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I'm Sarah Eden, mother of four, artist and blogger and I live in the countryside of Germany.
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It's OK not to be perfect - thoughts in autumn time

Autumn is in the country and colors nature in warm colors, sweeps the leaves from the trees with its wind and bathes the morning world in silent, mysterious veils of mist.

But autumn does not only bring external changes. The whole mood of nature changes and its energy changes.

Basically, nature is a wonderful symbol for deep wisdom, which it can teach us if we are ready to look carefully and listen and, above all, to feel inside ourselves.

Just as nature slowly comes to rest in autumn and the sap of the plants withdraws inward, we humans also feel that it is time to calm down, take a deep breath and learn of the active, extroverted lifestyle we live in Sommer have mostly led to 'shifting down a gear' and to focus more on our inner life.

Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer, it can also be nice and cozy to sit inside by the warm stove and think about yourself and your life.

I, too, have become a little more thoughtful and reflective, as I always will when autumn comes.


Over the past few days I've kept catching myself wishing I lived differently because I felt like I wasn't doing it well enough.

We all tend to compare ourselves to other people and if we see someone on social media, for example, who inspires, encourages and motivates us, then that's certainly a good thing. But when we begin to idealize these people and to measure ourselves against them, then that can create a lot of pressure in us, because we then feel that we have to be like someone else in order to be 'perfect'. But being perfect - is that even possible? Does perfection exist?


Well, back to my thoughts first. I already wrote in my blog article Just do it anyway! about how important it is to me to be able to express myself creatively, e.g. in the form of photography, painting, music etc ... I also talked about how difficult it is sometimes to find enough time for it, next to all the other activities as a wife, mother of four children and at the same time a businesswoman.

There is so much to do every day that there is usually no time left for art and hobbies. But just neglecting my passions? That doesn't go well for long either! Because then I feel increasingly dissatisfied and depressed the longer I live with such an unwanted compromise.

If you don't do what you want from the bottom of your heart, you will always regret not having done it.

So the big question is always: How can I manage, despite the adverse circumstances around me, to take the time to do the things I love?

Well, of course very different factors and resources can play a role and in the past I have often made the mistake of assuming that people in my immediate environment could or should help me. But that was not the case. At that time I was disappointed with the lack of help and this disappointment even turned into resentment at times.

Today I know that this expectation was just wasted energy and that this negative way of thinking had weakened me even more. In order to be in my own strength and center, I have to take responsibility for my life myself and completely. Even if it can be difficult at times, there are always solutions - you just have to be willing to find them and not give up.


A simple solution, but at the same time it can be damn difficult:

Have the courage to imperfection!

Everything you do doesn't have to be perfect. And it will probably never be perfect anyway. There will always be people who complain about what you do or how you do it.

It has taken me a while in my life to realize that it doesn't matter to please everyone else. It's impossible anyway. But it depends very much on satisfying myself. Nobody else can know and feel what makes me really happy. So I can't expect anyone to help me or to encourage me on my way. Everyone is different and has different ways of expressing their soul. Everyone has different ideas about how they want to lead their life and what is considered meaningful and fulfilling.


So perfection is completely subjective and is defined individually by each person.

I believe everything that is made with love is perfect.

And it is often precisely the small 'mistakes' and bumps that make a work so perfect. Because that is what exudes humanity, authenticity and sympathy.

Let's be honest: who likes the perfect masquerade? Everyone has to struggle with bigger or smaller difficulties sometimes, that's part of life. I believe that we are all here on this earth to grow and mature. Small or even bigger missteps are quite normal. The only important thing is to learn from it. Then supposed mistakes and problems can even be precious because they give you the opportunity to grow.

Here, too, the nature around us is a wonderful teacher. When we look at the landscape, the trees and flowers, everything looks beautiful and perfect. But if we take a closer look at a few leaves, for example, we will see that they are all a little different and that none of them are exactly symmetrical and perfect. Here and there you will discover small irregularities and bumps, but these in no way diminish the beauty and perfection of the leaf. On the contrary: it is precisely these deviations from the norm that make the leaf something special.


There are certain regularities according to which nature is guided, but within these there is still room for individuality, which even goes so far that there is no leaf that is completely like another.

Everything is unique and perfect in its uniqueness or in its imperfection.

I think we can learn a lot from this, especially calmness and satisfaction with ourselves. We are unique, wonderful creatures, with all our peculiarities and supposed flaws.

Of course, that doesn't mean that we should stop developing internally. But we can do it with ease, joy, and serenity. We can be considerate and patient with ourselves instead of expecting to do everything as perfectly as we might have imagined. Because ultimately we are all here on the path to perfection. And this path takes time, patience and confidence. And we have it all the more when we are aware that perfection already dwells within us and is just waiting to unfold little by little, like a flower that slumbers underground in winter, only to break through the earth in due course and unfold its full beauty in the sunlight.

So, you beautiful soul, I hope I was able to convey a little courage, inspiration and serenity to you through this blog post and if you would like to chat a little with me about this topic or just say hello, then I cordially invite you to write a comment under this post. I look forward to having a little chat with you!


Greetings,

Sarah


PS .: Here I made a video that contains parts of this blog and very nice, autumnal footage and exudes calm and comfort. Have fun watching!



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A crazy, wonderful, life-changing year

Hey, my friends!

After parts 1 and 2 of our love story I'm now sharing the third and last part of this 'Blog-Trilogy'... I hope you enjoy it!


11. STRUGGLES


So, as I was telling you in my last blogpost already, there was a travel ban set up in Germany and mainly all European countries due to Covid-19 that made it VERY difficult or even impossible for people outside of Europe to enter a European country.

Days passed like this, weeks passed, and finally months... and as we followed the news, the situation just seemed to get worse day by day.

It was a very helpless feeling to not know at all what was going to come and when everything would slowly get back to normal.


All we had now - once again - was calling and writing each other and we didn't have ANY clue for how long our relationship was gonna be this way and when we would be able to see each other again.

But we still tried to make the best out of it, video chatted every day, created sweet Instagram stories for each other, wrote songs, and played/sang them to each other... and yet missed each other awfully bad..!

One time we were trying to meet in Portugal because the borders of Portugal were still open for Brazilians when in most other countries they were already closed, just like in Germany.

We arranged everything and it all seemed perfect although we both felt quite insecure if this was really going to work or not.

But I researched all kinds of information I could find about it, called airlines, talked with embassies and border policemen and as everything seemed to be okay we booked our flights to Portugal.


The day arrived when Fabio's flight was going to leave and we were both super excited!

His family took him to the airport in Sao Paulo. My flight would be leaving the next day since I just had to fly for 2 hours and Fabio for about 14.

When he was on his way to the airport I was so excited and nervous if everything would be working fine, I couldn't think nor do anything else than hoping and praying that he would call me soon and tell me, everything was alright and he's successfully checking in.

All the time I had this strange feeling in my guts that something would go wrong.


And then finally his phone call!!!


I was so happy to finally get a life sign... BUT... He didn't have good news for us. In fact, it was what I least wanted to hear: He wasn't allowed to fly.

And all because of a flight stop in France and a law that had just changed one day before. Normally the borders of France were closed for people without EU-citizenship, but a quick stop for travelers at the airport was still possible - until that day before when the restrictions were passed over.

I think this was and still is one of the most frustrating parts about the 'Corona-restrictions' that you can never be sure how things are. Today it's like this and tomorrow it can already be different, you never know, you can't rely on anything, can't plan anything... ugh!


So, this day was a day that both Fabio and I remember as a very sad one.

His family took him back home. And a few hours later there we were again: him alone on his bed, me alone on the couch, talking on the phone, instead of having each other in the arms and giving us a big, long hug, as we've both wished for so much.


12. WEDDING PLANS

Since we've already thought and talked about marrying before, we now started to seriously consider making plans for it, even earlier than we both thought we would. But due to this whole tricky situation, we found that this was one of the only ways at that time that could make it possible for us to see each other again.

So we decided to go all out and get married.


But that was easier said than done. German bureaucracy can be quite complicated even for German citizens. But for cases like this, arranging a wedding for a binational couple with one Non-EU-citizen was a bit challenging at some points.

However, that did not stop us from fighting for our goal to see each other again and be together.

So we both called and discussed with people, went to different offices, got papers and certificates, stamps and translations, paid fees and postage costs, and went to offices again.

When we had all the necessary papers they as to be checked by a court and we were told that this could take about 6 weeks. So we had to wait again...


About 4 weeks later I already got the relieving phone call: The papers had been checked and everything was alright! YAYYYY!!! BEST NEWS in a long time!!!


Finally, we had a perspective to see each other soon again and be together.

We started arranging his flight to Germany and this time everything should work out perfectly!


13. A LONG-AWAITED REUNION

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Hugging us for the first time after 4 months at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany.

You can probably imagine how happy we both were to finally see each other again after all the waiting and failing and fighting and finally succeeding...!

Also, my kids were very happy to see Fabio again. From the day he arrived, we only had about 3 weeks until our wedding date which we had to set up before so he was allowed to enter Germany.

Since we hadn't planned a big celebration, nor did we have the budget for it, nor would a big party have been allowed at this time anyway, we stayed relaxed about that and just enjoyed our time together.


14. OUR WEDDING

On the 27th of August 2020, the time had come. We got married.

It wasn't a spectacular, glamorous event with lots of people, program, alcohol, and party... but rather a simple, yet beautiful day with some dear friends and my big family.

The only thing I'm sorry for is that Fabio's family and friends couldn't be there.

But one day we will hopefully be able to re-celebrate our wedding in Brazil with them!


15. OUR FAMILY IS GROWING!


To make our family happiness perfect, we are now expecting another baby too!

Those who follow my Insta stories do probably know it already: I'm pregnant again!🎉⁠ Baby Nr. 4 is on its way...! Of course, we're all very happy and excited about this little soul arriving to enrich our family.

I'm very happy to share this wonderful news with you my friends and I'm looking forward to sharing more of my pregnancy and birth with you.

I'm planning to have a homebirth again if everything is working well during my pregnancy. I've born all my three children at home and would like to continue this 'tradition'.


So... these were the most significant happenings during our year 2020 and of course, there has been Christmas and my birthday (yes, I'm a Sagittarius girl), and New Year!

But since Germany has already been in another lockdown again this time, we just celebrate it in a quite small family circle, very calm and cozy, just the way I like it. :)

I hope all of you had a wonderful year 2020 too even though there probably have been quite some challenges and changes for you, too.

I'm wishing you the best from the depth of my heart! Stay healthy and happy and full of hope, joy, and gratitude during this new year, too!


Thank you so much for reading my blog and for all your love and support!

It really means a lot to me!


I would be very happy if you'd leave a little comment/feedback about how you liked my new blog post and (even more important) please tell me what you would like me to write about in my next blogposts!


Lots of love,

Sarah


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