Author Archives: MarvyMaike


“You need to have dreams. Dreams are actually the avenue through which we achieve success and true prosperity. To be without a dream is to be without a plan. You are at a loss for what to do. Give yourself permission to dream and to succeed.” ~ Ellen Peterson, Choosing Joy, Creating Abundance By many accounts […]

Dolce far niente? Not so much

Oh to quit your job and just do whatever you want for a year. Isn’t that a lovely dream? It was mine and I fortuitously was able to make it happen. “A sabbatical (from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from Hebrew shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a “ceasing”) is a rest from work, or a hiatus, […]

Happy New Year!

I hope you had a lovely start of the new year! This new year is a sabbatical for me, and one resolution is to not push myself to plan too much for at least 2 months. So for now my blog posts will be a bit erratic too, rather than keeping with the schedule I […]

Merry Christmas!

…or Solstice, or reflective year-end time… I grew up celebrating Christmas as a cultural tradition. In Germany Weihnachten was less a religious event as it was a celebration of traditions, rituals, and the gathering of family (to me at least). I like the slowing down and cozying up as a family unit to light candles, […]

fourth advent

I’ve lit the fourth Advent candle (our family tradition), and am reflecting on all the lasts I will have tomorrow. My last commute, last time in the office, the final goodbyes to colleagues. I’m pleased to report that the Flurries I created for my colleagues have been well-received. It’s amazing how handwritten notes stand out […]

from thought storm to snow storm

The wind is howling around my home and rattling the windows. Snow has been falling steadily, and is expected to pile up to 6 inches tonight. It’s been a good hibernation day (love that song by Jars of Clay). With ice on the windows, what else can you do but head for the craft room? […]

first flurries

December 1 came with our first snow flurries.  Winter has officially arrived. The skating rinks are open and the Christmas lights are spreading in the neighborhoods. It makes me want to bake cookies and eat sweets all day long.  Instead I’m creating my own flurries with punches and UTEE. While the insides of […]


It’s getting darker much earlier now which is throwing off my body clock. The dipping temperatures also mark the coming of winter. It was too chilly for my neighborhood walk this weekend. ☹ So you’ll see more inside photos over the winter season, and possibly some retrospectives. This week, I’m busy giving thanks for the […]


“To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts unexpressed That can make this life a garden” ~ attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I’ve always considered myself a loner. I was a wallflower during my school years, with my brother my closest friend […]