A big part of my 2 1/2 months recess was catching up on movies and although I know this may sound lame to some people it is what I do. It is a hobby of mine. I just recently talked about this with my friend Larissa. We both agreed on the fact that watching movies often times helps you reflect your own life. Also it helps to stay creative.
Having said that I am continuing on my Movie Mondays because I still haven`t shared all the ones I wanted to share. Today: Zero Dark Thirty.
I first heard about this movie when I watched The Oscars and knew instantly I had to watch it. I knew it was not going to be an easy one on me but I knew I had to see it. If you are a little sensitive when it comes to violence or language you probably should not watch it.
What I like about the movie is that it was not too overly patriotic and I loved the ending (no spoiler here!) because it also showed another side and it raised a pretty good question: "What now?".I love movies that end with a comma.
I am not going to give a full review on it but let me just say Jessica Chastain amazes me. I have been impressed with her in every movie I watched with her.
Let me just say I really recommend the movie and am glad I watched it. What did you think of it?
PS: I updated my Travel section of the blog so you can be updated on all the traveling.
Yes yes yes... the new So you think you can dance season has been running now for a few weeks and again I am just impressed by this show and eagerly await the new episode each week.
There have been a lot of great dances already but sometimes you need that moment where a dance captures you completely and you want to see it over and over again to not miss out on any detail of it. The following one is one of those and hello... it is to a song by Sleeping at last!!!
Enough said. Here's the dance:
Summer is really here and for me that always means great fun music, roadtrip mixes and the kind of music which makes you dream away the day!
I`ve posted The Lone Bellow before and I finally received their album in the mail last week (yes I still order good old CDs!).
Anyways, this song I`m sharing today is one which makes me get up, throw my hands in the air, dance in circles and sing along. This therefore means that today`s Thursday Tunes come with a challenge for you: Turn up the volume, get up, throw your hands up and DANCE!!!
I have now officially entered the last year of my twenties. It is a strange feeling I must say because by no means do I feel like a grown-up or as if I have arrived, but I am enjoying my life. I know who I am, where I am going and what I want to do with my life. Something I didn't know to this extent a year ago.
Looking back on this past year a lot has happened. I have changed and grown in ways I would've never expected. And I am very thankful for this.
I am now not only starting a new year of life but also a completely new phase in life. Basically I am looking into the unknown, the unexpected, the adventure of life. Yet this time is different because I feel settled and open and ready for anything God has planned.
Here's to a new year of life, here's to the unknown and unexpected and to everything that`s yet ahead!
I can't believe it has already been 2 weeks since I left for Fuerteventura with my friend, Ines. We've been friends since 5th grade!!
It was one of those getaways where all you do is get.away. Change of scenery, relax, feel the sand under our feet, listen to the ocean and let the sun shine on our skin. All we did was eat, sleep, swim, read (The Great Gatsby - fantastic writing. I was so inspired!), talk. And that was all we needed. It was absolutely perfect!
I had never been to the Atlantic ocean before but let me tell you I have fallen in love with it. I have always been a Pacific fan (yes I personify the ocean), but the Atlantic has a charm I must say it wooed me.
If you were wondering what the chipmunk is doing in this collection of photos - well, they lived everywhere at the beach and they were adorable!
As I left my camera in the hotel all through the day as well as my phone, I only have photographs from the evenings. But I think they give you a pretty good impression of my time there.
Anyways... here's a little video I created. Hope you enjoy it!
As mentioned last week I have decided to share some more photos and stories about my 2 1/2 months summer break. My friend Ellen visited from Alabama for almost three weeks and she called that time "Grown-up recess". We had no agenda, no rush. Just time, good weather and lots to experience.
Visits to local art galleries, hikes through natural forest.
Bike rides through the region. Coffee at my favorite place, seeing the Rhine flooded, soaking in the sun. We also went to the lake in Switzerland for the day and explored WW I ground in France. Whatever we were in the mood for we did. We just seized the day. We ate lots of cheese and laughed a lot. When we said good-bye it was more like see you next year. Those are the memories, the moments which will stick with you. The ones you can't capture on camera, but they're there.
As a lot of you know I have not been working the past 2 1/2 months. I am going to start my new job next Monday and the time in between my jobs was a gift which I am so thankful for. It has been a time which I haven't had since graduating from High School.
I took the time to figure some things out because I really felt like I was at a turning point in my life. A point in time where I needed to sit down and ask myself some of the hard questions like "Who do I want to be?" "What kind of legacy do I want to leave?" "What is my calling?" "What do I want to do with my life and in my life?" "What are my dreams, visions, what's the life I see?"
I spent quite some time exploring these questions. I spent time in the Word, time in prayer, just time with God, thinking, dreaming, seeing things.
And now looking back at these 2 1/2 months I see how God was at work. He made a cut on April 30th and gave me time, just simply the gift of time. And in this time I became more myself. I became me again. I know now what I'm supposed to do. I know now who I want to be and although I have no clue what the future holds and when I'll meet my future husband for that matter but it's not important because I found myself in God. Fully loved. Fully accepted. Fully free. I have a calling. I have dreams. I have a vision of something that could be and all I want to do is the best I can today so that the future will enfold. I want to be faithful with that which God has given me in my hands now.
So here I stand looking ahead and I am happy. I allow myself to just be.
On top of all of that I did some amazing thing. I had the time to catch up on things, watch movies, house and dog sit for a family. Then my friend from Alabama visited for almost 3 weeks and it was like recess and camp altogether. I also spent a week in Fuerteventura, Spain. So... next week I'll fill you in on some pictures so be sure to check back here then.
I'm back, I'm back from a relaxing and beautiful time in Spain. More to come on that subject and if you haven't seen my photos on instagram, you can already get a taste of my time there. Today is another Movie Monday where I have to share a beautiful and astounding movie with you: Life of Pi!
I don't even know where to begin with this movie or what to say about it because the movie is breathtakingly beautiful. It is full of life and hope. It is magical. It is full of faith. Simply put: Captivating. If you haven't watched it yet, prepare yourself for a journey. That is all I can say about it. Life of Pi is so worth watching!
While I am still at the beach in Spain (life is sooo good ) I have to share this great music with you! I discovered this band, called "Bootstraps" a few weeks ago and they are just making beautiful music. The one going under your skin and touching you almost to tears. I wanted to share one of my favorite songs with you Guiltfree. So enjoy:
As you are reading this I am off to Fuerteventura for a week with my friend, to enjoy the beach, the sun and the summer. Nonetheless I wanted to share another movie with you. A completely different genre than the ones before (aka no costume drama), but thoroughly enjoyable, dramatic, good and a whole lot of Clint Eastwood. Trouble with the curve.
This one is a sports movie but I like them every once in a while. I really liked the cast of this movie and thought it just fit really well. I thought it was well plotted, fun to watch and just dramatic enough for a relaxed evening.