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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


If You Do 5 Things In Amsterdam, Do These

Amsterdam easily counts as one of my favorite cities I’ve ever visited. I was blown away during my first visit back in 2014, and was once again in bliss when I visited this past fall.

Seeing that I gave you guys a plethora of in-depth posts last time I visited, I thought that this time it would be nice to share something shorter: a simple list of 5 things I think any visitor needs to do during a visit. For me, this list of 5 accurately captures the vibes of the city and its many diverse parts. Enjoy!

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Spending The Perfect Day In Santa Monica

Growing up, I lived in what Angelinos call “The Valley”, or, as you might know it, the San Fernando Valley. However, I had the privilege of living right off of Mulholland Dr., placing me a mere 10 minutes from the West Side. I 100% took advantage of this growing up, exploring Westwood with a friend that lived there or heading towards the beach.

An area that I have always particularly loved is Santa Monica. For me it has it all; hip cafes and boutiques on Main Street, all of your favorite shops on the outdoor 3rd Street, and of course, the ocean. Today I wanted to share everything I like to do to spend a perfect day in Santa Monica, one that goes from early morning shopping to watching the sun fade into the horizon. Enjoy!

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