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.

Online Semester – Tips & Tricks

Hey my loves,

Like many of you I am bound to stay at home and have my summer semester at home. This is a scary time, so I thought it would be nice to tell you some of my tips and tricks on how I organize while studying and working from home. 

I am actually doing two master’s degree so my situation might be a little different than yours, but I feel like what I am about tell you applies to pretty much every college student. My semester was supposed to start early April, but because of the current situation my college decided to push the start off the semester for two weeks. Both my colleges actually pushed their start date, which meant I had a little bit more time to get adjusted to the new normal.

Now, I had a pretty rough period of adjusting around the end of March, but I made quick changes with my situation, so I could bare the situation a lot easier. If you want I can write a post about how I stay sane during this quarantine. Let me know in the comments.

Schedule your day

I know, everyone keeps saying this, but this actually does help. If you have a set schedule for each day you are likely to be more motivated and get stuff done. My lecturers have for the most part decided to not use any form of Zoom, although a handful does like to keep that option open. If you have classes that are on Zoom that actually helps a lot, because you need to sit at your laptop and actually do some school work. But, if your situation is like mine, here’s how you can schedule your day.

Set an alarm 

Sleeping in sounds good until you have to go back to normality. What I like to do is to set an alarm each day, even if it is a late one, just so I get out of back and start my day. 

Take time in the morning for yourself

Now, I’m normally an out of bed in my clothes and makeup and let’s-go type of gal, but since I am home I can actually take some time for myself. What I like to do is, first thing, is to wash my face or shower and put on some casual wear, sweatpants are totally okay. It helps me so much to wake up and feel productive if I get a little ready, so on some days I even put on a little bit of makeup, mostly for the days I have a Skype Call for work. I would do it normally, so why not in Quarantine, too.

Separate eating from work

One thing I learned is: take time to make a decent meal and eat it not while you’re working. It is so easy to just snack all the time or not eat healthy during this time, so taking time out of your day to cook and prepare good and nutritious food is so helpful. But, in my case cooking everyday can actually be difficult because I am that busy, so what I like to do is on the days I have a little more time I cook a bunch more so I have leftover’s for the days where I don’t have the time.

Write a To-Do List

Writing down each task you want to accomplish is essential for me. I like to do a weekly to-do list and write down deadlines next to it, so that I am free to do each day what I want to do but also am reminded of what definitely has to be don. If you get what I mean. And also, checking of something of a physical to-do list is just SO satisfying. Don’t you think?

Limit your work time

It is so easy to overwork yourself at home. Trust me, I know. While it is sometimes hard to get motivated, once you are it’s easy to stop yourself, because, well you basically have nothing stopping you. So what I like to do, is make sure to stop at a decent time each day. If I have a later start to the day I let myself work a little longer, and vice-versa. 

Go outside.

Confusing, right? But, you are actually for the most part allowed to get some fresh air into your system. I like to go on a 20 to 40 minute walk each evening, just to move my body a little and get some fresh air. If you are not allowed to do so, open a window and do a quick workout at home. Physical activity is so important especially for your mental health.

Make time to talk to people.

I know what gets me into a good mood and that is talking to friends and family, before, after and during work. It just gets me motivated. Talking to a friend is so helpful, because you can motivate each other. Just find what works for you.

Don’t stress yourself.

The most important thing during this whole thing is: DON’T STRESS YOURSELF. Seriously, if you don’t get something done, if you are stuck in front of Netflix an entire day, if you eat crappy: that is okay. This is a difficult and weird time and we don’t have to be perfect and productive each day. Be verbal about what you need and what you can do. If it’s too much, just tell someone. It helps.

I hope I could give you a good insight into my day and that some of the tips may help you too.

Stay safe.

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to survives as a College Freshman

Hey my loves,

I don’t know about you, but I was hella scared back in 2013 when I was a freshman. I didn’t know what to expect or how it turned out, but looking back on it the past few years have been such a great learning curve and all-in-all pretty amazing. I made some lifelong friends on the way which is such a nice bonus.

But, I also could have done a lot of things differently in the beginning. So, I thought it would be nice to tell you what I would do if I were a freshman now. Which honestly I’m kinda am again, since Monday is my first day back into classes as a Masters student.

Socialise + Make friends

Don’t be afraid to talk to new people. They’re all scared just like you are. Meeting new people and making friends is the best way to hold you accountable whether it being doing homework or actually going to class. With a friend it’s always more fun and you feel a lot more motivated.

Pick classes you think are fun

It is so important to also pick classes that you find interesting, you lose focus so much more likely if you’re not interested in the topic and there is nothing worse than having to finish a course that is absolutely boring. So if you have to have such classes in your schedule make sure to also pick ones that you really want to take.

Know where you have to go

I know for myself that my campus is really big and you don’t have every class in the same building which can be very tricky if you don’t know your way around. So make sure you always check out where the rooms/buildings are beforehand and always keep a note in your phone where the class is, trust me if you print it out or write it in your physical calendar you are much more likely to forget those than your phone.

Don’t buy too many supplies

It is highly likely that you only end up using your laptop, a pen and a few highlighters. You won’t need a lot of the stuff you thought you need. I now only buy new printer paper and post-its at the start of each semester, because honestly you don’t need much else.

Attend orientation + learn about the resources your school offers

That’s honestly just a given at this point, I think. You’re starting a new school, possibly one you don’t know much about and possibly without knowing anyone. So make sure you go to orientation. It truly helps with socialising and to clarify any questions you might have. Orientation is also a great way of finding out what resources your school offers, which might be handy in the long run.

Go to your classes

If you go, half the work is already done. Trust me on this. I thought I do not need to go, but it turns out going to your class is not only fun but also half the work. Well, almost. But you also get to see other people and socialise and get to strengthen your character with team work and other in-class activities.

Enjoy your time

It is important to focus on your school work, but it is also important to enjoy your life as a student. If you don’t find a balance between work and life you quickly become overworked and stressed. So find something to do besides College things.

If you have any other tips leave them in the comments so freshman can be as informed as they can be.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to write a Bachelor Thesis

Hey my loves,

I did it! I actually wrote a Bachelor thesis and got a good grade on it.

But how did I managed to write my thesis in the first place?

In today’s blog post I am going to tell you my tips and tricks on how to write a good thesis. I will give you a step-by-step guide and even a timeline which you can use to write yours. Maybe you are in a similar situation as I were – working, having courses, maintaining a somewhat social life – or maybe you have no clue how to even start.

The key to everything is PLANNING.

Without a good thoughtful plan you won’t manage to put everything under one hat. You have to have somewhat of a structure or else you lose sense of time and workload. In this blog post however the focus will be on the Bachelor thesis schedule. For that I created a to-do list that you can download, if you want to. It gives you a rough idea about how you should manage your time.

If you want this planner, you can download it as a PDF here.

Finding the right topic and researching for it is the hardest part in my opinion. There are so many options out there and a lot of research, too. So finding the right topic can seem endless. What I like to do is look roughly over the topics we discussed in class, look at the literature we talked about and write down key terms and then just start researching for topic ideas. I also like to have a look at a combinations of topics, so I’ll always look if there is a second book we talked about that I could use, too.

After you find your topic you have to find secondary literature and you need to remind yourself here to NOT go overboard. If you have a topic to which a lot of people have done research filter out the ones who are similar, only use the ones who seem to have an original idea or go further into analyzing than another. Set yourself a limit of secondary literature, I’ll always go by the rule for one page I am writing at least one secondary literature. With 30 or more pages you already have 30 secondary literatures. Also, start organizing them after topics right away or else you’ll lose your overview very quickly.

Finding the right words to start with seems almost every time impossible, so what I like to do is just randomly start with something I had in my mind while reading through all the secondary literature. It gives you a starting point and from then on it should come to you quite naturally, if not, that’s okay, too. We all have a different process of writing. Trust in yourself and trust in what you are capable of.

One last tip: Always plan in two or three more days for each chapter than you think you’ll need. It always comes in handy to have some extra days.

I hope I could give you a good insight into my process and helped you along the way. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Plans after my Bachelor’s degree are…

Hey my loves,

never thought this day would come: I’m officially have my Bachelor’s degree. But you got to start planning what’s to come after…

Well, for me it’s two more years of University. Yeah, I know I am crazy, but I really worked hard for this and just want to end my University experience with a Master’s degree. It’s also much more efficient later on for me, so it makes total sense to add two more years. But it has been a struggle to come to this decision.

I was not sure if I wanted to continue studying at all.

I’ve spoken to friends and family and to a Career advisor, but ultimately the decision had to be mine and I had to be sure of it. I have good grades and am eager to learn more, but those are not the only factors that were important to me. I also considered my career plans as well as financial reasons and well I also went with my gut. I was pretty certain that I need some more working experience and I wanted to achieve that with internships, but in the last two years there was simply no time for it, so I figured, well I do it after my bachelor thesis, but that did not make sense to me once I reached that point of registering for my thesis. I wanted to be done after it, whatever that actually meant.

I made a pro and con list and I ultimately decided to continue my studies and add a Master’s degree to my University experience. It was the most logical decision for me, but also an emotional one… Honestly, I am not ready yet to give up my life as a student and all that comes with it. And I learned that it is okay to feel so.

My advice to anyone who is unsure if they want to continue their studies or start a job: Trust your instinct. Trust in yourself. And most importantly talk to friends, family and career advisors. What do you want to achieve? What is your dream job? What do you want to be earning after graduation? All those things and a lot more are important for a decision like this.

I am very happy right now to start my new journey in October and I cannot wait to see what the next two years will bring.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Last Semester as a Bachelor Student

Hey my loves,

Over a week ago I started my last week as a bachelor student. It’s finally the time to finish this and write my thesis. I can’t believe that I finished all of my exams and only have some courses left. It’s so weird thinking about the last six years especially about how far I’ve come. Honestly, never thought this time would actually come, but here it is.

I have a tough three and a half months ahead of me, but even though I might moan a lot about it, I’m ready for it.

A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.

A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan.

A plan backed by action becomes reality.

Greg Reid

I have a to do list that is as long as my arm and I have to make so many decisions in the next few week, which kind of scares me a lot. But change is good sometimes, change sometime needs to happen. And I feel like this is one of those times where I need to move on.

My bachelor thesis is official registered and I have a due date. It is kind of super exciting to finally get into that phase of the work, but it also means I do have to work twice as hard as the last few months.

Are there any blog post regarding writing a bachelor thesis or papers you would like me to write? Let me know in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

The best view comes after the hardest climb.

What I Learned from my Social Media Detox

Hey my loves,

So, it’s been a while, huh? Now, I wanted to share my experience about my month off of social media with you. I decided at the end of December 2018 that I needed a little break from social media, just to focus on my work for College as well as to concentrate on my mental health. 

Here’s what I did:

  • I rearranged all my apps into folders on my phone and shut down all notifications. The only noise my phone was making was when I got a phone call.
  • Rather than to completely shut of the notifications from WhatsApp and iMessage I let the messages pop up without making a sound, just so that if I were to pick up my phone I would see that somebody messaged me. I didn’t want to cut of contact to my friends, since I am not in school anymore so I rarely see everyone.
  • I also did not go on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat for an entire month. I did open Instagram once, but mainly because I’ve forgotten to turn of the notification count on it and got a message and it drove me insane not knowing what was going on. After that I turned that off, too.

Here’s what I learned:

  • Taking time off of social media is extremely hard and you need a lot of self-control. For the first few days I felt so much FOMO (fear of missing out) that I almost quit, but I kept telling myself: “Girl, it’s just pictures, it’s just some stupid news. You don’t have to see everything.” And that actually helped quite a lot.
  • I learned that I cherish a message a lot more when I actually take the time to properly read and answer and that I don’t need to answer right away. That the “sorry for answering so late”-feeling I got before, what just absolute garbage. I am not obliged to answer my messages with a certain time frame, I am not obliged to answer them at all. I answer, because I want to.
  • A lot of social media is fake. A lot of news are fake. A lot of what is shared is absolute nonsense.
  • I miss sharing moments with friends who cannot be there.
  • I like being connected to the world.
  • Being “offline” is the best way to re-center yourself and get a fresh perspective on things.
  • Sometimes a little deflection isn’t the worst, but not always necessary.
  • Put your phone down, when you want to go to sleep.

Have you ever gone a month offline? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know what your experiences were.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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Hi there & welcome back!

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Photo by Studio 7042 from Pexels

Hey my loves,

Long time no see. How are you all doing?

I’ve been a little MIA since the beginning of this year and there have been many reasons why. First, I took some time away from social media the entire January and it was such a good experience. Then I just got way too busy with work and College stuff that I just did not have any time to create content for you guys. I would love to say that I am back with two entries a week but I think I cannot promise that, since I will be starting my last semester of my bachelor degree in April and simultaneously will start to work on my bachelor thesis. I am going to try to put up one entry per week, I think that will be do-able, but if not, please bear with me.

Now some things have changed since the last time we spoke to each other: I changed my hair. I was just not having as much fun with my long hair as I used to have, it just got to a length, where it did not look good unless I styled it, and that, for most days, took way to long. So one evening I cut it off, after going a little lighter in color. What do you think?

I am currently writing my last paper for my bachelor’s degree and am preparing to register my bachelor thesis, so a lot of reading has been happening for me. I cannot believe that I am actually almost finished, it feels so surreal. Would you like me to write a blog post about how I am feeling and how I am coping with things? Maybe even a little post about my future plans? What you think? Let me know.

What is there to be expected the next few weeks? Well, I have been on a short weekend away to Berlin with my best friend, so I will write a couple of entries about how we planned it, how we saw everything we wanted in one day and a little photo entry, maybe. I am also planning for a few college related contents, but if you have any suggestions or wishes, just let me know and I see what I can do.

Oh, and I have a new make-up routine, which I will share with you soon. And of course, I will write about my experience with a month off of social media. It will probably be my next entry.

I hope you all had a lovely start into 2019 and I cannot wait to get back to writing for you guys.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Gift Guide for Home Lovers

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am showing you some great gift ideas for everyone who loves to decorate their home. I’ve spent a little quality time on two of my favorite websites and brought to you eight of my most love decorating items I found and loved. 

I also wrote a couple of other gift guide, you can check them out here:

Gift Guide for your Makeup Loving Friend

Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Gift Guide for Accessories Lovers

Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers

Gifts for Home Lovers

  1. Urban Outfitters – Graphic Mug
  2. Urban Outfitters – Photo Clip String Lights
  3. Urban Outfitters – Love Is Love Wall Hook
  4. Urban Outfitters – Quilted Velvet Tassel Throw Pillow
  5. Urban Outfitters – Cat Nap Pillowcase
  6. Anthropologie –  Christine Trinket Dish
  7. Anthropologie – Glimmer Coaster
  8. Anthropologie – Petual Coaster

I love all of these things so much. On Urban Outfitters and Anthropology you can get good deals as students. So try to find the best coupon code.

I also have great site for more furniture and home decor ideas such as beds, rugs, desks and more, check out  furniture.com, they have some great deals.

What are some of your favorite home decor ideas? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know.

Also I hope you enjoyed my 12 Days of Christmas! I was actually hoping to do 24 Days, but it’s just too much with College work too. You will get a few extra ones the next few days, but other than that all will go back to normal. Make sure to check out all of my entries!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How To Plan A Christmas Dinner Party

Hey my loves,

In today’s blog post I am going to talk about something I like to do every year together with my friends and that is a Christmas Dinner Party. I always host it, because Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and I love to cook and bake for my friends and I feel like they are looking forward to it as well.

I will give you a little insight into my planning as well as a cute Pinterest board with all cute things regarding a Christmas Dinner Party.

Finding a date

The first thing you will have to do is find a date that works. The past couple of years I created a group text, but this always led to confusion and it took way longer to find a date than it was necessary. So this year, I have decided to do it a little differently. In order to find a date that would work for most of my friends I created a poll with https://doodle.com/. I’ve suggested, I believe it was two dates and then send an e-mail around inviting my friends to the poll. It was super easy this way so that I had a date by the end of the week.

Theme & Food

When everyone answered I then proceeding with writing them individual text messages with the same content: the date, time, place and asking them to bring something to the Dinner for appetizers and desserts. I also told them the theme of the party, which this year will be: AROUND THE GLOBE. We will all create different recipes from all over the world.

Now I have given myself the big part of the dinner the main course and, to be fair, in the beginning I definitely had my problems with finding the right recipe, but after some careful consideration I have decided on a few things (which will I share in a post about the Dinner later this December, because it will be a surprise to my friends). But here are some delicious recipes I have found while researching: Christmas Dinner Party – Recipes

Decoration

Now next stop on the planning to-do list are decorations. While my living room is already decorated for Christmas I am planning on created a few cute décor pieces for the various tables we will be sitting and eating at. I am going to keep it a little low key, since the Dinner part is such a huge part of this part. So I will mainly focus on creating beautiful plated foods, as well as, maybe DIY-ing some flags from all around the globe and creating some cute name pieces and menu cards. Here some of my inspirations: Christmas Dinner Party – Decor

Music

Last but not least, the music! I always create an individual Christmas playlist for the party, and here are my top 5 songs that will most definitely go onto that list this year as well. 

1.      Maria Carey – All I want for Christmas is you

2.      Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

3.      Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree

4.      Train – Shake up Christmas

5.      Pentatonix – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

What are some of you favorite Christmas songs? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know. Also, be excited about the actual entry about the Christmas Dinner Party. Coming to you soon.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.