Blogtober – That’s A Wrap

OMG, I can’t believe that Blogtober is over and I actually managed to pull through. If I ever get an idea like this again, please stop me. It was one of the most exhausting months, ever. I really wanted to quit several times, but if I commit to something, I just can’t fail, no matter what it takes. I honestly don’t know how some people do this, all the time.

Fall

This is post number 31 and I feel really good about myself. I pretty much always had enough topics, but I was just often not motivated to write them. So there were some days, when I came up with something new, within minutes and went for it. I also recycled some that I deleted, ages ago, and I also went through my computer to find things I’ve written sometime. Throughout the whole month, I never really managed to get a few posts done in advance, which lead to me having to write almost every day. I posted pretty late on mosts days, but since there are many different time zones, it was actually not bad. And I only cheated twice, meaning that I posted past midnight (my time) and changed it, afterward.

What disappointed me a bit though, is the fact that I can’t say the views have rapidly increased. My posts were read 1077 times, which may sound small for bigger bloggers, but I’m kind of ok with it. But in the past years of blogging, I’ve had that happen before, with only posting a few times and it’s not like only ten people usually stop by, each month, either. I must admit, that I didn’t promote every single post a million times, but I still expected a few more views.

However, the engagement was much better. I received a lot more likes and comments than usual, gained some new followers and I highly appreciate all of it. I guess, I just have to post regularly and engage, but not hit that publish button, every single day. It’s definitely something I learned from this. And I honestly couldn’t go on, even if I wanted to. I just hope that I won’t go from 31 to 2 in November, but the fact that I pulled this off definitely motivates me to get my shit together and publish a few posts, each week.

In case you want to read everything I wrote for Blogtober, here you go:

It’s Blogtober – Am I Really Doing This? // Photography: Seattle // “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” // Goodbye September 2018 // fall. // Mixtape #23 – Get Cozy // Being a Godmother // The Fall Tag // My Fall TV Schedule // 30 Writing Prompts for Lifestyle Bloggers // Things To Do On A Rainy Day // Photography: Madam Tussauds // Creative Minds Never Get Bored // Golden Days and Clear Sky Nights // Everything I Love About Blair Waldorf // Fiction: Emily And The Secret Garden // One New Message // My Favorite Halloween Movies // Tag: Would You Rather – Bookish Edition // I’m Fructose Intolerant – What The Hell? // Why “Happier” by Ed Sheeran Makes Me Mad // Photography: Fall Impressions #2 // My Favorite Quote // A-Z Au Pair Edition // Losing Yourself // Hi, I’m Hailey, and I’m addicted to buying stationery… // Things I Miss About School // Not Everyone You Lose Is A Loss // 10 Dates I Would Like To Go On // The Halloween Tag

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The Halloween Tag

Tomorrow is Halloween and I thought it would be nice to put together a tag for the spooky season. These 15 questions are about the holiday, but also about the supernatural and more. If you love Halloween, also if not, feel free to answer them yourself. I’m curious to read your answers.

Halloween Vampire

01. What do you do for Halloween?
Unfortunately, nothing. I don’t know, I just don’t feel it on the countryside of Germany. I either want the real deal or nothing at all. On this day, I always miss not living in America, anymore. And it’s also my besties birthday, so I usually hang out with her.

02. What is your favorite Halloween movie?
Definitely Hocus Pocus. Nothing beats the Sanderson sisters and I never get tired of watching it. I just think that they are amazing characters.

03. What is the best costume you ever wore?
I have worn so many costumes throughout my life, I can’t even decide. We also celebrate carnival, which is definitely so much bigger in Germany, than Halloween. And I’ve been a Mermaid, a Genie, Belle and so many more. I’m also a big fan of being a vampire. All black outfit, a cape, some bat jewelery, blood and of course some red lips. A look, I would always go for.

04. What is your favorite candy?
How could I possibly decide?! I like most of it. Snickers, Twix, KitKat, Skittles, Gummy Bears, almost every kind of chocolate – my favorite is with nuts and raisins – and just all of it. I’m not super big on caramel though.

05. Do you put up decorations?
I don’t, but that’s mostly, because I still live at home. I have a whole box full of them from a party, I threw many years ago, but it just stays there. My family isn’t big on decorating for the seasons and they’re definitely not Halloween people.

06. How are your pumpkin carving skills?
I’ve done it before and it’s great fun. I’m not super great though. I do have a pumpkin carving set, but it has never been used. I really wanted to carve some this year, but there were just much more important things going on.

07. What kind of supernatural being would you like to be?
I’d love to be a witch like Sabrina, with her magic finger an all. Maybe a vampire, cause well, they’re just the coolest and I’m a night person, so that works. Also a ghost. But one, who can fly and go through walls and spy on everyone and everything.

Halloween Childhood Witch

Well, I look like I sniffed one too many potions.

08. What is your favorite monster or villain?
Maleficent just looks so amazing and I would absolutely love to have her costume. Also Poison Ivy. Love her.

09. What do you prefer: Halloween party or trick-or-treating?
Honestly, trick-or-treating. I think it’s so much more fun to check out decorated houses, collect tons of candy and just have a good time. I’m just still a big kid.

10. Has anything creepy ever happend to you, while being home alone?
I’m not sure, if there was some big thing. I tend to get pretty paranoid when I’m home alone. I hate going to the bathroom, when the shower curtain is drawn. I always hear a lot more noises, when I’m all by myself. I constantly think, there is someone in the house, but so far, I’ve never found anybody.

11. Would you visit a graveyard at night?
Not, if I didn’t have to. I mean, what’s the point anyway? There is something truly creepy about this. I guess, it’s just all the things that happen there in movies. They get to me.

12. Have you ever been to a haunted house. If not, would you go?
No, but I’ve always wanted to go. Not sure if that would be a good idea, though. I recently went to an amusement park and they had this The Walking Dead walk through, where everything is dark and zombies come out of the corners and scare you. I screamed a lot and it wasn’t fun. I would still try it, but maybe die.

13. Do you know the dance moves to Thriller?
Hell to the yes. They’re seriously not that hard and well, you need to know. If not, go to YouTube right away, and give it a shot.

14. Do you believe in ghosts, witches etc.?
I think, I do. I do believe that there is more out there than just us human beings and I truly think that ghosts are a thing. Maybe even witches. However, I don’t believe in zombies.

15. Vampire or werewolf?
These two species always seem to be the opposing ones. Back in the Twilight days, I was always Team Edward because well, for a brief second, all of us thought a glittering Robert Pattinson was pure perfection, right? And on Vampire Diaries, I’d say both. I mean Tyler or Damon? Come on. But if I was forced to answer, I’d definitely go with vampire. There is just something about them that I find very thrilling.

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10 Dates I Would Like To Go On

I’ve been single forever and I just can’t seem to find someone I’d be interested in going on a date with. I don’t think, I’ve ever been on a real date, at all. For me, that means with someone I don’t really know yet and where it is perfectly clear that it’s an actual date and not just two friends, who may or may not have something going on. I’m sure, it will happen, someday. But it’s just super hard to impress me, cause I get bored, really fast.

So don’t even think about taking me out to a movie or dinner. I want to get to know you and not sit awkwardly next to you for two hours, without talking or not knowing what to do with my hands. And I don’t really like to go out eating. I do it occasionally because my friends like to, but if I can somehow avoid it, I do. And it’s just the least creative thing, ever.

Therefore, I thought of some dates, I would absolutely love to go on. If I meet you and anything from this list would be your suggestion, you would have already done something very right. Too bad, my Tinder profile doesn’t include my blog, but I need to know how creative and dedicated the boys are on their own, anyway. And in case you think these are a bit over the top and maybe too expensive, I really don’t think that guys have to pay. I just want to see some effort.

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

01. Amusement Park
This is literally my absolute dream date. I mean, while we’re discussing this idea, it might as well be Disneyland. Could you imagine? This would just be the best thing ever. And he would get to know me with all my craziness, right away. He can either handle it or not. But I guess any amusement park will do. It’s just fun, you have time to talk, but it probably won’t be awkward, cause you go on rides, hopefully laugh a lot and it would just be great.

02. Ice Skating
Let’s just go and be clumsy together. We can hold hands and it would just come naturally. Just use each other as the training penguins. It’s a nice way to let go and just have fun. Anything that make you feel a bit like kids, is good. I’m sure of it.

03. Zoo or Aquarium
I just really want to go somewhere, where you move around, look at things and if you have a moment, where you don’t have anything to say, just talk about what’s in front of you. And since these places are usually crowded, just find a bench and do some people watching. If we can properly gossip together, about people we don’t know shit about (don’t judge me, we all do it), it’s a good sign.

04. A spontaneous trip to another country
Honestly, why not?! Maybe on like the third date, after making sure he’s not a serial killer. But what better way to get to know each other, than on holiday?! I know so many couples, who were all good, but couldn’t get through a holiday without constant fighting and eventually breaking up. It’s just a whole different situation from your everyday life, so it does make sense to find out, if you’re compatible on vacation or not. I always want to do and see a lot of things, so if you’re not culturally interested one bit, it’s not gonna go anywhere.

05, Game Night
I love playing board games, but I hardly ever have someone to play with. Or how about some old-school video games? I mean, If he would want to play FIFA all night, I’d be gone in a second, but some good old-fashioned Super Mario or something similar would be amazing. I definitely see myself with someone, who appreciates the 90s.

06. Sing karaoke
If he would whip out an old PlayStation with SingStar, I’d be over the moon. A karaoke bar would also be fun, but maybe with some more people. Let’s just merge cliques, right away.

07. Take a dance class
I’ve been wanting to do this forever, but I don’t want to get paired up with just some random person. Imagine, if he actually had some moves. I’d truly be over the moon. And yes, I know that I’m probably asking too much here, but a girl can dream, right?

08. Bowling, Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Paintball etc.
These are all activities that would be absolute fun on a first date. You can have a friendly competition – no, I will not let you win to stoke your ego – laugh about being terrible at it and I assume that these are good ideas to prevent awkwardness. And he could see right away what a clumsy goofball I can be, who just doesn’t take herself too seriously. He’ll either like it, or not.

09. A night beneath the stars
I’m thinking about a beautiful clear sky night, where you do some star gazing and just talk until the sun comes up. No moves or anything, just being with each other, without it immediately having to be about sex. And you know, cozy blankets, some tea and all.

10. Go to a fair or a boardwalk
Fairs and boardwalks are great fun. Just walking around together, have a ride on the ferris wheel, get some cotton candy or other unhealthy snacks, try and shoot some plastic flowers or win a stuffed animal.

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Not Everyone You Lose Is A Loss

Throughout life, you meet all kinds of different people. Some just come and go, but some leave footprints on your heart forever. The problem is that as you grow up, people change. Two people can be incredibly close, but they often develop in different dirctions and sometimes, it just doesn’t fit anymore. And let’s be honest, the people you end up splitting from, are those who you’re mother was right about, all along.

When you’re young, you just don’t see it. It’s usually about enjoying yourself and having the time of your life. And we all know that toxic people can often be the most fun to be around. But I feel like the older you get, other things in life just become more important and I want to be around people, who I can trust. Friendship should always be a two-way street. A concept not everyone understands.

Pfeiffer Beach Big Sur

For the longest time, I’ve tried my hardest to hang on to friendships that once meant the world to me. I was always the one who tried to keep everyone together. My friends mean the world to me and I would do anything for them. But when you realize that some of them never really appreciate all that you do and never give anything back, it’s time to let go.

Four years ago, I left the country for a year and that really showed me, who cares and who doesn’t – so I thought. Interestingly, most people close to my heart were amazing throughout the whole year, but once I got back, it’s like some of them didn’t care one bit. I guess having someone close requires more effort. So some friendships definitely ended. I prefer having a few amazing ones over having a ton of fakes.

Because let’s be honest, if someone wants to meet up, they will try and make it happen. They won’t just say it and propose something concrete, instead. Sure, I have my weeks, where I don’t want to see anybody, but when I invite someone several times and they can never make it, I won’t try, anymore. I’m tired of always having to decide everything. I’m tired that I always have to take initiative. Once in a while, it would be nice to just be invited and that’s it. So yeah, if you really are serious about spending time with me, make an effort, cause I’m over it.

friendship

It hurts, because the great memories stay and tend to disguise the truth. Some people are just not worth hanging on to, as awful as it sounds. But if somebody simply doesn’t care about being a good friend, you just got to let them go. For your own peace of mind.

So yeah, I’ve let go of a fair amount of people and I’m pretty sure that some more will follow. I’m over all the bullshit. I’m over people, who don’t know what loyalty means, who would stab you in the back and who are just mean-spirited. If you never do anything for others and still act like a total bitch, you’re sure not worth being called a friend and losing you is not a loss. Cherish the good people in your life and let go of the rest.

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Things I Miss About School

Never in a million years would I have thought that there was anything I miss about school. I’ve went to a total of four and even though there were great things, I also have bad memories connected to each one of them. I never really fitted in anywhere, which can be hard. Still, I wanted to focus on the positive aspects of my fourteen years of school, although, I did focus most on the last school I went to, in order to finish my A-levels. I graduated ten years ago, which is insane, but have no problems remembering everything.

Mx first day of school

All the vacation time. Summer, winter, Easter, Christmas – it was amazing.
Seeing my friends every day.
My parents pretty much took care of all the important things in life.
I didn’t really have a care in the world and it was ok.
Classes like music, english, gym (yes, you read that right).
Passing little notes in class.
Lots and lots of public holiday’s and getting the in-between-days off, as well.
School trips. I mean, we once went to Tuscany. So fun.
Lots and lots of parties.
Those moments, when the TV got rolled into the classroom.
I was forced to actually read amazing pieces of literature.
When mom picked me up with a heated car, on a cold winter day.
The future was still all in front of me.
There was always some gossip going around. And trust me, a lot of it was about me.
Bus rides with my best friend.
The school kiosk always had yummy things.
You get away with stupid things.
How you could fix a bad grade by voluntarily giving a presentation that you have a great time preparing, cause you do it with a friend.
My beautifully decorated planners, which were more for memorizing parties than homework.
Singing in school band or choir.
“I have to study/do homework” was always a great excuse to get out of doing chores.
When you were old enough to call in sick, yourself.
Doing absolutely nothing during free periods.
Skipping math cause of a “headache”
When you did really well on an exam.
The weeks leading up to graduation.
Being rewarded by my parents for good work.
Those teachers, who are just super chill.
Crushing on a million guys and gushing about it with my bestie.
Giving everyone nicknames, so you can talk freely.
When someone brought cake.
Mom always packed my lunch.
Actually having the motivation to put together nice outfits and not looking like trash, every day.

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