Posts tagged Life
Why Guilt is Fruitless

For me guilt is far more nonproductive, than it is motivating. I struggle to bounce back after feeling
guilty about something. Especially when it comes to goals or creative things that I want to be doing.

I've been trying to encourage myself recently saying,
"No feeling guilty, Anna. You haven't been in the studio for a few weeks, no worries. Just go back in and do something."

Guilt is negative; it focuses on failing, rather than successes. Negativity is poisonous. Often the negative thoughts about myself or a situation are exaggerated and are lies. I'll think self-destructive thoughts like, "I'm lazy. I'm no good." Rather than the truth which is that, I haven't been making art because I've chosen to rest and hang out with friends the past few weeks instead. I easily slip into these negative thoughts about myself, which are destructive.

Feeling guilty substitutes favorable action.  Guilt gets me into a selfish/self-loathing mind set, which makes me want to escape it instead of overcome it. Frequently, instead of going back into the studio, I sit around and surf the web on my phone, just trying to avoid feeling bad. A more healthy response would be to actively pursue the good that I want to be doing. It's good to feel good. It's good to think positively about me. Guilt takes the place of positive action. I don't want to give it that power anymore.

How do you stay positive and disregard guilty thoughts and feelings?

Thanks for reading lovelies...


2 Ingredient Body Moisturiser
 I've been using this heavenly coconut oil based moisturiser for the past two weeks. I have been smelling so sweet and delicious, if I do say so myself. The mixture of the coconut and vanilla aromas is like candy. Yup, it's just two ingredients, extra virgin coconut oil and vanilla essential oil.

There are a number of uses and benefits of coconut oil. One of the main ways, that I have loved so far, has been to use it as a moisturiser. You'd think it would be gross to feel all oily and gross, but I love it. My face even absorbs it really well, without leaving a nasty greasy look.

1. Warm up 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a small container. It is much easier to mix when your coconut oil is liquid
2. Stir in 5-8 drops of vanilla essential oil.
3. Enjoy!

If you live in a cool/cold climate like I do, your coconut oil will harden. No worries, just take a half a teaspoon put it in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and your body heat will melt it and make it ready to use. 

I am getting really into using oils in my daily routine. I also just love the aromatic oils. I know that oils don't work for everyone, but you won't know if they work for you until you try.

Before using any oils be sure to test a little dab of it on your skin before applying it all over your body. You will want to make sure you are not allergic to it. What may work for me may not work for you. We are all unique humans so it only makes sense that we have different needs.

I wanted to share my experience with you! But keep in mind that we are all wonderfully unique so what works with my skin may not do such wonders with yours.

To check out some other ladies who are loving Oils, check out Mandi at Making Nice in the Midwest or Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky! They have some great recipes and resources.


4 Reasons Why I love to blog...
Tomorrow is exactly 5 years since my very first blogpost. I suppose that's a long time. It doesn't feel like it has been that long and I still feel very much like a beginner at blogging. It has changed over time but I have enjoyed it as a wonderful journey.

1. It helps me appreciate life!
Photography and capturing small beautiful details in life, has always been one of my loves. Having a blog has given me a source of constant inspiration to keep creating, but also a wonderful opportunity to share my work and play. It is also one of the best scrap-books I have ever had, and definitely the cheapest.

2. Beginning and keeping connections!
My mom is my most enthusiastic reader of my blog. She mentions weekly, how great it is that I write a blog. I have loved-ones all around the world. So, it's nice to share bits of me and my passions with them. I am meeting more and more people through the blog too. I have met many of you who know me from the blog, it's so fun to meet you and hear that you have been inspired through my writing and photos.

3. Honestly it kept me sane!
Upon first moving to Germany in 2010, I did not speak a word of German. I married a German, all neighbours, "friends", and shopkeepers were German. Everyone was speaking German. It was a really hard time. I was so lonely and just wanted to speak English. I couldn't share my real thoughts, make jokes, or really engage in German conversation at all for the first 6 months of living here. This here blog was the place I could express myself freely, without stumbling over grammar and vocab. My blog really gave me that opportunity to be who I really was, when I couldn't really communicate and be my real self in a German environment.

4. I'm much more reflective and intentional!
Writing a blog has challenged me to think through things more. I suppose it's both the frequent visual and verbal communication, which encourage reflection on my experiences, my struggles, and my dreams. Writing frequently naturally causes me to reflect on where I am coming from and where I am headed. I am a planner and organiser, so being intentional about my life comes naturally to me, but blogging and being part of the online community has really allowed me to dream big and actualise some of my pursuits and goals.

Honestly, it's hard to imagine the past 5 years without a blog. It's been an incredibly rewarding experience.  And I am excited to blog further and see how the wind changes and we grow.

Thank you for reading lovelies!

It's an honour to share life with you.