Mondays for Sure Could be Worse

Fourth day into surfing, laying on my board, exhausted from paddling, on the East Coast of Australia between Sydney and Brisbane at Woolwolga Beach, waiting for another good wave to take, my surf teacher said: “Well, Mondays for sure could be worse…” and that’s how this text came alive. His sentence really made me appreciate the moment and my life in general here in Australia so much.

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Mondays for sure could be worse…

When you get up at 7am, fully recovered after an amazing night sleep. Still a bit sleep-drunk heading to the breakfast area and appreciating the amazing view of a campground right at the beach, surrounded by huge palm trees that slightly move from the ocean breeze. Everything is covered in this beautiful golden light from the sun that just rises and will get stronger and stronger every minute.

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You hear the ocean, the waves rolling to the shore while you grab a big bowl of warm oats with lots of cinnamon, sliced apples and banana.

After you refill your energy for the day, you put lots of sunscreen on, grab a wetsuit, grab a board and head to the beach with your surf group. Learning more about waves, good surf conditions, boards and so on from people that could not be more passionate makes you not just super stoked yourself, but also remember the facts a lot better.

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And then it’s finally time to head into the water, into the big wide ocean and learning to ride those huge, powerful, scary, wonderful and fun waves.

 

Walking, paddling, jumping on the board, waiting for the right wave, paddling like crazy and then standing up, the feeling of the power underneath you taking you towards the beach, riding the wave.

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What an amazing feeling. I can never get enough of it, even though the paddling is so exhausting and the enjoyment so short. It is worth it all.

But I won’t lie. You also get knocked over, thrown into the “washing machine” of the ocean, drown, don’t know which way is up, have salt water in your eyes, mouth, sand in your ears, hair, everywhere. That’s part of the fun.

Your muscles are sore, your skin irritated from all the saltwater and sun and you are so ready for a refreshing shower when you get out of the water.

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Taking a nap or just relaxing for a bit until it is time for lunch. All the good veggies, carrots, salad, tomato, cucumber, olives, onion and chickpeas rolled up into a wrap, cheesy toast or pasta salad, whatever you desire until you are round and full.

Applying big amounts of sunscreen, grabbing a towel, water and my ebook and heading straight to the beach afterwards to spend the whole afternoon reading, sleeping, relaxing, watching surfers, swimming, walking on the beach and of course: sunbaking a lot.

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Walking along the beach for a nice quiet space in the sand with some shadows to do some afternoon yoga and stretching to make your sore muscles and your soul feel more grounded.

Afterwards, you head for another cold shower. Washing all the sand, salt, sunscreen and sweat from your skin and hair, moisturizing your skin after all the sun and getting ready for dinner.

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Dinner was the highlight of the meals every day, especially when they have amazing vegan options and you also get to eat a super creamy, flavourful vegan Mac’n Cheese.

Sitting next to happy, exhausted, tanned faces from all around the world, getting to know each other, rambling about surfing, travelling and life.

After dinner, the day just stated for some. Others – like me – were happily reading all evening in bed or in one of the hammocks outside under the stars, feeling the light ocean air and hearing the waves breaking until it is time to wander from the reality that could also be a dream into the dream world.

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When I think about it, I feel endless happiness, joy, gratefulness and overall love that this is what I call my life. I could not be happier anywhere else and I try to stop myself every day to soak up all the appreciative feeling to remember these happy lucky days forever.

What does your endlessly happy day contain?

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Why I couldn’t be a Full-Time Nomad – Things I Miss about Home

I have many homes now. I call everywhere I go home. If it’s a hostel bed, friends couch, camper bed or my own room. As long as I feel comfortable and have my stuff with me I feel good.

And even when I leave Australia there is a place that I’ll call home forever. The Sunshine Coast with my AuPair family. This place and these people will stay in my heart forever.

But there are definitely things that I miss about my real home. Germany. My parent’s house. And about having a constant home base.

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The Nomadic life is great and I love it. I enjoy it a lot to have the freedom to go places, see friends, move again if I am not happy and travel where my heart leads me, but through the 6 months that I have been doing that now I discovered that this couldn’t be my life forever.

I love it, BUT I also love having a set home. So in this blog post I want to talk about a few things that I miss about Germany, my home and the „normal“ life and why. Maybe for you to understand that the settled down life has its advantages as well and for you and me to remember and appreciate when we are not travelling.

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  • Having your family and friends around you. No need to constantly make friends with new people, meet new people. To be around people you know, that know you and that you trust.

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  • Knowing your way around. I love exploring new places, but it is always most exciting when you finally can put your map in your bag and stop constantly checking on google maps if you are still on the right way. It’s great to know the best places to shop and know how to get around with public transport easily.

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  • Having a routine. Daily and weekly routines make me more productive, organised, feel safe and comfortable which can be great. But I obviously would never miss the curiosity of new challenges, changes and new adventures.

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  • Staying on track with your goals and plans. It can be hard to continue good habits and work on your goals while travelling. You get distracted, you want to explore and experience and you’re not in your usual environment. So it might be a bit harder to eat healthily, work out and work as you are used to.

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  • Having everything you need. I am definitely not a person that needs a lot of material things. I am fine with the few T-Shirts that I carry around with me and only use one soap bar to wash my hair, body and face. But there are a few things that are wonderful to have. Your own comfy bed, no snorers, fresh air and nobody distracting you while sleeping. Your clean kitchen with all the utensils you need and nobody in your way while cooking. A clean bathroom where you don’t need to wear flip flops or clean the toilet before you use it.

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  • Your own space. Walking around naked, throwing your clothes on the flow when you come home late at night, cooking only in a shirt, singing out loud or listening to loud music, only wearing underwear while getting ready –  all the things you can do when you have your own space.

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And a few small things that I miss:

  • German bread. The sourdough bread here can be really yummy, but sometimes I just miss my super grainy, moist fresh bakery bread from home.
  • My cat. I miss her so much. Miss her cuddles, her talking, snoring. Just her being around.
  • Some real German food. Sauerkraut, red cabbage, German dumplings, Schupfnudeln, Spätzle… sometimes that’s just really nice. Especially when my grandma cooked it.
  • Family gatherings. I am always so sad when I miss family gatherings. Christmas, Easter, birthdays or just for no reason… I love sitting together and talking with my grandparents, aunts & uncles and my cousin and eating yummy food together. And also my aunt & uncle just adopted a foster child and I haven’t got the chance to meet her yet :(

 

  • Sauna. We have a sauna at home and I missed the snuggly Sunday evenings.
  • Food Testing & Photography. I miss my pretty bowls and dishes, decoration, ingredients, supplies and the time to try out new recipes, experiment in the kitchen and take pretty food pictures from it… but I am still cooking: Easy, Cheap, Healthy Dinner Recipes – Perfect for Backpackers

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But there is something that would combine the two – being on the go, travelling, exploring and having a home, a cozy place where you don’t need to move from: camper life!

I’ve done several camper road trips and vacations with my parents already and last week I did my first one with a friend renting the little camper myself. We had a lot of fun, a great little cozy place for us and everything with us all the time.

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And if it’s your own camper you can even pimp it and make it extra cozy and cute with your own things, decoration and nicely renovated.

I definitely want to own a camper myself at some stage in my life to travel Europe in a little home on wheels and also do some other van trips on the West Coast of Australia and through north and south America.

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What do you love and dislike about Travelling? What do you miss when longterm Travelling?

 

Educate Yourself – Learning after School

In school, you get to learn a lot of things. Things, you think that you’ll never need in your life and forget quickly. But what you learn in school that (hopefully) stays your entire life is how to learn, how to gather information and make something out of it.

In your A-Levels, you have the highest general knowledge of your lifetime, knowledge from so many different areas and still, you feel like you don’t know anything to survive in the real world. But at least you got the ability to find the information you need, use it for yourself and make something out of it.

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After finishing school there is nobody that motivates you to learn and practice for hours and hours daily. Maybe in university, this motivation will come back, but still, it will be your responsibility to work on your own education. With yourself, for yourself.
But the great thing about it is, that now you are able to choose what you want to dig into more deeply. Topics that haven’t been taught in school and interests, that might be worth more for you and your life than knowing how photosynthesis works.

I really enjoyed school, enjoyed learning, but I hated that I had to “waste” my time on topics and tasks that weren’t interesting to me and I much rather would have liked to work on my own projects and learn about things that will help me with them. And I think that’s the case for most students – we don’t hate school and learning in general, it’s about the subjects and topics that we can’t choose to enrich our lives.

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Now that I finished school this year and decided to take a gap year and fulfil my dreams of travelling the world fulltime for a whole year (or longer?!), I can spend all my time and energy on things that I choose myself.

If I wanted to, I could only enjoy and chill this year. But that’s not my nature.

If I would be an animal, I would be a working bee. I love having meaningful things to do, plans for my week, work to finish and tasks to cross off my to-do list. And especially, I love and want to learn and grow as a person and build my knowledge and ability in areas that I want to improve on.

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For this gap year (and beyond) I want to:

  • experience personal growth through solo travel, situations and problems to master in Australia
  • improve my English by living and working in Australia, writing my blog and talking in my YouTube Videos in English
  • work towards making my blog + YouTube + Instagram into my business. I want to improve my photography, videography, business knowledge, writing and editing skills

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In today’s world, it is so easy to get information. You are never really alone with your problems and usually not the first one who wants to know how things work – you can find everything online.
Blogs, videos, eBooks, podcasts, audiobooks, movie’s – there is a source for everything you need and you can get all the knowledge you desire.

So I decided to share my favourites (and more that are on my to-read/listen/watch list) in different categories with you that help me to educate myself!

German Podcasts

  • Kurz durchdacht
  • Digitale Nomaden Podcast
  • GEDANKENtanken
  • Weltwach – Abenteuer, Reisen
  • beVegt – vegan leben und laufen
  • Ohne Müll

Movies

  • Tomorrow
  • Rotten (Verdorben)
  • Minimalism
  • Conspiracy
  • How the health
  • Food choices
  • Forks over Knives
  • The true cost
  • Living on one dollar
  • Mission blue

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Books / eBooks / audiobooks

…that I love

  • the books by John Strelecky on the meaning of life: (Deutsch: Safari des Lebens, Das Café am Rande der Welt, Wiedersehen im Café am Rande der Welt)
  • Skinny Bitch about the vegan diet for a healthy body
  • The inside story of our body’s most underrated Organ (Deutsch: Darm mit Charme) by Guilia Enders about our digestive system
  • Frühstück mit Elefanten by Gesa Neitzel, a story about making decisions and living the life of your dreams
  • How to be Parisian by Sophie Mas & Audrey Diwan
  • Journey Man by Fabian Sixtus Körner, the most exciting and adventurous travel diary
  • Heilen mit der Kraft der Natur

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…on my list

  • The China Study
  • How not to Die
  • Making ideas happen
  • Books about storytelling
  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
  • The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  • Live Camp Work
  • How to Travel fulltime

Besides reading my books, I also really enjoy listening to them because it is quicker which means you can listen to it here and there to really internalize the content and keeping it in mind. That’s what I did with the John Strelecky books. I probably already listened to all of them for about 4-6 times and I love how it makes me improve my thoughts and actions after every time.

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I also love to read books first (because that can be a totally different experience) and listen to them again some time later because I love the story so much.

And audiobooks have another advantage: meanwhile, you can do other things and multitasks which can make you more efficient. For example, cleaning and organizing, sorting through pictures or editing them, working out or to pass time when you are walking, sitting in public transport or on a road trip. But you should keep in mind that multitasking can cause stress to your brain and make you less efficient when you can’t focus on any of your tasks. So I never try to read and listen at the same time – that’s just not possible.

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What do you want to educate yourself on? Which topics are you interested to improve?