Setting Goals & Dreams Coming True?

Hey guys,

I’ve had the best morning today. I got to sleep in and had the best breakfast consisting of a nice cup of coffee and hot pretzels. Breakfast perfection! I hope your start into the weekend is just as good as mine! Anyway.. I really felt like writing a more personal, rambly update kind of post so if you’re here for the usual beauty review you now have the chance to click off.

So some of you might remember the post I wrote about one of my best friends from the US and how we’re still very close and try to keep in touch even though we haven’t since each other in nearly 4 years, which seems like an eternity. I also wrote about how we always dreamt about traveling together and how we would make the craziest plans of all the cool places we wanted to go to. Honestly I never really believed our dreams would even come somewhat close to reality but guess what? She’s coming to Europe this summer! After years of trying she has finally managed to convince her parents to let her go to summer school in Paris! She’ll be staying in Paris for an entire month, so I can visit her there and once her classes are over she is going to stay with me for for two weeks and we’re planning on traveling to a bunch of different cities in Europe. Now it’s not set in stone yet and she still has to book the flights but it’s 99.9% sure that she’ll be making her way to Paris.

I cannot even put into words how happy this makes me. We’ve been talking about this for years and the last time we both saw each other was when we were 16 and now we’re going to see each other in around 4 month. I still can’t really believe that this is happening. I think I’m going to have an amazing summer and I can’t wait to share it all with you and blog about it.

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Now as some of you may also know I was really ill last summer and though I’m physically healthy again I wasn’t allowed to do any kind of sports for months so obviously I’m not in the best physical shape fitness wise. I’m still out of breath super easily, which annoys me immensely and makes me feel worse. But since I’ll be spending quite a bit of my summer traveling and exploring new places I need to get myself into a better condition health wise or otherwise I won’t be able to travel. As frustrating as it is so start slowly I’ve starting going for walks a lot and each time I manage walk a little longer without having to take a break. I hope to soon be able to cycle to uni again instead go having to drive.

It’s like now that I finally have a goal again I feel my motivation and energy coming back. It really helps to have something to work towards to because in the end you know you’re frustration will turn into happiness once you reach your goal. Summer seems to be approaching fast now and I’m seriously looking forward to it, which is such a great feeling because I haven’t really looked forward to anything in months. It was like I was just kinda living my life without having any direction. Obviously finishing my Bachelor’s degree is my goal but I was just kind of going to Uni and trying to get good grades but when I received those good grades it didn’t even make me happy. I felt a sense of relief but other than that it almost didn’t even matter. I was just living my life without actually living it if you understand what I mean. I wasn’t really feeling alive because I was still struggling with everything that had happened and it frustrated me that I couldn’t get back to old happy and carefree self.

But now I’ve set myself a goal and I have something that is truly making me feel excited about something again. I just wanted to share this more personal post with you guys because I know there are a lot of people out there who struggle with all sorts of things on a regular basis. I’ve had a terrible last 6 months if I’m being honest with myself but things are looking up for me a lot. I’m finding my motivation and energy again and I feel like I’m truly on the road to happiness again. So if you’re having a tough time because of whatever just remember that things will get better at one point. Even though it feels like they won’t.

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Thank you so much for reading!

Lot of love,

Sophie

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My Favorite Breakfast Smoothie

Now I’ve been loving smoothies for the longest time and have been wishing for a smoothie blender for months now. I feel like a blender is not the kind of thing I would usually buy for myself, so I was beyond happy when I found out that Santa had stopped by and put one under the tree for me!

Ever since Christmas I’ve been experimenting around and blending everything editable that you could possibly put in a smoothie together. There’s one smoothie I’ve been loving as a quick and easy breakfast though. It’s a super simple recipe but I still want to share it with you guys anyway.

Basically what I do is take a handful of frozen blueberries (they don’t have to be frozen but this way your smoothie is instantly cold) chop up a banana, add some natural low fat yoghurt and sprinkle some cereal on top. Then I blend everything together and there’s my breakfast.

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I absolutely love blueberries and bananas and I think both fruits go well together. I add a bit of yoghurt because for one I just love yoghurt and it makes my smoothie a bit more creamier. As I’ve mentioned before I’m the pickiest eater ever but I love cereal, so since I’d run out of granola I decided to add a bit of my Kellogg’s Special K to my smoothie. Obviously this is an optional step you don’t have to do, but I love it.

If you think the consistency of the smoothie is to thick you can always add a bit of milk. But basically this has been one of my go to breakfasts lately! It’s soooo good.

If you have any amazing smoothie recipes make sure to link me up with it as I’m trying out something different all the time!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Sophie

A Skin Care Staple

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It wasn’t until about a year ago that I really got into skin care. Yes, you heard that right. I’ve always made sure to take my make up off before I went to bed at night and I sometimes would use a cleanser and a moisturiser but it wasn’t until a year, that I started investing in more products and  building up my own skin care routine. Nowadays I can’t imagine my life without my skin care routine. At least not the night one. I do sometimes lack the energy to do the full routine when I have to get up early in the morning. I’m sure I’m not the only one though. We’re all humans and I belong to the kind, who really appreciate sleep. Just not really a morning person.

In today’s post I’m not going to talk about my entire routine but about one product I’ve been repurchasing every time after having run out of it, so I think it’s safe to say it’s become one of my skin care staples within the last few months.

I’m talking about the The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil. If you’ve ever done any kind of google search on skin care you might have come across tea tree oil and how it’s supposed to be amazing for acne prone skin. I don’t really have, never really had, acne prone skin but for whatever reason I started getting more breakouts when I started university a year ago. Weirdly enough I’ve always had perfectly clear skin until I moved to the Netherlands to start university. I didn’t know whether it was caused by stress or hormones but I did know I wanted to do something against it. Hence I did some google research and came across this little gem. It’s not a magical product, that just makes your skin picture perfect but it has helped my skin to improve immensely in the course of a few months.

Now what I do is, I apply a bit of this oil on all the parts of my face, where I think I need it. Basically I cover any blemishes with this. It took some time but my skin has been improving a lot since then and I just love the refreshing feeling it leaves on my skin. It just feels so clean. Although I’m not really a fan of the smell of this product, as it is quite strong, I love this little oil and I’m so glad I discovered it. If you’re struggling with some blemishes or spots I think this is a great product to get rid of those. It leaves a really refreshing feeling on your skin and most importantly it doesn’t dry it out.

It’s definitely a product I will continue to use because it’s amazing and really affordable!

What are some of your skin care staples? Have you ever tried this?

XX

Sophie

My Sick Day Essentials

Lately I haven’t been feeling all too well and when I woke up Monday morning I felt so ill I decided to stay home. I hate having to miss out on lectures and seminars because it just means more work in the end because I have to make up a bunch of things, so here are my sick day essentials, that make me feel better quickly.

1. Lots of sleep
While you’re sleeping your body recovers from all the stuff you put it through throughout the day, which is why a good night’s sleep is so important.  Whenever I have a headache or don’t feel well I snuggle up in bed and try to get some sleep, so that my body can rest and get better.

2. Tea and Water
Drink lots of water! Water is so good for you and your body needs it to stay hydrated. I tend to drink not enough water during the day, which sometimes leads to headaches for me.  If you like drinking something warm go for green tea. I’m not much of a tea person but I love green tea. It is so healthy and really good for you.

3. Turn off phone
I’m the kind of person if someone texts me I always try to text back asap because I don’t want to keep them waiting.  This can be really stressful especially when a lot of people are expecting answers and you’re really busy with something else. If I have my phone around me I can never really rest, so if you’re anything like me just turn it off. You will survive it and so will your friends if you are unavailable for a few hours.

4. Comfy Clothes
Nothing is more comforting than your favorite most comfortable clothes.

5. Fruits and Veggies
When I’m sick I’m usually not very hungry, so I like to eat fruits and veggies to get vitamins and energy from them.

This are my five essentials for a sick day, that will usually get me back on track quite fast.

What do you do when you’re not feeling well?
– xx Sophie