Verbier

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

2016 -> 2017

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?

Breathe

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.

Standout

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.

Laugh

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!

Give back

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!

Merry Christmas!

On this oh-so-special day, I want to wish everyone (to those celebrating) a Merry Christmas! For some it may not be as spectacular anymore as we remember it back from our childhoods. Honestly, I feel its changed much in the last couple of years. This year I am in Malta, visiting my family. Although I love visiting them, and I enjoy the sun and rather warm temperatures during the day – it’s far from feeling Christmas-y. Nevertheless, we decided to not stress ourselves this year, just go with the flow, enjoy the quality time with the family, loved ones, and friends. We had friends over for a big lunch and are keeping dinner rather small and not so fatty (the body will thank!). Perhaps we will start opening up some presents tonight, maybe continue tomorrow. This year it’s really all about not stressing and enjoying the time off. It feels so nice to be able to sleep in and not worry about the business or anything else other than when it’s time to eat, sleep or go for a walk (with the dog)! With that, I wish everyone happy holidays and joyful, continuing weekend!

Travels & Birthdays

Wednesday already! How did that happen? The days are flying by – and so are the birthdays. I might have told you this before, but I swear almost everyone I know is celebrating their birthdays these days. November-kids for the win! Today is my sisters birthday: so all the best, also from here, to the sweetest and kindest soul on earth! Tomorrow it’s my uncles birthday. I’d love to be there, in Hamburg, but unfortunately my travel plans don’t allow for it. I’ll be flying into London tomorrow – a day trip, only. It will be quite busy. Boarding at 6.45 am (too early!) and arriving back in Zurich at around 9pm. I’ll have to wake up at 5 am tomorrow, so I am already complaining on the inside. Next week I’ll be in London again, though less stressful, as I am staying overnight. I’ll be there Tuesday to Wednesday, and attending a bigger event on Tuesday night. Then Friday next week I’ll be flying to Malta for the weekend (well, until Monday afternoon) to celebrate my dad’s 50th birthday next Sunday. And then November is already over. Annnnddd we will be going into December, starting the Christmas season, and jingle bell songs will be filling my apartment at all times. Alright, maybe not at all times, but surely from time to time when the cookie-baking-season starts. So excited!

I’m still debating whether to decorate my home or not. Usually, I am all in for it. This year, however, I will be spending Christmas with the family in Malta, and already flying there on December 21st. Not sure if it’s worth decorating for 3 weeks? I most likely won’t be able to decorate anything, time wise, until the start of December, or maybe this upcoming weekend. However, the first weekend in December (or second?) I will be traveling again, to Ingolstadt (south of Germany). As you can see, I am not home many weekends before Christmas arrives and so I really am debating whether to „skip“ the decorating this year. What do you think?

Now I’m off to dinner with a good friend of mine. It’s always funny being around him and I can’t wait to eat. Already hungry. The next debate is what to eat. I am somewhat craving sushi (as always), but we may try out something new! Anyways – need to jump now. Till next time!

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Thank You

Happy Sunday guys! I wanted to quickly update you all and especially thank you all again for the lovely wishes! Although my birthday was Thursday I’ve been receiving greetings, wishes, cards, lovely quotes, and so, so much love until today. Really, I appreciate every single comment and every little act and couldn’t be more thankful. Especially for the love my family and my besties give me – it’s what seriously keeps me alive. Being with whom I love.

Enough talking about love though. Thursday I worked, got surprised by presents and flowers at the office, had a lovely lunch with my colleagues, the most wonderful evening with my favorite people and got spoiled the whole day with presents. Speaking of – I finally got the iPhone 7 Plus! So, so happy with it. I’ve been wanting it for ages – the camera is just amazing. I’ve long been debating whether the plus version is too large. Honestly, I am still getting used to it a bit. But, being on my phone almost 24/7 and especially having that camera – makes the size so worth it. So thank you so, so much to my family! I also got some other presents, which I will share with you in the upcoming weeks. You might have already seen some or most on snapchat & my insta-stories.

Yesterday, one of my besties had her birthday. On that note, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! So many people I know have their birthday now in November (go scoripos!)- and the month only just started. What a month ahead! Parties, cake, parties , cake – oh, and votes! So my bestie and I decided to combine our birthdays in a birthday bash on Friday. What was planned to be a nice, rather quiet get-together in a bar ended up in an insane party. It was amazing! I am so thankful for everyone that came – you guys make my life.

Accordingly, my Saturday night was rather calm with a movie and staying in. Nothing wrong with spending some quality time. Today was similar. I’ve been as lazy as ever. Which is okay. Sometimes, it’s what you need. Tomorrow the routine starts again – I will be doing some workouts, go to the office, prepare more travels (probably another quick trip next week) and so many other things. I have SO much going on this upcoming week, I really need to focus on my tasks. Which is what I will be doing right now after this write-up – make a to-do list of what I need to do this week (on top of the other, usual business stuff). With that, I wish you all a wonderful start into the new week! xo