Channeling My Inner Julia Child

Posted on February 9, 2018

A couple weeks ago, I gave myself a mental health day and skipped school. I was really feeling the weight of the growing stress around language learning and feeling like I need to performing at a certain level by certain points on a timeline that I was creating for myself. So instead of going to school and cramming more language into my already full and overtired

My Sort-Of New Years Resolutions

Posted on January 9, 2018

I’m really not a huge New Years Resolution maker. I’ve never really felt like you have to wait until the beginning of each new year to resolve to change something about your life or the way you’re living. Why wait until January if you want to get fit, or eat healthy, or try new things? With the beginning of this new year though, I have been asked what my resolutions for this next year

Lists ‘n Things

Posted on November 27, 2017

Sometimes, complete sentences are just too hard to formulate. So here enters: lists + photos! That will have to do for today.

Thankful for:

  1. My apartment (especially when I have candles burning and a good book to curl up with)
  2. Chilly weather
  3. Mugs from home (always give me a warm fuzzy feeling that’s the opposite of homesickness)
  4. David (<3)
Two weeks ago, I finished the A1 level of German language learning at the Anglo-German Institute in Stuttgart. That’s about 8 weeks, or 38 days, or 161.5 hours of intensive German learning! With half of each weekday filled with German class, and the other half surrounded by German speakers, German signs, and... well, Germany, it's no surprise my German understanding has completely taken off!

If you've known me for any number of years, you know that I am a reader. I always have been and I probably always will be! There are even photos of me as a toddler sitting at the foot of my bookshelf with the shelves bare and the books all around me - discarded on the floor after I'd finished reading them. My mom also tells

I’m Abby Chamness: a graphic designer, illustrator, sometimes writer, dog-lover, mug-collector, and serial cookbook-reader from Seattle, Washington, but currently based in Stuttgart, Germany!