New Motivation & Inspiration | Favourites

This month I fell in love with a few new things: people (or their Instagram accounts), food (as per usual) and products that I want to share with you today.

I guess this will be the last Favourites blog post for now because I’ll be travelling with a backpack soon so I won’t have a lot of new things to share with you. Probably there will be a section in my monthly review with my loved ones I discover in Australia so I can tell you about them.

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Do you already have any blog post / video suggestions that you want me to make in Australia?

I want to start doing videos and obviously still write articles on here so tell me what you are interested in down below in the comments!

I am thankful for relaxed evenings with good conversations, to spend time with people whom company I enjoy and for sure will miss when I’m Down Under.

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Food

I got a few new and old favourites that I want to show you, cause there is nothing better than food – am I right? Also, I am going to share the recipe for my green-protein-smoothie I made a lot in the last weeks and you’ve probably seen it in my Instagram Stories & for my favourite salad dressing that makes all the greens taste great!

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I really like eating salad for lunch because I usually have a huge breakfast (like you see above) pretty late in the day cause I work out in the morning. Also, it is a great way to get all raw greens in. Sometimes I have baked sweet potato and steamed broccoli on the side or more raw veggies like tomatoes, cucumber and bell pepper. But my dressing is always the same because I love this combination so much!

Fresh Sweet & Sour Salad Dressing

All measurements are just roughly measured and it depends on how you like it to taste and how much salad you have.

  • 1 tsp olive or flaxseed oil
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1,5 tbsp raspberry vinegar (I use a homemade one) or other fruity vinegar
  • 1,5 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • pepper

I really love the sour but fruity & sweet taste of this dressing and it fits perfectly to any kind of veggies & greens.

Black Smoothie

We have a lot of Kale in our Garden and because Kale is super healthy and has so many vitamins I try to have a green / almost black smoothie about 3 times a week and get all those greens in. Especially when I don’t have a salad for lunch.

  • 3 handful of fresh kale
  • 1 frozen banana
  • some frozen blueberries
  • sweet fruit like watermelon, pineapple or apple
  • half a jar of coconut water
  • half a tsp of each greens powder (I use Moringa, Barley Grass & Camu Camu)

I really like this combination cause it is cold and refreshing, nourishing but doesn’t taste too green/healthy. Do you like drinking green smoothies as well?

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In Berlin I ate a super yummy wrap with black rice, tofu and a tahini sauce. I never ate round black rice before (not the hard, thin one you mix with basmati rice) and it tasted so good, very flavourful and now I want to cook with it at home. I could imagine it in a salad with greens, cucumber, pepper, smoked tofu and a tahini sauce…

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I also discovered a vegan „Mortadella“ and I really love it. It almost tastes like the real one (even my dad & brother like it!) and it’s perfect if you crave something savoury but not veggie-tasting on your bread. I eat it with a bit avocado as a butter substitute and I can highly recommend you to try it if you like substitutes.

 

 


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Inspiration

I just recently discovered @maddielymburner on YouTube and now she is my number 1 inspiration when it comes to health, veganism, food and fitness. She is so lovely, healthy and fit and her videos really motivate me a lot and give great inspiration for meals. She also has a second Instagram account that is more fitness related @madfit.ig as well as a second YouTube Channel where she posts at home workouts that I’ve been doing since two weeks now and I really love them!

I am totally inspired by the idea of minimalism and don’t owning a lot – just what you really need. Something that I want to work on more when I’ll be back from Australia. I am sure it will be a great start to only travel with a backpack for a year and hopefully, it won’t be hard to declutter because I know that I can live a wonderful life without many things I own.

Raw Alignment and her minimalism series on YouTube really inspire me, as well as Pick up Limes, who is another great inspiration!

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I found this picture on Pinterest and that’s truely how I want all my relationships to be… This picture really speaks to my heart and soul.

Last but not least I completely fell in love with @annietarasova she is such an inspiring soul and her travel photography and also videography is just beautiful. She also creates amazing art and inspires in mindfulness, self-love and more!


What are your favourites this month? Who inspires you to work towards your goals, learn & grow?
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13 Reasons Why I love Summer

This summer has been an absolute blast for me! Sunshine and hot temperatures since April and I can’t get enough of it. A summer that I thought I could just dream of – especially now that I don’t have to go to school anymore and can really enjoy my free time.

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I also work in a beer garden where we only open when it’s good weather and that means I already worked a lot (but also that you are bloody sweaty after 9 hours of dragging crates and making coffee.

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Since I am going to the southern hemisphere at the end of September I am going to escape fall and winter in Germany and enjoy another wonderful spring and summer and the amazing weather in Australia. Which means one and a half year of good weather and lots of sunshine for me – can’t complain about that!

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Sunshine! It’s proven that vitamin D (which our bodies produce with the help of sunlight) increases our energy and level of happiness and I can immediately feel that when sunbeams touch my skin.

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Watering our garden barefoot! One of my favorite things to do in our garden (next to chilling at the pool obviously :D ) is walking barefoot through our garden, feel the grass underneath my feet, the warm earth between my toes, carrying a watering can and watering our flowers, tomato-, strawberry-, raspberry- and zucchini plants. The only problem is that you need to have an eye on the ground because last year I stepped on a bee and got stung in my toe and couldn’t properly walk for two weeks…

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Laying in the sun at our pool! (or at the lake/ beach) Reading books, eating tons of watermelon and drinking homemade smoothies or milkshakes. Jumping in the pool to refresh. That’s how I could spend every day.

Eating outside! Something that we haven’t done a lot this year because there are a lot of wasps this summer, but it’s still one of my favorite things to do. Soaking in some morning sun sitting at our watercourse and enjoying the peace. Or having dinner with the family, eating garden tomatoes and zucchini or vegan sausages from the barbecue.

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Hot summer rain! After a beautiful sunny morning, clouds overcast the blue blue sky and it starts to rain. It’s still warm outside, the ground is heated up but the raindrops slowly cool down the air and it smells like hot summer rain.

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Eating fresh fruits and veggies! From our garden, freshly picked or grown under the south European sun. That’s what I could eat all day long. Watermelon, Strawberries, Mangoes, Grapefruit, Raspberries, Peaches, Nectarines, Blackberries, Grapes, Blueberries…

Dry in the sunshine! The tingling feeling of ocean or pool water evaporating by the heat and sunshine.

Riding my bike on mild afternoons! The sun is about to set, painting the sky in red, orange, violet and pink colors. Warm air is caressing my naked skin and blows through my hair. And I am just driving through the silent streets and not wanting to arrive at my destination.

Doing Yoga in the grass! Feeling the earth underneath, being grounded and touched by the sunlight.

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Summertime means vacation time & traveling! Two or three weeks in another country, on the road with my family. Laying at the beach, exploring streets and enjoying life.

Sleeping with windows wide open! Hearing the birds in the morning, the wind blowing through the trees and smelling the uprising day.

Short pans and dress weather! Not having to put on jackets or shoes before going outside, wearing bikinis all day and just putting on a dress and sandals and your good to go.

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The Smell of Summer! Sunscreen, chlorine, saltwater, seaweed, freshly mown grass, homemade strawberry jam, flowers, warm earth, fruit, hay and fields, summer rain…


I know that there are some people who are already done with all the heat and wish for some colder temperatures, but I’m totally fine with that. Especially when we have some warm summer rain here and there – that smell is just incredible, right?

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What do you think about this summer? Do you love the heat and all the sunshine we have this year as well?

Doing Me | July Favorites 2018

Since there was no Favorites Post for June, this blog post is going to be full of all my beloved ones from the last two month covering many different topics.

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I completely fell in love with this caricature when I saw it on Pinterest. This is how I want my relationships to be. With my boyfriend/husband, my friends and my family. This is how every good relationship should be like in my opinion.

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I really am, and I love it! So many opportunities, chances, new beginnings, a lot of time and even more things to do. But everything is my choice!

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Shopping

I want to start with something that is very close to my heart and that I want to get into even more myself which is sustainability. I have always been very nature-friendly and the health of our earth was always important to me but just for the last year, I started getting into it more, learning, trying, failing and giving my best.

I would never ever say that I am suuper eco-friendly and sustainable because I still do so much that could be improved and I know that, but not everything is possible when you live at home with your family and don’t have a lot of money. But I don’t want to procrastinate at all – I try my best and I will slowly but surely get better and better.

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You can buy these products at Rossmann and they are much more eco-friendly!

I have already shared some things that I swapped in our household to make it more eco-friendly in this post and last month I have been to a Zero Waste Shop that sell plastic free products and food that you can fill up in your own container. It was so much fun and I was super impressed by how many things they have, that you could easily buy instead of the regular, in plastic covered stuff.

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I can highly recommend to everybody to go into a Zero Waste store and bring your own container or mason jars to fill up all kinds of grains, oats, muesli or flour. They also had washing powder, vegan spread, milk products and syrups or oils in large containers.

You can also buy soap bars, deodorant, body butter and other sustainable beauty products without plastic and most of their stuff is organic too.

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If you are also interested in learning more about an eco-friendly lifestyle, sustainability and zero waste check out Pia Kraftfutter and Corinna Fee (both German) as well as Sarah Lemkus and Ellen Fisher


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Photography

I have been very inspired by @theocarow and @vivi_koenig because I really like their photography style and how authentic and real their pictures look like.

Books

I have already talked about my favorite books from the last few months but I still wanted to mention two of them – my absolute favorites – in this post which are „Die Bücherdiebin“ and „Die Welt wie wir sie kannten“

Lightroom

For your vacation in Portugal, I downloaded the 30-day free trial of Lightroom to edit my pictures more professional and I completely fell in love with this program. I know that it’s nothing new or special and everyone is already using it, but I just discovered how amazing it is and now I need to pay for it every month… but it’s so worth it!

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I already told you about the amazing food I ate the last weeks in my review for July
Food

I didn’t eat very good at the beginning of July because we were on vacation and white bread and cheese couldn’t be avoided completely. Back home I tried to eat completely vegan and very healthy which was pretty successful besides the fact that I ate out a lot (but still mostly healthy and vegan).

And I have been eating my beloved blackberries in huge amounts cause I found many blackberry bushes near my home and picked them every day.

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Also, I made my favorite Banana Bread again. Usually, the recipe is made with raspberries but this time I tried it with frozen blueberries and it was super delicious. Very soft and mushy at the same time – just how I love my Banana Bread!

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Phone case

Werbung / Ad //  After my last phone case broke I needed a new one, that protects my phone better, especially for my adventures in Australia. That’s why I was super happy to be able to cooperate with handyhuellen.de and got a new case for my iphone 6 that covers the glass sides and still isn’t too think. I decided to go for a basic grey one with a sea through back so I could but my own pictures in there and change it when I feel like it, but there are so many different phone cases available on their side. Thank you Handyhüllen!

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What are your favorites this month? Do you like blueberries as well? How do you feel about the relationship caricature?