#modelmonday: NGraphix “How to Shoot” – Umgang mit Models

Cheers my dears und hallo meine Lieben,

Nachdem ich im #modelmonday ja schon einige Themen behandelt habe – und die Liste der noch offenen Themen wird nicht kürzer – habe ich hier nun ein Video für euch, welches auf dem YouTube-Kanal von Norman von NGraphix online ging.

Vielen Dank an dieser Stelle für dieses Gespräch sowie das weitere Interview, das du mit mir geführt hast, Norman. Generell: Schaut unbedingt mal auf seinem Kanal vorbei, vor allem wenn ihr Fotografen seid oder einer werden wollt 😉

Da, nachdem ich schon über Kommunikation mit Models gebloggt hatte, mir im Feedback mitgeteilt wurde, dass eine Reihe Tipps und Tricks für Fotografen, aber eben auch für Models eine coole Kiste sei, dachte ich mir, dass dieses Video hier vielleicht den Ton trifft.

Zwar bezieht es sich erneut auf Fotografen und entbindet mich nicht davon, mich irgendwann den ganzen Themen, die hübsch gelistet in meinem Notizbuch Jahrestag um Jahrestag feiern, zu widmen, aber aufgrund des immensen Arbeitspensums, das ich momentan vor der Brust habe und einer minimalen kreativen Neuausrichtung, wenn man so will, muss ich mit dem arbeiten, was ich bereits habe und darauf hoffen, dass es euch gefällt und ihr weiterhin etwas geduldig mit mir seid.

Viel Spaß beim Anschauen und wie immer: Euer Feedback ist gern gesehen 🙂

#Writerswednesday: Creator Talk mit Norman von NGraphix Design

“Inspiration durch Kommunikation” lautet mein Credo.

Ich hatte die Ehre und das Vergnügen, als Gast im Creator Talk mit Norman von NGraphix auf seinem YouTube-Kanal über das Modeln, das Schreiben, die Literatur und das Dasein als Content-Creator zu sprechen.

Mehr Gespräch als Interview, lade ich euch dazu ein, daran teilzuhaben.

Ich bin unglaublich dankbar für den Austausch mit anderen Kreativen, die Zusammenarbeiten, die sich daraus ergeben und auch für euer Feedback, eure Teilnahme an diesen Gesprächen, die sonst unter vier Augen stattfinden würden, die wir euch aber aufgrund der “neuen Medien” zugänglich machen können.

Schaut euch gern mal auf Normans Kanal und auf seiner Website um, der Kollege hat nicht nur diverse Talente, sondern liefert meiner Ansicht nach auch immer qualitativ äußerst hochwertige Inhalte.

Und lasst natürlich gern eure Gedanken und euer Feedback in den Kommentaren da.

xxx

#MonologMontag

Eine neue Folge der Dachboden-Monologe ist online!

Warum „schon okay“ nicht immer die passendste Antwort ist und es keine Verpflichtung gibt, Entschuldigungen anzunehmen…

Wie denkt ihr darüber? Lasst es mich gern wissen, ich bin neugierig 🙂 (sagte sie, während sie wissbegierig über den Rand ihrer Kaffeetasse schaute)

xxx

#MonologueMonday

A new episode of the Attic Monologues is online!

Why “it’s okay” is not always the most adequate answer and why there is no obligation to accept an apology…

Let me know your thoughts on this, I’m curious 🙂 (she says while sipping coffee)

xxx

#MonologueMonday

Are you already motivating or still sabotaging yourself?

I know, it’s not Monday anymore but give this girl a break… This week my head’s been all over the place, jumping from project to project, so yes, it’s delayed but that doesn’t make it irrelevant.

Hopefully soon there will be more content coming but for now, grad yourself a cuppa and get comfy for the third episode of the Attic Monologues. Presenting this time: The Bikini Problem

xxx

#MonologMontag

Die zweite Episode der Dachboden-Monologe ist jetzt online!

Ja, ich weiß, es ist nicht mehr Montag, aber zum einen gingen die Videos gestern online und zum anderen gibt es hier noch ein weiteres Schmankerl: Bis zum 22.4. gibt es 20% Rabatt in meinem SpreadShop!

Dennoch werden wie immer 25% meiner Einnahmen an lokale Institutionen gespendet, die Menschen mit mentalen Gesundheitsproblemen helfen.

Geteilte Freude ist doppelte Freude, und weil gestern mein Geburtstag war, hoffe ich, dass ihr euch über die Inhalte und den Rabatt freut, die ich mit euch teilen möchte 🙂

Von Fenstern, die geputzt werden müssen und kraftvoller Kommunikation und Verantwortung für die eigenen Bedürfnisse.

#MonologueMonday

The second episode of the Attic Monologues is online now.

Yes, it’s not Monday anymore (but the videos went online yesterday), but here is another special: Until the 22nd April there is a 20% discount in my SpreadShop! Still 25% of my earnings will be donated to local mental health institutions.

Sharing is caring and shared joy is doubled joy and as it was my birthday yesterday, I hope you enjoy the contents and discount I’m sharing with you 🙂

About windows that need to be cleaned and taking back agency in your communication.

My SpreadShop is Online Now

live loud by laventura

Cheers my Dears,

I’m happy to announce that my SpreadShop is online now!

It has been a dream, vision and plan to design a shop connected to my latest book Live Loud & Suffer in Silence since I thought about writing the book.

With the help of Norman from NGraphix Design the quotes from the book got a really cool and unique look and you can purchase them now on t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, caps and more.

25% of my earnings will be donated to local mental health institutions, just like with the book.

Until 24th November you get 15% discount!!

I’m happy when you pop by. Feel free to share and send me feedback.

So long my dears,

xxx Gina.

Cheers my Dears und Hallo meine Lieben,

Ich freue mich sehr euch mitteilen zu können, dass mein SpreadShop nun online ist!

Es war ein Traum, eine Vision und ein Plan, so einen Shop in Verbindung mit meinem neuesten Buch Live Loud & Suffer in Silence aufzubauen seit ich überhaupt darüber nachgedacht habe, es zu schreiben.

Mit der Hilfe von Norman von NGraphix Design haben die Zitate aus dem Buch nun einen coolen und einzigartigen Look bekommen und ihr könnt sie auf T-Shirts, Kapuzenpullis, Jacken, Kappen und mehr kaufen.

25% meiner Einnahmen werden auch hier an lokale Institutionen gespendet, die Menschen mit mentalen Gesundheitsproblemen helfen, ebenso wie bei dem Buch.

Bis zum 24. November bekommt ihr noch 15% Rabatt!!!

Ich freu mich, wenn ihr mal vorbeischaut. Teilt es gern und sendet mir Feedback.

Auf bald, meine Lieben

xxx Gina.

#freelancefriday & #socialsaturday: We need to talk!

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#freelancefriday: We need to talk

Cheers my dears,

we need to talk! Take this as a #freelancefriday and a #socialsaturday post, as it is concerned with work and society. Both intertwined.

After having watched a video on Instagram from a German jazz musician, in which he talks about the artists and people from the event and entertainment industry suffering through the current crisis, and following that having had a conversation with an acquaintance (thanks for this, Miss K.K.), I decided it’s time to break the silence. I mean, I already talked quite directly about the risks and challenges of being a freelancer in another post – quote: “Every day that I don’t go to work is a day that I don’t earn money.” – but this here goes deeper and further.

So get yourself a tea or coffee and sit down. Because this is important.

We are all affected by the current crisis, that’s nothing new and nothing I should need to have to point out explicitly. And us living here in Germany or Europe, we’re still well off and should be grateful for it. Nevertheless, some things and circumstances need our attention.

Now in November at least here in Germany, it’s gonna be a Lockdown Light so to say – not so “light” and easy for all the small businesses, people working in gastronomy, the entertainment industry, freelancers, artists. Especially if they don’t have a well running online shop or if they live from selling products and services that are not able to be digitalised.

Second time this year that an uncontrollable wave threatens to wash away everything that hasn’t been fixed and anchored in the few months we had to gasp air. Many pub or restaurant owners and small business people fear having to close their facilities, not just for a month, but forever. Shut down and close their life work. Many musicians, authors, artists, theatre ensembles and others whose work is depending on tours, readings, performances, yeah, on social life, fear for their financial existence.

No, this post doesn’t aim to protest against masks and hygienic rules. To the contrary. They are necessary to save and protect the ones that need to be protected most.

But it’s a plea to support where we can. And we can. If we want to.

Saying “Well, what can one do, eh” right now, doesn’t help anyone. We have chances and options. Small ones. But also a small pebble in a sea can cause concentric circles.

If you’re now wondering, well, Gina, what is that you want, what should we do? I’m gonna tell you.

If you normally take your whole family out to your favourite Italian restaurant on a Sunday, then stick to that and order your favourite dish from Luigi every Sunday, because Luigi needs that! Eff the delivery apps that don’t have him listed, call him and order directly. Get over your laziness of finding an alternative that’s accessible with three clicks and don’t invest your money into big chains that already have more savings than Luigi could ever dream of, okay? Thank you.

If you’re said because you’re unable to visit the concert of your favourite band, buy CDs, vinyl, t-shirts, Merch and prove that it’s your favourite band. Or if they offer an online-concert with tickets, get your ticket. You would have spent the money anyway.

I hear you now, but we’re also struggling and need to take better care of our money. Yes, you are right. Absolutely. Good point. But let me calculate real quickly and I’m really bad at maths: If you normally would have spent let’s say 80 bucks on a ticket for the concert and you were refunded now due to cancellation of said concert, but you could purchase a vinyl or a t-shirt for let’s say 30 bucks, then it’s 50 bucks in your pocket and 30 in the pockets of your favourite artists, who are really effed and probably haven’t been sleeping well for a while now. Unless they hamstered ish loads of whiskey, wine and gin.

You love a particular poetry slammer but slams are dismissed? Well, I bet they have live recordings on CD or already published a book or two. Take the 8 bucks you would have invested in the live show and buy the book. But the book is more expensive than 8 bucks! Sorry, I forgot the pretzel and the beer plus the bus ticket/gas money/parking ticket you would have paid that night 😉 despite my lack of skills in maths I think you’re getting what I’m aiming at, huh?

For heaven’s sake, no, please, if you are struggling massively financially right now and your financial existence is at stake, please don’t invest your last button to help others, but help yourself first. Only if you have, you can give. But if you have a little, then give, cause you know what? That can save financial existences, and in some cases lives. What, 8 bucks are changing something? Yes, because if 100 people say that their 8 bucks won’t do anything, that’s 800 bucks that can’t do anything.

But you know something else? Even if you don’t have one spare cent, you can still help and support. How? By using your social media accounts to share contents of your favourite artists. Now you’re saying but Gina, I only got 20 followers, that’s not gonna be of any use. Even if I might repeat myself, I’m gonna say it again: con.cen.tric…cir.cles my friends. If one of your followers sees what you shared and clicks on the profile, finds valuable content and shares it again, we end up in the popular snowball effect and you might never now what kind of effects that can have. And I mean, does it hurt you? It doesn’t cost a penny, only three clicks while you’re taking a sh… bath. In comparison to the massive amount of free content you’re provided with by small businesses, artists & co. that’s a minimal effort, which might have a huge effect.

If you say now, hold on a minute, all this free content we get, well, they’re not obliged to provide it, it’s part of their normal marketing, then we have to get one thing straight: No, they don’t have to do it. They do it out of conviction. And for marketing reasons, sure. But mostly out of conviction. Because they have something to say. And they want to share it. Because they are convinced that it might help others, that there is something in it for someone. And rarely do they ask for something back in return. Because oftentimes a “Please support me during this time and buy my album/my book” is perceived as begging. While it’s just an appeal. And if you consumed free content en masse before and now are turning up your nose at those artists pleading for support and you call him pathetic or beggar, then please leave my virtual living room immediately. Merci.

Get another coffee or tea, my dears, we’re not finished yet.

We need to talk about Christmas, too. Besides the fact that it’s uncertain right now how exactly we’re gonna celebrate our family gatherings this year, I’d like to stick to the topic and talk about gifts and presents.

Another plea from my side: Please think, buy and invest wisely. If you normally would go to Luigi on the 25th to get your Scampi al Forno with all your family, then order from him on that day. If the family photo shoot you wanted to gift is cancelled due to restrictions, buy a voucher from the photographer to get your photos when it’s possible again. If you’re not super talented yourself in doing DIY projects and cannot timber a night table yourself, then search on etsy or other platforms or talk to your local carpenter who can make your idea a reality in a professional manner.

I don’t urge or press or ask you to spend more money than planned, I don’t ask you to donate to heal all the misery in the world, because – let’s be honest – when it comes to that, my heart could bleed every day and everyone of us could donate all their income and savings to ease the pain of the world. I just ask you to take a closer look at the investments you wanted to make anyway and to make sure whether there are alternatives which would help people who are really in need of support right now. You could help them make ends meet rather than throwing your money into the mouths’ of big companies that belch one time and smirk, knowing that there is gonna be a tomorrow for them. Unlike many small business owners, freelancers and artists. Yes, maybe the handmade calendar does cost 3 bucks more but believe me, they are well invested. And if it’s only for the coffee to get the small business owner out of bed to design your personal calendar.

And if you say now, well, they should have thought about things like that before becoming a freelancer or an artist, I ask you to hold your breath for a second. One person becomes a nurse out of conviction, which includes a permanent position. The other steps into the traditional family business, sells products to keep the tradition and is able to pay themselves a regular monthly income. The other becomes a musician, author, photographer out of conviction and passion to contribute cultural value to society. And these jobs rarely ever include permanent positions or regular incomes.

And I ask you: What would your life look like without the books you read? Without the photographs of landscapes that take you to places you’ve never visited and make you dream? Without the music that got you through your last heartbreak or that was the anthem to your big joyful moment? Without the handmade bookmark gifted to you by granny? Without the handmade and designed post card that you got from your best friend, on which she wrote a quote from your favourite author and that reminds you of the depth of your friendship whenever you look at it?

If any of these things resonates with you and now you got a song in your head, and if you want these things to still exist “when it’s over” (whenever that might be and whatever it might look like), then I beg you: Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

Even if it’s just sharing content, a post, a story.

Concentric Circles.

with love, hope and gratitude in heart

Gina.

PS: I’m gonna speak about it on the balcony, too, so keep an eye open.

#freelancefriday: 3 Quick Home Office Tipps

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#freelancefriday: Quick Home Office Tipps

Cheers my dears,

weekend is near and maybe you’re looking forward to it, as you’re having a rough and tough week behind you.
Enjoy it!

During these turbulent times many people have been transferred from their regular work space into home office and for many that wasn’t as easy peasy and yeah! as it might sound.
Kudos and respect to everyone, who has a whole family including children (that don’t go to kindergarten or school right now) around them and still manages to get home office done!
Frankly, I have no effing idea how you do it, but if you have tipps and tricks and advice to share, please leave them in the comments, I bet your way of dealing with this struggle and still staying sane might be beneficial for some readers here.

I heard from friends that the first three to four day up to a week were troublesome for them, so the first days they basically only worked half days as the rest was used to figure out to combine private and professional life in one and the same environment.
And I do understand that it’s a tricky thing, especially if you’re someone craving and now really missing that 9 to 5 structure.
To be honest, I’m not one of them, but I do understand that you struggle.

So, I have some tipps I’d like to share with you, especially if you really miss your daily 9 to 5.
Some I read, some I heard from friends, some are based on my own experience and common sense.
To be fair, I haven’t perfected or perfectly optimised my home office work schedule in detail, although most of my work is done from home, except for courses and workshops. But we are all students of life and we’re all learning and will keep on doing so. So why not learn and grow together?
It’s more fun, I guess.

Well, here we go:

#1 SPACE
If anyhow possible, try to establish a designated work space!
In case you don’t already have a home office or a working space including desktop and office chair, etc., that is.
Don’t work from bed or sofa. Preferably use the kitchen table or if you have a dining room with a table, use that one.
I mean, in your office you would work in an upright seated position, I assume, so try to rebuild that at home.
Also, try to keep it clean from distractions. So, don’t have your grocery shopping list and the book you read as pastime next to your work calendar and your laptop.
Use the rooms and spaces you have by their names. And only repurpose one of them, not all of them.
You’d like to keep private private and only have one professional space.

#2 TIME SCHEDULE
Version A
If you’re a defender of the creed “If you never go to work, you never leave work” (which to my mind holds some truth and demands absolute discipline if you don’t want to end up checking and answering your mails at 10 p.m.), you might want to create a schedule.
Again, this won’t be easy, as your spouse might ask you in between wether you need something from the grocery store or you yourself might feel the urge to “just go quickly”, which would not happen in your professional habitat.
So, if you’re someone, who absolutely needs this structure of going to work, working, break, working, going home, how about trying this:
Get up in the morning and get ready as if you were to leave for work. Take your self-made coffee to go, put a jacket on and take a walk around the block. 20 minutes or more or less and pretend it’s your commute to work. Tune yourself into work mode, order your tasks for the day, etc.
When you come home, go directly to the space you created for work, or if that is your usual way, go to the kitchen first and grab a cuppa and then go. Then try to work exactly the time as you normally would and take your break at the time you normally would.
If you normally spend your break outside, go outside. If you normally write your shopping list during your break, do that.
Try to do the same things as usual. And finish work when you normally would.
Then take a walk again and make it your commute from work to home. That way you might be able to trick your brain into separating private from professional environment, although technically it’s the same space.
Oh, and shut the laptop before you leave and put it aside or into your laptop bag! No re-opening, no working after you come back home!!

Version B
If you’re someone who doesn’t need these strict schedules, but who even enjoys getting up at 5 a.m., working for an hour, taking a break for a workout, meditation or yoga or something, then go back to work, breakfast, etc., so if you’re able to scatter your working hours throughout the day, I still recommend having a designated work space and to definitely have a time when to stop work.
And I also recommend to set that in your brain early enough.
For instance, I personally don’t start my day off by saying “I’m gonna end work at five today” or something like that, but I have my tasks for the day that I need/want to achieve* and during work I get a feeling of how long it’s gonna take me. In the early afternoon I normally get a feeling for it and then I tell myself “Okay, today it’s gonna be six”, I hope you get the idea. As said, I myself am working on that.

* concerning to-do lists and time and task management, I already wrote a blogpost about it and on my balcony I have an IGTV about how I work with to-do lists and calendars

#3 WEEKEND IS WEEKEND
I know, this goes together with space and time, but really, on a Friday, put your work stuff aside and use the weekend for pastimes, zoom calls with friends, walks, running errands, like you normally would.
That’s one of the biggest lessons I learned, especially during this time, but that’s a longer story. I myself take this time right now to really make up my mind concerning working hours, structure, task & time management and how to have some me-time and something like a true weekend. (something like, because mostly, I use my free time for creative projects, haha)
And I can only invite you to learn this lesson with me.

So, these were just some quick tipps.
Of course there is more to it and everything depends on your situation, like do you live alone or do you have a roomie or spouse living with you, do you have children, in which branch do you work etc. and I’m well aware of that.
I couldn’t cover it all here, but please feel free to share your insights, opinions and questions in the comment section below.

My offer to you
If you struggle with getting organised or to make some time for yourself or anything like that, please feel free to contact me.
I’d like to help and if my experience and my mind can be of any service, I offer this to you right now.
These times aren’t easy, so let’s help each other out.

Just contact me and we can schedule a 30 minute zoom or Skype and we can see if and how I can help you.

How do you cope with home office?
Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you found something useful in this post.

So long, my dears

xx

#freelancefriday: 3 Schnelle Tipps fürs Home-Office

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#freelancefriday: Schnelle Home Office Tipps

Hey meine Lieben,

das Wochenende naht und vielleicht freut ihr euch schon drauf, weil ihr eine lange und anstrengende Woche hinter euch habt.
Genießt es!

In turbulenten Zeiten wie diesen sind viele von ihrem normalen Arbeitsplatz ins Home Office gewandert (worden) und für viele war es nicht so einfach und cool, wie es vielleicht klingen mag.
Hut ab und Respekt für jeden, der eine ganze Familie inklusive Kinder (die momentan weder Kindergarten noch Schule besuchen können) um sich hat und dennoch irgendwie das Home Office rockt!
Ohne Sch..erz, ich hab absolut keine Ahnung, wie ihr das schafft, aber falls ihr Tipps und Tricks und Ratschläge habt, wie man da durchkommt ohne den Verstand zu verlieren, teilt sie gern hier in den Kommentaren. Ich wette, das könnte einigen Lesern hier echt helfen.

Ich hab von Freunden gehört, dass die ersten drei bis fünf Tage aus dem Alltagsrhythmus raus und rein ins Arbeiten von Daheim die schwierigsten waren. Also haben sie die ersten Tage quasi nur halbtags gearbeitet, weil die andere Hälfte dafür draufging, herauszufinden, wie zum Henker man Privatleben und Berufsleben splittet und vereint, während man in ein und demselben Umfeld ist.
Und ich verstehe, dass das echt knifflig sein kann, besonders, wenn ihr zu denen gehört, die den normalen 8-Stunden-Arbeitstag brauchen und nun vermissen.
Um ehrlich zu sein, ich gehöre nicht dazu, aber ich verstehe, dass es euch verrückt macht und umtreibt.

Also habe ich mal ein paar Tipps zusammengeschrieben, die ich gern mit euch teilen möchte, besonders wenn ihr den durchgeregelten Arbeitsalltag vermisst.
Manche davon habe ich gelesen, andere von Freunden gehört und manche basieren auf meiner eigenen Erfahrung und gesundem Menschenverstand.
Um ehrlich zu sein habe ich selbst meinen Home Office Plan weder perfektioniert noch im Detail optimiert, obwohl ich die meisten Arbeiten von daheim erledige. Aber wir sind alle Schüler des Lebens und lernen stetig und werden dies auch weiter tun. Also, warum sollen wir nicht zusammen lernen?
Macht doch mehr Spaß, würd ich sagen.

So, los geht’s:

#1 RAUM SCHAFFEN
Wenn irgendwie möglich, richtet euch einen definierten Arbeitsplatz ein!
Natürlich gilt das nur, wenn ihr nicht eh schon ein Home Office oder ein Arbeitszimmer oder dergleichen habt.
Arbeitet nicht im Bett oder vom Sofa aus. Vorzugsweise setzt euch an den Küchentisch oder falls ihr ein Esszimmer habt, an den Tisch dort.
Ich mein, auf der Arbeit arbeitet ihr tendenziell ja auch in einer aufrecht sitzenden Position, nehme ich an. Versucht also, das zuhause nachzubilden.
Am besten haltet ihr diesen Arbeitsplatz frei von Ablenkungen. Also, habt nicht euren Einkaufszettel und das Buch, das ihr zum Vergnügen lest, direkt neben eurem Arbeitskalender und dem Laptop.
Nutzt die Räume ihren Namen entsprechend und sorgt dafür, dass ihr nur einen umfunktioniert, nicht alle.
Ihr solltet versuchen das Private privat sein zu lassen und nur einen berufsbezogenen Platz zu haben.

#2 ZEITPLAN
Version A
Falls ihr Verfechter der Ansicht “Wenn du niemals zur Arbeit gehst, kommst du auch nie von der Arbeit heim” seid (welche sicherlich eine ordentliche Portion Wahrheit beinhaltet und echt viel Disziplin verlangt, wenn ihr nicht abends um zehn noch Arbeitsmails checken und beantworten wollt), dann solltet ihr euch einen Zeitplan überlegen.
Auch das wird nicht unbedingt leicht, weil euer Partner vielleicht mittendrin fragt, ob ihr was vom Supermarkt braucht oder ihr selbst geneigt seid “nur mal eben schnell hinzugehen”, was in eurem normalen Arbeitsalltag nicht passieren würde.
Wenn ihr also jemand seid, der diese Struktur von zur Arbeit gehen, arbeiten, Pause, arbeiten, nach Hause gehen seid, wie wäre es hiermit:
Steht morgens auf und macht euch fertig, wie ihr es auch machen würdet, wenn ihr zur Arbeit geht. Nehmt euch euren Tee oder Kaffee im Thermobecher mit und dreht eine Runde um den Block. 10 oder 20 Minuten oder mehr oder weniger und tut so, als sei dies euer Weg zur Arbeit. Stellt euren Kopf auf Arbeit ein, geht die Aufgaben des Tages durch, etc.
Wenn ihr heimkommt, geht direkt zu eurem hergerichteten Arbeitsplatz oder, falls das euer normaler Rhythmus ist, macht einen Abstecher in die Küche und nehmt euch einen Kaffee und geht dann zum Arbeitsplatz. Versucht dann genau so lange zu arbeiten, wie ihr es normalerweise tätet und nehmt die Pause dann, wann ihr es normalerweise auch tut.
Wenn ihr regulär eure Pause draußen verbringt, geht raus. Wenn ihr sie normalerweise dazu nutzt euren Einkaufszettel zu schreiben, macht das.
Versucht den Tag möglichst so zu gestalten, wie ihr es immer macht.
Und nach getaner Arbeit dreht wieder eine Runde um den Block und tut so, als sei dies euer Heimweg nach der Arbeit. So könnt ihr euer Gehirn vielleicht austricksen eine Grenze zwischen Arbeit und Privat zu ziehen, obwohl es offensichtlich ein und dasselbe räumliche Umfeld ist.
Oh, und klappt den Laptop zu bevor ihr rausgeht oder räumt ihn weg oder packt ihn in eure Tasche! Nicht wieder öffnen, keine Arbeit mehr, wenn ihr heimkommt! !

Version B
Wenn ihr zu denen gehört, die nicht unbedingt einen ganz so strikten Zeitplan braucht, sondern es eher genießt um 5 Uhr aufzustehen, für eine Stunde zu arbeiten, dann eine Pause zu machen fürs Training, Meditation oder Yoga oder dergleichen, also wenn ihr es schafft eure Arbeitsstunden über den Tag zu verteilen, empfehle ich euch trotzdem einen definierten Arbeitsplatz und euch eine Zeit zu setzen, zu der ihr Feierabend macht.
Und ich empfehle euch, diese Zeit früh genug festzusetzen.
Ich persönlich beispielsweise starte meinen Tag nicht mit dem Gedanken “heute arbeite ich bis fünf” oder so, aber ich habe meine Aufgaben für den Tag geordnet, die ich erreichen muss/will* und während ich arbeite, bekomm ich eine Idee, wie lange es mich in etwa kosten wird. Am frühen Nachmittag kann ich dann meist eine genaue Zeit benennen und sag mir “Okay, heute dauert es bis sechs”, ich hoffe, ihr versteht. Wie gesagt, auch ich arbeite noch daran.

* zum Thema To-Do-Listen und Zeit- und Aufgabenmanagement habe ich bereits einen Blogpost geschrieben und auf dem Balkon findet ihr ein IGTV, in dem ich erkläre, wie ich mit To-Do-Listen und Kalendern arbeite

#3 WOCHENENDE IST WOCHENENDE
Ich weiß, es geht eigentlich mit Raum und Zeit einher, aber ernsthaft, an nem Freitag packt euer Arbeitszeug beiseite und nutzt euer Wochenende für Freizeit, Zoom-Anrufe mit Freunden, Spaziergänge, Einkäufe, wie ihr normalerweise würdet.
Das ist eine der größten Lektionen, die ich gelernt habe, besonders in dieser Zeit, aber das ist eine längere Geschichte. Ich persönlich nutze die Zeit momentan dazu, mir Gedanken über Arbeitszeit, Struktur, Aufgaben- und Zeitmanagement zu machen und dennoch genügend Zeit für mich zu haben und sowas wie ein richtiges Wochenende. (“sowas wie”, weil ich meine Freizeit dann doch meist für kreative Projekte nutze, haha)
Und ich kann euch nur einladen, diese Lektion mit mir zu lernen.

So, das waren nur ein paar schnelle Tipps.
Natürlich gehört noch eine Menge mehr dazu und hängt von eurer Situation ab, lebt ihr alleine oder habt ihr einen Mitbewohner oder Partner, habt ihr Kinder, in welcher Branche arbeitet ihr, etc., das ist mir bewusst.
Alles konnte ich jetzt hier nicht abdecken, aber teilt eure Ansichten, Einsichten, Meinungen und Fragen gern unten in den Kommentaren.

Mein Angebot für euch
Solltet ihr Schwierigkeiten haben euch zu organisieren, strukturieren und im Home Office einzufinden, Zeit für euch freizuschaufeln oder etwas in die Richtung, kontaktiert mich gern.
Ich helfe gern und falls meine Erfahrung und meine Denke hilfreich sein können, möchte ich euch das jetzt gerne anbieten.
Diese Zeiten sind nicht einfach, also lasst uns einander helfen.

Kontaktiert mich einfach und wir machen ein dreißigminütiges Zoom- oder Skype-Gespräch aus, um zu sehen, ob und wie ich euch helfen kann.

Wie findet ihr euch im Home Office zurecht?
Lasst es mich unten in den Kommentaren wissen.

Ich hoffe, ihr habt etwas hilfreiches und sinnvolles in diesem Post gefunden.

Auf bald, meine Lieben

xx

#writerswednesday: Book Reading of Labelled Love // Buchlesung Labelled Love

#writerswednesday: book reading

Cheers my dears,

if you haven’t made it to my Youtube live premiere, you can still watch the book reading of Labelled Love here.
It’s a bilingual party, so all information is given in English and German, while the reading itself is in English.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Feel free to leave your comments and questions in the comment section below.

xx

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Meine Lieben,

falls ihr meine Youtube Live Premiere verpasst habt, könnt ihr die Buchlesung von Labelled Love hier anschauen.
Es ist eine zweisprachige Party, also alle Informationen werden sowohl auf Englisch als auch auf Deutsch gesagt, nur die Lesung selbst ist auf Englisch.

Ich hoffe, es gefällt euch.

Lasst eure Kommentare und Fragen gern im Kommentarfeld unten da.

xx

Folgt meinem Youtube-Kanal und tragt euch in meinen Newsletter ein, um nichts mehr zu verpassen 😉

#writerswednesday: Schreib’s dir von der Seele! – Eine Schreibübung für alle

Watch in English

#writerswednesday: Schreib’s dir von der Seele

Cheers my dears und hallo meine Lieben,

heute ist wieder #writerswednesday und wegen der momentanen Krise und Quarantäne habe ich mir was besonderes überlegt.
Ich habe eine Schreibübung vorbereitet als kleinen Videokurs, die euch dabei helfen soll, Druck loszulassen und wieder ordentlich zu atmen.

Die Übung ist für jeden!
Ihr müsst keine Poeten oder Autoren oder Schreiber sein und ihr braucht auch keine Vorkenntnisse.
Alles, was ihr braucht, sind Papier und Stift.

Die Übung besteht aus einem kleinen Warm-up und drei speziellen Übungen.

Macht mit! 🙂

Ich hoffe, es hilft euch dabei, diese schwierige Zeit durchzustehen.

Wenn es hilfreich für euch ist und ihr etwas wertvolles darin gefunden habt, teilt es mit Freunden.
Lasst mich eure Ergebnisse aus dieser Übung lesen/anschauen, bitte taggt mich, wenn ihr etwas veröffentlicht 🙂
Fühlt euch frei, euer Feedback hier in den Kommentaren zu hinterlassen

passt auf euch auf, bleibt gesund & sicher

xx

#writerswednesday: Write it off your Chest ! – A Writing Exercise for Everyone

Auf Deutsch anschauen

#writerswednesday: write it off your chest

Cheers my dears,

today it’s #writerswednesday again and due to the current crisis I came up with something different.
I’ve prepared a writing exercise for you as a little video class to help you release pressure and breathe properly again.

It’s for everyone!
You don’t need to be a writer, poet or to have any skills in advance.
All you need is pen & paper.

The exercise consists of a little warm-up and three exercises.

Join me 🙂

I hope it helps you to get through these tough times.

If it’s helpful and valuable for you, feel free to share it with a friend.
I’d love to read/see/watch your results, so please tag me if you publish something from this exercise 🙂
Also feel free to leave some feedback in the comments below

take care, stay safe & sound and healthy

xx

#socialsaturday: International Women’s Day 2020 or Be the change you want to see

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Hey my dears,

I know, I know, the order seems to be a bit off, but it will all get tidied up, don’t worry.
On the 8th of March it was International Women’s Day and if you haven’t seen my content for it yet, please go to the balcony and have a look at the highlight IWD 2020.
As a good housewife is supposed to, I did not just only tidy up and clean my analogue home and put the spring decoration up, but here in my virtual home as well. 😀
I hope you like the new design and the touch of colour and that it makes you come and visit me more often here.

Now, let’s roll up the sleeves and get to the relevant topics:
New Year’s Eve alone close to the sea gave me the opportunity to reflect the old year and let go of it. The trip rewarded me with fresh wind and motivation to make 2020 not only a new year, but to set the sails for a new decade.
I hope you’re feeling the same and that the first quarter of the year has already been positive for you. Observing my direct and indirect surrounding, I have the impression that 2020 already brought some massive changes and shifts for many people and I’m excited for which surprises it has in stock for all of us. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to it.

With a big portion of creative energy, I’m currently working like a maniac on different projects, I hope to share with you quite soon.
Therefore, I haven’t produced specific poems or texts for IWD this year.
But let’s take a moment to think about all the amazing women out there. Which woman comes to your mind first?
And which three ones are following? Which women do you find inspiring?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

And now, please sit down, we have to talk.
Let’s not pretend, to be simply human isn’t always easy.
But as a society we even manage to make it even more difficult for certain groups.
This can be referred to nationality, religion, outward appearance, skin colour, sexual orientation or sex and gender and certainly to many more attributed, as there is always someone to be found, whom one could give a hard(er) time.
But because recently it was International Women’s Day, let’s stick with this group: Women and people, who identify as such.
I don’t think I’ll have to mention all the hurdles, obstacles, challenges women are facing, it’s somewhere along the lines of beauty ideals marketed by media, the balance between work and family, unequal pay for equal work and society’s expectations towards the sexes and genders in general. The list is long.

I alone won’t change that. You neither.
But as Teresa von Avila, a woman herself, said “If many small people do many small things, the face of the world will change.”
And I think if everybody starts where they are, use what they have and do what they can, something is going to move and change.
But what does this mean in detail or what can it mean concretely?
I don’t own the stone of wisdom and I don’t have a one-fits-all-ready-made-solution, but I have some suggestions.

How about if we started reflecting our attitudes, opinions and convictions about masculinity and femininity while taking a walk or sitting on the sofa?

Is it fair, when I expect of my mother, sister, partner, colleague, that she not only fulfils all the roles society has for her, but that she does so perfectly?
Is it fair, when I deny a career focused woman the capability of being a good mother? Is it fair, when I deny a housewife the capability of having a sense for business?
Is it fair, when I don’t expect of my father, brother, partner, colleague to fulfil all the roles society has for him and he doesn’t have to be perfect at it, either?
Is it fair, when I deprive a man that stays home with his kids instead of going to work of his masculinity and sneer at him?

No, it’s not.

To reflect is certainly the first step to insight, which in turn is said to move something. And then?
Thinking alternative ways. Then walk.
How about if we started being a bit kinder towards our colleague, who has been coming to work with an out-of-bed-look for a week, because she has been working her pretty, but less toned butt off to juggle two small – teething and feverish – kids, her work and social life? Just brew a coffee for her and get her some lunch and tell her that she’s doing an amazing job.
How about telling the guy that stays at home with his kids, that especially because of society’s prejudices he is brave to have made this step? When we asked him how he’s feeling, why he’s doing it and whether he now considers his wife less of a woman and himself less of a man? And when we told him that he is also doing an amazing job?

That was the soft version. Let’s come to the bolder option.
Calling someone out on their bullshit.
Is it fair, when nudging out of frustration and touching without consent is dismissed with words like “boys will be boys”, which later turns into “a man is just a man”?
Is it fair, when we repeatedly listen to people in our direct surrounding telling us how we should live our lives and which definition of masculinity and femininity we have to obey?
Is it fair, when we give the responsibility for our own actions out of our own hands and put it into the world view society proclaims?

No, it’s not.
And now?

How about, if we started to teach our children that they can become and achieve anything, regardless of their sex and gender? What if we taught them that it’s okay if a boy wants to play with dolls and that “But she’s a girl!” is no legit reason to exclude the sister from the football match?
How about telling the aunties and uncles, who on every occasion – and big birthdays and especially weddings seem to be perfect occasions – tell us, either with a pitiful or reproachful manner, that we “will find the right woman one day” or “the right man will come” into our lives, but that we could put a little more effort into finding someone, just because we attend the event without a partner or ring on our finger?
Who wants to go one step further, can of course switch over to telling them lovingly that they should mind their own business. Or you could chink a glass, get the attention of everyone and have a 20 minute rant until even the guests in the back seats understood your point. The choice is yours.
How about not hiding behind “I’m not responsible for that, my husband takes care of that”, but actively reflecting and pondering on our understanding of femininity and masculinity and the tasks, attitudes, challenges and chances that are connected to it?
How about taking responsibility for our own actions, which starts with reflection and thinking about what we could change?
How about taking responsibility in our social constructs and stopped accepting certain platitudes and excuses?
How about telling our interlocutor that this action or those words were utter bs?

As you can see, there are manifold options to start somehow somewhere in order to change something.
But if I continue the list, this post will end up being way too long and nobody’s gonna read that much.
Furthermore, change and growth starts within oneself, within everyone.

Nevertheless, I do think that if everyone started with themselves and did what they could, that it will have an impact.
As it’s so often said “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
2020 is a new decade. It’s time to not just share these quotes, but to actively work with them.
Nobody’s perfect and not everything is gonna work out (directly).
Trying implies the possibility of failure, but it doesn’t have to. 😉

If you haven’t read my latest poems concerning the relationship between men and women yet, come to the balcony.
Attention, explicit content! 😉

Cheers my dears, take care

xx

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