New Years Resolutions 2018

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2018 is here, and I have decided to write down my 18 new years resolutions! I feel like there is more power to it when you write your resolutions and goals down (either on paper or on your laptop). So here we go…

Get fit & healthy again

This year, I want to reach my usual weight again. I gained some weight last year (mostly due to stress and over-eating), and I finally want to stop that. In 2018, I am going to eat more healthy and work out as much as I used to when I was 18 and really athletic. This is the number one goal on my list for the next year!

Eat vegan

I want to eat vegan as often as I can! If you are interested in becoming vegan or vegetarian, I would recommend the documentaries Cowspiracy and Forks over Knives!! And even if you aren’t, it’s never bad to get more educated on different kinds of topics, so go watch them!

Meet my friends from Halifax

I would love to meet up with some of my friends from Halifax in Europe! I miss them already, and I want to take the time to see them again & catch up with them.

Stop binge eating

I always over-eat when I am stressed, which can happen quite easily. I want to leave that behing in 2017, and I also want to stop stressing so much.

Make money

After 5 months full of traveling, I want to earn some money with promotion jobs and my internship in summer, which I will probably tell you more about in a different blog post!

Visit Grüner See

I have never been there, and since it is so close I really want to go there in 2018!

Improve my French

I want to improve my French again. I’ve had it for 4 years in high school, and I don’t want to forget what I have learned! So, I want to watch french movies and read a french book this year.

Saying „Yes“ to new experiences

I want to get out of my comfort zone more. I am a person, who loves security and I tend to stick to the things that I know… This year, I want to change that!

Achieve something for my dream career

I want to focus on my goals and my career, and see where the future might take me.

Stand behind what I believe in 

And finally, I want to stand behind what I believe in & stand behind my opinions.

Also, I want to you to watch these two speeches:

Oprah at the Golden Globes 2018

Finn Harries TED Talk

They have inspired me so incredibly much, and they are only 10 to 13 minutes long, which is nothing compared to the time your whole day has! Trust me, they are worth watching..

What are your resolutions for this year? Are they similar to mine or do you have totally different ones? I’d love to know!

Christine

Came with nothing, left with everything

Halifax has taught me a lot. The past four months here have shown me who I am as a person, what I want in life and what I want to be like. I finally found the missing puzzle piece that I needed to feel complete again – and it feels so good. I honestly haven’t felt that content with myself since summer 2016. I finally found myself again.

I will never forget this place, nor the people I have met in Halifax. I will always keep the memories in my heart. All the movie nights, the parties, the evenings downtown, the study sessions at library, the classes at gym.

It was a whole life lived in just four months. As sad as I am to leave everything here, I know that the end of this chapter has come and it’s time to move on. I am already excited for the next chapter and what’s about to happen the next few months.

Life is so crazy. And full of surprises.

Let’s see what happens next..

Love, Christine

 

5 self-care tips

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Hello, everyone!

As health – physically as well as mentally – is a topic that is very close to my heart, I want to make it part of this project, and dedicate some of my writing to it. Since I live in Canada, I realise how important it is to keep your body fit and energised.

So today, I want to show you little tips on how to develop a healthier lifestyle, even if you don’t have much time:

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Wake up with a workout

It sounds hard at first, but since I am working out in the mornings, I feel much more energised and active throughout the rest of the day. Even, if it is just 15 minutes of pilates, or a short walk around the block – it helps me focus on my goals for the day! It improves my concentration, if I have to study later on in the day.

Recently, I started to do yoga before class, which – for me – is the best way to get out of bed in the morning. When it’s dark outside, I turn on my fairy lights, put on music and start my routine. It makes me feel relaxed and happy.

If you want, you can listen to my yoga playlist here. Sometimes I also practice yoga with youtube videos. This one is my favourite channel.

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Drink water and green tea

Another important thing is to stay hydrated! I tend to get headaches if I don’t drink enough water, so I always set a reminder on my phone to not forget about it! I drink 8 glasses of water every day, sometimes even more.

In autumn and winter, I also love to drink a lot of tea to keep me warm! Green tea helps me not to snack on too much chocolate, and it also boosts the metabolism. It tastes really good with a slice of lemon.

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Have healthy snacks at hand

I love this tip! I always try to snack raw nuts or fruit when I study or just randomly feel like snacking. Since I don’t eat as much chocolate as I used to, my skin has gotten so much better. I try to go for nuts (also a great source of protein!), cranberries and crispbread with nut butter or margarine.

Try to always take some nuts or fruit with you wherever you go (school, work, etc.), in case you get hungry. This is also a great tip for saving money, since you won’t spend it on random snacks.

Take a walk & listen to music

If you feel stressed, tired or sad or simply need a break, listening to music while taking a walk in nature will help a lot! This will definitely boost your mood, as well as your motivation! Aaaand it will keep you fit, if you do it occasionally.

Use an app to remind you

I use the app Fabulous. You can choose which activities you want to be reminded of every day – like eating more fruits, drinking water, taking a walk, or more. It really helps to establish a healthy routine in your life, and you can download it for free in the app store.

I hope this motivates and inspires you to take care of yourself and your body. What do you do to de-stress and stay healthy?

Much love, Christine

Also, shoutout to Dylan, who wanted me to mention him so badly haha

How your thoughts create your reality

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What you think, you attract. What you speak, you create. – @dulceruby (instagram)

I am an optimist. And, I am a big believer that the right, positive mindset, as well as hard work can get you anywhere you want to be. I have already seen it so many times in my own life: As soon as I started to change my negative thoughts into positive ones, I started to see my life more positive, and suddenly so many great things happened and came into my life.

Let’s wind back 4-5 years.. I would say 2012/13 were my greatest low points so far. I have never felt as lonely as back then. I was binge eating unhealthy things every day. I spent days not leaving my bed, without talking to anyone, simply watching hours and hours of TV shows. I gained a lot of weight and felt super uncomfortable in my own skin. I hated myself and my body.

But then everything changed with one book: Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr – a book about the power of thoughts for young women. I remember reading it in one go and realizing that I need to stop living like this and finally start doing something with my life!

I started to literally change my thoughts.. Everytime I recognized that I was thinking negatively (about anything) or that I started comparing myself to others, I would rephrase that thought into a positive one. At first, it took me a while to get into this kind of thinking, but I didn’t give up & after a while it became routine, and I started thinking positively without effort and without even noticing it.

As soon as my thought became positive and I became the optimistic person again that I was before, so many great things came into my life: I finally found real friends who are even my best friends now, I lost 15kg weight, I started eating healthy, I became vegetarian, I got very good in school and I regained my ambitions and started to follow my dreams again!

Since then I am 100 per cent sure that thinking positively leads to a positive life, and that your thoughts attract what happens to you. Negative thoughts will attract negativity. Positive thoughts will attract positivity. Like attracts like.

That is also the reason, why the quote above means so much to me.. If you always think or speak negatively about yourself or even others, negative things will happen. However, focusing on the good things about yourself, others and life & being grateful for what you have, that’s the key to real happiness.

I hope that I could inspire at least one of you to make the most out of life and to think positive & be more optimistic!

I hope you all have a great day.

Love, Christine

 

Lake Neusiedl

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Be brave. Be vivacious. Be anything but normal. Be a sea of magic in a world full of deadened eyes. Be anyone you want to be. But never forget that everything is possible, if you can dream it & if you work for it and hold on to your beliefs. Magic is all around us..*

When it comes to being brave or even being confident, I sometimes really struggle with myself. I am just never really content of how I look like, how much I weigh, how I dress, of what I’m doing in my free time, or what I have achieved..  However, bravery & self-confidence is a trait that I always really admire in other people. I often find myself thinking days & weeks about other people and about how they do it, and how I can achieve to get that kind of confidence.

I like to start with the smallest steps. Some days, I am even a little proud of myself because I made a phone call to a stranger or because I went on a run or I wore a dress of which I thought most people would critize or slept over at a friends house. It seems strange to admit that things like this really scare me & I know that most of these things are day to day activities, but then my anxiety kicks in and it becomes so difficult for me.

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I know that people mostly admire things that they wished they had or wished they would be & I guess that is the reason why quotes like the one above really get to me, but also excite me and motivate me a lot. I also know that everything is a process, nothing changes overnight, but I am sure that one day I will become the courageous, self-assured person I am deep down.

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The photos were taken in Neusiedl am See at Lake Neusiedl (hence the title), which is near my hometown. It’s a beautiful place, especially at sunset. When you walk through the restaurant Mole West and go to the end of the pier, that’s where my favourite place there is. I wouldn’t recommend to swim in the lake because the water is very shallow and sludgy there, but it is a truly magical place to take photographs.

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*The quote above is from The Better Man Project, although I did change it up a bit.

Farewell

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I love my small hometown in Austria, I really do. However, in the past months I just don’t feel at home here anymore. As if I wouldn’t belong here, as if I would n e e d to get out. I need new surroundings, different people around me.

It is time for me to move on. I am grateful for everything this place has taught me & for everything I’ve been able to experience here, grateful for all the people I’ve met during these few chapters of my life. But I know there is much more to learn & many more experiences left to gain out there in the world.

Here, I feel like nothing changes. Every day seems like routine to me, and I need to break out of it.

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In a few weeks, almost everything will change for me. I will move to Canada for 4 months, meet new people, see new places & visit my friends all over the world. And just when I come back to Austria, I will move to a new flat in Vienna. Most of my life will be turned upside down, and it is kind of scary to leave the room I grew up in, for good. I have spent my most important years here, forged out crazy plans, cried, laughed and loved, read my favourite books.. However, it’s the first time that I can honestly say that I am glad to leave.

I need to get out. I need a change. New surroundings, different people. And I know that something else, something bigger and greater is waiting out there. I can feel it in every bone. Parts of my heart got lost in the world, and it is time that I go and look for them. I want to see where my passions & biggest dreams take me.

I am finally ready.

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Life’s a lesson

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7 things I have learned this year

…when you lay down in the grass & look up to the sky, you feel so unbelievably weightless and free, the world seems infinite and nothing can bother you or disturb this moment

…it doesn’t matter how long I lay in bed and watch movies – I can solely release myself from my anxieties when I face them

…that you should always say „yes“ to a spontaneous adventure

…whenever you have to make a difficult decision, deep down you know how you will decide right away – even if you can’t admit it

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…you should always stay true to yourself and pursue your dreams, even if everyone else says that you are too naïve and unrealistic

…it’s better to take a walk in the rain and risk to get wet instead of sitting at home all day

…& that you should spend all your savings for a trip you’ve always wanted to take but never had the guts to do it

I feel as if I have learned how to truly live in the last couple of months. 2017 is the first year I actually did what I wanted to do, without caring what other people expect of me. And it’s the first time I feel 100% happy and worriless.

I hope that everyone who reads this feels the same way! 🙂

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PS: Don’t know why we are posing like this hahaha

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