feel the rush?

Now this is a nice morning, for a change! It’s official holiday, so i have neither classes nor work which I’m soooooo glad about;) Yes, i allowed myself to sleep in today, but only because I’ve been up until 3AM last night, doing stuff for the uni. however, having a nice, relaxed morning is really important for me in terms of happiness & keeping a calm mind. chai-coffee in bed is a nice way to wake up when my boyfriend’s not around!
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 this is the best vegan chai-matcha blend i know! as those following me on Instagram already know, I’ve found this on Naschmarkt in Vienna, a place everybody should check out because it is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!!

Yes, so I enjoyed my morning dirty chai already (chai with a little soymilk and an espresso shot! try it!) and am now listening to the latest Jimmy Eat World Album while allowing me the time to write this post..I really should do uni work instead of blogging but I just make an exception in order to prevent me from going crazy;)

I’ve really got an awful lot on my plate right now...besides the bachelor paper which I should be done with in one week’s time, the professors are loading more and more work onto us, squeezing everything possible in..here’s  what i have to do for only in the NEXT week! u understand why i need to prevent going crazy?;)

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deliverables within next week only..

in-between that, there’s working at the library, attending classes and taking care of the future in terms of the internship and my upcoming move to Vienna! lots of document-stuff to be taken care of, but the new apartment is my number one daydream right now! :)

last week, I’ve been to Vienna twice: Once, to check out the apartment and the second time to sign my working-contract for the internship. I lost a lot of time with these things, but it was absolutely worth it!

oh my god, the apartment is like a dream coming true! it’s a old building in an awesome district of Vienna with a vegan shop opening just around the corner! the location is to die for, and so is the flat itself. I can’t stop thinking about how to decorate it and am just sooooooo excited!

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this is the building my future-flat is in. gorgeous!

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the apartment is sooooo close to Naschmarkt, it’s unbelievable!

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i seriously can’t wait to move to beautiful Vienna! :)

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so you get an impression form Naschmarkt! ;) HEAVEN!

it’s only 2 months until i’m moving and i’m sure time will fly by. especially, since i’m covered in stuff to do for the uni!

 

 

 

 

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classes accompanied by my cute apple-earaser;)

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bachelor paper in progress…

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the maximum word count for the paper is 8,000 words. funny thing is, i’m struggling with not writing too much rather than having enough! there’s just so much I want to say, content wise. hard to make it make sense with this limited word count. but it’s doable, with a s**t-load of effort put in!

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this week, i’ve been working in the library 3x. on top of all the other stuff, that is ;)

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i’ve been getting up EARLY in for my two Vienna days..getting to Vienna from my current home does take some time..ugh. glad to move there in order to sleep longer ;)

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in terms of healthy vegan stuff, Vienna is a paradise indeed. this is the “Popeye” smoothie I had after my appointments in Vienna which I got from a fabulous Juice Bar!

 

somehow, I feel I’m really growing up right now. You know, a proper full time job, my own place in another city, my Bachelor degree coming closer and closer..weird but I can’t complain!;)

still, what is really important to me is quality time with my boyfriend, family and friends. and my lovely Mindy!:)
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my beautiful hometown. oh, I love fall!

here comes proof that although I’m officially 21 now, I still kinda look like 15..^^

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One more thing: I got myself a REAL blender, finally!! 

Always wanted one and now with the b-day money…:D

it’s from Amazon, a Russell Hobbs mixer for only 33 Euros. Tried it today and it’s so great! that baby really got power!

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this will look so nice in my new flat!;)

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4 Bananas and some filtered water…

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banana massacre! ;)

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oh yeeeeees….


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soooo creamy..banana-dreams come true! ;)

I realize that this post was not very organized in terms of content..but hey, it’s just some insights into my life right now! and yes, I do feel the rush. but for today, i kinda enjoy it. along with my fabulous nana-smoothie!! :)

have a great day,

S.

21

hello blogosphere!

it’s been a while (again), but here I am!

i won’t even start to apologise for not being here lately..there’s just too much stuff on my plate like…all.the.time!

i’m talking bachelor thesis in progress (gotta hand it in on November 1!! ), project work for every freaking class every freaking day and besides that a lot of organizing and document-stuff to get ready for my internship in January. yup, you read that correctly- i got a great internship! i’m soooo happy and relieved about it and very excited for that new chapter! the internship is in Vienna, meaning that with the dive into the real working world also comes a change of location: i’m moving to Vienna! oh me oh my…you can imagine my excitement-level!

i got incredibly lucky with finding an apartment that is awesome, both location- and expense-wise! my dad actually found the place and next saturday i will see it for the first time- but if it has the “Dad-Approved“-stamp I’m definitely good to go! :D

so yeah, you see there’s not too much time for doing anything besides going to uni, working in the library, working on my paper and on project-work but I gotta say, I’m still so very happy these times.

and guess what…my 21st birthday was yesterday!

it’s funny how you don’t get that excited anymore with every new birthday…life and stress kinda gets in the way and i seriously felt as if i simply don’t have TIME for birthday at the moment!

year after year that special feeling you got as a child right before each bday fades a little more…but can we accept it all becomes less magical, less special?

I, for one, still believe we need bdays (and christmas etc) to be extraordinary, in the sense of having a break of our odd every-day chores and the dull-ness that sometimes goes with that. I’m not saying I need an enormous party or hundreds of presents, that’s not the point. I believe we should simply make these special days awesome by focusing on ENJOYING our lives and appreciating what we have!

and oh god, I am so blessed. I have an amazing family (even two, counting my bf’s family in!), the most wonderful, caring, loving and committed boyfriend, incredible friends I can always count on and an adorable little doggy. I am just so thankful and happy from the bottom of my heart!

yesterday was the most wonderful day and eventually, it really was special, extraordinary and yes, I would call it magical!

I spent the day with all the people I love and who love me and really felt how blessed I actually am!

 

today, however, it’s time to get back into working  - but you know what?

as much as it sucks to know hard work is on the to-do-list again, my heart feels still so warm. I know, I know..sounds so cheesy. but heck, I couldn’t care less!;) I loved this birthday and I love my life and all the people I can live it with, and I guess I just needed to write down how grateful I am for that.

so, don’t let life get you down and value these rare, special days. don’t let age take the magic away – cuz you know, that magic we felt as children is still there! we just need to look for it a little harder than before, but it’s there and maybe even more beautiful than it was.

 

love,

S.

bucket-list 2.0 & resolutions for the 5th semester

it’s the 1st of september already! can you believe it?

i have to confess, after these two awesome months of summer I spent 80% with my beloved family, friends and the bf, i’m excited for the new challenges this upcoming semester will bring about!

this semester, starting on tuesday, is gonna be a little different. It only lasts from September to December and contains all my last classes and exams within this Bachelor program.

Why so short? Well, the 5th semester is, technically speaking, the final semester. This is because the actual last semester (sem6), from January 2014 to May 2014, is supposed to be a full time internship. No classes or courses at the campus, the only occasion you come back for to the campus is to take the final Bachelor Exam in May.

I can’t quite believe I’m so far along already, to be honest here.

Consequently, these last couple of courses are happening from now to December, meaning right now is the time to give it all and fight. Additionally to the regular subjects and exams in this Semester, the first Bachelor Paper is to be written and handed in in November. yup, I said November. yes, I need to get going!;)

I’m glad to tell you that the internship-search-situation has pretty much settled by now, meaning I can cut back worrying and just wait and see. (relieved, here!)

okay, so what was my point again? ;)

I’m excited for this new and important Semester. I am ready to go.

This Semester, there’s no room for excuses, this one is gonna matter, so I’ll better make it count.

An Adventure

I don’t know if I already told you, but the chapter of my life starting right now is pretty much an adventure. Up until now, I’ve had my future, my “next steps“, at least roughly figured out. I knew the direction I was headed to and almost had a “plan”. At this moment, however, it’s different.

Yes, I know that the next steps are to complete this 5th Semester and then do an internship. But after that? It’s pretty much undiscovered territory! I cannot really plan ahead anymore and I admit, this freaks me out a little. But it also comes with the zest of an adventure. It’s all in the open from now on. Oh my! 

Know what I mean?

This strange, exciting and a little dangerous feeling that everything is possible and everything is new. All depends on my internship, yes. But I’m not sure what and who I wanna be yet, so I’m gonna find this out while I’m walking.

My Bucket list & resolutions for the indefinite period

As today is the 1st of September and the ultimate kick-off of this new chapter the little list-lover within me felt the urge to set some goals and wishes for the future. Although I don’t know exactly where life is gonna take me, I do know some things I wanna achieve and am curious about how and where I’m gonna be. So let me share my bucket list and some resolutions with you, from now on to an indefinite time!

  • finish 5th semester w/o resits and with awesome grades
  • be all organized
  • see girlfriends regularly during semester, too
  • ZEN a little;)
  • finish 1st Bachelor paper well ahead in time
  • be able to be proud of this Bachelor paper!
  • reflect and question own thoughts & actions continuously – maybe by writing this blog!
  • eat tons of fruit & high carb, vegan meals
  • work out about 3 times a week, each week
  • upgrade wardrobe to make it more “business”-friendly – so mix business /w casual pieces!
  • figure out where next apartment should be & how to finance it
  • give my best at work (internship)
  • build up network (career)
  • figure out what to do next: do a master? longer/more internships? work for a while?
  • have own, cozy apartment where having a cat/dog is allowed
  • adopt a cat/dog
  • get a hammock;)
  • have balcony in apartment
  • go on great vacation with the bf (financed by ourselves)
  • be more financially independent to help parents
  • see & spend quality time with family regularly
  • call grandmas more often & give sth back
  • write & record song(s) with the bf
  • get back into drawing
  • get new tattoo
  • clean apartment regularly

so this is all i can think of right now! i think i’ll come back to this post & update it from time to time..maybe add more and hopefully cross stuff off the list!

i can only highly recommend having a bucket/goal list. it really improves focus and provides some guidance on your path. plus, crossing stuff off it is amazing! :)

i wish you a great day and all the best for this fall! you are very welcome to share your thoughts in the comments and stay tuned for my fall posts! think seasonal fall comfort food, halloween, my birthday, …haha;)

xoxo,

s.

WIWW – dress for success?

good morning & hello for a new WIWW – What I Wore Wednesday - Episode!

 

as mentioned in a couple of previous posts, i’m currently looking for an internship. you probably all know what this means: searching for suitable open positions for hours, writing and editing individually adapted application letters & CVs, lots of brainwork inside my head and, hopefully, a good number of job interviews!

 

so, yes, i’m glad to say that i got lucky with some of my applications and got invited to some interviews! so after my usual happy-dance it was not only time to think about how to verbally present myself effectively and research the companies, but also to figure out what to wear when walking into a job interview!

you know me, i always prepare myself as well as possible. and although i’m usually not that outfit-freakish, i know that you only get to make a first impression once.

i’ve spent quite some time on this awesome website, which i seriously recommend to all job-seekers out there, and learned that in most cases, an interviewer builds his/her opinion about you within the first 90 seconds. so what does count here? general charisma, facial expressions, body language and yes, the outfit!

maybe you remember my post about surface impressions i wrote right before my first day in university. the outfit i presented you there was actually the outfit i wore yesterday, to my very first real job interview and i believe i chose it well.

 

however, having one single business-suitable outfit won’t take you very far when interviewing for a job more than once and (hopefully) working full time in the future. you know i’m normally more the casual, grunge-ish kinda girl when it comes to outfits for the Uni or my leisure/band time. yessss.

not. enough. anymore!

so, i started yesterday to feed my wardrobe with some new, more business-friendly pieces!

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i got this beautiful faux-leather* skirt from a shop in Vienna yesterday. I just love how it looks both classy and somehow edgy. combined with a light, shimmering white blouse this is totally great for more formal situations but also far from boring.

i like this kinda style so much that i’m considering to wear it also to more every-day life occasions, such as family meals or parties. or, what about wearing this on stage?

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just think about what you could do to these kind of pieces just by adding different kind of accessories such as jewellery or shoes? think High Heels vs. DocMartens, a red classy clutch vs. a big shopper,… endless opportunities with a piece like this!

 

* ad) faux-leather: you all are well aware of me being vegan. i do not support any industry that exploits animals in any way. i do not buy leather products. i do, however, like the look and therefore am ok with buying an occasional fake-leather piece. every one has to decide on their own how to deal with this matter, this is simply my opinion.

 

hope i could inspire you a little bit with that!

wish you the best day,

 

xoxo

S.

…and summer is easy

 

 

good morning, dear blogosphere!

i just woke up to see that the weather has finally cooled down a little. I’ve never welcomed clouds & rain more I think.

this is gonna be a picture-heavy post, demonstrating the essence of most of my days right now!

cuz summer is easy, and so is this post.

 

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wakey wakey, workerbees! my mornings usually start with a vanilla-soy-latte and a mail-checking session outside. this kinda gets my head working & i make sure i set my goals and appointments for the day. mmh i want this latte right now!

 

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 after this, i’d probably get going with a short & intense workout session, preferably in the garden. i’m talking squats, push-ups, several crunch-variations, some ballet leg moves. but this depends on my mood!

after the workout i’d go take a nice, short shower and then reach for brekkie. usually, this is fresh, ripe fruit or, if i can afford it, a delicious smoothie/OJ like this. yup, i’d down this in about 4 minutes! ;)

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with this stuff in my tummy i’ then, at the moment, start one of these two things: a.) study for the next exams or b.) continue my internship-hunt! yes, i’m searching for a place to intern in. this means lots of researching, writing & updating CVs, composing cover letters and so on. oh, and praying for a nice place, of course!

 

so when this “productive work phase” is done what i do really depends on various factors. usually i do something like the following:

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have a skype date with my friend in Canada while holding my doggie-girl. harder than you think!

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go to a music festival or somewhere else, as long as it’s outside! this pic was a small, chilled festival in a large apple garden.

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…enjoy the sun, the company, the music…

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or, get to the city to buy supplies (for my tummy). wanted to show u my fruit-shirt!;)

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or spend some quality time /w the boyfriend. i just love these bracelets we got! be sure to visit etsy for stuff like these!

so then, when the evening has arrived, i’d probably go out with friends for some drinks or a movie. but if money’s short (like just now), i’d rather stay in. my fav staying in option is hanging at my boyfriend’s with my doggie:

 

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 chill! :)

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so, this is how a lot of my days currently look like.

now, i should get going with my workout and studying session! :)

wish you the best day!

 

xoxo, s.

taste the lifestyle (80/10/10)

…i’m melting! like, literally.

it’s summer here and today has been about the hottest day in a couple of years. oh wait, tomorrow, they said it will be even hotter. yay.

don’t get me wrong, sun on your skin is awesome but there definitely is something like too hot.

ok, to the point now (if i somehow just randomly stop typing and you’ll get a weird unfinished post, it’s save to assume that i just died of heat!) .

 

i just came home from a couple of days at an absolutely stunning lake where i stayed with my family. that is mum, dad & 2 younger brothers!

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still fun at age 20!

 

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gorgeous hidden mountain-lake we also visited

 

 

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simply beautiful.

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mmmh i just really enjoyed doing nooooothing productive at all and relaxing with my clan!

just so refreshing.

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 don’t mind the weather. it still was freaking hot, clouds kept coming and leaving :)

 

 
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my little baby brother…<3

 

so, this post is supposed to give you a glimpse into my current lifestyle. i’ll try to keep it as short and sweet as possible, but i suppose i’ll still have some explaining to do!

as you already know i am a committed and food-loving vegan and if you’ve been around for a while you’ll know that i am able to inhale tons of fruit. veggies are the main stars of most of my dinners, often accompanied by vegan protein sources such as chickpeas, lentils and beans. i gotta say that i’ve been eating many more raw nuts than everyone i know or i’ve heard of during the last couple of years and my go-to snacks are always dried fruit such as dried figs or dates.

i generally have been avoiding fat-sources other than nuts for the longest time, meaning no or low oil since i’m kinda sensitive when it comes to (vegan) oils. also, i don’t miss it for taste at all.

something changed.

probably a couple of months ago i stumbled across a video of Freelee the Banana Girl on youtube and started watching some more of her videos on her channel. this girl looks absolutely amazing and lives off fruit only. yes, i said fruit only! (plus some leafy greens like spinach, kale etc.)

since i already had quite some days where i would eat fruit only & felt really great i got interested and looked into what is known as “The Banana Girl Movement“. this lifestyle stems from a book that is relatively good known within the “raw movement” written by Douglas Graham and called “The 80/10/10 Diet“.

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cut reeeeeeeally down to the most basic points (in my view), Graham says that the optimal total nutrition ratio for the human body is 80 % carbs, 10% protein and 10% fat. Healthy & perfect sources for carbs are fruit and veggies, which themselves are made up of an overall nutrition ratio of 80/10/10. all food should be exclusively vegan, raw or as unprocessed as possible and if doable, organic.

this entire idea of nutrition and wellbeing due to food is not a new one and is supported by various scientific findings such as The China Study and is essential for a happy, healthy and long life. the concept of 80/10/10 is also widely referred to as “LFRV” (low fat raw vegan) and “LFHC” (low fat high carb).

the Banana Girl Movement/Lifestyle is based on these findings. just a couple of years ago a sub-group of the Banana Girl Diet was “formed” by Freelee and her mother. this sub-group is called “RawTilFour” and basically means eating raw, HCLF vegan meals for all day and then rounding it off with an equally vegan, 80/10/10 kind of COOKED meal. think baked potatoes, vegan pasta with low fat (and low sodium) tomato sauce and tons of veggies.

ok, so far so good. i just recently found a website where the entire idea is briefly summarized in an excellent way, so i’ll spare you a bad try of me explaining it and just ask you to read this post here in case you’re interested!

back to me!

the entire idea or concept sounds completely reasonable (and scientifically backed up) and moreover totally fits my lifestyle already, only with a few alterations that i started incorporating after watching Freelee’s videos, joining the facebook group and reading the book by Doug Graham:

  • eliminate salt completely (stores water in the body & damages taste buds!)
  • cut back nut consumption drastically (waaaay to much fat!!!)
  • cooked veggies & some grains instead of legumes & beans (a little adaption needed but just as yummy)
  • eat more more more fruit to get the needed calories in (we’re talking kilos of fruit!)
  • drink more water (minimum of 3 liters per day; not too hard for me anyways;) )

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yummmmmmy vegan pasta al pomodoro at a restaurant accompanied by unsalted, no oil salad. 

note: when dining out salt and oil consumption is often very hard to control. this is no biggie however, as you don’t eat out everyday and it is still a vegan and high carb meal :)

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homemade corn-pasta with spinach and tomato sauce. no oil, no salt, no worries! 

 

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homemade vegan bananashake: bananas, water, cinnamon and you’re in heaven!

 

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thank god he gave us dates! super delicious, super nutritious, super easy to carry around! 

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standard for me: minimum of 4 apples & 2 bananas a day!

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homemade veggie pan sans oil. all you need is water for roasting! was accompanied by a lot of rice.

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brokkoli is my friend! this one especially :)

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figs…oh, how i love thee! dried, sweet & heeeeelthy!

ok, so what exactly does my lifestyle look like right now?

as i really feel great & thrive right now, i don’t plan on changing anything to how i’ve been livin in the past. depending on daily circumstances and my feelings & cravings i have some days where i only eat fruit, but really a whole lot of it. undereating stands no chance! (apples, bananas, dates and pineapples are my favs right now!)

some other days i would eat fruit until dinner and then have some cooked 80/10/10 meal at night. and also a lot of it! i’m having seconds, thirds and sometimes even thirds! ;)

when i’m out with friends or family i’ll sometimes have huge salads or cooked vegan, carb-based meals for dinner or even lunch. as said, it’s not always possible to control the amount of salt and/or oil in a meal when dining out, but i’ll just not make a big deal out of it and relax since i dine out relatively rarely.

the key here is to always drink a lot of clear water and really eat enough calories!

so, do i “cheat“?

first of all, i refuse to call it cheating when i don’t exactly stick to the guidelines. yes, i still have my cup of coffee with some soy milk, but i’m cutting back big time. yes, i’ll also sometimes eat some nuts with my meal of as a snack, but i also reduced this a lot which actually feels good.

and the “worst thing” (haha) is that i still enjoy some rice cakes with dark vegan chocolate on top of them, occasionally. sorry, but i just love them sometimes!;)

no, seriously, i don’t want to restrict myself. i enjoy this lifestyle and won’t allow it to become like a set of rules than need punishment when i don’t exactly stick to them a 100%.

however, i automatically come closer to the recommended things and feel really unbelievable! i have so much energy that it is hard for me not to work out some days, which i sometimes should as my muscles would still ache a little!;) i’m doing some kind of workout every freaking day, even when its just walking, it’s movement and feels fantastic!

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ok wow, this post has gotten really long. in case i got you interested now, please check out the book by Doug Graham, Freelee’s youtube channel and her facebook pages, as well as The China Study or the according movie “Forks over Knifes”! These recommendations are seriously life-changing and i wish everyone would know about them.

 

in case you want to share your opinion, thoughts, experiences or have a question, please feel free to comment on this post!

 

i wish you a wonderful night,

yours s.

healthful living – things i’m loving lately

i believe that there is always room for improvement. 

this statement holds true for every aspect life has to offer, and we should never stop questioning our motives, thoughts and actions. once we stop moving we stop progressing and will not just stand still, but rather fall back.

i know i announced that this blog will not focus on food and therefore diet anymore, but still, when i feel like posting about health there is no way the topic of food can be neglected.

i’ve been vegan for quite a while now (≈2.5 years i think) and could not be more convinced that eating plants only is the ultimate road to health, fitness and a peaceful mind. yes, i like to take a holistic perspective on health, meaning i believe that body, mind and spirit are inseperably intertwined and cannot be treated as if they simply coexisted.

i am happy to say that i seem to always stumble upon new, valuable sources about nutrition and health and therefore continue learning. a business student can indeed, too, be highly interested in these kinds of topics – i’m living proof!

 

you will be able to read about some of these sources and my personal experiences on the road to heath in the future, for example when i post about my top 5 books and my top 5 movies. moreover, i plan on writing one or more separate posts on what i regard as a “healthy life” for myself, but not tonight!

all i will say now is that i’m trying to limit the (vegan) chocolate and eliminate all processed foods altogether at the moment. basically, i eat TONS of fruit, loads of vegetables and clean grains and starches such as rice, potatoes and quinoa. soy consumption is also something i want to cut back on, as most soy products are quite processed. last but not least i try to not do vegetable oil and salt and, truth be told, hardly ever miss it at all!

on top of the diet part, i continue and upgrade my workouts regularly. i’m really enjoying doing at least a small exercise routine almost daily and love seeing my body becoming more & more toned from week to week!

as already stated, i will explain the what and why in detail within the upcoming posts, but tonight you’re getting some pictures! :)

 

 

so here come some things i’m loving lately:
  • corn-pasta dishes

although i’m not gluten-intolerant i tried corn pasta and instantly fell in love! somehow i feel as if my body needs less effort to digest and i personally can’t seem to recognize any loss of taste. so, gluten-sensitive or not, give corn-pasta a chance!

 

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(creamy balsamic-tomato corn-pasta with spinach)

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(pasta salad i made for my and my bf’s family. everybody came back for seconds! ;) )

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i love love LOVE these! not long ago i made my banana-shakes with bananas & soymylk, but now i know way better! go and try just blending some bananas with pure, cold water. i’d never believed this combo was superior, but trust me, it is! i always add cinnamon to my shake and sometimes even some vanilla-powder. yummmmmm.

  • dark chocolate rice cakes

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no matter how determined i am to cut back on chocolate, i absolutely need these babies every now and then. especially this one time a month, if you know what i mean!

i however decide not to feel guilty! dogmas never seem to lead to happiness, one of these however sometimes seem to do exactly so. ;)

  • raw fruit balls

Evernote Camera Roll 20130714 234112a more healthy treat are these homemade raw fruit balls. from time to time i indulge in these all-raw balls, which contain dates, bananas, coconut flakes, some nuts like almonds or cashews and, in my case, cinnamon and cocoa/carob. if you’re interested in some recipes just google “raw fruit balls” and you’ll get some hits! ;)

or, just play around in your kitchen and get your hands dirty for once!

  • tons of fruit each day

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(stocking up the kitchen! looooads of fruit each shopping trip, things like soy-yogurt and flaxseed are “sometimes-food” i don’t omit completely)

so yeah, there you have it, some things i’m loving lately.

i’m looking forward to writing the other, more detailed, promised posts but so long, love your body, mind and soul & go learn something you didn’t know before!

yours,

s.

my top 5 apps

i decided to run a series of “my top 5 …” here, where i will introduce you to my favourite things of various categories.

this post will, as the title already made clear, cover my most beloved apps. i’m also thinking of doing a “Top 5″ post on books, movies an maybe also albums. for this, however, it needs to be “my Top 20″ at least!

so off to my top 5 apps.

i’m a 20 yrs old student and have no problem with saying that i NEED some technology in my life!

more, i’m an Apple lover. this is maybe by courtesy of my dad. he is a professional guitarist and i think we can all agree on that for music purposes such as recording Apple products and software are the best choice. so i grew up with Apple products around the house!

of course, in school Windows is still standard, as is now in university. however, given a choice i would always go for Apple stuff.

I don’t wanna start an Apple vs. Windows discussion here, i just wanted to state that I am using both iPhone and Macbook since this post is about apps.

I’m not entirely sure, but i strongly believe that all the apps i’ll be talking about today are also available for non-Apple-products. Moreover, all the apps i’ll be talking about are freeware for both iPhone and Mac! (student, remember? :) )

As this praise for apps will be limited to only 5, i chose to exclude the commonly used apps like Facebook, twitter, youtube,  whatsapp and similar. of course i absolutely need these, too, but maybe i can show you some nice-to-have apps you didn’t know yet!;)

1. pixlr-o-matic

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I love love love this one! It’s a very easy to use tool for making random pictures look absolutely amazing. I know there’s an entire Instagram-army out there, but somehow i never really started using Instagram. Pixlromatic, however, has never disappointed me and enabled me to create gorgeous pictures.

You can either upload an already taken photo or just quickly take one and then start editing it.

The first “stage” lets you add an effect to your photo, such as different types of black-white-looks, sepia and all kinds of other common & very uncommon effects.

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(Berlin)

Within the next stage you can choose an overlay. Think different kinds of lightening, bubbles, scratches and many more.

The final stage provides you with numerous options of borders & frames for your picture. there are very simple and elegant looking ones, right next to really fucked-up grungy style frames. i love it;)

of course you can then save the final pic to your device or share it instantly. below there are some pictures i created using this fabulous app!376822_499551860061731_481687362_n

(Berlin)

The app can also be run on the computer via a facebook built-in application. I sometimes do that so i can use this app on my Macbook.

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(my dorm room)

2. all women stalk

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..or do we?!

I can’t remember how i stumbled over this cute little app. Yes, i suppose you could call it a girls-only-app, all ages, though. Normally i wouldn’t call myself a typical “girly girl”, but i have to confess that sometimes i just really enjoy watching some good old chick flicks or surfing makeup/fashion/girl-talk blogs.

I would describe this app as the perfect time-killer! I’ll just check the latest posts on my phone while i’m waiting for the bus, am very bored in class or deeply in need for some girly stuff;)

The posts provided on AWS are very versatile and written by different authors. The categories provided are apps, bags, beauty, books, cooking, diet, DIY, fashion, fitness, food, gardening, health, inspiration, lifestyle, love, money, travel and more. I especially enjoy posts about books, inspiration, DIY and health, though. “why” you ask?

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you will often find posts similar to this blog post here, meaning someone (or better: some girl) will recommend her favourite books or inspirational quotes. i also enjoy the DIY ideas provided very much and have been inspired to get crafty more than once!

so, in case you want something fun and sweet to brighten up waiting time or else, check out this app!

3.) EVERNOTE

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you seriously need this app!

go now and instantly download it to you iPhone, Macbook, iPad and everything else possible!

i guess you can see that i adore Evernote?;)

Evernote is the go-to app if your brain can’t store everything you want it to at any given time. which mine definitly can’t!

basically, this app is the perfect notebook. You can save text, PDFs, audio files & messages and pictures in just a second.

i recommend you sync your devices (for example via iCloud) so that everything you save in Evernote on your phone will automatically be also on your computer. this is just so convenient & effortless!

you can even add keywords and tags to your notes in order to be able to quickly search for and find something in Evernote. you can also create various notebooks within the app to easily sort your stuff. i for one have one notebook for the uni, one for the band and so on.

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another thing that really comes in handy is the quick-function of Evernote on the Macbook. even when the program is closed you will see the little elephant logo in the top right corner of your screen. you can drag folders in there or just quickly write down some ideas and instantly save them to your Evernote:

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(here’s a screenshot of the quick-function)

oh, and did you now it looks totally awesome?

yes, looks do matter. :)

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4. WomanLog

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ok, so girls-only for real now.

this app is a very convenient way of tracking your monthly cycle.

you can add notes to single days or log in how you are feeling, i.e. if you are experiencing any pain like headaches or cramps. i find using this app consistently really is very comfy because you can easily see when that particular time of the month should both start & end!

girls, an app like this simply is a must!

5. Pinterest

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I suppose almost everyone knows and uses Pinterest already, right?

i love having the app on my phone & even prefer Pinterest-ing via iPhone over using it on computer.

you never know what amazing things are out there unless you’re using Pinterest!;)

me, i’m a little tattoo-freak, always looking fro new ideas and inspiration even though there’s no money available to get one more most of the times..

although i love creating my own tattoos this is just really awesome to look at and a great place to be inspired!
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i also enjoy browsing through the workout ideas and of course the yummy recipes. just search for whatever you’re interested in on Pinterest and be amazed by the user-generated-content!

so these are my favourite, non-standard apps as of now!

be sure to check in for the next “My top 5…” posts.

all the best & app on,

s.

metamorphosis

i think i have seriously abandoned this blog.

how long has it been?

i cannot really give reason to my absence from the blogosphere, really. I can only say that once you start to let go, due to stress or too many other things on your mind, you really start to let it slip away for good.

i can’t even remember the last time i posted something here! but:

let a new chapter begin today.

i can’t promise i will post regularly, in fact i can’t even tell you the exact direction this blog will be heading towards.

all i can say is that i’ve chosen to bring this baby back to life and to using it as a valve for my inner life. i can however tell you that the focus here will be shifted a little away from the foodie-world. of course, in case i come up with some seriously delicious recipe i will not keep it from you, but i generally plan on writing about more that tasty vegan food from now on!

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here’s a little recap on what has changed in my life:

well well. my fourth semester of Business Consultancy International has just ended and the summer break is on right now. the weather here however is veeeeery not summer-ish. yet. some days its freezing and i’m wearing my boots (!!!), the next day i’m melting in my shorts! heck.

my boyfriend & his family moved right next to my parents’ house! strange, you say? i thought so too. especially since I do NOT live there anymore!

but some time has passed now and I have to admit it’s quite convenient. i have the most important people right there living in the same street!

my mom adopted the cutest little miss doggy a few months ago. her name’s Mindy and she’s more than adorable! a little bundle of fluff, always excited and so much in love with her humans:)
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(right now, our haircolors are almost matching!)

Mindy is quite little and very affectionate! she will never miss a chance to hop onto my lap:

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about the band: we’ve been playing a good number of shows within the last year but right now we decided to cut back with live shows. we are focusing on recording our first album this summer and there is a lot to be done.

also, we shot our first music video some time ago. it’s currently in post-production cuz i’m gonna be doing stuff in a computer-created phantasy world! (yup, i’m excited. patience is not my strongest trait.)

we also have our own website now! i did some pencil & paper illustrations & hand-wrote the lyrics, so be sure to stop by and check it out here (click on “Lyrics” to see the drawings and words!).

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(screenshot from the upcoming music video!)

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(on-stage make-up)

oooh, and did you know about the tattoos I got?

here’s the two little ones, the picture was taken right after getting them done. the X is an ancient, african symbol for freedom, emancipation & independence.

the tiny “V” stands for vegan.

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this is the third tat i call my own. i had it done on my 20th birthday. it’s simply a leaf and i cannot tell you what it means exactly. the idea of a leaf simply came to my mind one day in class and so i started drawing. the tattoo artist really did an excellent job here and i still smile every time i see it on my arm!

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(real tattoo vs. my sketch)

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(strange pic, i know, but just so you see where exactly it is!)

so, that would be some of the news i can offer you.

i’m looking forward to spending more time here writing and excited about finding out about which direction this blog is headed to.

as said, from time to time i’ll just need to get some stuff off my mind and therefore will possibly write about it here.

 

right now, i just came home from a little get together with friends in honor of my best friend. she is leaving for one and a half months, so almost all of summer without her! :(

she’ll be staying in Canada this time and i can tell you i will miss her a LOT. during regular university times we can’t spend much time together and i miss her a lot already when she’s in the country. so now i’ve been looking forward to spending time with her during the summer break…

she’ll have a blast in Canada, i’m sure of it, and therefore i’m happy for her, of course. but for selfish reasons i’m also sad she’s not with me. sometimes i’m just feeling like a three-year-old.

 

i think i should call it a day for this post, or should i just say “call it a post”? it’s almost 11 PM here and i have an Oh, I Taste The Queen show at 1 AM. yes, i said 1 AM.

this means i need to start making my hair look like a bird’s nest and have quite some face painting to do. these dots aren’t gonna draw themselves!

 

if you’re reading this it makes me happy. so thank you! ♥

i will update the about me page within the next days, too.

 

so long,

s.