Don’t let anybody kill your Dream

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” custom_padding=”0px|||||”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.7.7″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” hover_enabled=”0″ sticky_enabled=”0″] Do you know what your dream is? Is your dream still alive? When I grew up I knew somewhere deep down that I liked to paint. I mean I LOVED it, but I had no clue how to pursue that feeling. I […]

Luck of the Irish

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner I started to think not only about the luck of the Irish and where that expression came from, but also about luck in general, and why some people are luckier than others. Luck of the Irish is an old mining mining expression.  The phrase luck of the Irish is commonly thought […]

Green is not Green

When I moved from Germany to Maryland in 2000 it was mid summer. I was looking forward to a bright and sunny summer but low and behold it turned out be one of those drab ones. I had been to the US almost every year since 1984 and remembered the hot, humid and above all sunny summers of […]

Visual Journaling

Visual Journaling Anybody can do it   This is my 3rd entry in my journal. It is made without any planning or thought. I started with a doodle and started embellishing it letting my brush do the work. It took me 20 minutes and afterwards I felt relaxed and accomplished. It feels like meditation. Look […]

August a month to reflect

August is a nice month to reflect. I am just back from 2 weeks in the Netherlands visiting my family and friends. We said goodbye to my 94 year old aunt. She was the last one to go to the other side of that generation. That means the I have moved up and am now […]

If this is not it … what is?

If you have been in the workforce for a while then I’m sure you have wondered from time to time about whether this is it.  All our lives we are made to believe that we want a big house preferably with a white picket fence, 2.5 kids, an SUV in the garage and yes of […]

Frederick News Post December 31, 2016 – Brandi Bottalico.

Elisabeth Vismans was good at her corporate job, but she always wanted to paint. When her children went to college in 2005, she finally pursued it and has won several awards since. “It felt like coming home,” she said. “And what I wanted to do is to show people how wonderful it is to do […]

How to Stick with Your New Year’s Resolutions

originally posted on the WWR Blog 01.11.18 It’s that time of the year again. We are almost two weeks into the new year – how are you doing with your resolution(s)? Are you starting tomorrow or have you maybe given up already? New Year’s resolutions are a tradition in which you resolve to change an […]


Creativity What comes to mind first when you think of creativity? Art studio? Dance? Creativity as a talent? But there’s more to it, so let’s take a look at what creativity is. When I Google creativity, many definitions come up, but I like to stay with: Creativity is the process of bringing something new into […]

How Creativity Frees the Mind

How Creativity Frees the Mind Hugh Delehanty embarks on a creativity and mindfulness retreat, where he discovers that the key to being creative is to strip away all but the essentials of who and what you are. By Hugh Delehanty | July 12, 2017 “I think I’m going to shoot myself,” I screamed in exasperation. “Why?” […]