Small recap of my first week of February

One thing I want to do more regularly is journaling. It brings me joy and it is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts + memories. Furthermore its fun to look back at the things which you’ve experienced and read through old journal entries or look at photos! Thats why I decided to write this blogpost. Many people dm over instagram saying that they would love to see more posts about my life so I thought why not share a small recap of my first week of February with you.

Hope you enjoy! love ophelia xx

Monday, 5th February 2018 

I woke up to a blue sky and a hot cup of coffee waiting for me next to my bed. Even though the sun was shining it was extremely cold outside. Monday was pretty chill and the first part of the day I did practically nothing. My brother and I just layed around and relaxed. Later that day we met my dad and grandmother. We went to a coffeeshop and I got myself 3 books (for free!). At 8pm we went out for dinner with my mom and bought some stuff. For a Monday it was really calm and nice!

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Tuesday, 6th February 2018

Tuesday was busy as hell. First of all I overslept even though I had set myself an alarm ughh. Anyways I met my two girls Anna and Momo at Coffee Fellows for brunch. We got ourselves Mozzarella Bagels and Caramel Macchiatos, talked about life and enjoyed the sun. Afterwards we made our way to the museum island to take some pics for the ‘gram and let me tell you guys: it was frEEZING!! But hey: do it for Instagram right?

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Anna had to leave a little early so Momo and I decided to visit a Vintage Clothing store and Dussmann (which is a bookstore in Berlin). As always it was a beautiful time and it made me so happy to see them again!

After that I met up with some other friends with whom I got coffee (please tell me that I’m not the only one who orders Iced coffee in winter!), went to a bookstore and got something to eat. Spending time with friends is always much fun so I highly recommend going out with people you love!

Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Compared to Tuesday Wednesday was relaxed. The most time I stayed at home, did school stuff and edited some photos. After all the stress I had the past few weeks its important to me to have some time for myself. During that time I regain my energy and its never a bad idea to take some time off. Nevertheless my brother forced me out into the cold to take photos for him ( he took some of me too) so yeah I left the house once :’). The rest of the day I spent watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone and cooking dinner.

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Thursday, 8th February 2018 

To wake up and be a little healthy I made porridge with bananas and cinnamon for breakfast, brewed a cup of coffee, did some class work, picked up my younger “sister” (she isn’t my biological sister but by heart) and cleaned up the house. During the day a friend of mine came over and at the evening my family and I went to Ikea for dinner (how original ikr). All in one it was a pretty chill day and I wish all my Thursday would be like this…

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Friday, 9th February 2018

Fridays are fun. I mean its the end of the week so of course everyones happy about that. One of my best friends visited me and together we went to a museum, took photos, ate pizza and afterwards I watched a movie with my family.

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My first week of February was a good one. I laughed a lot, made many amazing memories and forgot all my problems for a while. It felt good to be carefree again, even for a while. I’m a person who stresses a lot therefore this week was everything I needed right now. I hope your first week of February was awesome as well.

Thank you so much for reading and I wish you a beautiful rest of your day!

Ophelia xX

 

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Roadtripping (autumn) Playlist

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetMusic is another huge part of my life. I listen to music all the time and I know that I would be lost without it. It keeps me going and calms me down when nothing else can. On my way home on the train I realized that I rarely share the songs I listen to with you or the playlists I make for myself, so here I am, changing that asap! As you all know, autumn is my favorite season ever. I mean is there anything better than watching the leaves fall, wearing sweaters, going on road trips and drinking pumpkin spice lattes? I think not. Thats why I thought: Why not create a playlist with songs that I love to listen to when I’m driving with the car or when I’m in the train and which give me comfort and huge autumn vibes. They make me feel at peace. I hope you enjoy this playlist and the 20 songs I put together. All the artists are amazing!

love Ophelia xX

Roadtripping (autumn) Playlist

  • Dusk till Dawn – Zayn (feat. Sia)
  • Yellow Light -Of Monsters and Men
  • Warrior -Aurora
  • I found -Amber Run
  • Runaway -Aurora
  • Lonesome Dreams -Lord Huron
  • Losing Sleep -John Newman
  • Queen of Peace and Long and Lost -Florence and the Machine
  • Blinding -Florence and the Machine
  • Rich Love -One Republic
  • Somebody that I used to know -Gotye
  • Fast Car -Tracy Chapman
  • Runnin’ (Lose it all) -Naughty Boy (feat. Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin)
  • Too Good at Goodbyes -Sam Smith
  • I of the Storm -Of Monsters and Men
  • Cleopatra -The Lumineers
  • Stand by Me -Florence and the Machine
  • Love -Lana Del Rey
  • When The Darkness Comes -Calbie Cailliat
  • Ever Since New York -Harry Styles

Stealing pictures, Hate

I wasn’t sure if writing this blogpost is a good idea, but it has been on my mind for months now and even when people will hate on me, I need to get this out.

I have been in the bookstagram community for over 2 years and over the past year it changed a lot. More people joined (and are still joining!) the community which is great because we’re here to spread our love for books and the more people, the more fun! There are also many talented people whose pictures are beautiful and the effort people put into their photos is breathtaking and amazing to see.

Sadly it also changed not only in good but also in bad ways. People steal pictures (I know they did it before too but I just find that more and more accounts do that), there’s rarely a person who gives inspiration credit anymore, when a person has a different opinion on a book there are people who hate and this list could go on and on forever but my point is: Our community should not be one where people hate and stuff but it should be a place where we continue to spread love and not hate. Theres enough hate in this world we don’t need it in bookstagram as well. Please accept everyones opinion. Its fine when you have a different point of view on a topic, but please say it respectful.

I have spoken to some people (and I have experienced it myself) and they told me that they got hate because they didn’t like a book everyone else did. Not everyone has the same taste in books and that is OKAY. No one needs to hate on someone for not liking a book!

Stealing pictures and copying photos  is absolutely a no-go. People put effort into taking them and they do it with love and no one is allowed to steal or copy them. You can repost them with credit or you can take one that almost(!!) looks like the original one but you have to give inspiration credit!!! I saw some accounts where some photos looked almost like mine but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to get in trouble. People can be mean. I even saw that someone, who I thought was my friend, copied a photo of mine without giving inspo. credit which was also the reason I decided to don’t give a f*ck and write this blogpost. Please guys, don’t do that because you hurt people with doing that and you don’t respect the effort the person put into taking that photo.

We’re all here to spread our love for books and to get to know new books. Don’t be disrespectful or mean to other people because we’re all human and have feelings. When you have a different opinion on this topic: I would like to hear yours, but please be respectful when you say it.

Thank you.

Ophelia xX

Woman

 

You need to be skinny. Oh my god, put on a real shirt where people can’t see your belly. Wear make-up but not too much. When you go out, dress yourself pretty but not bitchy. Don’t wear lipstick in your everyday life. Don’t say your opinion, you’re a woman. It’s not nice when you disagree with the opinion of a male. Be quiet and listen. Write good grades, get a job and when you marry take care of the kids. Do everything for your husband and don’t say no. You’re a woman, you dont have the right to do this. Males are braver and stronger than woman. You’re so ugly, no men will marry you. A fat woman is not a beautiful woman.

Sentences like this are normal for us woman. The keyword normal is what bothers me the most. Because words like that shouldn’t be normal for any woman. Through the years our society has become more modern, but our views of woman are still the same or worse. Woman still don’t get the same amount of money. They can’t dress up the way the want to and when they do it’s a scandal. Showing your skin as a woman or saying your opinion is still not okay.

But i want to tell you something. I am a woman and you should not be afraid of saying your opinion. Woman are brave and strong. They aren’t on this world just to give birth and clean up the house. Woman are people too and every human on this planet deserves the same amount of respect. Raise your voice and fight for your rights. Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean people can talk to you the way they want to.

A womans weight doesn’t tell anything about her character. She is beautiful in her own way. No one is too skinny or fat. Everyone is perfect. But as a woman the society has a imagine in his head how every woman should look like. Perfect legs, perfect belly, perfect hair and smile.

And I’m here to tell you that you are beautiful the way you are. No woman needs long legs and perfect teeth. What matters is your character and how you greet people. You are strong, intelligent and brave. Extraordinary. And for that you don’t need a perfect body. Belive in yourself and always have the strength to say your opinion. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do as a woman. You can do everything you want.

Ophelia xX

Freedom

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they have no idea what it is like

to lose home at the risk of

never finding home again

have your entire life

split between two lands and

become the bridge between two countries

-rupi kaur

To be free is the greatest gift life can us offer. It means everything. What is the meaning to live when you’re not free and save? Freedom means happiness, safety and to be the master of yourself. Without that there is nothing which gives your life a meaning. What can you do when you grow up in a war where is no freedom and no happiness? You would go crazy.

Enjoy your freedom as much as you can. There are so many people in the world who are not free. Always have that thought in your mind and enjoy your freedom, happiness and safety all the more. Enjoy it a little bit for the people who doesn’t have that gift too.

Books can offer us a different kind of freedom. That applies to photography, reading, writing and music too. Our creativity is free. We can do whatever we want. We can create other worlds, let magic become true and let all the world hunger and wars disappear. That is a completly  different kind of freedom and somehow it is not.

Some people have the freedom to make art and on the other side some have not. Everything has it good and bad sides. Everyone is free, but some have the luck to have more freedom than others. Not everyone is truly free. Though when your mind is free and you can do art you are one of the people with the luck.

Enjoy your freedom. There are people who die in wars, who have to flee from their country, who die because of their skin colour or sexuality. Enjoy to be free and to have a free mind. You have the freedom to say your opinion, so say it. Don’t be shy.

Be happy and greatful for the gift to be free, to be save and to be happy. Do the best of it and never let anyone take that freedom away from you. Never. Because it’s the greatest gift someone, life, can us offer.

 

 

Literature, Feminism, Appreciation


In the world woman have lesser rights than man. I think that’s never going to change, because in every society we will always have people who think that woman are not worthy enough to have a voice like males and that they shouldn’t have the rights to command. People like that have the opinion, that a woman should be at home, take care of the kids, cook, clean the house, etc. This is not okay because woman are human too and just because of their gender they shouldn’t be in disadvantage. Many people think that woman have more rights now, because we’re in the 21st century. That’s only half right. Yess woman have definitely more rights now, than 200 years ago, but in the whole world the most amount of woman still has to fight for their rights. Not in every country, religion people share the same opinion about woman going to work. We are lucky that today there’re organisations which are fighting for woman rights and that they get more recognition everyday.

A good way to spread more self-confidence and strength to woman is literature. When I read books I’m always happy to see when the main character is a badass, independent woman. They give me self-confidence and make me feel happy. Sadly there aren’t many books with female leaders, but I have the feeling that every year we are getting more. There also not many female authors. Most of them are male. As example: George RR Martin, Charles Dickens, Franz Kafka, John Green, Mark Twain. Sure there are many female authors too but I have to say the males authors are definitely more. We don’t have this problem only in literature. Famous artists like da Vinci, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet are all male too. I’m not gonna say that they works are not good, no it’s the other way around: they ARE brilliant, but there are are also many female artists whose works are awesome and I find that they don’t get enough recognition. It’s harder for a woman to get a job, without being in disadvantage.

I’m happy to see more female authors in the YA (young adult), Fantasy literature. In my opinion fantasy/ya literature should get more appreciation like other genres, but sadly many people think it’s not that important. I know that books from other authors with a (deeper) meaning are more important in the literature world and I don’t doubt that, but fantasy literature shouldn’t be sealed as unimportant literature. Fantasy books have magical creatures and worlds which doesn’t exist and thats important. It’s important for people to dive into a world, completly different from our own, and to imagine magic to be true. The important part in books is for me the message the author wants to send us.  Therefore it shouldn’t be necessary in which genre a book is, as long as you enjoy it.

My favourite genre is Fantasy and I think that in those genre are more female main characters and authors than in an other genres. Of course many famous fantasy books have male authors and book characters (Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien) but there are also many female authors (Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare).

I decided to make a short list with books from female authors which everyone should check out. (the main characters in their books are female too!)

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  4. The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena
  5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  6. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
  7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  8. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Most of the authors are slightly getting famous and I’m sure some of you know them and have read their books- but if you don’t I really appreciate if you would check the books and authors out. The female main characters are all badass, curious, stubborn, brave, smart and self-confident. They show us that woman can be strong without a man and that they can take good care of themselves. That woman can be brave and beautiful at the same time. This books and the characters became a huge part of my life and the female characters gave me definitely more self-confidence. I’m sure the authors are all amazing woman too.

I’m glad that woman are getting more rights and that more people raise their voice to change something. Literature is one way and I’m sure someday there will be more female authors who get the same amount of appreciation like male authors.

Ophelia xX