Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a wonderful beginning to 2019!
I’ve gotten out of the habit of making the traditional New Year’s Resolution over the last few years, but my new home has inspired me to jump back in with both feet. This renewed interest has been brought on by one of the most amazing cultural differences I’ve noticed: people take their free time very seriously here in Germany. It’s a major contrast to what I’m used to in the States. Two weeks vacation is the standard back home, but here it’s six weeks!
As a small creative business owner who is involved from creation to sales and everything in between, it’s always been a challenge for me to take time off. There’s always a million things that need to be done, and my to-do list grows by the day.
My new surroundings are making me rethink the way I’ve done things in the past. It’s making me want to slow things down a bit and live in the moment.
I don’t know that I’d say life is slower here, per se. The last three months went by in a blink and things were constantly in flux. We had to adapt and be quick on our feet. Life can be just as unexpected and hectic here as anywhere, but I’ve noticed that the daily pace isn’t as demanding. It may be part of why I have time to notice little things I didn’t before. Everyone has heard the saying, “live in the moment,” but you have to notice that moments are there to begin with. All the sudden, I’m stopping to watch the calm of an evening snowfall or watching clouds float by, and I actually feel like I’ve found moments to live in. There is a unusual kind of clarity that wasn’t really there before, and I’m hoping to foster this sensibility for the long-term.
My intuition tells me that this was able to happen because I finally took a real vacation for the first time in years. My New Year’s resolution is going to be all about making sure I have free time in my life and to let my mind wander on a regular basis.
Luckily for me, there are a some things about life here that’s really well suited to finding some downtime, and one of them is that most shops and stores are closed on Sundays. This particular cultural quirk has made the biggest impact for me and lends itself well to finding some downtime on a weekly basis. While the shops are closed, cafes and restaurants are open. I prefer cooking at home over going out to eat, but I am looking forward to spending more casual afternoons in a cafe sipping coffee, enjoying a pastry, and heading out for a walk.
Wandering into Nature + Fairy Tales
Wherever my mind wanders this year, my feet won’t be far behind. Even though I’m in a dense city, there’s always nature nearby and it’s easy to feel a little more grounded after heading to one of the local parks. My current favorite place for a winter walk is Viktoriapark, which is about a ten minute walk from my apartment. There’s other huge parks nearby, but this one really speaks to me. There’s a beautiful monument at the top of hill, and I always stop on a small bridge on my way up to take in the view – it seriously makes me feel like I’m on a journey to a faraway castle. Right now there’s less than eight hours of sunlight a day, and its usually overcast and dreary. Even on the darkest of days, making my way to my up this hill tends to take my breath away and gives me a near magical perspective on life.
It’s probably no surprise to discover that I’m fascinated by fairy tales, even as an adult. Although I love the Disney veneer, I prefer the originals. They have an edge that was always more dimensional and compelling to me. Recent series like Grimm and Once Upon A Time have been favorites of mine, and there is a remarkably surreal charm to finding myself in the land of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Life has a curious and ethereal quality these days and I’m looking forward to see where it takes me this year.
Thanks for Following Along + ZKD Updates Coming Soon!
Last year was major for me, and I wanted to take a moment to to say thank you and express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has been following along. The last six months has given me some much needed soulful inspiration, and I can’t wait to start working. I’m going through all of my ideas for upcoming collections this year. I’m looking forward to start bringing my jewelry to life again!
Now that the holidays have passed and people are back in their offices, I’m hoping to have some make some progress in the next month or so stay tuned.