Work vs. Play on Holiday

If you have been following along on instagram or snapchat (@lovefromberlin), you may have realized that I am currently in the US (and will be until the 1st of June). For the past three days, I have been vacationing in Florida with my family, soaking up the sun at the beach and cooling down in both the ocean and the pool. And although this is technically my summer holiday, I have also been trying to use the time to get a bit ahead with work for Love from Berlin and somehow re-establish that fitness routine that I’ve never quite exactly successfully established in the past. Which brings me to the topic of this post – work vs. play.

I figure that there are four major schools of thought when it comes to working on holiday:
Great, I am on holiday!…
1. Finally have some time to catch up on all the shit I’m behind on!
2. Good thing I’m hella organized and can just sit back and relax.
3. Time to get started on everything that’s not even due yet. Relaxation, what are you even?
4. I’m super behind on work, but I’ll be damned if I do any during this trip besides eat all the foods and spend most of my time in a reclining position either in a beach lounge chair or in my hotel bed eating all the foods.

Now, I am a self-admitted workaholic. But because Love from Berlin is currently a side-project, no matter how organized and on top of my shit I am, it is very rare that I am actually ahead of schedule with work. And thus, at the moment, I definitely fall into group one. Meaning, even though I should probably cut myself some slack due to the fact that my being behind is not a reflection of my work ethic, and holidays are needed and important – both for mental health and long-term work stamina – I just can’t seem to lay poolside free of worry. Nope. Instead I took breakfast in bed (still clearly a holiday perk) in order to work on some behind-the-scenes LFB work, all the while simultaneously feeling guilty that I have been behind on replying to comments and hadn’t posted since the 16th.

Granted, I also saw my holiday as a great opportunity to try and kick start some kind of semblance of a workout routine, so I am pretty sure that my workaholic tendencies supersede purely getting a handle on work-related things. But when your side-project (or full time job) calls for creating online content and being present on social media, working while on holiday is not just about catching up on work or getting ahead of things. It’s about using the unique opportunity of being in a new and exciting location to create new content as well. Thus, besides setting aside a good few hours a day during my trip to write up content for LFB, I also spent the majority of my trip concerning myself with keeping my social media accounts updated and photographically documenting my surroundings and experiences for future LFB content.

I am sure this differs from blogger to blogger, but for me, I am constantly aware that half of the content I share with you all on LFB is content that I am creating. And for this reason, when I am on holiday, I am constantly thinking about what I can share with you guys, what posts I am going to write, and which pictures I need to take to accompany them – especially because travel content is some of the most interesting and useful content for a lot of people.

In a perfect world, Love from Berlin would be just as much a part of my working life as my other projects, but even then, I would still face the dilemma of just eating my damned breakfast and jumping into the ocean without thinking twice about photographing it all or using this holiday as an opportunity to create. I think this is something that most bloggers struggle with and to be honest, I haven’t hit the sweet spot yet. And although I was unable to just turn off my phone, set my camera down and just enjoy my surroundings for what they were, there is a part of me that is happy to capture it all. I love taking photos of everything first and foremost as a photographer. I also love running my little space on the internet and creating things to share on LFB. I am just hoping that I eventually figure out how to find a happy medium between work and play and to know when and when not to combine the two and to be able to do so without feeling guilty about it.

Which camp do you fall into? How do you deal with managing work and play?

Herzlich, Rae
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DIY 008: Geometry

As you all know, I am currently in the process of re-doing my flat. My flat in Germany has actually gone through a lot of interior design phases over the past 4 and half years. It’s first incarnation was that of an extremely feminine sickly sweet pastel shabby chic flat with some “kawaii” Japanese influence. It definitely would have made 14-year-old “azn pryde” me proud, and I did love it for a year. But it wasn’t the most sustainable style, and one day while sitting in my living room watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, I looked around at all the cute, felt sick to my stomach, and that was that.

Next came the modern industrial black and white minimal phase which really didn’t work all that well, seeing as this kind interior style is really dependent on the actual inner structure of the residence itself. Seeing as I already had a hell of a lot of white furniture (perfect for basically all the interior styles my flat has had the pleasure of experiencing), I toyed with the idea of taking my flat in that geometric pastel Scandinavian direction (which is kind of like shabby chic’s older, wiser, and cooler Danish cousin), but then somehow re-found my original interior design roots and ended up back at thrifted pieces and a boho vibe – my college dorm rooms were always decorated with kitschy artwork from the 60s. (Sidenote: It’s kind of funny how we go through all these phases and somehow arrive back where we originally started but in an evolved state which features a few of the souvenirs we’ve picked up from the stops along the way as well. I have personally had the same experience in terms of my personal style as well.)

And so, this time around, I am going for “lazy-California-bohemian-beach-home-meets-texas-hunter’s-ranch-house” (except without harming any ACTUAL animals in the process). Urban Outfitters’ homeware has been a huge inspiration as has been the whole plant house trend which I have jumped onto fully. And on that note, comes today’s DIY brought to you by the lovely ladies over at “The Sorry Girls.”

I have been totally digging this whole return to the 60s hearthy home hippie vibe, and with it all of the terrariums that have been popping up everywhere. Unfortunately, most cost about an arm and a leg, but this DIY will show you how to make your own for a fraction of the price. (And while you are at it, DIY-ing up the place, you might as well check out this amazing dream catcher DIY as well.) JENerationDIY also has her own version which is also definitely worth taking a look at.

Now, I generally look at a lot of DIYs online and always think about how fucking awesome it would be to make them but never actually get around to doing them, but this one is definitely something I might just have to try – and don’t worry I will be sure to post some results here on LFB if I do!

What kind of interior design are you into? What kind of interior DIYS have you made?

Herzlich, Rae
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interior adventures is a series all about my adventures (& misadventures) in re-doing and re-decorating my flat.

This is the story about how I ended up with a mattress 20 cm too long. Once upon a time (about 3 weeks ago), I decided it was high time to replace my mattress. Maybe it was the combination of being, oh, well a cheap piece of shit from Ikea and it being shared with my then-boyfriend and I resulting in constant uneven weight distribution, but my old mattress had turned into a soft lumpy mess. So uncomfortable was this little shit that I regularly opted for sleeping on the sofa for about a month. After deciding to re-do my flat, I also decided that a new mattress was in order. Now even cheap mattresses aren’t exactly cheap, but I reasoned that it’s something you use every day and that your quality of sleep has a huge impact on your daily performance and overall health in the long run. And thus, on one of my Ikea outings with my best friend Azura, I decided to purchase a memory foam mattress.

Now, I am here to let you in on a slight cultural difference. In the US (And in England as well I am pretty sure) bed measurements are given names: twin, double/full (pretty sure these are the same thing, but to be completely honest, I’m still not sure. Mattresses. Mystifying things.), Queen & King. Here in Germany however, they are named by their length in cm: 140cm, 160cm, 180cm. I know, fascinating right? Well actually, it kind of really fucking is because these 20 cm surprisingly make all the difference. And yet, I still can’t seem to ever remember how big my bed is.

Case in point: I have been known to go to Ikea completely unprepared and having a little internal dialogue with myself about centimeters, venturing an educated guess and crossing my fingers that the sheets I just bought are going to fit my bed. Only this time, the discussion with myself went a little something like this: (Me sitting on a showroom bed) “Oh wow, this is nice! A bit small though. Wait a minute… There’s no way that Nick and I slept on a 140cm bed. Nope. No way in hell. Oh god, I just placed an order for the wrong mattress size.” And so, I kindly asked the woman to change my request to a mattress 20cm bigger than originally requested and strode confidently through the ground floor of Ikea, where I triumphantly picked up my new mattress and organized delivery to my flat that evening all based on a shitty unfounded hunch that went against my initial instinct because MATH.

Now Ikea has this amazing little policy where once you’ve payed for same day delivery, there is no way in hell you are getting your shit off that truck if you happen to be as stupid as I am. So, when I got home and realized…oh wait a minute. Ha. This bed is 140 cm. Funny! (Except not.) It was too late.

The end.

Only that wasn’t really the end. Because now I was stuck with a fucking mattress that was 20 cm too long and a bed that was 20 cm too short. So I did what any mature respectable 20-something year old without a car and little time on her hands would do. As I sat there and thought back to all the times where I felt as if I was a cm away from being pushed off the bed when sharing it with my previous boyfriend and decided that those extra 20cm really did make a difference since I clearly would eventually have a boyfriend again and be faced with the same scenario of clinging to my side of the bed, hoping to not fall off If I were to return this new mattress and keep the old. Plus I just really couldn’t be arsed to rent a truck and drive that bad boy back to Ikea with a license I don’t have. So I posted an ad online for my old bed, mattress, and ordered a same same but different (same frame different size) bed from Ikea. The end.

Except still not.

Because after unpacking my brand spanking new mattress and putting it on the floor for the first few nights, I realized that beds were overrated and a mattress on the floor didn’t look half bad and matched perfectly with the boho vibe I was going for anyway. And so, with that, I decided to cancel my Ikea order (this is also an incredible story, but I will be saving that for another post), save a few hundred euros and do the whole bohemian or starving college student thing. As you can see, I have also purchased the small wooden boxes from my first interior adventures post which make for the perfect side tables.

And so, things are slowly starting to come together. I have made a few changes to the hallway and living room which I will be sharing in the next post of this series. Oh, and p.s. It’s my mother fucking birthday today.

Herzlich, Rae
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IN THE KITCHEN

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP

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