21 years, 21 lessons

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Another year older. 

And none the wiser.

Well, that is not quite true. I still feel like an 18-year-old girl at heart, but I did learn some very important life lessons – especially in the past few years when my life turned from one extreme to the next all of the time. From deep sadness to absolute happiness.

Everything that has happened in my life so far has taught me a lot, about myself, others, and the life I aim to live. I want to share some of those lessons in this post today, maybe one of those realisations is exactly what one of you needs to read today.

  1. Listen to what your body says. your mind can be tricked, your gut cannot. (Whether it comes to food & health, or people and life decisions.)
  2. If you need confidence, listen to hip hop, Beyonce or Dua Lipa. If you are sad, listen to Cigarettes After Sex and Lana Del Rey.
  3. If your family doesn’t make you happy, and your household is full of negative energy – move out. Get a job, save money and move out.
  4. Embrace who you are, what you like and who you want to be. As soon as you find yourself, you will attract the right people.
  5. You can’t take a wrong turn, everything will happen as it is supposed to be – don’t worry.
  6. People will either inspire you or teach you something.
  7. Traveling with someone is the ultimate relationship compatibility test. It’s the make it or break it with any person.
  8. Getting out of your comfort zone and facing your fears will change you as a person… to the better! Say yes to new experiences!
  9. Use baby powder instead of dry shampoo – it’s cheaper, lasts longer and does the same job.
  10. Learn to be alone: Go for a walk alone, go to a cafe alone, travel alone.
  11. If you want something from someone: Call.
  12. If you want to change your life, the best way to start is with a new hair style.
  13. Consume media that inspires you.
  14. Befriend people that inspire and motivate you.
  15. Don’t forget to be grateful for the little things. Focus on every positive aspect of your life.
  16. If you think about something for longer than 48 hours, do it.
  17. Cleaning your room unwinds your mind. If you have too many thoughts all at once, do it.
  18. There are much better things to talk about than other people.
  19. Hot soy milk with coconut sugar.
  20. Be creative, be risky. Whenever you can.
  21. Routine is not as bad as you might think. I always believed I would need change and variety in life, but I have learned that I love some structure.

What are your biggest life lessons so far?

Love, Christine

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Wieder ein Jahr älter. 

Und kein bisschen weiser.

Naja, das stimmt wohl nicht ganz. Ich fühle mich zwar immer noch wie 18, aber ich habe doch einige wichtige Dinge dazugelernt – besonders in den letzten paar Jahren als sich mein Leben alle sechs Monate aufs neue auf den Kopf gestellt hat.

All das, was ich bisher erlebt habe, hat mich viel gelehrt. Viel über mich selbst, andere, und das Leben, das ich führen möchte. Ich möchte einige dieser Life-Lessons heute mit euch teilen, vielleicht ist ja die ein oder andere Lebensweisheit genau das, was ihr heute gebraucht habt.

  1. Höre auf deinen Körper. Den Kopf kann man austricksen, aber dein Bauchgefühl lügt nicht. (Egal ob beim Essen, deiner Gesundheit, oder anderen Menschen und wichtigen Entscheidungen.)
  2. Du brauchst etwas Selbstbewusstsein? Hör Hip Hop, Beyonce oder Dua Lipa. Wenn du traurig sein willst, sind Cigarettes After Sex und Lana Del Rey perfekt.
  3. Wenn dich dein Familienzustand nicht glücklich macht und voller negativer Energie ist, zieh aus. Spare Geld, bewirb dich für Jobs und zieh aus.
  4. Sei du selbst und mach was du willst. Sobald du dich selber gefunden hast, ziehst du all die Menschen an, die in dein Leben gehören.
  5. Egal, was du machst, du kannst nichts falsch machen, alles passiert so wie es sein soll – mach dir keine Sorgen.
  6. Alle Menschen in deinem Leben werden dich entweder inspirieren oder dich etwas lehren.
  7. Zusammen verreisen ist der ultimative Beziehungstest. Es ist das Make-or-Break, egal mit welcher Person.
  8. Trau dich raus aus deiner Komfortzone und stelle dich deinen Ängsten – es wird dich als Person zum Besseren verändern!
  9. Greif zu Babypuder anstatt zu Trockenshampoo – es ist günstiger, hält länger und funktioniert genauso gut.
  10. Lerne alleine zu sein: Gehe allein spazieren, setze dich allein in ein Café, verreise alleine.
  11. Wenn du etwas von jemandem willst: Greif zum Telefon und ruf an. Easy as that.
  12. Wenn du dein Leben verändern möchtest, ist eine komplett neue Frisur ein guter Start.
  13. Konsumiere Medien, die dich inspirieren.
  14. Suche dir Freunde, die dich inspirieren und motivieren.
  15. Vergiss nicht auch für die kleinen, selbstverständlichen Dinge dankbar zu sein. Konzentriere dich auf jeden positiven Aspekt in deinem Leben.
  16. Wenn du länger als 48 Stunden über etwas nachdenkst, mach es.
  17. Räume dein Zimmer auf – es räumt auch deinen Kopf auf. Wenn du zu viele Gedanken auf einmal hast, wirkt es Wunder.
  18. Es gibt so viele interessantere Themen zu bereden, als über andere zu lästern.
  19. Warme Sojamilch mit Kokosblütenzucker.
  20. Sei kreativ und ein bisschen risky. Egal bei was.
  21. Routine ist nicht so schlimm wie manche sagen. Ich dachte immer ich brauche super viel Abwechslung in meinem Alltag, aber gerade in letzter Zeit habe ich gemerkt, wie gut mir ein bisschen Struktur in meinem Leben tut.

Was ist das wichtigste, was du bisher in deinem Leben gelernt hast?

Ganz viel Liebe, Christine


What makes you feel most alive?

If somebody were to ask you, what it is that makes you feel most alive, the most yourself.. Would you know what to answer?

Us people tend to act like robots. We sleep, eat, go to school or work, eat and sleep again. Sometimes inbetween those things we find time to meet people, even though some of those people don’t make us happy. Like machines we live like that nearly every day.. but hold on, we don’t even live, we simply exist.

We don’t get of our comfort zones and we give in to the routine of daily life. 

And for some of us that is okay, some people love routine, they need structure. However, I also meet so many people who hate this 9-to-5-life, and want to really seize their time while they are alive but simply don’t do it because it is too difficult, too expensive… Simply not easy enough.

But it is easy! People just tend to overthink and make things difficult, they subconsciously seek complications.

In order to show you how simple it can be to feel alive, I asked random people on Tumblr when they felt most alive. Here is what they answered:

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As you can see, it can be so so simple! All of those things can be switched up and incorporated into daily life! Let’s all break our routines and do more of the things that really make us happy!

Also, everyone said so many different things which displays how different all of us are. It is amazing, like the world is a puzzle with all of us people as different puzzle pieces. Nobody is the same and that is so fascinating – so let’s embrace that as well!

Let’s live.


Sunday Coffee Talk #4 – Soulmates

Don't think about how you are going to meet your soulmate. Live your life. Go for your goals and dreams. Travel. Do what makes YOU happy. Be whole. Feel whole. Be complete by yourself.TrThe concept of soulmates is very popular amongst people. It makes sense: the belief that somebody – the one – is out there, and soon your paths might finally cross and that person will make you realise why it has never worked with anyone else before.

It’s a nice thought, knowing there will be someone who is perfect for you, who shares the same interests. It’s nice, because thinking about love like that gives you a secure feeling. The feeling that everything will be okay in the end no matter what.

Today, I want to discuss the concept of soulmates a little bit more. I’ve recently come upon this video, which made me think about love and soulmates and why do we fall in love with certain people.

What is a soulmate?

The term soulmate has many different definitions.

„someone, usually your romantic or sexual partner, who you have a special relationship with, and who you know and love very much“ – Cambridge Dictionary

„It’s like a best friend, but more. It’s the one person in the world that knows you better than anyone else.“ – Urban Dictionary

There are even some concepts that describe soulmates, like the Japanese tale of the red thread of fate. The legend says that two people who are destined to meet someday are connected by an invisible red thread.

„no matter how far apart they live or how much their life circumstances differ“ – Bright Side

But is that true? Is everyone destined to meet another person at some point in their life?

Do soulmates exist?

What do you think? Do soulmates exist? Is there only one soulmate for each person? Is it a love interest, or a friend?

In my opinion, soulmates do exist. However, I don’t believe that there is only one soulmate for each person. And I certainly don’t believe that a soulmate has to be a love interest or sexual partner.

I think there are quite a few people who you can feel that special connection with. Do you know what I mean? You see them for the first time and you instantly know, yes, this person belongs in my life. Somehow like a special bond even though you might not really know them yet. And when you get to know them, the two of you instantly click.

A person, that always inspires you to be your best self, and you gets you on a deeper level. A person, who you have a special kind of intimacy with. People on your exact same level of energy.

I believe each person who comes into your life is there for a purpose. They either inspire you or teach you a lesson. Sometimes they stick with you for a longer period of time. I think that your soulmate (or your soulmates) will bump into your life, when you will need them the most.

I know that I have found one soulmate in a best friend of mine. Her and I get along so well and know each other inside out, it’s actually crazy. We share the same energy and she inspires me every time I see her. And she did come into my life when she was supposed to, looking back I am 100 percent sure.

Stop looking

Looking for your soulmate has no use, maybe they are not supposed to be in your life yet. It’s comparable with every situation like this: If you go looking for your keys, you will never find them while actively searching for them. Or when you can’t remember a word, but you know that you know it – you will never remember it while actively thinking about it. Only if you are distracted and thinking about a different topic, you will suddenly remember it.

The key to meeting a soulmate is the same as the key to finding love: stop looking for one.

Don’t think about how you are going to meet your soulmate. Live your life. Go for your goals and dreams. Travel. Do what makes YOU happy. Be whole. Feel whole. Be complete by yourself. Trust the Universe that good will happen and that you will attract GOOD into your life. Let everything happen naturally. Let it flow. 

Just be and everything will fall into place. Even if you don’t believe in it yet. Life and the universe always have their ways. And everything will be okay in the end. 

Much love, as always



Sunday Coffee talk #1 – Who are you… really?

„Remember who you are. Without the number on the scale, your report card or your bank account. Without the amount of friends you have, or the expensive things you own. Know who you are; your raw true self.“ – Source

People always define themselves by numbers and names. If you were to ask me „Who are you?“, I would probably say „My name is Christine, I’m 20 years old, I live in Vienna and I study corporate communication“. But we are so much more. We can’t merely be defined by all those exterior things and labels. And honestly, none of this even really matters in the long run.

In years from now, people won’t remember you because of the weight the scale shows you, the things you own, the clothes you wear or the money you have. They will remember how you made them feel. How you carry yourself even though you are skinnier or weigh more than the „standard“ size, how modest you are even though you own a fancy car, how you express your true self with the clothes you wear and how you treat others even though you possess a lot of money. In the end, that’s what matters most.

Moreover, you can take all those things away. You can take away the money, the clothes and cars, but nobody can ever take away your personality, your true self. The person you are, when you are genuinely happy and nobody’s watching.

People often say that the key to a happy life is within yourself. I my opinion that is true. If you are able to make yourself happy, without the help of anything or anyone else – you have found real happiness. Then, nobody will ever be able to take it away from you. It is inside of you and you can carry it with you no matter where you go. You free yourself from all the strings that attach you from the outside – from all the things you thought would make you happy.

So get in touch with who you really, truly are. What makes you laugh out loud? What fascinates you so much that you just don’t want to stop talking about it? What awakes that fire inside your soul? That urging feeling to go and do and live? Find that. Find out who your soul is and what you want to do.

Write it down. Take pictures and stick them on walls. Post them on Instagram. So you will remember it forever. Even if you have those little moments of doubt. Everyone doubts themselves and their personality sometimes, but that just life – it comes and goes in seasons.

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I stumbled upon the quote above and realised that I am so much more than all the things people usually define themselves by. I am Christine and twenty and from Austria, but I am so much more than that. I am how I can make my friends feel, how I make them laugh. I am the way I can motivate myself – and my ambition. I am the way I am instantly happier when there is that summer feeling in the air. How people give me so much energy and working out calms me down. How I have such an urge to get into nature and go some place with hills and the sea. How I always want to dance and sing and entertain others.

What is your true self? How would you define yourself if somebody would ask you who you were? Spend time creating your identity and never stop doing so.

I wish you all a great sunday,



The little things

My friend Magdalena took these two pictures in Halifax (here is her photography page). At the moment, I am reeeally missing Halifax & the people there. I especially miss the independence and freedom that I have felt there. Here at home, nothing seems as if it has changed, but I feel like I have changed so much – it doesn’t quite fit at the moment I guess. However, this post shouldn’t be about what I miss about Halifax – it should evoke happy feelings!

People (myself included) tend to oversee the little things that we should all be grateful for. In 2018, I will try to be more thankful for the small details that I took for granted until now… So here is a list:

The feeling of sunshine on salty skin. Beaches. Eating porridge for dinner. Sweet meals. Clean sheets. Cute cafés. Love & saying I love you to someone. Music that instantly gets you. New friends who feel like you have known them forever. Flowers. Showers.

French. Laughing with the right people. Change. Sunrises & early mornings. Jumping on trampolines. Ice skating in winter. Mountains & lakes. Maps. People who radiate positivity. 3 a.m. conversations. (Shooting) Stars & looking at them.

Rooms with big windows. Sam Smith songs. Car drives while it’s raining.

Taking chances. Taking risks. Green tea. Almonds. Being able to see colours. Being able to run. The moon & how large it looks sometimes. Lying on your bedroom floor while thinking about life. Overwhelming feelings. Daydreaming. Trying new recipes.

Independency. All the times when the sky looks infinite. 90s hits. Driving with the windows down & sticking your hand out to feel the air. Naps. Summer nights. Letters.

Hot chocolate. Taking time for self-care. Bad years (because then you appreciate the good ones that follow). Dancing. Summer rain. When it starts to smell like spring.

This post inspired me to write this.

I hope you also feel a little inspired now.

Much love, Christine

Quotes: Positivity & Motivation


Everyone has bad days once in a while. For me, positive quotes are really helpful on days like this, or when I am stuck in a rut. So today, I will share some of my favourite quotes with you. I hope these will keep you going and inspire you a bit. Enjoy!


How to stop time: kiss.

How to travel in time: read.

How to escape time: music.

How to feel time: write.

How to release time: breathe.

– Source

It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up.


You’re always one decision away from a totally different life.



If they say „it’s impossible“, remember that it’s impossible for them not for you.


Wake up early. Drink coffee. Work hard. Be amitious. Keep your priorities straight, your mind right and your head up. Do well, live well and dress really well. Do what you love, love what you do. It is time to start living.


I’m coming for everything they said I couldn’t have.

Words of Success

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.

Hp Lyrikz

Which one is your favourite? Do you have any tips on how to stay positive? Comment down below, I’d love to read your opinions!

Love, Chris



How your thoughts create your reality


What you think, you attract. What you speak, you create. – @dulceruby (instagram)

I am an optimist. And, I am a big believer that the right, positive mindset, as well as hard work can get you anywhere you want to be. I have already seen it so many times in my own life: As soon as I started to change my negative thoughts into positive ones, I started to see my life more positive, and suddenly so many great things happened and came into my life.

Let’s wind back 4-5 years.. I would say 2012/13 were my greatest low points so far. I have never felt as lonely as back then. I was binge eating unhealthy things every day. I spent days not leaving my bed, without talking to anyone, simply watching hours and hours of TV shows. I gained a lot of weight and felt super uncomfortable in my own skin. I hated myself and my body.

But then everything changed with one book: Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr – a book about the power of thoughts for young women. I remember reading it in one go and realizing that I need to stop living like this and finally start doing something with my life!

I started to literally change my thoughts.. Everytime I recognized that I was thinking negatively (about anything) or that I started comparing myself to others, I would rephrase that thought into a positive one. At first, it took me a while to get into this kind of thinking, but I didn’t give up & after a while it became routine, and I started thinking positively without effort and without even noticing it.

As soon as my thought became positive and I became the optimistic person again that I was before, so many great things came into my life: I finally found real friends who are even my best friends now, I lost 15kg weight, I started eating healthy, I became vegetarian, I got very good in school and I regained my ambitions and started to follow my dreams again!

Since then I am 100 per cent sure that thinking positively leads to a positive life, and that your thoughts attract what happens to you. Negative thoughts will attract negativity. Positive thoughts will attract positivity. Like attracts like.

That is also the reason, why the quote above means so much to me.. If you always think or speak negatively about yourself or even others, negative things will happen. However, focusing on the good things about yourself, others and life & being grateful for what you have, that’s the key to real happiness.

I hope that I could inspire at least one of you to make the most out of life and to think positive & be more optimistic!

I hope you all have a great day.

Love, Christine