Q&A

So I was recently nominated for this tag by annemariehug. Thank you 🙂

Here are some answers..

  1. What is the next goal, you want to achieve in your life?
    • Getting my Bachelors degree to get into a Masters program
  2. Where would you like to travel to?
    • I did a post about this a few weeks ago
  3. What music do you like?
    • I’ve been really into Childish Gambino & Frank Ocean lately – oh and Beyoncé (duh!)

Let me know if any of you answer any of these or similar questions. I would love to know!

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Vegetarian „Full“ English Breakfast

Looking for a weekend treat? Well, look no further!

When I was on vacation in Lake District, England some years ago I had my first Full English Breakfast. Well, to be true it isn’t exactly ‚full‘ the way I cook it, because I’m a vegetarian and leave out the bacon, sausage and black pudding.

When I’m rushing out for uni on weekdays I barely have time for breakfast, so I usually just grab a banana on the go. On weekends though, I like to indulge in breakfast foods (usually around noon because I can’t seem to get out of bed before that on weekends).

So for my not-quite-full English breakfast I use some mushrooms, tomatoes, whole grain toast (I can’t stand the taste of white bread), eggs and a can of baked beans.

This makes me very happy and now – kinda hungry.

Easy Healthy Raspberry Sorbet

After a heavy meal I usually prefer something light and cold over sweets, so this is my go-to dessert for these occasions.
I just basically mash the frozen raspberries and stir in the yoghurt. Feel free to add some sugar or any other flavor to sweeten things up though.
Make sure to eat the sorbet (is this even qualified to be called a sorbet? – oh well) right away or store it in the freezer for later because it will melt away pretty fast if you don’t.
Sorbet seems like such a fancy word for something so easy, but what can I say – I quite enjoy the simplicity once in a while.

For 2 servings:

250ml (about a cup) of plain yoghurt

One box of frozen raspberries

Some sugar, vanilla or other frozen berries if you’d like

Sounds for Studying

So I don’t know about you, but myself and studying are not the best of friends.

I can take hours preparing for studying – mentally, making tea, getting snacks, setting the mood, ya know – when spending only half an hour really studying afterwards.

But seriously, I feel like I need a good amount of preparation to really focus on my studying and one part of said preparing for me is finding some nice sounds to listen to. I tried to listen to music before, but that didn’t really work for me (I guess I’m too much of a sing-along person).

So because I can’t listen to music, but I can’t handle complete silence either, I discovered some websites to fill my need for calming sounds while studying:

Firstly, there is Rainy Mood. This is a pretty straight forward site with a nice rain sound. For me personally there is a little to much thunder going on from time to time, but still pretty good, simple site.

Another straight forward one: Rainy Cafe where you can mix the sounds of a busy cafe with rain. A really nice if still simple one because you can decide how much rain or cafe noise you want to add. I always like to create what I would describe as a rainy day at a table beside a window far back in the corner of cozy cafe (so a lot of rain and less cafe noise I guess).

Coffitivity on the other hand focuses solely on cafe sounds, but it has some great options. You can listen to the morning murmur, lunchtime lounge and university undertones for free while you need to buy a premium account for some other more exotic ones (Brazil Bistro).

Last but not least, my favorite website: soundrown where you can choose between so many great sounds to calm you down or let you focus on getting stuff done. My favorite is the rain sound (with just a tiny little bit of thunder), but they also have coffee, waves, fire, birds, night, train, fountain, white noise and playground noises.

Hopefully this helps some of you fellow college/uni guys & girls. If you know any other websites for calming sounds let me know!

January Favorites

This week was super unproductive and I procrastinated a lot! In general tough, this month wasn’t that bad at all.

I took my first exam for this semester (neuroanatomy) and worked really hard. Even though I didn’t do the best job on the exam I still passed – and for now that’s all that matters.

It has also been my birthday month and I enjoyed almost a week full of fun with my friends and family. I know that #blessed is pretty overused on social media, but let’s admit that sometimes we feel straight up #blessed!

So in honor of January and a hopefully productive upcoming February: Here are the things I liked last month:

  • Today is not over yet – most inspiring post I’ve read in a while
  • This beautiful mash-up makes me wish I was anywhere near as creative & talented
  • Jo Malones Wood Sage & Sea Salt – smells like cozying up to your bf in front of a fire place in a beach house during a rainy night in fall (not that I have any idea of what that feels like though)
  • Avocados – it seems like they’re not only a lot cheaper in winter but also way more yummy and perfect looking
  • Invisibilia sparked my love for podcasts! (I’d be happy for any suggestions for other ones to listen to – but maybe wait till after I’m done with my exams)

What are your favorites? What podcasts do you like?

Travel Bucket List

It’s only been recently that I seriously realized how privileged I’ve been to be able to travel as much as I did during my childhood till now.

I went to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Denmark, Great Britain and stayed in the US for almost half a year just because my parents wanted to enable my sister and me to see and experience different countries and cultures as much as possible. Probably because my parents both come from rather poor working-class families and had to work their way up to where they are now.

Being a student living away from home, but having a strong longing for traveling the world, it’s not that easy anymore.

Nevertheless I am a strong believer of Eugene Fordors quote:

You don’t have to be rich to travel well

So without further ado, my travel bucket list:

  1. Scandinavia (mainly for hiking and the northern lights)
  2. Thailand (such a different culture)
  3. New Zealand (supposed to be the best of both worlds – mountains & the beach)
  4. South America (especially the Glacier between Chile & Argentina – for, again, hiking of course)
  5. Croatia (that might be one of the easiest on a students budget actually, right?)

That will do for the next few years I guess – and it will probably leave me very poor, but oh well!

Invisibilia

Invisibilia, latin for „all things that are invisible“.

Invisibilia is also a brand new podcast, hosted by Lulu Miller (former Radiolab producer) and Alix Spiegel (one of the founder producers of This American Life). How could this podcast possibly be anything but great?.

As a psychology student I’m immediately drawn in by their promise to explore „invisible“ things. Invisible, not meaning science fiction or magic, but daily human life. The most important parts of our lives are invisible. Thoughts that shape our behavior & our interaction with other humans are ultimately invisible.

While procrastinating on my talk about psychopathy, Machiavellianism & Narcissism for a seminar at university, I hear Lulu and Alix unwrap the story about S, a man that suddenly started to have nagging violent thought about killing people.

Dark, even violent, thoughts are one of the most interesting phenomenons of psychology if you ask me. I’m not only talking about thoughts as described by S, but also about our daily dark thoughts. It’s thoughts like „no one likes me“ when my friend hasn’t texted me back even though she’s seen my message hours ago or „i’m stupid“ when I read the same paragraph of a paper for the third time without understanding even one word, that can alter the way I feel and behave.

Lulu & Alix go on talking about the revolution that is currently happening concerning „thinking about thinking“ and how our thoughts are not per se the problem, but how we react to such thoughts.

So in the end, S is probably just very conscious of his own thoughts which then leads to the thought reoccurring and nagging him even more.

Learning and trusting that some thoughts that come into our head are just not that important, can help to let go of exactly those thoughts that have a negative impact on our life and to emphasize those that will shape your behavior and feeling in a positive way.

How comforting is that?!

Excuse me while I binge-listen to the Invisibilia podcast while finally finishing my talk for next week, motivated to make it a good one.