Did you have sparkle sticks, champagne and a good New Year's party? The countdown for 2020: 10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 ...and you promised yourself some New Year's resolutions - 5 - 4 - 3....what were they again?....2...1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 2020 HURRAY!
Well, 2020 came along with some surprises and I’m sure you had many plans for this year, which just didn’t work out, because of Covid19. But you might have some promises in the back of your head, which you could easily fulfill, but you just didn’t do it yet, because.... because... you don’t know exactly : ) why!?
I want to inspire you, that you take these promises and write them down (extra points for that) and journal about them! No time for things like this? Just thinking about them is very very nice too!
What was your New Year's resolution: Stop smoking? Go to the gym? Eat healthier? Whatever it was: There is still time to make yourself proud! Don’t let yourself down! The promises you made to yourself matter!...
Imagine you open your mailbox and there is a letter looking like a birth announcement or a wedding invitation. But it’s not. It’s a handwritten letter to YOU and someone thanks you for what you did for him or her or them... this person tells you how much she/he/they appreciate you, what made them so happy and what a blessing you are. WOW, right? That feels good!
Ok, now think of the 20 most important people which had a great impact in your life in this wild and crazy year of 2020. This could be your delivery-driver, who is always sooo kind and mindful. Or your kids teacher. Or your grandma. Your spouse, your kid... even an author or a youtuber... whoever comes to your mind, write this person on this list. And then - just START!
It’s not a Christmas card with a preprinted text and some best wishes written by hand. This letter is all handwritten, directly from your heart. You just say thank you for everything your grateful for about this person and what she did for...
Did your parents or other grownups told you non-stop what to do without any chance that you could decide things on your own? In our society we are so used to tell kids to wear a coat, because it's cold...to do this or that, because we said so! As grownups we have bosses who tell us what to do and what has to be done by when... maybe we can't change that!? But we can be fully aware of how much we can decide on our own in personal everyday life.
Do you know the wheel of life? I'm a big fan of this tool. All areas of your life are shown on spokes, where you can rate them. Adventure & travel... well we can have adventures in our backyard too, right? Living space & physical environment... how our space looks and feels like is totally in our hands.
The big point with the wheel of life is: Everybody has different preferences and different dreams. What looks like a big adventure for one person is an afternoon activity for another one. I want to inspire YOU to think about YOUR...
7 kilos, that's 14 pounds, in 7 weeks… nope I didn’t lose it, I gained that weight. It really matters, what we feed ourselves. It’s really important to choose and decide. I like the «concept» of intuitive eating, where you train yourself to listen to your body very intentionally. You listen, when you’re full. You listen what you want to eat.
Well I didn’t do that back in 1998, when I was working as an intern in a bakery in the Swiss mountains. We had to do a 7 week internship for our food engineering studies in whatever company we wanted. As I love snowboarding my plan was: Find a bakery in a ski resort and then I’ll work in the morning and I’ll go snowboarding every afternoon.
After about 80 phone calls I got hired for board and lodging in Davos. Every day I crawled out of bed at 4am, went downstairs to start at 4:30 am and the eating feast began. After packing all the breads for the hotels we sat down for breakfast ourselves....
If you’ve never heard about positive affirmations, I cheer you on, that you read this text! Being curious is the first step for learning new and awesome tools, which are free and you don't have to tell anybody that you use them. (If you want to keep it a secret weapon)
Affirmations are nothing special. We are very used to make negative affirmations all the time. How familiar are you with sentences like these, which you say to yourself multiple time throughout a day:
«Oh, I can't achieve this!»
«This won't work out!»
«I have to be careful with this!»
«Never trust a stranger!»
«I was never good at this!»
.... oooh this list could get long, right?
Let's ditch all these statements, which are just NOT helpful on our way into our glorious future. Instead you could rewrite your most common phrase?
«The ones above would change into:
«I can achieve anything I want, just step by step!»
«Everything is working out...
Years ago there was a trend in the blog-world (back then Instagram didn’t exist yet) about a «20 facts about me» challenge. I still have a blogpost on this, where I sometimes go and fact-check my facts. I remember that I wrote: I would love to be a vegetarian, but I think I can't manage this change in this lifetime. Then I changed it to I'm a lazy vegetarian, because I love fish and I'm nearly half Japanese, so fish is mandatory. Now I changed my diet to 98% plant based... if I only knew, when I wrote this article for the first time, that I'll be vegan in THIS lifetime... : ) I don't know if I would have believed it.
We are changing living beings and I LOOOOVE THAT FACT! Every day I can decide who I want to be, how I want to interact with the people I meet - family - friends - strangers, how I want to feel and what I eat, what I think... I can CHOOSE! I love nothing more than this freedom.
That would be a fact too: I love my freedom so much. I always ask my...
This is my favorite exercise: Write down 100 things.
When I hand over this homework, I always imagine the shocked faces of my «JOY-students»: Whaaat 100 things? Are you crazy???
I was teaching food technology for 12 years at a professional school, where my students studied for 3 years while they were working in food factories which produce chocolate, pasta, ice cream, cookies, beer, sweets, powdery goods etc. The easiest homework was always the one I 100% and totally and absolutely believed in. Even though they moaned and complained, I knew, this is the perfect exercise or the perfect task to work through to understand the meaning of a problem or discover new things.
With the 100 things which bring you joy exercise it's exactly the same. I know that this simple exercise can change so much for you. I just force you very gently and kindly and persistently (like the annoying but very nice teacher you hated and loved at the same time... : ))
Just start. 10 things are easy,...
Tapping is my superpower tool!
Have you ever heard about tapping? EFT? Emotional Freedom Technique?
It looks and sounds so weird, you tap on different points on your face and body while you talk out loud, what stresses you out and what you want to change... eeehm, you are freaked out already? Don't be!!
Just watch this video, I'll explain you the whole system and WHY you should try it and then, you lucky soul who speaks English, you check in at Youtube and search for Brad Yates. He is the kindest most generous soul and has more than 1000videos on about every topic of our fears and challenges, our bodily conditions and limiting beliefs. That's all you need to know: Watch the video and go and visit Brad Yates! Try EFT for at least one or two months, ok? After that, as always, you can ditch it forever OR you are fully and absolutely in love with Brad and EFT, as I am.
If you want to learn how to write your own tapping scripts or if you want me to tailor your scripts, join the Joy...
When I was studying at the technical university, I lived with 3 guys in a shared apartement. Our alarms went off daily at 7:30am, we thought it is the middle of the night and that it's TOTALLY NOT POSSIBLE TO GET UP. «Are you getting up?» somebody yelled… nope...nope...nope… we regularly skipped that first lesson starting at 8.15am. I wasn't a morning person AT ALL!
My first temporary job I found after graduating was a 90min train ride away from Zurich and I had to get up at SHOCKING 5:45am. : ) This number 5 on my alarm drove me nuts. I really found it absolutely inhumane to have to get up that early. I even stole the scooter of my father back, which we gifted him for his 60th birthday and he never used, so that I could dash through Zurich main station like a maniac to catch that train to Lucerne in the last second.
One morning I was in the tram approaching the station and the clock was ticking, 90seconds to go until my train leaves. I was talking out...
I was 17 when I was standing at the open grave on an ice cold December day. My tears streaming down felt warm on my cheeks. I saw my friend whispering «I love you» and dropping a rose on the coffin. It hit me so hard again and again: This game of life is not forever. It can end in a second. Patrick was killed by an avalanche in the Swiss mountains. Four people of a group of ten died. Six families were celebrating life, four families and friends experienced the brutal fact that this life-game is not forever. You have no guarantee for any day or year… any moment could be your last. It’s hard to learn that at seventeen years old, but I guess it doesn't depend on age. The first time you are totally aware of this fact… it's a punch in your face.
Eleven years followed with too many funerals of friends my age. A motorbike-accident, another avalanche, a suicide - and then the best friend of my sister died, at the age of twenty-five, because of a sudden heart...