I am the owner and chef at the Salty German in Wimberley, part-time photographer & happiness hero at On Finding Happiness. When I am not working I am a dragon loving, coffee drinking, superhero, fitfanatic, healthy food advocate, with 3 kids, 4 dogs, 2 cats, a bearded dragon, a husband, and a lot of goals for the future.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
It’s been a long long time since I have read this book. I’ve seen it pop up more than once recently and I think it’s great. If you are in need of a book that will change your life and the way you see the world this is for you. There is a joke that I am the cranky German, especially before Continue reading “How to Win Friends and Influence People”→
I hope you have tissues ready. I really do. I found this video a while back and have been watching it repeatedly for the last week. Growing up in Germany, you learn about the war, the concentrations camps, you read books, you discuss, you learn, you visit concentration camps, you watch videos, you learn the smell of death – because it still lingers, you can feel death and despair, you learn how heavy these places feel. But you can never truly know what it’s like. You can only imagine. You’ll never truly understand as a kid, I didn’t. I knew it was horrible, I felt horrible, I didn’t understand why. But watching Alice, now that I am a grown up, I am moved by her story, it put everything in perspective. It changed the way I perceived what happened.
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I read this quote today and it made so much sense to me! We often walk blindly through life and I have written about this more than once. Beauty is all around us, on a dark day, a beautiful day, a rainy day even. It also reminded me of a picture I took a while back. Check out this beauty!
Eyes are truly a window to the soul! Intense, yet soft, loving but also piercing.
What have you seen lately that made you appreciate the beauty around you?
It was my daughters 11th birthday last Saturday and it didn’t hit me until today, when I read a post about leaving your legacy by the lovely ladies from Ask Ajna, how fast time has gone by. It feels like it was yesterday (yes, so much cliché) when I found out I was pregnant, gave birth 9 months later and even when she took her first steps. While it feels like yesterday, it has been 11 years and in those 11 years we have been through ups and downs in life. We have moved more than once and across continents too! We have been through deployments, divorce and the mental illness of family members. We have been through thick and thin and today it hit me. We are past half of her childhood and I feel like I missed most of it.
This beauty was used to play Ave Maria at the last wedding I was fortunate enough to photograph. A single instrument and wonderful person was all it took to silence a whole church initially. Within a minute most (including myself) had tears in their eyes.
We may write but do we have anything of quality or interest to say?
Not always, but I don’t think that matters and here is why:
Most of the writing I have been doing over the past year was for work. I have severely neglected to post on my blog and website because I have been so busy writing for my job that at the end of the day, I didn’t want to sit down and write anymore. I want what I write to have meaning, to have an impact on at least one person who reads my thoughts.