Dreaming Big Small

Or why self sustainability, minimalism and back-to-the-roots bring me satisfaction

Yesterday I helped a friend moving his office from one place to another, the move itself was finished quickly as he didn’t have any furniture that needed to be hauled. He is an architect and whenever we look at his or others’ projects I start a little bit of day dreaming. Big houses don’t intrigue me, whereas the idea of limiting the size of your house and still having all the essential components is fascinating to me. It was this article about a couple that decided to built a 704square feet home and use the spare time they got from having a tiny house on things they love doing that made me realize that I don’t want any more than that.
Not only are we both interested in architecture, but he loves Africa as much as I do (or almost 🙂 ). We often share stories from adventures we’ve experienced in Africa or elsewhere and no matter what the story is about or where it occurred, it always comes down to the fact that the greatest feelings, the best experiences, the ultimate memories were made when life was simplest.

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Welcome Back: Fully Raw Strawberry Shortcake For My Parents

My parents just got back  from Greece and since it’s their 30 year anniversary next week I wanted to make them something special; of course I couldn’t hold it back until then and so we had a slice of this fully raw strawberry shortcake. The recipe is from FullyRawKristina and simply watching her videos brings me pure joy – pure joy, I think that’s what she says in her videos all the time as well. This recipe is for a strawberry shortcake and since strawberry-season is slowly coming to an end there couldn’t be a better occasion for it to be made. Let me just say this much: You’ll need loads of dried fruits for the shortcake crust, it’s a pain in the … (well, you know what I mean) to process them all without a strong food processor (yes, I do have a Vitamix, but it won’t do this job), but as a result you’ll get an estimated 10pound of delicious shortcake!

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Vegan Goddess – Layered Coffee Cake with Chia Pudding and Red Currents

The small wound on my heel from yesterday was looking better today and so I decided to go on a short run with Greta before lunch. It might not have been the smartest idea as the wound opened up again and it’ll take even longer to heal this time, but I got so enthusiastic after looking at trail runs to sign up for this fall that I couldn’t resist.

Well. To treat myself I made those delicious sweet treats.

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A Quick Sunday Bicycle Tour

The forecast was right, we didn’t have to wait long for the rain to come back. So after all the work was finished I grabbed my mom’s bicycle and dog Greta to go for a short ride. Initially I wanted to go running again – my new trail runners arrived – but I have an open wound on my kneel which makes walking very painful, not to mention running. Riding the bike was almost as fun – I prefer running over biking and that’s the one thing that’s stopping me from a triathlon 🙂 – and gentle on my feet.

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Vegan Friday – A Quick Insight

salad_collageWhen I’m with my parents I usually eat vegan because my mom is vegan and my dad likes it as well. Now they’re on vacation and I’m house-sitting. Along with the house, there is a very-well yielding veggie garden which makes eating vegan quite easy. I didn’t go running, just a quick ride with the bicycle and the dog Greta so my body wasn’t in need for a huge calorie intake. And this is what ended up on my plates:

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Biography #2 – From A Runners Perspective

 Or: What brings you joy?

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One thing I love about being in the military is the fact that you can do sports whenever you want (unless there’s something that needs to be done immediately). And I love sports – well, not too much soccer, but I love running. When I was in high school I wasn’t really sporty and actually I don’t know how my attitude towards physical activity changed, but it did over time. In the US I started going to the gym on a daily basis to balance out the intense college learning. I’m not a big fan of working out anymore, you’ll see me in the gym maybe twice a week; however, I love running.

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#1 – A Short Story of Nearly Everything (About Me)

So here I’m sitting in the kitchen after a delicious Sunday family dinner thinking: What should I write about. Last night I created the blog Subliminal Wild and this’ll be my very first own blog post – I’ve been translating articles for my mom’s blog homestead-notes.me since she started blogging in September last year, but writing down your own thoughts, memories, feelings and experiences is a whole other story.
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