Rock Out On The Road! (Summer Playlist)

Is there anything more annoying than sitting in the car with your squad and wanting to listen to the radio when not a single station seems to play decent music? Probably not.

That’s why I recently put together a mix of songs to listen to on car rides and – to be honest with you – it’s a masterpiece. (not self-complimenting at all, of course not)

I believe this playlist would be perfect if you’re going on a¬†road trip or a on holiday since it somehow immediately brightens your mood, so make sure to check it out if you’re planning a trip or are just generally looking for a summer jam.

I hope it will make you sing along and awkwardly dance in your seat as well, have fun listening! x

  1. Grade 8 – Ed Sheeran
  2. Need The Sun To Break – James Bay
  3. Save Rock And Roll – Fall Out Boy
  4. Snap Out Of It – Arctic Monkeys
  5. Competition – Little Mix
  6. Style – Taylor Swift
  7. Hotel Ceiling – Rixton
  8. Pacifier – Catfish & The Bottlemen
  9. Noserings And Shoestrings – Nina Nesbitt
  10. Night Changes – One Direction
  11. As We Are Now – Saint Raymond
  12. Therapy – All Time Low
  13. When We Were On Fire – James Bay
  14. How To Save A Life – The Fray
  15. Stay Out – Nina Nesbitt
  16. Ain’t It Fun – Paramore
  17. Like I Can – Sam Smith
  18. Little Things – One Direction
  19. Photograph – Ed Sheeran
  20. Breakeven – The Script

(The overall genre of the playlist is probably Alternative, but it’s kind of messy, so there are some upbeat songs but also slower ones which you can sing along to from the top of your lungs and get very emotional over. I actually created it for my dad and he asked me not to include anything too ‘extreme’, so I’d say you’re good to go if you listen to this with friends who usually only likerather mainstream music too.) ūüôā

Before I Die I Want To…

When I went to Camden Lock Market in London a few months ago, I stumbled across this wall and I liked the of idea so much that I decided to create my personal list of life goals and things I want to do before I grow old.

IMG_6070Since I found it incredibly fascinating to read through the¬†different ideas people had put down, I’m now gonna share my own personal list with you. Of course, it’s not completed yet and I’ll most probably add things and cross others out with time but I hope you’re gonna enjoy it anyways. x

  • Write a book:¬†I’ve dreamed of becoming an author since I was 6 or 7 and even wrote little short stories about vampires, dwarfs, ghosts and other fantasy creatures back in primary school. Even though I kind of gave up writing a long time ago, it still has a place in my heart and I would love getting into it again.
  • Learn more languages:¬†Apart from improving my English and Spanish, I’d love to learn at least one other language, preferably Swedish, Dutch or Italian.
  • Live abroad for at least 6 months:¬†Even though I love living in Germany, I would love to get away for some time if I can. I’ve already been to Chile for 2 months last year which really changed me as a person and gave me a different perspective in a way, so I’d simply love to do something like that again. Actually, this dream is likely to become true quite soon as I’m gonna finish school in one year and will hopefully be able to take a gap year and work and live in the UK for some months!
  • Find my soulmate:¬†As someone who kind of believes in true love or at least holds onto the hope that it exists, truly loving someone and be loved in return is something I really wish I will experience, even if it might entail pain or a broken heart.
  • Meet my idols: As a fangirl, I can’t help but add this to my list. Some celebrities have just given me so much strength by making music, videos, writing or simply existing that it’s one of my biggest aims to thank them personally for making me a lot happier than I would’ve been without them.
  • Move into my own flat:¬†I’m a person who needs a lot of alone-time, so a very own apartment where I can do whatever I want whenever I want would literally be heaven for me. It’ll probably be another ten years until I’ve got enough money to actually move out but I’m already busy planning what my flat should look like, which furniture I’m gonna get and how I’m gonna decorate it, so the anticipation is real.
  • Find a job I like:¬†I’ve recently read a tumblr post that said something like “I want to create a life I don’t need a vacation from” which absolutely spoke to me. If anyone ever tries to talk you into choosing a field of studies you don’t love, please don’t listen to them. Some people want to convince me to study something like medicine or law because they fear that I’m gonna “waste my potential” if I decide on the subjects that really interest me but is it really worth it if you end up doing a job you hate just because you earn a little bit more money or have more prestige? Personally, I don’t think it is, hence I’m gonna take the risk and work towards my dream job, even if the path leading to it won’t be all easy.
  • Read, read, read: Whenever I finish a really good book and get sad about the fact that I’m through with it, I think of all the other amazing ones that are still out there waiting for me to read them, waiting to take me into yet another world of fantasy and imagination. Isn’t that just magical?
  • Learn to love myself and be happy!

What I love about Eurovision

The time has come again – today, on the 23rd May 2015, the 60th Eurovision Songcontest will take place in Vienna. Personally, I’ve been waiting for this day to arrive for about a year now and can’t wait for it to finally begin. But what is it about this rather peculiar show that makes most Europeans so obsessed with it?¬† orf_eurovision_song_contest_c__a72cac753f.1ea3 Here’s why I consider Eurovision as the probably best television event of the year:

1.¬†You have a reason to meet up with your mates, prepare some food and have a nice evening together.¬†There’s nothing more fun than discussing good or, in this case, admittedly kind of odd music from different countries with your friends, is there?

2. When you’re watching telly or reading the newspapers, you usually only ever hear about the same countries: the ones that are influential, have a strong economy and a lot of power or are simply flashy in some way. About the rest, you usually don’t know much more than the fact that they exist somewhere on this planet. So the good thing about Eurovision is that you find out a bit more about parts of the world you might never have payed much attention to and get a small insight into their culture and way of living.¬†

3.¬†IT’S SO SUSPENSEFUL! If you’re not European, you’ll probably think I’m exaggerating but there’s honestly no thriller or crime story as gripping and emotional as the scoring at the end of the show. Above all, you’ll consider it “EXTREMELY UNFAIR AND SOOOO BIASED” when the neighbours keep giving points to each other but you will also be incredibly disappointed and angry if your neighbours don’t vote for you.

4. The reactions to the acts on the internet. Of course, one shouldn’t be on their phone checking comments throughout the entire show but having a look at sassy or funny remarks on social networks like Twitter and Tumblr will guarantee some laughs. Even funnier than that are the comments of confused Americans trying to find out which kind of “musical war” is going on on the other side of the ocean.

5. Tradition: I started watching the ESC before I could even walk or speak and haven’t missed it once until now. After Lena had won for Germany a few years ago, I went to a huge arena in Dusseldorf for the first time to see the Eurovision show live which is an experience I’ll never forget. Even though I’m not as infatuated with it as I was back then, the ESC will probably always have a place in my heart.

6. I’m usually not a fan of patriotism at all but Eurovision always makes me feel proud of my country in such a positive way that I just have to act it out. Therefore, screaming “12 POINTS TO GERMANY” till I’m so hoarse that I can barely speak anymore is something nobody will ever stop me from doing.

7. The silly lyrics: How can you not be in love with a show where artists legitimately sing songs about moustaches, happy dogs or nuclear poo (yes, that actually happened, check out Finland’s entry from 1982) to represent their country in a competition?

What’s your¬†opinion on Eurovision? Do you love it, hate it or simply don’t care about it? Also let me know your favourite entry of this year if you have one.

Have fun¬†watching the show if you are and if not, I hope you’re gonna have a wonderful evening anyways. All the love xx

(I also discovered two absolutely hilarious articles about the topic which might get you in the Eurovision mood, so check them out if you like: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/eurovision/eurovision-the-worst-lyrics-in-the-contests-history-from-your-bum-is-part-of-you-to-stay-cool-in-the-swimming-pool-10267483.html http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/everything-americans-need-to-know-about-eurovision#.taPaqYZBg )

10 signs that you spend too much time on Tumblr

1. You can’t hold a conversation with someone without telling them that what they’re saying is offensive at least twice

2. Whenever you try to tell a joke, people stare at you in confusion and whisper things like “What the hell is she even talking about, does she really think that’s funny?” to each other while you need to sit down to catch your breath cause you’ve been laughing about the pun for 10 minutes already

3. You’ve seen every “new” meme your friends are excited about and show you on their phones 2 years ago

4. You love cats more than your best friends and family

5. When someone asks you about your religion, you answer with “Fall Out Boy”

6. You can’t remember the last time you have been fully rested

7. You know the storyline of every existing tv show, including those you haven’t seen one episode of

8. You have the greatest desire to travel, yet never leave your house except if you run out of food

9. You love black clothes because their colour matches your soul

10. People constantly ask you whether you own a boat company because you keep talking about ships

Mental Illness Awareness Week: How to deal with anxiety and stress

Since it is Mental Illness Awareness Week in the UK and many people have already taken action to educate others about mental health, I thought it might be a good idea to make this a topic on my blog as well. However, I will mainly refer to anxiety disorders¬†since I’ve been diagnosed with it myself and therefore know¬†quite a lot about it. Nevertheless, this post might be helpful¬†for people who don’t have anxiety as well since I’ll be giving you tips that can be useful for anyone who has to deal with stress in general.

But what exactly is an anxiety disorder?

The thing is, it’s really hard to explain because there are various forms of it and everyone experiences it differently. Apart from that, a lot of people don’t really show their anxiety, so you can’t know when they feel extremely uncomfortable and panicky in a situation which makes it even more difficult for others to understand.

The symptoms can vary too but most people experience nausea, a racing heart, sweating or hot and cold flashes, dizziness, chest pain, numbness, shortness of breath, ¬†the feeling that they’re going crazy etc.

Zoe Sugg, a British youtuber you may know, recently talked about it in an interview with Glamour UK and I think she encapsulated it really well, so I’m just gonna quote her to give you a better description:

“I would describe anxiety as a little part of your brain that refuses to let you do particular things with ease because of the way it’s programmed. I also like to say that a person with anxiety is like a car on the street whose alarm gets set off by a little leaf that’s fallen from a tree, whereas the people who don’t experience anxiety are the cars that the only time their alarm goes off is if someone is breaking into it. It can really debilitate and control the way people live their lives.”

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Tips on dealing with anxiety:

1. Checklists 

For everyone, whether you suffer from anxiety or not, one of the worst things is to wake up in the morning on a very busy day and immediately think about all the tasks you have to complete, the problems you have to solve and the challenges you have to master. So the best thing to do is to make To-Do-List with everything that needs to be done on that day, so that you can work it¬†off step by step and cross out the tasks you’ve completed. That way, you can structure your day a bit better, see how you make progress and have a list of the things you’ve accomplished when you’re finished.

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2. Sleep

This one can be quite tricky¬†because anxiety very often causes insomnia, but if possible, try to get at least 8 hours of sleep, you’ll feel a lot more relaxed in the morning and be able to deal with stressful situations much easier.

3. Playlist

Create a playlist of songs that make you feel calm and listen to it whenever you feel stressed. I personally like listening to rather slow music, preferable James Bay or Ed Sheeran, but just choose any tracks that make you feel better. If you need some inspiration, here’s a list of songs I made on Spotify.

4. Sticky notes/ reminders

When having anxiety, you often feel like you’re unable to cope with certain situations or not strong enough to do the things you want to do, so it might be good to remind yourself that you are in fact braver than you believe from time to time. One way of doing that is for example to leave post-its around your flat or make reminders with encouraging quotes on your phone.

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5. When having a really bad day

If it’s one of those days where nothing goes the way you want it to go, this is what you do: get in the shower, turn on your favourite song on maximum volume, sing along, use your favourite shower gel, put on your most comfy shirt, get a cup of tea, light some candles or turn on your fairy lights, wrap yourself in a blanket, watch some episodes of your favourite tv show or youtube videos, read and go to bed early. Most of the times, you’ll feel a lot better in the morning.

6. Make a book of things that make you happy

Something that can really help with calming down when you’re having an anxiety or panic attack is to distract yourself by thinking of anything that makes you happy. Since concentrating on anything else than your panic can be very difficult in this state, I recently had the idea to buy a little notebook and fill it with photos of people and places I love as well as with quotes, lyrics and texts that make me feel better to make it easier for me to focus on something else. I don’t know whether this will work for everyone but it has already helped me a lot in several situations, so it’s probably worth to give it a try.

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7. Don’t let your anxiety take control over your life

If you’re suffering from anxiety, things that others don’t even worry about can be very difficult. Nevertheless, you can’t let your fear of those things stop you from doing them because that way, the dread will only become bigger and bigger. You can only lessen fear if you face it and make the experience that something isn’t as bad as you expected it to be, so try to say yes to things and see them as a challenge for yourself, even if you feel uncomfortable or scared to do them. All the same, you surely shouldn’t ask too much of yourself and if you feel like you can’t do certain things, then that is perfectly fine.

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To end this post, I would simply like to remind you of the fact that, if you have anxiety or any other mental illness, you are never alone in this. There are always people you can talk to and who will understand you. And never forget: You are more than your illness and strong enough to live with it, even if it can be hard sometimes. 

Do you have any more advice on how to cope with anxiety or stress you want to share? If you’ve got any questions or need someone to talk to, please feel free to¬†leave a comment or contact me on tumblr, I’ll be happy to help you if I can. xx

April Favourites

Time simply flies by at the moment,¬†doesn’t it? Even¬†though I feel like 1st of April is only a blink away and still can’t believe it’s May already, I’ve thought of a few things I absolutely loved during the past month. Enjoy and tell me your personal favourites in the comments! ūüôā x

James Bay’s new album

I don’t think I’ve ever been so in love with an album as I am with this one. After I picked up “Chaos and the Calm” at my local CD shop, I couldn’t stop listening to it on repeat for two weeks straight. Despite being incredibly likeable and sweet, James Bay has one of the most delightful voices I’ve ever heard. His album is simply the perfect soundtrack for every situation and somehow manages to make me feel completely relaxed and happy even after the most exhausting day. I don’t even know what else to say about it because I feel like everything I could tell you about how great it is would still be an underestimation, so just give it a listen and let me know what you think about it!

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Melon Love Body Splash

I recently went shopping to have a look at The Body Shop, Lush etc. and got kind of annoyed because everything was so pricey when I came across this body splash at H&M. It was only 1,99‚ā¨, so I didn’t expect very much of it but when I tried it out, I was positively surprised because it actually smells really, really nice and is certainly good value for money. It’s nothing special but I feel like it’s great to carry around with you in your handbag and perfect if you’re looking for a sort of fresh, springlike scent.

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Chocolate Creams Biscuits

I have to admit, I’m usually not too fond of chocolate and anything sweet but when I tried these biscuits, I couldn’t help but fall in love (and eat an entire packet of them). They’re originally from the UK but you can get them in special stores in other countries too, so if you ever spot them in a shop, do yourself a favour and buy them, they’ll show you that the saying “food makes you happy” is completely true.

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Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is one of those TV shows I’ve always wanted to see but never came ¬†around to actually watch. However, I started with the first season a few weeks ago and well, now I’m sort of addicted. It’s so suspenseful and dramatic that it’ll keep you up till early in the morning to finish a season which is probably the best thing a series can do to you.

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Lemon Verbena Candle

Since everyone currently seems to be obsessed with Primark candles, I decided to give it a go as well and found this very nice one when I went to the store in Cologne. It smells very fresh and fruity and also lasts you quite long, so I’d absolutely recommend it.

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Old Jewellery Box

A few days ago, I was searching for something in my mum’s closet, when I discovered this beautiful box which I now use to keep my jewellery. After some research, I found out that it belonged to my great-grandmother and is more than a hundred years old, hitting upon old things is so adventurous!

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Which things did you enjoy most in April? Let me know in the comments and have a wonderful weekend! x