Oh London, you always do surprise me a little bit more with every time I visit you. As a few of you might have seen on Snapchat and Instagram, I am currently back in the city of (what I like to name it) business. That is, I usually only come here for meetings; fly in early and back out late. This time, however, due to meetings on Friday and tomorrow, Monday, I was able to stay over the weekend and explore London just a little bit more than usually. I loved it thus far. I’ve been walking around for kilometers every day, from the St Paul’s Cathedral (opposite my hotel) to the famous Palace, across several bridges – and of course, to the Tate Modern.
I don’t go often to museums. In fact, I barely go at all. Another fact: I don’t go often enough. Having visited the Tate Modern today for a couple of hours really reminded me how much I love looking at art. It is inspiring, intimidating and really makes you think twice. Then there is art I simply don’t understand – but that is another topic to discuss. Seriously though, I don’t understand some of this stuff. But hey, it’s art, and who am I to judge, right?
I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces with you. Generally, I love art that is a little provocative to the mind. Be it discussing or demonstrating certain historic events or political happenings, or simply making us re-think certain daily routines or objects we use. I also love photography that is .. a little edgy? Perhaps that is not the best word to use, but I wouldn’t know how to better describe it. I love photography that displays the not-so-perfect scenes. I love photography that makes you think, that gives the viewer new perspectives, that shows the un-perfect of the world, the truths we often close our eyes towards, and contrasts we often overlook.
Also, I went to the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) Open-Air today. It. was. brilliant. I love classical music in general – and this experience, seeing it live on the streets, was breath-taking. It likewise reminded me I don’t go to concerts enough (especially orchestra ones. And actually, I have never been). So hey, another to-do that I want to add to my list. One more to remind me to enjoy life and simply „let go“ from time to time. Life is so short. We should enjoy it to the fullest and damn it yes, do what we want to do and what makes us happy.
Barthélémy Toguo, 1967, „Purification 2012“
One of my favorites; btw. Andrea Bowers, 1965, „The Worker’s Maypole, An Offering for May Day 1894“
Loved the idea behind these pieces and the thought-provoking part of it. Seriously, why are we in the 21st century and women are still not seen as equal to men in so, so (!) many places of the world. This must change.
Also, I know I’ve been MIA these past view weeks. I will change it – just give me a little more time (I am almost done with my Masters! yay.) xo
Those who know me or follow me on snapchat or instagram know that I am a huge dog lover. And most of all, I love my little monkey. Of course her name is not monkey and she is far from it, yet, her humorous character reminds me of one and yes – I have endless love for her. Unfortunately, I only see her every couple of weeks due to her staying in Malta with the rest of my family. She was just here in Zurich with my mother for a full 4 weeks – damn, did I enjoy her company and squeaky little noises in the morning after waking up. Suddenly, when she’s gone from one day to another I feel that „empty“ feeling again. Ok, those that don’t own a dog (or pet) and never have will probably think I’m crazy – no worries, I agree I probably am to some extent. Those that have a dog know that it becomes a family member, a baby to the family and one that cannot be left alone for too long hours.
I’ve told you previously that the past weeks were quite a bit rough on the emotional side for me and in general, my job and all other things I’m always trying to place under one umbrella are a bit overwhelming at times. But no matter how long my day was or how stressful it might have seemed in that moment, all stress fell off of me as soon as I saw my dog and went for a walk with her. A simple 30 minutes walking back from the office to the apartment gave me so much strength; its incredible. Especially in these times, more than any other time, I noticed I am a dog-person for sure – for life. So it’s no surprise I’ve been talking to breeders over and over again in the past year and finally found one in Switzerland that I believe I can trust and that seemed overly kind. I had the chance to getting a puppy of my own (same breed; italian greyhound) and fell in love as soon as I saw the 3 week old pup on photos. Whilst everyone thought I would go for it finally and whilst I was even telling myself I would; I sadly declined the offer in the end. This has nothing to do with the breeder or the dog whatsoever – and I am so grateful for the fact that the breeder wants to contact me again next year. Yet, I want to see how this year continues a bit first before making such a big decision in my life.
Dogs, as any pet, require a lot of attention, care, time, and love. Perhaps a goldfish isn’t as hard, and even a cat may be easier given the fact that it can stay at home whilst at work for hours in a row. Whilst a dog may be able to stay at home too, and surely has to learn to stay alone for a few hours a day just in case, I believe it’s not the healthiest option of all. The dog needs a lot of training, especially in the first 18 months of its life – one must put a lot of care and love into the training and continue giving this attention to the dog for the rest of it’s life (easily 12-15 years for some). That is why, I declined the offer for this year. I am aware of the duties a dog brings with it, I am aware that traveling on a spontaneous note is less easy and that going out after work and leaving the dog at home for hours after hours cannot be done anymore. I am aware of the consequences – yet, I am a dog lover. The reason for this decline was simply the fact that I want to finish my studies first, see how the business is moving over the next couple of months, and get a few of my personal projects moving and finishing up a few others. I will also use the time and try to travel more on a personal note this year and see, whether I actually do and whether a dog is still ok to have or whether it’s a decision to rather push back for another while.
Why I wrote this post? Well, simply because I like sharing my thoughts – because I love and miss my little monkey. But also, because so many girls (or so the instagram trend seems to show it) are currently getting a dog. Small little hand-bag dogs, travel dogs, pugs and other small breeds are all over the social media networks right now. And as much as I love the idea and as much as I am for getting a dog and giving one a new home with lots of love – one must remember the fact that it is an animal with great needs and attention. I sometimes wonder how some of these people make it all work – with a job, constant (it seems) traveling, going out to clubs, parties, events, dinners, brunches, meetings with friends, and whatnot. If the dog can travel with you and join almost everywhere – that is fantastic. If you have family and friends around you that will surely keep an eye on the beloved little family-member when you are away and can’t take the dog with you – great, be so thankful! But often times I see stories (on snapchat or instagram) that show certain people with dogs, getting all ready, and then leaving the dog alone once more when they go out for whatever reason. It makes me sad when thinking that is surely isn’t the first time, the last time and potentially is the most routine task for the dog: waiting for the owner to finally come back home. So this is also a post to remind everyone that is thinking of getting a dog: it’s a wonderful idea – but make sure you have back-up plans when you don’t have the necessary time. If your love for dogs is that great, remember to put the dog first and don’t get one until you are 200% sure that you will be able to give the love, affection and attention it needs.
Wishing everyone a lovely Valentines Day! This goes out to all the loved ones out there; friends, family, lovers, and all those dear to one. I am not a huge V-Day fan as in having to receive presents to make it overly-special. Yet, I do acknowledge and appreciate the additional effort one can put into it. I believe it shouldn’t be overvalued since everyday spent with a loved one is special – but then again, who doesn’t love a bouquet of flowers or a heart-warming message? I surely do! xo
I am soo sorry I’ve been gone so long. Did I ever tell you I’m more than busy right now? I’ve probably said this all too often already. I do admit to having taken a bit time off, of everything, too. Especially last weekend. My bf took me to Verbier, where we spent the whole weekend with some friends and their families. It was lovely. It was a lot of jacuzzi sessions, a lot of food, and especially a lot of partying. Who would have known that such a small town in the alps has so much to offer. I absolutely fell in love with the place – it really was a small vacation away from the city and it almost felt like we were out of Switzerland. Perhaps that was the French language that I am not too good with. Either way, I thought I’d give you a small update that all is still running and alive. Especially if you follow me on Snapchat (laura.nanette) or Instagram (laurananette) you will have seen most of partying and food sessions – and the jacuzzi, of course. Though the weekend was fabulous and one that will stay within my memories for quite a while, my body is aching with pain now. I caught a serious flu once again and should be staying in bed right now. That, of course, is not an option. There is too much going on, too much planning right now and too many travelling plans coming up in the next weeks. Again this Friday I will be boarding – this time to Hamburg. One of my best friends is turning 30 – and there is no way on earth I would miss out on this birthday! Next week should be better, I took the whole week off (though will most likely attend a few business calls) to work on my studies. I promise to update you more regularly in the future. However, feel free to add me on the other social media platforms if you want more live updates! Busy days are coming ;) xo
It’s almost that time of the year – another 12 months have passed, and everyone seems to be writing down their goals for 2017! Looking back at 2016, I am proud and happy to say that it’s been well to me. Or better say, I’ve done good. I surely could have done things better, put more effort into certain things and by far life isn’t perfect. But is it ever? I think it is most important to appreciate what you have; rather than being upset about the things you don’t. There is so much evil in the world, and when we look around and read the news, there is always someone that is better off – or even worse than us. Comparing oneself is what makes most people upset about their own situations. Look at social media. Instagram, for example. It’s a blessing and curse by itself. We compare each other on it, we look to those that have more followers than we do ourselves and it seems everyone is constantly smiling and happy. Of course, this is not the reality. And thus, it is important to keep certain things in mind: to appreciate what you have, to accept whom you are, to compare ourselves less to stories that only show a part of the person’s life.
In the end, of course, I cannot lie. I too look at Instagram, at certain influencers, and admire their work. Yet, never has it filled my heart with hatred. Never have I compared myself to a point where it made me unhappy with myself. Rather, I get inspired by influencers. I look up to achievements they have made. And I work on my own goals and see if there is anything I must change to achieve those. For 2017, I want to continue my journey. I want to find myself. I want to finish my studies and perhaps start something new. I want to live my life and not regret it after 12 months thinking I should have done something different or taken a different decision. I want to live 2017 to the fullest. Where to start and how you ask?
I love doing a million things at once and working simultaneously on different projects. My agenda fills fast, yet I always find time to squeeze in one more thing. Therefore, downtime, and taking the time to breathe, is utmost important. I’ve started this already, just taking the time off in the evening and not reading my emails after a certain time if not needed. Taking time for oneself is so important – yet we tend to often forget ourselves and place others in front of us. Taking time for ourselves can be as simple as lying down and shutting our eyes for 10 minutes, reading a magazine, taking a short walk in the fresh air, or sipping on hot chocolate whilst watching the flames at the fireplace.
From my own experience, I know that it’s easiest to stay in one’s comfort zone. I do it all the time. I wear black because it’s easy, its sophisticated, it’s nice, it goes with everything. As easy as it is, it’s no surprise that you might fall behind and not be noticed in the crowd. If you don’t want attention – perfect fit. Standing out, however, doesn’t need to be attention-seeking. It’s being noticed. It’s being confident. It’s showing character. Wearing black works in that combination – but then the attitude should show. Wear red lipstick and heels if needed. Or go for a completely new look: wear pink (or whatever you fancy)! Of course, whatever you choose, do it for yourself and remember, never do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Say Yes, say No
There are some that say yes to everything. Do you have time to help with this project? Yes. Do you mind adding these items to your list? No. Can you help me? Of course. I tend to do it all the time. I tend to take on more projects than my agenda fits. I help friends when I don’t know how to fit it in. I work my ass off to help others, and forget my own free time. In these situations, saying know must be learned. It’s okay to say no and to put yourself in front of others. That is, from time to time. Likewise, one should not say no all the time and be surprised that no one ever comes back again to ask for help or to hang out. Finding the right balance between a yes and no is critical in today’s, fast-pacing world.
Laughing is healthy. Yes, it causes wrinkles around your mouth and in your face. But really? Isn’t it something great? For one, no one should be afraid of “getting older”. Secondly, laughing is one of the things that keeps you young – in my opinion. Being able to laugh at yourself in situations you funnily messed up or laughing with (not at) others is so important. It keeps us alive. Sadly, many of us are constantly worried and barely ever laugh. I once read that laughing can be practiced and if you fake-laugh hard enough and a couple of times, real endorphins (the happy hormones) are released and you will start laughing. Perhaps give that a try!
Appreciate the moment
We live such fast-paced lives. I do too! We run errands from A to B, have one million projects going on, some of us have children, and it seems there are never enough hours in a day. Instead of looking at our watches constantly and worrying all the time that we will miss out on the next big thing, it is important to just appreciate the moment. Be it the five-minute break you are taking with your coffee during work hours: appreciate it. The short call your friend gives you only to say she’s in a hurry but thought of you: appreciate it – she took the time to call you. Of course, we cannot stop time and sometimes there is just too much to do. Yet, (almost) everything can be done with the help of a little time-management. Adding in a few extra minutes to just enjoy the moment won’t cost you anything!
Life is all about giving and taking – in my opinion. I love giving. I love making people happy and seeing a smile on their faces. That doesn’t mean you must buy them presents all the time or even spend money at all. It can be as simple as a compliment that you love their outfit, that you noticed their happiness or simple that you enjoy their presence. It can be a handwritten note that lets them know you appreciate the extra effort they have put into helping you with a project or a text message saying you can’t wait to see them later that day. Your co-worker brings you that coffee every morning? Why not bring him or her a treat the next time you walk past their desk or invite them out for a lunch. It’s often the simplest thing that we forget – yet they are often so appreciated by others. They might not show it immediately, but perhaps they have something else to give another day. Lastly, never forget to thank with a smile. Personally, I think that is often rewarding enough for me.
With that – I wish you all a Happy New Year and an amazing 2017!