How to avoid Christmas Blues

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about how avoid Christmas blues or specifically how I try to avoid it. I feel like Christmas time is such a busy period that you sometimes forget to take care of yourself. I do that a lot even when it is not Christmas, so I always need to remind myself of that.

Take care of yourself

Take time out of your busy schedule even if it is only 30 minutes, but those 30 minutes will make a difference. I like to take this time to take care of my skin or listen to a podcast, but I usually do both. What I also like to do is baking, it is so soothing to me and always takes my mind of everything. Check out my favorite Christmas cookie recipe right here.

Spend quality time with the people you care about

Another thing I like to do to avoid getting the Christmas blues is to make time for my friends and spend quality time with them, which is why it is so important to me that we hold our annual Christmas Dinner. I wrote a little blog post about how to organize a Christmas Dinner Party, which you can check out here. It is so important to spend time with your friends during this time, most of my friends are like family to me, so it’s always extra special.

Watch what you eat & Exercise

Most of the time we don’t necessarily connect our food habits with our mood, but unhealthy foods can actually have a big impact on that. So one tip of mine would be to watch what you are putting into your body. I am not saying you shouldn’t indulge in all the Christmas foods, but I believe that a good balance is important. I also like to stay active during this time, whether it is a workout or just a long walk. 

What do you do to avoid Christmas blues? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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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.

How To Save Money As A Student

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about how to save money when you are a broke student. Now I am not talking about saving up money for a house or a car or for traveling, what I am talking about is saving money for your everyday life – such as groceries, beauty products, stuff for your apartment or things you need for College.

Groceries 

You can save a lot of money on groceries and you might miss out on some great things. The first thing you have to remember while grocery shopping is “Is this something I want or need?”, because there lies the biggest fail while spending the money at the grocery store. What I like to do is to plan out my meals, but leave some room for things I want to change. I also incorporate weekly deals of my local grocery stores and stock up once a month on items like vegetable cans, frozen veggies and fruit, pasta, rice as well as things like oil, flour and sugar, basically everything that can last you a long time.

Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

We all know that shopping is one of the deathliest things to a student, you want all the things and you buy a lot of things that you might not really need. But the truth is, sometimes we need new clothes, new makeup or new furniture. And you can save money – there are especially a lot of student deals. I personally love to use Unidays, they have the best deals for my personal usage, but I also just like to Google for coupon codes, sometimes you find amazing deals. Another thing, which I feel like not a lot of people are aware of a newsletter coupon codes, they are rare, but truly worth it. 

College

Now as a student you probably are spending more money for College than anything else – from student supplies, books for your course to computers and printers. It can get expensive, so you got to be smart about it. As for laptops Apple always offers 10% off for students, which might not seem much, but you pay for quality. As for supplies I always like to go to the dollar store or anything where you can get your supplies for as cheap as possible. For books I like to find used books or change out books with other students that is a great way for you to save money.

Ultimate Guide to Saving

If you like to get more ideas on how to save money head over to Coupon Follow and check out their amazing guide: Ultimate Saving Guide

I hope I could give you an insight on how I like to save money!  What are your tips to save money? Tell me in the comments. 

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How I Deal with Stress – An Honest Answer

Hey my loves,

a couple of weeks ago I talked about how I managed to write three papers simultaneously, as well about my personal development story, so I thought it was about time that I talk about how I deal with stress. This also comes at a time where a lot of things are happening and I am under a lot of stress.

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As I am writing this I am laying in my bed dealing with the last bits of my cold that knocked me out an entire week and has put me back with work for college a lot more than I would like. The past three, almost four, weeks haven been stressful on so many levels. About three and a half weeks ago I had a bad fall, which ended with me in a cast on my foot and pain in my arm. My doctor prescribed me rest and I took it, for three days instead of the two weeks he told me to. But I am almost healed now and do not have much pain anymore, so all is good. But that kinda just started a mountain of new stressful things. As college has started again in the beginning of October I found it hard to find a balance between eating right, taking time for myself, working out, as well as maintaining the oversight about the work I have to do for College. So instead of using my new learned tools I tumbled down a path of unhealthy choices and no-time spend for myself which ultimately led to me being irritable, in a bad mood and not taking care of myself enough. The stress level only got higher when I was not able to workout because of my fall.

Well, long story short, PMS kicked also in, harder than it had been the last six months and I was, and for most of the week, I still am a mess full of anxiety attacks and mood swings, but weirdly enough this week of being sick with the cold is turning everything around again. Last week I turned 27 and I had two of my best friends with me and we had the most fun I had in a while. We had a dance session for almost an hour and it just felt so good to feel my body and to exercise, quite frankly. But the day after, I got sick and hit with it hard. But instead of letting myself get dragged down by it even more I decided enough is enough, the moments I feel better I do something for myself. In the past two days, where I have been feeling a lot better, I even had mini dance session of ten minutes for myself. And, let me tell you, how good that felt, even though I was exhausted after it and fell straight asleep.

Now, this post is supposed to be about how I deal with stress, but the truth is: I do not know. Because every time I think I have an answer to it, something new comes up and throws me off-balance. But what I do know is that if you keep a positive attitude a lot of the things might not be as bad as they seem. And sometimes it is okay, not to be okay.

But one thing I want to make sure is that my PMS is not getting as bad next time as it was this time, and in order to do so I have to make sure to put my health, mentally and physically, first again. As soon as I am no longer sick, I will get back into a routine workout situation and as of this week I am trying to figure out a way to incorporate healthy lifestyle and food choices into my busy life again. Basically, I started WW again, just to keep myself motivated to eat healthy and to eat at all. Most of my days I simply forget or am too tired to cook or eat at all, and that’s not a lifestyle I want to live.

So I guess my tip for you would be to take it one step, one day at a time and just realize that you do not have to be on your A-game all the time that it is okay to put yourself, your health and your mental health first.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Day

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I am going to tell you about how you can get the most of your day and accomplish all your to-do’s even if there are so much to-do that you think you will not be able to do them all in one day.

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I always get “how did you do all that?” and the answer is always the same… I did it with structure and planning. Fact is, if you are a girl boss, if you have a lot to do and do not know where to begin or even how to begin, you gotta find a way for yourself to find time and that is only possible if you plan it out, carefully and strategically.

I always start with a general to-do list to see what has to be done in the month, that includes everything I have to do with work, home and other things that concern my work and personal life. With work it’s usually looking at the different events and deciding which one’s I attend and which one’s I won’t attend and then I already know the days where I’ll have to do more. With personal to-do’s this list is pretty much on going and I do not push myself to finish them unless they have a deadline too.

But I am not only working and living my life, I also am a college student and a blogger, so that has to be planned out as well. For college I pretty much do weekly to-do list, where I include each individual course and the thing that have to be done by next week. Currently I am also preparing for an exam as well as my bachelor thesis, so I put down the weekly to-do’s for that as well. Another thing I do is to start with college work before I do anything else. The work I have to do for college is usually the most time-consuming, so I like to get that out-of-the-way as fast as possible. Also if I finish early it gives me either time to do something with my friends or to preparatory work for college, which is always great especially for those weeks where the to-do’s a long.

When it comes to my blog, I usually brain storm mid-month for the next so that I have at least 4 to 6 solid ideas I can write about. Then I usually write them all on one or two days. That is not only time-saving, but it also allows me to not worry about that. My goal at the moment is one blog entry per week, ultimately I would like to produce more content, but with everything else I have to do that is just not possible as of right now. It took me some time to realize that I cannot do it all well unless I limit things. You have to find the right balance. You do not want to overwork yourself, but you also want to show some effort in the work you do! It’s tricky, but manageable.

All in all I like to keep several to-do list, because I like to tick off things as well as be so organized. Besides handwritten to-do-list in my bullet journal for each month, I also write out on a sticky note the to-do’s for college and attach them to the week they have to be done in. As for extra work such as reading diaries or essays, I like to use my phone to set a reminder when I have to finish those. I also use my phone calendar to write down the names of the courses or other to-do’s which have to be done. That way, when I don’t have my bullet journal on hand, I know what I have to do even on the go.

That’s what I do to plan out my day. As for how I manage to get it all done is actually very simple. Getting up early and getting enough sleep is the key. Under the week I like to go to bed no later than 10 pm and that is simply because I like to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night and I usually have to get up very early. On the weekends, I got to bed whenever I’m tired and let my body wake me up naturally, which after a lot of hard work, is usually about 6 to 8 hours, however much sleep my body needs. That way you have a lot more hours of the day and I can, most of the time, manage to finish quite early to watch one or two episodes of my favorite tv shows. When it comes to days that I want to spend with friends I like to at least try to get an hour or two of college work or household work in, before I meet them. I just find that I do not feel as lazy if I do that.

What are your tricks to get the most out of your day? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know. I hope you found this entry helpful and if you did make sure to give it a big thumbs up and feel free to share it with your friends.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How I Became Motivated for College

Hey my loves,

today I am going to talk about how I struggled for years with motivation and how I changed my life around to be motivated for college.

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I started this blog a little after I started college, that was in 2014. 2014-me seems like a different person now that I reflect back on it. I was motivated when I started back in October 2013, but that quickly changed after I felt misplaced. I was struggling with a lot of self-confidence and doubt about my abilities as a student. That was mainly because I was NOT happy with my courses or with what I studied.

This all changed in October 2015.

It was a slow progress and it took some hard work and some hard choices, but I am currently very happy and very motivated. And here’s how I did that:

I found my perfect combination of fields of study.

I started off with English as my major and History as my minor. Now, I am studying German as my mayor and English as my minor, and I am very happy with this combination. I get to combine two things that I love and can exclude thins that I am not good at. I love reading, I love writing, but I am no good with linguistics in English. And now that I have English as my minor I do not have to worry about getting bad grades in linguistics, but rather be focused on my love for literature.

I discovered that I don’t have to be perfect.

What I mean with that is: Every time I got a grade that was not as I expected, it got me down. I felt stupid, but the truth ist: I am not. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I were. But I needed the change in order to see that. I’ve needed to see that hard work, dedication and studying something you care and love is what it’s about. I am not an A-student, but with the grades that I get I am more than okay.

I found motivation in doing the work.

The truth to motivation is, in my opinion, just doing the work, setting goals that you can realistically achieve and work on stuff that you love. Loving what you do will keep you motivated, because you don’t feel the pressure as much. You do it – you are motivated -because you love doing the work.

I accepted that I procrastinate sometimes.

Everybody does it: PROCRASTINATE. Sometimes we just don’t feel like doing anything, sometimes we are just unmotivated and want to binge Netflix. And you know what? That’s okay, too.

You need days like these, because they help you stay focused and will help with overworking. How? Well, it’s simple: you start getting more organized. There is a saying: you don’t have a problem, until you have time problem. And with that comes organizing your time. Because, in order to get things done, you have to schedule them.

Here’s how you can motivate yourself:

  • do one thing a day that you love doing
  • find purpose behind what you are doing
  • create to-do list, they will make you feel accomplished
  • don’t overwork and accept bad days
  • you don’t have to be motivated EVERY SINGLE DAY
  • you don’t have to be productive every day, but it helps if you do one task a day, even if that is just making your bed, accomplishing a task sets hormones free that make you happier
  • BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

Here is how I stay organized when I have a lot to do for College:  How to stay organized when you have a lot to do – College Edition

What do you do to motivate yourself? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.