Goodbye Blogtober – Dropping Out Early

On Sunday, I decided to quit Blogtober early. At first, I was a bit disappointed in myself, but you know what? Putting too much pressure on yourself over something you don’t have to do while it doesn’t give you joy is stupid. Therefore, I threw in the towel a week early.

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I really tried. But I was constantly scrambling for ideas and motivation. I just had so much going on, and I wasn’t able to focus most of the time. And when I wrote something, it often felt half-hearted, and I don’t like that. I prefer being a bit more passionate about writing and not just forcing something out of me. It also made me go to bed too late all the time, and that’s never good.

I hardly managed to share my work on social media, which usually gets more readers. Numbers could’ve been a lot better. But thanks to the person who one day decided to read my entire blog, whoever you are. Furthermore, I didn’t have time to read what other people were writing about and share some love on their blogs, which, for me, is also a part of Blogtober.

So overall, I just didn’t like it at all this year, and I feel a lot better since deciding to quit. There are more important things, and we should all do things that make us happy. But I do hope to write more regularly again – just not under pressure.

But totally have a read at what I did manage to put out there: Blogtober Round 3 – Here I Go Again // Goodbye Summer (July-September) 2021 // Learn From Mean Girls: Don’t Change Who You Are For Other People // Currently… #2 // The Post-Vacation-Blues // Photography: Ostfriesland – North Sea // Mixtape #26 – Late 90s/Early 00s Rock/Punk Music // “The Comfort Book” by Matt Haig: How It Actually Gives Me Comfort // Everything I Love About Fall // Goodbye Negative Nancy: Things That Make Me Feel Better On A Bad Day // Random Ramblings #6 // My Favorite Childhood Books // My Mid-Blogtober-Struggle – Happens Every Time // Growing Up With Disney // The Get To Know Your Pet Tag // Currently… #3 // It’s Ok Not To Be Busy And Productive All The Time // 30 Writing Prompts For Lifestyle Bloggers #4 // Welcome To My Favorite Room // Mixtape #27 – Cozy Fall Vibes // Scrapbooking 101: What This Hobby Means To Me // Currently… #4 // Books I’ve Read and Loved This Year

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Books I’ve Read and Loved This Year

I am happy to say that I’ve read some pretty good books this year. I admit I got influenced a fair amount on Instagram but so far, I enjoyed the ones that were hyped. I’m gonna try not to spoil too much, but I would like to share the ones I highly recommend.

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Matt Haig – The Midnight Library
Now here is a book that was certainly all over social media. And rightfully so. I was very intrigued by the title because I wasn’t sure what to expect. If you’re someone who loves to question all your life choices, this is a book you want to read. This book reminded me that we have the power to change things, that we should value what we have, and appreciate the little things. But also that choosing a different path isn’t a guarantee for anything. It’s ok to feel what we feel, no matter good or bad. And this book gave me all the feels.

Matt Haig – The Comfort Book
I really got into Matt Haig’s books, and I can’t wait to read them all. This one, in particular, made me feel really good and actually gave me lots of comfort. It’s full of short pieces that inspire me, make me think about a lot of different but important things, and I constantly go back to it. I wrote a whole post about it cause I just love it so much.

Taylor Jenkins Reid – Malibu Rising
This one certainly was all over Instagram this summer, and I joined the bandwagon. Just the cover alone looked lovely, and what can I say, it didn’t disappoint. It’s an easy read, but I was also excited about how it ends because of the constant suspense. I still want to know how the characters continued living their lives. There was something special about each and every one of them.

Stephenie Meyers – Midnight Sun
Oh boy, how I loved Twilight. What a crazy beautiful love story that was. When I found out that, after all these years, Stephenie Meyers published another book, I was sooo excited. And the moment I started reading, I was sucked right back in. I mean, it’s the same story, just from another perspective, but it was still a lovely experience. For every Twilight fan, a must-read.

Celeste Barber – Challenge Accepted
If you don’t know who Celeste Barber is, you’re missing out. From what I’ve seen, she’s truly one of a kind, and I would love to meet her someday. She’s hilarious, down-to-earth, and pretty honest. I love people who don’t take themselves too seriously, and she basically made a career out of that. The book is a fun read because she is a fun person. I loved learning more about her, and I think she’s a great role model and all.

Candice Carty-Williams – Queenie
I enjoyed this book a lot, and I was rooting for Queenie the whole time. It also made me pretty mad because it’s very educational on racism but not in a big in-your-face kind of way. It wasn’t anything I didn’t know before but still infuriating. It just shows you what to look out for, in what forms racism comes, how the ‘I’m not racist but…” shit works and all. Definitely a good read, with a main character, you just want to cheer on every step of the way.

Celeste Ng – Little Fires Everywhere
I think I watched the TV show before I read the book, which is usually a good way to go. Although, I must say that both were really good. Anyway, I think it’s a really interesting story with great characters who all have something about them. You just want to look behind their facades and learn what these people are really about. I was pretty much excited the whole time.

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Currently… #4

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  • listening: To my doggy making funny sounds in his sleep.
  • eating:  M&M’s double chocolate cookies.
  • drinking: Water as usual.
  • wearing: All black everything.
  • feeling: A bit sad cause my doggy isn’t doing so good at the moment.
  • weather: Cold, windy, and it’s probably raining again.
  • wanting: The doggy to get better soon.
  • needing: Lots of sleep, a big grocery shop, and the weekend to never end.
  • thinking: About how much I suck at Blogtober this year.
  • enjoying: A chill movie night. I’m watching “Birds of Prey”.

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Scrapbooking 101: What This Hobby Means To Me

It has definitely been too long since I shared some of my scrapbooking. I haven’t been very good with writing in general, but I have been better at pursuing one of my other favorite things in the world. And I would like to share my feelings when it comes to scrapbooking.

Once I sit down to start working on my books, it’s usually pretty hard for me to stop. I just keep going and going. It’s because scrapbooking always takes me down memory lane, and I love it. I mostly use it for my travels. I think it’s sad that so often, we take so many pictures which then just live on our phones or computers. Sure, you can put them into photo albums, but that’s not enough for me. I want the whole trip with everything that happened stored on paper, so I can always go back and look at everything.

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Therefore, I collect anything I can get my hands on when I’m on any kind of trip. The more I find, the happier it makes me because I know what it will do for the pages I create. I take home everything. Every ticket, sticker, map I can find. And also every receipt because they help me to recreate exactly what happened.

This summer, my project was to put to paper a whole travel month I did back in 2016. I worked as an au pair in the US for a year, and I had already finished those 12 months, but the whole month full of adventures that followed was still missing from the scrapbook. So I finally got going, and it was a lovely experience.

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While going through each day, so many memories came back to me. I looked through all the photos, watched the videos, and immediately felt like it had just been yesterday when I drove and flew cross country. I definitely got sentimental here and there and was happy and sad when I finished it all.

It all came back to me without a problem. Especially, because of all the things I saved from those wonderful weeks. Therefore, again, I can’t highlight enough, how much it helps when you take home everything you can find. That way, you can put it all into your scrapbook properly, even years later.

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I’m currently working on a trip to London I took back in 2019 and enjoying it very much. It’s such a great city, and there is no problem getting plenty of souvenirs that fit into a scrapbook. And after that, I will focus on my trip to the North Sea from this year, which I am excited about cause the trip was wonderful, and I brought home an incredible amount of stuff for the scrapbook. I never thought the places I went to would have so much to offer, but boy was I wrong. It’s gonna take me forever.

This hobby truly is very close to my heart, and whenever I finish a page, it gives me joy and makes me a bit proud. A lot of time and effort goes into my scrapbooks, and I absolutely enjoy looking through them. I also show them to people and get super excited every time. The memories kick in, and I could talk forever. And that’s why I love this hobby: it’s creative, it’s fun, and takes me to a lot of happy places.

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Mixtape #27 – Cozy Fall Vibes

Mixtape #27 Cozy Fall Vibes

It is fall, and it’s the perfect season to get all cozy. Unfortunately, I don’t have a fireplace, but I may just start lighting some candles, even though I’m not really a candle person. I’m so clumsy and therefore scared to start a fire. But I guess at 33 I could give it a go without burning the house down.

I’m definitely a fan of cuddling up on the sofa with plenty of blankets, and I really need to buy a new hot water bottle since mine broke last year. I also love the perfect soundtrack for every situation. And with the weather being all gray, cold and yucky, I love some soothing sounds that make me calm and relaxed.

I often come across great songs while watching plenty of TV shows, and as soon as a song touches me, I try to find out the title and add it to my list. It’s a good way to find music that isn’t always all over the charts. And then there are, of course, artists who are always a good fit. I’m sure we’re all very grateful for Adele finally blessing us with new music.

So here are some songs that I absolutely love listening to. They are calm and beautiful. They can also help with a good cry which sometimes can work wonders. I’m going to include my whole Spotify playlist in case you’re looking for more. And, also check out my Mixtape “Get Cozy”.

01. Adele – Easy On Me
02. The Fray – Be Still
03. Jamica – Run Like a River
04. Anson Seabra – Walked Through Hell
05. Yiruma – Kiss The Rain
06. X Ambassadors – Unsteady
07. Charlotte OC – Where It Stays
08. Taylor Swift feat. Bon Iver – exile
09. Dagny – Somebody (Acoustic)
10. Sarah McLachlan – Full Of Grace
11. Beyries – To Love Somebody
12. Ingrid Michaelson – Over You
13. Sleeping At Last – Total Eclipse of the Heart
14. Jasmine Thompson – Like I’m Gonna Lose You
15. Bif Naked – Lucky
16. Zoe Wees – Control
17. Ed Sheeran – Happier
18. Susie Suh + Robot Koch – Here with Me
19. Sara Bareilles – Breathe Again
20. Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
21. Little Big Town – Girl Crush
22. Tommee Profitt + Feurie – Wake Me Up
23. Gabrielle Aplin – Salvation
24. Eva Cassidy – Time After Time
25. A Great Big World – Say Something
26. Clare Bowen + Sam Palladio (Nashville Cast) – I Will Never Let You Know
27. Sia – Helium
28. Taylor Swift – I Almost Do
29. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
30. Birdy – Ghost in the Wind

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