When one door closes, another door opens

colourful Santa Catalina

Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where things don’t go ahead as planned. Maybe you were applying for your dream job and you didn’t get it; maybe your heart just got broken by your partner or you booked your amazing holiday but then it got cancelled because of external other reasons you couldn’t control. These are typical situations where a door is closing. We get disappointed and wonder why this happened. We are sad.

But hey, remember, everything happens for a reason. The job you were hoping to get, did not work out for you because a better one is waiting for you just around the corner. The partner who broke your heart wasn’t loving you, so why would you want to waste your time. Maybe your soul mate is waiting for you but you need to be free for him. Maybe your dream holiday wasn’t such a great choice and you are getting a better deal for less money now.

Keep in mind, where one door closes, another door opens. We need to free up our mind and believe in ‘everything happens for a reason’. Your mind will be open and suddenly you can see things clearly. New ways will show up just in front of you. It may take some time but at the end of your journey you will realise and learn why the first option was not a good one for you


When one door closes, another door opens

The photo below was taken in Santa Catalina, Arequipa, Peru. I loved the colours of the doors. You can see how one door leads to another one. Go for it and open your mind. Do you want to read more about Arequipa in Peru: click here for Part 1 and click here for part 2.

colourful Santa Catalina
colourful doors of Santa Catalina

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Who I am and why I am here

I love landscape photography and published my own website in October 2014. Back then I was getting excited to travel to Southamerica for 2 months. All I wanted to do in the beginning was to share my photos from my travelling with friends and family, so I decided to create a blog. It takes some time to get familiar with blogging and to get used to find some time to actually write something. Once I came back from my travelling, I wasn’t really active with my blog but going through all my photos and remembering the stories I had experienced and lessons I learned I suddenly could see a greater purpose of what I want to achieve with my blog.

I wanted more than just sharing my travel itinerary and showing my photos but to take you with me on my journey. There is a difference between being a tourist and being a traveller. For me the most enjoyable part of travelling is to live in and experience the different cultures, to eat the food the locals eat, to understand their values and history but for most of it to enjoy and respect the beautiful nature god has given to us around the world.

Seeing colleagues in the office closing the blinds of the windows because the sun is shining but not seeing how the sun is trying to break through the beautiful amazing big layer of fog covering the Harbour bridge of Sydney or missing out on colourful sunsets and sunrises, makes me want to scream. How can you be so busy not to see and admire this? Also seeing lots of people not believing in themselves but just doing a job to earn money so they can pay their rent, makes me sad.

I want to break through that vicious cycle and want you to open your eyes and realise how beautiful our mother nature is. My mission is to inspire you to be a happier person and to live your life to its fullest potential.

That’s when I started to launch my happiness blog, in which I pick one of my photographs I took from beautiful places around the world and tell a story which helps you to find your own happiness and to embrace the little and simple things in life.

Travelling especially through South America was an eye-opener making me realise how rich our lives in the westernised world are and that we shouldn’t have any reason to complain about anything.

My mission is to inspire you, to change your mindset and maybe even your life reading my stories. We easily forget about our positive things in life until the day you travel to third world countries which open your eyes if you choose to. I hope I can kick your travel bug and you will travel to those places and see the magic in our world. If you can’t afford your dream trip yet, don’t worry, keep reading and I will take you on my journey. When you close your eyes you might even be able to feel what I was feeling when traveling to those places.

Welcome to my blog. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts on each post. Share my blog with your friends if you like it.

If you are interested in my photos, hop over to my website (you can find the link in the menu), you will be able to buy prints. The lab I am using is a professional great quality lab in the US. Feel free to send me an email if you have any other queries I can help with or if you wish to license photos.

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Me and the Lake Titicaca

Alex

Ever thought about your goals in life? What is your purpose?

Glenorchy, New Zealand

If you don’t know where you’re going, that’s where you’ll end up.

What are your short- and long term goals? Successful people know exactly what they want to achieve and can answer straight away. Others struggle and may answer – see how it goes – not sure or I will see what happens. Well to be honest, nothing will happen if you don’t know what you want.

So, do you know what your goals are in life? Do you know what you want to be known for and what people will remember of you? What is your purpose in life?

These are hard questions but important to know. When knowing what you want to achieve, that’s where you will end up with. However, not knowing what you want, will lead you to nowhere. At one stage you probably will feel that you wasted your time. You don’t want this to happen, life is too short. So make the most out of it and be happy.

So what can you do in order to know where you are going? I once attended a great seminar which was based on the book “The 7 habits of highly effective people”. One exercise we had to do was pretty intense and I encourage you to do it:

Close your eyes and imagine you attend a funeral, you can see your friends, family, work mates, bosses, neighbours and very close friends. Now imagine the people mentioned above are there for your funeral. Listening to that task was a shock to me and very irritating, however, keep going. Now imagine how a respresentative of all those groups will be talking about you. What would they say about you? What were you known for and what do they miss about you?

This exercise is eye – opening. You look at the end of your own life and imagine what people would say about you. Whatever you come up with, is your end goal, your vision. Once knowing that, these things will be your drivers in your life. You will suddenly act in that way and find new ways of doing things, you might change your career because you realised your current job is just it – a job – but not your purpose in your life. Once I thought about my life, I realised that I have to make changes. I love helping people and having an impact to their life. That’s what I am trying to achieve with my happiness blog; I love photography and telling stories which make people aware of how beautiful our planet really is, to stop worrying and to enjoy the nature and other people’s company without limitations, no matter the background and culture.

Take some time off for yourself or I should better say, make time and think about what your personal goals are. Become aware of it, write your vision and goals down. Read it every night until it becomes second nature to you. You will notice your life will change for the better. You suddenly see directions and purpose in your life, you will make decisions which will help you achieving your long and short term goals.

If you don’t know where you’re going, that’s where you’ll end up.

Glenorchy, New Zealand
If you don’y know where you are going, that’s where you will end up

Let go of the little things

Do you realise that we worry sometimes too much. You wonder what would have happened if you wouldn’t have made certain decisions in your life or are you worried because somebody was nagging you or said something which hurt you. Are you worried how people may think about you? We all deal with this kind of situations in life. However, the way you deal with it, makes a real difference to your life.

Worrying means being negative. Negativity brings more negative things into your life. It is an endless bad cycle which brings unhappiness. So let’s stop worrying about what other people may think, let go of the past, move on and enjoy your life in the here and now.

Easy said but how do you do this?

The moment you realise you are worried, stop for a second, go for a walk in the fresh air, breathe in and exhale. Now, think about your problem again. Is it worth going crazy about it? Lot’s of the times it is a ‘first world problem’. Stop thinking and analysing things, instead move on. Don’t worry about what other people think about you, you are unique and special, they are probably just jealous or need something to bitch about. Don’t worry about how you look when you dance like a crazy or you try something new you have never done before; enjoy it. The person next to you is probably busy with him- or herself. Stop worrying about decision you made in the past and a potential impact in the future – remember, you made a decision for a reason. It is time to move on. If you stop worrying, you will see that everything will fall into its place if you just trust and believe in yourself. Let go of the little issues in your life.

In the North of Thailand people celebrate a festival called ‘Loy Krathong’ where thousands of candle fuelled paper lanterns drift into the night sky creating a red glow. This is a symbol of letting go. As the lanterns float away people celebrate.

Let your resentments, worries and sadness go
Let your resentments, worries and sadness go.

Depending on where you live, there might not be this type of festival, nevertheless you can do something similar. I was reading once to write down everything you worry about, rip the paper into pieces, burn it or destroy it in whatever way comes to your mind and celebrate the moment of you letting go of all the issues affecting your life in the moment. Just don’t burn your house:)

You will feel that it makes you feel better, you move on and embrace the here and now in your life.

Have a fabulous day.

 

Photos of Sydney beaches which make you want to travel to Australia

I moved to Sydney 8 years ago and still love this city. Sydney has so many beautiful beaches where you can escape the CBD and imagine you are on holidays but you are actually at home.

Do you live close to the beach or in a beautiful mountain area and you take it for granted? You get caught up in your daily routine and you just do not see the beauty because you are too busy? Stop for a second, open your eyes, be aware and grateful of your home, no matter where it is. Beauty is everywhere around us.

…and now some photos from Sydney’s beaches. If you live here in Sydney, I hope this post makes you realise how beautiful your home town is; or if you always wanted to visit Sydney, save for your travel and come over.

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Why you should visit Lake Titicaca – photos of Taquile Island

You are in Peru, fell in love with that country and don’t want to leave yet? I fully understand. Why don’t you take a bus and travel from Cusco to Puno, Lake Titicaca. More details on that trip here: Photos that make you want to travel from Cusco to Puno.

Puno itself is not a very interesting town in my opinion but it is great for an overnight stay before heading to the islands in the morning.

I recommend to take a boat to Taquile Island and experience the traditional culture of Peru. The island is 45km offshore from Puno and about 2,200 people live here. Taquile is approximately 5.5 square km big with its highest point being 4,050m above sea level.

So what can you expect to see? Enjoy the photos:

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Muse – what keeps me coming back to

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What keeps me coming back to is Germany my home country. I live in Sydney but visit my family every year if possible. They live in Munich. I love the landscape in Bavaria. The photo below was taken in Ammersee which is a lake near Munich. Can you see the alps in the background?

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blue hour in Ammersee

This cafe in Bad Toelz called “Cafe des Suedens” is my favourite; if you are in Bad Toelz, you need to go there, the homemade cakes are delicious.

Cosy cafe in Germany
Cosy cafe in Germany

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Muse.”

Make time for things which make you happy

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What do you do for your well-being?

Some people love to go shopping when they feel down and need a break. It makes you feel good and some people even use it as a ‘happiness’ therapy. Did you buy a cool new dress, a brand new fancy car or you are now an owner of the newest computer equipment? Did it make you happy? Maybe yes. You probably got excited but for how long did this feeling last? A few minutes, maybe an hour and tomorrow you realise you don’t need all this stuff and the same unhappy feeling is creeping in again?

No, don’t go shopping again. Material things don’t make you happy, you are just wasting money. Save your money and do something for your mind and body. Surely you have a hobby. For me it is dancing, excercising and being outdoors taking photographs. I know some people who don’t have a hobby which is hard for me to understand. I have too many hobbies and never get bored in my life. If you are one of them without a hobby, think about what you love doing, you might not even have thought about it. Anyways, the point is to do what brings excitement to your life and makes you happy.

Did I just hear – yes I would love to but I don’t have time? Make time! If it is something you really want to do, you will find the time slot in your schedule. If you still don’t find time, you probably don’t want it hard enough and are just looking for excuses. Leave work on time to meet friends or pursue your hobby. In fact it makes you more efficient at work because your brain needs a mental break.

Think about it – are you working to live or living to work?

Focus less on things you can buy but more on your mental well-being and do things you love doing.

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Make time and do what you love doing

Good morning sunshine – why getting up early in the morning is worth it

Hello sunshine. Especially in winter it is hard for many people to get up early in the morning. I am not a morning person which makes it even harder, but once you do get up and watch the beautiful sunrise, you suddenly forget about being tired and cold. You feel energetic and excited instead. Isn’t it worth starting a day with an amazing sunrise and red sky?

Being outside and breathing fresh air is also healthy for you; sunlight is essential to our well-being. Sunrays help our body to produce vitamine D.

A little fresh air and sunlight can work like magic for us. Don’t wait for summer; get out and say hello to sunshine.

A little sunshine can go a long way

Never lose your sense of wonder
Never lose your sense of wonder

Does money makes you happy?

happy smile

Have you ever noticed when travelling that people and kids in third world countries appear to be happier than people in the westernised world? Why is that? So, money does not make you happy?

Most of the westernised people seem to be too focussed on the material things they own and cannot get enough from money. The driver for lots of people is money. Kids are growing up with ipads and smart phones, watching TV and have plenty of toys. I wonder how kids nowadays will learn to appreciate the things they own. They get used to the habit of getting everything they want. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of people out there who are not like this, however, the majority are unfortunately focussed on money. Surely you need it to survive, to pay your rent and to buy food, I get this but when people make money to be an important driver for their actions in life and thinking that more money makes them happier there is something wrong. Money might make life easier but you can’t buy happiness and love with it.

Travelling to Peru opened my eyes. On our way from Machu Picchu to Cusco we stopped to see the beautiful scenery and approaching sunset but when I saw the little kids in their traditional clothes with their donkey I immediately was drawn to them. Most of the kids in Peru don’t have all the fancy toys the westernised children have. They are poor but happy. Those kids don’t need an ipad and a phone to play with. The little cute girl had the most beautiful smile I have ever seen. Observing this makes you think. Most of the people in that country don’t have a hot shower or just a small little shelter to live in but they are friendly and happy because they consider their family and friends the most valued assets in their lives.

Happiness comes from the inside out and not from the material things you own. Declutter your life and appreciate the little things you see and have around you every day. You cannot buy friends and family, you cannot buy love and you cannot buy health. Yes you can buy medicine but you cannot buy a healthy and happy body because this starts with your mindset. Love yourself, your family and friends, be healthy, smile every day and be grateful for the little things in life. Did you wake up being healthy? That is already a reason to be appreciative. Happiness comes from your mindset and not the assets you own.

People are just as HAPPY as they make up their minds to be

happy kids
People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Look at this photo and imagine you are there…can you see the happy smile and the simplicity?

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the most beautiful smile in the world

I hope this post will make you think and reflect on your life. Being grateful and smiling every day is a huge step forward in finding true happiness.

Have a happy day.