Welcome To My Favorite Room

For the longest time, I’ve always dreamed of having my own apartment, with an extra room that I had very special plans for. But obviously, it’s not always that easy to find what you’re looking for. Especially, when you have to pay rent on your own. But I got lucky, and therefore, I was finally able to put together a room that means the world to me.

While I tried not to get most of my apartment too cluttered, there is one room where no rules apply. And it gives me joy, every time I step into it. My office. But is so much more than that. It’s my Disney room. My library. My creative space. My sanctuary.

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I have my whole Disney collection on display, and I admit, that room could also belong to a child. My stuffed animals are everywhere, mugs, figures, and just everything. Also, souvenirs from all my trips, my shot glass collection, DVDs, CDs, things from my childhood, and all my books. I have a lot of them. Like 800 or so, and they all deserve a proper spot. And now, I can look at all these things, I find what I’m looking for, and it’s all properly displayed.

Even though there is a lot of stuff in that room, it’s actually pretty organized. I have so many office and craft supplies that are now put away in labeled boxes, and I always find exactly what I need. It’s lovely. I also integrated my beloved armchair. I wish I could say that I constantly sit in there and read, but to be honest, it’s mostly occupied by my dog. He loves that chair.

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Since I work from home most of the time, I spend lots and lots of time in there, and I don’t mind at all. I sit behind the desk I inherited from my grandparents and which I refurbished last year, and enjoy my colorful surrounding. There are lots of pictures everywhere, cute things like pins on the pinboard above my workspace, and just lovely trinkets.

It is also my room for putting all the things in that don’t really belong anywhere or that I frequently need but which would mess up the rest of my living space. When packages arrive, they go in there. Chairs or a fan I needed during the summer, a hula hoop I’ve never used. It doesn’t get in the way of things in there, and it’s great to have a space like that.

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So yeah, I just wanted to share this room with you because it means a lot to me, and it’s a place that makes me happy. My whole room used to pretty much look like that, but it got a little too much, so I’m happy to have it all in one place now, where I can close the door if I like. I love every single item in that room, but I don’t need it in every single corner of the apartment. So this is the perfect solution and a dream come true.

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30 Writing Prompts For Lifestyle Bloggers #4

Writing is one of my favorite things to do, but sometimes, I feel unmotivated and uninspired. So I always love posts that give me some ideas, and I also love to share some of mine. So here are thirty writing prompts that may help others find something to write about.

30 Writing Prompts for Lifestyle Bloggers

01. Write about the best TV show you’ve ever watched.
02. Do you have a bucket list? Share what you’ve accomplished already.
03. If your fairy godmother would appear, what would you wish for?
04. Share your favorite online shops.
05. What are your favorite childhood books?
06. Write about something you struggle with. Be open and honest.
07. Share a little positivity and encouragement.
08. How do you balance life and work?
09. Christmas is getting closer. What’s on your wishlist?
10. Work from home or at the office: How to update your workspace.
11. Who inspires you and why?
12. What are you looking forward to next year?
13. Share the things you can’t live without.
14. How does your perfect vacation look like?
15. Ask your readers for advice about something that’s on your mind.
16. What have you loved lately? Articles, videos, photos, books, etc. Share.
17. Share the things you learned from a book.
18. Blogging or no blogging: What inspires you to keep writing?
19. Found something new you’re obsessed with? Music, hobby, app, fashion trend… Please share!
20. Give a photo tour of a special room in your home.
21. What does success mean to you?
22. It’s all about positivity: What made you smile this week?
23. Share all your thoughts while watching a popular movie.
24. Sum up your year with all the highs and lows.
25. Put together a list of ways you can do something nice for others.
26. Share what you miss about something like school, traveling, your childhood, etc.
27. A list with all the books you want to read is always a good idea.
28. Share your favorite recipe.
29. Do you have a morning or night routine? Let others know what works for you.
30. What are your goals for the future?

For more inspiration, see also 30 Writing Prompts For Lifestyle Bloggers #1, #2 and #3.

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It’s Ok Not To Be Busy And Productive All The Time

We all know the feeling: a million things to do and not enough time. And still, everything has to get done. The bad feeling, when we don’t manage. The bad feeling, when we allow ourselves a break because society has drilled one thing into our heads: you must function at all times! It’s insane and not ok.

I feel like adulting is this whole competition with just anyone. I look at other people who seem to have their shit together and manage it all and feel bad about myself. In the back of my head, I know it often just seems that way. Everyone has their issues. Still, it doesn’t make me feel great.

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Why do we always have to prove that we manage it all? Why is the answer to “How are you doing?” always “Great, everything is good. Just a little stress, but it’s fine.” instead of “I suck at adulting, life is annoying, and right now, I just want to cry all the time cause it’s all too much.” Why do we attend social events, even though we don’t feel like going? Why don’t we just say “no” more often? We hardly do that. We suck it up and write another to-do list. We leave the house. We pretend that everything is great. I do that. All the time.

And it’s the same with work. Just this week, I had two friends send me voicemails, telling me that they are sick but couldn’t just stay home and not work. Why do we do this? Why isn’t our health important enough? I do this as well. I would have to be seriously sick to miss work. And it’s truly ridiculous. Why do we think that without us, the world stops turning? We think we’re irreplaceable. We want to be. Everything is going to break down with us not being there. At work and generally in life.

In his book “The Comfort Book”, Matt Haig writes:

You don’t always have to do stuff. Or achieve stuff. You don’t have to spend your free time productively. You don’t have to be doing Tai Chi and DIY and bread-making. Sometimes you can just be and feel things and get through and eat crisps and survive, and that is more than enough.

And he is absolutely right. But here is the thing. I do know how to relax and do nothing. I really do. I just don’t feel good about it, and that is the problem. I try and write actually achievable lists, which they mostly are not. I add things that more or less have to be done, and things that are fun and I love. Guess what I focus on the most… However, the feeling of ticking something off is good. Too good. Which is also a problem.

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What I’m saying is that we should try to enjoy ourselves more. Sure, some things have to get done, but I feel like we overdo it. I’m currently really trying to use my time more wisely, in order to feel better, but also to make proper time for the things I love. So, when I don’t fall out of bed at like 2 pm and instead get up in the morning and do household things or something, I have all afternoon to do whatever I feel like doing. But here it is again. I move my schedule around to try and make it all work because otherwise, I find it hard to feel fulfilled.

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.

And again, I agree with Matt Haig. Resting is important, and it should be a lot more popular. So I’m going to continue getting lots of sleep, binge-watching TV shows, working on my scrapbooks, or just hanging out, reading, and try not feeling bad about it. Because technically, it’s not doing nothing. It’s simply doing something that makes me happy, and we should do more of that.

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Currently… #3

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  • listening: To the girls from the Babysitter’s Club on Netflix. And unfortunately to my annoying neighbors who have family over, and they’re all ridiculous.
  • eating:  Actually nothing, but I think I’m gonna cook myself some pasta later.
  • drinking: Water. Water. And more water.
  • wearing: Leggings and a comfy hoodie. Also a blanket cause I’m always cold.
  • feeling: Pretty tired cause it has been a rather stressful week with not enough sleep.
  • weather: Better than the last few days but still rather cold. At least it’s not raining.
  • wanting: Another vacation by the beach.
  • needing: A not so stressful week.
  • thinking: About what I want to write about for my next Blogtober posts.
  • enjoying: Cuddling with my doggy on the sofa.

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The Get To Know Your Pet Tag

So today is my dog’s birthday, and I thought I would put together a little tag to get to know him better. And hopefully, other bloggers with pets will introduce theirs as well, cause I love getting to know other people’s animals.

There are no rules. If you want, just answer the ten questions I put together and tag me in your post, so I can read all your answers. Feel free to tag other bloggers, so they can share everything about their darlings, as well.

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01. What pet(s) do you have?
I have one dog, and he is a Havanese mix.

02. What is your pets name?
His name is Charlie, and he is the cutest.

03. How did you get your pet?
He belonged to my grandparents, and when they sadly passed away, my family and I adopted him. He’s been living with us for two years now, and since January, it’s just the two of us because I finally got my own apartment. I’ve always wanted to have a dog, again, but they’re a big responsibility. But then he was there, and we made it work.

04. Have you had other pets before?
I grew up with two dogs, and I loved it. When they were no longer with us, we had three cats, but to be honest, I’ve always been more of a dog person. And for many years, we also had some fish. I got my first aquarium when I was six or seven, and eventually, my parents got a big one and took mine away. I’m still mad about that. I’ve always wanted my own again and am still planning on getting one.

05. What fun things have you and your per experienced together?
While living with my grandparents, Charlie didn’t really have an active life. Not much contact with other dogs or walking, and no adventures. But the last two years have been rather eventful for him. Most of the time, I take him with me, wherever I go. He’s been in stores, restaurants, animal parks, has met lots of other dogs and people, and of course, we’re outside every day. The best thing we’ve done together was to go on vacation to the North Sea. We had the best time, and we’re definitely going again next year.

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06. What does having a pet mean to you?
That little fur baby is the love of my life. He gives me comfort when I’m sad and makes me laugh all the time. I’m so glad that he is with me because, even though I love living alone, I don’t get lonely. There is always someone there who needs me, and that helps a lot – especially mentally. He also gets me out of the house, which is a good thing.

07. How pet crazy are you?
Well, my dog still has to walk on his own. I don’t carry him around or push him in a stroller. I obviously get him everything he needs, and yeah, he is a bit spoiled. Let’s say, whatever happens, I’ve got it covered. And yes, we also have some things that he doesn’t necessarily need, like a tie or a fun costume, but whatever. He’s my baby, and sometimes, I’m a little obsessed. Maybe, I monitor him too closely. But better safe than sorry. However, I don’t phone the vet over every little thing.

08. What do you love most about your pet?
He is very chill, and I can take him pretty much everywhere. He adapts very quickly to new surroundings, and he’s a true heartbreaker. Everybody loves him.

09. What is your favorite thing to do with your pet?
Cuddle time. We love to sleep in on weekends, and before we get up, a good cuddle makes the day immediately better. And yes, he’s allowed in my bed. I never thought I would do that, but I don’t care. He’s my baby, and he can chill wherever he wants to.

10. Is there anything that annoys you about your pet?
He loves eating things he shouldn’t and is pretty quick. So sometimes, I can’t keep him from it fast enough. Unfortunately, he has a sensitive stomach, and then he has problems and barks me out of bed several times a night. Not fun at all. He also hates rain, so it’s a bit of a pain getting him out of the house when the weather isn’t good, even though he has a little coat.

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