2015 in Review: 7 Questions

It’s the last day of 2015! What a crazy year it has been. I’ve compiled a list of questions to help me reflect on this year’s events. I would encourage you to answer these questions for yourself. It can be very healthy to take some time out to reflect now and again.

  1. Describe 2015 in three words: challenging, exciting, developing. This year has pushed me out of my comfort zone, I’ve done things I never thought were possible. Although I’ve been fighting my anxiety and depression, I feel like I’ve really developed as a person and changed my mentality. This year has got me really excited for the future, as I’ve applied to university and for a gap year.
  2. What single achievement are you most proud of? The thing that really stands out for me is my month-long internship in a UK university. I learnt so much about psychology, and became much more independent and confident in myself.
  3. What book or movie affected your life the most? This is a recent one for me. On Christmas day I began reading a book about Bonhöffer, a famous Christian who stood up against the Nazis. I’ve found it so inspiring, and I would really recommend it.
  4. Who or what are you most thankful for? My God has been incredible as always in 2015. Sticking by my side and helping me through in my darkest days. I’m also so grateful for my sister. Although she is unaware of my mental challenges, she is always there to laugh with me and cheer me up 🙂
  5. What healthy habits did you adopt? I might have been a bit lazy with my eating, but I’m pleased that I made a commitment to workout at the gym twice a week, and having been keeping it up since August.
  6. What is the most important lesson you learned? Keep on moving because the sun will rise again. Don’t get too caught up in the worries of today, but take a step back. Break down challenges into bitesize chunks and keep walking forward, one step at a time.
  7. What things did you do for the first time in 2015? I stayed away from my family for a month, went in a limousine, went clubbing, applied to university, became a vegetarian, started blogging, cooked a three-course meal for the family, went to a spa, took part in a Colour Run, made a tie-dye top, saw my brainwaves on a computer screen and caught the bouquet at a wedding.

I can’t believe this year has passed so quickly. I can’t wait for the adventures 2016 will bring!

Hope x

Countdown to Christmas: Daily Posts! + Xmas Tag

Hello my lovelies! It’s been a while, sorry about that. But I’m excited to announce my Countdown to Christmas project! A post everyday from December 1st until 24th. Watch out for a variety of content; fashion, gift ideas, delicious recipes, chatty posts and more!

Soo let’s crack on, starting with the Christmas Tag! Hope you enjoy 🙂

The Christmas Tag

  1.  Favourite Christmas Film? I think I’d have to say ‘The Holiday’, although I can be a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas movies.. The overly-cheesy ones really grind my gears!
  2.  Ever had a white Christmas? Yes! I think only once. It would have been so magical, if it hadn’t been snowing for 3 weeks already and we were pretty sick of it 😉
  3. Where do you usually spend your holiday? I always spend Christmas at
    home with my family, we often have friends and relatives come to ours.
  4. Favourite Christmas song? I have a whole playlist! This year I’ve been loving Buble’s Let it Snow. My all-time fave has to be Last Christmas by Wham.
  5. Is your tree real or fake? Always real. The smell is incredible! Makes me feel so festive 😀
  6. All-time favourite holiday food? Here in Germany we get amazing Lebkuchen, like soft gingerbread covered in chocolate: divine!
  7. Best Christmas gift you’ve ever received? When I was about 12, I came back from a camp to find that my dad had redecorated my room as a surprise 😀
  8. What made you realise the truth about Santa? I don’t remember the exact moment, I probably heard it in the school playground. I’m quite scientifically minded, so I probably decided that the logistics were unfeasible.
  9. What makes the holidays special for you? My favourite thing about Christmas time is the atmosphere. In the middle of winter everything is so warm and snug and cosy and jolly.
  10. What’s better, giving or receiving presents? Giving 100%. To see the happy look on someone’s face when they open your gift is priceless.

Feel free to do the Juniorek-excited-about-XmasChristmas Tag too, send me a message so I can read it! Spread the Christmas love!

Merry Christmas

Hope x

 

Sunshine Award

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 21.07.00Thank you so much to the amazing Prynka for nominating me to do the Sunshine Award 🙂 You should definitely check out her awesome blog.

I love sunshine. Unfortunately we don’t get a lot of it in the UK, or where I live in Germany. I always feel that the sunshine brings everyone to a good mood. I want to challenge you to share a ray of sunshine somehow today, be it smiling at a stranger, thanking a teacher or complimenting your friend. Let’s see how much sunshine we can create 🙂

–The Rules–

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  •  Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate a few other bloggers.
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
  •  Notify the bloggers on their blog.
  • Put the award button on your blog

–My Answers–

  1. One thing you wish you had? I would really like a maine coon kitten :3
  2. What’s your scariest nightmare? A few months ago I dreamt that it was WWII, and I was hiding in a house with about 10 other people. A van drives past shouting that the war is over, so we come out the house and see a truck of soldiers approaching. We sprint to a nearby garden to hide, I hide myself in a bin under some grass. I hear some of my friends being taken away, then one of the soldiers says “we’ve got enough”. Then I realise that the-sunshine-awardI am in a plastic sack for corpses, when the soldier realises I’m still alive, he runs to tell the others, so I escape and sprint through a nearby field of high grasses, hoping that I don’t get lost…yeah I’m still a little traumatised from that one…
  3. What TV shows are you most embarrassed to admit you like watching? Not many, I enjoy University Challenge, which makes me sound like a bit of a nerd.
  4. What was the last lie you told? It was a little white lie, agreeing with my grandma’s taste in pottery or something, haha.
  5. 1 thing you don’t leave your house without? My carmex lime twist lip balm :3
  6. What course did you complete in college? I mean what did you study? I haven’t been to uni yet, but I’m planning on studying psychology and neuroscience.
  7. Place you wanna visit ? with family n friends? I would love to visit India. I really want to experience the culture and see the Taj Mahal.
  8. What did you do with your first salary? I was really chuffed, but I don’t think I spent it on anything in particular. It probably ended up where most of my money goes.. buying coffee.

–The bloggers I would like to nominate are: —

My Questions to you are: —

  1. What skill do you most wish you had?
  2. If you had the ability to play another musical instrument what would it be, and why?
  3. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
  4. Are you religious?
  5. Do you think money makes you happy? Why/why not?
  6. If you were given $50 to spend on one type of makeup, what would you buy?
  7. Name a flower that describes your personality
  8. What achievement are you most proud of yourself for?

I hope you enjoy answering the questions! Let me know when you’ve answered them so that I can read your post 🙂 Much love,

Hope x


Quick Update: yes, it’s been a while. My life has been pretty fast paced recently though. I’m 2 weeks into my internship, which is going really well. I’m exhausted, but finding it really interesting 🙂 I’ve really been enjoying videos by the Youtuber Niomi Smart recently. She’s a beauty, fashion, lifestyle Youtuber, my favourite videos of hers are her nutrition ones. Just thought I’d let you know, if you’re interested 🙂 Thanks for all the support guys, it means a lot ❤

Liebster Award

Thank you to the lovely Prynka for nominating me for the Liebster Award! Go check out her awesome blog 🙂

libster-awardRules:

  1. Once nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  2. Include the LEIBSTER AWARD sticker in the post too
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers who you think are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on 1 of their posts. You can nominate the person who nominated you
  4. Answer the 10 questions asked to you by the person who nominated you and make ten questions of your own for your nominees.
  5. Lastly, copy these rules in the post.

My Answers:

  1. Describe yourself: I would describe myself as quite a creative and empathetic person. If you don’t know me well, you’d probably think I’m quite quite and academic, but once you get to know me you’ll discover how crazy I am!
  2. The person you admire the most? There are many famous people I admire, such as Nelson Mandela and Bethany Hamilton. In my own life, the person I admire most is a youth leader in my old church. He is always so positive and caring, I really hope I can be like that some day 🙂
  3. Your ideal vacation spot? Somewhere warm and sunny with gorgeous scenery and not too many tourists!
  4. Oops! I made a mistake when? When I told a lady in german that I like to go running in the Wand (wall) instead of in the Wald (wood).. she gave me a bit of a strange look! haha
  5. Who’s the frequent caller on you call log? One of my best friends. Although, I will try to avoid phoning people when possible, texting is much less awkward!
  6. What’s your favorite dessert & candy? Love rhubarb crumble so so much! My favourite candy is probably good old Dairy Milk 😉
  7. Story behind the blog name? I chose the name LancoraPerla because I feel like it really represents who I am and want to be. L’ancora meaning ‘the anchor’ in Italian is a major symbol for me, representing security during tough times, it also happens to be the name of my favourite piano piece (Ancora- Ludovico Einaudi) and one of my fave songs (Anchor- Hillsong). I chose Perla for something coloured white (purity and simplicity), and I love the sophisticated and precious associations that pearls have.
  8. Your favorite book/ comic? I don’t really read comics, but my favourite book at the moment is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It’s such a good book, I love the film adaptation as well.
  9. Superpower you wish you had? I wish I could read minds. Not in a creepy way, just in like an interested way. I’m fascinated by psychology and working out how people think.
  10. Who would be your dream date? Wow this is a hard question.. I don’t really have a celebrity crush at the moment. Let’s just go with my real life crush 😉 haha.

The bloggers I’d like to nominate to take part in this tag are:

My 10 questions for you are:

  1. What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
  2. Which beauty product can you not live without?
  3. What’s your favourite song?
  4. What’s the most important quality you look for in a partner?
  5. Name a colour that best describes your personality
  6. What is your favourite quote?
  7. What aspect of your appearance do you love the most?
  8. Describe your favourite outfit
  9. Why did you decide to start blogging?
  10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Thanks for reading my post 🙂 Hope you enjoy answering these questions, let me know when you have! Love you all, have an awesome day x

Hope x

Love/Hate Tag

e451f-love-over-hate1Hiya 🙂 first of all, I’d like to say thanks to Rhia for nominating me for the Love/Hate Tag!

The rules: share 10 things you love, and 10 things you hate. Then nominate up to 10 blogs to do the same.

Things I love..

  1. Ed Sheeran’s music ❤
  2. Gingerbread Latte
  3. Learning languages
  4. Summer evenings
  5. Tea (the tea aisle is my favourite in the supermarket..haha)
  6. Sushi
  7. Traveling and learning people’s stories
  8. Candles
  9. Laughing until your sides hurt and tears run down your face
  10. Peppermint anything and everything

Things I hate..

  1. Slow walkers
  2. Mosquitos
  3. That bit of skin on the side of your nail that’s really annoying so you rip it off and it hurts like death
  4. When people click their joints
  5. When your favourite pen ever runs out of ink
  6. The word “excursion” *gags*
  7. When you touch a piece of fresh gum under the desk
  8. Exams.
  9. When people eat/breathe really loud
  10. When you really need to cough, but it’s silent in the room, so you just sit there with a red face slowly dying..

Hope you enjoyed 🙂 I’d like to tag the people below to also complete the Love/Hate Tag. If I haven’t included you here, it would be awesome if you want to do this tag as well.

Did you find any of my opinions relatable? Any you found simply crazy? I’d love to know! Have an amazing day, don’t forget how beautiful you are ❤

Hope x

Anxiety & Depression FAQ&A

Hey there 🙂 As you may or may not know, I’ve been fighting anxiety and depression for 9 months now. I thought I’d do a little ‘frequently asked questions’ post to hopefully help some of you if you’re going through the same thing, if you know someone who is, or if you’re just curious and would like to know more about the subject. If you have any further questions please feel free to leave a comment below ❤

  • How do you know you have anxiety & depression? Depression is generally categorised as experiencing extended periods of low energy and mood, as well as a loss of pleasure in many activities. Anxiety is defined as experiencing unpleasant feelings of fear and worry, often inexplicably. Although it’s totally normal to have these emotions from time to time, if physical and emotional symptoms persist, you might want to talk to someone about it. There are many different types of anxiety disorder, but they can commonly be connected with depression.
  • What are some common symptoms? Symptoms of depression that I’ve personally experienced include; loss in appetite, headaches, crying, fatigue, nostalgia, sadness, concentration and memory difficulties. Other common symptoms are; sleep disorders, weight loss/gain. In terms of anxiety, I’ve experienced; anxiety/panic attacks, restlessness, nightmares, muscle tension, sensitivity to loud sudden noises or conflict. Cheery huh?
  • Can’t you just tell yourself to cheer up? There are people who have it worse than you, you know. Fyi, this is not the best thing to say to someone with a mental illness. Being depressed is not the same as “just being sad”, you can’t just snap yourself out of it, and that’s one of the most frustrating things.
  • If I’ve got anxiety & depression, does it mean I’m weak? Not at all, you should never think that. It’s true that not everyone suffers with mental illnesses but it is not your fault if you do. It’s a legitimate illness, you wouldn’t tell someone with a broken leg to stop being weak and shake it off right? It’s the same with your brain.
  • Why does it only affect certain people? There are many reasons why people can become affected by anxiety and depression. Genes can play a large role (this is definitely a factor in my case). Obviously if you have just experienced a traumatic event or have a large amount of stress, then you can be more vulnerable to these sorts of things.
  • What feels worse: anxiety or depression? I think about this question quite a lot. Recently I’ve been feeling quite down and it really really sucks, believe me. At the same time, it’s also so hard to be constantly tense and frightened, especially if you can’t explain why. I would have to say that both are as bad as each other. I wouldn’t wish either on my worst enemy (not that I really have one).
  • What should I do if I think I/someone I know may be suffering from this? Talk to someone. A parent, sibling, friend, teacher, school councillor, anyone. Trust me, it may seem daunting but it is so important not to leave these things bottled up inside. Know that you are not alone, and you’re not weird either, anxiety and depression is very common believe me. If you suspect that someone you know may be struggling with this, try to talk to them gently and show them that you care. If they are having thoughts or planning on harming themselves or anyone else please please tell someone. There is help and hope out there.

I hope you found this insightful. I’m planning on writing a post with tips to help if you are going through anxiety and depression. Sorry if this post wasn’t the most cheery, but I believe that this is an important subject which is discussed too little in our society.

Have a great day, love you all

Hope x

TMI Tag

So I know this tag isn’t the newest or the most original, but I thought it’d be a fun thing to do, since I’m new to the world of blogging 😛 and also to let you know a bit more about me 🙂

1: What are you wearing? Zara skinny jeans, burgundy lace sweater and black tank top Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 20.40.20

2: Ever been in love? Not yet! 😛

3: Ever had a terrible breakup? Not really..

4: How tall are you? 180cm/5ft 10ins (I know, pretty tall right?)

5: How much do you weigh? around 60-63kilos, depending on how much I’ve eaten 😛

6: Any tattoos? Nope

7: Any piercings? Earrings 🙂

8: OTP? Zalfie haha 😛

9: Favorite show? Casualty! (I seriously need to find someone else who also loves this show so that we can fangirl about Ethan’s hotness together 😛 )

10: Favorite bands? Hillsong United

11: Something you miss? Living in Scotland ;( especially my friends and my old church there

12: Favorite song? Oceans by Hillsong United

13: How old are you? 17

14: Zodiac sign? Aries

15: Quality you look for in a partner? Someone I can be myself around, funny and caring :3

16: Favorite Quote? “Promise me, you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves, that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.” – Tyler Knott Gregson

17: Favorite actor? Benedict Cumberbatch

18: Favorite color? Turquoise

19: Loud music or soft? Depends largely on my mood at the time, but mainly soft

20: Where do you go when you’re sad? Either my bedroom or I take a walk in the woods ❤

21: How long does it take you to shower? 1o mins, 15 if you include the singing time 😉

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Usually around 30mins

23: Ever been in a physical fight? Haha no, I’m not a very violent person

24: Turn on? Understanding, smells amazing ;P

25: Turn off? Arrogant, smelling bad (it matters a lot guys ok?)

26: The reason I joined Blogging? I’ve always loved writing, and I really enjoy reading blogs, so I decided to get involved! I’m loving it so far btw 🙂

27: Fears? Being completely alone, mosquitoes, failure

28: Last thing that made you cry? Myself, it usually is (poo to you anxiety and depression 😦 )

29: Last time you said you loved someone? Todayy ❤

30: Meaning behind your Blog Name? I chose the name LancoraPerla because I feel like it really represents who I am and want to be (believe me, a LOT of thought went into this name). L’ancora meaning ‘the anchor’ in Italian is a major symbol for me, representing security during tough times, it also happens to be the name of my favourite piano piece (Ancora- Ludovico Einaudi) and one of my fave songs (Anchor- Hillsong). I chose Perla because I wanted something coloured white (purity and simplicity) and I love the sophisticated and precious associations that pearls have 🙂

31: Last book you read? The Maze Runner by James Daschner. It was good, I would recommend it if you’re after a fast-paced novel.

32: The book you’re currently reading? I’ve just started The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart

33: Last show you watched? haha Casualty again..

34: Last person you talked to? My mum 🙂

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? We’re good friends

36: Favorite food? Green Thai curry or rhubarb crumble 😛

37: Place you want to visit? EVERYWHERE! I especially want to go to India, Australia and New York.

38: Last place you were? School a.k.a. my favourite place in the world -.-

39: Do you have a crush? kinda… no not really

40: Last time you kissed someone? A while ago

41: Last time you were insulted? Can’t actually remember, which is a good thing i guess 🙂

42: Favorite flavor of sweet? Cadbury’s Dairy Milk hands down!

43: What instruments do you play?? Flute, piano, bit of guitar, piccolo and the recorder

44: Favorite piece of jewelry? My anchor necklace

45: Last sport you played? Running 🙂

46: Last song you sang? Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, about 1 min ago

47: Favorite chat up line? “Do you live in a corn field? Cos I’m stalking you?” 😉

48: Have you ever used it? haha no i would shudder if i ever actually heard someone use that!

49: Last time you hung out with anyone? Movie and pizza night with friends at the weekend 🙂

50: Who should answer these questions next? The person reading this 😉 Go on!

Hope x