Proof of Life

There are days I just want to prove to myself that I can grow things – whether it is from kitchen scraps or a greenhouse, there is always that nagging sensation that my grandmother is looking down sternly upon me and making sure I don’t kill the plant. Living in Germany is expensive in terms of filling your home with plants, so I live by what a friend advised many years ago: buy small and be patient. This attitude has also fostered my love for gardening, because it has encouraged me to try my hand at growing plants from seeds…

Difficulties of Healing

I write this with great difficulty today, simply because my shoulder is absolutely killing me. The first batch of therapy sessions is over, and the healing process is well underway, albeit the excrutiating pain. The physiotherapist did warn me that the worst is yet to come, and that is a good sign. The trouble with broken bones is that it is pretty much like a broken spirit, there is no medicine that can speed up the healing, you just have to give it time. There is a beautiful quote I want to share with you today: You can’t heal where…

“Stop, Look, Go” – Gratitude

Stop, Look, Go is the golden. rule for crossing the street, playing tennis, running, photography, and as I learned today, gratitude. The US-based Austrian monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast has written wonderful books on finding inner peace and happiness by addressing individual topics in depth. Available in both German and English, Brother David’s language is clear, simple, digestible, and carries a profound insight that leaves you wondering why you have not been doing this before. Have a look at his TED Talk on gratitude and happiness (1993): Brother David reminds us that we often make the mistake of being grateful only…

Reclaiming My Home

Turbulence is an unwelcome guest, but often times unavoidable. Serenity and Balance are my preferred guests but also high maintenance ones. It is so much easier to just let Turbulence in, who usually has Chaos and Confusion in tow, give them free range of the place, and allow them to do what they do best – an unholy mess. Turbulence can be asked to leave politely, but Chaos and Confusion, when left to their own devices, like to remain invite Hurt, Disillusionment, and Frustration over as well for an extended soiree, unpleasantly rooted inside my home and soul, much to…

Crossroads and Rebirth

Eight months ago my daughter moved in with me, taking a semester off to recover from depression, anxiety and a host of other problems. She was in a deep, dark place, her soul broken, disappointed with herself, and disillusioned with the world. We set out to heal and find a new source of motivation that would build up her self-esteem and confidence. The artist and musician were shattered, and my daughter needed her mother and a friend. Our journey over the last months has been shared on this blog several times over, since it was not just her journey but…

Can I Say “Yes” More?

Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel are not my favourite actors, but that is simply because I am not a great fan of comedy. These two actors are extremely talented and multifaceted in their own right, I am just not a follower. Having said that, I ended up watching Yes Man (Der Ja-Sager, originally released in 2008 and directed by Payton Reed, a film adaptation of the book by Danny Wallace) on Netflix last night, not quite sure hat to expect from this rom-com. Though the movie leaves much to be desired, Danny Wallace’s words from the book, which I proceeded…

Milestones: FrogDiva Photography Website Revamped

Change is constant, whether it be for the better or for worse. I’ve had enough rough spots in my life the past years and I am all about making positive changes, even though the adjustment pains are never easy. The important thing is to move forward and build something up that I can claim as my own. I began the day with the thrilling news of the publication of my first author interview. I always believe in silver linings and angels, and the timing could not have been better! Milestones are meant to be built upon, and that is what…