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When you currently don’t live the life that you wish you would, when you want to change something, but it needs more time or when you wish for something but think that it’s not possible for you to archive it – it’s always very easy to dream to be somebody else, have their life, their body, their house, their clothes, hair… whatever.
Online it looks like everybody is perfect, their relationships, their looks, they travel a lot, are always in a good mood and nothing could get in their way. We are surrounded by so much perfection that we feel so insecure with our own problems and insecurities.
And we sometimes forget, that only a part of life is shown online and usually mostly the positive sides, the ups, the happy smiling faces. But that’s not everything and we need to stop comparing ourselves to the perfect image that is shown on social media.
There is a positive way to use these platforms of people presenting themselves in a positive way – as a motivation and inspiration.
When we remove the comparison, guilty feeling and fear of not being enough from our thoughts we can start to listen, see, learn and grow when we choose to follow the right people.
There are so many awesome accounts on the internet that inspire us to create our own dream life and stop wishing to have somebody else’s life, to change ourselves to the better, work on ourselves and grow as a person.
People I get inspired by and learn from on the internet
Ellen Fisher is my number one! There is no other person I find as uplifting, inspiring, teaching and role modeling as her. She covers topics like veganism, healthy eating, sustainable living and mom life on her YouTube and Instagram.
On amoureuxee.de Katja blogs about her feelings and emotions, photography and sustainable and minimalistic fashion. She was the first one who made me think more about our overconsumption, producing less waste, buying less clothes and living more minimalistic and sustainable overall. Because of her texts, I started to think and change a lot of things that have been „normal“ to me for my entire life.
I currently love watching vlogs and travel videos on YouTube to get inspired and look for some techniques that I could practice and use for my own travel videos in Australia. I think videos are even better to keep the memories and look back on than pictures so I want to start filming and hopefully capture some beautiful moments to look back on later. Vloggers and Travel Video Makers that I love are Carlos Costa, Jon Olsson, Jay Alvarrez, Sorellamore, Claire Michelle, Annie Tarasova, so hopefully you will see some video content soon!
Now I really would like to know what you think about role models on the internet. Who is your inspiration and motivation? Do you think it is good to have role models? How do you feel about this topic?
Summer is the best time for fresh healthy food. So much variety, lots of garden produce and local produce, the prices are affordable and because of the heat you just want to eat fresh food.
Right now I am soo addicted to watermelon. I could literally eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as a snack. I mean, what can I say – it’s sweet, fruity and so refreshing!
In Portugal, I fell in love with grapefruit because they taste so sour-sweet and fresh.
Peaches, Nectarines, Mangoes and all kinds of Berries are some more favorites that I can’t get enough of! Fruit is all I crave at the moment and I can not understand how people do a keto or low carb diet and not eat fruit in summer. I would not be okay with that. I love fruit just way too much!
How about you? Do you eat lots of fruit at the moment or do you try to get away from all the fruit sugar?
The last few weeks after our trip to Portugal I tried to eat very clean, vegan and healthy because I didn’t eat that well on vacation (lots of white bread and cheese) and I did okay. Not as I hoped, but I ate out with friends a lot (basically all vegan at least) but still bread and cheese here and there and the last days I also craved chocolate every night… But I also tell myself that I won’t have access to a lot of the food I can eat now when I am in Australia cause I need to buy cheap – so I let myself have it all now :D
My breakfast still looks pretty much the same: some porridge, lots of fruit and sometimes a bit vegan lupin mango yogurt. I often have an extra bowl of watermelon or other fruit on the side as well.
Then for lunchtime, I sometimes have more fruit, a big salad with garden tomatoes and cucumbers or a wrap depending on how late I ate breakfast and how hungry I am. I really like to have cold food for lunch because at 36°C it’s just too much to cook something or eat warm food and wraps and salads are a great way to get some greens in as well!
Now that we super many tomatoes from our garden we love to roast thick slices in a pan on both sides an then put it on a bread with hummus. Or you can also put some feta cheese on top and wait one more minute until it gets warm as well. Tastes freaking amazing and I can highly recommend making these hot tomatoes to top your bread.
Sometimes we have some tofu with it or some fresh cucumber and chives from the garden.
As I already mentioned I craved chocolate after dinner and I let myself enjoy some vegan chocolate. It’s not healthy and clean at all, but I still want to be honest with you.
Luckily I bought silken tofu today at the Asia market and now I can make my healthy vegan chocolate dessert mousse again to have something chocolaty but still healthy when I crave it.
Now it’s time to finally talk about our two-day trip to Lisbon. As you already know from my previous blog posts we stayed in Portugal at the Algarve coast for two weeks and in between, we drove the three hours north to visit the capital city for two days.
Previous Portugal blog posts: - number one including general information & recommendations for your own Algarve vacation as well as our favorite towns to scroll through and the yummiest food places - the second posts talks about our favorite beaches and breathtaking views you should not miss
We didn’t want to arrive and leave from different cities/airports and instead booked a cheap hostel for one night to stay in Lisbon in between our time at the Algarve because this was much cheaper.
We rented a car for our whole trip which I highly suggest you if you want to see more than your local beach and drove the 300 km to Lisbon early in the morning and left the next day in the afternoon.
It takes about three hours to get to Lisbon but for the way out you will need more time especially at evening rush hour.
To get to the city from the south you will pass the red bridge „Port 25 de Abril“ which slightly looks like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco :D and you will see the impressive statue of Christ.
Our hostel „Pensoa Praca da Figueira“ was located very centrally. It wasn’t luxury at all but super clean, cheap and everything we needed for the night. The breakfast was alright for that price, but I would rather go to a bakery next time.
We haven’t had enough time to really fully visit the city and do proper sightseeing. Also, we didn’t go to a museum which usually is a must in Lisbon because it has plenty of them.
We rather focused on walking through the streets and experiencing a bit of the typical Lisbon instead of the touristic attractions. Bairro Alto and Alfama are beautiful districts we scrolled through. We walked past several beautiful buildings such as Terreiro do Paco, Belém, Padrao dos Descobrimentos and Castelo de Sao Jorge.
We searched for the most popular picture spot in Lisbon with the old Tram…
And enjoyed the view from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte and Miradouro das Portas do Sol.
We walked along the Tajo Bay to see the Porte 25 de Abril from closer and took a Tuck Tuck to get back to our hostel.
Another thing I want to mention is that the houses in Lisbon are pretty old and not in a very good condition which is super sad because they could be made very pretty. But sadly there is not enough money to do so.
We had two great days in Portugal but I have to say that I feel like I haven’t seen anything of the city :D So I am for sure coming back to explore Lisbon some more and test their amazing vegan food places – if you didn’t know, Lisbon has many vegan places to offer but sadly I didn’t manage to go to any of them…