Saturday, December 29, 2012


Dear friends, it is odd to have been disconnected from my blog and the blog community for so long. First we were traveling, mainly without any internet connection and then our modem at home broke and - because of the holidays - couldn't be replaced until a couple of days ago.
The only connection we had was over our phones and both of us are not savvy enough to do much with that...  But now I am back and ready to show you some pictures of our recent travel when my dad came to visit and we first spent some time in Florida and then in the Caribbean. It was wonderful, interesting and oh, so relaxing!
In Florida, we stayed at our friend, Vicki's gorgeous condo in Satellite Beach. Vicki has a beautiful blog (click here) and actually a wonderful blog "party" coming up if you are interested in growing your blog. The picture below - that was the view from the condo - it's a wonder we left to explore anything else at all. At night we could hear the ocean from our window - it was wonderful!
During this time away from my blog, I've been thinking about it and how I wanted to take it a little bit deeper in the new year. With my art and also what I share with you all. 
I am constantly thinking about "things" and I rarely share what those thoughts are. I've been on an active spiritual journey for the last 25 years and rarely share anything about that. This journey has led me deeply into science and I rarely talk about that.
Yet all of that is connected to who I am, to my art, to how I live my life and everything I do or think or say. I think it's time for more of that part of me to come out to play.
I had thought that this year I wouldn't plan anything for the new year - you know like choose a word that I hope will be my theme for the year. However, I love new beginnings and of course they make me think of what I am wishing for the next year. I should know better by now... 
At first I thought I want my theme to be "fearless," as fear is THE big bug-a-boo in my life. Fear and all of it's close relations ~ anxiety, worry, regret, and so on.
This has dominated my life as long as I can remember. I have memories of not wanting to go into my room in Kindergarten when I was a little late for worry of what the other kids might think. I was three or four at the time! You get the idea.
Frankly, I'm tired of it. But the theme "fearless" would still keep my focus on fear and I want to give it no more attention. 
So, instead I want next year to be an inspired year for me. I want to live more from my heart.
I want to laugh more, read more, paint more, share more, enjoy more and take you all - whoever is interested - along with me on the ride. 
I also want to be more generous - with my time and my creations, which means I will have lots more to give away on this blog. 
I am so grateful for all of you who are still reading this. Life's journey is so much more fun when it is shared by others, don't you think?

Daniel took all of these beautiful photos in Florida (except the one of him - I took that on an early morning beach walk).

I hope you are all having a wonderful Holiday Season and are enjoying some fun days with family and friends!



  1. Dear Silke,
    Beautiful! So happy that you are back now. I hope this year will be a very happy, creative year for you. Remember what the angels always said in the Bible? FEAR NOT.
    Easy for me to say, I know.
    Fantastic photos here, thanks for sharing.
    Look forward to more giveaways!

  2. C'est avec un grand plaisir que je vous retrouve... merci pour ces très jolies photos.
    A l'aube de cette nouvelle année, je vous souhaite plein de bonnes choses, de la créativité, de la santé, du bonheur et de nombreux nouveaux voyages.
    Gros bisous à vous.

  3. Beautiful, beautiful photos!! Happy new creative and heart filled year to you!

  4. Beautiful post Silke! The photos, the content, everything.
    I have never chosen a word for a year; I hear of those who do it all the time, then somewhere about March, discover it wasn't *the* word, etc.....I guess I've always slipped into the New Year quietly and just hoping it's going to be a good one.
    And honestly, at the beginning of each new year, I *DO* believe it will be better than the last, perhaps in ways I can't imagine, but BETTER.
    So maybe I do choose a word, and it is always HOPE. That I hope it will be a lot better for everyone, for me, my family, for all.
    Maybe I've always done this and just never paid attention.
    Imagine that! ;-)


  5. Liebe Silke, wunderbare Fotos und Gedanken! Alles Gute für das neue Jahr! Caro

  6. Silke, I''m still here. Following, reading what you write and being able to identify with much you say. I wish you a 2013 full of growth and courage. Much love, Lorrie

  7. Liebe Silke,

    das sind erstklassige Fotos.

    Alles Liebe


  8. How beautiful pics! Silke, I wish you a really, really happy new year, hope every dream comes true :-) Kisses from Spain!

  9. Liebe Silke,
    schön, dass du wieder online bist. Ich hatte ich schon vermisst. Lachen befreit. Mehr lachen, das werde ich mir für das nächste Jahr auch vornehmen. In den Kinderganten wollte ich nicht. Mit Händen und Füßen habe ich mich gewehrt.
    Ich wünsche dir und deiner Familie einen guten Start in das nächste Jahr ♥
    LG Sabine

  10. These photos are stunning. They make it easy to believe in what is right and good.

    I haven't thought about words or goals for the new year. I know it will be a transition time for me and I'm already grateful for that. I know I will write , will cherish my family and friends, will give what and when and what and how and where I can.

    Dear silke , I imagine you will be doing much of the same.

    Happy happy new year


  11. Girlfriend -- I am just so jealous! You and Daniel look so wonderful there on the beach -- so happy -- it is truly the most special place. I do a lot of thinking and soul searching when I walk on that beach --

    I have just loaded your beautiful blog into my draft post for the Grow Your Blog party - so you are all set! The date is the 19th -- so don't forget!!

    Sending hugs--

  12. Beautiful pictures, Silke! I can not imagine anything more relaxing and peaceful than hearing the ocean from your bed, last thing at night before you fall asleep and first thing in the morning when you wake up.

  13. Hallo Silke, wunderschöne Fotos. Welcome back. Ich wünsche dir, dass du deine spirituelle Reise fortsetzen kannst sowie deine Wünsche und Hoffungen für das neue Jahr in Erfüllung gehen. I stay tuned:-) Liebe Grüße und einen guten Rutsch, wünscht Inge

  14. Hi Silke..super beautiful post..gorgeous pictures and sceneries!I look forward to more of what you will share..yay..shine on! HUgs kindred!

  15. Hi Silke, I've had a bit of a blog break so am catching up on a few posts, I love all that you wrote on this one and the photos are wonderful too.
    I've had lots of time to think lately and chose my word for the year 2013 as 'Happy'.
    I hope you find the word you are looking for to lead you through your 2013.

    Holiday hugs

    Micki x