Who is Simone Hawlisch?
In Ayurveda I am a so called “tri dosha” (vata-pitta-kapha type), which is very rare. It gives me a very sturdy constitution and well balanced personality. People say that my presence makes them feel relaxed. I can also feel those different components inside of me and sometimes the fight between letting the mind or letting the heart decide. The last ten years I have been living in Berlin/Germany, however feeling home at many places in the world. I try to live a slow life, which does not necessarily mean going slower but making more intentional decisions about my life and what I want to do with it.
What is your best childhood memory?
As my aunt and uncle lived in the country side, I think I spent most of my childhood there. Strolling through the woods & fields, swimming and hanging out with the local kids and of course ice skating in the winter. We also had some horses, dogs, geese and a sheep called Robert. I am still so grateful that I had an opportunity to experience this as a child.
If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?
“je ne regrette riens” – there is nothing I would change in life if I could. I believe that everything happens for a reason. We are living our lives forward and only understanding it in retrospect. Why some things have happened and others not at this point in time it might difficult to see but later on it makes sense. I have also learned to let go and trust the universe that all the things that are meant to will happen.
What do you feel most proud of?
After working close to 20 years in Human Resources for big international companies, I decided to turn my passion for photography into a living, leaving an excellent career behind. Since earlier this year I work full time as a freelancer and I have never looked back a single day. I think how fortunate I am, being able to do what I love doing most; showing others the world through my eyes and telling stories with my images. Will I be doing this the next 10 years? I do not know and do not want to think about it but truly enjoying the moment and this experience.
If you could only keep three possessions, what would they be and why?
Three is my lucky number so that is already good news!
- A piece of amber – I fairly big piece of amber I found at the Baltic Sea on the morning of birthday. I just love looking at it.
- A book with my favourite images printed on matte paper – some images feel particular dear to me like being my own children.
- Coffee beans – I simply love that smell of fresh ground coffee, I close my eyes, pretending being back at Bondi Beach.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
I love poems and quotes and therefore the one on my tombstone would be: “We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.” – Leonora Carrington
What is byfraeuleinsonntag.com?
Officially it is the name of my portfolio page where I present my work as a photographer; sharing images of food, lifestyle and travel photography. Unofficially it is place I invite people to let their mind and eyes wander. Everything is kept very minimalistic in order not to distract the mind.
What’s your favorite kind of coffee?
I really love a good flat white if one is available and in the morning before I go out for my run I usually enjoy an quick espresso. Nowadays the coffee blends seem to be very fruity which does not go well with a milky coffee. I prefer coffee tasting and smelling of chocolate, hazelnut or vanilla which seems to be the perfect fit with an Arabica blend.
In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?
I have been traveling the world and yes I got some favourites:
What does a perfect day look like?
Going for my morning run at 6am and having a quick shower. Making a flat white with freshly ground espresso beans, ideally a blend I just brought back from my travel. Then sneaking back to bed for half an hour enjoying my coffee, chatting with my friend Sabine in Australia and reading some of my favourite magazines.
Feeling all refreshed and ready for the day I would be having a photoshoot with one of my favourite customers or meeting friends. I would end my perfect day with a mediation session just before going to sleep. If I am lucky I get to spend a perfect day on Sundays every now and then.