2/29/2016

cooking week #11 kiwi- banana smoothie (+resumee cooking week)

Hey, everybody!
And welcome to my last recepie post of my cooking week. For this ending, I again myde an easy yet tasty and healthy smoothie. her we go!

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: a kiwi
                    a banana
                    rice milk

Required devices: a beaker
                              an immersion
                              blender/ food
                              processor

How to do: Break the banana in rough pieces and put it into the beaker. Next, cut the kiwi in small, cubic pieces and add it as well. Add 300 mililiters of rice milk and mix everything with the immersion blender, till the drink is smooth ans light green. Enjoy!

I like this recepie, as it (like all other smoothies) does not take much time but is very tasty and to my mind healthy as well.
I hope you liked this recepie as well as the previous ones and I will see you (without a recepie) tomorrow!




Cooking week resume:
After having tried out cooking or at least creating some food everyday, I found out, that this is not really something I want to do to this degree. It was fun preparing and creating food but it was not something I would really look forward to. For me, it is also hard to integrate into my school schedule, especially considerign the time, other people from my family have to use the kitchen. What I, however, may continue creating is smoothies, because they are seriously so easy to make and exetremely tasty ans freshening. For the next two weeks, my 'topic' will be reading. Cooking is for now over.
As I would 'only' do it on purpose, so when I need a meal and not as a hobby for fun, I will remove it from my hobby list. So, I am making progress in reducing my hobbies.
See you soon!

2/28/2016

cooking week #10 musli cookies

Hey , everybody!
Today, I made some cookies, I do not really know whether to consider sweet or savoury. They taste kind of like a littel sweet yet rough compressed musli. However, I like this very nourishing cookies as heavy snacks or something to eat with fruits.

cooking week #9 tofu pan

Hey, everybody!
This again is a recepie that I modified from the one given in the cooking book. I made a tofu pan with tomatos and croutons. It is a tasty garnish, that can be served with e.g. noodles, potatos or used as spread. Here we go!

cooking week #8 coffee cookies

Hey, everybody!
Although I would not consider myself a coffee- liker at all, I tried out cookies tasting a bit like it. This coffe cookies are tasty yet not over- sweet, but with a little harsh aroma, what make them very delicious.

2/27/2016

cooking week #7 fruit smoothie

Hey, everyone!
Today I have another smoothie for you that I particularily like because of it's repletion. As it contains three fruits, it is really making satet and therefore an actual snack and not just a drink. Let's make a fruit smoothie!

2/26/2016

cooking week #6 berry smoothie

Hey, everybody!
I really got to love smoothies since I started this cooking week. they are (mostly) easy to made, exetremely tasty yet not unhealthy and often very nourishing. I think, they can be a great breakfast alternative. Today, I made a smoothies I like even more than the previous one. A berry smoothie!

2/25/2016

Quit this mindset

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Hey, everyone!
A few days ago (when I watched this documentation on happyness), a friend of mine, who is not attending to school now, told me, that a lot of people in school do not look happy. When thinking about this, I had to admit that the most people look tired and exhausted in the school breaks. It is a little obvious; as the classes are seeminly hard, the breaks are filled with exhaused and maxed out students. Surprisinly, the tired- looking people are indeed not the hard working front students but more likely to be very passive and lazy in class.
I, personally am not exhausted or sad in school at all. I do not know, whether it is visible, but I am often happy in school. The exhaustion often comes after I have finished my homework at home.
Now, the key question is: How is it possible to stay freshed and happy while attending to (probably hard) classes?

2/24/2016

cooking #5 rice-stir-fry

Hey, everybody!
This rice-stir-fry is actually not adapted from a recepie but it was created by my using up diffrent kinds of vegetables, I could find in my house and putting them in a pan. Therefore, it is a very individually adjustable meal, that will be tasty anyway. Let's get started!

cooking week #4 choclate ice

Hey, everybody!
Today, I have a really easy but exetremely tasty recepie. It is, as far as I can guess, not so very unhealthy as well. Let's make ice cream!

2/23/2016

cooking week #3 sandwiches

Hey, everyone!
As for the seccond day of my cooking week, I wanted to try out a recepie, that was originally meant to be a tutorial for burgers, but as we had no burger- bread like substance, I tranformed the recepie into one for very huge sandwiches. They are something between a real lunch and a snack and they are delicious and healthy.

2/22/2016

cooking week #2 walnut- muffins

Hey, everyone!
Going on with the 'breakfast'- section in my cooking book, I made walnut muffins. Although I would not neccessarily regard muffins as something, I would eat for breakfast, I think, that this food is a great, sweet snack, that is probably not so very healthy.



2/21/2016

cooking week #1 banana smoothie

Hello, everybody!
Today, I started my 'cooking week' with a really easy recipie: I made a smoothie. In the first section of my cooking book, there are several recepies about breakfast ideas, such a muesli, muffins or smoothies. The good thing is, that they do not consume very much time while being exetremely tasty and (in most of the cases) healthy. A great idea for starting the day, I think.

2/20/2016

How to discover what hobbies you really like

Hey, everybody!
As I have already talked about in a post a few weeks ago, I want to reduce theamount of hobbies, I pursue in in order to only have the ones, I really like and enjoy left.
After having technically diminished watching movies from my list of hobbies, I have now still a long list that does not seem to shorten by itself.

2/19/2016

travel2japan #16 Meeting my host father and going to the beach

Hey guys!
So, I was to 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 no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to 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)

#16 Meeting my host father and going to the beach
Real date: March 25th

Today, my alarm rang at 6 o'clock but I did not stand up until 7 o'clock. After that, I made myself ready and ate breakfast. It was tasty. My hostmother showed me her computer, that I am allowed to use. So, I wrote an e-mail to my family. Today, a letter from WYS arrived (I think, it didn't arrive, but my host mother opened this day, because it was required then). We went to the town's office (I brought my passsport and my resident card) The person there asked us some questions about the resident card.

travel2japan #15 the first day with my host family


Hey guys!
So, I was to 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 no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to 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)

#15 the first day with my host family
Real date: March 24th

Today,  I woke up at 6 o'clock. We packed our stuff and went to breakfast. Here, I have to wait in building D till 9 o'clock so I stayed and sayed goodbye to the others. I feel a bit sick; partly, because I ate so much breaksfast, because I will not have food till I am with my host family at about 4 o'clock and partly, because I have become so good friends with the others  and don't want to leave.  Now, I will go to block B to help people fold pillows (I think, they just searched a way to engage be to shorten my waiting time).

2/18/2016

Why it is so important to participate in class

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Hey, everybody!
Today in German class, we should make a group work. Catchy introuduction, right? However, only one in four groups should present their work at a transparent foil and somehow, another group got choosen. When it came to time to present the results, however, only one girl (she is studying very hard and I admire her) wanted to present. As the presentation required two presentores, I volunteered and presented with her though having not worked in the group.
It was okay,  but we do not want to talk about presentations now but about participation.

2/17/2016

Why Physical Education should not be graded

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Hey everybody!
Since we got our school certificate a few weeks ago, I had been thinking about my P.E. grade. Although it is not a bad grade, I am not happy with it and do not feal treated fairly with it. While searching for ways to improve the grade, I came across some articles talking about whether Physical Education should be graded or not.

2/16/2016

post about happiness

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Hey, hopefully happy people out there!
I recently started watching a dokumentation called 'happy' with my friend. Simple name, pretty self- explainatory, it deals with happiness. It covers the main aspects of it, beliefs about happyness in diffrent countries and diffrent people's experiences. From what I have watched so far, I can definitely say, that this dokumentation provides a very diversified and multifarious content.
Altough I used to thought and I am still thinking, that I am a pretty happy and positive person, this dokumentation really made me rethink my standards of happiness.

2/15/2016

The Eisehower Matrix

Hey, everybody!
When I manage my task or schedule my day, I make intuitively use of the so called Eisenhower Matrix, an important time management method that helps managing your activities.

2/14/2016

Why it is so important to take notes in class (even if the teacher writes something down)

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Hey, everybody!
As I am very concerned about school and succceeding at class, I definitely do expess this corncern throughout my behaviour in school. One way, I show, that I pay lots of attention to my grades is through taking notes.
As I am not in college yet and attend a regular school, I am not so independent about studying as in college. Teachers write more or less often something on the board or hand out information sheet or provide the necessary information somewhere written down. Seen from this point, it should not be neccessary to take notes other than copying the written down from the board.

As I, however, use to take notes very frequently, my friends would sometimes tell me, that this is pointless and that I am wasting paper and time writing something down.
I think, taking notes provides some significant benefits, I want to talk about today.In school, everything written on the board makes sense. As the teacher explains it and the students deal with the written down, there is no issue in understanding the content. Everything seems to be clear and just the written down seems to be neccessary.

2/13/2016

Why fasting makes no sense/ How to actually forgo an unwanted behavious

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Hey, everybody!
Are you all doing well? Are you all properly satiated? Because today, we are going to talk about fasting.

2/12/2016

travel2japan #14 the last day of the orientation camp

Hey guys!
So, I was to 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 no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to 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)

#14 the last day of the orientation camp
Real date: March 23th

2/11/2016

Let's give it a try (trying out Cal Newport's tips on becoming a straight A student)

Hey everybody!
When you are a little into study blogs, study hack sites or study youtubers (as I think I am) you will have heared the name 'Cal Newport'. His book 'How to Become a Straight- A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High while studying Less' is a frequently requestet reading matter on many study blogger's sites.

2/10/2016

About my 'onliné time'

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Hello, guys!
When working out my night and morning routine, I created a 'online time'. That means, that I use this very time of the day and only this time to go online.

2/09/2016

Why a morning routine is so important (but hard to accomplish)

Hey, guys!
As I've already talked about the importance of a night routine, I am not talking about the counterpart; a morning routine. While a good morning routine can change even more, it is also way harder to accomplish.

2/08/2016

travel2japan #13 Harajuku, a shrine and Japanese students

Hey guys!
So, I was to 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 no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to 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)

#13 Harajuku, a shrine and Japanese students
Real date: March 22th

I woke up at 6:15 in the morning. Maybe because of the jetlag, maybe because I'm so excited, maybe maybe because the people in the other rooms started speaking and walking around. I think my whole room (three people) woke up at the same time. I layed a bit in my bed, then we stood up, got ready and went to the breakfast buffet. They had chips for breakfast as well! (I love buffets so much!  And the provided food there was indeed very tasty. I remember just the chips tasting not so good).
It really annoys me, that the other people often have breakfast till 10 to 9 (at 5 to 9 we have to be at the classroom). Directly after I finished, I want to go in the classroom and study there; prepare the next lesson, repeat the last one. (I was very rushy). So, tomorrow, I will take my folder (the folder that was given to us and that we needed for the lessons) directly to breakfast, so I do not have to get it after breakfast (from my room).

2/06/2016

What a night routine can change

Hey, everybody!
When saying the word "night routine", a lot of people would think immediately about this beauty youtubers and their romantic and too elegant to be true night routines. That's ot what I'm talking about. The night routine, I use to do containes beauty aspects as wel but it's more about functionality and adaptability for every day.

2/05/2016

How to start a new semster right

As recently a new semster started at my school, I wanted to talk about some ways to start a new semster in a good and motivation way.
When it comes to a new semester, the most students show themselves super- motivated, have high goals and seem to have the ambition and willpower to work hard. A few weeks later, however, these students use to be unmotivatied, tired and often far from reaching their goals.
To prevent this from happening, I have a few studying tips for starting a new semester.

2/04/2016

getting a feeling for minimalism


Hey, guys!
SInce I started engaging in minimalism actively, about half a year passed. I now can feel a kind of minimal mentality developing in myself.

2/02/2016

travel2japan #12 the orientation camp I

Hey guys!
So, I was to 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 no going to do this. 
Some backround information:
I was to 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)

#12 the orientation camp I
Real date: March 22th

Oh my god, only one day is over, it was both so long and so short and now, I am going to tell ybout it. So, I left the plane and first had to fill in some form, Karina already got during the flight (with the tax- items- paper). The Japanese were very nice and helpful and we have to hand in this form (so that we do not carry "bad items" to Japan) and then we got our luggage and we had to show the form again (let me just say: There were quite a lot of papers and forms to fill in and to show). (All this post- flight- stuff seemed to pass so fast in my head, I remember it taking way more time at the return flight.)

2/01/2016

a hard challenge for minimalists- gifts

Hello, everybody!
As I had my birthday party with both my friends and my family yesterday, I also received some gifts. I handed my mother a wishlist some weeks ago and she actually bougth me the stuff, I wished for. As I wrote the wishes I really do like the stuff I got and I am pretty happy about it. But the gifts are not necessary. As it are books, they could be lend or read online or listened to (audiobook) easily without receiving another space- consuming item.
by myself,
My friends, knowing, that I really love this cute Japanese characters, bought me loads of adorable and Japan- themed items, among them notebooks, pencils and rubbers. I really loved the items for their cuteness and because they connect me to Japan, but in retrospect I barely need one of them. I seriously have enough pencils, writing pads and notebooks to write 20 years with them.
So, how should I handle receiving gifts as a minimalist?