Someone New

Do you know the feeling of falling in love with someone new?

The tingling feeling in your stomach, the heaviness on your chest everytime you see them. You take every chance to cross their path.

You suddenly like the things they like, listen to the music they listen to, watch the movies they like to watch… And google their names countless times.

But it’s not only that you fall in love with them, it gives you a new love for yourself. You get dressed up, take care of yourself. You give your best to impress them. You want them to see the best version of you so you become your best version. 

The happiness and lightness you feel every time you see them. Nothing can compare to that. However, no other feeling gives you that much vulnerability either. You open yourself up for that person.

It’s somehow magical really.

Embrace it. Enjoy it as long as it lasts.

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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,

Christine

 

3 lessons for February

 

Today, I want to share three lessons with you that I have learned in February. I don’t want to go too much into detail, I will just put my thoughts out there and maybe it will make you think a bit about yourself too.

You should wear how you feel, it’s a way to describe and express yourself. This also made me wonder a lot about myself and what kind of person I want to be.

When you start to not give a f*** and just focus on what you really want to do, life becomes so much easier.

Just give. Don’t think about what you will get back. Simply give. But don’t let others use you and your helpfulness.

By the way, I wish you all a happy women’s day! I have so many wonderful women and girls in my life who inspire and motivate me each and every day, and I am incredibly grateful for them! Show the people in your life how much you appreciate them – but not only on days like this, everytime you think about it!

Spread love, Christine

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

New Years Resolutions 2018

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2018 is here, and I have decided to write down my 18 new years resolutions! I feel like there is more power to it when you write your resolutions and goals down (either on paper or on your laptop). So here we go…

Get fit & healthy again

This year, I want to reach my usual weight again. I gained some weight last year (mostly due to stress and over-eating), and I finally want to stop that. In 2018, I am going to eat more healthy and work out as much as I used to when I was 18 and really athletic. This is the number one goal on my list for the next year!

Eat vegan

I want to eat vegan as often as I can! If you are interested in becoming vegan or vegetarian, I would recommend the documentaries Cowspiracy and Forks over Knives!! And even if you aren’t, it’s never bad to get more educated on different kinds of topics, so go watch them!

Meet my friends from Halifax

I would love to meet up with some of my friends from Halifax in Europe! I miss them already, and I want to take the time to see them again & catch up with them.

Stop binge eating

I always over-eat when I am stressed, which can happen quite easily. I want to leave that behing in 2017, and I also want to stop stressing so much.

Make money

After 5 months full of traveling, I want to earn some money with promotion jobs and my internship in summer, which I will probably tell you more about in a different blog post!

Visit Grüner See

I have never been there, and since it is so close I really want to go there in 2018!

Improve my French

I want to improve my French again. I’ve had it for 4 years in high school, and I don’t want to forget what I have learned! So, I want to watch french movies and read a french book this year.

Saying „Yes“ to new experiences

I want to get out of my comfort zone more. I am a person, who loves security and I tend to stick to the things that I know… This year, I want to change that!

Achieve something for my dream career

I want to focus on my goals and my career, and see where the future might take me.

Stand behind what I believe in 

And finally, I want to stand behind what I believe in & stand behind my opinions.

Also, I want to you to watch these two speeches:

Oprah at the Golden Globes 2018

Finn Harries TED Talk

They have inspired me so incredibly much, and they are only 10 to 13 minutes long, which is nothing compared to the time your whole day has! Trust me, they are worth watching..

What are your resolutions for this year? Are they similar to mine or do you have totally different ones? I’d love to know!

Christine

Positivity Quotes

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

Words of Success

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.

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How your thoughts create your reality

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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

 

Farewell

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I love my small hometown in Austria, I really do. However, in the past months I just don’t feel at home here anymore. As if I wouldn’t belong here, as if I would n e e d to get out. I need new surroundings, different people around me.

It is time for me to move on. I am grateful for everything this place has taught me & for everything I’ve been able to experience here, grateful for all the people I’ve met during these few chapters of my life. But I know there is much more to learn & many more experiences left to gain out there in the world.

Here, I feel like nothing changes. Every day seems like routine to me, and I need to break out of it.

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In a few weeks, almost everything will change for me. I will move to Canada for 4 months, meet new people, see new places & visit my friends all over the world. And just when I come back to Austria, I will move to a new flat in Vienna. Most of my life will be turned upside down, and it is kind of scary to leave the room I grew up in, for good. I have spent my most important years here, forged out crazy plans, cried, laughed and loved, read my favourite books.. However, it’s the first time that I can honestly say that I am glad to leave.

I need to get out. I need a change. New surroundings, different people. And I know that something else, something bigger and greater is waiting out there. I can feel it in every bone. Parts of my heart got lost in the world, and it is time that I go and look for them. I want to see where my passions & biggest dreams take me.

I am finally ready.

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