12/07/2016

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It can be hard to find a system to declutter and sort your possessions to become minimalist. Ironically, systems to become more minimalistic often lack simplicity. They propose a ton of questions to ask and discarding stages to go through until an object is discovered worth keeping or something for the trash.

12/02/2016

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About one month ago, I published a post called "I might write a novel this november".
Well, "might" has now turned into reality.

11/27/2016

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In the zero waste community, going paperless is a widely discussed topic. While there are different approaches as to how reduce you paper consumption exactly, everyone agrees that replacing paper- consuming behaviours with digital behaviours is more ssustainable and greener. On the surface, this really makes sense: paper has to be produced endlessly over and over again, it's production causes deforestation and it is processed with aggressive chemicals as well. Digital use, however, only requires one object, the computer, that lasts almost forever.
I doubt that.

11/25/2016

No false assumptions! I was to Japan till the very last day, I was supposed to be there and there wasn't a tragic event or something comparable happening either.
But I will not continue my diary entries about this and this is why:

11/19/2016

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As talked about previously, gifts (especially those on christmas) cause a lot of waste, because most of them are not really wanted or enjoyable and are thrown away quickly. (more information) A large part of the reason for this I see in the fact, that they are materialistic and can, in themselves not make happy or have emotional value. Even if they made a person happy at some point in time, once they are not so enjoyable, they get thrown away anyway. (more information)

11/12/2016

(sources: 1, 2, 3, 4)
A week ago, I posted my thoughts about christmas considering waste production and suistainability. I showed that considering this aspects, christmas might not be such a good feast after all. But this waste is, to some degree avoidable.
Today, I want to look at christmas from a minimalist perspective, considering the things, we purchase that are associated with christmas and whether or how I want to change that.

11/05/2016

(sources: 1, 2)
So, november has arrived and that means that also december is around the corner and that means that it is christmas time. Well, judging by the shop's products it is christmas time already in september, but that's another story. I don't really know how I feel about christmas right now. To break it down a little, today, I want to talk about christmas from a zero waste perspective. I plan to publish another post tackling the subject from a minimalist point of view soon.

10/29/2016

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For 5 month, I have been washing my hair with nothing but water.
Well, I tried to.            
In my no poo post, where I explained my motivations and ideas for this project, I said that I would post an update around 2 month from this day. Now, a slightly longer time has passed and I will tell you about my experience.

10/23/2016

Hello, everyone.
Recently, I have embarked on a new studying adventure, studying Brazilian Portuguese. Although this is technically the 4th language, I am studying to speak, it is the 2nd, its studying I can completely steer on my own, as opposed to languages, you study in school. The first language, I consciously studies on my own, was Japanese, but the part, I studied, is forgettable small compared to what I learned when I actually spoke and used this language in Japan, thus, I don't think it is really comparable.

10/21/2016

 Recently, I purchased a headset. I did not want to have to address other family members every time I wanted to call somebody on skype and buying a headset was the easiest option available. So, I went to a local electronic shop and purchased the cheapest headset available.
At home, while unpacking the thing, I got to realize something.

10/17/2016

Last week, I was on a school trip in Berlin. Since Berlin in an enormously big and interesting city, we enjoyed an enormously lot of sightseeing. Well most of the time, our smartphones enjoyed the sightseeing, being held up above everyone's heads, having photos taken of more or less everything, being carried to every single step of the sightseeing.

10/16/2016

(source)
I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #87 2 obentos
Real date: June, 5th, Friday

Today morning, I got up at half past 5, got ready and made some stuff. Breakfast was tasty. Because I will send the letter today, I will not go to calligraphy club. Wakari san told me, that she will be home at 12 pm tonight. This is late! So, dinner will be obentos (lunch boxes) <3. Wakari san will be home at  9 pm. I am really looking forward to today! Life in Japan is wonderful. <3
On the way to school, I thought about possible questions, I could ask. Somehow, I realized that I had never really looked at the houses around me on my way to school. I thought that all of them very beautiful and I wanted to take photos of all of them. What made them the most beautiful was, that each one told a story and was individual and had special people living inside them.

10/15/2016

(sources: 1, 2, 3)
I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #86
Real date: June, 4th, Thursday
Today was a really good day. In the morning, I kind of woke up a little before 5am but dozed in bed until 6 am. Breakfast was tasty and I spoke a lot with Kouta san. While changing clothes, I thought about the questions, I want to ask today, what was not that difficult. I noted them down in my smartphone. I was in my room, when Wakari san shouted: "We are leaving, Hopey" and shut the front door. I was frightened that they would leave without me and hurried up to get outside. We left together and I arrived at school early.

10/14/2016

I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #85
Real date: June, 3rd, Wednesday

Yesterday evening, I was so tired, that I felt asleep before I had finished written diary. Today morning, I found my smartphone next to my bed (not where it usually is during nighttime), what isn't good. My alarm rang at 5 am but since I was so tired, I slept until 6:15 am. I chatted a little with Wakari san and ate breakfast. Today's breakfast consisted of bread, vegetable juice, scrambled eggs, water melon and tomatoes. It was tasty, but for some reason, my stomach feels really full.
Because it rained heavily today, I took an umbrella with me. Today morning, I felt that I understood quite a lot of what was said. When I said goodbye to Wakari san, however, she said something that I understood incorrectly.

10/09/2016

I read another book and learned some other lessons;


All of us have a navigation system inside ourself, but most people switch it off.


The universe is like a navigation system; the route can be racalculated every time.

9/30/2016


Preface:
As I said, I will develop more specific articles on the steps I covered in my exchange student philosophy article. I will start with the first one, FOCUS.
That is, not only to let you know more specific information but also to observe my own progress. As stated in the article, I drove away from this philosophy after returning from Japan and now want to go back there, just in a more organized way. So, additionally to the more specific information, I will give you in this post, I will also depict my own progress on this step.

9/25/2016

About 8 month ago, I talked about the KonMari method, a method to tidy your house perfectly, what means only keeping items that you love. Given that these are usually the minority of your things, one may see her as a minimalist and her method as a way to achieve minimalism. So I thought about 8 month ago and still about one month ago, when I actually realized the method. Now, in course of events, I have changed my mind.

9/23/2016


One of my favorite songs is one by SIXX:A.M., called "Skin" It portrays the message, that we are not who we re looked at from the outside and what people think about us- not our skin.
When I was downsizing my possessions recently, I came along a phenomenon quite similar to defining us through other people's opinion. Defining us through our stuff.

9/18/2016

Preface:
When I was to Japan as an exchange student, I acted really differently from how I behaved at home. This was due to different circumstances surrounding me as well as my own changed mindset. As I found, this behaviour lead me to be extremely productive, positively busy and happy. Today, I want to share this principle with you.

9/15/2016

Hello, people.
I used to think, that scanning your photos to get rid of them physically, was stupid. Now I did so myself.
But, first things first, why did I dislike this matter?

9/14/2016

(source) (note: yes, I still do use plastic toothbrushes as on the picture)
Hello, everyone!
Today, I was to the dentist. While this is not really an event, I look forward to, this time, I was curious. For the last 3 month I had been brushing my teeth only with water.

9/07/2016

Hello, everyone.
A few weeks ago, I saw a TED talk, called "The habits of highly boring people", given by Chris Sauve. Among other advice Sauve explained, how you brain focus works. As a matter of fact, our brain is only capable to handle about 7 things at the same time. This "things" can be anything; tasks to complete, issues to worry about, interesting ideas, new habits to adopt,.. If we look at ourselves, however, we will find that we try to handle a lot more things at a time and are therefore not very productive at this. The key is to focus on the most important 7 things, Sauve says.

8/31/2016

sunk cost fallacy

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Hello.
About one year ago, I started three books for three people. My intuition was to make kind of diary- books for friendship, where I write in whenever I experienced or enjoyed something with the particular friend together. This would be a really nice memory- book, I thought and started writing. Whenever I met the friend or we had fun together, I would take the book and write in the most hilarious moments and funny jokes.
Within the last months, especially in terms of my tidying marathon, however, I realized that I, myself, do not like such kind of books, even more, they strain me.

8/30/2016

How to avoid, handle and organize all- nighters

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Hello, people!
Maybe you are reading this in the late evening, because you just realized that this big test was actually tomorrow or that you actually had to learn all chapters for this important quiz. I may assume that you see no other option than pulling an all- nighter to prevent a disaster.

8/28/2016

I might write a fanfiction this november

Hello, everyone!
Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo. The first time, I heard this abbreviation was in a newspaper article in our local newspaper of a girl who participated there. After googling the project, I decided that I wanted to participate as well- someday. Then I forgot about the project for several years until last year.

8/22/2016

travel2japan #84 2 month left

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Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #84 2 month left
Real date: June, 2nd, Tuesday

Good morning! Today, I got up at 5 o'clock. I exercised for 5 minutes, but it felt way longer. I went downstairs, checked my e- mails and answered a letter from my aunt. I think, that Wakari san is not mad a t me anymore. Breakfast was tasty, I especially liked the bread with scrambled eggs (how things can change...) After the meal, I studied with my JLPT N4 book. Shit, I forgot to pray yesterday again!

8/21/2016

Digital declutter

Hello, everybody!
I am almost at the end of my tidying marathon, ending with my digital clutter. Researching about this a little, I came across a really inspirational video from minimalist talking about his reasons to go minimalist and how he pursues this lifestyle digitally. His approach was to look at every application on your phone and ask yourself, whether this very program adds value to your life. Without watching the video till the end, I thought about this myself.

8/19/2016

Zero waste laundry and dishwashing detergent

Hello, guys!
Since I am washing my laundry myself, I avoid to notice that the laundry detergent, I put into the machine, may not be the most sustainable thing to use. So, just like I did with hair shampoo LINK, I thought, that I would just not put anything in there anymore and wash the laundry with water. While this may work for clothes, that are just a little sweaty, water only could not cope with actual dirt on the clothes. So, I just made laundry detergent by my own- easy, quick and efficient.

8/18/2016

KonMari tidying incident

Hello, everyone!
After finishing the KonMari tidying in my room LINK, I directly continued my purge on my digital gadget, starting with my computer. Applying the KonMari method, I copied all my documents, photos and texts on my computer in one big folder to declutter them there.

8/17/2016

KonMari- I finally did it!

Hello, everyone!
Almost a year ago, I wrote a blogpost about minimalism according to Marie Kondo and, not long after this, how I implemented the KonMari method into my wardrobe. Before writing those post, I had listened to the audiobook of "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo and wanted to put her tips into practice.
At least a little.

8/16/2016

zero waste glue

Hello, everybody!
Since I recently cleaned up my sentimental papers, I glued some of them into my memory book . Last week, I used up 2 glue sticks. As I am observing my waste, I did not miss to notice that this is a lot of plastic been thrown away.

8/15/2016

zero waste: dental floss

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Hello, foes of the trash,
a highly discussed topic in the zero waste- community is flossing. While everyone agrees on bamboo toothbrushes and self- made toothpaste, avoiding waste in dental floss is much more difficult.

8/08/2016

North Sea- food, waste & cosumtion

Hello, everyone!
Almost directly after coming home from my summer vacation, I took off to the North Sea with my family. We did mostly the same things as always, but additionally made a mudflat hiking tour to an East Frisian Island. This was not something on my impossible list, but definitely a fascinating and great experience.

8/07/2016

summer vacation (Berlin & East sea)

Hello, everyone!
After having talked about the food I ate and the stuff I packed for summer vacation in detail, today, I want to give you an impression, what the general vacation was like, apart from stuff and food.

7/30/2016

Zero waste kit

Hello, everyone!
As I noticed in my 2 recent vacation trips, where I tried to live with little waste, LINK something, I really need is a zero waste kit. Previously, my zero waste "kit" only included 2 plastic lunch boxes. They did, indeed avoid some waste, but were definitely not enough. So, I am now expanding this to a real zero waste kit to take with me everywhere to be prepared for any occasion:

7/29/2016

summer vacation- healthy eating & the waste after it

Hello, everyone!
While on summer vacation with my friends, I wrote down all the money, I spend for anything. Not only did I do this to be able to get control about my money in general, but also was I interested in seeing, how expensive it is to eat on vacation- vegan. As this was the first vacation, I really paid for my own food completely for a longer time, the result kind of surprised me.

7/28/2016

Summer vacation- packing minimalist

Hello, everyone!
The reason, why I have not blogged since a while is, that I was on vacation with 2 of my friends. We spend  2 days in berlin in a youth hostel and then camped at a place at the East sea for 3 days. Before sharing my experiences and photos with you, I want to introduce you to my backpack and everything, I took there. Since last time, when I traveled (Rock am Ring 2016), I downsized the amount of stuff, I was taking with me.

7/20/2016

websites & apps I use to study & organize myself

Hello everyone!
I am using a lot of different apps and websites to study for my own, for school or my time management. Today, I want to introduce them to you. (this list will definitely increase and change over the time)

7/19/2016

I counted my belongings

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Hello, everyone!
Stereotypical minimalists are often thought to have less then 333 items or 100 items or any other specific number of items, that they keep, often according to a kind of challenge. Founder of this idea was David Bruno and his 100- things- challenge, where he lived for one year with only 100 personal items. This may be considered the start of modern minimalism. I never planned to do a kind of challenge like that, mostly, because I though, that I could not own 100 or less personal belongings. I could cut down my belongings, I could reduce them, well, but 100 things seemed just not enough considering all the things, I want to create and collect.

7/18/2016

travel2japan: letter I wrote to myself after half of the time

Hello, everyone!
After the letter I wrote to myself at the evening, before I was going off to Japan , I also wrote another letter after half of the time there:

7/17/2016

travel2japan #83 friends & foes

Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #83 friends & foes
Real date: June, 1st, Monday

Well, June has begun. Today morning, I got up at 6 o'clock. After breakfast, Wakari san drove Kouta san to the station and me to school. She said something about us going to the hospital today. I asked: 'Just to check?' and she suddenly got really angry and said: 'If you are ill, you have to go to the hospital'. Except for the word 'hospital'. she said it all in English. I replied 'I understood', but she was even angrier accusing me to alway say 'I understood', even if I did not. I said: 'Yes'.  She seemed really angry. Sadly, I went to school. I had to cry a little.

7/16/2016

travel2japan #82 police & cleaning day

source: 1, 2
Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #82 police & cleaning day
Real date: May, 31th, Sunday

I started writing in a new color (of my 4 color pen). Up from today, I have 2 month left in Japan. How does that make me feel?
Today is cleaning day in this town from 9 o'clock to 1 o'clock, all people go out on the street and clean, Breakfast was tasty, but I just talked a little with my host family. Because Kouta san has fear of heights, I will go to Tokyo sky tree alone. I read in the magazine about it and felt like I needed some help, but nobody helped me. I read a book. Everyone was outside. It is hot in here. My counselor wrote me that she will spent the next week in America. I replied. I want to be outside with all the people as well.

7/15/2016

travel2japan #81 Chiba


Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #81 Chiba
Real date: May 30th, Saturday

I woke up late today, but nobody was already in the kitchen. After I went to the bathroom, I saw that only Kouta sans breakfast was prepared, because he will go somewhere today. Wakari san was there. Suddenly, I got a really heavy sneezing attack and quickly went to the bathroom. I heard Wakari san saying something like: 'You flu is not okay' I think, she was a little angry. When I came back, she prepared breakfast and told me that Kouta san was at a meeting today. We ate breakfast and watched TV. For some reason, the TV flickered a little and then went off. Wakari san told me that it was because some kind of B- card. She left and I cleaned the house a little. I emptied the garbage bins, as she had told me. Then, I left. This was a quick morning.

7/13/2016

lessons learned from 'Life of Galileo'

Hello, everyone!
'Life of Galileo' LINk by Berthold Brecht was by far the most interesting books, I ever read in school. Not only is it written by the interesting communist Berthold Brecht, but it deals with an issue, I see to be still very topical. Galileo, the main character of the play, tries to prove that the earth turnes around the sun and not the other way around but has do deal with disbelief and violence from anti- progressive people, who are not willing to believe him.

7/12/2016

lessons learned from 'The Top Five Regrets of the Dying'

Hello, everyone!
Yesterday, I finished reading the book 'The Top five Regrets of the Dying' by Bronnie Ware. It was a very open, honest and mind- opening book, that I enjoyed reading a lot. Although the book is not entirely dedicated to this very five regrets (how could you fill 400 pages otherwise) it talked about a lot of important and true realizations and truth.

7/10/2016

travel2japan #80 good

Hey guys!
So, I was in Japan as an exchange student. And wrote diary; approximately three pages every single day. As I think it may be interesting translating the thoughts of an exchange student in Japan, I'm now going to do this. 
Some background information:
I was in Japan from March to July 2015(4 1/2 month). I lived in Chiba with a host family. 
I went there with the organization WYS (Word Youth Society).
Here we go.
(The text written in italics are comments, I added in retrospect)

travel2japan #80 good
Real date: May 29th, Friday

Today, I finally go up at 5 o'clock. I changed clothes, went to the bathroom and then did some Kanji practice and wrote messages. When Wakari san came downstairs at 7:15, she told me that we should buy medication today and that she will be in Ginza today only around noon, so she we be here in the evening. She seems very worried about my flu.
Then, we had tasty breakfast and I went to school. I took a umbrella, because it rained a bit. I am not homesick and school is fine. I am happy.