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When Life Gets You Down, This is Why You Should Think About the Trees in Winter

Barren. Gloomy. Brown. Almost dead. That’s how the trees in the winter look, don’t they? I don’t know about you, but 8 years ago, I saw them for the first time, and frankly, just wanted to run from them like hell! I missed my tropical green…:( I first arrived in Europe in the fall. And in …

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When Pain Knocked Me Out, and I Woke Up to Some Harsh Truths

Ever been in gut-wrenching pain, that made your face all crinkly? Ever tried to move your body parts, and have it refuse to listen, like a broken toy? Ever gave your full energy to conduct a simple everyday habit, and failed miserably? No? Lucky, lucky, you! And pray till kingdom comes, that you never know …

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Enough With the Fear. Time to Show All Your Colors :)

Life is a roller coaster. Sometimes things are at a high, sometimes they come crashing down. Sometimes there is joy, exuberance, joy, laughter. Sometimes there is despair, tears, and things fall apart. As the French sigh and say reflectively, c’est la vie. Why then, are you so open and proud of all the good things …

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Kindness, Even From Strangers, Can Make Everything Bright :)

In a consumer world, we encounter many different kinds of salepersons in stores. A few days ago, I met 2 extreme kinds. I had to get some printing and binding done in Aachen, so I went to a shop called Face, known for special printing. They said they couldn’t deliver exactly what I wanted, just …

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Why and How, Even Being a Perfectionist, I Gave Up on Perfection

They say Virgos are perfectionists. As someone of that sun sign, I had no trouble believing that about myself from an early age! I tried to maintain very high standards of both quality and quantity of work, pushed myself constantly to achieve those standards, and I was actually very proud about that! In interviews, when …