Saturday, March 17, 2012

Month Two in the USA, Already?

Hi ladies, I have a lot to tell you, but not a very organized brain today so this post may be a bit scattered. Bare with me.

Where to begin? I guess my first observation since the move is that time is passing too quickly.  I feel like I just got here last week!  I try to live in the moment, focus on the present etc etc but despite that, time is hurtling by. It's hard to imagine that we'll be back in Germany at the end of May for summer break. I'll blink my eyes and we'll be on a plane. This is especially magnified watching my son grow up. Dear time, please slow down. 
My next observation is how powerful an open spirit and happy disposition can be during a time of change. If I decide to be positive and look at things in a positive light, it comes back to me ten fold. If I choose to see everything as stressful and negative then guess what? That's how my life will be! Of course "being happy" is easier said than done, but one concrete tip I have is to read 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchin Rubin. I've been reading it slowly over the past month and I love it.  
Its an honest and insightful book about a woman's search for a more fulfilling and happy life. Gretchen is also hilarious and surprisingly methodical about her 'happiness project' so the cerebral part of me loved her approach - but she also peppers the book with wonderful literary and philosophical references.

"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing"
William Butler Yeats

Amen, amen, amen to the Yeats quote. Growth is essential to a fulfilled life. This past year my physical health has grown, I'm learning to garden, figuring out how to best parent my son, studying Spanish, and trying to accept criticism and laugh at my (many) mistakes.
My 11 year marriage has also grown. Communicating openly about a huge, transatlantic move wasn't always a cake walk, but I'm proud of the love and attention we offered each other through the process.  When my husband and I work as a team, I feel like we can take on the world. I'm very lucky to have this wonderful person in my life.

So friends, life is good.

I want to thank all of you who read my blog and watch my youtube videos! You are a huge source of support to me.  Two weeks ago I became a part of the StyleHaul network of You Tubers and I couldn't be happier.  They offer much more competitive advertising rates then youtube and their adverts are targeted to the beauty community. If you're interested in partnering with them but aren't sure or have questions, feel free to send me an email (berlinstories88 at gmail dot com)or leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.

Love, BHB


  1. You are beautiful and full of grace.

    This is such a nice Internet place to visit.

  2. I also love the Yeats quote. It's important to surround yourself with people who are interested in growth and who allow it. This was a lesson learned in my first (failed) marriage. Its wonderful you did the move and are enjoying your new home. ~Jess

  3. I read The Happiness Project when it came out. It is a good book and the author has a great blog as well. I don't read it often enough. Gretchen Rubin is also writing another book and I think it's going to be out any day now. I agree with you so much on being positive, open, and appreciating and enjoying. You radiate health and happiness and have such a lovely family.

  4. So glad all is good and you and your family are happy.

    X x

  5. Wohoo! I read The Happiness Project last year. Loved it! I totally agree that when you perceive things in a negative way, they don't magically transform into awesome. I constantly have to check myself when I'm stuck on the "everything is horrible" train and snap out of it.
    Have a lovely Sunday :)

  6. You look so awesome (and still Euro) in your pic. Kisses from Texas!! The USA can be OK :)

  7. Wow - you sound like you are in a really good place. That is amazing. I am happy that you are looking at all the great things you have accomplished. Very inspiring.


  8. Wow you look amazing in the pic with your husband! I am a little bit jealous that you are able to live in the us, but than again I love living in Germany. :) Wish you all the best! :)

  9. OMG Look at your hubby looking all Ryan Gosling in that photo by the fire pit. Thanks for blogging/tweeting/sharing all your lovely thoughts. High Five! Jessica

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  11. Hi!

    I just wanted to thank you for giving me the courage and strength to start findin my own path, instead of adapting to expectations!

    I love your tutorials, thay are so easy to follow!

    Keep up the fantastic work! May love, happiness and laughter fill your life!

    much love!

  12. Thanks to you, I'm starting my own Happiness Project. I was a kind of sad/blue person and I was dragging my boyfriend to a horrible situation!! :(
    BUT!!! I think that book is helping me, although we don't have kids, it's important to be prepared for them....
    Good luck to you!!! Y suerte con las clases de espanol :D


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