My New Living Room

Hey my loves,

a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I moved and I thought now would be the perfect time to share my new space with you. If you want to catch up on my move, check out my moving blog post: Moving into a new apartment

The only room I would consider completely done is my living room, which is why I am sharing this room first with you. It took a while to get everything together and here and there I would like to change some things, but I will eventually do that this year or next. There’s no rush, because right now I am absolutely in love with my living room space.

I got my prints and most of my frames from Desenio and I absolutely love the gallery wall above the couch, I really want to add some more maps of places I want to travel to, but only if I have been there, I think that would be such a fun thing to add on in the on-coming years. My ladder shelf, the pink chair and my marble and gold side table are all from Wayfair. All plants except the big one on my side table are from IKEA, as well as my book shelf. My couch I got from Otto and my TV Stand is from Baur. My pillows are from H&M Home. The vase and dry flowers next to my TV are from Depot, the lavender smells so good. And I also recently got a new TV and am in love with it – it truly feels like a cinema in my living room when I’m watching TV. I got the Samsung Crystal UHD 55″.

If I haven’t mentioned a design element you would like to know where it’s from just hit me up in the comments or DM me on my Insta.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!
XoXo, Jasmin.

Guest Post: The Power of the Internet – An Opinion on Assassination Nation

The internet is a two-faced jerk. It can make us feel loved and precious and hyped up to soaring heights, or it can leave us lonely and hated and at the absolute bottom of a bottomless pit of rage. It has the unique power to universally unite us as people. It has the historically unparalleled power of dividing us and creating problems where there were none before. And the extreme ambivalence I feel when thinking about this two-faced jerk results from the fact that embracing the good side means the acceptance of the bad side. As I open my door wide to the beautiful face of the internet, the ugly face sneaks in behind my back while me and the beautiful face hug it out in the doorway. I invite one face into my house, but both faces come in.

The internet’s good side is its magical power to connect people from all over the world. It enables me to see and hear things from remote cultures that I would otherwise never come in contact with, thus broadening my horizon, forming me into a more complete, more tolerant and educated being.

The internet enables me to share my creativity with others in the hopes of making their day a little bit better. And the very best thing about it is that entire generations can share their experiences with one another, be it through memes, or tweets, or TikToks, sending out into the world the very clear message that we all need to hear: you are not alone.

Especially now, in pandemic times, the internet and its ability to connect us are more important than ever. I know a video call with my friends will never replace their actual presence in my living room, but it offers me something of a reprieve until I can hug them in person again. And seeing my exact experience and feelings summed up in a meme created by someone from the other side of the world on Facebook reminds me, again, that I am not alone in this.

So the internet’s best side brings people together to create something beautiful. However, there is a dangerous downside. The troublesome thing is the reason why people get together, because it can be to share love or creativity, but it can also be in order to unite against someone else and ostracize them.

The internet’s bad side that piggybacks on the good side is the way in which it has changed the way we communicate with one another. It has completely deconstructed the notion of facts, as David Mitchell explained on the Graham Norton Show: thanks to the internet, the truth may never be recognized as such again. There is no certainty of factual evidence on the internet, because the internet has given everybody the chance to share their thoughts on any matter, and the result is an endless web of facts mingled with opinions that are then misunderstood as facts and again mingled with opinions until nobody can actually comprehend what is true and what is not. There is no way to share your thoughts without them being misconstrued by someone else, and that is one of the big downsides to the internet’s ability to give everybody a voice: people think that because they have the opportunity to express their opinion, their opinion is automatically important, and it is not. Your opinion on a subject needs to be informed, or it is completely useless, but this idea of information is rendered more and more obsolete.

The result of this desire to share your thoughts on any subject with anyone simply because the opportunity is there has led to what I would like to call audience entitlement. Everyone obviously is entitled to their thoughts and opinions. Your mind cannot be controlled, it is yours and yours alone. The problematic thing about the internet’s open platform of opinions, however, is that people appear to have developed the feeling that because they have an opinion, it needs to be listened to. And while this feeling of being entitled to an audience in itself might not be inherently problematic, it very much becomes so once it leads to what Joe Rogan once called “recreational outrage.” People become habitually upset about things they read on the internet and, thanks to their audience entitlement, share their outrage and demand it to be taken seriously. If enough people share their outrage about the same thing on social media, their combined outrage is bundled into a shitstorm. And there have been outrages that were completely justified. The internet pools and combines worldwide forces to fight against injustice and that is beautiful. The issue is that it has become habitual, recreational, for people to try and kickstart shitstorms. In the process, we become desensitized to our own outrage and its consequences. And this desensitization is the bad consequence of the beautiful unification of the people.

The bad is created out of the good, then. The question I have come to ask myself is: is the good created out of the bad? Do they condition one another, or is it a one-way street that ends in doom and destruction? I have to admit I am not sure I have a definite answer, but Sam Levinson’s 2018 film Assassination Nation opts for the pessimistic view that yes, it is a one-way street, yes, it does end in doom and destruction, and that is because it is human nature. It is the human way of handling things, and it has been since colonial times, if not before that.

The film uses the analogy of the witch hunt to make this drive to destroy explicit. The city in which the plot takes place is Salem, Massachusetts, which is historically known for the Salem Witch trials, during which women were burnt at the stake or otherwise executed over accusations of witchcraft that the accused failed to disprove. What the film makes clear through the connection created between the history of witch trials and the postmodern process of the online shitstorm is that both kinds of hunts are not about the accused’s actual culpability. They are about scapegoating.

In Assassination Nation, a group of teenaged girls are blamed for a hacker’s leak of personal information that concerns the entire town of Salem. The girls are actually innocent, but once the town has settled on them as the guilty parties, nobody cares to prove or disprove the assumption of their guilt. And as one Salem citizen after another becomes the victim of a shitstorm concerning their private data (now open for the whole world to see), these victims become the perpetrators of a new shitstorm, namely the hunt for witches. As the hunt for the four girls escalates into a massacre, people die, blood is spilt, and Salem becomes a battleground for a war that started online, but has entered the real world. The fascinating thing is that the film takes the idea of the recreational outrage of online shitstorms, which are a safe, sanitized form of hunting someone without ever having to actually face the victims, and places it in the analog world. An execution in the street is an online shitstorm taken to its logical extreme. As such, Assassination Nation is the satirical, over-the-top conclusion to the trend of online outrage. The internet brought us together for us to share love, but the film proposes that it inevitably transforms the world into an assassination nation.

I watched the film because I saw it in Amazon Prime, and I had no fleshed-out expectations; Wikipedia described it as a black comedy thriller, so I might have expected some laughs, but to be quite honest, it was a horror film to me. You can easily read Assassination Nation as a slasher, with the four girls at the center as the final girls and the entire town as the killers. Reading it like that makes the expectations heaved upon girls by patriarchal structures in the postmodern age even more explicit. The most horrific thing, however, must be the fact that these girls are innocent. They have done literally nothing to deserve the town’s persecution, and it does not matter at all. Nothing makes you feel powerless like telling the truth and being called a liar. The girls have the truth on their side, but we live in the age of alternative facts, so really, who cares? Apparently, we don’t want the truth. We just want someone to blame.

As such, I can’t really find humor in the film. It scares me too much. I am aware of its satirical exaggeration in the Tarantino-esque escalation of bloody violence, but it felt too real for me to be satire. Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian described the film as “social media revenge porn,” which best describes what Assassination Nation presents to the audience: the consequences of lives lived on social media that then (literally) bleed into the real world. Ultimately, the film seems to suggest that the two forms of life (online and offline) do not mix. The intersection between online and offline is also a one-way street. The real world barely affects the online world, but the online world has massive consequences for the real world.

That being said, I really enjoyed Assassination Nation for its artful inclusion of social media into the medium of film. I always enjoy films that explore the limits of the medium, and the internet is so much a part of our lives that we will cease to exist without it.

Miri

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Cooking with Jasmin – Turmeric Chicken Curry

Hey my loves,

Today I am sharing a new recipe I discovered for myself. Lately I have been cooking up my veggies and meats in a lot of different styles, just because I am so bored with my normal food. A couple of weeks ago I created a Curry dish, that suits my lifestyle and my taste buds. I am in now way saying that I am lactose intolerant, but I noticed that if I keep my lactose intake to a minimum I feel a lot better, so I choose some lactose-free alternatives. I am also not the biggest fan of coconut milk, so I used normal milk, cream cheese and cream to get the creamy-ness. 

I never really eat Currys, but I think I will try to experiment a lot more with different version. So, if you have any good recipes feel free to share a link in the comments.

I think this recipe could use some more perfection but as of now this is how I created my Turmeric Chicken Curry.

Ingredients

Instruction

If you recreate it make sure to tag me on any post you make and let me know in the comments. 

XoXo, Jasmin.

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My New Living Room

Hey my loves, a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I moved and I thought now would be the perfect time to share my new space with you. If you want to catch up on my move, check out my moving blog post: Moving into a new apartment The only room I would consider…

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Guest Post: The Power of the Internet – An Opinion on Assassination Nation

The internet is a two-faced jerk. It can make us feel loved and precious and hyped up to soaring heights, or it can leave us lonely and hated and at the absolute bottom of a bottomless pit of rage. It has the unique power to universally unite us as people. It has the historically unparalleled…

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Things I want to achieve in 2021

Hey my loves,

In today’s blog post I am going to talk a little bit about what I want to achieve in 2021. At the end of 2020 I was thinking about a new years resolution list, you know a typical thing. But, because of how awfully wrong everything went in 2020 and especially with everything that was on my list for 2020 I decided I am going to do a list of things I want to achieve that were out of context with the pandemic and would not rely on my leaving my apartment (even though travel and more dating will always be on the list when this whole thing is over). 

So I started making a small but impactful list that would set my mindset for 2021. These are all things I hopefully can achieve and that will enrich my life.

I want to finish all of my exams for my master degree.

I have two papers left and one oral exam before I start writing my master thesis. My plan is currently to write one paper this winter term and then one paper in summer, as well as take the oral exam in my summer term. Hopefully it all works out, so that I can start working on my thesis around October 2021.

I want to read more books.

Especially, I want to read more books in the field I want to work in. I love to educate myself further besides my studies, especially because I want to end up working in the field of marketing. So for this winter break I researched some books of which I want to read at least 2 to 3 and educate myself further on topics of marketing, content marketing, social media marketing and writing.

I want to be better organized and all in all cleaner in my way of living.

Now, that I have a bigger space and enough storage space I want to keep everything organized, clean and in place. I am trying to tidy a bit everyday and have a cleaning schedule that I like to follow as best as I can.

I want to include better and healthier foods into my eating habits.

With lockdown and the move I had been eating pretty crappy and irregular the past couple of months. And I also got so lazy when it got to cooking. In the beginning of my move I did not have a working stove for almost two weeks so I had to order so much food. As of the end of January I am back on my grind with eating low-carb and a lot of veggies. I feel so much more energized and motivated, its so crazy how food has an effect on your mood.

All in all it might not seem much, but I personally think a smaller list is always better. You can much rather add things along the way instead of not feeling the high of ticking something of it.

What are some of your goals you want to achieve this year? Let me know.

I hope you are all happy, healthy and excited for your goals of 2021.

XoXo, Jasmin.

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Moving into a new apartment

Hey my loves,

On Wednesday I talked a little bit about a new lifestyle change: I have moved out of my first apartment into a bigger space right across my old one. But why, you might ask?! Well, I needed a little bit more space and I desperately needed an office space. In the next coming weeks I will share some parts of my apartment with you, but for today I thought it would be fun to look at my old space, as well as give you a sneak peak of my new apartment and the process of getting it and renovating.

My Old Apartment

My old space had two rooms, a kitchen and one bathroom. It had a really decent space and for my very first apartment after moving out from home it was absolutely perfect and I have loved the four years I have lived there, but it was time for an upgrade. While I cherish all my memories and experiences I had in this apartment I was ready for a bit more space. Especially with this whole pandemic and spending so much time at home I realized that I needed a separate room for my office. I loved the fact that my old space had to rooms that were both around the same size and were big enough to fit all of my stuff. But as I grew older and more busy I realized I needed a bigger space.

My New Apartment

My new place has three rooms, a kitchen and one bathroom. And I am in love with this place. It is in the same neighborhood as my old space since I did not want to move away from my home base especially during a lockdown. It is a perfect space for me and has plenty of space for all of my things. I finally have a room dedicated to my office, which has made the biggest change in my day to day life. I think moving was the best decision I made in 2020 and I am super happy I was able to complete that chapter of my life at the end of 2020.

The Process

I started thinking about moving in early 2020, when the world was, well, normal, I guess… I had already looked at some places that were in a completely different city and also was going to look at some spaces in the city where I study, but then, well the world changed and I quickly realized that moving into a bigger city away from family was not an option I wanted to choose. But I still grew more and more unhappy in my old space, not only was I feeling like I couldn’t grow anymore, I also had some noise issues. So I figured, you know what, let’s look at bigger spaces in my home town. I was looking at places in different parts of the city when I saw a space that was right down the road from me.

The place I looked at was a top floor apartment and had to be renovated in order to be livable, it was a cute space but definitely not what I was looking for. But, while I was talking to my realtor I mentioned that I don’t really have a timeline for when I want to move and that it was important to me that it was a 3-bedroom space because I desperately need an office. She mentioned a neighbor of myself who was going to move out of a 3-bedroom apartment, but that it had to be fully renovated since it hadn’t been updated since the 70s or 80s, so it would take like three months or so before I could move in, after he moved out which was like a month away at that point (funny story: he actually moved into the 2-bedroom unit next to my old place).

Well, I went to my neighbor and asked if I could see the place because I was thinking of renting it and he let me. And I FELL IN LOVE. It was exactly what I wanted, not to big, but big enough, 3-bedroom and light and airy. I can watch the sunrise and sunsets and every room is so light. I immediately contacted my realtor and told her I wanted that place. Like I mentioned it was going to be around 4-5 months until I could move in, but I was okay with that. Well, things quite didn’t work out as planned. While I had planned for the move around August or September of 2020, because of delays for deliveries and corona rules the moved got pushed and pushed. I ended up getting the keys in the middle of November and started my least on December 1st. 

Those couple of months were the LONGEST, but worth it every wait. I can’t wait to share the space with you guys and create lots of memories here. Oh, and I can’t wait to throw a big housewarming, but that has to wait until Covid is over..

I hope you are happy, healthy and looking forward to all the good things of 2021.

XoXo, Jasmin.

Life Update – Where I have been

Hey my loves,

Long time no talking. Sorry for being quite MIA the past couple of weeks, but a lot – and I mean A LOT – has happened the past three months. So I thought before I get back into the swing of things I would do a little catch up with you guys.

The past couple of months have been super emotional and stressful, but I am so content with everything right now that I feel like it is time to get back into blogging. I just needed some creative space from everything so I could write what I love again and also love doing it again. After almost seven years of blogging you kind of get into a slump, but I think I finally got out and feel ready to tackle it.

This week is the last week of seminars for the winter term and after this I am writing a paper, but besides that, for the first time in a while, I have some time to improve myself and work on things I love. My plan is to start my master thesis some time in the next winter term 2021/2022 and before that I have two papers and an oral exam left, so I got a little way to go. I can honestly say that this past semester was super stressful but I could handle this whole online thing – and more work load thing – quite good. I finished a lot of my courses, I think at the end I did six finished courses. So, YEY me! 

But, the past couple of months have been so stressful. In the middle of the semester my new apartment got ready for me to move in (it was planned for the break between last summer and winter semester, but it got moved so much). So I ended up moving in the last week of November, which would have been absolutely fine if I hadn’t had to do put wallpaper in all of the rooms and paint all the walls and ceilings. But thanks to my uncle and friends I got it all done very quickly – I think it took like three or four weeks in total. But while all the renovating was happening I still had classes and was working. So it was a lot to do and I didn’t really have the time or head space to produce content for my blog, or for Instagram for that matter.

Now as I am back to blogging I will try to post two blog entries every week – I will post on Wednesday and Saturday at around 11 am. I have a lot of fun blog entries coming up: I will show you my new place and take about some good food I have been cooking during lockdown. So stay tuned!

I hope you are all doing well and are happy and healthy! I see you on Saturday with a new blog post. 

XoXo, Jasmin.

Squash Lasagna Recipe

Hey my loves,

Recently I have been trying out a few recipes that I always wanted to try, one of them being a Squash Lasagna. Yes, you read that right a lasagne with squash. When I looked at the ingredients I thought to myself, “Well, you like everything individually, why shouldn’t you like it together?”. And I was right. While this recipe does take a lot longer than a normal lasagne it was tasty, when I tried it the night I made it I wasn’t sure about it, but the second day I was convinced – it is delicious.

INGREDIENTS

FILLING

  • 1,5 kg red kuri squash
  • 2 onions
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tub of créme fraîche
  • olive oil
  • salt, pepper, garlic & herbs

BÉCHAMEL SAUCE

  • 50 g butter
  • 50 g flour
  • 750 ml milk of your choice
  • salt & pepper

ADDITIONAL

  • 200g lasagna plates
  • 200g shredded cheese

INSTRUCTION

  1. Peel and cut your squash. The smaller the pieces the faster your squash will cook through in the pan.
  2. Peel and slice your onions and garlic into small pieces.
  3. Heat up a pan or pot with some olive oil.
  4. Add your onion and garlic into the pan and let them golden. Then add the squash.
  5. Cook the squash for a little bit before you add your seasonings (around 10 minutes).
  6. Add your two cans of crushed tomatoes. I added some extra seasonings here.
  7. Cook the tomato-squash mixture until the squash has soften a lot (around another 15-20 minutes).
  8. Add your tub of créme fraîche and season again. Squash can take a lot of seasoning.
  9. While your filling is cooking, preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  10. In a pot melt the butter and then add the flour. Combine these to until the mixture has a light golden tint.
  11. Add your milk to the butter-flour mixture and whisk it together until there are no clumps left. Bring the mixture to a boil and it should thicken up.
  12. In an oven form start with a spoonful of filling, then add your lasagna plates. On top of those add the filling and the béchamel sauce and a little bit of shredded cheese. Continue this step until you run out of filling and sauce.
  13. Bake the lasagna for 40 minutes in the oven. Enjoy!

It was super delicious but I probably would cook it again if I had friends over because it takes a lot of time. But it is so worth it. Have you tried a new recipe? Let me know, I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to deal with stress during an online semester

Hey my loves,

the entire world is still dealing with this pandemic and while everyone’s life has been influenced by it, one that has influenced me the most is the shift in how my College deals with it. It is now my second semester with just online classes and I don’t know about you, but I find online semesters a lot more stressful. While I do think it is necessary to deal with this pandemic accordingly, and I am for online classes, I do feel like some of the lecturers, as the students, are overwhelmed with the situation and how to deal with it.

But, why?

First of all, a lot of the work lays with us, the students. If the lecturer decides to do an asynchron class, which means no video calls or uploaded video presentation, we have to do a lot of work to show that we do something for this class and did enough to gain the credit points. But even if the class is synchron, which means you have video calls or chats each week at the same time, you have to do a lot more than usually. Or at least, it feels like it. For a lot of students, even me, this means more stress and a lot of planning. And for a lot of students this is hard, because they do not know how to plan everything right.

I currently have nine classes, two are for my electives, which means I have seven classes for my major. I plan on writing two papers and take one oral exam, the rest of the classes I am doing for the credit points. This is a lot for a semester and I know that, but I have reasons for this. I am a semester away from starting my master thesis and I want to give myself enough time and space to do it right, which is why I want to have a pretty full semester now. I could have done it differently, but I personally am pretty organized and have found ways to deal with the stress.

Here’s how to deal with stress during an online semester

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

Plan everything out

I personally find it very helpful to have a weekly to do list. I like to write my task for each individual class with deadlines down and add things like home stuff to have an overall view. I also like to assign time slots in my calendar to the individual tasks. I plan the synchron classes and the asynchron classes the same, if I have a time slot free between classes where a asynchron class is assigned I will use this time to take a break but also to start the work for the asynchron class. It’s also a great feeling to tick off the to do list. Sometimes it gets overwhelming to see what you have to do in a week, so I like to make sure to categorize them in order of importance. Under each class I put the thing I definitely have to do and which needs the most time and then move forward to the next thing.

Take breaks

Breaks are very important especially when your doing all the work from home. In between classes I have around thirty minutes that I usually spent snacking, watching YouTube, shake my legs or do something at home that does not involve College work. I also make sure to have a lunch break around the same time every day that way I keep a routine down. For more about my daily routine, check out my blog entry from the other day:

It’s okay to ask for an extension

This is a difficult time and it is a stressful time, which is why a lot of lecturers a willing to give some extra time on your hand-ins and exercises. Just be truthful. It happens to the best of us. Accepting that you cannot do it all is sometimes the only way to accept the stress and deal with it properly. But, if you have a good plan and stick to it, it won’t be often that you will have to ask for more time.

Make sure to eat right

It sounds stupid, right? But, I have found that if you take time out of your day to prepare a whole meal and a healthy one at that it helps with keeping up your stamina. I like to eat at least two times a time a meal with vegetables or fruit. Meals and snacks that are well balanced keep your mind sharp and your energy level highs. Try to avoid highly processed food and too much sugar, I also found that I like to keep my caffeine intake low. If I do drink a coffee I like to keep the number at one.

Set boundaries

It is so easy to just keep working into the late hours, but a good night sleep is very important in stressful times. I personally do not work longer than around 7 pm. Everything over that just keeps me up at night. Sometimes, especially when you have something due, it can be difficult to stick to this timeframe, but for most days of the week I like to make sure that around 7 pm I am closing my laptop.

Do something besides College work

If you have a lot to do it is hard to find time to do something other than your College duties, but it is so important to make some time for family or friends or a hobby. I personally like to go for a walk or meet up with a friend to cook and watch a movie. But, whatever works for you is the best. I would suggest doing something physical, because we do tend to sit for a long time.

What do you like to do in stressful times to calm yourself? Let me know in the comments I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin

Getting back into a routine during Lockdown

Hey my loves,

I don’t know about you, but I had enough of this whole pandemic. But what can you do, right? Well, in the past couple of months I have been through all of the emotions. I felt sad, depressed, happy to have some time at home, emotional, blessed that so far, I haven’t gotten the virus and so much more. Especially the first few months were horrible. I am so dependent on seeing my friends, I have to see them at least once a week as well as my granny and all of them I couldn’t see. It was hard, but I got through it. We got through it.

As of Monday, we will go back into a light version of a lockdown, which means again a little more restraint and a lot less contact to people. I am also fully back at Uni (online) and am working (home office), so I spent a lot of time by myself in my apartment. But I’ve gotten a pretty good routine down, I would say. And I think even though we tend to stray from a routine with so much time at home, I truly think having a routine is the best. Especially for people, like me, who struggle.

I have a pretty busy schedule, all in all I have nine courses for Uni, and I work around seven hours, I also visit my grandma once a week to take care of anything she needs and to spend some quality time with her. So, my days a pretty packed, which is why it is important to have a structure.

Here is what I do:

I like to get up one hour or two before my day gets started with work or Uni. If I have gone to bed late or had troubles falling asleep, I sometimes only give myself like 45 minutes to get my day started, but that’s just a personal choice. Do what you prefer and are used to. If I hadn’t showered in the evening, I usually do this first thing in the morning. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t eat right away, especially with being home I don’t feel hungry at all. After some time in the bathroom, where I tend to at least somewhat comb through my hair and sometimes do a little bit of makeup to make myself feel better (all this heat from the radiator is messing with my skin), I like to get dressed in comfy bottoms and a big sweater and some fuzzy socks.

Some of my favorite loungewear items for a cozy work day:*

  1. Ripped PJ’s
  2. Hogwarts Hoodie
  3. Glitter Socks

*Not affiliated. Just recommendations.

One thing I like to do right away getting out of bed is pulling up all the blinds and open my windows to get some fresh air into my apartment. I usually leave it open until I get a bit cold, which is usually around like two to three hours. After my time in the bathroom I go into the kitchen to make myself a hot tea or coffee, whatever I feel like that morning, and I also get some water. If by then I am hungry I will make myself a somewhat big breakfast, since I usually just snack during Lunch (no matter what I eat, warm food or salad, I get sluggish). I’m currently obsessed with cucumber and cream cheese, so I usually snack on that.

I usually have pretty good plan on what I have to do each day and also what I can do each day. Wednesday is my longest Uni day, which is why I usually just take part in the classes and actually use the breaks in between to move around and relax. It’s so important to get some movement in your day if you sit long hours at your desk, like I do. Besides making sure I move around I also like to call my grandma during lunch hours to just chat with her. If the weather allows it, I also like to go for a walk around the neighborhood to get some fresh air.

Something I didn’t do in the first lockdown is something I changed very quickly: I set myself on a time limit. It is so easy to just keep going with work, Uni stuff or something else, but taking time off is equally as important. So, I like to end my workday around 6 or 7 pm, if possible. That way I have enough time to cook and relax and take time for my nighttime skincare routine. It is so important to set yourself boundaries or else you’re constantly working and that is not healthy. It’s good to be productive and active during lockdown, but you cannot forget that this whole situation is still very stressful and emotional. It’s okay to take time for yourself.

Three Tips if you’re feeling stressed:

  1. Get out. Go for a walk. Listen to music or not. And just breathe.
  2. Workout. Something I haven’t been doing as much as I should, but it helps. There are so many great workouts you can do from home now.
  3. Talk to your family and friends about something else but Covid and work. It’s so important to keep up with the people you love when you cannot see them as much.

I also have to admit that my eating habits were so bad in the first lockdown and I felt not only my skin changing, but also my moods. That’s what I probably changed the most: I incorporate a lot of healthier foods and time slots for eating than I did before and I not only have more energy, but I also feel a lot better about myself.

Taking care of myself doesn’t mean “me first.” It means “me, too.” – L.R. Knost

All in all, take each day as it comes. There is no have to or must’s, you can only try to do your best each day. I hope this entry helps you out a little and I am always open to a conversation in the comments or my Instagram direct messages.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

The Bold Type – Friendship, Dating & Work

Hey my loves,

I love a good TV Show and especially when I can relate to it with real life. The Bold Type is the perfect show for every woman in her 20s and every post-grad college student. The show centers on three women – Jane, Kat and Sutton. Three friends working at a magazine called Scarlet. It focuses on their work life, their personal life and their dating life. The central focus of the show is their endless love for each other.

Recently Season 4 was made available on Amazon Prime in Germany and I could not wait to see it, I actually finished it within two days. The first season got me hooked but every season since we have some new troubles and fun activities these girls do. And I love that the show deals with problems such as how society presents and reflect female needs and want, and most importantly what young professionals have to face these days. Everything from cheating boyfriends, to working hard for a promotion, to love and miscarriages. It shows life how it is – raw and painful but also full of love and friendship. I personally thought that Suttons storyline in Season 4 was something I could personally relate to a lot, she knows what she wants and she goes after it and most importantly she is so honest about it – I admire honesty like that. Yes, she lost a lot and had to go through a lot, but I truly think that to live your best life you have to live out your truth and not someone else and Sutton does that.

Friendship is probably the topic I identify with the most. I always have been in a closer friendship group of three and I love the dynamic it gives to the friendship. No matter what you do or what you need your friends are there for you and the show displays that. In a matter of fact, they display it as I experience it every day – friends are family and that means even if you haven’t seen them in a while you can always, and I mean always, count on their support and love. I love that the girls support each other through everything but also are always honest when the other person does something that doesn’t align with their views (i.e. Kat “dating” the republican lady). It shows the viewers how it should be – as long as you there for each other and as long as you are honest to each other, everything will work itself out.

“You did not fail, my Jane. You just failed. Sometimes you’re going to fail. That is what it means to be a professional writer. Now go write something else.“

The Bold Type also deals with feminism, cancel culture, and racism. In my opinion some of the most important issues of our time. I love that they always include every side – both men and women, gay or straight, republican or democrat. They show each side of the problem. I love that. It’s informative in so many ways, but most of all it is supportive. And it makes you want to inform yourself even more – we love an education TV show over here.

“Keep bringing your passion, it’s how you’re going to make your mark.”

If you haven’t given the show a watch, do. You’re going to love it. While some of the articles Jane writes might be a little over the top, her approach is always real. And that’s what I take from the show: Be who you want to be and love yourself. But I also take with me that it’s okay to struggle and that your work life and personal life might not always link up with each other, but that you always have to celebrate each victory you have.

“Facing the truth is really important. Ultimately the truth always makes us stronger.“

It is also so interesting to see that while each of the characters are so different, I can identify with each. It is very rare that a show actually makes me feel like I could be friends with them or that I find characteristics in them that I see in myself. While I am very far away from being bold, this show gives me the courage to dare and to dream a little more.

You can watch The Bold Type on Amazon Prime: The Bold Type – Season 1 – Season 4

XoXo, Jasmin.

“There isn’t one right way. There are all kinds of love. There’s forbidden love, first love, there’s rekindled love, which can be amazing or terrible depending on whether you’re meant to be together, there’s complicated love, where you’re still trying to figure each other out, and then there’s unconditional love, which it sounds like you have.“