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Sunday Column (130)

We are staying in the UK – I guess that sums it up. After weeks and months or mulling over the possibilities of eventually moving to the USA or Australia, we decided to stay put. This has mainly to do with us wanting to bring the kids up closer to their grandparents. So London, or greater London, is a great compromise for a Scottish lassie and a German lad. Now we might look into moving further out of London, closer to a good secondary school, and into a bigger place. But there is no hurry of course. Finally we are going to settle.

Phew, as you can imagine there was quite a lot of thinking going on. I still consider an international career but that would be limited to travel rather than moving. At least for the time being and positions that might be coming up as far as we can judge it at the moment.

Work wise this week has seen an increase in meetings and longer hours at my desk. Slowly but surely we are moving towards Q4 and Christmas. I cannot wait. Our space is very exciting!

My 30 day challenge is coming to an end too. I actually start looking forward to a nice glass of vino. The wine shelf is stacked up. But before I might have a glass as early as tomorrow (I know it is the 29th but that is fine), I have to finish my fast.

On Thursday I had a great steak at Gaucho. Friday I only drank water, fruit juice on Saturday, and Sunday I slowly started eating a bit again. I haven’t done a fast in a long time but thought it might be a good thing to do at the end of an alcohol free month to properly cleanse myself. Result!

I also had a massage this weekend, and today we went to “my daddy cooks“. A while ago I filled in a request to join a live cooking session on Facebook (first time I have ever done that), and got tickets for the family to go. Colin has been a bit grumpy, but it was a good day out after all. We haven’t been to London with the family for a while.

Tomorrow my MIL will arrive. Actually I am looking quite forward to seeing her and her helping us with the kids. I suppose that supports our decision to stay in the UK. So it is all good.

This sums up a another week. Tomorrow is bank holiday, so extended family time. You need to get your priorities right πŸ™‚

Have a good one, September is upon us.
Volker

Sunday Column (45)

Happy New Year!

Tomorrow I start my new job and I am very excited about it. What is it I am going to do?
I will launch a German company into the UK market. The company is a technology service provider that connects to ad exchanges in order to optimise the bought media based on the clients’ KPIs. Using the potential of display advertising with the effectiveness of search marketing. I am very excited to tell you all more about media optimisation and a new field of online and digital marketing shortly!

However, a quick review of the week. After a very nice Christmas, my mother in law left us on Sunday. And, after a few days of drinking and eating, I decided to detox. Not like I normally would by not eating for 3 days and only having fruit and vegetable juices, but at least no alcohol for three days. I gave up coffee for 2.5 days but got a headache and thought I’d rather have one. But, I also focused on food that helped my body to rejuvenate, e.g. fresh vegetables and lots of orange juice.

My wife was an absolute star this week and re-sealed most of our windows and doors. The sealant had come loose over the years and we decided it was time to renew it. Also, the cats chew some off. Since she doesn’t trust in my DIY skills (I wonder why ;-)), I spent most of the day with the boy whilst she was doing the job. And a good job she did. Thank you so much.

We spent New Year’s Eve with our old neighbours who recently moved down the road. We had a lovely cheese fondue and a few glasses of wine, cognac, whisky and Martinis. A wonderful night which lasted into the early morning.

I don’t need to outline how I felt on New Year’s day? Just as every year on the 1st of January πŸ™‚ Knackered! Not even too hungover, but with Colin we had to get up as usual, no lie in. A long walk to feed the ducks with the left over bread from the fondue and an early night sorted me out fine.

The weekend passed quickly. I tried to enjoy the time I had with Colin, knowing that I won’t see him that often as I had done in the last few weeks. As much as I enjoyed being off work, not only do I have to get back to work for financial reasons, it is time to kick start the new year with the next step in my career. And, I am very excited to make this company work and grow in the UK. One of the biggest challenges I had yet.

Have a good start back to work! An early morning Tai Chi session in the park sorted me out fine. May you have a mind like water and find, as Anthony Robbins said, stay guard to the door of your mind. This way you are in control of your life.

Love and Kindness.
Volker

Sunday Column (44)

This week’s review will be short πŸ™‚

We spent Sunday/Monday down in Winchester with friends and had a great time catching up with them, and with other friends who live close by. Despite my worries about driving down from London due to the weather, it was ok and we got there and back again.

Monday afternoon I had a massage. However, just before I arrived about 3 inch of snow fell and my Blackberry got wet in it, giving up on me. It failed to initialise. A night in Tupperware covered in rice did the trick and the machine is now back to normal. I got lucky, as insurance would have taken too long for me to have it back before the start of my new job on the 4th of January.

Tuesday I spent most day cleaning as on Wednesday my Mother in Law arrived who I picked up at Kings Cross. It was very busy in town but we made it home and in time to just catch another big rain shower.

Wednesday I caught up with some friends for lunch and beers and got some last minute shopping for Christmas done. A great cheese fondue at night started the festive celebrations for us, followed by a turkey on Christmas Day. I want to be honest, I don’t think I will have too much meat in 2010, as I noticed how long meat is sitting in my digestive system and how much my body actually disapproves of it.

Overall, we had a great Christmas, spending a lot of time with the family. It was just fantastic. The weather was not too bad with quite a bit of rain. No white Christmas for us. There had been some UFO sightings in Beckenham but nothing we saw. Who knows what is happening next year πŸ™‚

We put my mother in law back on the train today and enjoy being back to our own world. As nice as it is to spend time with family and friends and have them staying with you, it is good to have your home back to yourself πŸ˜‰ The next three days I am planning a detox, mainly drinking water and juice, probably eat a little bit of detoxing food to cleanse my body before the new year.

Have a good week. Speak to you in the new year at the latest πŸ˜‰

Volker