At Home

16 09 2013 Thinking About

copper and sheepskin, Kupfer und Schaffell

Katja from Raumfee hosts a wonderful series with the topic: At home

Every day for several weeks now she invited a blogger to interpret the topic.

It's amazing to read all these personal and individual stories. 

I also got a turn:

"At home is always somewhere else"

I love to travel because I love change, adventure and inspiration.

I actually dream about to spent a whole year traveling but my family is not excited about an adventure of such kind. 

It also wouldn't be an easy thing to pull off because german children have to attend school by law.

That means for now traveling can only happen during school breaks.

Luckily we were able to live abroad for a while and I will always cherish the years we spent in California.

Four years ago we relocated back to northern Germany. We moved into an furnished old village school house owned by a friend.

It was meant to be a temporarily location but turned into a longer stay until present.

Over the years more and more of our personal stuff moved in but still, it never really turned into "my home".

I always knew, we will move again - sooner or later - and that kept me from connecting with the heart.

So for now I just define "At Home" not with a location but with a few items I like to have around me for wellbeing - next to family and pets of course!

A cozy chair - a handwork project - flowers - a piece I brought home from afar (represented by the branch) - some decoration (I like copper and the plus-sign right now...)

copper and sheepskin, Kupfer und Schaffell copper and sheepskin, Kupfer und Schaffell

And later in the year I will add a new location to the "At Home-Feeling": We will move into this apartment.

And there it is: Change and adventure...EXCITING!

Happy Day and many thanks to dear Katja for the invitation.


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Kindness Is Free

30 08 2013 Thinking About

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Yes, it IS free to smile at people, to be polite, attentive and thoughtful in daily life.

I try to remind myself and my children every day to just be kind, because it feels so much better and it DOES make a difference for others and for yourself.

In the online world kindness is not free - it "costs" time to respond to an email, answer questions, write a blog comment, click "like", retweet or repin something which might caught your attention.

And all these actions can and do add up to quite an amount of time you spend on being kind online.

And time is a rare thing these days...

I very much know that first hand.

The more I am overwhelmed with joy by the generous kindness of my readers and my customers.

So - this post is about to let you know how touched I am by your super sweet words and how much this means to me.

I am deeply grateful to be connected to so many nice and friendly people.

Here is one of the wonderful sweet and heartwarming comments people say about me and my work: SO SO Thankful for them. YOU ARE THE BEST!

"Anette, I have nothing but warm, loving thoughts of you. You are such a nice person that I am thrilled I even found you! (...) Generous of spirit and always thinking of others. I will be back often to your shop and I will tell everyone I know that shop on Etsy where to go. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I am so happy to have done business with you!" Jane

Knock on wood - I have never received a single mean or bad comment or e-mail AT ALL.

I am probably the worst shopkeeper there is. I never read any shop instructions, newsletters or updates or statistics or insights or...

It is just so much information and always something to implement and i just simply do not know how to find the time to do that. 

Thanks to one of my customers I only recently discovered  the nice feed back that my customers left me at DaWanda and Etsy.

She had asked me to please not forget to leave feedback for her because she wanted to leave me feedback as well.

That's when I finally woke up and saw the feedback that was already left for me by other customers!

Not that I didn't  know I could rate my customers - I always did that - BUT I didn't know, that this goes PUPLIC and that it actually is for the customer to read!!! I thought it's an information and reminder for myself and always wondered why i should do that. Boy - how naive and uninformed (you can say: stupid :)) can you be? Really embarrassing.

So - all I usually wrote in these feed backs was: "All good" - that's it! Nothing personal or meaningful or kind - no greeting whatsoever.

So rude. I wish, I could edit it...

If one of my customers reads this post please be assured that I am sorry and would have written something different if I would have realized that it is a personal message to you.

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Well - there is always something new to learn and always room to grow, right? 

Have you read A cup of Jo's recent post on kindness? Joanna shares a beautifully written speech of George Saunders that is really worth spending the time to read.

Happy Day and THANKS again for being so kind,


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