For each beginning bears a special magic (Herman Hesse)

Hello out there, how are you today? I very much hope you and yours are well and if not that you find all the support you need. Yesterday, I wrote about the magic of sudden change and the week before about the magic of Mondays. This morning I was pondering both posts and remembered a poem I read many, many years ago. It is by German/Swiss novelist Herman Hesse who some of you might know from books like “Siddhartha“. His parents and grandparents were Christian missionaries to Asia. India mainly, I think. His poetry and novels speak of deep humanity Read More

The Magic Of Sudden Change

Hello, all you brilliant people out there. I hope the new week has started well for you and that you can experience the Magic of Mondays. And if all is a muddle then I send positive and healing vibes your way so that you get all the support you need. Last week I wrote about how a new week means new opportunities to create the life we want but I haven’t always been thinking of Monday’s like that. First of all, I never worked in a 9-5, Monday to Friday job. My days off always were all over the place Read More

The Magic Of Mondays

Happy new week everyone! I send you the magic of Mondays. And what might THAT be? It’s a new beginning. Simply! You have gained experience last week which you can use to create a better one this week. Maybe you’ll learn that there is no point in crying over spilt beans. Let go of what’s passed and what’s out of your control. Rather allow yourself to use that worry energy for actions that are in your control. Like how you see a situation for example. I know we are continuously told that this is too much for us and that Read More

Exploring Yourself & Life with “The Gratitude Explorer Workbook” by Kristi Nelson (e-ARC review)

I thank NetGalley and Storey Publishing for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Publishing Date: 23rd November 2021 Rating: Five Lemonades  I was so excited when I got my first NetGalley read “The Gratitude Explorer Workbook”. Its beautiful cover in different shades of orange, yellow and purple with little sparkles drew me directly to it. This is such a beautiful book for diving into the adventure of gratefulness with journaling prompts, meditations and self-exploration questions. Its colourful design and many motivating quotes make it a treasure to have on your bookshelf.  First impression of “The Gratitude Explorer Workbook” Read More

One Book To Conquer Low Self-Esteem?

Hello, all you lovely people. How are you? I hope you are well and do not live with low self-esteem. But if you do, try out this book to conquer and rise 😉 . Title: Believe in Yourself ~ Boost Your Self-esteem and Feel Good in the Skin You’re in.  Author: Jasmin Kirkbride Published: 2016 via Summersdale Publishers Ltd Genre: non-fiction, self-help borrowed via Libby & local library Rating: 4 Lemonades Book Summary: “Believe in Yourself” by Jasmin Kirkbride is a concise book in 9 chapters. It starts with an introduction on why it is so important to have healthy self-esteem. The first chapter explains the Read More

Three Books I Come Back To When Life Gets Tough

Life doesn’t always play ball with our plans. We encounter all sorts of catastrophes, from our mental health to the laptop breaking down or losing our job.  Sometimes we deal with those challenges well, and we’ll get over the experience fast. But at other times, they grind us down; and we need some extra support to get over them.  Last week I wrote that I grab a book when life gets tough. It’s not the only strategy I use to improve my resilience but my favourite one. And today, I wanted to share three books that I go to when Read More

The Pursuit of Happiness

Eugi from Eugi’s Causerie invited us this week to write about the topic of happiness. She offers a weekly prompt that we might work with in any creative but family-friendly way we choose. Thanks, Eugi for this thought-provoking topic that inspired this post:  Not being happy was my default way of being Do you think a lot about happiness? About your own and your family’s? I do. I have been living with light to medium depression for almost all of my life. So not being happy was my default way of being.  For most of my life, my way of Read More

3 Things I Wish Someone Told My Younger Self

If you have teenagers at home who challenge and delight you, you might be forced to remember how it was for you to grow up. Have you had a great time and were supported by the people around you? Or was it a struggle to be heard and to find your identity? Teenage Misery For me, being a teenager meant dysfunctional family communication, high expectations and pressure from society. It made my life a misery. Mental Health wasn’t a thing back in the ’80s. Or more it was a thing for rich people and celebrities. The rest of us just Read More

I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me That 20 Years Ago

Happy Tuesday, all of you lovely people. Does your week rock? I hope so and if not that you find all the support you need. Last week I got a little into my procrastinating mind. I had hoped so much, I was over that. For a long time, I managed to just get on with my tasks and goals, but last week my inner critic got the upper hand and hit hard. All the unhelpful thinking loops that bother me for years turned up out of nowhere: “Your writing is sh..”, “You tried before, you can’t keep this up” and Read More