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My husband Jim and I spent Christmas in Berlin this year. I love going to Germany and Austria during the Christmas season, because they embrace Christmas so fully with festive lights, decorations and traditional Christmas markets. Visiting the markets has become one of my favorite things to do each December.

Berlin had more Christmas markets than we could get to in our week there, but we enjoyed the ones we did visit – each one seemed to have its own character. We stayed in the center of the city (Mitte), and our hotel was adjacent to the Gendarmenmarkt, a beautiful, upscale Christmas market with an excellent selection of goods by local artisans and great food and entertainment. We also visited four other lovely Christmas markets: the market at the Opernpalais (the opera house), the market at Potsdamer Platz (by the Sony Center), the market near the Berlin zoo and aquarium and one of the large markets near Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower.

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I hope everyone has very happy holidays!





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I read a great piece this morning about incorporating Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) into your daily life to improve your overall quality of life from NLP Comprehensive. I don’t know much about NLP, but I find it fascinating. Most of these tips are just common sense things, but I often forget them, so it was nice to get a reminder today. In a nutshell, here are the “12 Laws of Life” that Tom Hoobyar laid out in his article:

  1. Self-management and people skills are the keys to your success and happiness.
  2. You are at the center of your universe. Stay there!
  3. What you think about most is what you get.
  4. You make your habits and then your habits make you.
  5. Guilt enslaves you. Responsibility liberates you.
  6. “Obligations” are a fraud.
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It’s been over a week since I posted last, and I’m sorry for that. Although I haven’t publicized this blog much, so I’d be surprised if anyone had been anxiously awaiting my next post!

It’s mid-December now, which is a pretty busy time for many people. My husband Jim and I are going to spend Christmas in Berlin this year, and I’ve been trying to do all the things and run all the errands I’m supposed to before we leave, plus work on my other website which was hacked into last week (for more on that, surf over to www.techkathy.com). (more…)

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During my first year of college at Notre Dame, I became good friends with some of the other freshman girls who lived in my dorm. Despite some differences, the 10 of us remained friends throughout our years at school and long after. We still keep in touch regularly; and, every year, we do a Secret Santa gift exchange for Christmas.

This year, as in previous ones, I tried to find a gift for my randomly-chosen friend that’s interesting, unique and Dutch. (Since all of the others live in the U.S., I hope that coming from the Netherlands makes the gift pretty unique already.) I headed out to shop today, and I ended up browsing the stalls at the floating flower market on the Singel (the Bloemenmarkt).

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It’s a gorgeous, sunny morning in Amsterdam right now, and I’m happy! Not only because the city looks beautiful today, but also because I just linked my new website, www.kathykeating.net, to my blog – yay!!! Now I have my first website up and running!!!

This is the first website I’ve ever owned, and I’m amazed at how easy the process was! Not to say it was a quick one – I researched creating a blog and creating my own website for weeks – but once I finally chose a domain registrar (NameCheap) and a blog host (WordPress), linking them was very simple.

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