Samstag, 31. Januar 2015

Why I can never rob a bank.

Did you know that every time I leave my house, readers either approach me on the street or I later receive emails with “I saw you today!”? 
These encounters are always very pleasant and I am delighted every time to have the opportunity to meet one of the many thousand people who pay me a daily visit on the blog – live and in technicolor. 
It’s invariably wonderful and I have never found it to be uncomfortable. 

On one hand.

On the other hand: have you ever thought about what this actually means? 

I am neither supposed to look lost in thought (“Is she worried and tries to hide it from everyone?”), nor can I be mad at my husband (“Is her marriage on the rocks? Is she maybe seeing someone new?”), nor look at my children in an irritated manner (“Is everything just a show? Is her blog a make-believe world?”), and by no means can I leave the house without make-up (“Burned out? Is she sick or depressed? Is maybe everything on the blog just photoshopped”?). 

Rob a bank or pick my nose? 
Well, one does not do these things on a regular basis anyways, but I’m just saying! 

I could have circumnavigated these limitations with ease by exclusively posting recipes or decoration ideas. 
Or pictures of a headless me. 

But then again I could not have met any of you spontaneously on the street and hugged you! 
Whatever you do...

Besides, I couldn’t have shown you such beautiful things like this coat.
Or the new purse. 
Or the delicately embroidered top, which is so breezy and light that I nearly froze to death, but I wanted to introduce it now already anyway. 
Once it’s summer and I wear it with a pair of denim shorts, you’ll all be howling again, because it’s sold out. 

So: buy it now and wear it in summer with cute shorts. 
Or skinny khakis. 

The design of the bag is reminiscent of the famous Chanel Boy model, but a lot more affordable. 

The coat is perfect for the time when seasons are changing, or for not so cold winter days. 
What I love especially: you can wear it classically styled, as in my outfit, but also sporty-casually like Noelle:
With a striped oversize scarf and sneakers. 
A dream! 

Purse: HERE
Coat: HERE
Top: HERE (I would go one size up so the fit is even more relaxed)  
Everything via Villa Smilla
Leather pants: Zalando

Love from 
Joanna (who does not mind abstaining from bank robberies, if only she can hug you.) 

The loveliest story in this context happened to take place in front of a ladies’ room. 
As it was occupied, I stood there waiting my turn. 
After a few minutes the door opened, a woman emerged, looked at me, simply said: "Joanna!" and flung her arms around my neck that very second.

This is EXACTLY how love stories are supposed to begin! 

Thank you to Ginnell Studio for translating this post.

Donnerstag, 29. Januar 2015

The new Liebesbotschaft Hollywood diet and homemade crackers.

Yesterday evening I had an amazing revelation: 
the secret to my slim figure suddenly dawned on me with absolute clarity – as crystal clear as never before. 
And to make sure all those involved will benefit from it I will let you in on it today. 

When it comes to food I am neither a disciplined nor an aware eater. 
I don’t do a lot of workouts (in Noelle’s opinion the 7-minute-app does not count as a workout. Which means I never do any workouts.) 
I do not know the calories of any food items and have never in my life been on a diet (apart from the Vegan Challenge, but this was a bit forced on me. And I also cheated all the time.) 

My secret is:
I am so. incredibly. picky. 

Let’s assume we are sitting on the couch in the evening and I feel like something sweet. 
Reese's PB cups? Contain nuts. I don’t like nuts.  
A piece of a Hershey’s bar? Belongs to the category of cheap chocolate that I don’t like. 
Well, how about gummy bears? I only like the yellow and orange ones. And those only rarely. Guess what, we happen to be out of them. 
Chocolate ice cream? In case I feel like it once a month, my family is sure to have eaten it all in the meantime. 
Popcorn? I can only bear it at the movie theatre in the dark.
Cookies? Only, if they are home-made. But when do we have home-made cookies at hand? 
And so on and so on. 
Most candy stuff I simply do not find palatable. 

If I was my own child – I’d be so irritated by myself! 
Spoilt brat that I am…

No difference with the savory snacks. 
While my family goes through one chips and pretzel stick bag after the other, with obvious delight, I sit here and long for something REALLY delicious and due to a lack of alternative options, I eat: nothing.
Simply nothing. 

Profound epiphany.
(If this sensational insight isn’t enough to sell how-to diet books in nine-figure reprints, I really don’t know. I could, in fact, buy TWO loft apartments!) 

Back to the original topic:
By something REALLY delicious I mean these super thin crackers with black sesame seeds, rosemary and sea salt, for example. 
Paired with some pieces of an aged cheese and olives. 
Or a cream cheese dip.
Or like today: for lunch with soup. 
Or as a snack with veggies in the lunch box. 

To die for!

Crackers with olive oil

2 Tbsp cornmeal
1 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp olive oil 
1 ½ cups flour
1 pinch baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Fleur de Sel
Fresh rosemary 
Black and white sesame seeds 

Pour 3 Tbsp boiling water onto the cornmeal and let sit for a few minutes, then add maple syrup and olive oil and stir. 
Mix flour, baking powder and salt with the cornmeal mix and 3-4 Tbsp cold water in a bowl.
Knead mixture until a smooth, elastic dough has formed. 
Cover with a dish towel and let rest for 15 minutes. 
Preheat oven to 350F° (convection oven to  310°), cover cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
Take small pinches of dough (glass marble size, if not a little smaller) and roll them out as thinly as possible, to a diameter of about 4”.  
Place onto cookie sheet, brush with water and add toppings of your choice. 
Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes, until edges are slightly browned. 

By the way: the ones with rosemary are simply sensational! 
Make sure to add a tiny bit of sea salt from the salt mill to them, before putting them in the oven. 

By the way the recipe is taken from the beautifully made baking book "Kexs", which features savory as well as sweet snack ideas. 

Also available soon: my book with the title: 
101 snacks, that are proven to taste horrible.” 

You are bound to swear off cheap chocolate, I am sure of it…


p.s. Are there snacks that you don’t like at all, although most people love them? 

Off topic, but OMG so beautifully made: this video.
Can I please have every single one of the 20 outfits. 

Thank you.

This post was translated by Ginnell Studio.

Dienstag, 27. Januar 2015

Why I hate poverty (and what you can do about it).

I stumbled upon a text written by a single mom recently – she writes about how hard the everyday life with many children and a very limited financial income is. 
She openly wrote about the simplest things that you would never even think of – which, in the face of being pinched for money, can send you into sheer despair. 
Things like a school field trip. 
Or a broken washing machine.  
Or an additional payment towards your energy bill. 

Point is, I know exactly what she is talking about – and am very sympathetic. 
I have known real financial deprivation, for years on end. 
I know exactly what it feels like to never be able to buy your children anything new, never go on vacation, and to be at a loss as to how to pay the grocery bill for the next day. 
And I am not proud of it – even if this time of my life is long behind me.

And that’s exactly the reason why I hate poverty. 
I hate this obnoxious energy that turns people into small, pathetic, narrow-minded shadows of themselves – always just concerned with surviving and making ends meet. 

So if you, as a love messenger, should find yourself in a similarly awful financial situation right now, I have great news for you today indeed. 

Are you ready?

1. You never identify with poverty. 

I have often been broke (and often for lengthy periods of time), but I have never been POOR. 

Being penniless is a temporary condition due to circumstances – sickness, lack of employment, single parenthood, bankruptcy, unforeseen circumstances, whatever. 
But if you connect with this condition inwardly and view yourself as “poor”, you and this energy will merge into one. 
Poverty is above all a lack of possibilities – poverty is a  "state of mind", no circumstance! 

No matter what your situation looks like right now – remove yourself from this condition. 

"But Joanna, I DO have deficits!” 

Yes. Just about. In the visible realm.
But I want you to stop seeing yourself as such internally. 
I want you to close your eyes and realize that you are someone that does NOT have deficits. 
For poverty always means deficits – and a deficit is something that does NOT EXIST in your world. 
(Remember: anything that does not exist in God, does not exist in you. Since when does God suffer deficits?)

I am very honest here: 
If you play with the thought (well accepted in society) or even show off with it, that being a little broke is just “part of it” and “really quite normal”, then poverty and lacking will be quite normal in your life, too. 

How often do I hear sentences like: 
"Me, being a poor student ..."
"Main thing is we make ends meet.” 
"I can’t afford this…” 
"I hope gas prices will rise again..."

It’s kind of an everyday chitchat: 
The poor acknowledge each other’s poverty (“others aren’t better off either”), and the rich better be quiet, or they will be envied and treated with hostility.  

All this is OVER for you from today on. 
No set phrases, no showing off, no fishing for sympathy – everything that has anything to do with poverty or lacking is CUT FROM your vocabulary.
Poverty is NO OPTION in your life from now on. 

Don’t play with these things! 
Poverty is nothing good, nothing praiseworthy, nothing to strive for and poverty – sorry, Berlin – is NOT sexy either. 
So don’t talk BS half of your day confirming this energy in your life and allowing it to grow strong. 
Sure, your bank account might be empty right now – but your lips won’t speak of deficits, poverty and “we can’t afford this”. 

"But Joanna... what am I supposed to say instead?” 

I will tell you in a minute – until then: just say NOTHING. 

2. You refuse to wallow in self-pity or inferiority. 

Oh, oh, oh, huge subject!
Poverty and self-pity are best friends – together they go to every party they are invited to. 
And don’t ask me how often they are invited… 

Self-pity intensifies the energy of poverty extremely, since it nicely keeps you in your role as the victim. 
You poor thing, you can’t afford anything. 
Oh, please!

I love all of my love messengers from the bottom of my heart and that’s why I tell you today: 
No matter how miserable and deplorable your situation might seem in this moment -  
Stop right now feeling sorry for yourself. 

Often a lack of finances is not even one’s own fault, there are unfortunate circumstances, assholes, or simply bad luck.  
It doesn’t matter why and for which reason and how bad your luck was: you are way too great to hang out down there in the pits of self-pity and inferiority. 

Self-pity is a very passive attitude that makes you weak and small. 
And you are by no means weak and small – and nobody can tell you differently. 
Not even your bank account, imagine! 

"But Joanna... my kids wear only used clothes…” 

It is only bad, because YOU consider it to be bad – and pass this attitude on to your children. 
Instead you can enjoy being creative, sewing things yourself etc. or just be grateful that you can find the world’s prettiest things for very little money in this country. 
My daughters to this day love wearing vintage and going to the thrift stores with me, although “theoretically” they wouldn’t “have to” anymore – never have I made them consider this as inferior or worthy of self-pity. 

Do you understand: it is not the situation in itself, it is the way you look at it. 
So don’t feel ashamed for your lack of money, don’t wallow in self-pity and don’t feel deplorable or inferior. 

Should you detect a trace of this feeling or thought within you (and it is pretty darn certain that you WILL detect it!), apply the tried-and-tested Liebesbotschaft method: 
Up yours!

Don’t spend a long time analyzing, don’t deal with it for a long time, just consistently refuse. 
(You have given that crap enough TLC. Enough now.) 

3. You only ever expect the best. 

As already mentioned, usually certain circumstances precede financial deficits. 
Usually not the favorable kind, of course. 
And this is why some people are either disappointed by life, have resigned or developed a kind of passive attitude: 

"Things will never change. What options do I have?” 
"It will continue like this until I retire.” 
"Old-age poverty. That’s what lies ahead of me.” 

You as a love messenger ALWAYS have ALL options. 
You do not consider your present bank balance and the circumstances that have lead up to it, just as you do not consider today's weather in Alaska. 
(Except, of course, you read this sitting in Alaska, in which case just exchange it for the weather in Germany. It’s quite similar at the moment anyway ;)).

From now on you count on supernatural ideas and possibilities, you look forward to unimaginable projects, you expect doors to open where formerly there were none, you naturally assume that your path always leads you up. 

"But Joanna, how am I supposed to believe it? I have never experienced this!” 

Well, believing doesn’t mean 
“I have already experienced it and that’s why I believe it.”, believing means: 
being convinced of the existence of things that you cannot see. 
As a love messenger you are ABLE and IN THE POSITION to trust in God. 
Look at me, it isn’t all that difficult. 

Success due to a lack of alternative options. 
That’s you from now on. 
It doesn’t matter what you see or experience right now – you only believe: 
Success due to a lack of alternative options.

Which leads us directly to the last point… 

4. You make decisions against poverty and in favor of abundance – and you will talk accordingly. 

I decided for myself: 
Poverty is not acceptable for me. 
It is an area that’s none of my business. 

Instead there is abundance in every area of my life. 
Because abundance means: I ALWAYS have more than I need so that I can support many others. 
(so you don’t have to argue that: “Main thing, I have enough for me and the kids, then I’m content.” – what a small-minded way of thinking! You cannot seriously be so selfish that financially you can’t see beyond your own nose!) 

And if you wish to make this decision together with me today, then from now on this is your being, your thinking, your speaking and your acting: 

"Sure, sometimes money is scarce – things like poverty and lacking ARE. UNKNOWN. TO. ME. 
Basically any ways and means are at my disposal – far beyond what my bank account states right now.
I have all the world’s possibilities, against all odds (even my own!), all doors are wide open for me and if I am destined to have/achieve/receive something, it will happen exactly so – completely independent of the financial situation. 
Anything that does no fall into place has not occurred at the right time. 
I always have enough commissions, always find the best job, and I earn good money with the work I do, I naturally expect unimaginable ideas, possibilities and resources. 
I do not just have enough, but I have more than I need. 
I have so much that I can support many people and still do not lack anything myself.”

"But Joanna, that sounds a bit like a self-help book!” 
Yes, possibly.
But honestly: your thoughts have been cluttered for years in this area, all supported by your experiences and those of your fellow human beings who also don’t have enough – you will need good ammunition against it! 
Just reading a ‘lil bit and “feeling better” won’t do it in the long run! 

What is important for you: it will need some time until your financial situation changes visibly. 
But you STICK with what you said, no matter how long it takes. 

Do you understand:
I do not begrudge anyone or look down upon anyone who enjoys remaining in her role as poor person. 
But it is not my way. 

To all others who, like me, have had enough of it: 
I really feel like experiencing things in the area of finances that are supernaturally possible – even more than I am experiencing already. 

How about going beyond those tight limits to enter this land of abundance and infinite possibilities together? 
Yes, also in terms of finance! 
Let us boldly and brazenly leave the realm of self-pity and (partly endearing) lacking! 
Let us blast through the pitiful “making ends meet” and “at least I can pay the bills”! 
Let us live and experience generosity – and by this inspire many people (including our own children) and open their eyes to what is possible, although it had seemed impossible until now! 

Who’s down with that?



This post was translated by Eva Ginnell.

Sonntag, 25. Januar 2015

A white Sunday in January.

Today I am just passing by with a quick Sunday greeting – paired with 3 hands-on pieces of advice for life to make sure you don’t get bored just looking at pictures. 
A free service for my readers. 

1. Quick and uncomplicated decoration for January. 
Fresh snow has started falling again a while ago – reason enough for Kati to take beautiful pictures again. 
Reason enough for me not to put up tulips everywhere at home. 
I don’t like my decoration in full-on spring mode when there’s snow, and enjoy an absolutely reduced design right now: a lot of white and natural hues, simple twigs and sculpturesque flowers in their vases. 
I placed all candles into groups – the prettiest effect is achieved when they are set on a simple serving tray. 
And if you like this calm, reduced and relaxed style you will find much inspiration in the Kinfolk and Cereal magazines! 

2. Best-looking remedy for a bad hair day. 
Wear a hat. Smile very naturally, as if everybody wore hats all the time. 
A particularly nice and “matches everything” one is on sale at  Topshop right now.
Of much higher quality than its price tag suggests! 

3. Proper behavior on a construction fair. 
In order to avoid standing there like a pretty-looking birdbrain just pose a technically relevant question, such as: 
"Do you carry this item also in a 1 and ¼ “ version with a silicone coating?” 
Wait for an answer. Listen with great interest for the first 30 seconds, nod occasionally. Let your mind wander for the following 20 minutes (since a monologue will follow inevitably) and stand there like a pretty-looking birdbrain. 
Doesn’t really help you now, does it? I know. 

One thing you can memorize in general, though:  
The more gold/glitter/rhinestones – the more Saudi Arabia.

Hat: Topshop (my model HERE)
Kinfolk, Cereal: Babyssimo 
White serving tray with rim: Babyssimo
Landscape images: Liandoo

The Liebesbotschaft editorial team (consisting of 1 person) wishes you a wonderful start into the week! 


p.s. Because the question just came up:

I am wearing this nail polish and this lipstick.

Thank you, Eva Ginnell, for translating this post!

Samstag, 24. Januar 2015

Taking a break from work.

Do you remember my friend Jeanette, a successful make-up artist and hair stylist, who prettifies politicians and notables on a daily basis and possesses a great sense of style herself?  

Post by her were published HERE and HERE before.
She is very busy with her job and wrote a post kind of from on the road, inspired by her work and the people surrounding her. 


It is definitely winter time up in the North and the much talked about cool breeze is blowing.
I love this season, just like I love any other season. 
(how lucky are we, by the way, to have four seasons?) 

You feel the wind ruffling your hair, the rain, magically making your skin glow, you are delighted about every ray of sunshine, magically making your eyes sparkle, too, and the cold freezing your breath solid, when you walk across the fields on a clear winter’s day, stomping through the snow or – like me – having been by the seaside for work. 

I traveled a lot during those past few months. 
My job took me to the most diverse places, connected me with the most varied people and over and over again I realize: I love diversity! 
In nature as well as in people. 

An area’s climate often mirrors its inhabitants’ mentality, in my opinion – only subjectively, of course! 

The often times rough climate and the clarity of the North, the mild and convivial character of the Rheingau area, the warm and jovial nature of the people of Cologne. The proverbial “Bavarian sociability” and the proximity to the warm Southern regions are such characteristics.

People fascinate me and enthuse me – most of the times at least! 
In particular their diversity. 
Hair: blond, brunette, black, red.
The physique: tall, small, slim, chubby, thin.
Wealthy in years or young. 
With the most varied preferences and dislikes. 
Everybody contributes to our planet’s bio-diverse-ity, because they are the way they are.  

I suggest you discover yourself and your very own bio-diverse-ity. 
For did you know that you are unique and fascinatingly beautiful? 

If you, like me, deal with people a lot, the biggest challenge is to regard exactly this colorful mix as a gift. 
To let every single one of them have their moment in the spotlight – that’s a skill. 

Among other things four things are essential to achieve this: 

1. First and foremost:
accept and love yourself. 
("But..." - SILENCIO!)

2. Be true to yourself. 
Easily said, but the basis of any team work and success on all levels. 

3. Get a feeling for the traits and all “assets” of the people around you. 

4. At the end of the day a strong group will emerge, if everyone is centered in themselves and appreciates the others’ strengths. 

So which one is the hardest?
The first one.

And this is exactly what I mean. 
Often the first, quick impression is what counts.  
But no impression is set in stone – it changes with closeness, devotion and love. 

So be aware of this: 
You are uniquely YOU and a gift to the world – live it to the max! 
And today is the day when you take that first step and start getting to know yourself.
It is never too late for a happy childhood!

The black oversized sweater on the first pictures is from  DeinLieblingsladen.

Lots of love,


This post was translated by Ginnell Studio.