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With today's Photo Palette, I am showing you some of my favourite photos that I took in Italy. There has been a post on the class trip back then a long time ago, which you can read here. These pictures were taken in 2014, in Pisa, Florence, Venice, Lake of Garda and Rome.

Pisa, Italy
Lake of Garda, Italy
Lake of Garda, Italy
Venice, Italy
Lake of Garda, Italy
Rome
Italy
Venice
Florence, Italy
Until then – stay groovy,
Arden

Photo Palette: Best of Italy

3/24/2017

With today's Photo Palette, I am showing you some of my favourite photos that I took in Italy. There has been a post on the class trip back then a long time ago, which you can read here. These pictures were taken in 2014, in Pisa, Florence, Venice, Lake of Garda and Rome.

Pisa, Italy
Lake of Garda, Italy
Lake of Garda, Italy
Venice, Italy
Lake of Garda, Italy
Rome
Italy
Venice
Florence, Italy
Until then – stay groovy,
Arden

After moving away from my hometown for college and then again for my internship abroad in the UK, I think I might know a little bit about homesickness now. This is different for everybody and highly depends on the circumstances, timing and your bonds with people around you.

Homesickness is the worst feeling I've ever had to feel and it was dramatically worse when I moved away from family for the very first time, even though I had anticipated the move and new beginning at college. I'm really close with my family so it was definitely hard for me to spend my first few weeks in a completely new town with no friends there that I knew from my old town. Neither had I known any of my college friends either because when I moved away, college hadn't started for two weeks. I moved away earlier so I could properly move and settle in before starting. So basically I spent the first two weeks in the new town on my own and not being much of a social or extroverted person, it was hard for me to get out to meet people. I only got out to see stuff and explore the town for myself.

But once I got back into my flat, I'd feel the deafening emptiness and I realized I was definitely, utterly on my own. And that needed time to sink in. The new responsibilities I now had overwhelmed me at first and being on my own most of the times before college started and I actually fortunately found friends added to that.

So now if you're feeling homesick and reading this, I want you to get some things out of this post. Here's how I deal and dealt with homesickness.


Explore your new surroundings


Go out to get to know your new surrounding, the new town and slowly get a feel for the town. Discover your favourite restaurants, your favourite area, the coffee shop you're most comfortable in, find a great park. Become an expat and make it a more comfortable place to be in yourself.

Know you're not alone


If you're starting out at college like I did, know that others in your class are most possibly feeling a bit homesick themselves and seeking to find a friend. Get to know people, try to be open and if needed, approach people. They won't bite, they're as new and clueless as you are.

Don't rely on Skype too much


Hear me out. Skype and social media are a great way to keep in contact and I couldn't imagine how secluded I would feel if there was no Skype or Whatsapp to use to talk to my family back home. But if used too much and too often, you won't get used to being on your own in your new town. The more you call them or videocall them, the more often you will miss them. Don't rely too much on keeping contact because you can catch up every other week or call if there's something important. Gradually you'll find that it's not too bad to be occupied in another way.

Make your new home "home"


My true home will always be my family's home-home but I find it to be extremely important to decorate your new flat or room in a way that it will make you feel really comfortable to be living there. That's why I have pictures of my family and friends, postcards, posters and a stuffed animal in my room. And I'd bring all of that anywhere if I were to be moving around a lot. Put effort into turning the totally new place into one that you will call "home" and mean it after a while.

Talk to others about how you're feeling


I thought it was embarrassing and weird at first but at one point I just told a newly made friend in college that I was feeling pretty down and homesick and they helped me by planning to go out more or going to those new courses or exploring town together. We spent a night together at my place and kept myself occupied and in company so I would slowly start to feel less lonely. Even if you don't really plan anything after telling someone, it definitely helps to hear their take on it. There's even meetups you can go to that are organised for newbies in town to exchange stories and meet up for a drink and just talk!


Get busy


Have something to do, some places to be, some people to meet up with, some work to do. Being and staying occupied is so important on this one because you barely get the time or drive to think too much about missing home. This point is actually really crucial to me because I remember that having nothing to do before college when I had already moved to the new town two weeks prior, I was at my worst and missing my family a lot each day and feeling really lonely in general. So get yourself out there and say yes to going out with those new college friends.

Hang in there


The best thing to do now is wait it out. And know it will get better. Really, I'm not saying this as a filler. This is so simple and easier said than done but so true. This helped me here in London because I've gone through the worst homesickness already, I was able to mentally "prepare", kind of, and be aware that homesickness is normal, that it will get better and that it always take some time so even if I cry in bed alone tonight, the next morning will be brighter. It might be really hard right now but hang in there, it will seriously, really get better.

What's your advice?

Until then – stay groovy,
Arden

Dealing With Homesickness

3/22/2017


After moving away from my hometown for college and then again for my internship abroad in the UK, I think I might know a little bit about homesickness now. This is different for everybody and highly depends on the circumstances, timing and your bonds with people around you.

Homesickness is the worst feeling I've ever had to feel and it was dramatically worse when I moved away from family for the very first time, even though I had anticipated the move and new beginning at college. I'm really close with my family so it was definitely hard for me to spend my first few weeks in a completely new town with no friends there that I knew from my old town. Neither had I known any of my college friends either because when I moved away, college hadn't started for two weeks. I moved away earlier so I could properly move and settle in before starting. So basically I spent the first two weeks in the new town on my own and not being much of a social or extroverted person, it was hard for me to get out to meet people. I only got out to see stuff and explore the town for myself.

But once I got back into my flat, I'd feel the deafening emptiness and I realized I was definitely, utterly on my own. And that needed time to sink in. The new responsibilities I now had overwhelmed me at first and being on my own most of the times before college started and I actually fortunately found friends added to that.

So now if you're feeling homesick and reading this, I want you to get some things out of this post. Here's how I deal and dealt with homesickness.


Explore your new surroundings


Go out to get to know your new surrounding, the new town and slowly get a feel for the town. Discover your favourite restaurants, your favourite area, the coffee shop you're most comfortable in, find a great park. Become an expat and make it a more comfortable place to be in yourself.

Know you're not alone


If you're starting out at college like I did, know that others in your class are most possibly feeling a bit homesick themselves and seeking to find a friend. Get to know people, try to be open and if needed, approach people. They won't bite, they're as new and clueless as you are.

Don't rely on Skype too much


Hear me out. Skype and social media are a great way to keep in contact and I couldn't imagine how secluded I would feel if there was no Skype or Whatsapp to use to talk to my family back home. But if used too much and too often, you won't get used to being on your own in your new town. The more you call them or videocall them, the more often you will miss them. Don't rely too much on keeping contact because you can catch up every other week or call if there's something important. Gradually you'll find that it's not too bad to be occupied in another way.

Make your new home "home"


My true home will always be my family's home-home but I find it to be extremely important to decorate your new flat or room in a way that it will make you feel really comfortable to be living there. That's why I have pictures of my family and friends, postcards, posters and a stuffed animal in my room. And I'd bring all of that anywhere if I were to be moving around a lot. Put effort into turning the totally new place into one that you will call "home" and mean it after a while.

Talk to others about how you're feeling


I thought it was embarrassing and weird at first but at one point I just told a newly made friend in college that I was feeling pretty down and homesick and they helped me by planning to go out more or going to those new courses or exploring town together. We spent a night together at my place and kept myself occupied and in company so I would slowly start to feel less lonely. Even if you don't really plan anything after telling someone, it definitely helps to hear their take on it. There's even meetups you can go to that are organised for newbies in town to exchange stories and meet up for a drink and just talk!


Get busy


Have something to do, some places to be, some people to meet up with, some work to do. Being and staying occupied is so important on this one because you barely get the time or drive to think too much about missing home. This point is actually really crucial to me because I remember that having nothing to do before college when I had already moved to the new town two weeks prior, I was at my worst and missing my family a lot each day and feeling really lonely in general. So get yourself out there and say yes to going out with those new college friends.

Hang in there


The best thing to do now is wait it out. And know it will get better. Really, I'm not saying this as a filler. This is so simple and easier said than done but so true. This helped me here in London because I've gone through the worst homesickness already, I was able to mentally "prepare", kind of, and be aware that homesickness is normal, that it will get better and that it always take some time so even if I cry in bed alone tonight, the next morning will be brighter. It might be really hard right now but hang in there, it will seriously, really get better.

What's your advice?

Until then – stay groovy,
Arden
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I've heard such good but mixed things about this show and decided to watch it myself so I could form my own opinion on it. Now that I'm almost through all three seasons, I must say this is one of the greatest shows I have ever encountered.

Although it is so amazing and eye-opening and I think everyone should see it because it is mind boggling to the point where you yourself begin to think really deeply, this is not for everyone, I believe. The topics that are touched on can be portrayed rather brutally and will leave you with a lingering depressing or even distraught feeling because of how intense it is.

This is how Wikipedia describes the series:

Featuring stand-alone dramas – sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia – "Black Mirror" is a contemporary reworking of "The Twilight Zone" with stories that tap into the collective unease about the modern world. Each story features its own cast of unique characters and touches on different issues.

This show will surprise you and take you to poignant places in your mind you didn't even know existed. The elements can be really shocking and appalling, others creep up on you slowly as you come to the end of the episode. All for one purpose: To make a very important point.

As every single episode could be its own stand-and-alone film, my advice while watching would be: Don't binge this series. I really mean it, guys. This series is amazing but really don't make the mistake to binge watch this one. There aren't many episodes but I think that's good as each episode is heavy on its own and there's only so much one can take in a day.

I binged the first two seasons in several days and found myself not being able to sleep – not because it's a Horror show or anything but because the topics and the genius twists made me stay up all night thinking about them.

To those who know the show, do you agree? Which episodes kept you awake (no spoilers, though)? I am planning on writing reviews on my favourite episodes where we can all discuss in the comments...

Until then – stay alert,
Arden

On Watching Black Mirror – A Warning

3/21/2017

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I've heard such good but mixed things about this show and decided to watch it myself so I could form my own opinion on it. Now that I'm almost through all three seasons, I must say this is one of the greatest shows I have ever encountered.

Although it is so amazing and eye-opening and I think everyone should see it because it is mind boggling to the point where you yourself begin to think really deeply, this is not for everyone, I believe. The topics that are touched on can be portrayed rather brutally and will leave you with a lingering depressing or even distraught feeling because of how intense it is.

This is how Wikipedia describes the series:

Featuring stand-alone dramas – sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia – "Black Mirror" is a contemporary reworking of "The Twilight Zone" with stories that tap into the collective unease about the modern world. Each story features its own cast of unique characters and touches on different issues.

This show will surprise you and take you to poignant places in your mind you didn't even know existed. The elements can be really shocking and appalling, others creep up on you slowly as you come to the end of the episode. All for one purpose: To make a very important point.

As every single episode could be its own stand-and-alone film, my advice while watching would be: Don't binge this series. I really mean it, guys. This series is amazing but really don't make the mistake to binge watch this one. There aren't many episodes but I think that's good as each episode is heavy on its own and there's only so much one can take in a day.

I binged the first two seasons in several days and found myself not being able to sleep – not because it's a Horror show or anything but because the topics and the genius twists made me stay up all night thinking about them.

To those who know the show, do you agree? Which episodes kept you awake (no spoilers, though)? I am planning on writing reviews on my favourite episodes where we can all discuss in the comments...

Until then – stay alert,
Arden

One of my goals that I never got to keep was finishing a journal and actually sticking to one. Having a Studyblr opened my eyes towards all the different kinds of journals there are. They are kind of endless and the best thing is that you can do with yours whatever you want. You can have multiple journals focusing on different topics or everything in one place. If you have an empty notebook that you want to use (that you bought because it was pretty but you never dared to actually write anything into it) but don’t know how, here are some ideas.

Quote Journal: who doesn't like keeping track of your favourite quotes? You can decorate your pages, doodle, practice calligraphy if you'd like

Creative writing Journal: in this one you can jot down anything that comes to your head for poems, short stories, any ideas for potential novels, monologues, even for character descriptions

Future plans Journal: write about your goals, now or later, the kind of life you hope to have, your to go's and bucket lists

Rant Journal: rant about anything and everything you need to vent about.

Book Journal:
 write book reviews, thoughts about characters, ships and favourite quotes or your own essays about some parts

Cafe Journal: visit different coffee shops and jot down your experience, kind of like reviews

Restaurant Journal: write about the food, service, atmosphere, snap pictures

Film/TV Show Journal: if you're into films and series, you can dedicate a page to each one you watch and write about the plot, the characters, your opinions, your thoughts, emotions and raves

Recipe Journal: if you like cooking, cut and paste recipes into your notebook and keep them for future reference, add your own ideas and successful experiments

Consumption Journal: jot down everything you consume if you're keen on keeping track for whatever reasons. food, drinks, beauty products, toilet paper, ink from pens, etc. Great for keeping track of finances as well

Happy Things Journal: all things happy, both big and small to read back on them when you need reminders.

What are your ideas for journals? Do you journal?

Until then – stay cosy,
Arden

Types Of Journals

3/20/2017


One of my goals that I never got to keep was finishing a journal and actually sticking to one. Having a Studyblr opened my eyes towards all the different kinds of journals there are. They are kind of endless and the best thing is that you can do with yours whatever you want. You can have multiple journals focusing on different topics or everything in one place. If you have an empty notebook that you want to use (that you bought because it was pretty but you never dared to actually write anything into it) but don’t know how, here are some ideas.

Quote Journal: who doesn't like keeping track of your favourite quotes? You can decorate your pages, doodle, practice calligraphy if you'd like

Creative writing Journal: in this one you can jot down anything that comes to your head for poems, short stories, any ideas for potential novels, monologues, even for character descriptions

Future plans Journal: write about your goals, now or later, the kind of life you hope to have, your to go's and bucket lists

Rant Journal: rant about anything and everything you need to vent about.

Book Journal:
 write book reviews, thoughts about characters, ships and favourite quotes or your own essays about some parts

Cafe Journal: visit different coffee shops and jot down your experience, kind of like reviews

Restaurant Journal: write about the food, service, atmosphere, snap pictures

Film/TV Show Journal: if you're into films and series, you can dedicate a page to each one you watch and write about the plot, the characters, your opinions, your thoughts, emotions and raves

Recipe Journal: if you like cooking, cut and paste recipes into your notebook and keep them for future reference, add your own ideas and successful experiments

Consumption Journal: jot down everything you consume if you're keen on keeping track for whatever reasons. food, drinks, beauty products, toilet paper, ink from pens, etc. Great for keeping track of finances as well

Happy Things Journal: all things happy, both big and small to read back on them when you need reminders.

What are your ideas for journals? Do you journal?

Until then – stay cosy,
Arden

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