#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.

Virtual Book Reading – YouTube Live Premiere

Virtual Book Reading – YouTube Live Premiere

Cheers my dears,

it’s been a while and I hope to find you safe & sound and healthy. Besides platitudes and commonplaces phrases, I really do hope that you’re well. 

As some of you might have seen, I took some time to prepare new content. Not as fast as my head would want to sometimes, but sometimes it’s more about a healthy and stable than a fast pace. Thank you for staying, joining and being patient.🍀🙏🍀

Now it’s a New Year and now even a New Lunar Year – Year of the Ox 🐂🌺 And I have prepared something for you.

A virtual book reading of my latest book „Live Loud & Suffer in Silence“ 📓 and it’s going to air as a Youtube live premiere on Sunday, 21st February at 6pm GMT+1 (German time). 🎥

During the premiere you can watch & listen and chat with me at the same time, as I’ll be watching the reading with you from the other side of the screen.

Grab yourself a cup of tea 🍵 , coffee ☕️, a beer 🍺, or a glass of wine 🍷 and make yourself cozy.

I wish I could say „get comfortable“ but due to the fact that this book is not an easy ride and deals a lot with mental health topics, let’s say „let’s get uncomfortable together“.

We are not alone in this. 💪

Here’s the link:

You can also set an alarm to be reminded.

This time you get a „proper“ book reading of one hour with many insights and background information on the book and the connected donation plan and the merch designs.

Another goodie from me to you: From Sunday 21st until Thursday 25th you get a 15% discount on the items in my SpreadShop!

I hope to see you there.

So long, my dears

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#writerswednesday: A Pinch of Truth

Cheers my dears,

it’s been a while… Nearly three months – let that sink in, 3 months – since I published my second book Live Loud & Suffer in Silence and that was also the last time I posted on here and showed new plants on the balcony.

Especially in times like these I consider it important to share a pinch of truth here.

Did I plan to take a pause after publishing? Heck no! My plan was to produce IGTVs and videos and content to market the book, to share more of it with you, to dive fully into advertising it and to show you the deeper meaning and aim of this book project. Also, I wanted to start writing the German version asap.

But here’s the truth: I underestimated the amount of energy it took from me to write this book. I always said it wasn’t a walk in the park writing it – and by the way: reading it isn’t either – but I definitely underestimated the amount of time I’d need to recharge my batteries. It took a lot, if not all of me, as I do structure my stories analytically, yes, but I write them from a place where I AM every character I write. Can you imagine? I feel every emotion they feel, I walk every step they walk, I do not watch them break down, I break down with them. And that to me is an authentic way of writing. But it is also draining. Like a lot!

Could I have pushed more, forced myself to produce more content and market it well? Probably yes. But where would I be now then? Another truth: These times with the pandemic going on affected many of us. Freelancers as much, if not a bit more, as small businesses, big companies and entrepreneurs. And as you might already know from my #freelancefriday posts, yes, I am a freelancer, too. So besides being drained from my book project (which doesn’t generate a bunch of money and provides me with financial prosperity – which isn’t its aim anyway as my aim is to generate money to donate it) also some projects I acquired beforehand were stopped or cancelled due to the uncertainty the pandemic confronted us with. Trying to acquire new projects in unstable times like these is a challenge of its own, as you might be able to imagine. And guess what, that is draining, too.

And as I aim for more realness and transparency on the internet, I thought it’d be the right step to share this pinch of truth with you. It’s not easy “being real” in this superficial world of hearts and likes and “wows”, but you know, I can’t write a book called Live Loud & Suffer in Silence, which is a cynical comment as my characters suffer quite loud in these stories and then pretend everything is perfectly polished fine. Because reality looks different than a post-processed picture from one of my shoots, different from the well placed items I position for twenty minutes and I take 30 shots of until I decide which one to post. And it does take a leap of faith to show your face without make-up in an IGTV these days, to sit down not looking, feeling or being your best and taking this realness to proceed in times where people go to plastic surgeons to look more like their filtered version. (small film recommendation: The Social Dilemma; available on the big streaming platform with x at the end)

But I think it’s necessary to break this cycle to move forward and although I don’t have many followers, I want to use all my platforms to talk about these things as well.

I’d like you to know that I’m grateful for your support, by purchasing the book, reading it, taking your time to send me feedback. That shows me that all the sleepless nights and every ounce of energy I invested in this project was so worth it. Because it gave something to someone. And that’s what I’m writing for.

Please stay a little more patient with me. Right now I’m regaining a fresh creative vibe and I aim to get back to frequent blog posting and to prepare a virtual book reading for you, so please stay tuned on my YouTube channel, too. I hope you find something in my work that gives you something.

More to come, my dears. 

So long

 

xxx

#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

Subscribe to my Youtube Channel and my Newsletter to stay up to date 😉

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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 😉

#socialsaturday: Weltfrauentag 2020 oder Sei die Veränderung, die du sehen willst

Read in English

Hallo meine Lieben,

ich weiß, ich weiß, die Ordnung und Reihenfolge mag etwas durcheinander scheinen, aber das regelt sich nun, keine Sorge.
Am 8. März war Weltfrauentag und falls ihr meine Beiträge dazu noch nicht gesehen habt, schaut mal auf dem Balkon vorbei und schaut euch das Highlight IWD 2020 an.
Und wie es sich für eine brave Hausfrau gehört, habe ich nicht nur im analogen Heim Klarschiff gemacht und die Frühlingsdeko aufgestellt, sondern hier in meinem virtuellen Wohnraum gleich mit. 😀
Ich hoffe, der etwas farbenfrohere Anstrich gefällt euch und lädt euch ein, öfter mal vorbeizuschauen.

So, nun aber mal die Ärmel hochgerollt und packen wir die relevanten Themen an:
Der Jahreswechsel allein am Meer hat mich das alte Jahr reflektieren und loslassen lassen und mich mit frischem Wind und Motivation beschenkt, um 2020 nicht nur als neues Jahr, sondern als Beginn einer neuen Dekade den Weg zu ebnen.
Ich hoffe, es geht euch ebenso und dass sich das erste Quartal des neuen Jahrzehnts für euch bereits positiv gestaltet hat. Wie ich es so in meinem direkten und indirekten Umfeld mitbekomme, scheint 2020 aber bereits für einige große Veränderungen mit sich gebracht zu haben und noch einige Überraschungen parat zu halten. Ich weiß nicht, wie es euch geht, aber ich freu mich drauf.

Mit einer ordentlichen Portion kreativer Energie ausgestattet, arbeite ich grad wie eine Verrückte an diversen Projekten, die ich euch hoffentlich bald vorstellen kann.
Deshalb gab es dieses Jahr bisher auch noch keine Blogposts und auch keine speziell für den Weltfrauentag erstellten Gedichte oder Beiträge.
Aber lasst uns bitte einen Moment nehmen, um an die vielen tollen Frauen da draußen zu denken. Welche Frau kommt euch als erstes in den Sinn?
Und welche drei folgen? Welche Frauen findet ihr inspirierend und warum?
Teilt es mir gern hier in den Kommentaren mit.

So, und nun setzt euch bitte, wir müssen reden.
Machen wir uns nichts vor, einfach Mensch zu sein ist schon nicht immer leicht.
Aber dann schaffen wir es als Gesellschaft tatsächlich auch noch, es für gewisse Gruppen schwieriger zu machen als es eh schon ist.
Das kann man nun auf Nationalitäten, Religion, Aussehen, Hautfarbe, sexuelle Orientierung oder Geschlecht beziehen und sicherlich noch auf viele andere Attribute, denn irgendwer findet sich immer, dem man es schwer(er) machen kann.
Aber da zuletzt der Weltfrauentag war, bleiben wir bei ebendieser Gruppe: Frauen und Menschen, die sich als solche empfinden und identifizieren.
Ich denke nicht, dass ich all die Hürden, vor denen Frauen stehen explizit benennen muss, aber es bewegt sich sicherlich vieles im Rahmen von durch die Medien proklamierten Schönheitsidealen, Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie, ungleichem Lohn für gleiche Arbeit und generell gesellschaftliche Ansprüche, die geschlechterspezifisch gestellt werden. Die Liste ist lang.

Ich allein werde das nicht ändern können. Ihr auch nicht.
Aber Teresa von Avila, ebenfalls eine Frau, sagte mal “Wenn viele kleine Menschen viele kleine Dinge tun, wird sich das Antlitz der Welt verändern.”
Und ich denke, wenn ein jeder da anfängt, wo er gerade ist, das nutzt, was er zur Verfügung hat und tut, was er kann, dann bewegt sich etwas.
Aber was bedeutet das konkret oder kann es konkret bedeuten?
Ein Patentrezept oder die Lösung oder den Weg habe ich sicher nicht, aber ich habe ein paar Vorschläge.

Wie wäre es, wenn wir bei einem Spaziergang oder am Abend auf dem Sofa unsere Vorstellungen von Mann und Frau deren Rollen in der Gesellschaft sowie im Privatbereich reflektieren?
Frei nach dem Motto “Heut mach ich mir kein Abendbrot, heut mach ich mir Gedanken.” (Wolfgang Neuss)

Ist es denn fair, wenn ich von meiner Mutter, Schwester, Partnerin, Kollegin erwarte, dass sie alle Rollen, die die Gesellschaft ihr bietet nicht nur ausfüllt, sondern auch noch dabei glänzt?
Ist es denn fair, wenn ich einer Karrierefrau abspreche gleichzeitig eine gute Mutter sein zu können? Ist es denn fair, wenn ich einer Hausfrau und Mutter abspreche Geschäftssinn zu haben?
Ist es denn fair, wenn ich von meinem Vater, Bruder, Partner, Kollegen nicht erwarte, dass er alle gesellschaftlich möglichen Rollen ausfüllt, und glänzen muss er dabei auch nicht?
Ist es denn fair, wenn ich einem Geschäftsmann nicht abspreche ein guter Vater zu sein und selbst wenn, er ist ja auch auf die Arbeit konzentriert?
Ist es denn fair, wenn ich einem Mann, der mit den Kindern zu Hause bleibt anstatt zu arbeiten seine Männlichkeit abspreche und ihn belächle?

Nein. Ist es nicht.

Reflektieren ist sicherlich der erste Schritt, und Erkenntnis soll ja bekanntermaßen Dinge bewirken und bewegen. Und dann?
Alternative Wege denken. Dann gehen.
Wie wäre es, wenn wir damit anfingen etwas nachsichtiger mit der Kollegin zu sein, die schon seit einer Woche zerzaust und wie hinterm Sofa hervorgezogen zur Arbeit erscheint, weil sie sich ihren hübschen, allerdings mittlerweile wenig trainierten, Allerwertesten ausrenkt, um zwei kleine – momentan zahnende und fiebernde – Kinder, ihren Beruf und ihr soziales Leben und ihre eigenen Bedürfnisse unter einen Hut zu bringen? Kocht ihr doch mal n Kaffee und bringt ihr was zu essen mit und sagt ihr, dass sie klasse ist.
Wie wäre es, wenn wir dem Hausmann sagen, dass es gerade aufgrund der gesellschaftlichen Klischees ein wagemutiger Schritt war, die Arbeit niederzulegen und sich um die Kinder zu kümmern? Wenn wir ihn fragen, wie er sich fühlt, warum er es überhaupt tat und ob er seine Frau nun als weniger weiblich und sich selbst als weniger männlich empfindet? Und wenn wir ihm sagten, dass auch er klasse ist?

Das war die nette, seichte Variante. Kommen wir zum etwas kräftigeren Vorgehen.
Jemandem sagen, wenn er den Arsch offen hat.
Ist es denn fair, wenn wir frustriertes Schubsen und ungefragtes Anfassen erst mit “Jungs sind halt Jungs” und später mit “Ein Mann bleibt ein Mann” abtun?
Ist es denn fair, wenn wir uns von unserem direkten Umfeld wieder und wieder anhören, wie wir unser Leben zu leben haben und nach welcher Definition von Männlich- oder Weiblichkeit wir uns zu richten haben?
Ist es denn fair, wenn wir die Verantwortung für unser Handeln abgeben und auf das in der gesellschaftlich proklamierte Weltbild abwälzen?

Nein. Ist es nicht.
Und nun?

Wie wäre es, wenn wir damit anfingen, unseren Kindern beizubringen, dass sie alles sein und erreichen können, was sie wollen, ungeachtet ihren Geschlechts? Wie wäre es, wenn wir ihnen beibrächten, dass es okay ist, wenn auch der Junge mit Puppen spielen möchte und dass “Aber sie ist ein Mädchen!” kein Grund dafür ist, dass die Schwester vom Fussballspiel ausgeschlossen wird?
Wie wäre es, wenn wir unseren Tanten und Onkeln, die uns bei jeder sich bietenden Gelegenheit – und Geburtstage sowie besonders Hochzeiten im weiteren Familienkreis bieten sich ja förmlich dazu an – mit entweder vorwurfs- oder mitleidsvollem Blick ansehen, weil wir ohne Partner, Ring am Finger oder dergleichen erscheinen und wir entweder “bestimmt noch eine Frau finden werden” oder “der richtige bestimmt noch auf uns wartet”, wir uns aber ja ruhig mal etwas ins Zeug legen könnten, denn “jünger werden wir ja nicht, ne” einfach mal sagen würden “Ich hab dich furchtbar lieb, aber kehr vor deiner eigenen Tür!”. Wer eine Stufe weitergehen möchte, weil er die Nase so richtig voll hat, könnte natürlich auch aufstehen und sich zu einer 20-minütigen Rede, oder auch Wuttirade, hinreißen lassen, damit es auch der letzte Gast versteht, aber das bleibt einem jeden selbst überlassen.
Wie wäre es, wenn wir uns selbst nicht hinter “Dafür bin ich nicht zuständig, das macht mein Mann” oder “Ja, aber das ist die Aufgabe meiner Frau” versteckten, sondern aktiv unser Verständnis von Männlich- und Weiblichkeit und den damit verbundenen oder auch losgelösten Aufgaben, Hindernissen, Einstellungen, Herausforderungen und Chancen beschäftigten?
Wie wäre es, wenn wir Verantwortung für unser Handeln übernähmen, was schon damit beginnt zu reflektieren und zu schauen, was man anders machen kann?
Wie wäre es, wenn wir Verantwortung auch in unseren sozialen Konstrukten übernähmen und beispielsweise gewisse Plattitüden und Ausreden nicht mehr akzeptierten?
Wenn wir unserem Gegenüber sagen würden, dass die und die Handlung oder das und das Gesagte scheiße war?

Ihr seht, es gibt sicherlich zahlreiche Möglichkeiten irgendwie und irgendwo anzusetzen, um etwas zu verändern.
Aber zum einen nähme das nun wirklich zu viel Platz in Anspruch und so viel liest dann sicherlich doch niemand, zum anderen beginnt Veränderung und Wachstum bei jedem selbst.

Dennoch denke ich, wenn ein jeder bei sich anfängt und tut, was er kann, dass es Auswirkungen haben wird.
Es heißt doch immer so schön “Sei die Veränderung, die du in der Welt sehen willst”.
2020 ist eine neue Dekade. Es ist Zeit, die Zitate nicht mehr nur zu teilen, sondern aktiv mit ihnen zu arbeiten.
Niemand ist perfekt, es wird nicht alles (sofort) gelingen.
Versuch impliziert, dass man scheitern kann. Aber nicht muss 😉

Falls ihr meine letzten Beiträge, die sich ebenfalls mit dem Verhältnis zwischen Mann und Frau beschäftigen, noch nicht gelesen habt, schaut auf dem Balkon vorbei.
Achtung, Kraftausdrücke und Schimpfwörter kommen drin vor 😉

Cheers my dears, passt auf euch auf

xx

PS: Falls noch nicht geschehen, meldet euch gern für meinen Newsletter an und ich halte euch auf dem Laufenden bezüglich der neuesten Blogposts, meines neuen Buches und Angeboten und Events.

#writerswednesday: Tips for Creativity & Inspiration

#writerswednesday: tips for creativity & inspiration

As there are many creatives out there in different fields, be it photography, film making, writing, singing, acting, modelling, dancing, painting, whatever, I realised that often they are confronted with the same or similar problems.
Some of them being in the direction of the following:

* I’m not in the mood, I don’t know where to go with my art, it feels useless what I’m doing
* I have the feeling that I’m just repeating and reproducing what I’ve already done
* I have too many ideas and my mind is all over the place so that I feel like getting actually nothing done

These and similar thoughts I myself have encountered, but I also heard them quite frequently from other creatives, as by now I know quite many of them.
That’s why I’d like to share some advice with you. And this is not just for writers or photographers or other creatives.
Creative comes from create and therefore, any task that creates something can be seen as a creative task.
Be it gardening, redecorating your home or something else.
To cope with all these negative, limiting and blocking thoughts, I’m gonna share some tips with you that helped me all along the way of my creative path.

1. Take a break, have a coffee*. Consume art.

* can be substituted by anything you like, tea, whiskey, chocolate, cake…

When you feel like not being in the mood, like having all these ideas in your mind but they don’t mould into the next great piece of art, leave it. Let it take a rest. Don’t let inspiration run away, but give it a little time.
If you feel like being really blocked from it, it can also help to consume a lot of art to get into your own flow again.
As a writer, read. And read a lot.
As a photographer or model, watch a lot of pictures, follow other models/photographers and get your inspo board refreshed.
As a film maker, watch a lot of movies.
As a cook, read recipes, watch cooking shows or youtube videos.
The list could go on like that now, but I think you already got it.
This is not to say consume a lot in order to copy, but in order to get your inspiration back on track.

2. Sit down. Turn your phone off. Produce.

When your mind is so overflowing with ideas that you’re loosing track and you always think “I don’t know where to start.” this is gonna be lethal to your inspirational flow.
Instead, sometimes, although it feels like sh*t, just take the next best thing on your list (or if you already prioritised, take the top priority), sit down and get something done. Just start.
Or if you feel totally lost, like nothing great is coming out of your mind, take one thing that has been on your to do list for a quite a while or take a small creative task and push it forward.

As Picasso said “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

So, if you’re missing inspiration, it’s not necessarily gonna come while you’re contemplating about not having inspiration, you know.
In most cases, negative thoughts create a negative environment, so why should inspiration feel invited?
Create an invitational environment for inspiration and keep on working!

3. Try something new.

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and you’re only reproducing and repeating things that you already did and you tend to be bored by yourself and your art, just try something new.
Again, this is not to copy someone else, but if for instance you’re a writer of romantic stories and you’re completely stuck, try to write, dunno, a detective story or something from a different genre. Just to see whether you like it or not, to challenge yourself and to keep your mind in your creative field but with a different perspective.
This can also add to your own authentic voice, because maybe you find out that you actually like this genre, or parts of it or even that you don’t like it at all. It doesn’t matter. Either way it’s gonna show you something about you and your art and work.
For me, I realised that the #sundaystory helped a lot with this. It is challenging to combine the prompts to something coherent and as the mood or tone or genre is given as well, sometimes they are completely off my normal field of creative work. But I consider it exciting and really refreshing to use my skills in a different genre and to learn and grow with it.
Of course, this also works in other fields, cook something new, wear a combination of clothes that you haven’t worn before, style yourself in a manner that you’ve never styled yourself before in, take photos of things that normally don’t attract your photographic attention, etc.
Just try something new. It’s refreshing and helps you grow and learn.
About you. About your work. About your art.

4. Communicate. Meet friends. Chitchat. Share. Exchange.

One of my creeds and believes is “Inspiration through communication”.
Oftentimes while chatting with close friends, business partners and strangers, this exchange gives me impulses that hit a spot that was untouched before. And sometimes a good conversation is all you need to get you back on track again.
More often than not, when my mind is overflowing with ideas and I don’t how to prioritise them or whether they make sense or not, calling my best friend and chatting with her over a nice cup of coffee is the best thing I can do.
It’s not only her input, although it’s a beautiful input and I feel blessed to have such great friends, but it’s also that while you’re talking to someone else, you’re also talking to yourself and in that moment you shape things in a manner that you weren’t able to when everything was just in your own head.

5. Take yourself on a date.

As much as communication and conversation with people can be inspiring and give you impulses, as much is it important to take some time just for yourself. And no, darling, I don’t mean you on your own, glued to your phone, having a ton of chats open and still communicating with others.
I mean you, yourself and you again.
And when I say take yourself on a date, I really mean it.
Don’t go to the laundry service alone with a cuppa to go and call it a date, ok?
Don’t cheat!
I really mean, if you were another person taking yourself on a date, what would it look like?
Would you go to a restaurant? A cafe? To the cinema? Taking a long walk in a park?
Whatever you consider your dream date to look like, don’t wait for anyone, treat yourself to it.
Sometimes you would find me in a cafe with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, mostly with my paper notebook or my laptop or a book to read, enjoying some time alone, just doing things that I love and that inspire me.
And no, no, no, I don’t do it to have a cute picture to post on instagram.
I mean yes, you caught me, that happened too, but I don’t go there in the first place to promote and advertise dating oneself on social media, you know. If I do so, I do it because I’m in the mood.
One of the things that I also love doing is getting up early in the morning, when the streets are still quiet and drive into a city, any city that I like, and walk the streets, watching all the details of architecture for example, taking pictures of the rising sun between houses or a beautiful flower on a wall or anything that captures my attention and that I therefore want to capture too. It’s really an intensive feeling taking a walk alone and watch a city waking up.
Sometimes I also take a walk in a forest or in a park or at a sea, whatever I feel like. And yes, a lot of the times I’m talking to myself.
I mean, hey, this is a date, huh? And normally we do talk on dates, don’t we?

General advice: Disconnect.
In many cases it’s a good choice to enjoy these moments disconnected from emails, social media and chats.
This is not a necessity, but it helps you refocus on what’s important to you without comparing yourself and your art to others and their work. And this gives you more freedom in your mind to work on your very own business.
You can still share the pictures you took, the things you’ve done, the experiences you made later on, but grant yourself a little time to really feel them inside of yourself.

I hope these tips and advice gave you some impulses on how to get yourself and your creative energy flowing again.
Of course there are many more things that I could put on this list and I might make a series out of it, but right now, I don’t want to bore you until the last spark of inspirational flow ran out by reading a blog post that was waaaayyyy too long.

Plus, guess what I’m gonna do? Yup, I just heard some coffee call my name. Can you hear it, too?

Blogwarming Party

Hier Beitrag auf Deutsch lesen

norbert josefsson

Welcome!

Grab a drink, take a seat or join me on the dance floor and let’s celebrate together.
The sofa is already there, decoration is not yet complete, table and chairs are ordered but not yet delivered, so take some cushions and make yourself comfortable in my place of creativity, my new virtual home.

Just like a housewarming party where not everything is 100% ready and perfect, I throw this blogwarming party today, where the frame is set, new layout plastered on the walls, but some details might still be added or removed in the course of the coming weeks.
Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy it here and that you come over and visit me often.

After two years of not blogging, many months of planning the new layout, structuring ideas and setting up a whole strategy and subject schedule, pulling all-nighter after all-nighter in order to progress and proceed here, my fingertips are still covered in colour, my hair’s a mess and I’m still sweating.

But you see me with a smile on my face as it feels good to be back.

Let me give you a quick “room tour”. – Everybody should know where the loo and the fridge with fresh beer is, huh? –
On top you find the different topics.
The portfolio offers you an insight into my photo and video repertoire.
The about section offers you information on me, this blog and my work. Same in German below.
The services section gives you an overview of the services I offer on this website, including modelling and writing with the specific services of poetry & prose for special occasions and professional storytelling.
Contact & booking explains itself, I guess.
The Creative Chaos Cloud shows you all categories which you can find blog entries about, so that you can quickly get to the topics you’re interested in.

So much for the room tour, I hope you’re gonna find your way and if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask me. I’m trying to be a good host, you know.

What are the plans for the next weeks, what do I offer and why should you come back?
First of all, I’ve worked hard on a concept and contents that might be of value and interest for you.
So, here is what I came up with:
I will blog four times a month, so once a week about topics connected to the different fields I’m working in. One topic a week, that is.
Thus, what you gonna get is this:
#modelmonday: Information for models and photographers, funny anecdotes I experienced during 10 years in front of the camera and other info connected to this field.
#writerswednesday: Information for writers and readers, food for thought, inspiration and impulses revolving around writing and reading.
#socialsaturday: Random topics connected to us humans interacting with one another, social phenomenons, questions, perspectives, impulses on social topics.
#sundaystory: Yes, the sundaystory will be back and we gonna play again. If you don’t know what the sundaystory is, please click here. I will announce the next round early enough, but this won’t be before August probably, as I still owe two of my readers their stories.

After this blogwarming party, where you can take your time to stroll around and look at the redecoration, the new furniture and features, there will be a special series on the balcony, a.k.a instagram. So, don’t forget to check out my plants on the balcony, too.
Plus, I will also take you with me behind the scenes of creative productions in the insta stories.
The special series has been a production with Norbert Josefsson, which we produced last year, but I considered it so beautiful that I kept it for a special moment.
And I think that moment has come now.
So every day, starting on Friday, 15th June, I’m going to post one picture with text on instagram and facebook, which will add up to a series of six. On Thursday, 21st, you will get the complete series here on the blog as well as on instagram.

After the special we will start off with the first sundaystory on the 24th, as it has been two years of me owing these stories to two of my readers.
I hope you’re still there and I hope you still gonna read it.

Which leads me, after the organisational part, to the speech I’m supposed to give on such an event before everybody starts popping bottles like crazy – or at least that’s what I’m gonna do –.
Ahem, clink clink, ladies and gents, may I have your attention please: (you better grab another shot and drink, this is gonna take a while – or just skip the part written in italics – the perk of being here virtually and not in reality)

Thanks for being here tonight, for sharing this moment with me, for taking some time out of your busy day to join this celebration.
I’d like to thank all of the followers here on WordPress that stayed although I haven’t blogged for two years, which, in nowadays time is like an eternity.
Also I’d like to thank all the followers on instagram that didn’t unfollow when I didn’t post for six months, which is close to social media suicide.
I’d like to thank the virtual community for staying with me, supporting me and being patient with me.

Most of all, I’d like to thank the people, especially my closest friends, who virtually and in real life sent me their positive vibes and words, who encouraged me to keep up the work, who relentlessly kept asking about my work, my art, my blog, my writings and my poetry, who invested their time and energy to provide me with tipps and tricks, good advice and knowledge about social media, who gave me input and impulses for new content, who were patient with me when I asked for advice and feedback and who were loving and caring when I had to say “no” to events and instead had to sit down and work, who shared their nurturing positive energy with me and who knowingly or unknowingly inspired me and fuelled my motivation.

Without all of you, your patience and support, we probably wouldn’t be celebrating today.
It wasn’t an easy time and task, but now we’re here and I raise my glass to all of you. I’m forever grateful.

martin zethoff

Now enough of the talk and enjoy your time here, I hope you gonna stay a little longer and come back frequently.
If you have any questions, let me know.

xxx
Gina.

Happy (Chinese) New Year and Thank You!

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Photo & Editing: freshandjuicy

My dears,

I am utterly, utterly sorry for not having posted for so long.
And I know I have said that a hundred times before, but as plain as it sounds: sometimes life comes in between!
I had planned so many blog posts and thoughts I wanted to share with you and I am well aware that I still owe you two sundaystories.
But I hope you will be kind with me and understand that I was just too busy and too many things happened all at the same time, so I had to set priorities and work my way through a whole lot of to-do-lists and tasks. And although art and writing is definitely a priority in my heart, other matters had to be put first.

I felt terribly sorry and even told a friend “now that I have gained some new readers who even show interest in my blog and interact with me, I let them down” and he said I shouldn’t worry and that my readers probably would be patient and understanding and caring and kind and that they would be happy when I finally post again.
So, I hope he was right.

I won’t promise to publish a bunch of blog posts right now, because I prefer making promises that I can keep and as it is still a turbulent time for me with loads of things to do, I don’t want to disappoint you by not finding the time to blog.
But I promise that all the posts I had planned will be published bit by bit and I hope you find something interesting, enjoyable and inspiring in it.

Well, I haven’t made it to post at New Year to wish you a wonderful start into a hopefully successful and amazing new year, but at least I made it to Chinese New Year, which started on the 8th February.
It will be the year of the Red (Fire) Monkey and is said to become an interesting, adventurous year with many chances to achieve goals.
So, I wish that this year will hold its promise for you and that you find the strength to set out and achieve the goals you’ve set yourself!

Remember when in my Christmas Post I invited you to count your blessings on Christmas Eve?
Well, of course I did the same and I think it is a beautiful way to end one year and step into the next: Being aware of and thankful for one’s blessings!
This is why I’d like to say a big

to all of you.
To the ones of you, who have followed and accompanied me from my first blog steps to the relaunch, through texts and videos and photos to the publishing of Labelled Love.
I am thankful for my family and friends who support me in all my endeavors.
I’m thankful for all the inspiring people I was and am allowed to meet and for the remarks and moments that brighten my days and keep me going.
Some examples (as shown in the picture):
Once an acquaintance wrote me a message, saying something along the lines of “I’ve just read your blog and I love your story Reflection” followed by one of the remarks that has stuck with me ever since: “Your art matters.”
Or when I was having a really bad phase and a million things happened at once and I was struggling and one of my closest friends asked what was wrong with me and I answered something like “Everyone reaches their limit at some point” and she replied “My free spirit Gina has no limits!”.
Or when another one of my closest friends bought my book and when I said that she doesn’t even read in English, she said “but it’s written by you and I want to display it on my shelf because I’m proud of my friend”.
Or the moment when I advertised my first book being published on social media and a former close friend hit the ‘like’ button and I had to smile, because we had known each other eight or ten years before “One day” (the day I published) and I always said “One day I’m going to publish a book”; it was as if my words were remembered and hitting the ‘like’ button somehow said something like “Well done, girl, I knew you would.”. Despite my critical point of view of overrating ‘likes’ and the like, this was a moment it actually meant something.
The moments when someone says that they read my blog and liked it or when people send me inspiring and motivating quotes or ask for more entries to keep me going; the moment one of my favorite poetry slammers (Patrick Salmen, the first slammer I ever saw on stage and the reason I still go and watch slams) started following me on instagram; the moment I was allowed to see Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Big Magic, a book I love, live and even ask her questions; the moments I’m able to collaborate with other creative people, like writers, dancers, actors, directors, photographers and videographers; the moments you guys read and like and comment and interact with my work; the moments I’m allowed to be connected to creativity and experience inspiration.
I could list at least twenty more examples, but I’m going to leave it at that.
Thank you!

What is it that you are thankful for?

I think it is important to sit down once in a while and really take the time and list the things we love, appreciate and that we are thankful for.
And to communicate them.
That is what I’d like to invite you to: Think about it, count your blessings, list them (in mind or on paper), communicate!
Tell someone what you appreciate in them, tell someone that you love them, tell a stranger that you find their aura astonishing, tell yourself something nice.
Life is too short not to spread the love.
Namaste.

To provide you with a sweet little appetizer of what is planned for the next blog posts (please, give me some time):
* Two book recommendations
* Some tipps for creativity
* Two sundaystories I still owe you
* Another game of #sundaystory
* At least three further blog posts on diverse topics
* Text and Image collaborations telling stories through visuals and lyric
* Further projects, still to be planned in detail 😉

Any preferences how I should prioritize? Any other ideas?
Hey, it’s New Year with goals to be achieved: Let me know, is there anything you’d like to see here and what you’d be interested in?
Comment here or send me an email or a message on Facebook.

All the best and loads of love.

Gina.

Welcome to the Relaunch of my Blog!

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My dears,

welcome to ginalaventura.com.
As it is sometimes time to tidy up, clear out, re-accessorize and to decorate at home, so it is the case with the virtual space you call your own as well.
So I welcome you to my freshly refurbished, decorated and restructured blog.
Maybe it’s not all perfect yet in every detail but we also give housewarming parties even when there is a box left in a corner or a picture is not yet hanging on the wall, don’t we?
So, what’s new?
* the layout is different
* the structure is optimised, so beneath the menu bar in the header you find the sites also in German
* at the top of the German entries you find the note “this entry is also available in English” with a link, so that you can read the entry in English if you like to (although not all entries are bilingual, some are just available in English and others just in German)
* in general there are more links implemented, so when I refer to something in an entry you can find it quickly
* additionally, I now share some insights into my model portfolio and there is a separate page for videos/films I act in or I participated in

Those of you who have been following me for a while know what the blog looked like when I established it in September 2013, you also know some of the entries already and you are familiar with the sundaystory.
* Of course I conserved all of the former entries and haven’t deleted them
* Still, now with the relaunch, I decided to mix new entries I have prepared for you with older text that you maybe already know to keep it interesting for new readers as well as for the people who have been following me for a while already

I hope you like the new layout and the new structure and that you still – or maybe now even more – enjoy stopping by.

But to celebrate the relaunch of my blog properly, I have prepared something else for you:
I raffle 3x Labelled Love paperback off + a little surprise.

What you have to do to enter the competition?
Write in the comment section below why you should win the book. Deadline is the 30th August.
The winners will be drawn by lot and announced until the 5th September.

Take a look around, make yourself comfortable and enjoy reading and rummaging.

Be creative. Be yourself.

Gina.