Nineteen Candles is no book, although I feel like I was living one when I turned nineteen. My nineteenth birthday on Monday, the 23rd, was a roller coaster.

The night before was ruined by some boy and I suffered from a pretty rough heartbreak so I spent the night with a very good new friend I made at college and slept at her house. Sel and I ate loads of chocolate which (kind of) helped with the tears and we randomly called our male friends to ask them why men were such douchebags.

They had no answer but the conversations were funny, indeed. It made me feel better about myself and I had a great start to my birthday nevertheless.

Mondays were always the worst and they still are, even now that I'm in college. And the fact that my birthday happened to be on a Monday sounded lame to me, but my schedule was actually great since I only had one lecture that day.

The evening was a blast. I had invited my college friends to have some drinks at a bar and most of them came with me. I even got presents, which I did not expect. It was comfort chocolate, by the way.

The thing is, that evening changed my perspective on various things. Entirely. These college people that I now call my friends are like family. I feel that way every time I'm with them. I'd defend them without hesitation. They've grown so close to my heart and it sounds crazy because I haven't been with them for two months yet but it's true - they're such great people, funny and kindhearted. Yes, I do have problems with some and we probably won't always get along (obviously) but I was really blessed to have spent the night with them.

They didn't get annoyed at my complaints about the boy who broke my heart the night before and they defended me, tried to comfort me. It worked. In fact, it worked so much that I feel like I've completely moved on already. I'm not shedding any tears anymore, not feeling any pain. I simply do not care anymore. And that is really freaking great.

Because life is so much more than a relationship. Maybe I was just desperate for a relationship, who knows? Maybe I was so desperate that I didn't realize how much fun I would've been missing.

Life is much more. It's the silly dances on the dance floor with your drunk friends, it's the bantering with Australian guys at the bar, it's the feeling of being infinite at 3 in the morning as you run down the streets with your college friends, it's the deep conversations and rants and laughable situations.

That was my birthday. And my birthday was a huge eye-opener, a liberator, a door knob and a lesson for the future.

Thanks to everyone who thought of me and who congratulated me (and who was there for me when I was feeling shitty on my big day).

XX,
Arden

Nineteen candles

11/26/2015


Nineteen Candles is no book, although I feel like I was living one when I turned nineteen. My nineteenth birthday on Monday, the 23rd, was a roller coaster.

The night before was ruined by some boy and I suffered from a pretty rough heartbreak so I spent the night with a very good new friend I made at college and slept at her house. Sel and I ate loads of chocolate which (kind of) helped with the tears and we randomly called our male friends to ask them why men were such douchebags.

They had no answer but the conversations were funny, indeed. It made me feel better about myself and I had a great start to my birthday nevertheless.

Mondays were always the worst and they still are, even now that I'm in college. And the fact that my birthday happened to be on a Monday sounded lame to me, but my schedule was actually great since I only had one lecture that day.

The evening was a blast. I had invited my college friends to have some drinks at a bar and most of them came with me. I even got presents, which I did not expect. It was comfort chocolate, by the way.

The thing is, that evening changed my perspective on various things. Entirely. These college people that I now call my friends are like family. I feel that way every time I'm with them. I'd defend them without hesitation. They've grown so close to my heart and it sounds crazy because I haven't been with them for two months yet but it's true - they're such great people, funny and kindhearted. Yes, I do have problems with some and we probably won't always get along (obviously) but I was really blessed to have spent the night with them.

They didn't get annoyed at my complaints about the boy who broke my heart the night before and they defended me, tried to comfort me. It worked. In fact, it worked so much that I feel like I've completely moved on already. I'm not shedding any tears anymore, not feeling any pain. I simply do not care anymore. And that is really freaking great.

Because life is so much more than a relationship. Maybe I was just desperate for a relationship, who knows? Maybe I was so desperate that I didn't realize how much fun I would've been missing.

Life is much more. It's the silly dances on the dance floor with your drunk friends, it's the bantering with Australian guys at the bar, it's the feeling of being infinite at 3 in the morning as you run down the streets with your college friends, it's the deep conversations and rants and laughable situations.

That was my birthday. And my birthday was a huge eye-opener, a liberator, a door knob and a lesson for the future.

Thanks to everyone who thought of me and who congratulated me (and who was there for me when I was feeling shitty on my big day).

XX,
Arden


Downtown is a series that will convey all things surrounding the beautiful town I live in that is Dresden, Germany - its places and events.

This Monday I had a short schedule (one seminar at 10:30 that only lasted till 12) so I decided to check out a café in Dresden that I have not been in before. I was also looking for a cute coffeeshop for my homework and to get some writing done.

 I seeked to find one in Neustadt and got off the tram on Görlitzer Street. Walking down the sidewalk towards a music shop, I took a left turn on the Rothenburger Street 43 and found myself in front of the Louisen Café that I'd never come across before.

It didn't show up on my Google search either so I figured it must've been a new one or a really independent coffeeshop / ice cream shop that not many people know about. This cute little shop is open from 9 A.M. to 11 P.M. from Monday to Sunday and it offers Italian ice cream, pastry like cookies, muffins and cake, coffee, milkshakes and tea.




From the stuff I could get a taste of so far I can say it tastes great! It was a little too cold to eat ice cream but I will be back to get some spoons of that, too. And may I just say, the whole furnishing and decoration was welcoming and bright, not over the top and almost mellow, giving a comforting vibe.




The background was filled with gentle, melodious instrumentals that were relaxing but also stimulating. I got some writing done before I left, of course leaving tip behind.


That was it for this review! It's the first review I wrote for a café and I am excited to check more out. I'm curious to see if there are any readers from Dresden or who are going to visit Dresden in the future! If you are, please tell me in the comments. Maybe you could suggest any places I should look for.

From the girl who loves exploring,
Arden.

Downtown: Louisen Café

11/20/2015 Dresden, Germany



Downtown is a series that will convey all things surrounding the beautiful town I live in that is Dresden, Germany - its places and events.

This Monday I had a short schedule (one seminar at 10:30 that only lasted till 12) so I decided to check out a café in Dresden that I have not been in before. I was also looking for a cute coffeeshop for my homework and to get some writing done.

 I seeked to find one in Neustadt and got off the tram on Görlitzer Street. Walking down the sidewalk towards a music shop, I took a left turn on the Rothenburger Street 43 and found myself in front of the Louisen Café that I'd never come across before.

It didn't show up on my Google search either so I figured it must've been a new one or a really independent coffeeshop / ice cream shop that not many people know about. This cute little shop is open from 9 A.M. to 11 P.M. from Monday to Sunday and it offers Italian ice cream, pastry like cookies, muffins and cake, coffee, milkshakes and tea.




From the stuff I could get a taste of so far I can say it tastes great! It was a little too cold to eat ice cream but I will be back to get some spoons of that, too. And may I just say, the whole furnishing and decoration was welcoming and bright, not over the top and almost mellow, giving a comforting vibe.




The background was filled with gentle, melodious instrumentals that were relaxing but also stimulating. I got some writing done before I left, of course leaving tip behind.


That was it for this review! It's the first review I wrote for a café and I am excited to check more out. I'm curious to see if there are any readers from Dresden or who are going to visit Dresden in the future! If you are, please tell me in the comments. Maybe you could suggest any places I should look for.

From the girl who loves exploring,
Arden.

Hello, everybody. I'm properly getting started with the whole college thing! One thing that I've grown to like actually is to study on Saturdays. Now I do not study every Saturday because I do have a social life and I also have work but there's nothing better than the lightning on a Saturday morning and the perfect lightning is very important for me when I'm studying.

I prefer studying on a Saturday or Sunday morning much more than studying in the week after college or late at night.

Here are some tips for your Saturday study session.

I. Sleep in if you want to. Many make the mistake of thinking that you need to get up at the crack of dawn to get things done on that Saturday or Sunday, when in reality you should really recharge your batteries from working hard and stressing all week. Get the rest you deserve and you'll be more productive in the long run.

II. Set a time to start studying and stick to it. Give yourself a couple of hours to wake up, get dressed, eat, drink coffee or tea first.

III. Sort all of the essentials. The #1 killer of a good study session is not having everything you need handy. If you decide to stay home, get everything ready on your desk. If you decide to go somewhere to study, pack all of the essentials which do not only include academic materials.

Here's a list:
  • water bottle / coffee or tea
  • healthy food or snacks that do not sit heavy on your stomach; gum or mints
  • agenda
  • earbuds
  • sweatshirt or jacket
  • phone and laptop charger
  • gum or mints
  • ponytail holder and bobby pins
  • textbooks, notebooks, pens, highlighters

IV. Choose a study location that is best suited for you. Everyone is different so you'll have to try out some places. Personally I sometimes have a hard time focusing or being productive in the library because it is too quiet. For casual studying or reading I love places like bookstores or coffeeshops like Starbucks or independent cafés. When I need to get serious I'll stay home or go to a study room in the library.

V. Find a good playlist to help you get in the zone if you need to! If you cannot listen to anything with lyrics and find it to be distracting, look for some classical pieces or instrumental stations. Whitenoise sounds like rain or coffeeshop buzz are great, too. Find some examples of sounds here

VI. Turn off your internet! It's probably the hardest part of studying. The impulse to check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr is a terrible habit that is hard to turn off. There are several apps that can help you focus and keep off the Internet, e.g. the app for MacBooks that is called "Self Control" that allows you to block certain websites for a set amount of time. Or the app "Forest"!

VII. Set realistic goals and take breaks! Personally I work best in about 40 or 50 minute increments before I go on a 10-15 minute break. During regular study sessions I cannot work for more than 3 hours before needing a larger break. I sometimes like to study intensely for 20 minutes and drink water so whenever I need to get up to go to the bathroom it is a good short break, too. Then I'd just go back to studying. Everybody is different so set your own goals and time and stick with it! 

It also helps to set a cap on your studying. I often pick a time I want to be totally finished for the day.

VIII. Remember that constant studying is NOT healthy and perfect or imperfect grades do not define you. You're more than your perceived academic abilities so don't stress yourself so much and try learning things with joy instead of dread. 

Now let me know about your study routines/ preferences! Do you prefer studying on a weekend? Let me know in the comments!

If you're interested in my Studyblr, here you go.

P/S: I have recently decided to change my URL from HUEMORIST to MISSING WANDERER so sorry if you're confused. Do you like the new name?

From a girl who doesn't dread studying anymore,
Arden.

Saturday Study Tips

11/15/2015


Hello, everybody. I'm properly getting started with the whole college thing! One thing that I've grown to like actually is to study on Saturdays. Now I do not study every Saturday because I do have a social life and I also have work but there's nothing better than the lightning on a Saturday morning and the perfect lightning is very important for me when I'm studying.

I prefer studying on a Saturday or Sunday morning much more than studying in the week after college or late at night.

Here are some tips for your Saturday study session.

I. Sleep in if you want to. Many make the mistake of thinking that you need to get up at the crack of dawn to get things done on that Saturday or Sunday, when in reality you should really recharge your batteries from working hard and stressing all week. Get the rest you deserve and you'll be more productive in the long run.

II. Set a time to start studying and stick to it. Give yourself a couple of hours to wake up, get dressed, eat, drink coffee or tea first.

III. Sort all of the essentials. The #1 killer of a good study session is not having everything you need handy. If you decide to stay home, get everything ready on your desk. If you decide to go somewhere to study, pack all of the essentials which do not only include academic materials.

Here's a list:
  • water bottle / coffee or tea
  • healthy food or snacks that do not sit heavy on your stomach; gum or mints
  • agenda
  • earbuds
  • sweatshirt or jacket
  • phone and laptop charger
  • gum or mints
  • ponytail holder and bobby pins
  • textbooks, notebooks, pens, highlighters

IV. Choose a study location that is best suited for you. Everyone is different so you'll have to try out some places. Personally I sometimes have a hard time focusing or being productive in the library because it is too quiet. For casual studying or reading I love places like bookstores or coffeeshops like Starbucks or independent cafés. When I need to get serious I'll stay home or go to a study room in the library.

V. Find a good playlist to help you get in the zone if you need to! If you cannot listen to anything with lyrics and find it to be distracting, look for some classical pieces or instrumental stations. Whitenoise sounds like rain or coffeeshop buzz are great, too. Find some examples of sounds here

VI. Turn off your internet! It's probably the hardest part of studying. The impulse to check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr is a terrible habit that is hard to turn off. There are several apps that can help you focus and keep off the Internet, e.g. the app for MacBooks that is called "Self Control" that allows you to block certain websites for a set amount of time. Or the app "Forest"!

VII. Set realistic goals and take breaks! Personally I work best in about 40 or 50 minute increments before I go on a 10-15 minute break. During regular study sessions I cannot work for more than 3 hours before needing a larger break. I sometimes like to study intensely for 20 minutes and drink water so whenever I need to get up to go to the bathroom it is a good short break, too. Then I'd just go back to studying. Everybody is different so set your own goals and time and stick with it! 

It also helps to set a cap on your studying. I often pick a time I want to be totally finished for the day.

VIII. Remember that constant studying is NOT healthy and perfect or imperfect grades do not define you. You're more than your perceived academic abilities so don't stress yourself so much and try learning things with joy instead of dread. 

Now let me know about your study routines/ preferences! Do you prefer studying on a weekend? Let me know in the comments!

If you're interested in my Studyblr, here you go.

P/S: I have recently decided to change my URL from HUEMORIST to MISSING WANDERER so sorry if you're confused. Do you like the new name?

From a girl who doesn't dread studying anymore,
Arden.

one: simply_kenna | two: connorfranta | three: emmashbates | four: tessguinery | five: helloemilie | six: orionvanessa

Welcome back to my blog which - as you might have noticed now - has changed a whole lot. I've been looking for a theme that would fit and I found many gorgeous professional looking templates that I could've bought but I decided to get this one because, well, it fits me and the concept of HUEMORIST more. Please do tell me if you like it!

Also, I've brought structure to this whole site which hasn't been that well thought-out when I started. All in all, I myself am very satisfied with how everything turned out.

Now to the actual point: The instafinds. This is going to be a series, yes. And this is the very first Instafind post on here ever which makes me excited because I finally get to share the beauty I see every day on my Instagram feed.

Feel free to tell me about your favorite Instagrammers! Maybe you even happen to know some who post loads of autumnal stuff because I am all about that.

From a girl who falls in love with photographs,
Arden. 

Instafinds: Autumnal

11/05/2015


one: simply_kenna | two: connorfranta | three: emmashbates | four: tessguinery | five: helloemilie | six: orionvanessa

Welcome back to my blog which - as you might have noticed now - has changed a whole lot. I've been looking for a theme that would fit and I found many gorgeous professional looking templates that I could've bought but I decided to get this one because, well, it fits me and the concept of HUEMORIST more. Please do tell me if you like it!

Also, I've brought structure to this whole site which hasn't been that well thought-out when I started. All in all, I myself am very satisfied with how everything turned out.

Now to the actual point: The instafinds. This is going to be a series, yes. And this is the very first Instafind post on here ever which makes me excited because I finally get to share the beauty I see every day on my Instagram feed.

Feel free to tell me about your favorite Instagrammers! Maybe you even happen to know some who post loads of autumnal stuff because I am all about that.

From a girl who falls in love with photographs,
Arden. 

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