10 Year Challenge With A Twist

Thanks to Jenny in Neverland for doing this awesome post that inspired me to respond with my own twist on the 10 Year Challenge.jon-tyson-520850-unsplash

The last ten years have been a roller-coaster ride for me. I just turned 25 so if I’m honest, I don’t know anymore what kind of problems my 15 year-old self had. What I do know is that to say that the years that came after were a mixed bag is a huge understatement. For a very long time, I was struggling with depression and anxiety. I’ve overcome quite a lot of obstacles and I’m not sure I will ever be able to leave that part of me behind. I‘ve struggled with mental illness to a degree which made everyday life almost unbearable for at least 6 of those 10 years .

But I’ve also had huge upsides during that time that my 15-year-old self could have never imagined. I overcame some of my insecurities and started studying American Studies, which I love (I’m currently writing my thesis). I started my own business and I’ve maintained a healthy partnership for almost 5 of those years.  I’ve had the courage to stop seeing people who were making me miserable, and through that, I was not only able to see that I was capable of having meaningful and healthy relationships with other people and that I deserved and needed to realize that I am worth something no matter how much I fail at a something.

The biggest thing I probably learned in the last 10 years is this: it’s all about your mindset. The worst situation won’t be half as bad if you don’T roll around in your negative feelings and instead focus on manageable and healthy solutions. The second thing is this: don’t be too proud to seek help, but let yourself be the one who decides for you.

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What are the things that you’re proud of that you accomplished in the last 10 years? Let’s chat about our experiences!

Too busy to take care of yourself? Here’s how you can change that!

We all know how hard it can be to take a few minutes of our days to do something we really enjoy, especially when we’re busy and our mind is all over the place. At least, that’s how I feel a lot these days. However, there is a simple way to spend more time on things that make you feel better, make you healthy and happy. 

My Perfect Morning Routine

My solution to this is to wake up one hour earlier.

Before I started tackling the self-care topic, I usually got up at around 7am and then spent  10 to 15 minutes in bed or on my phone, sometimes I woke up early to wash my hair, but that was it.

Now, I wake up at 6:00am, or even 5:30 am and spend that hour doing things I love. I paint, I bullet journal, I drink coffee in peace, make a tasty smoothie, practice yoga or go for a walk. It doesn’t matter whether you want to have a kick-start or a smooth start in the day. As long as you do something you love, the day will be so much better!

Also, you have more time in which you don’t have to feel guilty for not working on some thing or other. The big problem for me was that whenever I read, painted or just chilled on Netflix, I usually felt really bad about it because I’m always busy and have deadlines. But, if I wake up earlier, then nobody can bother me on the phone, on social media or via email. Nobody needs me, nobody waits for my response. It’s true “Me Time” like I simply can’t have in the evenings, even if I don’t work until late.

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How do you manage to make time for yourself and your hobbies? When do you wake up in the morning`Let’s Chat in the comments!

How to Stick to Your Resolutions with a Bullet Journal

Why my Bullet Journal is my life coach

We all have goals and resolutions we want to stick to. Be it losing a bit of weight, eat healthier or organize better. If you’re like me, then you know that struggle is real, especially when you’re busy. Obviously, having great resolutions is only part of the deal. But actually sticking to them and turning resolutions into habits is the tough part.

My Bullet Journal is really helping me to stay focused on resolutions I have set myself. It’s actually quite easy, if you use a habit tracker.

The steady way to accomplishing your goals

Throughout the month, I keep track of my resolutions and accomplishments with a (habit) tracker. You can design it however you like, it should just show whether you stuck to your own goals on each day of the month. Since I’m just starting out and I want to keep it simple, my goals last month were to wake up each day at 6 am and drink enough water (at least 2 liters).


I used a simple chart to keep track of how much I drank, when I wake up and a few other small things.

Here are some designs I found especially great:

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Why it works so well

It works so great because when you don’t follow your own resolutions, you do get frustrated when you have to leave a day blank, or mark a goal as ‘not accomplished’. Seeing that every day when you write in your Bullet Journal can give you a motivational boost to do better every single day of the week!

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Do you have a habit tracker? What do you do to keep yourself motivated to work on your resolutions? Let’s chat in the comments!

Creativity and Self-Care, Here I Come!

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I’b back and I’ve decided to not only focus on books on this blog. I’ve changed so much in the past year or so, it just wouldn’t do the blog, or me any good to only write about books. I want to talk more about popular culture, self-care and the environment and I want y’all to be part of that.

I’ve created a section called Self-Care and Creativity in which I’ll be posting exactly that. How to be creative when it comes to daily tasks, bullet journaling, writing and other stuff. This blog is called Ribbon Reviews, so you will see reviews of products, books and everything else I use and try out. You can see my first post on Bullet Journaling here.

The other new section is called What’sUp and will be for all things pop culture, social and environmental issues and things to talk about. My first post is about privilege, You can read it here.

How to become a better (University) student.

I have been asked this question so many times, guys, you won’t believe me. I have seen many people struggle and fail and get up again.. It happens to all of us at some point. Some fall on their nose and scratch it and others fall and break their leg. It really doesn’t matter how hard you have struggled with school or uni or college, at some point you have to ask yourself how to improve. Fast.

Sometimes it is just the finals, sometimes it is your Bachelor thesis you’re struggling with. I wan to give some advice to all those who need it because I feel the need to share it with all of you. I know it’s not really a bookish topic, but here you go..

1. What are your goals?

Never underestimate this question. Do you want to just pass the test or do you want to improve your marks long-term? Usually, you’ll want to do both I guess. Write it down, stick it on your fridge, or re-name your alarm clock in the morning – whatever it takes not to forget your goals.

2.Write a list!

I know it sound like the most nerdy and unhelpful thing in the world but don’t be fooled by prejudice and hear-say about this! Lists can make your life much much much easier because you took your time doing this list. You can be sure there is (almost) nothing missing on your list and THEN you can start to get rid of the things there. This means your list shouldn’t be a list of your goals but a TO DO list. I do one for each day, each work works, too.

Important is this: YOUR LIST WILL BE TOO FULL in the beginning. I overestimate the time I need for things all the time. It happens to everyone but don’t feel discouraged. It’s part of learning what you can handle.

3. Organize your paperwork!

Otherwise, you’ll never find the notes you took three weeks ago in that one lecture where the teacher had that funny shirt on.

4.Get your arse on that chair! (Discipline)

I know, I know. But the thing is, the day will pass, all of its 24 hours, no matter what you have done with your time. So even though you sometimes don’t feel like doing it, or when you’d rather enjoy the sunny day- go and have some fun. But come back and get your butt on that chair and do some work. You will be so glad you did it when the sun has set!

This is of course the hardest part. So it’s important that you reward yourself in some way. Go out, eat some chocolate, cake, ice-cream, go for a walk or spend the erst of your day with friends or a book. No matter what you do, make sure you really reward yourself! Don’t go and do something you don’t like afterwards 😉


I hope my tips help you in the future. Try them out and tell me what you thought. You don’t have to try the all, but the fourth one is a must!

How do you study? What has worked best for you? Let’s chat in the comments!



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