All posts tagged: inspiration

Wake up, smile and say: I’m Back!

This morning I woke up and for the first time in five days I felt (quite) good. After almost a week in bed recovering from a nasty gastroenteritis, I still felt tired and my pants were too big from the waist, but I felt that this morning there was a change for the better. During the week I’ve learned to let go of all ideas about being productive, as I realized that while I was sleeping and keeping myself hydrated, my body was working hard to recover; so I decided to give it the best possible conditions to do so. So those days were not wasted, and today is a new day. And they’re all important and unique and we’ll never get them back. I guess what I am trying to say is this: Don’t let Today pass by unnoticed because your hopes and dreams are for tomorrow. When Tomorrow arrives, it will be another Today, just like this one. Dream about Today instead, and you can find yourself living the Dream.

Welcome 2015

As we’re about to step over that imaginary an mystified barrier, leaving the old year behind and embracing the New, it’s a good chance to look back at 2014. What are its valuable gifts that we can take with us as we enter 2015 with our hearts open and full of hope? In 2014: What positive changes did I implement in my life? What mistakes did I do in 2014 that I can laugh at in 2015? What made me grateful? What made me happy? What did I learn from the most painful experiences? Who’s life did I touch? What made me proud? Did I set myself goals that I did not achieve? What stopped me from achieving them? Would I like to try again in 2015? How did I grow as a person?

eye test

You know those mornings when you wake up and you feel so tired that you have to double check that the alarm clock didn’t go off in the middle of the night? Again an early start on a dark morning, again another day of work ahead. Looking back at you from the mirror is a tired face with red spots and obvious indications of a bad hair day. You can’t fit into any of your clothes and you’re running late for  work. In the tram/bus/metro you see all those weird people looking fed up with their lives. It starts raining and everything outside looks so grey and miserable. “Great, just what I needed!” you think to yourself. Let’s rewind: You wake up in the dark room. You watch the silhouettes of trees dancing in the early morning darkness and you curve into bed for just a moment longer as it’s so nice and cosy. But you want to get up as you feel blessed to wake up to this new day, which will be a …


This passage from Simon Hartley’s book Could I Do That? Really hits home on these dark mornings when my alarm goes off for an early morning practice. In it Hartley talks about his own challenge: “There is an interesting little conversation that goes on between my ears when the alarm clock goes off. It’s 5.15 am on a cold and dark December morning. My training schedule says ‘cycling’, which means an hour in the garage on the turbo trainer. I don’t know about your garage, but mine isn’t the most luxurious place on a wet, cold, dark winter’s morning. There is a temptation when that alarm clock goes off to hit the snooze button, or to switch it off or throw it across the room. As I hear the beeps, my brain starts to ask annoying questions. ‘Do I really need to get up? Could I do this later in the day? Is this session vital? If I decided to stay in bed, would it really make all that much difference?’ It is in these …

happy birthday

3 years of 3Rooms+Kitchen. Stories from two countries and three apartments and the story goes on in 2014. Thank you all! “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” ― Henry David Thoreau