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?

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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?

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?