a little update

Hey my loves,

Long time no chat. It has been almost three months since I have uploaded a blog entry, so I thought I would give you a quick run down on what happened. The Corona-Semester hit me hard, a lot of my classes were canceled and if they were online it was truly not the best situation at all. At the end I was only able to do three courses, which is really bad when you think that I had booked around eleven courses. I honestly was shocked at how some of my professors dealt with the entire situation and I am hoping that the upcoming semester will be better even if it will be an online semester as well.

Besides that a lot of other very crazy things happened and that have tested me over the last weeks a lot. It just shows you how much you should value and cherish moments with friends and family and how strong one really ist. Something just happened a little over a week ago, which was probably the scariest of them all – a Corona scare. But all is good now – but still wear your mask and keep social distancing to people you do not know.

But now, I am officially on vacation time, well besides the two papers that have to be written and the move I have to prepare. Oh yeah, right – I AM MOVING! I am so excited for my new apartment, I am not really moving cities or anything but I am getting a bigger space, which I am super excited about. I will probably move in around four to six weeks – hopefully, there are some delays (the apartment is being fully renovated). I am planning on a series involving my move, so stay tuned for that. 

How has quarantine and the whole situation affected you? Tell me in the comments. This blog is a safe place. Also, let me know of any blog post ideas you would want me to share. I am going to slowly get back into it and hopefully be back on my feet with this blog by the time I am in my new place.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Wear a mask.

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to achieve your goals in the New Year

Hey my loves,

In today’s blog post I am going to talk about how you can achieve your New Years goals and what I like to do to make sure I reach mine. If you want to know my goals for 2020 check out my blog post where I talk about them. 

“A dream written drown with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by actions makes your dream come true.” – Greg Reid

Here are my five rules that will set you up for success:

Envision your goals clearly.

Before you get started make sure you know what each goal you have entails. Envision it clearly and write it down. This will make it easier in the long run to see what you have to do in the early stages of your goals.

Limit your goals.

Set no more than three to five goals to achieve in a year. Sometimes we underestimate the work that has to go into our goals. So it’s better to have fewer goals than you would think you want to have. If you have achieved all of your goals you can always add more throughout the year. Also, sometimes goals can build on each other. For example, one of my goals is to eat more vegetarian meal throughout the week, another step could be to go completely vegan.

Reason.

Make sure you know why you set your goals. It is much more likely that you achieve your goals if you have emotion and will behind it. You need to make sure you really want to reach your goals and you have to make sure you doing it for you not for anyone else.

Make it a habit.

Identify what you have to do and slowly make it into a habit so that it is not much of a task but rather something you do everyday. I have read somewhere that it takes 21 days to make something a habit, so don’t put yourself down when it doesn’t work right away.

Progress Check-Up.

Check in on your progress once in a while. This will immensely help you actually achieve your goals. You can always change it around a little. Sometimes what we do to achieve our goals need a little adjusting, checking in once in a while makes sure we stay on the right track.

How do you plan on achieving your goals? Let me know in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day.

XoXo, Jasmin.

2020 Reading List

Hey my loves,

I don’t know about you, but I love to read. Sadly, I don’t get to read as much as I used to because of the workload I have with College. But, whenever I can I try to get in as much personal reading as I can when I have some free time.

In 2020, I want to read at least 12 books, which means one book per month or however I can fit it in. I thought it would be a great idea to share with you some of the books that made it onto my 2020 reading list.

So far I’ve decided on five books that I want to buy and read. I like to read anything that is a thriller, crime or fantasy, but I also want to branch out a little with some self-help books and non-fictional books. But for now, these are the five books that made it onto my list so far:

Verity by Colleen Hoover

„Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. 

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.“

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Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard

„A riveting mystery that introduces a bold and audacious rookie detective assigned to hunt for a killer who is haunted by the past in this gripping murder case…

Natalie Lockhart always knew she was going to be a cop. A rookie detective on the Burning Lake police force, she was raised on the wisdom of her chief-of-police father. These cases will haunt you if you let them. Grief doesn’t come with instructions.

But the one thing her father couldn’t teach her was how to handle loss. Natalie’s beloved sister was viciously murdered as a teenager, and she carries the scars deep in her heart. Although the killer was locked up, the trace evidence never added up, and Natalie can’t help wondering―is the past really behind her?

As the newest member on the force, Natalie is tasked with finding nine missing persons who’ve vanished off the face of the earth, dubbed “the Missing Nine.” One night, while following up on a new lead, she comes across a savage crime that will change everything.

Daisy Buckner―a popular schoolteacher, wife to a cop, and newly pregnant―lies dead on her kitchen floor. As Natalie hunts for Daisy’s killer in the wake of the town’s shock, her search leads to a string of strange clues―about the Missing Nine, about Daisy’s secret life, and reviving fresh doubts about her sister’s murder.

As the investigation deepens, Natalie’s every move risks far-reaching consequences―for the victims, for the town of Burning Lake, and for herself.“

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The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters

„A supernatural thriller in the vein of A Head Full of Ghosts about two young girls, a scary story that becomes far too real, and the tragic–and terrifying–consequences that follow one of them into adulthood.

Red Lady, Red Lady, show us your face…

In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend Becca began insisting the Red Lady was real–and she could prove it.

That belief got Becca killed.

It’s been nearly thirty years, but Heather has never told anyone what really happened that night–that Becca was right and the Red Lady was real. She’s done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca, and the Red Lady, behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace Heather hasn’t seen since the night Becca died.

The night Heather killed her.

Now, someone else knows what she did…and they’re determined to make Heather pay.“

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Blackout by Marc Elsberg

„A terrifyingly plausible, million-copy selling debut about an international blackout perpetrated by a hacker attack.

One night, the lights go out across Europe. The electrical grids collapse on an epic scale and unleash a devastating chaos in the total blackout. And unbeknownst to the general population, nuclear reactors are starting to overheat…

When a former hacker and activist who knows a thing or two about infiltrating networks starts investigating the cause of this disaster, he soon becomes a prime suspect. As threats to the United States start to emerge, he goes on the run with a young American reporter based in Paris, racing desperately to turn the lights back on. Because if they stay off, tomorrow may be too late.“

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

„In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.“

I am always open for more book recommendations so if you have any book that you think I would love let me know in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

*All citations are from goodreads.com

My 2020 Goals

Hey my loves,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Can you believe it? A new freaking decade. 

Last year I did not share my resolutions with you, but this year I thought it would be fun to share my 2020 goals with you. I believe a new year gives us the opportunity to start fresh and to try to better ourselves. I also believe it does not need to be the start of a new year to do so. Do whatever you want and makes you happy!

My goals for this year are goals I already started working on in the end of last year, some of them are things that are always on my list, some are new. I don’t think we’re ever done improving ourselves. 

My Goals

I want to be more aware of our world. I want to do everything I can to help to improve it, even the smallest things matter and everyone can do something. I will try to be more conscious when I go grocery shopping I want to minimize my single plastic use as much as my wallet let’s me do it and I want to eat less meat. I already am 30%-ish vegetarian, but I want to try to get this number up to at least 50%.

I want to use my time on this earth. I want to give back and I want to enjoy myself a little more. In 2020 I want to be a little more adventurous and take more day trips or little vacations. I want to explore as much as I can and I want to experience new things. I also want to give back to the community. In the new year, I will try to find something where I can do something that helps the less fortunate. I have little myself, but you can always find something to give back.

I want to improve my health. 2019 has been a struggle of a year for me, mentally and physically. In 2020 I want to take charge of my body and mind. I already am watching what I eat, but I want to include more exercise and more positive things to better my mental health. I want to take care of myself.

I feel like these are pretty good goals for myself in 2020. Achievable goals, I think, at least. What are your resolutions/goals for the new year? Let me know in the comments. I would really love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful first month of 2020 and lots of love and laughter.

XoXo, Jasmin.

My 2019 Highlight Reel

Hey my loves,

Oh my god, 2019 is ending today. I cannot believe how quickly this year has passed. I noticed that the older I get the faster time passes. I wonder why that is…

But another new beginning means saying goodbye to a great 365 days of laughter, love, crying, good and bad days and so much more. And I for one am a sucker for a highlight reel. What about you?

So much happened this year, sometimes you don’t even realize how much can happen in twelve months until you look back. 2019 has been a year with a lot of highs and a lot of lows. But I feel like what would you learn from life without the lows, right? It’s how you deal with them. Now, let’s take a look at some of my 2019 highlights.

January to March

In the beginning of the year I took some much needed time away from social media, which I used to focus that time on myself and my needs. I went to a masters fair to see if I find a masters program which would suit me. I did, but that turned to something I will probably touch on some time in the new year.

I also managed to take an exam I have been dreading to do again. I was so anxious to fail it again, because a lot was resting on that one exam and I don’t do good in exams. Honestly, I can write one paper after the other or multiple ones at the same time, but one exam gives me so much anxiety. But, I PASSED.

I ticked something of my bucket list in March of 2019, which was to go to my homelands capital. I always wanted to go, because I feel like it’s something everyone should experience and I really wanted to see some of the historical sights. If you want to know more about my trip to Berlin, check out my blog post here.

April to June

The three months of April to June was focusing a lot of time and energy of writing my bachelor thesis. I wrote it while I still had to attend a lot of courses and working my part time job, so it was a struggle to say the least, but one that was so worth it. I also finished it a week or so earlier than I had to which gave me time to really proof read it and put some finishing touches on.

In June I also became an aunt for the second time to a beautiful boy, who is just the absolute cutest little human being you have ever seen.

July to September

Time to hand in my thesis. I will never forget how jittery, excited and full of fear I was while I handing in my thesis. One life changing moment right there. The wait for my grade was absolute hell, but in the end I was so happy to have passed and get my degree. Best years of my life, so far.

I needed a little vacation after my hell of a semester so I went to stay with my family in southern Germany. I had the best few days and felt really rejoiced when I got back. I also decided to re-do my entire apartment, because I felt like it was time for a change.

If you want to see my new apartment check out theses blog post:

My Office Makeover

My Living Room Makeover

October to December

I had a super fun photoshoot day with my best friend in October where we not only took some of my favorite pictures but also got to explore a side of Düsseldorf, which we have never been to. It was so much fun, sometimes just exploring makes me the happiest. To see some of the pictures, go check out my Instagram.

For my birthday this year I didn’t want to host a party, so instead I went to a theater piece. We saw a postmodern version of Hamlet which was phenomenal. It was so fun, exciting and full of life. We immediately decided that we had to see 1984 with the same musical director and actor as well.

I also went onto a really funny trip with my grandma and her mates. It was such a weird and funky day, because I was literally the youngest person on that trip, but honestly, I had a blast. And I love spending quality time with my granny.

2019 has been absolutely life changing. I am officially done with my Bachelor degree, I almost finished my apartment to the extend I want and I had lots of fun days with friends and family. I am grateful for all of my blessings and I cannot wait what the new decade will bring.

2020 is gonna be great.

I wish you all a wonderful day and a save and fun New Year’s Eve.

XoXo, Jasmin.

Christmas Gift Guide

Hey my loves,

With Christmas just around the corner I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about some gift giving. I love Christmas so much, it’s just something about this season that feels so special and full of love. In today’s blog post I am going to talk about the best Christmas gifts for your friends, family and co-workers.

This year I decided to skip my annual Christmas Dinner with all of my friends and instead donate half the money I would have spent instead. I donated it to an organization of my choice. I also put a little bit of money aside for something that needs a little more saving. 

Gifts Under 20 Bucks

I believe that a gift has to come from the heart and does not need to be excessively expensive, but I am also a gift giver who always gives more than I have to. But, there are some great options out there for your loved ones that are under 20 bucks.

100 Movies Scratch Off Poster

This gift is perfect for any movie lover you might now and it’s super affordable, you could even get a nice frame for it and it would still be under 20 bucks.

Game of Phones

In this day and age we all have a phone on us, so why not make a game out of it. This is the perfect gift for one of your friends or your family. You can play it on the day of your gift giving and I know I am always a good sucker for a funny game. My other favorites are: What do you meme?, Cards Against Humanity or Pictionary.

Urban Map Glass

We all know at least one person who loves a good drink. This glass is perfect for those people. Not only can you pick a city they may have been to, but it’s also super cute to look at.

Nars – Gift Set

Christmas is the highlight for any beauty lover. The Nars – Softcore Afterglow Lip Balm and Blush gift set is just one of the many options you can get your makeup and skincare loving friends, family and co-workers.

Himalayan Salt Lamp

This lamp is perfect for anyone. It helps calm you down and is soothing. It also improves your sleep. And it’s really cute to look at.

Books

I love giving books as presents. Whether it being a favorite of mine or a book they mentioned they wanted to read. Or just a simple notebook, where they can write down their thoughts. Here are some great book gift ideas:

Gifts over 20 Bucks

Sometimes you want to splurge a little bit on the people you care about. Here are some great gift ideas for you:

Echo Dot

I bought myself a couple on Black Friday and I just love them. The quality of the speaker is really good and it comes with some great features. Perfect for any tech obsessed person.

Kindle

Sometimes people prefer to read on a Kindle, because it is lighter and easier to transport than a book. It especially great for people who are traveling a lot or a commute to work. It takes little to no space in any purse or backpack.

Essential Oil Diffuser – Humidifier

This one is so cute in its pineapple form. Perfect for anyone who loves to spice up their apartment and loves to use a humidifier.

Fujifilm – Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Perfect gift for anyone who loves to capture moments.

Other Gift Ideas

I also love giving things that cost little to no money at all. Whether it being a self-made voucher or baking some cookies. It’s the thought behind a gift not the gift itself that should matter. I also think a great way to gift a person is by donating money in their name to an organization they care about.

What are your gifting this year? Let me know in the comments. I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day.

XoXo, Jasmin.

Why I want to try out the Derma Roller System

Hey my loves,

I don’t know about you, but I always like to try out new and exciting beauty things, especially when it comes to prolonging the youth of my skin. So, when I was asked to review a Derma Roller System** I immediately said yes. But why do I want to try a derma roller and what even is a derma roller?*

What is a Derma Roller System?

The derma roller, which is basically a microneedle roller, has the ability to naturally stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin. Both, collagen and elastin, help to promote healthier skin cells in the body. The derma roller can help to treat problems such as wrinkles, skin hyperpigmentation, scars (including acne scars – which is amazing if you ask an acne scar-girl), uneven skin, stretch marks and hair loss. If you want to know more about the benefits of using the derma roller, check out their website: www.dermarollersystem.com

What needle size did I choose?

Over the next couple of weeks I will try out my Derma Roller System and will give you back a full review on it.* I decided to pick the 1.0 mm needle, because it check off most of the problems I want to tackle. To find out which of the needle sizes is the best choice for you, you can check out their chart: Needle Size Guide – Derma Roller System

As soon as I tried it, I will write a review about it and will go into depth on how to use it and how it works*. If you are interested in trying it yourself, check out their guide: How the Derma Roller Works

If you want to buy the same Derma Roller System as I have: Derma Roller System® with Anti-Aging Serum (For Face)

I can’t wait to try it and give you my feedback*. Check out my page in about three to four weeks for the review.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

*all opinions are my own
** gifted

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.

Going on a Trip as a College Student

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about how I afforded a three day weekend away in Berlin with a friend for under 200 euros.

Now the main key is definitely timing. As a college student you are much more free with your time and not necessarily bound to any of the major travel seasons (at least for us students here in Germany). So, it is definitely always cheaper to travel off season. Another important factor is to set yourself a price limit, we had a price limit of 150 Euros per Person and we stayed in it (excluded is food).

Now we scavenged the internet for any possible offer. We ultimately landed on a page that only offers short trips (kurzurlaub.de). And we found a four star hotel for 70 euros for 2 nights and breakfast for one person, which is an amazing deal. Now, here are my tips to find something similar:

  • Don’t just look at one page for offers, we ultimately looked at four different sites and even Facebook. You could also check out Google, tripadvisor and so on, and of course AirBnB is always an option.
  • Don’t be set on a travel date, in the long run it is much better to be flexible with your dates. The one thing that was important to us was that we would be gone for a weekend and not under the week. But most of the times some of the offers are even better for under the week so if you have the possibility to go under the week I would highly recommend doing so.
  • We traveled with the DB (train), which was at the time the cheapest offer for our time frame once we found a hotel. We could have flown, but even with the cheapest flights we would have had to pay for luggage and that would have been a lot more than what we ultimately paid for our train tickets (we spent about 75 euros for the round trip)

Our total for hotel and train tickets was about a 150 euros for each person and we spend about 50 euros each for food and other things on the trip itself. Our total was almost exactly 200 bucks, which for 3 days in a big city is amazing. Don’t you think?

What are your tips and tricks? Feel free to share them in the comments. I would love to know. Also, next week you get my holiday entry about Berlin, so stay tuned!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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.