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Be patient and embrace equanimity…

The year of changes and transformation This year has been a very transformational, challenging year, I became a permanent resident of Australia (finally!), I quit my job, I met my nephew for the very first time, I made new friends, special friends that I know will be friends for life, I became a yoga teacher… Read more »

Why Is Self-Acceptance So Hard?

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha–  We’ve all been there. We’ve all had moments in our lives where we pretended to be someone else, whether that was to fit into a situation, to gain popularity or to because we thought we had to act in… Read more »

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Cafe Calm in Freshwater – Casual coffees & post-surf Burgers

The view out over Freshwater Beach and the grassy hang out area in front of the beach where to locals hang out, sunbake or gather for picnics and waterslide fun is a winner for Café Calm. It is a cosy place with a little outdoor patio, right next to Freshie Beach carpark, open for breakfast… Read more »

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Great coffee and all-day breakfasts at Sketch Bar Manly

Where the locals get their coffee, friends hang out for a late brekkie and lovebirds enjoy a tapas night Located on Pittwater Road, Sketch is where you want to stop and get your morning coffee before heading to work on the ferry. Owner Leo knows his regulars by name and doesn’t have to ask twice for their… Read more »

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How to Stay Focused When Working From Home

Working from home can be the greatest: You save money on public transport, don’t need to iron clothes or style your hair. Having just started my life as a freelancer, I soon came to realise that working from home also has its occasional downsides. Certain weeks are slower than others, some days you’ll find it much harder to stay focused… Read more »

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5 Deliciously Healthy Protein Ball Recipes

Preparation and organisation is the key to successful clean and healthy eating. It’s much easier to cook healthy meals and prep healthy snacks when your fridge and pantry are stocked with healthy and natural foods. As a gym junkie and group fitness instructor, I love a healthy protein snack in between classes, after a big session at F45… Read more »

5 Activewear Brands you might not have heard of yet – but you definitely need to know

If you’re anything like me, then at last two thirds of your wardrobe are filled with activewear. And I love wearing it. And shopping more of it. When I need a new blazer for work or jeans, I usually return from the mall with two more activewear items instead. Sounds familiar? Well, you’re probably one… Read more »

My Favourite Protein Powders

When it comes to protein powder, there are so many (too many?) options out there that it can get a little confusing and overwhelming to choose the right one between all these fat burners, WPIs, soy proteins and everything in between. But once you know how to select the right protein for your body, protein shakes and… Read more »

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Stop Counting Calories!

Like the majority of normal human beings, I’m not always responsible with my eating habits. Some days, I’ll choose chips over salad and put all the toppings on that baked potato. Because it makes you happy when it tastes good, right? I am not a big fan of diets, yes, they might work for some, but I rather… Read more »

Protein Smoothies

5 Delicious and Healthy Protein Shake Recipes

It’s time for some yummy protein shake recipes! Whether you are following a meal plan or simply want to add some new flavours to your shakes and smoothies while eating clean, it’s always great to try a few new flavours and recipes, especially when you’re like me and get bored quickly if you have the same shake twice… Read more »

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    Wanderlust

    Travel makes everybody a more awesome person. You see the world, try new things, meet new people and friends, fall in love, visit wonderful places, learn about other cultures – but then it’s all over when you come home. This disillusioning and sobering moment when you realise you are back on your own ground. I… Read more »

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    Belated Dry July

    Better late than never. I wanted to do Dry July but then the World Cup (I mean – Germany won!) and Holidays in Brazil thwarted this plan of a booze-free month. Although this is can’t be an “official” or fundraising challenge now, it is a personal challenge for me. Being German and not used to a quite regular… Read more »

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    Hipster Paradise?

    Manly is known for its laid-back surfie culture, action packed activities like mountanbiking, shark diving, motorbike riding and – its hipsters. There is mustaches and beards everywhere. I guess the reason being is to symbolise ultimate manliness. But I do not go for men who wear a mustache that looks like an ironic facial accessory… Read more »

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    Coffee Addict

    I love coffee. I am not addicted to many bad things [and I am not sure whether coffee is bad or not], but I have to admit that I am a coffee addict. Being from Berlin, I have been drinking coffee ever since. Multiple times a day and if I do not get my coffee,… Read more »

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    Because I’m Happy

    A lot of my friends back home think I am brave. They say they would have never had the courage to move abroad. I should probably take it as a compliment. But I rather call it choosing a happier life. I am a very positive and happy person. Moving to Sydney endorsed my way to… Read more »