California — Nevada and back

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014 in Images, Explore & Travel | 0 comments

My almost two weeks long jour­ney to Cal­i­for­nia and Nevada is now over. It has been a great time – not just the weather and all the new impres­sions. I was able to get to know incred­i­bly nice and wel­com­ing peo­ple on my jour­ney and I truly hope that I will see them again soon. Here are just a few more impres­sions from my jour­ney.

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Impressions from California – Part 1

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Explore & Travel | 0 comments

It is true that the sun shines every day in Cal­i­for­nia. At least for the time that I have been stay­ing here I can con­firm that. Here are a few impres­sions of the last three days.

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The adventure has begone

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Images, Explore & Travel | 0 comments

This morning at LAX airportThe next 12 days I’m in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Last night I arrived in L.A, now I’m rested and ready to go!

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Müsli cake

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Food, Drinks & Receipes | 0 comments

Müsli cakeWhat’s that? Our new dis­cov­ery and it is very easy to make, deli­cious and healthy too . It tastes best when still warm from the oven served with some yogurt or cream. Instead of adding honey in the dough we have added some raisins, and it was sweet enough.

For 3–4 peo­ple
250g oat­meal
½ tsp bak­ing pow­der
½ tsp cin­na­mon
½ tsp vanilla pow­der
125g dried apri­cots, diced
1 egg
50 ml honey
250 ml milk

top­ping
2 table­spoons honey
2 table­spoons canola oil
50g seeds, for exam­ple pump­kin , sun­flower or sesame
100g fresh or frozen berries

A lit­tle oil to grease the pan.

1. Heat the oven to 175 degrees. Mix all dry ingre­di­ents and give them into the greased oven– safe dish (approx. 18 cm in diam­e­ter).
2. Mix the egg, honey and milk and give it over the dry ingre­di­ents in the pan.
3. Mix the honey, oil and the seeds and spread them over the ingre­di­ents in the pan. Dis­trib­ute the fruits evenly on top.
4. Set in the mid­dle in the oven for 35–40 min­utes , until it start to get some nice color, then raise the tem­per­a­ture to 225 degrees for the last 5 min. Allow to cool slightly and serve with yoghurt, cream and fresh fruit.

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Better late than never…

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Images, Explore & Travel | 0 comments

We sit at the air­port in Copen­hagen and wait… and wait… and wait. Our flight should have started two and a half hours ago and now we learn that the bro­ken win­dow on our air­plane can­not be repaired at “short” notice. Imme­di­ately I start to ques­tion our plan to spend a long week­end at my parent’s house in Spain. “Who actu­ally had this stu­pid idea?” How­ever, an hour later we’re sit­ting in a spare air­plane and a lit­tle later we are finally on the way to the South.
Three beau­ti­ful days in South Spain with sun, palm trees, sun­rise at the sea, greasy Chur­ros and colour­ful plants have been worthwhile.

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In the moment

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Living here & now, Inspiration, Motivation & Happiness | 0 comments

Liv­ing more in the moment, that is what Tim and I want to do more often. In Jan­u­ary we started to take at least 10 min. every day to sit down and just enjoy the moment as it is, lis­ten­ing to our­selves and our sur­round­ings. It is eas­ier said than done, often thoughts pop-up mak­ing me think about my next tasks or what hap­pened dur­ing the day…

To get started and as sup­port­ing tool we use dif­fer­ent mind­ful­ness apps with guided med­i­ta­tions (e.g. Mind­ful­ness App by Min­dApps). The 10 min­utes break does not only help me to bet­ter con­cen­trate, it as well fills my energy reserves. And, most impor­tant of all, it helps me stop dur­ing the day to lis­ten closer to what some­one says, be more focused and more aware of all the small pre­cious moments.

Today I found a TED talk, that you might find inspire­ing too: Andy Pud­di­combe: All it takes is 10 mind­ful minutes

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If I had my life to live over

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Living here & now | 0 comments

Autumn

At a Mezze din­ner cook­ing event with friend, one friend shared the fol­low­ing poem with us. It describes exactly what we mean by Rauszeit, use the moment and make it a spe­cial moment feel­ing good.

A poem from 86 year old Nadine Stair

If I had my life to live over,
I’d dare to make more mis­takes next time.
I’d relax, I would lim­ber up.
I would be sil­lier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seri­ously.
I would take more chances.

I would climb more moun­tains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would per­haps have more actual trou­bles,
but I’d Have fewer imag­i­nary ones.

You see, I am one of those peo­ple who has lived sen­si­bly and sanely,
hour after hour, day after day.
Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have noth­ing else.
Just moments,
one after another,
instead of liv­ing so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those peo­ple who never goes any­where
with­out a ther­mome­ter, a hot water bot­tle,
a rain­coat and a para­chute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If i had my life to live over,
I would start bare foot ear­lier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daises.”

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How it is to surf an air-mattress…

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Living here & now, Videos | 0 comments

On the way into the oceanEarly in the morn­ing, the last day of the year 2013, waist to shoul­der high waves were rolling in at the beach Fontanilla in Conil de la Fron­tera. I took my surf­mat and went out. Slid­ing these waves alone for more than one hour was pure plea­sure. Christina was so kind to film me from land. Watch the video and get a glimpse of what it is like to ride a surf­mat. Enjoy!

last day 2013 surf­mat­ting from Tim Ciasto on Vimeo.

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Starting the new year

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Featured, Living here & now, Inspiration, Motivation & Happiness | 1 comment

Starting the new year

With­out think­ing it through we asked our­selves last week “What do we want to do, expe­ri­ence, feel, … in the com­ing year? Whom do we want to see what do we want to explore? Etc. We started to dis­cuss when to do what and sud­denly we were already dis­cussing Dec. 2014 and that did not feel good at all.
The last year went by really fast. Tim invested a lot of energy in his com­pany and we often allo­cated time in the evenings or week­ends to work. We both enjoy our jobs a lot, but felt we spend too lit­tle time to con­sciously expe­ri­ence the world around us. And now we were about to start the new year in the same way.
Ok, let ‘s start over again. How do we get into the right mood? Yes, let us look back at 2013, and the nice things that we learned, felt and expe­ri­enced. That felt good imme­di­ately. The many beau­ti­ful and spe­cial moments were pulled out of our mem­o­ries and we were able to expe­ri­ence them again.
Then came the next ques­tion, what have we learned in 2013? What do we want to do bet­ter next year? By focus­ing on what to improve, no neg­a­tive feel­ings popped-up and we quickly came to the things we want to do dif­fer­ently in the future to expe­ri­ence more spe­cial moments.
There­for we decided to find a motto for the com­ing year “being mind­ful in every­thing we do.” To be mind­ful means for us tak­ing time to expe­ri­ence each and every moment deeply, thereby cher­ish­ing us and oth­ers, being present and even hap­pier.
As Tim Lake does in the movie “About Time”, we want to learn to live each and every day con­sciously as if it was our last.

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Heading back to the cold

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Explore & Travel | 0 comments

The PATAGONIA store in San SebastianWe’re on the way back to Swe­den. So that I can con­tinue to surf at home I bought an extremely warm wet­suit from Patag­o­nia today. Now 2–3 degrees water tem­per­a­ture won’t stop me from surfing.

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