You´re the next generation!

The majority of my life I worked very hard in order to be a good person. For many years, I exhausted myself because I used to strive for perfection in many relevant life areas. When I look back in time I understand that I was so busy trying to please everyone, wanting to be the person that had all the answers which made me start ignoring many important things in my life, so I learned that you can not always have an answer to everything, which is perfectly fine but you will and I can guarantee you that, go through situations that will influence your perspective on life and you will be able to speak based on your personal experience realizing that it happens to be a society full of unique human beings that can relate on a personal level.

My goal has always been to inspire and move others, and to make a difference in a way that was unforgettable, my younger self thought this meant that I had to constantly prove that I was good enough to win the acknowledgment and appreciation of others. Today I know that this is incorrect, because not everything we do, even if we have put lots of effort into it, will be acknowledged or appreciated and knowing that fact is still not supposed to stop us from following our intuition or doing what we believe is right.

If you belong to those individuals that believe that they can have a positive impact on the world that we live in by wanting to change it, you will be confronted with the following questions: What can one person do? What difference will YOU make? Well, unfortunately people forget that tiny drops of water form the ocean and each one of them counts, the same goes to our actions, because every act of ours, every effort to change something, counts and if people get inspired and do that one act, make that one effort, that can cause a huge difference in many different areas in life. Everything we do matters, whether we realize it in the moment or not. Little acts, multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world and shape it beautifully.

Start asking yourself how much power you have in order to make a positive difference and allow me to remind you that we are all leaders inside, we all have huge potential as well as something to teach one another. Believe me once your inner leader awakens, you will come to the realization that each one of us can contribute something to cause changes in countless different life sectors. On a daily basis we can all choose to quietly lead by example since your life affects mine and vice versa. Together we can make a big difference which brings me to a sentence I used to get told when I was in school and until this day this sentence is stuck in my head. I used to always get told: You are the next generation, if anyone is going to make a difference in this world, it´s you! This phrase has somehow become part of my life philosophy. Today I am fully convinced that the more we focus on becoming educated and experienced, the more we read, travel and work, as women and men, the more knowledge we gain within our lives, the more we can pass on and offer to further generations.


What the health?

Do you ever go through the ingredient list of your groceries? Have you ever wondered, if the food that is considered healthy, is actually good for you or if eating healthy food gives the permission to eat as much of it as you like just because it´s considered healthy? If you answer those questions with “YES” you are familiar with nutrients like fats, carbohydrates, fiber, protein, cholesterol as well as several vitamins. Today I´d like to focus on one essential nutrient that is also found in most foods: Iodine

Iodine is important for a unrestricted thyroid function and is present in foods and iodized salt. It contains several chemical forms of iodine, including sodium and potassium salts. Iodine usually occurs as a salt and is also called iodide. The suggested amount of daily iodine consumption is 150-200 micro grams (µg) per adult.

If your body produces too much iodine or  if you suffer an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies produced by your immune system stimulate your thyroid to produce too much T-4, you´ll have to stick to a low iodine diet. The aim of that diet is not to lose weight but to reduce the intake of iodine in your everyday life and cure the symptoms that might be a sign of an overproduction of T-4 or iodine, also know as hyperthyroidism. Of course the symptoms vary from person to person but the most common ones are as follows: diarrhea, fatigue, insomnia, muscle weakness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, skin dryness as well as weight loss. A simple blood draw can show whether your thyroid produces too much iodine.

In case you suffer from any of the symptoms that were named on top or discovered an overproduction of iodine and intend to improve the function of your thyroid, you should avoid processed foods and Iodine-rich foods like sea vegetables, yogurt, cow’s milk, eggs, iodized salts, seafood and sushi.

Here are some other examples of Iodine rich sources that should be avoided:

=> I have to say my first example, the following fruit, has surprised me when I came across the amount of iodine that it contains, I just thought what the health?! Just a piece of Kiwi includes 80 micrograms of iodine, which equals almost half of the amount of iodine you should transfer to your body daily. That means that eating 2 Kiwis almost covers the whole amount of iodine you should eat on a daily basis. If you eat three Kiwis you have covered the amount of iodine that a pregnant woman should eat in one day.

=> Seafood is usually a great source of iodine. Shrimp for example has a very high amount iodine (35 micrograms of iodine per serving, which equals 2-3 pieces) but you should not neglect that shrimp provides your body with protein and calcium. In comparison to other types of fish, shrimp is quite harmless, (120g) Haddock contain 390 micrograms of iodine and 120g Cod contain 230 micrograms of iodine. Although shrimp does not consist of as much iodine as Haddock, 35 micrograms per piece makes it iodine rich.

Also on top the iodine richest foods: Ewe’s milk cheese containing 114 μg iodine.

=> Eggs are known for being very iodine rich, especially the yolks. Sticking to a low iodine diet means having to segregate the egg whites and the yolks when eating eggs.

Iodine low foods:

=> Despite from containing a very tiny amount of iodine, ginger is an anti-inflammatory herb that can help you boost your immune system which is why it should be part of a low iodine diet.

=> Bananas will help you feel like you have had enough to eat, since they contain lots of iron so they might be a great breakfast option with some egg-whites-pancakes.

=> Pasta and noodles, although those two are unpopular among people who want to lose weight, you are absolutely allowed to eat them in a low iodine diet as long as they don´t contain high-iodine ingredients like certain (creamy) sauces.

=> Unsalted nuts, unsalted nut butters, unsalted nuts and unsalted nut butters and more unsalted nuts and unsalted nut butters. Nuts are supposed to be a major part of a low iodine diet.

Other iodine low foods are white bread (6 mcg ), apricots (0,5 mcg), apples & pears (1 mcg), tomatoes (1 bis 2 mg) as well as other kinds of fruit and vegetables, rice (1 bis 2 mcg), beef (3 mcg).

In conclusion, you should try to avoid seafood and dairy products and aim for fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and unsalted nuts if you would like to focus on the amount of iodine that most foods consist of. Of course you should not totally cut dairy products and fish since they also contain life essential nutrients that your body needs to function properly, but you should always re-think your food choices and make sure you eat even healthy foods in moderation. Don´t forget to check out the ingredient list on all packaged foods you buy.  From my personal experience with different nutrition plans I can guarantee you that sticking to a particular diet is going to allow you to taste food in a more in intense way and also recognise the flavours more intensively.

Life lessons learned in 2016

Since 2017 is just around the corner, it´s time to reflect about everything that has happened in 2016 and how all the situation that we´ve been through have affected or changed us. When it comes to me, 2016 has been the most important and most beautiful year in my life so far. 2016 was quite my year and I am very excited for 356 new days. It´s time to share 4 important life lessons that I´ve learned in 2016:

1. Life is a continuous learning process:

Day by day life teaches us multiple little lessons that might change our way of thinking, our lifestyle or even our habits. Any form of education, no matter wether it´s going to school/university, joining a particular class or simply reading, is supposed to have one aim: Developing a deeper understanding for life. You may ask yourself now, what does that mean? Allow me to explain it: We should read, learn, and study in order to gain knowledge that can be used in all areas of life. A continued educational experience is necessary in order to engage the brain, heighten physical activity, and establish healthy valuable relationships.

Always think out of the box when it comes to learning/studying, even non-credit academic courses, educational travel, internships, community service and volunteerism are forms learning that may broaden your mind and allow you to gain the knowledge that you might not gain easily by reading. Hence it´s all about how these practices can be applied to one’s daily life. There are no limits to education or learning in general, therefore lifelong learning should always be considered an investment in a better future and a better life. So learn, study, stimulate your brain and keep permanently feeding your curious mind!

2. You have got something to be proud of:

Every person has achieved something in their life. Even our smallest accomplishments are reasons to feel conceited. Small drops of water form the ocean, there´d be no ocean without the small drops of water and the same goes to achievements in life, small achievements lead to bigger ones, which is why you should always be proud of every accomplishment no matter how small or big it is. Don’t overlook the achievements you’ve made, be proud of them and strive for better!

Keep in mind that there are various ways to feel proud of yourself on a daily basis even when you have not had any recent accomplishments. You can be proud of qualities of your personality, your skills, your talents and your knowledge. Maybe you’re a spectacular writer or a fantastic chef. Whatever your creative ability is, be happy that you’re able to create something out of virtually nothing. Whatever your talent is, embrace it! If no one else appreciates it, you should still be proud of it yourself.

Furthermore be proud of your reading list and the amount of books you’ve read. Each of them, whether you enjoyed it or not, took you on a unique adventure. Overall books teach you how different people see the world and explore the various emotions they go through in life. Every time you read something, you’re expanding what you know about the world and humanity as a whole.The information can be important or useless, but you should value the experience either way. So be proud of what you´ve read and what you know!

3. The importance of being self confident:

Do yourself a favour and don’t lower your standards to fit in. Don’t shrink who you are to make others feel comfortable. Don’t compare yourself to others. Only compare your current self to your past self. Do find and surround yourself with people who like you just the way you are and who encourage you to keep growing and bettering yourself.

Self confidence is about knowing that you are good enough and capable of facing and handling any problems in your life. By the time you´ll realise, that self confidence is the key that unlocks the doors to your greatest chances for success due to the fact that the way you refer to yourself and the way you see yourself will determinate how successful you might become in your life. In addition to that people will start to see you the same way you see yourself, if you mange to show them how self confident you are. Moreover your self confidence level shows wether you´re convinced of what saying and doing or not. If you speak and act with conviction you will be able to persuade anyone to understand your point of view and the way you think. For instance people love confident ones and even look up to them.

All in all the higher your self confidence is, the more you will be willing to take risks and the more opportunities will encounter. Be mindful of the fact that you’ve made it through every rough situation you’ve ever been through and it hasn´t stopped you from living yet. Under all circumstances and no matter how dark your life becomes, someone will always be there to act as a flashlight to guide you back to the light. Never allow any knock downs to destruct the image that you have from yourself. Make your life as great as it deserves to be. Even though you might have scars from your past, remember to live in the present. Despite everything that you´ve been through, you’re still living life, so you might as well enjoy it. If you’re ever feeling down, make a list of all the things you love about yourself. It may feel like you’re bragging, but sometimes it’s necessary to have a reminder of who you are and to be honest, we all need a little boost to our self esteem every now and then.

4. You deserve to spend time alone:

We live in a very hectic society. Often enough in life we do too much, take on too many responsibilities and become very busy in our life due to work, plans, assignments or social obligations. As a result we forget that we deserve to spend time on our own.

In many people´s lives busyness enhances happiness, the fact that they´re busy makes them feel like they have got a purpose in life, while others might be affected by busyness in a negative way and start to feel like they´re put under pressure. No matter how you choose to deal with busyness, there´s something that could be said about being busy in general: It takes a lot from our time. Generally there are times in our lives that are exciting and thrilling, and times that are well…kind of boring.These moments can make you feel unfulfilled or empty, but there´s no need to stress. You can take action and fill these moments with joy and meaning.

Make time for yourself, time in which you´re completely alone, you’ll feel a huge weight lift off your shoulders.Spending time on your own allows you to gear down, think, refresh and be more ready to tackle the outside world when you re-emerge. In addition to that uninterrupted time spent alone will help you to get more things done than when you´re surrounded by people 24/7. Apart from that spending quiet time on your own allows you to explore new possibilities. Do something that you´ve always wanted to do on your own, it could be drawing, designing, writing, the list goes on and on. Maybe you´ll discover new hobbies. Take time to relax and do more of your passions. Explore your abilities and interests. You may have the most rewarding experience and if you´re lucky you´ll come up with something that might change your life forever. Unleash your inner artist!

Make up removers in comparison

Since make up has taken over almost every female’s life, the best way (product) to remove it has been a big issue on several blogs and social media platforms such as Instagram and Youtube.

When it comes to me, I love trying out make up removers which is why a while ago I bought the Instant Eye Makeup Remover by CLARINS and Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover by SEPHORA. You can on the picture below how the two make up removers look like:


Here’s the review on the two make up removers:

Instant Eye Makeup Remover

Where to buy it: Sephora, Debenhams, Wojooh and Clarins stores

Size: only available in one size (125 ml ).

Price: 36 € = 29 $ = 150 AED

My impression: Ever since I bought it has become my favourite make up remover. I really love this make up remover, it’s very skin friendly, it smells really good and after just using a few drops your face will be make up free within seconds without having to rub your face hastily with towels or tissues for a long time, just wipe your face gently and it’s gone. To sum it up: A great way to remove even heavy and waterproof make up!

 Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

Where to buy it: As far as I’m concerned this make up remover is only availbale at Sephora stores and on the Sephora website.

Size: available in 3 differnt sizes
1. travel size = 50 ml (1.69 oz)
2. medium = 125 ml (4.2 oz)
3. large = 250 ml (6.76 oz)

Price: 1. 4,6 € = 7,5$ = 18 AED
2. 7€ = 11 $ = 28 AED
3. 9,2 € =15 $ = 36 AED

I like that product although I have to say that I still had higher exspectations about the product due to the fact that Sephora has become one of the most important make up companies worldwide. It´s great for removing eye make up and very gentil to the eyes which is a must if you sensitive eye like me. I´d definitely buy it again. I guess that everyone could afford the Sephora make up remover because the smallest bottle costs as much as most drugstore make up removers which is a big pro for that make up remover.

What´s your favourite make up remover? Let me know in the comment section below 🙂 And if you´re interested in reading more review make sure you check out lip balms in comparison, here´s the link:



Hello Monday!

Good morning everyone and happy Monday! I have been quite busy the past few weeks which is why I decided to take a short break from writing but now I´m back and hope that you´ll like the blog posts that I have prepared for you! Since it´s  Monday and also the beginning of a new week I thought it would be a good idea to give you some positive input that might motivate to accomplish as much as possible this week. Allow these phrases to encourage you to question more matters in your life and start replacing negative thoughts with positive ones:

  • Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  • The best way to predict the future is to create it.
  • If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  • Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  • All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  • Never lower your standards for anyone or anything.
  • Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You already have all that you need and even more.
  • When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  • Burn the candles; use the nice plates; wear the fancy clothes. Don’t save them for a special occasion. Today is special.

Good morning! ☀️☕️

Hello everyone! I woke up feeling very positive this morning so I felt like sharing some thoughts that are spinning through my head with you:

1. Give yourself space. Away from the things that are making you unhappy. Stressing you out. Making your head spin. Create distance. Clear your head. Don’t surround yourself with negativity. It will only create more negativity.
2. Don’t waste energy on people who aren’t willing to recognize the sparkle you bring to their lives. Don’t waste time being something you’re not just to impress them. You aren’t second best. So don’t give reason to that thought process.
3. Speak your mind. Don’t let people walk over you and take you for granted. Be honest and stand up for yourself. You’re not the opinion of someone else. They see what they want to see. Hear what the want to hear. Twist the truth. Mould it to their advantage. Don’t let them undercut you. Belittle you and make you feel unworthy of love. Everyone has flaws that will be pinpointed. Don’t let others use them as an advantage. Turn it round. Accept them so they can’t use them as a weapon.
4. Just say yes. Yes to adventure. Yes to opportunity. Yes to new people. Yes to love and happiness. Say yes to explore, travel and create the life that you want for yourself. You’ve got nothing to loose. Saying you can’t shuts you off completely when you didn’t even give yourself the chance to do something wonderful.

Emotions & health


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According to researchers our emotions have a large impact on our health.

If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days:

  • Please don’t stop the music!

It might seem surprising that music can help people cope with physical pain, but research has shown a clear link. A 2015 review in The Lancet found that people who listened to music before, during, or after surgery experienced less pain and anxiety, compared to patients who did not listen to music. In other words music can help you to elevate your mood, relieve pain, reduce stress, and stay sharp and social.

  • Not really sure how to feel about it?

Be clear about what you want and how you feel. Mixed signals will only produce mixed results. Make your intentions obvious to the people around you to avoid misunderstandings and arguments.

  • Don´t worry, be happy!

Set positive intentions for the day. Don’t let today be governed by the thoughts of a bad yesterday. Put your energy into things that actually grow you. Too many people freely give their energy to negative thoughts, people, and situations.

  •   Let it go!

Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.

Mac book giveaway

For those who didn´t participate yet 😉


After thinking a lot about what kind of giveaway I should do, I decided to give away  two brand new mac books to two lucky winners. So here´s your chance to win the latest mac books in silver, gold, space grey or rosé! You can check out all the features of the mac books here:

All that you have to do, is to be active on my social media platforms:

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And also be active on my blog:

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Be happy! 

I am happy when I eat ice cream, when I burst out laughing, when I discover a new song, when I finish a good book, when I wake up and feel relaxed. I’m glad to have friends, family, a home, food when I’m hungry, hot water when I shower. I love being able to live and see the seasons change, to have gifts at my birthday, to travel sometimes, to have a good education and a great access to culture. I’m flattered when people compliment me, when people smile at me, when people are polite to me. There are so many things that make life so simple and easy and I will always think about them more than all the bad things that will happen to me. I do not have time to be sad every day and ungrateful; I have every reason in the world to be happy and so do you!

Advantages of learning a foreign language

Bonjour, Bongiorno, Buenos días, Guten Tag, Good evening: I´m pretty sure all of us are familiar with at least one of these common expressions that have the same meaning.

Ever since I was I child I´ve fallen in love with the idea of learning languages and being able to express myself no matter where I am around the world. Since I ´m a linguistic and translation student I´d like to write about the advantages of learning languages:

According to a famous saying, The limits of my language are the limits of my world. Indeed, the ability to speak several languages is considered one of the hallmarks of a cultured person. From this perspective, foreign language instruction should begin as early as possible in order to achieve near-native fluency. The reasons behind this approach are intellectual, social and professional.

Intellectually, learning a foreign language at a young age enables children to develop their brain. At this age, childrens minds are like sponges and their capacities are limitless. They have less inhibition or biases against learning different subjects. They can learn one, two or three languages without confusion; it would only serve to expand their minds. Therefore, it is ideal to start teaching a foreign language in kindergarten.

Socially, learning a foreign language enables the young child to enter a wider cultural world. By learning to speak, think and understand a different language, the child develops greater cross-cultural awareness. This critical ability enables the child to make friends with, identify with and empathize with others who speak the additional language.

Professionally, by learning a foreign language in kindergarten, the child expands his/her future career horizons. In todays increasingly globalized world, bilingual and multilingual individuals are in high demand. The child who achieves this fluency naturally and easily at a young age already has an edge over others in the job market.

In conclusion, numerous benefits flow from teaching a foreign language from kindergarten. The child will most likely grow up to thank those who made such a learning experience possible.