Goodbye June 2022

Goodbye June,

and hello, July. I’m probably sounding like a broken record, but how fast is this year passing by? We’re halfway through, and I’m starting to panic that I’m not doing enough with my time. Seriously, it’s crazy how much of a homebody I am. If it wasn’t for my dog, I would hardly be outside. I also have too many indoor hobbies, which I enjoyed a lot last month. I just love hanging around in my own space.

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Most of the time last month, I was busy getting my new apartment into shape, and I used pretty much every free minute to try and make it perfect. I’m not one of these people who won’t have lamps on the ceiling three months in. I want everything done in the blink of an eye, which of course didn’t work out and was a bit frustrating. But I’m pretty much done, and it makes me so happy. Still waiting on a wall clock to be delivered, and that’s it. I’m also really feeling it now, especially all my plants. My living room looks a bit like a jungle, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Unfortunately, moving, furnishing and decorating the place, going on vacation, and my little online shopping addiction does not make my bank account like me very much. It’s pretty mad at me, and I’m trying my hardest to stop spending money on things I don’t really need. After all, I need to pay my bills, and I also want to go on vacation again in a few months, and I tend to go a bit nuts with the shopping when I’m in vacation mode. So, I eat lots of pasta – which is totally not the worst thing in the world – and try to stay away from Amazon.

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Overall, I would say that June wasn’t super interesting. I decorated, bought lots of stuff, started planning my next vacation, spent time with my parents, went back to the office on some days, got back into reading lovely books, and finally found time to work on my scrapbooks. Sometimes, nothing makes me happier than going down memory lane and putting all my souvenirs into an album. I wish I could do scrapbooking for a living.

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So my life hasn’t been exciting, but I feel like I’m happier. I’m trying to do more of what I love, and if that doesn’t involve seeing people or leaving the house, so be it. Everybody is back to having Covid anyway. But I do plan on having more social interactions this month. Suppose it’s not too hot cause I am definitely not a fan of summer. But every little hermit crab has to leave her shell eventually.

You don’t need to be busy. You don’t need to justify your existence in terms of productivity. Rest is an essential part of survival. An essential part of us. – Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

Tons of love,
Hailey 

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Books I loved
Taylor Jenkins Reid – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Sally Thorne – The Hating Game
John Strelecky – The Cafe on the Edge of the World

Lovely life
bubble tea anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid Pop Punk Stranger Things plants everywhere Barbie pink vacation planning bank holiday’s Britney Spears finally finding happiness Prince Louis Chinese food video calls with my bff fresh sheets fun podcasts all the pasta blue skies good music Disney movie marathons scrapbooking stickers penny press

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Currently… #5

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    • listening: To my favorite podcast.
    • eating:  In Germany, we say “Stulle”. I’m eating bread.
    • drinking: Water. Water. And more water.
    • wearing: Comfortable clothes in black and my favorite pink cardigan.
    • feeling: Pretty tired. Haven’t been sleeping enough and actually had to go to the office today.
    • weather: It’s a bit cloudy, and there is supposed to be rain.
    • wanting: The weekend to get here really fast.
    • needing: Another vacation and my new apartment to finally be finished.
    • thinking: About what I’m gonna do after work to make this day better.
    • enjoying: Fantasizing about and planning the next vacation by the sea.

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Goodbye to all the months I missed writing about

Goodbye to the last I don’t even know how many months,

and, hello June. It has definitely been a hot second since anyone heard from me on my blog. After Blogtober last year, which I didn’t finish, I just stopped writing. I constantly thought about it, but it simply didn’t happen. But I want to try and get back into it.

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Anyway, I thought about giving a recap of each month I missed, but I’m not gonna do that. I mean, who the hell cares about how my Christmas was, now that we’ve reached June, right? FYI, it was great, and I’m still grateful that I finally got to spend it with the whole family again. I know that not everyone was as fortunate.

So, let’s focus on 2022. The biggest news first: I moved again. In March, I finally decided that I had enough. I was so unhappy in my previous apartment, and I decided to look for a new place. My neighbors were terrible, and I felt like slowly going insane. And there were a few more reasons why I needed to change something. As beautiful as the apartment was, it wasn’t worth hating everything else. I deserve happiness.

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I got lucky and found a new place rather quickly. The whole process was pretty emotional because I was sad about giving up my beautiful apartment, I sure wasn’t looking forward to moving, and because it all happened so fast, I was overwhelmed. What if I don’t feel at home in the new space? But at the end of the day, it just had to happen. So, April and May were mostly about getting the place painted, moving all my stuff, and fitting it into my new home. Which is smaller, and damn, downsizing is a bitch.

I also stayed with my parents, who now live within walking distance, for like a month. The dog and I loved it a little too much. But it just took me a while to feel the new apartment, make it livable, and I just wasn’t in a hurry. I was also a bit scared about whether or not I would like living there.

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When the place was ready for me to move in, I went on vacation and had a blast. I got my head straight, tried getting rid of my negativity and worries, and just enjoyed myself. I also ate a lot of waffles. It was amazing and helped so much. And when we came back, the doggy and I moved right in. So far, I can honestly say that it was a good decision.

Well, what else. It was my birthday in February, and I spent it in the Netherlands, where the doggy and I visited my best friend. I hate that she lives there now, but it was nice spending some time together. We didn’t do too much because of Covid, but my one exception was going super nuts at Primark, which I hadn’t done in too long, and I loved it.

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In January, my dog was diagnosed with Cushing’s syndrome, which wasn’t fun, but he’s fine and getting medication for all his diseases. I also went to see some doctors myself and was diagnosed with asthma, as well as vitamin D and B12 deficiency. It all sure explains lots of problems I’ve been having for a while, and I’m working on it.

So, I guess this year, I’m trying to be happier. Knowing what’s wrong with me and handling it, moving to a better place, focusing more on things that I love. I really hope that my life will improve – especially my mental health. It all takes time, but at least I’m starting to make helpful changes. And I guess that’s really what matters.

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Each of us has the power to enter a new world. All we have to do is change our mind. – Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

Tons of love,
Hailey 

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Books I loved
Taylor Jenkins Reid – Daisy Jones and The Six
Delia Owens – Where the Crawdads Sing
Marissa Stapley – Lucky

Lovely life
ice cream new plants waffles tapas fall colors finding a new apartment chocolate Gatorade vacation time pet stores being by the seaside podcasts juice Christmas lights Taylor Jenkins Reid spending time with the whole family baking cookies yummy dip souvenirs anything maritime wireless headphones advent calendars crossword puzzles doggy snores blankets Matt Haig stuffed crust pizza exploring new places scented candles nice walks blue skies planning vacations scrapbooking getting cozy good trash TV donut deliveries IKEA when it’s not busy hot dogs when you move and things finally start finding their place mocktails fried fish garlic ocean smell book stores strawberries good bakeries Blake Lively at the Met Gala vending machines sea shells Let’s Dance bubble tea slushie sand between my toes Avril Lavigne’s new album Dunkaroos Wordle Norddeich 90s teen shows ear plugs Paperchase scrapbooks cute presents BÉIS travel bags Kim + Pete living with my parents for a bit donating the music on Bridgerton Eurovision Song Contest

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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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