Sunday, November 15, 2015

Recklinghausen Leuchtet - Recklinghausen lights up

Hello beautiful people!
A few days ago I've been to this really cool event in one of the bigger cities near my hometown and this city is called Recklinghausen. Every year in fall the whole city center is light up for about two or three weeks. The buildings glow in the prettiest colors and there are not just colors but also pictures or little texts on them. I've been to this event at least once a year for about four year now I think and they always create some new art with the lighting. This year I've actually been there two times. One time there was a DJ at the town hall square and the town hall itself was kind of the canvas for an awesome light show. The second time I've been there for the big firework which signed the last day of this years 'Recklinghausen leuchtet'. Ok, so now that you know what this whole event is about I want to show you some of the pictures I took.

Okay, so I know I was actually there for the firework there that day but I'm really bad at taking photos of fireworks so....
Nevertheless I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe I'll see you there next year (if I should be in Germany next year but I won't tell you about my plans now) I'd love to see how what the theme will be next year and how they present it.

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Forcing others to become vegetarians?! - Life as a vegetarian (4)

Hello beautiful people!
A few days ago I saw something that made me think about the way other people see us vegetarians. At a public place I saw this sticker. (I thought I'd find the sticker online, so I didn't take a photo. The problem is, that I didn't find a picture of the sticker, so that I'll try to describe it to you.)
The sticker was devided into two parts. The fist part was a photo of dead pigs and above was written: "If you don't want this." The second part was a simple photo of bacon and there was written: "Don't eat this."

As I saw the picture I was shocked. Why would people stick those pictures onto doors at public places? Or simply anywhere? I do understand, that some vegetarians want to convince other people that this is the right way or at least a much better way. But is this the way we should talk to others about this topic?

Are those shocking photos the right way to convince others?

I personally don't think that this is the right way to talk to others about being a vegetarian. We should try to talk to them about it without saying that we are doing it right and they are wrong with what they are doing. This way they will maybe only feel bad for a moment, but that won't make them quit eating meat and in the worst case the will be mad at us. I mean it's true that this could seem arrogant even though we probably don't want to sound arrogant. Also being vegetarian doesn't make us that much better. There are many things we have to think about if we i.e. Want to produce less CO2 and not eating meat isn't everything.

That's probably the reason others always think they have to explain themselves for eating meat. 

People I know often try to tell me that they don't feel bad for eating meat and our body needs it and basically search for arguments so that I won't say anything against their meat consumption. The thing is that I don't even want to say anything against it. I think this is what some people think we are like though because of stickers like the one I saw or people who talk like this. I always tell others that it doesn't matter to me if they eat meat. If they want to eat animals then they should, but they should also accept that I won't eat any meat. Accepting and respecting each other is one of the most important things and we should never forget that. As long as we keep that in mind it's much easier to talk to people about being a vegetarian or vegan.

I woul love to hear about your opinion in the comments, so don't be shy. Also if you're a vegan or vegetarian, what do you think about convincing others to try the same?

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx

Saturday, October 31, 2015

I tried out... not blogging for a month

Hello beautiful people,
I don't know if you noticed it but I wasn't blogging for a whole month. At first I have to say that in the beginning I was just not motivated to write and I also knew that I wouldn't have time to write because I had to write many exams this month. But the more I thought about it, the more interesting I found the idea of trying not to blog for a month. So without further ado here's what I experienced in that month.

So as I already said my first thought was that I could concentrate more on my exams and different things, if I didn't have the pressure of uploading a new blog post every week. During the first week everything was fine. I really didn't have any time to write, so that I was happy about my plan.
But this changed really quickly. A bit more into the month I had a little free time and didn't know what to do. My first thought: Oh, I should go and write a blogpost. But wait, I wanted to keep myself from writing for one month. And after only one week I already wanted to write again. I wanted to do something I really love, which is writing.

Since I somehow had to keep myself from writing, I decided to buy some new strings for my guitar, so that when I'm bored I could just play some songs and not think about the blog anymore. I don't know if this was the best idea. With playing the guitar the idea of writing songs came into my head and so I was again writing something and thought about my blog.

A different plan I had was that even though I didn't want to write anything on my blog, I could still change the layout and design. Okay, you can probably tell that this isn't the best idea I've ever had. If you want to keep yourself from something, you should totally commit to it and not just do something that still has something to do with the thing you want to keep yourself from. I don't know if this made any sense to you but maybe you can understand what I mean.

To come to an end I have to say that I had a really hard time trying not to blog anything for a month. And as I'm always honest with you, I have to tell you that I didn't have the ambition to get through this month and the day I'm writing this post is actually a little before the month will be over. In this month I came to realize how much I love blogging and connecting with you beautiful people. But I also have to say that this month had something good. I tried out different thing that could keep my busy so that I don't get too bored. Also I spend less time on my laptop than I normally do and this is something huge for me.

I really hope you enjoyed reading about my experience and that you can forgive me for not uploading any new posts for a whole month. But now that this time is over...

.... I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pumpkin soup

Hello beautiful people!
Today I thought I'd share one of my most favourite recipes for the fall with you. This recipe and some others I'm gonna share with you are probably one of the reasons I love fall. I'm not a person that loves the cold, but coming home after a walk in the forrest to some lovely smelling soup or dish are some of the happy moments in the year.
This soup is really easy to make and is not only vegetarian but also vegan. I hope you enjoy trying  it out and that you love it as much as I do.

 600g Pumpkin        200g Carrots         1 Onion                 Spice/Broth/Wine

For the Spice/Broth/Wine mix you need: 200 ml White Wine
                                                         300 ml Vegetable Broth
                                                         1/2 tbsp Salt
                                                         1 pinch of Sugar

Besides this you need: 30g Ginger
                                 2 peppers
                                 1 bunch of basil
                                 some butter
                                 pumpkin seeds (optional)

First of all you basically have to cut all the bigger ingredients into smaller cubes. Then you have to lightly sauté the onion, the ginger and the peppers in a bit of butter. Afterwards you add the pumpkin and the carrots into the pan. Next you add the mix of spice, broth and wine and let it cook for about 20 minutes. You can use this little break to roast the pumpkin seeds.

After the 20 minutes you'll need to puree everything, so that it finally becomes a soup. Now it's time for you to taste and add some more spice if you want to. Be creative and make the soup taste as good as it can!

In the end you can decorate your soup with the sliced basil and the roasted pumpkin seeds.
If you want you can have some bread with it, which I personally always really like.

There you have it! A fast and easy recipe for fall. If you try it out make sure to tell me about in the comments or tweet me. I'd love to hear your results.

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx

Monday, September 21, 2015

Global Goals

Hello beautiful people!
A little time ago I found out about a project I want to share with you today. The project is called "The Global Goals" and there are many celebrities supporting it. Through the campaign the 17 global goals shall get more attention by people posting photos or videos about the goals that are most important to them. Most of you probably know that I want to take part in making the world a better place and so I thought that taking part in this project is the perfect chance for me to get my voice out there.
(If you want to find out more about the project you can visit the homepage here)

All of the goals are really important to make this world a better place but if I'd have to choose three goals I'd probably choose number 2,4 and 5. I thought I could just write a little bit about those three goals and share my opinion with all of you. So without further ado, here's what I came up with.

Zero Hunger

Hunger has always been a problem in this world but it can't just go on like this forever. Nobody should die from hunger or have to feel hungry all the time. We can't just use the excuse that there isn't enough food in this world because there definitely is. The reason is that it isn't distributed in a fair way. In some countries people have too much to eat. Their cupboards are full of food and still the supermarkets have to litter tons of food that nobody bought. So while we have tons of food we don't even eat, other people have nothing to eat. I think that we have to change this inequality and give people the chance to have enough food to live a healthy life.

Quality education

A big step to afford everyone to get a good job and to make them understand the inequalities in this world is a quality education. Everyone should have the chance to go to school and learn how to write or read. There are still about 780 million analphabets in the world and we can't just accept that. Just imagine that you wouldn't have the chance to go to school or college. Imagine that you didn't know hoe to write, read or solve the easiest problems in maths. What would you do? How would you try to earsn money and live your life? The thing is that those people don't really have a chance.
No education = No (well-paid) job
If those people don't have any education at all then they can't do anything about their situation. They can't do much to stop hunger or do something about any other inequalities. We have to change this and give everyone the chance to go to school, so that they can learn how to better their situation theirselves. This is also requirement to make the other goals sustainable.

Gender equality

Gender equality is not just a problem in developing countries but a problem you can still find in every country. It shows in the differing wages or in domestic violence. There are still so many prejudices against women. Some say we aren't as smart, powerful or strong as men. But let's be real, haven't we proved that we can be just as good as men over the past few centuries? Men and women should be treated equally. Maybe it's true that there are differences between men and women but there are also differences between one man and another man, so what's the point in treating people differently? The human rights say that everyone's the same and I totally agree to that. Nobody should be treated differently and we should try our best to treat people the best way possible.

This project is very important to me and there are still a few days left for you to share the goals most important to you and get ather people to think about those.
Please let me know which goals are most important to you and share this project to make those goals more popular.

I really hope that this makes you think about the situation of the world these days. Even if I can get only one person to think because off this post it's enough. The more people think about it, the more they discuss it with others and this way we can all do something to change this world.

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Do more of what makes you happy (8)

Hello beautiful people!
It's time again for a new post in my 'Do more of what makes you happy' series. For this month I've asked one of my friends again, but she's not just a friend, she's an amazing singer and you should all go and check out her Youtube Channel right here. After you're done you should come back to this post to find out about the ten things that make her happy. Have fun with it and I will talk to you again at the end.

Writing songs and singing around
I love writing my own songs. For me it's the best way to express my inner feelings. It helps you to overcome bad experiences but gives you a great feeling as well, especially when you share your music with people and see how they enjoy it.
For me it's the best part as a musician: Seeing people listening to my music and smiling makes me smile as well.

Travelling: Discovering new places! Meeting new people! Discovering the world!
For me it is so important to make every day special! Of course everyone of us sometimes needs a bit time for himself, but remember that you just have one lif! Try to use every opportuniy! Fulfill your dreams and do the things you dreamt of. And don't give up if you can't fulfill every dream.. You have to believe in it and of course in yourself. Never forget that. Believing in yourself is the key to happiness.
One of my life goals: Visiting every single continent in the world. Maybe it sounds unrealizable but I think nothing in the world is impossible. You will always find a way to make your dreams come true, to make things possible even though they sound completely impossible at first.

Laying on the beach and listening to the sound of the ocean
You can forget about everything, enjoy the moment and concentrate on yourself. I just love the feeling of warm sand, smelling the fresh air and listening to the breaking waves.

Getting postcards
Getting postcards is a really special thing for me. It's so much different from just getting a text message on WhatsApp. I think it shows that your friends take time for you and don't forget you when they are even about 1000 miles far away. I love sharing my experiences and impressions. It always makes me smile when I hold a postcard of my friends in my hand.

When you meet a person you didn't see for a long time
I experienced a long distance relationship. And yes maybe it sounds stupid for one some of you guys out there but for me it was just the most beautiful time, especially because we didn't see each other that much! Of course we missed each otherand it was hard not to see each other whenever you want to. But the moments we met again were the most magical and amazing I've ever had in my life and I'll never forget about that.

"The List"
Yes, I created a list. A list with all the things I want to do in my life. You can read about things like skydiving, water-skiing or just changing my look and hairstyle into something completly different. It always makes me happy to look at this list and checking what I already did and what I still want to do. It just gives you so much more motivation for your life.

Family and friends
This is one of the most important points which makes me happy! My family and friends are always there for me. You can talk to them about everything and they will give you advices, which can be important for your whole life. Having your friends and family around you is a thing everyone of us should relly appreciate.

Making people laugh
I just love making people happy. For me there is no better feeling than seeing others having a big smile on their face. Laughing is a very important thing in life. Life gets about 1000 times better or even more when you laugh.

Going shopping
Yes it is one of those simple things as well which make me happy. I just love buying new things I feel comfortable in. Going shopping is a great opportunity to forget about everything and just enjoy the time with your friends.

Last but not least: Food
For so many people food is just something that makes them happy because it stops the hunger and they feel better after eating. Some people just eat when they're bored. Of course it makes me happy as well when I'm not hungry anymore. But I don't know.. I'm that kind of person who thinks very much about everthing. And I think we should just appreciate what we have and should be very thankful to live in a society without poverty.

This is everything she wrote and I really want to thank her again for that. I hope you all enjoyed reading and that you could relate to her in some points.

If you want to share your list with me or your thoughts about this project, then make sure to send an e-mail to:
I post those lists every month and maybe yours will be the next one.

I will talk to you later,

Norina xx

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I tried out... YOGA beautiful people,
I'm one of those persons who loves to try out new thing and to be adventurous. It's amazing that there are so many things for all of us to try out and whenever we get tired of doing something we can just check out other thing or activities. This inspired me to create a new series on this blog, which will be called "I tried out...". I want to try out many different things and I do already have some in mind. This first post will be about me trying out Yoga and since I think this series is mostly self-explanatory I won't talk anymore and start with telling you about my Yoga experience.

To be completely honest with you, I don't know if I would've tried Yoga if I didn't know someone going to a Yoga center. This year, when that person told me about starting Yoga again, after having a break for one year, I got really excited and asked if I could come with her.
I always found Yoga interesting. It's not just the sports, it is a lifestyle and as I'm always interested in learning about different cultures and lifestyles, this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
For sure I was allowed to come and so I went to my first Yoga lesson a few weeks ago.

As we got there everyone was really nice even though we didn't know anybody. We still had a few minutes left before the real lesson would start, so we all drank some tea and talked about whatever topic came up. So even before the original class started I kind of already fell in love with it.
Afterwards we had to take some mats, pillows and blankets and we got started. In the beginning we did a relaxation, where we had to lay on our mats with our blankets and just let everything go. It was really good, since I just started school and this was a way for me to let go of all the stress. But I also have to say that those relaxations are a little hard in the beginning. You really have to concentrate on yourself so you can forget everything and that isn't as easy as it may sound. There were so many thoughts in my head that I couldn't get rid of. (Now that I've already been to three yoga lessons, I can say that it gets easier every time).

After relaxing we got started with the Asanas and the breathing. It was amazing what some of the people were able to do. But I also have to add that I didn't go to the beginners' class since I was told that the advanced classes aren't that hard and I already had some practice from my dancing. And I have to say that this probably really helped me. Some of the Asanas were hard to hold, but if you have enough strengh and enough will you can totally do it. The breathing was something new for me. Basically we just had to breathe through our nose quickly while moving our bellies at the same time. Ok, I know I'm not really good at describing. So you naturally "move" your belly while you breathe and we just did a more intesive version of that.

At the end of the yoga session we were all very relaxed and I couldn't wait for the next time. Then the next day came and I felt my muscles aching. It wasn't that bad, but I definitely noticed that I worked out the day before. I would've never thought that some Asanas and some breathing could give me a muscle ache.

All in all I can really recommend Yoga to anyone who wants to find a new sport or a new lifestyle. I'll definitely continue doing it and I'll share my results.
(Funny fact: The person who writes next months "Do more of what makes you happy" is actually a Yogi, so get excited for that)

I really hope you enjoyed reading out about my Yoga experience. Maybe you can suggest some things for me to try out in the comments. Be creative and tell me whatever you'd like to read about. And tell me if you've tried out Yoga before.

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Life as a Vegetarian (2) - Rainforest destroyed by soybean cultivation

Hello beautiful people!
A few days ago (actually it was just yesterday) we watched a short documentation in class about the cutting down of the rainforest in Brazil. To be honest I had already seen the film before but it was good to see it again. Before the film started I already thought of how proud I was to be a Vegetarian so that I'm not that guilty in the destruction of the rainforest.

There is more space needed for the farming of soy for animals then for farming soy for Veggie products

A few years ago we had learnt in school how the soybean cultivation needs more and more space and parts of the rainforest have to be cut down. Our teacher's solution was that we shouldn't eat that many soy products. At that time I didn't have the knowledge I do have now and so I believed him. Actually this is not really true though. If people really want to save the rainforest then they should think of something else. What happens to the soy after it's harvested?

Most of the soy won't be used for Veggie products. Most of it will be used to feed animals.

Yes, you heard me right. Soy is a cheap way to feed pigs or chicken and the farmers have to keep their prices low, so that they don't really have a choice. Maybe you think that they do have a choice. But the truth is that most people don't want to buy the expensive meat. They can't have good quality meat for low prices. And by good quality I mean meat from animals that had a life as free as possible without being hold in galore. If nobody is ready to pay more for good meat than industrial livestock farming will always win. And if that's the case then there is no way to save our world.

Gladly that's not exactly the way it is. I know many people who are vegetarians or try to only eat meat once a week. Also I know many people who want to know where there meat is coming from so that they only buy meat from a local butcher.
Nevertheless there are many people who still eat meat almost every day without caring about our future. I don't say that everyone should become a vegetarian, this is totally up to everyone themselves. What I want is for you to think about the information you just received. Think about yout lifestyle and think about if this is what you want. Maybe you can eat less meat and it'll make you feel better. Years ago eating meat was something special since the prices were so high, but now that they're that low everyone can afford it. But this is going into a different direction and maybe I'll write another post on that specific topic.

To come to an end I want to say that I'm proud for being a vegetarian for almost a year now. When I saw that film I knew how guilty I would've felt if I ate meat.  

The rainforest are getting destroyed and we have to do something against that.

 Please leave a comment telling me your opinion. And I'd love if you could comment some topics I should discuss in my next posts. (They don't have to be about being vegetarian but it would be nice)

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Paper Towns - Book Review

Hello beautiful people!           

A few weeks ago I finally started reading the book Paper Towns by John Green. I've wanted to read it since I read his book The Fault In Our Stars last year. Since I was now pressured to read Paper Towns before the movie comes out I read it in only two days. (And I haven't even been to the cinema to see the movie yet). Normally I don't read books that fast but this book just got me so good. And that is the reason I thought I should recommend it to you today. This is my first book review/recommandation though, so don't be too mean (Even though I don't think you could be mean to me, since you are all such lovely people)


The novel "Paper Towns" by John Green has been published in 2008 and was his fourth book.
The story is about Quentin, mostly called "Q", who seems to be an ordinary guy in his senior year in High School. He is what probably many people would call a "nerd". When he was a child he had this friend called Margo Roth Spiegelman but she is one of those "cool" girls in High School, so that the two of them aren't what you'd call friends anymore. That's  probably something many of you can relate to. She is one of those girls where you would be like: "Wow, this girl has experienced many adventures in her life! I'd love to be friends with her!!" To Q she is kind of the perfect girl and he just can't keep himself from loving her, even though they barely talk.

One night Margo is suddenly standing outside his window and asks him to help her with something. When he finally agrees to come with her, he doesn't know that this night will be the best of his life. So many things happen and he thinks that everything could chane and Margo would maybe like to be friends with him again, maybe even more.
As he goes to school the next morning Margo is gone and nobody knows a thing about it. Quentin couldn't be more sad since he thought that things would finally change. That's when he sees a piece of peper in Margos window. He instantly knows what to do and starts to follos that clues that Margo left. Will he find her? And more important: Is this what she really wants?


I can proudly say that this book got me at the prologue (haha, see what I did there). Sometimes it takes time to really get into the story, but after the first few lines I was already in love with the book. It's just the way that John Green writes combined with this amazing plot. If you've read any other book he wrote you probably know what I'm saying. There is something about the way he writes. I really thought that it was some teenager telling me the story. Also, he is so good at mentioning psycholgical things or theories as if they're the easiest things to understand. I like that this is one of those books that makes you think. Even though this exact same story probably wouldn't happen in real life, it is still somehow realistic. It's also easy to identify with Quentin since he's just such a nice and shy human being.

As you can probably see by now, I don't really know how to explain it to you. All I can really say is that I want all of you to go read it and see for yourself. Personally I think that this was one of the best books I've read in a while now and that I am really excited about seeing how they transferred the whole plot into the movie.

Make sure to leave a comment about your opinion onn the book.
Also I think about doing review on the movie as well, so comment if you want me to do that.

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Last First Day - High School

Hello beautiful people!
I knew this day was coming for a long time, but now that it's finally time I just can't believe it. I couldn't do anything to stop the time (and I also didn't want to fail last year) and so today was my last first day in High School. It's crazy, isn't it? We go to school for such a long time and then all at once it's our last year. I don't know if any of you reading this is about to start the last year of school or if you already have a job or something, but jst let me tell you: It is an extremely weird feeling.

I didn't really realize this was my last first day until my friend and I watched Teen Wolf together (Anyone else with a Teen Wolf addiction here? No, just me? Ok.) In one of the new episodes it was their first schoo lday of the last year and they called it their last first day. At that moment my friend and I realized that today would be our last first day as well. This thought made us a little melancholic.
Our friendship started exactly 11 years ago on our very first school day and since then we experienced every first day of school together. Whenever school began after the summer holidays we were really excited to meet everyone again and to see if there were any new kids in our classes. Yes, I think excited is the right word to describe the way we always felt. Today was different though. We were more nervous than excited. We didn't know what teachers we would get and if we even had any classes together. Furthermore this year we will have to learn so much. Every grad now counts. If we want a good job we have to be really ambitious and get the best grades. Even though today was our first day it was very obvious how some students were already really stressed.

There are so many things in my head right now. I have to think about what I will learn when since it's not enough to only learn right before the exams. I' thinking about what I will learn with whom. In some classes I already know that I can learn with my friends but in others I only really know like two persons. I have to think about changing classes since I don't know if everything is the way I wanted it to be.

Another thing I'm really anxious about is my blog. Don't worry, I will definitely continue blogging. But with all the learning and using free days to meet my friends, I don't know how much time will be left for my blog. I really hope that I can find enough time but I could be that there are weeks without a new post because I will probably have about two or three exams in just one week.

I want to motivate myself to stay organized and motivated for school this last year and I would love to share some tips with you. A few months ago I already wrote a post about Motivation on Schoolwork and it really helped me and hopefully also some of you to be more focused on homework and learning. I will also started a little in a book I got some time ago (How to become a Straight-A student). Until now I haven't read all of it, but it seems to have some really got and realistic tips.

This is everything for today. I hope you got a great view on what is going on in my head. This post was a more personal post about my thoughts but I still hope that you enjoyed reading.
I would love to hear about your experiences.
Did you already have your last first day in school/university or anywhere else?
How did you feel about it?

I would love to get some responses in the comments or even on Twitter.

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Do more of what makes you happy (7)

Hello beautiful people,
today it's time for another 'Do more of what makes you happy'. For the month of August I've asked a lovely blogger who I met through Twitter and then instantly fell in love with her blog. Go check out her blog here. So she has sent me this mail with the list and a little text which was originally directed to me. Nevertheless I really enjoyed reading the text and I thought you would to and so I just left it as it was. This text showed me that she really thought about those ten things and this is exactly what I want people to do. That's why I started this project in the first place, so that people think about what makes them really happy so they can do more of that. So before this post gets to long I leave you alone with her post and I will see you again at the end.

So, you asked me to write a list of ten things that make me happy.
Initially I thought this would be pretty easy. I'm not naturally the happiest person in the world, so over time I have learned to recognise the things that bring me joy and make sure that I have them in my life.
I came up with things like listening to music and drinking tea, I also came up with things that I thought make me happy, like heavy metal music where the singers scream so I don't have to, but the more I thought about it the more I realised that in those moments I'm not really happy. Those hyper active or peaceful moments are actually much closer to self destruction and depression than happiness.

So to cut a long story short, I actually found this list quite hard to write. I didn't want to come up with a list of things that I like, or that I enjoy when I am already happy. I want to think of things that actually MAKE me happy. Things that make me smile when I was in a really bad mood, or that give me that floating an inch above the ground feeling.
So here is what I ended up with.

1. Doing things to help other people/making other people happy

2. Stepping on a really crunchy leaf.

3. Being in the mosh pit at a concert surrounded by all those jumping people and actually being being to feel the vibration of the music in my heart.

4. The way my horses ears flick forward when he hears the sound of my voice. And also the way my horses smell like home.

5. Spending time with my family.

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6. Meeting people who love the things I love and getting to talk about awesome bands and piercings and things.

7. My body mods.

8. The way my dogs get really excited to see me when I get home from work and the way they run to me when they are scared because they know I'll keep them safe.

9. Learning something new/mastering a new skill.

10. Cuddling up in bed and hearing the rain outside.

Yup. These things make me happy.
Thanks for prompting me to do this and making me think about this stuff. :)

Xx Sasha

Yup, this is the original text I got from her (no wait, I actually added the photos but left the rest as it was) and I couldn't be happier about it. I want to say a massive thank you again to Sasha for not only writing this post, but thinking about the deeper meaning behind this list.

If you want to share your list with meor your thoughts about this project, then make sure to send an e-mail to:
I post those lists every month and maybe yours will be the next one.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I did reading/writing it. And don't forget to check out Sasha.

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Does our age really indicate how mature we are

Hello beautiful people,

wow, it feels really good to be back. After posting as often as possible on my vacation it was very weird to not write something in about four days. But in these four days something very exciting happened. (Okay, I'm totally exaggerating here, it wasn't really exciting.) It was my BIRTHDAY, yey. 

Well yeah it was my birthday and I had a really nice day with my family. But this also made me think about age. No, this won't be a post about how I don't want to get older or anything. This will be a post about age in a different way. I want to discuss how much your age really matter. So here's what I thought about:

Since we were young our birthdays were celebrated every year. Personally when I was younger I loved my birthdays, but now they are mostly just days, where I'm busy to prepare everything for the party in the evening. Anyways, our age always mattered. When we got three, we were old enough to go to Kindergarten and when we got six, we were finally old enough to go to school. These are just two examples of things you can only do when you are old enough. 

But does our age really indicate how mature we are. 

This is what has bothered me in the past few days. On paper I'm a year older now but I didn't really change that much in just a day. The day before my birthday I was technically just a day younger. So in Germany you can buy any alcohol when you are eighteen, but the day before you can't. Let me tell you a secret: You as well as your body probably won't change that much in a single day. Also every eighteen-year-old is different, some won't be able to control themselves while drinking and others will.  

I also don't think you can really say that you've experienced more because you are older. There are people that are 40 and haven't experienced anything like love or loss. And then there are people that are 20 happily married and lost their parents when they were a child. These experiences make us stronger and most of the time more mature. 

A person that has experienced more is mostly more mature.  

I like to imagine this as an inner age. I doesn't count in numbers, but it indicates how mature you behave, talk and feel. This age doesn't rely on how old you are. And this is, in my opinion, your real age. It can't say how old you are, but how experienced and mature. I honestly don't know if any of that makes sense to you.

In the end I think that your age is good for law, since it is some kind of clue on how mature you are and how much you are allowed to do. But other than for the law I personally don't see that much meaning in age. How old you are and your inner age are almost completely independent from one another.

Well, now you either agree with me or you think: Wow, what is going on in that girls mind. But this is just what was really bothering me the last days.

I would really love to hear about you opinion on that topic in the comments and if you dis-/agree with me. 

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx 

P.S.: I hope you understand where I am going with this post. Truth to be told, I could've written a whole essay about it, giving you examples of relationships with an age gap and much more, but I think it's better to stop before I write to much. If you want to say something about that though, feel free to leave a comment.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

England Travel Diary #8 - Bath

Hello beautiful people,
today I went to Bath, which is a really beautiful old town. (Maybe it was even better because the weather was extremely good, but it would have been great anyways.)We didn't actually went to see the Roman Baths from the inside since it was pretty expensive, but we looked at them from the outside. They were really gorgeous and fitted well into the style of the city. One thing we noticed that there were musicians everywhere. There are a few places were there was alwys one at a time. And after some time they changed their places which seemed to be organized really well.

Right now I actually realize that we didn't do that much in Bath, but my mum and I went shopping for the first time here, so that costed us much time. We weren't just in the shops the whole time though but we also just walked through the streets looking at the buildings above the shops.

All in all we didn't really do that much in Bath or take that many photos, but I still wanted to give you everthing I had for a last little post. So this is it for my travel diary then.
I had a really nice time in England and I hope to come here again some time. The people here are lovely and very polite and I like the landscape very much. All of the towns and villages we visited were beautiful and there were wonderful cathedrals in almost every city. I really don't have anything negative I can say about England or the trip itself.

I hope you liked the diary (even though I wasn't abled to actually post everyday). Next month I will be there with new posts, which will probably be a bit more ambitious since I got some great ideas (that's at least my opinion).

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

England Travel Diary #7 - Mousehole, Land's End

Hello beatuiful people,
I know that I didn't upload anything in the last few days. (I mean I should know, right?) And I'm honestly very sorry about that. We've been in Mousehole (a cute little town next to Penszence) for three nights and actually we didn't have any access to the internet. There was nothing like McDonalds near so that I could go there and blog a little. Even though some of you might not agree and think I'm weird, I really enjoyed those days without internet. Let's just say they were a little less stressfull. But nevertheless I missed this blog like crazy and I was thinking about blogging so much, that I'm glad to be back today.

Okay, so after we left Exeter we went to this town called Mousehole. It's not that well known and in a book about it I read that it can be referred to as a town as well as a village. Even though it's not that popular there were many tourists and it was the first time here in England that somebody othe then my family members talked to us in german. I can highly recommend staying in Mousehole if you want to go to Land's End or to the sea. Also if you just want to have a nice holiday without that many people and shops it's perfect. I love just sitting at the small harbor in the sun and read my book.

On of of our days there we decided to go to Land's End and before you get your hopes up to high, I highly recommend you to not go there. Drive to a town near Land's End and take a little walk from there. We started our walk from Land's End and the first few minutes the paths were flooded by people. When we got out of the crowds we could finally see how pretty the cliffs were. It was amazing to look at the ocean, the cliffs and the flowers on them. Also I think it would be very nice to have a stop on thi cliffs and eat your lunch there. I mean honestly, how often can you eat lunch with this amazing view.

I'm sorry that this post wasn't really long, but I just wanted to write a little bit today even though I'm pretty exhausted from our long drive. Tomorrow I'll probably write the last post about my trip to England since we leave on the 1st of August. I really hope you likedit though.

I will talk to you soon,

Norina xx