Don’t Throw It Away – Have a Swap Party

For quite some time now, decluttering your life has been a pretty popular concept. From Marie Kondō, we learned to ask ourselves if an object in our possession gives us joy, and the ladies from the Home Edit make us fill our living space with labeled containers. And you know what, it is fun. And also hard. I’m a bit of a hoarder, or maybe a collector – I don’t know. I’ve just always had a lot of stuff.

For roughly five years now, I’ve been actively working on getting rid of things and only keeping what I really want to have in my life. I honestly can’t believe how much stuff I’ve given away, and I still have more. But I’ve come very close to only having things that I want to keep, and that makes me happy. And yes, it’s still plenty, and I will never be one for minimalism, but that’s ok. I love my things.

Swap Party

I sort out everything regularly and always have things I don’t need anymore. I’ve become much better at it, but what hurts is throwing things away. So only trash lands in the bin, and the rest, I sell, donate, give to people who have use for it, and so on. But one of my favorite things in the world are swap parties. A group of girls and I do it regularly. It’s not only highly entertaining, but it’s also a fab way to find new homes for things you once loved, and maybe even find new treasures to bring home.

The concept is pretty simple. Everyone brings stuff, and there is no limit. Clothes, toys, food, make-up, decorations – anything goes. We each take turns holding up an item, and the first person to say they want it, get’s it. You’d be surprised what items others may need. It’s usually the things you are sure nobody would ever want that find a new home. Everyone just loves and needs different things, and how great it is, if you can just get it for free.

I admit that there is always the chance of taking home new things as well, even though the plan is always to get rid of as much as possible and make room, but I’ve gotten pretty good at not taking home too much. And I can safely say that the majority of things I’ve said yes to have been put to good use. And I also don’t mind giving away more than I’m getting. I just like knowing that my things are in good hands and make someone else happy. Definitely better than throwing it away. Therefore, I highly recommend getting together a group of people and start swapping.

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The Face Behind the Blog Tag

Today is Sunday, I’m just chilling away and enjoying lots of me-time. So while that pretty much means that I’m in bed doing nothing but playing with my phone, the little voice in my head was like: “Ummm, you’re still doing Blogtober, so ya gotta post something.”

I scrolled a bit through Twitter, and I came across Helen from Crispy Confessions doing “The Face Behind the Blog” tag by Jan, who originally put it together for JanOnTheBlog. Basically, it’s a fun way to get to know a bit more about bloggers, so here I go.

Candy Museum Cologne

Rules

  1. Use “The Face Behind the Blog” tag to post a bit about yourself.
  2. Tag two or more blogs that you love or leave an open invitation.
  3. Be sure to mention this post and the original post on JanOnTheBlog.com.

Questions

Who am I?
I’m Hailey, which admittedly is not the name given to me at birth, but that’s about the only thing I’m a bit secretive about. I’m just really paranoid, sometimes. Anyway, I’m 32 years old, live in Germany, and I’m a journalist. I am also a sister, godmother, dog lover, overthinker, scrapbooker, creative thinker, and lots more. I have a crazy mind and a big heart, and I have more stuffed Disney animals than any 32-year-old should probably have.

Where am I from?
I am from Germany but have also lived in the US several times at different stages in my life. Good memories. Growing up, I always thought, I’d move back as an adult and try building a life there, but after a year as an au pair, I changed my mind pretty quickly. I had a great childhood in the States, but now that I’m much older, I am a lot more grateful for the country I was born in, and just don’t like the US as much as I used to.

What’s a perfect day?
I guess today is a perfect day. I got to sleep in with an extra hour cause of daylight saving, I have no plans that require leaving the house, and I’m just relaxing while listening to 90s music and raindrops hitting my window. I’m gonna do a bit of reading, writing, watch a movie and eat junk food. Now if that’s not perfect, I don’t know what is.

What do I do?
I am a journalist and work for a local newspaper. Yeah, we actually still produce print issues. So I do that, also lots of editing, interviews, writing articles, and so on.

Why do I blog?
Because I’ve always loved writing, need it as an outlet, and think it’s fascinating that with just one click, you can put out anything into the world. I also am a bit full of myself sometimes, and love to share things. Keeping everything in a notebook just wasn’t enough for me. It’s a lot of fun, and I’ve met great people because of it.

Nomination

I honestly would love to read from just anyone who wants to give it a go, so I can learn more about other bloggers. But I always love reading from my girls Aoife from Pretty Purple Polka Dots, Tina from Tea is for Tina, and Kristina from Royal Lifestyle by Honey.

Oh, and Helen wanted to know which word would describe me (or any person who does the tag after visiting her blog). I’d say a roller-coaster-ride, cause my emotions, interests, decisions, etc. are usually all over the place, and that’s just what the inside of my head always feels like.

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Thoughts I Had While Watching Hocus Pocus

Yesterday, I watched my favorite Halloween movie Hocus Pocus for the millionth time. It’s just one of those classics you can’t watch too often. The movie is just iconic, and honestly, if they’ll film a sequel, I won’t mind. There is also this Hocus Pocus online event a day before Halloween, and I already bought my ticket. Now, I’m just hoping that my wi-fi connection will actually let me be a part of it.

Anyway, sometimes, I like to watch movies and write down all my thoughts. Obviously, as an adult, we watch movies differently than as a child, but I don’t love it any less. I may be more observant though.

Hocus Pocus

    • Every time, I’m surprised to see Timothy McGee from Navy CIS in the first scene.
    • I always thought his name was Zachery. Does anyone ever hear it clearly pronounced Thackery?
    • I love Sarah’s singing, and I would’ve totally followed her voice, as well.
    • Winifred Sanders – one of the most iconic characters ever.
    • “Oh, look. Another glorious morning. Makes me sick!” Me everyday.
    • The eye on the book is disgusting.
    • I’ve always had a thing for witches.
    • Why can’t the cat speak after being cursed, but 300 years later, it can?!
    • Sarah is so entertainingly stupid.
    • It’s just one of the movies that really makes me want to visit Salem. Especially during Halloween. I just read an article about it, and it’s insane.
    • I admire how confident Max is.
    • The Dennison house is gorgeous. I want a little tower in my room.
    • Dani is so cute, but I get it. Younger siblings can be pretty annoying.
    • I wish Halloween was as popular in Germany, as it is in the US. I love it and would never mind going trick-or-treating.
    • Didn’t Max just give the candy bag to the bullies? Why is Dani carrying it?
    • I would’ve totally lit the black flame candle. It’s just too tempting.
    • I can relate to the witches. Often not a big fan of kids myself.
    • Oh, how I would love to have magical powers.
    • A black river. :D
    • Their special walk is just one of the best things in the whole movie.
    • It’s so funny how they get to know the modern world.
    • Oh, Sarah… How boy-crazy can a woman be?!
    • Why the hell would the man in the devil costume just invite three strangers into his house, have them fawn all over him, while his wife is sitting right there? That’s just weird. Men…!
    • Those little girls stealing the brooms. Who on earth does that?
    • How the hell can three witches be scared of a little dog?
    • Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!
    • Sarah even got jiggy with her sister’s boyfriend. I’m surprised Winnie let her live.
    • Mom’s Madonna costume is so on point.
    • “I put a spell on you” is such an amazing performance.
    • Why can kids in movies and TV shows just enter their school at any hour of the day?
    • And why is there this big oven thingy?
    • Mary flying on a vacuum cleaner is the best.
    • I should check if mine can fly.
    • YAAAAS, go Billie.
    • Why can they suddenly enter the cemetery? I don’t get it.
    • The potion flying through the air without spilling a drop does not make sense.
    • That went by too fast.
    • I miss watching things as a kid. You don’t see movie flaws or question everything. It’s just the way it is.

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What I Love About Amusement Parks

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a big fan of amusement parks. I find them highly fascinating, and it’s always a great joy to visit one. I’m a big kid at heart, so it’s the perfect place for me to have some fun. There seems to be a joyful mood pretty much all around, and it’s just amazing. I can’t imagine anyone feeling low with so many fun things to explore.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo California

These parks are just a world of their own, and I always immediately get sucked in. The amount of detail that goes into designing and building these incredible sceneries is insane. Pretty much every park I’ve been to, and it’s been a few in different countries, is worth a trip. I’ve been to Disneyland Paris and California, which are obviously perfection. In Germany, Phantasialand is my absolute favorite, and once, I went to Europa Park by myself and had a good time, as well. I can also recommend Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, where I also swam with dolphins. As you can probably tell, if you want to win my heart, take me to an amusement park.

I try most of the rides unless I already know I’ll get sick or something, but I’ve ridden some crazy ones. Unfortunately, I feel like the older I get, the less my body likes riding roller-coasters. The thrill is amazing though, and I’m always really proud when I pull through. But I also love the little things like merry-go-rounds, and on a hot day, I’m a big fan of water rides. Furthermore, there are usually lots of artistic shows with singing and dancing, or ice skating, which are great to watch, and maybe 3 or 4D movies. Not to forget VR-Rides. So much fun.

Amusement Parks

And because I’m actually 12 years old, I always try to get some character pics and also some with fun setups throughout the parks. When my mom took me to Disneyland in 2009, I stood in line for ages to meet the characters and get some pictures. I’m always there in between all these little children. I love it. But I also take pictures of the wonderful buildings and just the whole scenery. Around every corner, there is something new to see.

I’ve collected some fabulous memories over the years with many different people, and I always had the best time. The whole day is usually just perfection. You get up early in the morning, cause you always want to get there as soon as possible since there is always too much to do and see in one day. And lines can be super long. You eat junk food all day long – burgers, churros, cotton candy, you name it – take funny pictures all over the place, and are happily exhausted at the end of the day. I’m always glad when I’m not the one driving. I also have to buy souvenirs cause I just can’t help myself, and for me, is just part of the experience. A little something to treasure.

Tivoli Copenhagen

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It’s Time to Move Out

Today, I want to share something because I am over the moon, and I can hardly contain myself. I signed a rental agreement for my dream apartment, and I still can’t believe this is finally happening. It’s all I can think about now, and I’m just so incredibly happy.

Happiness

The thing is, looking for a place to live isn’t as fun as one may think. And I’m not even talking about big cities cause that’s, as far as I know, absolutely horrible. Rent is crazy, five hundred people want it, and you basically have to go in like it’s a job interview. You have to be prepared, try to make someone like you, and convince them that there is nobody better than you. Although, I did that even in a small city with like 6000 people. It just sucks when everyone wants the same thing.

Since my parents decided to sell our house early next year, we all had to figure out where to live. I’m 32 now, and it’s about time I get my own place. It just never felt like the right moment, then things happened that postponed my plans, and living at home does have its perks. But I am so ready for my single girl apartment. Sure, it will probably be weird for a day, and then, I am absolutely certain that I will be living my best life. It’s the right time, and change can be so good.

Anyway, I’ve been looking for a while, and it was frustrating from the getgo. When I found something nice, it was either already gone or too expensive. I had people not get back to me or someone showing me an apartment, although they actually already had a person they wanted to rent it to. I looked at one that I absolutely loved, carried my phone around for days – first for a time to look at the place, then again to find out, if I was the chosen one – only to not get it. The thing is, I know I’ll be a fab tenant, but the landlord has to believe it too.

I am a person that stresses out easily about these things. I like everything planned and organized, and when the clock is ticking with everyone knowing where they will live except for me, it sucks. I also like to constantly change my mind Every month, I wanted to live in a different town, which isn’t very helpful. My parents offered up some of their rooms for me to stay in, in case I wouldn’t find something, which is really sweet, but hell no. If I don’t leave now, I never will, and I really want and need this now.

Anyway, long story short: Finding my dream apartment turned out to be super easy. Not with getting to this point, but in this particular case, I got a number, I called, checked it out, and it was mine. As soon as I entered, I fell head over heels in love with it, and turning it down was just not an option. I still think it’s too good to be true because I am not one of these people who constantly get lucky. But I guess sometimes, it’s just the way it should be. I was so scared that something would happen that could take it away again, but I signed the contract, and now, I am the happiest person ever.

I shared the view from my future living room on Instagram and WhatsApp today, and what can I say: I’ve never in my life received so many heart-eye-emojis in a day. It’s just gorgeous. And it makes me so happy to see how many people are happy for me.

So now, I’m trying to figure out what to do first. Of course, I would love to start painting, decorating, and so on right away, but I still have to be patient, since the current tenant is still living there. I have to wait until December. But she’s nice, so I will call her soon and stop by to take some measurements and make a list of what I need cause furniture delivery can take months, and I want to get a headstart. In theory, I already planned most of it, but it obviously has to fit. It will be gorgeous. It’s also a very instagramable place, so maybe, I can finally up my social media game. Because that’s what matters, right?

By the length of this post, you can probably tell how excited I am. Once I’m all moved it, I’ll probably go crazy and share everything cause it’s so much fun. This is definitely not the last you’ve heard of it. Fingers crossed that nothing goes wrong. Yes, always the pessimist, but for now, I’ll just enjoy this flood of happiness.

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