Here is a little video I made to capture ‘Tag der offenen Tür’ at my school. This is essentially a day when prospective students and parents come to check out our school! I did face painting and the classes put on booths, games, obstacle courses and much more. It was so much fun. Take a look 🙂
1. Yoga is not necessarily relaxing, especially in another language.
2. You don’t have to justify your life or tell people your ‘plan for the future’ if you don’t want to. It’s not required or even necessary
3. Any amount of sunshine is some kind of magic in late January.
4. Patience and all is coming.
5. For the love of God, you need to take out the trash more than once a month!
Notice the men in their dark overcoats and thick scarves, huddled together on the train platform talking on the phone to their wives, mistresses, mothers. Notice the Persian youths who exist in clouds of perfume and hair gel and broken German. And of course you can’t help but notice the Americans– military perhaps, or other wise on long-awaited vacations basking in their romantic visions of Europe at Christmas time. Then there– the unmistakable screech of the street car as it lurches towards you: your life line, connecting everywhere to you and you to everywhere. Board the streetcar and sit between worlds– rich, poor, men, women, black, white, young, old. Public transportation is the great equalizer. Notice how it calms you, lulls you into a sort of fellowship with the other passengers. A fellowship of transience.
Ease in your headphones to drown out your mind. Pretend you’re in a music video. Notice a couple kissing on the doorstep of an apartment in a neighborhood you only ever see in passing through tainted windows. Observe the refugees– unmistakable by the weariness in their brows as they slink down the sidewalk with bags full of groceries with foreign names no German could ever pronounce.
Listen as the man being interviewed on the podcast tells how he became a famous comedy writer. “No,” he says, “I was not the class clown. I was the quiet kid in the back of the class who observed everything the class clown did, wrote it down, and became a famous comedy writer.” Nod. So it is with you. And so it should be with a great deal more people, perhaps. Less lions and more chameleons, noticing the world in all its broken beauty. Less centers of attention and more payers of it. To notice is to cut a thin slice of joy from the meat of life and savor it as long as you can.
So go on…notice. I dare you.
Here’s a little Vlog I made of my time with Annie. We covered a lot of ground! Take a quick look if you have a moment 🙂
Hi friends! How the heck are you? I am pretty good. I sent my lovely friend Annie back to LA on Monday, and am missing her something bad already. But it’s been nice to relax and catch up on answering the emails in my incredibly chaotic inbox. I feel like Ross in Friends when he yells, “We were on a break!”
Above is a video I made compiling some of my favorite moments from the past three weeks. Enjoy!
Hi friends! Sorry for the radio silence. It’s been a full few weeks. I’m on break right now, soaking up the extra sleep and eating my weight in Holiday sweets. Below is a photo review of the many things 2017 brought my way. Enjoy!In January, I started the year off by participating in the LA Women’s March with two other friends. We joined over 500,000 people that day. It felt good to do something.February was spent with this little munchkin as my Valentine. She is beyond words adorable and I miss her so much!March brought a Spring Break trip to Texas with Jessica to visit my parents. It was so fun to explore a new place with my girl by my side!April was a big one. I found out I got the Fulbright to Germany (hello employment) and graduated college!May was a chill month of work in Malibu. My parents and I went to Disneyland one day to celebrate my graduation– happiest place on Earth, after all.June was no small undertaking, what with my brother’s beautiful wedding and moving myself across the country to Texas. Oh, and my 22 birthday!July saw a girls trip to San Francisco and a few days spent in El Segundo with old friends.August was family time. I hung out with the cousins in Iowa on the farm 🙂 They are so funny!In September I found myself back in Germany! My Fulbright started and I hit the ground running at full speed.In October I took a much needed vacation to Salzburg, Austria with two friends, as well as London to visit a Uni class mate. The scenery was breath taking and the company was even better!I saw my lovely parents in November and boy was it great! I had fun showing them around my stomping grounds.December brought Christmas and my stunning friends Mele and Annie. I feel grateful to have friends who will come all this way to see me!
Here’s to a crazy, whirlwind year! I learned to much, sometimes the hard way, but I’m looking forward to 2018. I will turn 23, probably start a new job or school and possibly move. I can’t wait to see what God has in store. Happy New Years, friends!