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April Roundup

April passed by in a complete and utter blur. I started the month working in Los Angeles, and ended it in Munich, back into my routine of Uni, work, and friends. I can’t believe it has already been a full month since I’ve been back! April was busy and happy–I have been/am overjoyed to be back in my favorite city, living the life I have built up for myself over the past two years. If you want to hear about what my April favorites were, from weekends in the desert to wonderful surprises in the mail, click through to read more.

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The Perfect Afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles

Hello everybody! Recently (to be more precise, almost a full month ago), I returned back to Germany, after having done a 7 week internship in Los Angeles. February-April I had the pleasure of interning at BOLD LA, a communications and marketing agency in Downtown Los Angeles. I learned so much during my time with the company, and also had the chance to rediscover my hometown, this time from the other side of the hill!

Growing up, I spent 95% of my time in the Valley. It was where I lived, it was where I went to school, it was where I knew my way around. However, this time around it was so much fun to discover another side of town. And now, as the start of an influx of blogposts to come about LA, I wanted to share my version of a perfect afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles with you guys. If you ever have an afternoon to enjoy in the heart of the city, be sure not to miss out on these things. Enjoy!

P.S. – Everything is in walking distance of each other! 😉

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January Roundup

The first month of 2017 is officially done, and I’m looking forward to moving onward. While I did have a great month (lots of blog growth, a super fun weekend trip) January honestly just kind of dragged on. It’s been super cold in Munich and I’ve been less than unmotivated to study for exams. I’m excited for February, exams are wrapping up and I’m heading to Los Angeles to start an exciting two month internship at a thriving German/American PR Agency. But first, let’s take a look back at January, I have lots to share!

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The Balancing Act: How to Attempt to Juggle It All

Life is super busy. Between the things you need to do everyday, sometimes there’s no (or only very little) time left to do the things you actually want to do. This is a lesson I started to learn towards the middle of last year, when I got promoted at work. I love my job, but between working on a daily basis and still having about 20 hours of class a week to go with it, I was in over my head. Suddenly there was so little time for other things – my friends, my blog, even keeping my apartment clean.

It was tough trying to fit everything into my life, the daily duties and the hobbies. However, I’ve started changing some things in the way I go about my routine, and in the way I think about productivity. I wanted to share some of these with you today, and I hope that they can help you with balancing (or attempt to balance) it all as well.

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Barcelona Photo Diary

While going through and cleaning out my iPhoto library, I realized that I had never gotten around to posting most of my photos from a trip to Barcelona that I took in 2015. The trip was wonderful, we spent a lazy five days in the city, wandering around and exploring, taking afternoon naps on the beach while listening to our favorite music. I really love these photos that I took back then and thought I could share them with you all, especially since some of you might be looking for 2017 travel inspiration.
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5 Books I Read in 2016 That You Should Read in 2017

  1. Atonement by Ian McEwan – Assigned as mandated reading for a literature seminar I had last summer, Atonement blew me away. McEwan is an incredible storyteller, not only creating a brilliant setting surrounding the 2nd World War, but also making readers question the very nature of fiction itself.
  2. The Circle by Dave Eggers – Recommended to me by my father, The Circle was an interesting yet terrifying read, painting the picture of an online, social network monopoly that we are not far from. I’m super excited to see the film adaption coming out this year.
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This one was a re-read for me, and, as I did the first time, I cried like a baby. Narrated by Death, the novel follows the life of a young girl in Nazi-occupied Germany, trying to come to terms with and understand the hate in the world around her. Very eye-opening!
  4. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – This book changed my way (and will change your way) of thinking about success. Gladwell explains the theories as to why some people end up becoming successful, attributing it to circumstance rather than the given goods. Very interesting, and you’ll get through it quickly.
  5. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – I’ve always had this weird fascination with serial killers, and this book painted an excellent picture of one of America’s very first. The story takes place in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, intertwining the stories of the brilliant architects that created the White City with the story of the man who used the fair to fulfill his own sick needs. You’ll fly through it.

Please leave any book recs down below in the comments, I’m looking to make 2017 a year full of reading!! xx Julia