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Christmas challenge

Can you believe it’s actually the 1st day of December ? I can’t. To celebrate the happy month I wanted to take part in Blogmas but unfortunately I won’t be able to. There’s a bunch of posts from last year that I still like and I’ll be re-sharing those. But I had to do something at least for the official Christmas countdown. So I created a challenge. It’s like an advent calendar but with daily tasks instead of chocolate.

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As I said I won’t be posting on daily basis, but there will be other Christmas related posts. Will you take part in the challenge? Let me know in the comments !

Nusha

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Let’s talk about trends

Every human being on this world does one thing all the time and that is trying to fit in. Society is important part of our lives. Nobody wants to be the odd one, the lonely one. I don’t know whether people are so similar or big companies took advantage of that, but there’s a thing called trends that somehow connects people from all around the world.

Some people are obsessed with them and spend most of their time looking for new ones. How to be more popular ? How to fit in even more ? Answer : trends. There are people who made them up, sometimes without knowing it. And there are people who couldn’t care less.

However, everybody follows them in a way eventually. No matter how much you hate it, there are everywhere. Shops sell the same stuff and sometimes you have nothing to do but to buy a trendy  item because that’s all they’ve got. Sometimes you don’t even know you bought it, because EVERYTHING is trendy. And you start being the sheep as everybody else subconsciously.DSC_0124

If everybody wears the same shirt that must be good. And if everybody wears it, I’ll buy myself one as well because if I’d had the same one people will accept me, right ? I do agree that trends connect people in a way but there is one thing about them I don’t understand.

Firstly, people are willing to pay enormous amounts of money for a normal shirt, that’s not even pretty but just has the name of the brand on. Okay, do that. Wear whatever you want. Spend how much you want. But what’s the point ?DSC_0196

I’ve seen girls wearing the same shirt everywhere I went. Are you really willing to pay that much for a clothing item that everybody will be wearing ? I hear girls complain about seeing someone wearing the same outfit as them, but this doesn’t bother them ? And that’s just because it’s from a specific brand ?

Let me not talk about logos. Sometimes they are so small that you barely see them, but people will spend hundreds of dollars for them anyway because it’s cool and trendy. WHY ? I apologize, but I think that’s stupid.DSC_0128

People became so obsessed with what people will think and how to get noticed that they forgot about things more important than that. Why not being creative and sewing something by yourself and showing off with that instead ? That would be better for sure. But who am I to know such things ?

There are trends people made up that are completely insane. But, hey, it’s a trend so you have to try it. Nobody even thinks anymore. Let’s do what everyone does. No, no & no. As life would be boring with all people thinking the same and being the same, life would be boring with everybody dressing the same, etc.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t “copy” something you like. Just make sure that doesn’t change who you are. Besides you don’t need that. Nor do you have to buy “at least socks which don’t cost that much, but you feel great because they’re from the brand everybody wears”.DSC_0193

And it’s not just about clothes. There are things that became popular by accident, completely random. Because of enough shares or because somebody famous shared it. Come on what the hell were those girls thinking doing the Kylie Jenner lip challenge ? Even if it did work it wouldn’t last and they would look unnatural. Besides they were willing to do something harmful to themselves because of internet, popularity and I don’t know what else ?

Games. Oh my God. There are some that people would never even find or look at but hey, magically everybody plays them so we know what that means. One example is Pokemon Go. Very entertaining and fun to play people say. Okay, why not maybe it is. But I’ve heard a radio notice warning the tourists not to play it in mountains and God knows where because there were actually injuries because of that !

Or dabbing. What on Earth even is that and where did it came from ? Okay, it’s funny for a while but now it’s just stupid and annoying. At least that’s my opinion. I should probably stop naming them to not offend anyone.

Before you start hating me I have to say that trends can be a good thing too. People around the world get connected somehow. You are able to get new friends and do things you never would otherwise.

Again, I’m not against things you do. Do whatever you want. Wear whatever you want. I just find it stupid to spend so much time and money on something that by my opinion is not worth it.DSC_0194

Look, I wear trendy stuff too. Because I like some of it. I’m not saying you shouldn’t. Just don’t do it because you think you need to. Don’t buy something you don’t like just to fit in. And I like some trends, no matter how stupid they are. Some make me smile or make me think. I don’t usually hate them. I have nothing against them. They just usually become annoying after a while because people don’t seem to forget. It’s like a joke. Funny for the first few times, but then just annoying.

What’s your opinion about that ? Share in the comments !

*As you can see items on pictures are all fake. This was made by two of my friends who gave it as a gift to me. They’ve probably spend less than 20€ for everything and wrote the logos by themselves. I don’t think faking products is good but it’s a nice joke and I though it would go well with the content of this post. I hope I didn’t offend anyone. The brands on the pictures are some of the greatest ones and I respect that. I support their work and I think it’s amazing for someone to come that far. So, honestly hatts off.That doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t wear that. I can’t afford it, but the fact how some people are acting about it disturbs me. Sorry, but the price of the clothes you wear doesn’t make you any better from those who don’t.Once again it is a unharmful JOKE.

Nusha

I wrote a poem ?

Well yes. Yes I did. I don’t know how it happened nor why but it did. It’s short and lame but I decided to post it anyways. I felt inspired and the words just wrote themselves somehow. It’s my first poem of this sort so be gentle. I wrote it a while ago but only now decided to post it. We’ll see whether that was a good decision or not.DSC_0072

I imagined it as a spoken word poetry and wanted to do a little video with it. I thought that could turn out even more awakward but let me know if you still want me to do that. Here we go.

CLOUDS

How awesome would it be
to be able to touch the clouds ?
Maybe there’s nothing to see,
maybe there are no sounds,
but I’d just like to know how it feels
to be there
and watch their rainy meals,
doing nothing but stare,
with puff in your hands
and wind in your hair,
going trough lands,
mixing the air.

How awesome would it be
finding a way,
just for me
without the clouds skipping away ?
To jump and run
and walk and lay
to scream for fun
or maybe pray.
I see them going by
day by day
making me wanna cry
because they don’t stay.

How awesome would it be
flying far,
to know their recipe
of meeting a star ?
I like the colors sunrise gives
or even sunset,
when sun leaves,
with regret.
I know it’s just a dream
I have when I adore
how beautiful they seem,
always wishing more.

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Please let me know what you think about it. Shall I try to write another one or is it better that I stop ? Let me know in the comments !

Nusha

Lauren Oliver: Vanishing girls (Book review)

One of my monthly goals was to start reading more. I went to the library and after standing there for the longest time I finally picked one. I felt so proud of myself for doing a step forward to achieving the goal. The thing is that I used to read a lot. I’d spend the whole afternoon, day by day reading. Because of the school work and things like that I forgot about my hobby for a while. I missed it in a way and I decided to start again. Not necessarily wanting to read 37057 books by the end of the year but one every now and then.21985761_1429951060445400_1820332773_o

I picked up “Vanishing girls” from Lauren Oliver. It’s a psychological thriller about siblings. The story is about two unbelievably connected sisters (Nick & Dara) who look almost the same but are completely different. Dara is the prettier and more popular one, the trouble maker and the one who parties a lot. On the other hand Nick is a good girl, always looking after her slightly younger sister. They get in a car accident and everything changes afterwards. Their relationship gets weaker and there are also some love problems with a handsome neighbour Parker. In the meantime a nine-year-old Madeline Snow vanishes and the whole town is dealing with the missing girl. When on her birthday, Dara vanishes too, Nick, after realizing it’s not just one of her sister’s games, gets convinced that the two disappearances are somehow connected.21951761_1429951080445398_1298670394_o.jpg

That’s all I’m going to share because I don’t want to spoil the book too much in case anybody intends to read it.

I honestly don’t know how I feel about the book. It was not bad but it’s not one of my favourites either. I have to say I had a hard time putting it down. I just don’t know whether that was because of my excitement for reading again or the twists and plots in the story. It was definitely interesting to read. It got me even confused at times. There were some parts where I predicted the ending, following up with something completely different, but ended up as I predicted. The ending did surprise me even tho I predicted a tiny part of it at the very beginning of the book. I’d give the book 2.5 stars out of 5. Remember that’s just my opinion and don’t hesitate to read it if it grabbed your attention. As I said it wasn’t bad and I couldn’t wait to read it on.

Maybe it was the fact that everything sounded so cliché that disturbed me. I’m tired of the same old “teenage love” and “being a teenager is all about drinking & being popular in high school” types of stories at the moment. Also the book isn’t exactly like the description that back of the book gives. It definitely includes all of it but there’s a bigger picture you only see at the end.21981557_1429951057112067_1961870251_o

I like the writing style of the author. There are some parts of the book I really like. Some thoughts are written down so well.21952301_1429951083778731_193002391_o

I also like the idea of including “diary entries” of the characters.22015455_1429951077112065_752438701_o.jpg

I don’t regret reading the book and I look forward to reading more of them from Lauren Oliver. Have you ever heard of the author or read the book yourself ? Share your thoughts in the comment section !

You may also like: Connor Franta: A work in progress (Book review)

* This is NOT a sponsored post. All pictures and opinions are my own.

Nusha

 

The happiest award

Hey there !
Anything new ? I started school again. Feels so weird to be back and a year older. I think this year is going to be though and stressful but I’ll get trough. I have to. I’ve also been recently nominated to do this post. It grabbed my attention right away just because of the title of it. I got nominated by Ann. She’s a lovely blogger who blogs about english-speaking countries. Her blog is very interesting and unique so I recommend you just go there and see it by yourself. Click here to see her blog ! Oh, and Ann if you’re reading this …thank you again for the nomination !

This award was created by Silvia (click here to check her blog as well).

THE RULES: 

  • Notify the people that you have nominated that you have nominated them
  • Share your favourite blog post (from your blog)
  • Nominate 5-15 people
  • Answer the questions
  • Share the award logo
  • Share the rules
  • Name the award creator and provide a link to her blog
  • Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link to her blog

THE QUESTIONS:

This award is about happiness, so all the questions are related to it!
Why not talking about the things that make us happy?

Can you tell us your favourite…

  • place: My room or just a random quiet place in nature.
  • film/TV show: Probably Into the Wild.
  • song: Oh this one is hard ! There are so many that I like ! Let’s say Robbers by The 1975 and Sleep On The Floor by The Lumineers at the moment.
  • activity: Dancing !
  • drink: I usually drink water so I guess that. Or maybe water with lemon or something you add to it.
  • food: I’m a big fan of tortillas, but also love chicken salad. Is it wrong if I say everything ?
  • holiday: Christmas ! Everybody gets so nice and jolly it’s just great.
  • book: I actually don’t have a favourite one. I’ve read a few that I liked but haven’t found the one that’d really amazed me to the point I could call it “my favourite”

Name 3 things that make you happy

Smiles, sun, dancing.

There are so many other things it’s hard to name just three. Almost everything that has at least a bit of positivity makes me happy.
My favourite post : This one at the moment.
MY NOMINEES:

I hope you enjoyed this post ! Let me know if you’d like me to do a separate posts of “my favourites” as I have too many to name. (My favourite movies for example).

Have a lovely day !

Nusha

Summer 2017

I’m not going to lie. My summer was quite awesome this year. I’ve experienced new things and met lots of awesome people. It was probably the first time “this summer is going to be great” actually came to reality.

First of all, I was by the seaside for 46 days. From 1st July to 15th August. I admit I was a bit tired of it at the end, but I wouldn’t change anything about it. So many things happened ! Here are the highlights :

I went to Fun park !

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Chilling under the trees and reading a book.


Drinking coconut water from the coconut.

Sunsets.

Hiking adventures.

Drinking coctails.

Eating ice cream cups.

Admiring the sea.

Boat ride.

I even found a camera with a footage on it and full battery.

And that’s not all of it. I’ve played volleyball, went parasailing, met people, watched fireworks, sat by the beach and had deep conversations with my friends. I played with kids and taught one how to reflect a ball so he’s enthused about volleyball now. By sayings of people around me I’ve reached tan goal as I don’t remember ever being so tanned as this year. I even got scratched by a dog. I’ve also turned 17 and spent lots of time with my friends when I came home.

So yeah, my summer was pretty amazing, what about yours ? Did you do anything interesting this year ?

Nusha

Useful websites for going back to school (essay writing)

Oh what a wonderful time of the year it is ! No, it’s not Christmas. It’s back to school season ! *drowns in tears*

Okay, going back to school is not THAT horrible. First few days can be actually fun. Meeting all of your friends, seeing what’s new, etc. The struggle begins when first assignments start to fly out of nowhere. Tons of homework and studying to do. The time when all of those “study tips” posts you read should come in handy, but you decide to re-read them instead of studying. You know, just in case knowing all those tips may help you more than memorizing things you actually should know. Let’s face it. No matter what you read and decide to do differently, you end up doing it your way anyways.

You know what else takes a lot of time ? Essay writing. I mean, I spend the first hour just making the title pretty. Not cool. In fact, essay writting can be cool if you know a few tricks. I don’t know plenty, but I found a few websites that may help you. No, they don’t write anything instead of you, but they can help you get a better grade.

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This is an app that helps you check your writing. Simply paste the text into the app and you’ll see what you should change. I think the picture itself is quite self-explanatory.

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It’s so hard to get the right amount of words sometimes. This app gets you extra motivation for every 100 words ( you can change that to 200, 500, etc.). And here comes the best part. Every 100 words you write you get a picture of a kitty ! How awesome is that ? You can change the pictures you’re getting in case you don’t like cats.

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This website is great for learning how to write an essay. Once you come to the page click “start writing now” to get you to the programme (see above). It takes you step by step trough the process of writing. From choosing a subject you’re going to write about, writing a thesis statement to the final steps of publishing it.

readable.io
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If you want to know how readable your text is, this is the right site for you.

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Instead of Word I recommend using this website for writing. The reason is very simple. There are no distractions. No text styling. Nothing. It’s great for focusing on your work without extra procrastinating. You can set a target word count as well. If having a nice title means so much to you, you can still copy your work into Word and edit it there.
Have you heard of any of these websites before? Do you know any useful ones ? Let me know in the comments !

NOTE: This is NOT a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Nusha

How to pick a perfect gift

Lift your hand if you never know what to buy somebody as a gift. Lift your other hand if you are often not sure whether it’s enough / they’ll like it. I’m assuming you ran out of hands to lift so I’ll stop right there. You know where this is going. Oh yes, the struggle is real.

Wherever you go, whatever you do there is somehow this need of bringing a gift. Whether we’re talking about a birthday, anniversary, Christmas, wedding or just a simple visit of your grandparents. It’s always nice to “bring something”.
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Now let’s say you’re about to buy a gift. You want to be creative and not just give money in an envelope. You pick something up that seems suitable for the occasion. Untill you come home. There is suddenly a list full of non-ending questions. Did I spend too much /little ? What if they don’t like that anymore? Do they already own something like that ? …

I am no expert myself in picking up gifts, and was pretty much just describing myself up there, but I do have some tips.

Check your budget
You’ll have to know how much money you want to spend for somebody / what you can afford. A nice DIY is sometimes better that the most expensive diamond ring.

Listen & plan
It’s never too soon for planning. If you listen carefully you’ll see that most people tell what they want during everyday conversations. ” I really have to buy myself a big, cosy sweater. I really want a blue one, but they only have red …” Hint: they want a sweater. If they don’t get it by the time, you can be the one to buy it for them. To make things easier you can write down all the things they mention like that and then you just cross out the ones you know they changed their mind about.Scratch Map

Using the internet
Internet is a great place for seeking ideas. From Pinterest, Instagram to actual websites and online stores. One, I’ve recently found out about is uncommongoods. They are a friendly company offering you all kinds of unique, recycled, handmade and organic gifts. They offer a friendly environment to their workers and make sure that their products do no harm to animals or people. They care about customers as well and are open to new ideas. Not only do they work with smaller artists but also donate their money to organisations such as RAINN, American Forests, International Rescue Committee, etc. I suggest you click here and learn more about them yourself.

Decide what you want to achieve
Do you want to bring a person something expensive or a bit more personal? Do you want them to cry their eyes out once they see it or just smile happily ?My Life Story - So Far

Usefulness
A good thing to think about is about the gift being useful. No matter how much you spend for it if the person won’t use it it’s just a waste of money.

Being appropriate
This one depends on the situation. If buying something for a graduation, consider family members being there, so instead of some super embarrassing photo give them a necklace for example.

That’s all the tips I have for you. I hope you find what you’re looking for ! Let me know if you have any tips yourself in the comments !

NOTE: This post is sponsored by uncommongoods. All of the pictures are from their site as well.

Nusha

How to be productive

How to get things done? How to stop procrastinating? What to do when you can’t make yourself do things? How to put yourself together? These may look like something you’ll type into Google search and hope for the best results. If we’re completely honest, just reading articles about productivity aren’t enough. I know you’ve read a ton of posts like this one. I mean, am I the only one who reads articles about procrastinating while procrastinating ? Or study tips while I should study? Why is this post different from any other on the topic? It probably isn’t.
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Look, I’m a huge procrastinator. Call me lazy or just tired of things. Now that is summer, I have all those plans on writing blog posts and scheduling them forward. How do you think that’s going? The sad thing is that when I have no time at all, blog is all I think about. Will I be able to publish this week? What if people forget about me? But now that I have all the time in the world that I could write 5 posts a day. What do I do ? Nothing. I make myself coffee, even tho I usually don’t drink it, just to give myself more time.

Surprisingly, I’ve figured out a way on how to be at least a bit productive over the last few days. To get things done after all. No, I don’t have my posts scheduled till September, but I have one in the drafts waiting to be published. That’s something, right?

If you’re still interested in reading this post, you can find my tips below. I am not saying they will help you, but I can try. Maybe you’ll find out something new after all.

Start early
Now, I know you expect from me to say that you should wake up early. But do you really have to? I don’t mind if you get up at 1 pm, but once you get awake start working. I usually wake up around 9 am in the summer and I have plenty of time to do things. I prefer getting up a bit earlier sometimes just because it’s not that hot outside yet and it’s easier to start doing things. The sooner you start, more things you’ll get done and the sooner you’ll finish. Let your goal be to have extra time in the evening rather than stressing the whole day about something you should be doing, but are too lazy to start. And remember, once you start it will be hard to stop. Keep yourself entertained. You’ll see that once you stop you’ll have a feeling of missing something. Like you have more things to do. And let me not talk about the feeling you’ll get when you get things done before lunch time !DSC_0628.JPG

Don’t rush it
I know I just told you to start as soon as you can, but this tip isn’t about that. There is never so much work that is seems. You may think you won’t be able to wash the dishes, because you have so much other work to do, but come on, that takes you a few minutes. Having a lot of work doesn’t mean spending hours in completing it. So do not rush, because all you’ll do is stress yourself and that is not what we want. Because if that happens you’ll be in a bad mood and you’ll get nowhere.

Motivate yourself
Put it in that way: ” The sooner I start working, the sooner I’ll get things done and I will be able to spend my time doing something that I enjoy / want doing (for example reading a book, watching a movie,etc.).

Make it fun
Try to figure out a way on how to make work interesting, fun. Play yourself your favorite songs while tidying, make yourself a nice breakfast, etc. Enjoy ! Have fun ! Do not think about all the stuff you have left to do ! One thing at the time.DSC_0590

Write a to do list
By doing that you’ll know exactly what you have to do. Oh and also ticking that “done” boxes is fun and I guarantee it will make you happy.DSC_0595

Don’t push yourself too hard
Plan your tasks in a way that suits you. Don’t put too much to yourself. You’re a human after all.

That’s it. Nothing you’ve never heard before, but it might at least motivate you a bit.

I wish you all a productive day !

Nusha

 

 

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