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back to the roots.

20 Oct

as much as i love living in a big city like berlin, i love being in the nature.

i need to breathe the fresh air of the woods every once in a while and soothe my eyes with the lush shades of green that only nature can provide.

two weeks ago i went back home to my parents’ as it was daddy’s 70th birthday and i took some time to walk and inhale.

and exhale.

and those autumn flowers. big love.

so, come with me as i travel back in my memory. to my journey. and to my roots.

homeward bound >>>>>>>>

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nature called >>>>>>>>

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there’s a very special violet that only grows in the area where i come from cause parts of the ground are leaded there. that’s why the violets are yellow instead of purple ❤ >>>>>>

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home is where the heart is >>>>>>>>

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the roses in daddy’s garden (he’s very proud of his garden) >>>>>>>>

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the whole family gathered for daddy’s birthday and we went on a day trip to a very old town called monschau where we visited a mustard museum, walked around and observed some art >>>>>>>>

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i am not related to her… but i like that lady. she makes me smile >>>>>>>

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that’s all for now.

be well, my friends.

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the californication diary::: los angeles.

11 Jul

where do you start when you’ve travelled across the ocean to be with people you only met once in your life before but you feel like you’ve known them forever?

where do you start when you saw the most beautiful palm trees, the most incredible sunsets?

where do you start when you saw a hummingbird for the first time and it almost made you cry?

where do you start when you saw the hollywood sign for the first time and it brought tears to your eyes?

where do you start when you feel like you want to go back to a place you would’ve never imagined to love?

where do you start when you feel like you learned things about yourself that only travelling can teach you?

where do you start when you feel like you met your future husband on this journey, an incredibly amazing person who has no clue that you think, he’s the one for you?

where do you start?

i took a week now to come back, try do adjust, get over my (belated jetlag), reconnect with my friends (that was the easiest part). and now i am sitting here and wondering about where to start.

so i guess, i start with the beginning of my trip. i will try to focus on the important stuff and leave everything else out.

let me know if there’s any specific things you want me to focus on.

so here it starts

the evening before:::: insomnia!!!

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DAY 1

i took of two weeks ago on a monday. excited and happy. wearing my ying yang leggings because they are comfy for a long flight and because, honestly, what else should you wear when you start your journey towards hippie central?

my plane took of over two hours, so i had to wait…

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first good omen: the plane was fully booked except for the seat next to me. YES! what a treat! never had such a relaxed 12 hour plane ride before.

watched HITCHCOCK. made me laugh and cry. very impressed. great movie.

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my lovely lovely anya picked me up from the airport with an ice cold water and a priceless smile on her lips.

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i had to leave philippe brenninkmeyer (hot hot hot!) and patrick nuo (not hot AT ALL! in fact, he seems to be a huge douchebag) who were on the same flight behind and started driving towards HOLLYWOOD!

when we drove down the freeway i saw the hollywood sign for the first time in real life and almost caused a car accident because i started screaming. at that time i didn’t know yet that my home for the next two weeks would be right UNDERNEATH this beautiful landmark and that i could inhale it every day.

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i spent the rest of the day not believing how beautiful the house and my room for the next two weeks are, sipping the champagne i brought with anya, having dinner at a sushi place and trying to scare away the jetlag with some cocktails and meeting dalton, anya’s roommate and bestie.

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more to come. xxx

back from barcelona!

29 Mar

i believed that i could and would write and post pictures from barcelona but nana and me have been the epitome of the classical tourists (without sandals). exploring the city everyday all day. we’ve been walking 7 to 8 hours a day. only took the metro about 8 times. and it was spring there. so there was no point in driving underneath the ground.

i have SO many bacelona tips and pics for you and there will be a LONG blog post soon.

for now i will just leave you with my top ten pics as i have to prepare my upcoming audio book and some songs i will record next week for my new animated series called henry hugglemonster.

how was your past week? what did i miss? tell me*

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blood sisterhood.

15 Mar

when i met nana some years ago at work, i already knew that we are one of a kind.

nevertheless it took some more time to find out that we are sisters at heart.

it was late summer and my grandma had just died. i had to call all the companies i work with to tell them that i had to take off some days at work to travel to the other side of the country for her funeral. i was devastated.

(my grandma has taught me so much, but the greatest gift she gave me on my way was unconditional love. not only her’s but with her actions she also taught me how to see beauty in everything when you look at things with the eyes of love. she never said something like that to me. it was the way she lived her life. i observed and learned). i was devastated about this loss but you couldn’t really tell from the outside. i tried to be strong and calm when i was confronted with co-workers (must be the capricorn in me, i guess).

and then…

there was nana. she saw me on a corridor at work, came to me and said: “you have lost someone, too.” (she herself  had lost a family member shortly before)

then she put her arms around me and for the first time i could exhale and give in to that sadness. we stood there for a while quietly (that’s how i remember it) and ever since it was clear to me. GIRLFRIENDS! we belong together.

that was in 2008 and our friendship has grown ever since.

there is so much you can say about nana. but when you meet her, what will attract your attention first, is her pure and positive spirit. she is a heart-openener. and i love heart-openeners! she will make you laugh in an instant. she is an amazing mum and a great boss (she doesn’t only do voice acting herself, she is also a voice over director). oh, i love to work with her.

during my last massive lovesickness she hovered over me. never left me. stayed with me the whole dark night through.

well, i could go on for hours. but this was only meant to be the introduction to what i ACTUALLY want to talk about…. so i won’t bore you with more details. in case you didn’t get it yet, i break it down to this one sentence: i love that girl! 

one fine day nana and me decided we should become friendship/sister tattoos.

1st step: what to get? we went through several brainstorming sessions. we loved THIS. but then we were afraid that it might be somthing you might get tired of after a while. then we got into the idea of two birds sitting on one string (if you put the arms together it would be one string and the birds each on one of our arms). but again, i am more of a symbolical/graphical tattoo girl. then one day nana and me were talking about something, she said: “our hearts have the same beat.” and that was when the idea popped up in my head.

“let’s go to the doc, let him get hold of our ECG-waves and that’s gonna be our tattoos!”            no sooner said than done!

step 2: appointment at the doc’s to get our ECG-waves. the whole staff of the practice was ever so sweet and supportive and they loved our idea.

very exciting!

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step 3: the actual tattoo day. we went to flügel & schwert, the tattoo store of the band haudegen.

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last wednesday it was!

sun was shining, we were happy. went to the other side of the city and got our tats.

first nana…

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and then me.

before i jumped on the chair the tattoo boy and me had this funny conversation:

me: “so, are you pierre?”

him: “no, i’m jared.”

me: “oh, ok. i’m julia. i think, we should know each other’s names before you tattoo me. i mean, this is not a random act, we start some sort of relationship now.”

him: “oh.” (he looks irritated)

me: “i mean, not a relationship but it’s a bond in a way.”

hahaha! he didn’t get me, i think. but that’s okay.

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yeah, it did hurt. more than my other tats. but it was worthwhile.

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now i have her heartbeat so close to mine ❤

happy!

la véracité du cœur brisé.

11 Mar

my heart has been broken and put together again several times.

whose hasn’t?

current status quo: resting, quite balanced, mainly happy with a slight tendency towards temporary booboos and melancholy.

would you have guessed?

what i’ve learned though throughout the past years is (caution! stereotypes! i call them ‘wise stereotypes’)

– it is ok to be hurt

– it is ok to have a broken heart

– it is ok to feel your heart is weak, stupid and minor

– it is ok to be cautious

BUT only as long as 

– you realize your heart is NOT weak, stupid and minor. in fact, it is unbreakable!

– you don’t become overcautious and are still free enough to see the good coming your way

– you don’t become a slave of your broken heart

– you put yourself out there again! yes! do it!

and now look at this comic. it totally made my day ♥ (you have to open it in another tab and click on it again to enlarge it)

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how is your heart’s status quo?

tell me xxx

oh, sei mein liebster!! (oh, be my dearest!!)

23 Feb

oh, what an honour!

my lovely friend sophia aka teamgloria nominated me for the liebster blog ward.

apparently this is an award for upcoming blogs. how lovely!

so, for my non-german readers, may you be told that liebster means dearest, sweetest, loveliest. doesn’t that sound like music? i love that and i love the idea behind it.

i already got teamgloria’s nomination a while ago. but there is certain rules you have to follow and that’s why it took me a while to fulfill this task.

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but let’s get back to where we started. the rules for the liebster award are:

  • give thanks
  • tell 11 things about yourself
  • answer to the best of your ability the 11 questions that are asked of you
  • nominate 11 bloggers for this award – let them know, too, please.
  • ask the above nominees 11 questions of your own, or use thequestions you were asked

well, i gave thanks already, i shouldn’t get started on that again, so here we go.

11 things about myself

  1. i am obsessed with colors. when i was little i collected pens and pencils, crayons and watercolors (of course, i used them too). nowadays it’s nailpolishes i cannot get enough of. i have 76 bottles of the most beautiful colors in my fridge. 
  2. i believe in ghosts and angels. my power animal is a black panther (i go to a shaman here in berlin every once in a while, she is amazing and she told me.)
  3. i regularly get up at night to eat chocolate. i am a puppet on a string at that time. i am awake but cannot control what i am doing. (when i revealed this secret once on instagram, lovely dani feder called me a night zombie for chocolate. i love that expression!)
  4. i am enchanted by everything that has to do with zombies, the tudors or disney villains.
  5. when i was seven i had such a big crush on pierce brosnan. i carried around a photot of him that i had cut out of a magazine and told everybody that he was my uncle from the USA.
  6. i’ve only been to NYC once in december 2012, but i miss its’ sounds, sirens and smell. i need to go back.
  7. teamgloria inspired me to start blogging again. thank you ❤
  8. i love to spend time alone. if for some reasons  i am kept from doing so, i feel like i am fading like a flower that is being kept from the sun.
  9. if i wasn’t an actress, my whole body would be covered in tattoos already.
  10. i find the most satisfaction in bringing positivity into other people’s lifes.
  11. when i was 16 i spent an exchange year in canada and fell in love with one of the local ice hockey players. that’s why they called me a puck bunny (professional term for an ice hockey groupie).

here’s the teamgloria’s questions…

  1. candles or spot-lights?  – what a sneaky question to be asked when you’re an actress 😉 the answer is candles though. and scented ones are even better. you might laugh now but in this very minute this one is lighting my room. isn’t that hilarious? i just HAD to buy it when i saw it. so funny. it smells a bit like a very friendly old granny with purple hair that has just dressed up to go out to have a tea with her lovely girlfriends in this café.
  2. how many books do you have next to the bed? – i just had to go and check… four (f**k it – the ultimate spiritual way by john c. parkin, rumi the book of love, the prophet by kahlil gibran and a travel guide for barcelona)
  3. when did you last read in a cafe and what did you eat? i tried hard but i cannot remember. normally when i go to a café i meet friends there and i use to read at home on my sofa. but maybe i should travel to paris and just sit in a café for hours looking mysterious with dark undereye circles. do you have any book recommendation for this plan?
  4. when did you set up your blog and why? before THREETIMESYES i used to write a blog called go ahead make my day. i started it four years ago and my intention was to tell little everyday stories that made my day and would eventually also make somebody else’s. i combined it with photos i found on the internet and drawings that i had drawn. i stopped posting on this blog about a year ago. it just felt like it was over and then i closed the blog for good two months ago when i decided to start THREETIMESYES. my inspiration was teamgloria. you are my muse and i thank you for that!!
  5. what was the last film/movie you saw? – at the movies: silver linings. on dvd: the other boleyn girl.
  6. what was the first single you bought? hungry eyes from the dirty dancing soundtrack. on vinyl.
  7. chocolate or cheese? discuss. – don’t really get the question. this is like asking crayons or watercolor? rembrandt or beuys? mountains or ocean? two completely differnt things. and i will ALWAYS go for CHOCOLATE ❤ ❤ ❤
  8. do you identify with any of the characters in Pretty In Pink? If so, which one? And – still? – oh dear, i never saw it. but i will do. and then i will answer this question. promise!
  9. maria callas or madonna ciccone? – i adore madonne for her spirit, her strength, her power and her art. and i don’t necessarily mean her music by saying art but the whole package. my ex-boyfriend was a huge fan of maria callas, that’s why i simply cannot have a pure attitude towards her anymore. also, ‘la isla bonita’, ‘like a prayer’ and ‘true blue’ have made me shake my hips at so many parties. i simply have to say MADONNA.
  10. you’ve been invited to (where?) for supper – name the 11 other guests (alive/passed-on/haunting-you-still) – i’ve been invited to laurence oliviers mansion in england for supper. we are sitting in the beautiful garden and his wife vivien leigh is serving champagne to the other guests, henry VIII king of england, amy winehouse, james franco (who is sitting right next me), coco chanel, vicco von bülow, freddy mercury, truman capote, eckhardt tolle, natalie portman, alexis georgoulis and david lynch.
  11. is there a meaning to life? do you need one? – i am sure there is a meaning to life. i think, this life is just a transit to another level of being. and we are here to realize that there is an invisible bond between ALL OF US, and that when one suffers we all do. that’s why we have to create a life of happiness and positivity however hard that may seem or be. also, we are ‘here’ to conciously connect with others. and love. or let’s say it with jimi hendrix: “when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” yeah, i know, i’m a hippie, but who cares? 😉

here’s my 11 questions for the nominated blogs

  1. what is the color of love?
  2. do you live in the ‘right’ decade? if not, when would you have liked to live and why? 
  3. the ocean or the mountains?
  4. what was your biggest adventure?
  5. what is your favorite book of all times? 
  6. if you had to choose between either never ever eating chocolate or never ever having sex again, what would you neglect?
  7. what does your mother mean to you?
  8. if somebody compliments you, how do you react? and what was the last compliment you received?
  9. when was the last time you cried?
  10. which tv series are you obsessed with?
  11. is there a meaning to life? do you need one? (inspired by teamgloria. again.)

and here is the blogs i nominate. i won’t find eleven blogs, so i will nominate the ones below and hope that you will like to take part. also, i will nominate some blogs that have already participated to show them my respect and worship them. of course, you don’t have to repeat the whole procedure 😉 aaaaaand the nomineeees aaareeee…

i had so much fun taking part in this, although it took quite a while… but it would be more than fabulous if you said yes, my dear blogger friends.

love, julia*

do not hesitate!

21 Feb

just a quick note about something i was thinking this morning.

friends: do not hesitate!

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time is short! this is so true and that’s why i am asking you: what are you waiting for? what are we waiting for?

make this day something special, make everyday special!

i feel tired today. not very adventurous and sick of the grown-up stuff i have to deal with.

a friend of mine said to me today that i look sad. and i started wondering. am i sad? no, not at all!  that’s not the point. in fact, i feel very blessed with the friends i have, my fabulous job, the sky that i see every morning. nevertheless, the thing is… i need something more motivation these days than having my yummy detox juices twice a day.

so i was wondering: what should be my motivation?

LIFE! it’s as simple as that.

and that’s why i am encouraging you too:

don’t hesitate. do something different. make a change! get out of your routine.

tell someone today that you love to work with him/her or try something new today, even if it is just to walk the way home after work instead of taking the bus. you could also go and book a short trip to prague or another city you’ve never been to. go outside and blow some soap bubbles like teamgloria already did (the pustefix ones of course). ask a person out for a coffee. dare something! simply tell somebody you love him or her. and if you still have a grandma… please call her today!

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