Category Archives: Life

Die Sache mit den Selfies: Leben oder Posen?


Selfies sind mittlerweile ein Teil unserer Social Media Existenz. Wir, bzw. viele von uns (ich auch ;-D) machen sie mittlerweile ständig und überall: vom Wohnzimmer bis zur Konzerthalle. Selfies werden oft als oberflächlich und Exzess der Selbstdarstellung verteufelt, doch nicht alle sind so. Ich persönlich mache gerne Selfies, weil ich es mag mit der Kamera zu spielen, versuche dabei aber auch, mich selbst etwas auf den Arm zu nehmen. Schließlich sind diese Selfies doch auch irgendwie armselig: man hat nichts besseres zu tun, als ein Foto von sich selbst zu machen? Ähm…ja, traurig.

Ein weiterer Aspekt ist die Verfremdung der Bilder. Filter und die Wahl der Perpektive sind noch harmlose Werkzeuge, um sich selbst ins beste Licht zu rücken. Richtig hart wird es, wenn ordentlich retouchiert wird. Ist es nicht furchtbar, wenn man eine Person trifft und merkt, dass sie komplett anders aussieht, als auf ihrem Facebook-Profilbild? Continue reading Die Sache mit den Selfies: Leben oder Posen?

My Fav Hairstyle Tutorial & Blogging in German


Hey guys, first of all, there’s gonna be a big change on this blog: I will blog bilingual! In the future, you will find English AND German articles here.
I hope you will enjoy the change (especially my followers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

This morning, I found this great hair tutorial for long hair. It’s really hard to find cute updos for long hair, and I hope this one will do it for me. The lady in the video is gorgeous, by the way!
If I manage this today, I will share pics on my FB: Facebook.com/adiek84sblog

Easy Updo for Long Hair:

Feel The Rush? Slow Down Your Life Before You Trip!


Today I stumbled upon this article in the Wall Street Journal:

“Once a week, members of a Wellington, New Zealand, book club arrive at a cafe, grab a drink and shut off their cellphones. Then they sink into cozy chairs and read in silence for an hour.

The point of the club isn’t to talk about literature, but to get away from pinging electronic devices and read, uninterrupted. The group calls itself the Slow Reading Club, and it is at the forefront of a movement populated by frazzled book lovers who miss old-school reading.

Slow reading advocates seek a return to the focused reading habits of years gone by, before Google, smartphones and social media started fracturing our time and attention spans. Many of its advocates say they embraced the concept after realizing they couldn’t make it through a book anymore.”

The article depicts with a very clear example how life has gotten ahead of us: we hurry from one appointment to the next, we eat fast, we cut down information into tiny little snippets so we can take in as much as possible. The world is racing by while we try to adapt our habits to keep up. The result is discussed in magazines all the time: stress, burn out syndrome, depression. Neither the body nor the mind is capable to live the life we force upon it.
Continue reading Feel The Rush? Slow Down Your Life Before You Trip!

The Thing About “Love”: Clear Your Heart And Let Go


Love is a complicated thing. It’s the ultimate goal – we chase after it every day, no matter if we are single and looking for a partner, or if we are in a relationship looking for acknowledgment from our partner. Love is the key to happiness. Our life can only be fulfilled if we love someone and be loved in return.

But this is only one side of love. Love can also be toxic. We fall in love with the wrong person all the time. Sometimes only our pride is hurt, if we are in too deep, our heart, and in the worst case even our body if we happen to get stuck in an abusive relationship.

How do we recognize wrong from right? Will we lose a one time opportunity if we let go too soon?
Every case is different, I’m sure of that, but I have experienced the following:
Continue reading The Thing About “Love”: Clear Your Heart And Let Go

The Importance Of Being Alone


When you talk to friends or family about their biggest anxieties, being alone is often one of them. When you’re in a relationship, you fear abandonment, when you’re single, you strive to find the next guy (or girl). Being alone is equaled as being a failure. You’re not in a relationship because you’re not attractive enough, sitting alone at home on a Saturday evening means you don’t have any friends, etc. This is a failure of society. It is automatically assumed that the lack of company isn’t the person’s own choice.

One of my friends from highschool used to always have a boyfriend without any breaks in between relationships. She has a history of abuse in the family and I assume that during this time of growing up and finding one’s self, she wasn’t ready for being alone with herself yet. It was years later that she texted me suddenly she had been single for a while, sounding like she had just reached her biggest accomplishment.
Being at peace with yourself, knowing yourself, knowing your weaknesses and strengths gives you a security for conflicts during every day life – at work, in a relationship, in a friendship or with haters – that you cannot achieve when you haven’t “found” yourself yet.
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The Art of Parenting: Stepparents and their Stepkids


I just found this great article about Stepparents and their stepchildren on Huffington Post. Kudos to all the stepparents who work extra hard to take care of their loved one’s children – in some cases even more than some “real” parents.
What are your experiences with your stepchildren or stepparents? Feel free to share them in the comment section!

Here’s an extract of the article:

Every stepparent remembers the moment they finally earned their stepkids’ seal of approval. It’s a meaningful moment — as any stepparent can tell you, a stepchild’s trust can be hard won, sometimes taking years and years to gain.

On Friday, Redditor Jedi_Hog shared his shiningest moment as a stepparent — in meme form. Take a look here:

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The stepdad’s success story won over Reddit, with fellow stepparents and stepkids weighing in with their personal stories in the comments.

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