5 slow living goals for July

5 slow living goals for july

June is over already, can you believe it? For me, it’s been a good month with a few short holidays and the most beautiful sunny weather. I’ve started running again and spend my weekends in the sun. Not too bad! Now July’s here, my birthday month – I turn 24 in only a week. That’s why I thought it would be a good idea to make July a month to strive for slow living goals. I want to implement a few habits I should have started practising already and refocus on my goals for the year. But first, let’s recap my June goals:

Have a vegan day

This totally worked! I actually realised how much of what I eat is vegan anyway, so on days I wasn’t eating out/with friends a vegan day was no problem at all.

Switch off for one day a week

No comment. This didn’t happen at all. Maybe next month?
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Getting inspired by Chef’s Table

Slow Living Inspiration from Chef's Table on Hanna's Places

Have you guys watched the Netflix show ‚Chef’s Table‘ yet? It’s a documentary show about some of the greatest chefs around the world, focusing on one of them in each episode. I have just finished watching the first season and I feel so inspired from it. Not necessarily inspired to cook but inspired to create and follow my passion. All of those chefs in the show are very different, but still, there’s a couple of basic truths that unite all of them.

Lessons from Chef’s Table

+ They all know exactly what they are doing. Even though the chefs are creating exciting new things that have never been cooked before, all of them are highly trained as well. Many of them have worked in haute cuisine for years and learned from the best. What does that teach us? You first need to learn your craft and practice a lot (!), before things will get as great as you imagine them. Just take your time and don’t rush things along.

+ Determination lead them where they wanted to go. Most of the chefs struggled with failure and disappointments in their career. Failed restaurants, unemployment etc. They still kept their dreams alive and just tried something different – the road to success is never straight.

+ They all prioritized good and simple ingredients over quantity. If you start with great basics, whatever you are creating will be so much better as well. Furthermore, it shows even more that mass-produced fast food only harms our bodies and our environment. Some of the chefs grow all the vegetables in their restaurants themselves – one even had his own farm. We can actually watch how much care goes into choosing the right dishes for each season. It’s simply fascinating!

+ Nature inspires all of them. There’s no better place to clear your head than being surrounded by nature and nothing else.

+ They were all confident about the fact that they are creative beings. We have all been created with a creative mind. It isn’t about whether you are creative or not, it’s about whether you have started creating yet.

If you haven’t watched Chef’s Table yet, you simply need to check it out.





Lessons from my 30-Day Social Media Detox

Lessons from my 30 day social media detox

A little while ago, I was feeling dissatisfied. I was spending most of my time online – scrolling Facebook and Instagram, not creating anything. Besides, I didn’t read any books and didn’t get enough sleep because of my social media habits. I felt really relaxed in Uganda because we were offline the whole time, so I decided to give it a go again: A 30 day social media detox. No Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or blog reading. I was still using What’s App and other messenger tools, because I use those to communicate, not to waste time.

 What I learned from doing a 30 day Social Media Detox

1. I didn’t actually miss it so much: After committing to this challenge, it was surprisingly easy not to go online. I deleted all the apps from my phone and wrote a ’30 day social media detox diary‘ for a few days. On my train journeys I listened to podcasts, before going to bed at night I read. It felt a bit strange, but that’s it. One of the main reasons for my discontent was that I was consuming but not creating – therefore nobody even noticed my detox.

2. It’s fun to use what you already have: One example – Instead of scrolling through Pinterest for hours, I was using my recipe books again. I rediscovered so many recipes and have a few more bookmarked. I truly enjoy coming home at night and looking through my cookbooks – a habit I intend to keep up.

3. Not all social media is bad: Two weeks after finishing my 30 day social media detox, I’m still not using Facebook or Pinterest. I am using Instagram and reading my favourite blogs again though. I love Instagram and sharing pictures there and feel more energized and inspired from it. Same with blogs: The ones I read inspire me or teach me something, the others go unread.

4. It’s easier to meet your goals: Since doing my detox, I feel way more focused and concentrated. My brain is less foggy and reading a book is more relaxing than staring at a screen. Also, writing blog posts is easier if I’m not reading zillions of other blogs first.

5. I have more energy: I sleep more and more profoundly lately. Of course there doesn’t have to be a connection between going offline and my sleep, but since it has started improving since my detox, I believe there is.

6. Less FOMO. This one is self-explanatory.

Right now I found a really happy balance of getting inspired, but still having things to do that have nothing to do with Social Media. Did you ever try a 30 day social media detox? Any stories to share?


Autumn Goals

Autumn goals for a beautiful fall season

It’s finally arrived – my (very) favourite season of the year. I wish I could live in a country where it’s late September/early October all the time. I mean, what’s not to love? The weather is perfect, the air is crisp, it’s cosy inside, you can snuggle up with layers and scarves again and everything looks golden. As a constant goal-setter,  I set some autumn goals as well (if you can legitimately ‚make apple pie‘ a goal) and here’s my list:

As mentioned above: make apple pie ;)

Or apple crumble, another big favourite. I just think there’s something so incredibly cosy about a rainy Saturday spend at home, reading books, drinking coffee and baking some fresh pie. Just think of the smell!

Take part in a (creative) writing competition

Autumn is the time to write in my opinion. I’ll naturally spend more time at home filled with inspiration from my travels and the long summer. Sitting down to write, even if it’s just for me, is so relaxing.
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How to enjoy summer wherever you are

How to enjoy summer wherever you are on Hanna's Places

Summer time is here! Time to travel and explore new places. But what if you can’t travel as much as you’d like to this year?  I’ve put together all my tips to enjoy summer being at home. Because there’s so many things to do without going away as well!

Enjoy summer and take the day off

So often, we only take time off if we’re actually going away. This way we get the most out of our vacation days but rarely have time to enjoy being home. So why don’t you just enjoy summer and have a little home holiday? Sleep in, have a nice breakfast, do something outside without the weekend crowds – I feel relaxed already.

Take a camera with you

On holiday, we take pictures of everything. At home, that rarely happens. So why don’t you record all the lovely memories of ice cream dates, barbecue days and your summer in general? Those fun days we tend to forget because we’re ‚just‘ at home. Looking back, you’ll have all those wonderful memories without needing to travel far.
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