An Update on Sub-Stances

Over the past year, Sub-Stances has explored the world through different lenses. We’ve shared recipes from Georgia and Portugal, given you our thoughts on the French presidential election and tried to open your eyes to the world of mental health. As we’ve explored and traversed this world, we have decided to add a “Travel” section…

What Does Living Your Truth Mean?

Have you ever had one of those days where it feels like a weird confluence of events is trying to smack you across the face? Today sort of feels like one of those days to me. I woke up feeling spectacularly unmotivated, watched a Youtube video about finding and living out your truth. Per usual, I…

That Tricky Balancing Act

Between stability and growth, there’s a kind of balancing act that I’m convinced only trained circus animals can do. Walking precariously on a wire between wanting change in your own life and finally being satisfied with where you are… it’s almost impossible. At least for me personally, it’s the struggle I seem to meet again…

(A Decade Later) – It’s Autumn!

That’s right, you heard it here first – it’s fall, autumn, the time of colorful leaves falling, pumpkins, pumpkin-spice lattes, hayrides, scarves, sweaters, cozy reading nooks and halloween. You could say I’ve been waiting for this season since the last time it bade us farewell and you’d be right. Autumn is by far my favorite…

Thirty Hours Later… Bali, Indonesia

So much has happened since the last time I wrote a personal post that I’m struggling even putting words to paper (and yes, it’s been old school style for this blog post’s preparation). I’m sitting in a coffee shop across from my old DC yoga studio sipping on some tea waiting for class to begin….

Crisis After Travel

You might be wondering what I’ve been up to for the last… oh say month or so? I’ve not been exactly on point when writing out my weekly vignettes about life, liberty and the pursuit of all of the German chocolate possible to fit in my hands (though I promise, I have tried). Let’s just…

Caught From Around the Web

In lieu of anything especially exciting this week (minus my dad visiting… but I’ll get to that later), I’m doing a quick roundup of some of my favourite blog posts, recipes, and anything that I think you all might find interesting. Let me know if this is something you’re into and I’d be happy to…

Some Changes Around Here.

There’s going to be some changes ’round here. I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist… In all seriousness though, this blog is undergoing some serious face-lifting (and for the better, I assure you). Update 1: I finally caved and got my own domain: https://www.positivelygabriella.com Update 2: There may be some more mischievous cooking going on… What do…

Spring is finally on the way!

Perhaps it’s because Sunday’s weather finally broke the barrier of 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but as I’m reflecting back on my week- I can’t help but feel a deep sense of satisfaction. Earlier yesterday, I dropped off a friend by the bus station. My thoughts, as you can imagine, are mostly focused on what a fun…

It’s Almost Christmas!

In case you weren’t already aware, it’s almost Christmas! I could spend paragraphs upon paragraphs raving about how amazing snow is, and how cold weather is incredible, also how family and this season are my favorite things… but I won’t (given that I’m sure you’ve heard it from me, or like me already). But just…

The Family Comes to Deutschland

As is evident by the title, some of my family came to Berlin this past week to visit for Thanksgiving and in doing so – made me late in posting my usual Sunday weekly overview (Apologies!). Crazily, the six of us did more sightseeing in Berlin than I’ve done in the last two months… quite…

Laksa, Salaman Rushdie and Berlin

I wouldn’t use the word momentous to describe this week necessarily, but I almost want to throw it out there, because this week was one of the better ones since arriving in Germany. Living abroad, while having its incredible perks, I have found can be incredibly isolating and lonely. This isn’t to say I don’t go…