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The IKEA plant

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The IKEA plant – on a non-IKEA chair (watercolor pencils) Of course I have heard stories of people going to IKEA and returning home having bought loads of unnecessary stuff. But neither my sister nor I am very good at spending money, so I did not think it could…

How to take a break: Let yourself be

When I was a kid I always assumed that once I am grown up, I would be somebody. Not necessarily some great or famous, just someone who has found her place in the world and knows what she wants and what to do with life. I thought that this would happen automatically in the course … Continue reading

How to take a break: mindfulness

After having taken an 8-week course in mindfulness-based stress reduction, I still haven’t quite figured out what exactly mindfulness is supposed to be. I do have a vague idea, though, that I find rather sympathetic. For my amateur understanding, mindfulness is about being (and staying) in the moment, here and now. Paying close attention to … Continue reading

How to take a break: sleeping

Insomnia has been a loyal companion to me througout my entire life. I have tried to terminate our relationship numerous times, but insomnia simply refuses to take the hint. Insomnia faithfully sticks around through good times and bad times. In a bad night my inability to sleep culminates in feelings of despair and hopelessness, and … Continue reading

Technical test

The duck in the park must be photoshopped

Going for a walk in the park and looking at a male mallard duck with its shimmering green head, my first thought was: This duck looks like a children’s book illustration. Then I quickly dismissed this premature thought and corrected myself, my next thought being: No, this looks much too photorealistic for a picture book … Continue reading

Today I discovered that clouds are three-dimensional

Not such a mind-blowing discovery, you say? Everybody knows that the world is not flat and that clouds are three-dimensional? True, insofar that I know that clouds are three-dimensional when I think about it rationally. But I tend to stumble through life so dulled by the daily grind that I hardly take notice of the … Continue reading

How to take a break: nature

Going outside, sitting down: I feel the warmth of the sunshine on my skin. Occasionally the cool breeze. The damp grass I’m sitting on. I hear a small animal rustling in the shrubbery. A bee buzzes by. A blackbird scolds noisily. I watch leaves flicking against each other in the wind, ants crawling around purposefully … Continue reading

How to take a break: crying (or self-compassion)

You’re hurting and you feel like crying. So what do you do? You tell yourself you’re being ridiculous. You make yourself feel guilty for feeling sad: After all there are others who are much worse off. You are so privileged, you’re nothing but a spoiled brat. You tell yourself you don’t have the right to … Continue reading

some days

Some days you give your best. And your best is useless. Some days are damaged from the start. Some days are broken. You’re neither a doctor nor a handyman. You can’t fix it. Trying to fix it just makes it worse. You try anyway. You make it worse. Some days you start off with your … Continue reading