Where it began, or: Chapter 2

I’m back from my August travels and throughout the month I’ve visited a few countries in Europe. The most important place though, was the southern part of Germany, where I’ve lived right after I left East Germany back in April of 1989 as a naïve 21 year old.

The few years I’ve lived in that southern German region of Lake Constance have been a significant time period for me as I experienced for the very first time what life without family, friends and guidance on any of life’s challenges means. I was truly on my own.

(Btw, I realized after shooting the video that I got the history wrong; it’s actually almost 30 years ago. Be kind, I’m getting old 😉 )

And as I mention in the video, I failed in a lot more things than I succeeded and the time spent, the few years I’ve lived in that area, taught me a great deal.

Some of those experiences followed me for a long time still, wherever I went, because I didn’t handle them well or not at all. Some made me closed off or frightened to try them again.

So the next few posts will be about the most significant of those experiences and lessons that shaped me as they are the areas in which I get the most conversation and counseling requests.

I’m sharing my stories in support of anyone who is going through a tough time, needs some inspiration, a sounding board or even guidance.

With love,


When you see a door, aside from
thinking the obvious “it’s a door”,
do you associate the sight with “obstacle”
and quickly walk by, or
do you think “opportunity”
and curiously open it?

Welcome, I’m happy you’re here!

Life sometimes throws us curve balls and some are easier to catch than others.

What do you do when such a situation happens? Do you stick your head in the sand or do you tackle the opportunity right then and there?

For many, especially when used to a certain way of living and thinking for a long time, a curve ball is a reason to duck and hoping the cause and effect will pass by and simply go away, or for someone to show up and solve the issue for us.

Unfortunately that’s often not how it works [out].

Curve balls are coming our way for a reason. They are lessons we’re supposed to pay attention to, learn and grow from, and most importantly: move on from, with a better understanding, to the next [lesson], step-by-step.

Whether we know what to do and how to handle the situation, or facing something for the first time and going into the resolution blindly, this blog is about taking the next step and experiencing the growth a lesson brings with courage, strengths and a healthy curiosity where it will elevate us to.

Life is an interesting journey and we all are here for a reason.

If you are struggling on your journey, or you simply need inspiration on how to continue your journey, I hope the stories shared here will encourage you to take the next step to personal happiness and a better you, spiritually, physically and financially.

Happy travels to us, step-by-step!

With love,