Last month Derik and I spontaneously decided to go to Brugge’s Beer Festival and had the pleasure of staying at the gorgeous @houseofbruges! I wrote a bit about our experience on the blog. Go check it out: link in profile!
I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without a dad raising me to know my self-worth and teaching me that I am strong and capable of doing anything. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today (#girlboss) without my husband who supported me and encouraged me as I began my self-employment journey several years ago. I love being a woman, and I am so thankful for the opportunities I get as one in our day and age...but I’m also thankful for the wonderful men in my life who lift me up, celebrate, and encourage me to be the best woman I can possibly be! #happywomensday
I went to Amsterdam to see and photograph the canals. The problem was, I didn’t realize how many canals there actually were or the fact that Every. Single. House along the canals was individually the cutest thing I’d ever laid eyes on... and the windows. Oh the windows 😍
Even in the dead of winter you’ll be fighting for a ‘crowd free’ shot of the @iamsterdam sign. Oh well. The one with me and the random dude up on the ‘m’ makes me laugh. It’s probably better than just one of me anyway. 😂💁🏼♀️
Hello MARCH - so glad you’re here. February was a bit rough, but we pushed through. It’s hard to believe in a month and a half we will be celebrating a year of living in Germany. Where did the time go? I feel like we are JUST settling in, and 365 days only feels to be about 60. We’ve enjoyed traveling to other European countries in our rare ‘spare time’ and look forward to the adventures this next year will take us!
“We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same, but something in our minds has changed, and that changed everything.” -Jonah Lehrer
If the sun still refuses to show it’s pretty face over here in real life, I’ll post one of my favorite memories of it on the ‘gram. 😂 Derik and I took a motorbike around the island of Poros and happened upon a monastery. It was closed, but there was the most perfect sun-soaked restaurant outside the gates that had gorgeous views of the monastery & coastline as well as great beer! You bet we stopped for a drink🍻.
My phone got run over by a car, it’s been raining for months, and it’s tax season. Can I just go back to Greece? ✌️✈️ In reality, life has its moments. Sure it’s easy to have negative thoughts and homesickness when the weather is blah, but I’m thankful for a busy work schedule, a warm house, and that my phone wasn’t completely ruined. 🤗 I’ve noticed keeping myself busy and counting my blessings help when feeling run down. What do you do to help keep yourself emotionally well during the rainy/cold months?
Uh. I’ll take one of each please. 😱🙊 I have no control in pastry shops and I’m ok with that. Anyone else?
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
Thinking about hearing back to Brugge for the beer festival next month! Have any of you been previously? I’d love to hear what you thought about it! Over 70 breweries will be there and visitors will have the opportunity to taste 300 beers 😱😂. Sounds like Derik’s dream come true! If you missed it, check out my latest post on the blog: all about our weekend in Brugge back in September! Link in profile.
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.“ – Anthony Bourdain
“Travel is more than seeing something new, it’s also about leaving behind something that’s old. Whether that be your past, your misconceptions, your comfort level or your anxieties, the next time you head down a new path, realize that there’s no better time to be the new you.” — Charles Kosman @thebarefootnomad New post on Brugge in profile!
Today is the first day of the new year, and we were all given the blessing to be able to watch the sun rise on 2018. I pray we can live more deliberately, passionately, and lovingly this year. We can’t heal the entire world of pain, bitterness, and sorrow, but we can do our part individually to touch as many lives as we can with kindness.
I remember the first time I saw a nutcracker - I was probably about six years old. My family and I went over to my Aunt and Uncle’s house for Christmas and my cousin had a really beautiful one. I asked her if it was some sort of strange doll, and she proceeded to show me how it cracked nuts to eat. Around the same time I saw a recording of Nutcracker on Ice, and proceeded to watch it 1000x over and over again. I was obsessed with all the costumes, skating, and lights. Memories. I’ve never owned a nutcracker myself, nor have I seen the Nutcracker on Ice in person. Major goals while I’m here in Europe! 💕
That Christmas tree, my friends, is actually a carnival ride. 😩👌🙌 #Europewinschristmas
“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not either, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” — J.R.R. Tolkien Craving Pierogi right now and going through my Krakow pictures again. What a quick but wonderful trip that was!
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill
Favorite human, favorite season! Another Christmas market in the books - Trying to make this an every week thing until Christmas 💁🏼♀️😍.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Germany has already proven itself to be one of the most Christmas-friendly countries I’ve ever lived in! Went to my first “Weihnachtsmarkt” yesterday - and so began my collection of holiday glühwein mugs!