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Vienna-based photography, family life, journals and journaling (Grace and Salt ink Ambassador), various travels within EU and USA, thoughts on and experiences with anxiety

Holly Kooi
Vienna: Pretty places
Vienna: Coffees, Eats & Treats
Vienna: Cafe Little Britain
Travel: Europe, U.S.A
Vienna: Events & To-dos
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Vienna: Pretty places

The weather is perfect to get out and enjoy what Vienna has to offer which is EVERYTHING

The weather is perfect to get out and enjoy what Vienna has to offer which is EVERYTHING

Frosted leaves and a new Essie color 🍁💅🏻

Frosted leaves and a new Essie color 🍁💅🏻

Not a bad sight for a leafy puddle

Not a bad sight for a leafy puddle

All those in favor of another day like yesterday? 🙋🏻

All those in favor of another day like yesterday? 🙋🏻

For today's #instatidechallenge, here is my most honest answer: I sort of-kind of forgot about this, and then I remembered and started to write up a thing about my real life passion project, but then I chickened out and decided I can't write about it yet, so I procrastinated until I forgot about the challenge again. Now I'm up because I needed to feed my baby, and i did! and she's back asleep, and I should be too but I'm not so I'm kind of delirious and not really sure what I'm typing, but…

For today's #instatidechallenge, here is my most honest answer: I sort of-kind of forgot about this, and then I remembered and started to write up a thing about my real life passion project, but then I chickened out and decided I can't write about it yet, so I procrastinated until I forgot about the challenge again. Now I'm up because I needed to feed my baby, and i did! and she's back asleep, and I should be too but I'm not so I'm kind of delirious and not really sure what I'm typing, but…

Lookin' good

Lookin' good

Vienna looking its prettiest for my best friend's arrival🍁🍂

Vienna looking its prettiest for my best friend's arrival🍁🍂

Impressive sights on the way to a Vienna Babies Club picnic

Impressive sights on the way to a Vienna Babies Club picnic

Wait a minute Mister Postman

Wait a minute Mister Postman

So. Ice. Cold

So. Ice. Cold

Missing Vienna's turquoise skies BUT going against the gray by way of coffee, cookies, coloring and old Muppet episodes. How are you keeping up morale on a day like today?

Missing Vienna's turquoise skies BUT going against the gray by way of coffee, cookies, coloring and old Muppet episodes. How are you keeping up morale on a day like today?

Vienna tip: find a hidden corridor to escape the cold for about 60 seconds. This one will lead you right to @suessmund.kaffee!

Vienna tip: find a hidden corridor to escape the cold for about 60 seconds. This one will lead you right to @suessmund.kaffee!

Digging the view out my window

Digging the view out my window

To echo my husband's feelings about the week, it's been a weird one indeed. (For pictures and the full story see @willkooi) I'm thankful for at least 8,382 things, but I'm especially thankful to Jesus for keeping me calm in the midst of crisis, an on the mend and put back together again husband, and a city full of people who love us so well when we need it most.

To echo my husband's feelings about the week, it's been a weird one indeed. (For pictures and the full story see @willkooi) I'm thankful for at least 8,382 things, but I'm especially thankful to Jesus for keeping me calm in the midst of crisis, an on the mend and put back together again husband, and a city full of people who love us so well when we need it most.

Sunshine in the 5th. Come back!☀️

Sunshine in the 5th. Come back!☀️

6th district looking classy

6th district looking classy

Swan friends

Swan friends

Cranes and birds hard at work this a.m.

Cranes and birds hard at work this a.m.

One of my favorite side streets

One of my favorite side streets

Thank you, rain! Happy first day of spring🌸

Thank you, rain! Happy first day of spring🌸

"Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people." - Fred Rogers

"Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people." - Fred Rogers

The bad news is: it's still frigid outside. The good news is: flowers!🌸🌸🌸

The bad news is: it's still frigid outside. The good news is: flowers!🌸🌸🌸

Prettiness!

Prettiness!

Park days

Park days

Vienna: Coffees, Eats & Treats

NEW CAFE ALERT! It's modern, it's tasty, and it's changing things up. Lucy and I checked it out and wrote about it. Well, I wrote about it and Lucy posed for pictures. She also ate all of my cake. Read our review of @thecaketreewien then go support our new friends with your business!

NEW CAFE ALERT! It's modern, it's tasty, and it's changing things up. Lucy and I checked it out and wrote about it. Well, I wrote about it and Lucy posed for pictures. She also ate all of my cake. Read our review of @thecaketreewien then go support our new friends with your business!

Yesterday a friend told me she'd watched my UTell It talk and asked if I still struggle with anxiety even though I'm in remission from my panic disorder. My answer was and is YES and I wish I'd said that in my talk 🤦🏻‍♀️The panic attacks are gone (💃🏻🙌🏻) but I still struggle with anxious thoughts day in and day out. Some days I really follow through on what I've learned and have an overall easy day while other days I just get lost in it and can't seem to come up for air. But those…

Yesterday a friend told me she'd watched my UTell It talk and asked if I still struggle with anxiety even though I'm in remission from my panic disorder. My answer was and is YES and I wish I'd said that in my talk 🤦🏻‍♀️The panic attacks are gone (💃🏻🙌🏻) but I still struggle with anxious thoughts day in and day out. Some days I really follow through on what I've learned and have an overall easy day while other days I just get lost in it and can't seem to come up for air. But those…

Always wanted to try Fürth Kaffee and finally found a chance this morning while waiting on a gift to be made nearby. I loved the vibe of the place, especially the wood-burning stove! And guys, the cappuccino is ah-mazingly smooth. It's a stone's throw from Burggasse, just a little ways up from Ulrich. Kind folks, good speciality coffee. And high five for cozy sweaters ✋🏻

Always wanted to try Fürth Kaffee and finally found a chance this morning while waiting on a gift to be made nearby. I loved the vibe of the place, especially the wood-burning stove! And guys, the cappuccino is ah-mazingly smooth. It's a stone's throw from Burggasse, just a little ways up from Ulrich. Kind folks, good speciality coffee. And high five for cozy sweaters ✋🏻

This afternoon's coffee + a friend time was top notch. And the cafe's peanut butter/caramel cake was LIFE CHANGING🙌🏻

This afternoon's coffee + a friend time was top notch. And the cafe's peanut butter/caramel cake was LIFE CHANGING🙌🏻

Post-meeting thought processing 👍🏻☕️ at Süssmund Cafe

Post-meeting thought processing 👍🏻☕️ at Süssmund Cafe

Morning mama date at @brassmonkeyvienna. Brass Monkey is a cute little cafe about 5 minutes from Haus des Meeres. I enjoyed a creamy cappuccino as well as a perfect piece of red velvet cake. I'm particularly interested in their grilled cheese sandwich and cupcakes, so I will be returning in the future for sure.

Morning mama date at @brassmonkeyvienna. Brass Monkey is a cute little cafe about 5 minutes from Haus des Meeres. I enjoyed a creamy cappuccino as well as a perfect piece of red velvet cake. I'm particularly interested in their grilled cheese sandwich and cupcakes, so I will be returning in the future for sure.

Per @kinderculture's recommendation, @cma88, Lucy and I tried Lemontree. Lucy particularly enjoyed having her own giant swing.

Per @kinderculture's recommendation, @cma88, Lucy and I tried Lemontree. Lucy particularly enjoyed having her own giant swing.

Vienna: Cafe Little Britain

My second home 🙌🏻

My second home 🙌🏻

Birthday Brunch with my husband, kids, and Cafe Little Britain family. And so grateful for the sunshine that shined down on this b-e-a-utiful slice of cake. It was heavenly indeed.

Birthday Brunch with my husband, kids, and Cafe Little Britain family. And so grateful for the sunshine that shined down on this b-e-a-utiful slice of cake. It was heavenly indeed.

I love omelettes, and I've tried many an omelette in this city, but not one of them has or will ever taste as good as CLB's Sunset Omelette. I mean - good heavens.

I love omelettes, and I've tried many an omelette in this city, but not one of them has or will ever taste as good as CLB's Sunset Omelette. I mean - good heavens.

Cake is best enjoyed with a friend

Cake is best enjoyed with a friend

Confession: In the last two years, I've been to Cafe Little Britain countless times, yet I've never written about it (not including my many 'grams). I have a reason, though! Stop by the blog on Tuesday/Valentine's Day❤️for my Cafe Little Britain post. Until then, go enjoy one of their comfy cozy tasty lattes - with hazelnut 👌🏻 •Photo by the wonderfully talented @thelightintheroad💕

Confession: In the last two years, I've been to Cafe Little Britain countless times, yet I've never written about it (not including my many 'grams). I have a reason, though! Stop by the blog on Tuesday/Valentine's Day❤️for my Cafe Little Britain post. Until then, go enjoy one of their comfy cozy tasty lattes - with hazelnut 👌🏻 •Photo by the wonderfully talented @thelightintheroad💕

So, friends. Due to unforeseen illnesses in the Kooi home, I won't be able to post about CLB today 😭 I want it to be just right - like the cafe! - but it's not quite there. But soon, guys, soon. In the meantime go get yourself some amazing cake!

So, friends. Due to unforeseen illnesses in the Kooi home, I won't be able to post about CLB today 😭 I want it to be just right - like the cafe! - but it's not quite there. But soon, guys, soon. In the meantime go get yourself some amazing cake!

Thinking about cake and wishing I were well enough to get some.

Thinking about cake and wishing I were well enough to get some.

Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

Travel: Europe, U.S.A

Last weekend, we spend time with past teammates and friends in a town a few hours from Oklahoma City. We played games until late every night, took the kids to the park, Will knocked his tooth out... and got it put back in. Our time was too short but so wonderful. We then went to visit the kids’ great-grandparents in Amarillo, Texas. While we were there, it struck me that I’ve now lived in Vienna longer than I have in the Midwest. Vienna is home. However, no matter how long I live out of the…

Last weekend, we spend time with past teammates and friends in a town a few hours from Oklahoma City. We played games until late every night, took the kids to the park, Will knocked his tooth out... and got it put back in. Our time was too short but so wonderful. We then went to visit the kids’ great-grandparents in Amarillo, Texas. While we were there, it struck me that I’ve now lived in Vienna longer than I have in the Midwest. Vienna is home. However, no matter how long I live out of the…

Enjoying the Nürnberg scenery

Enjoying the Nürnberg scenery

Thanks for a good time, Rothenburg. Off to our next adventure.

Thanks for a good time, Rothenburg. Off to our next adventure.

Vienna: Events & To-dos

Didn't know MQ had a concert venue tucked behind its walls. Wilco put on a terrific show here Monday night, and I managed to stay awake for the whole thing🤘🏻

Didn't know MQ had a concert venue tucked behind its walls. Wilco put on a terrific show here Monday night, and I managed to stay awake for the whole thing🤘🏻

How To Vienna: Attending A Ball // Want to know what a Viennese ball is like and how to prep for one this season? Read today's post for info, stories and photos. Link in profile 👆🏻

How To Vienna: Attending A Ball // Want to know what a Viennese ball is like and how to prep for one this season? Read today's post for info, stories and photos. Link in profile 👆🏻

An eye-catching display in the entryway of Pizzera Sprachakademie. Check back tomorrow for my interview with its owner and lead teacher, Johanna Pizzera.

An eye-catching display in the entryway of Pizzera Sprachakademie. Check back tomorrow for my interview with its owner and lead teacher, Johanna Pizzera.

ICYMI... In March and April, you can learn German in a coffee shop-type atmosphere with coffee in hand! Learn more about the founder of Pizzera Sprachakademie, and get yourself registered before the courses fill up! (Blog link in profile)

ICYMI... In March and April, you can learn German in a coffee shop-type atmosphere with coffee in hand! Learn more about the founder of Pizzera Sprachakademie, and get yourself registered before the courses fill up! (Blog link in profile)

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Having a safe space where you know attitudes like compassion, kindness, comfort, and security exist is vital to one’s mental and emotional wellbeing. My home and @cafelittlebritain are those safe spaces. What are yours?

Holly on Instagram: “Having a safe space where you know attitudes like compassion, kindness, comfort, and security exist is vital to one’s mental and emotional…”

108 Likes, 7 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “Having a safe space where you know attitudes like compassion, kindness, comfort, and security exist…”

We had a @ushinevienna photo shoot with @lucilaromerophoto and she sent us a preview - wow. I am in love. This picture features threw of our incredible U!Vie team members: Stacey, Leanna, and Lisa. Follow our @ushinevienna page for updates, mental + emoti

Holly on Instagram: “We had a @ushinevienna photo shoot with @lucilaromerophoto and she sent us a preview - wow. I am in love. This picture features threw of…”

118 Likes, 5 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “We had a @ushinevienna photo shoot with @lucilaromerophoto and she sent us a preview - wow. I am in…”

Go over there and stand. I see it. - sweet and to-the-point directions from @lucilaromerophoto during a lovely walk in Vienna's Prater Park. 📷 ** ** ** ** ** ** #womenofvienna #wien #igersvienna #viennascene #vienna_city #viennacity #viennadaily

Holly on Instagram: “"Go over there and stand. I see it." - sweet and to-the-point directions from @lucilaromerophoto during a lovely walk in Vienna's Prater…”

211 Likes, 8 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “"Go over there and stand. I see it." - sweet and to-the-point directions from @lucilaromerophoto…”

Horses: best admired from a distance 😅

Holly on Instagram: “Horses: best admired from a distance 😅”

168 Likes, 10 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “Horses: best admired from a distance 😅”

Having a safe space where you know attitudes like compassion, kindness, comfort, and security exist is vital to one’s mental and emotional wellbeing. My home and @cafelittlebritain are those safe spaces. What are yours?

Holly on Instagram: “Having a safe space where you know attitudes like compassion, kindness, comfort, and security exist is vital to one’s mental and emotional…”

108 Likes, 7 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “Having a safe space where you know attitudes like compassion, kindness, comfort, and security exist…”

My everyday routine: one hand on my coffee, the other near water but not entirely committed to the water because more coffee ☕️ 📷: @michellexterese

Holly on Instagram: “My everyday routine: one hand on my coffee, the other near water but not entirely committed to the water because more coffee ☕️ 📷:…”

154 Likes, 3 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “My everyday routine: one hand on my coffee, the other near water but not entirely committed to the…”

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We’ve reached the point in Elliott’s 3-year-oldness where we’re not always sure when he’s telling the truth. Did he actually wash his hands? Really... you didn’t push your sister despite the incriminating evidence furiously crying on the floor next to you

Holly on Instagram: “We’ve reached the point in Elliott’s 3-year-oldness where we’re not always sure when he’s telling the truth. Did he actually wash his…”

78 Likes, 5 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “We’ve reached the point in Elliott’s 3-year-oldness where we’re not always sure when he’s telling…”

28° today! How are you spending your Saturday? We started the day off with pancakes and bacon, and we’re about to start building IKEA furniture 😐 but it’s also exciting because I’ll finally have a place to store the 2 million toys that are in

Holly on Instagram: “28° today! How are you spending your Saturday? We started the day off with pancakes and bacon, and we’re about to start building IKEA…”

123 Likes, 3 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “28° today! How are you spending your Saturday? We started the day off with pancakes and bacon, and…”

“You see wounded, and He sees a warrior. You see broken, and He says Beloved. You feel condemned, He says The Cross. You see guilt, He sees grace. You see failure, He sees a new beginning.” - Jo Saxton, What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

Holly on Instagram: ““You see wounded, and He sees a warrior. You see broken, and He says Beloved. You feel condemned, He says The Cross. You see guilt, He sees…”

103 Likes, 2 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: ““You see wounded, and He sees a warrior. You see broken, and He says Beloved. You feel condemned,…”

Thought I’d missed the magnolia craze until I wandered into Türkenschanzpark for the first time and saw the QUEEN of magnolia trees 🙌🏻

Holly on Instagram: “Thought I’d missed the magnolia craze until I wandered into Türkenschanzpark for the first time and saw the QUEEN of magnolia trees 🙌🏻”

157 Likes, 20 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “Thought I’d missed the magnolia craze until I wandered into Türkenschanzpark for the first time and…”

Thought I’d missed the magnolia craze until I wandered into Türkenschanzpark for the first time and saw the QUEEN of magnolia trees 🙌🏻

Holly on Instagram: “Thought I’d missed the magnolia craze until I wandered into Türkenschanzpark for the first time and saw the QUEEN of magnolia trees 🙌🏻”

157 Likes, 20 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “Thought I’d missed the magnolia craze until I wandered into Türkenschanzpark for the first time and…”

I do love the obsession with cherry blossoms here. It makes the long Austrian winters worth it. Mostly.

Holly on Instagram: “I do love the obsession with cherry blossoms here. It makes the long Austrian winters worth it. Mostly.”

133 Likes, 8 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “I do love the obsession with cherry blossoms here. It makes the long Austrian winters worth it.…”

I do love the obsession with cherry blossoms here. It makes the long Austrian winters worth it. Mostly.

Holly on Instagram: “I do love the obsession with cherry blossoms here. It makes the long Austrian winters worth it. Mostly.”

133 Likes, 8 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “I do love the obsession with cherry blossoms here. It makes the long Austrian winters worth it.…”

A bit of scripture hit me hard yesterday: “When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him.” Acts 9:36a — Until this moment, Saul as Saul is a difficult person to feel sympathy for, or even love. His vi

Holly on Instagram: “A bit of scripture hit me hard yesterday: “When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of…”

68 Likes, 4 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “A bit of scripture hit me hard yesterday: “When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with…”

Next week is #mentalhealthawarenessweek and I’m planning on writing at least one blog post on the topic. I have a few ideas, but I’m wondering — is there anything in particular you’d like to know more about relating to mental health? What do you want to k

Holly on Instagram: “Next week is #mentalhealthawarenessweek and I’m planning on writing at least one blog post on the topic. I have a few ideas, but I’m…”

127 Likes, 10 Comments - Holly (@hollykooi) on Instagram: “Next week is #mentalhealthawarenessweek and I’m planning on writing at least one blog post on the…”