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„Hurra! Ich bin kein Engel – vom Abenteuer Menschsein“ von Birgit Medele

Eine Rezension von Nathalie Bromberger – danke Nathalie!
“Vorab eine Warnung: Dies ist ein abenteuerliches Buch, in jeder Hinsicht und der Titel ist Programm. Wer rechte Winkel und Altbekanntes sucht, der wird in Birgit Medeles neuem Buch nicht fündig werden. Hier geht es um das „Abenteuer Menschsein“ und um das einzufangen, braucht man Mut – als Autorin und als LeserIn. Als ich das … – to read on click on the link below!

Source: „Hurra! Ich bin kein Engel – vom Abenteuer Menschsein“ von Birgit Medele


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New book!

Hello lovelies,

Exciting times! I’m in the finishing stages of a new book in German, the title is: Hurra ich bin kein Engel! Vom Abenteuer MenschSein.

More info soon! (Have to get back into the writing den to meet the deadline! 🙂

Love to you all,




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The loveliness of relativity, or:

How to reframe plain old ‘bad’ into something a lot more interesting!

One of my favourite examples of how our interpretation of a situation depends on what we include or exclude from our frame of perception, is this letter from a college student:

“Dear Mum and Dad,

Apologies for taking so long to write, but my writing utensils were destroyed in the fire at my apartment. I’m out of the hospital and the doctors say that I should be able to lead a normal healthy life. A handsome young man called Daniel saved me from the fire and kindly offered to share his apartment with me. He is very kind and from a good family, so I think you’ll approve when I tell you that we got married last week. I know you’ll be even more excited when I tell you that you are going to be grandparents!

Actually there wasn’t a fire, I haven’t been in hospital, I’m not married and I’m not pregnant, but I did fail my exam and I just wanted to make sure that when I told you, you put it in a proper perspective.

your daughter”

Great one, isn’t it? So what could you reframe next?

Love and best wishes

ps: pictures from our summer holidays, hope you had a great summer too!
city farmmaria & I

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Hay House World Summit

Here’s an interesting, free, online event I wanted to let you know about. – The introductory interview with Cheryl Richardson (you get access to watching it after registering) features an amazingly inspiring story about clutter clearing!

Hay House World Summit.

Happy Clearing!

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Live below the line & Zero waste home

all u need

I promised you a report on what it was like to live on a pound a day, so here it is.

It gets your brain into gear and makes your heart beat to a different tune, it makes you snap out of the same old same old and puts a spanner in your daily routine. No more snacking, no more munching, goodies no more.
Cup of coffee in the morning goes out the window, I don’t want to put a dent in my budget before the day has even started. Lunch? Yodit who also took up the challenge recommended lentils and carrots, which is a good start I think, probably not for breakfast though. So one slice of toast will do. Later this morning a neighbour rings the bell and brings over a huge slice of homemade cake – kind gestures like that are now far more than gestures, nourishing on deeper levels.
Shopping becomes something else – I noticed how I’d normally would chuck treats into the trolley as wandering up and down supermarket aisles to do the weekly shop for a family of five is not one of my favourite past times, so to sweeten it up I’d do exactly that. Not today though. None of my beloved Brioche, chocolate biscuits, not even a small packet of crisps.
Got used to eating next to nothing at home, going out was the most difficult bit. I would have loved to sit down in one of the many cafes and have a coffee and some sunshine on my face. Often we buy socialising or a seat in a nice spot when paying for a cappucino.
Took the kids to the park, got them icecream which I love, none for me today. Again it is the kindness of others which lets me not completely miss out: the kids share some of their ice cream with me.
So with this fundraiser, I wasn’t running a marathon – but I was, in another way.

And here’s something I came across the other day and can’t stop thinking about:

How radical, how minimalist and then again – how “just” going back to the roots of how our grandparents grew up. Let’s stop the waste. Let’s do our bit.
I started by buying fabric hankies. – What are you going to do?

All you need is less – Happy Clearing.


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Live below the line


This is day five of the challenge, and I’ve only raised £20 for Oxfam so far. – Please help me reach my fundraising target with a contribution, no amount too small, your help is much appreciated!
Soon I’ll publish an update about how it is all going with coffee and chocolate off the menue – stay tuned.

Birgit x


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Doing good can be so easy

suspended coffees
This story will warm you better than a coffee on a cold winter day.
“We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and go to the counter – ‘Five coffees, please. Two for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave. I ask my friend: ‘What are those ‘suspended’ coffees ?’ ‘Wait for it and you will see.’ More people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks ‘Do you have a suspended coffee ?’
It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.


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