, wisdom, knowledge, beauty, holiness- and later, well, there’ll be a time of giving out.
— Lew & Mary Ann, A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges you lose your edge. 
Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologise for being who you are.
— Danielle Laporte

The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.
— Warsan Shire
Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ‘ashes.’
— Elisabeth Elliot