zondag 25 januari 2015

Edith Södergran | Poetry

Hello everyone!

I love reading so much! Not only reading books, but also reading poetry. One of my favourite poets is Edith Södergran. I had never heard of her before I read the book Through a Glass, Darkly (original title: I et speil, i en gåte) by Jostein Gaarder. At the beginning of the book there's a poem of Edith Södergran, and I immediately fell in love with her words.
Edith Södergran was a Swedish-speaking Finnish poet, who lived from 1892 to 1923. I -obviously- do not read her poems in Swedish, but in Dutch and sometimes in English. When she died she was not very popular, however, now she is known world wide and she is an influence for many other poets.
I would like to explain to you why I like her poems so much -and believe me, I tried- but I just cannot. I think there is only one way for you to find out why I like her so much. Here are some of my favourite poems written by Edith Södergran:

Joy is a butterfly
Fluttering low over the earth,
But sorrow is a bird
With big, strong, black wings.
They lift you high above life
Flowing below in sunlight and growth.
The bird of sorrow flies high
To where the angels of grief keep watch
Over death's lair.
-the poem in Jostein Gaarder's book-

 The world bathes in blood for God to survive.
For his magnificence to endure, all other must perish.
What do we humans know about how the eternal thrives
And what the gods drink to sustain their power?
God will create a new. He will re-shape the world into a clearer sign.
Therefore he girdles himself with a belt of lightning,
Therefore he carries a crown of flaming thorns,
Therefore he envelops the earth in blindness and night.
therefore his glance is grim. His creator-hands squeeze the Earth hard.
What he creates nobody knows. But it moves like a shiver through half-awakened senses.
It is like soaring towards deep ravines.
Before jubilous choirs break out in praising hymns
It is silent like the forest before the sun rises.
-written in 1918-

  I, my own prisoner say:
Life is not a springtime clad in light green velvet
Or a caress you rarely receive,
Life is not a decision about walking
Or two white arms holding you back.
Life is the narrow ring keeping us captive,
The invisible circle we never transcend,
Life is the close happiness which passes us by,
and a thousand steps we're unable to take.
Life is to despise oneself
And lay immobile at the bottom of a well
And know that the sun shines up there
And golden birds fly through the air
And the lightning-fast days shoot past.
Life is to wave a quick goodbye and return home to sleep.
Life is to be a stranger to oneself
And a new mask for each and every one who comes.
Life is to act thoughtlessly with your own happiness
And to push away the only moment,
Life is to believe oneself weak and nothing dare.

I really hope you like Edith Södergran her poems as much as I do.
Let me know -if you like poetry- who your favourite poet is! 

Have a wonderful day!
Hanne .x
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woensdag 21 januari 2015

Hair Care

Hello everyone!

One of my New Year's resolutions is to take more care of my hair. Last year my hair has been damaged for quite a while, but it's much healthier now. Today I'm going to tell you what I do to keep my hair healthy.

1) I use a conditioner twice a week. At the moment  I'm using the L'Oréal Paris: 'Elseve Anti-Casse' also know as 'Elvive Anti-Breakage' in English.(actually, this one is empty now. I'm starting a different conditioner tomorrow.) It smells delicious and it makes my hair feel so soft. It also makes brushing my hair much easier.
2) I try to not brush my hair too often and when I brush it, I try to do it gently. The same when I dry my hair with a towel, I try to do it gently.
3) I stopped using heath. I don't use blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons anymore. I think you all already know how damaging heath is.

3) At the moment I use three shampoos: Garnier 'Fructis Fresh', Dove 'Daily Moisture' and Garnier 'Ultra Doux Vanilla Milk and Papaya Pulp'.
Every time I wash my hair I use an other one than the last time. My hair dresser told me it's so much better for your hair.
4) Every few weeks I apply some coconut oil to my hair. I do this one or two hours before I shower. It's really one of the best things for your hair. (And also for dry skin!) 
6) I wash my hair 3 or 4 times a week. I know that's quite a lot, but I used to wash it every day so it's a bit better now. I've once heard that it's better to wash your hair with cold or lukewarm water instead of hot water. I'm not sure if this is actually true, but I try to do it anyway (although I still wash it with hot water some days, when I'm really not in the mood for cold water and shivers.)
7) I don't wear my hair in a ponytail as often as I used to. The hair elastic can be damaging.

I hope I've given you some inspiration on how to treat your hair with more care.
Let me know if you have another tip!

Have a wonderful day,
Hanne .x

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woensdag 14 januari 2015

A Cup Of Green Tea

Hello everyone!

I'm not a big fan of hot drinks. I don't like coffee or hot chocolate. But recently I've discovered green tea. And I was surprised, the first hot drink I actually like!

This is everything you need to make a nice cup of green tea
To be honest with you, I didn't really like green tea when I drank it for the first time. But after a few times I started to enjoy it more and more. Now you might wonder why I continued drinking it if I didn't like it at first. Two reasons: 1) I read that you have to get used to the taste and 2) green tea is very healthy.
After a few times I learned how I liked my tea the most. Today I'm going to show you how I make my lovely cup of green tea!

First I start with boiling some water.
Then I pour it in a mug and wait for 8 to 10 minutes. If you don't wait and you put your tea bag in immediately, you may damage some healthy compounds.
When the water has cooled a bit, I put in the tea bag. I use teabags from the brand Pickwick. I really like this tea, but I've never tried an other one so I can't compare it. I leave my tea bag in for 2 to 3 minutes.
In the end I add some honey, to sweeten it.

And there you have it, a cup of green tea.
Let me know what your favourite hot drink is!

Have a wonderful day,
Hanne .x

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zondag 11 januari 2015

Productive Days

Hello beautiful people!

The last weeks I had vacation, so I had a lot of free time. Because I didn't want to waste all my days with lying in bed and watching youtube videos, I made myself have some 'productive days'. I don't know about you, but sometimes I really enjoy having a very productive day. Not when it comes to studying and homework -I hate days who're filled with that-, but more like writing for my blog or planning things or just anything else. When I go to bed in the evening and I have done a lot that day, I feel very good. Of course I've also had some lazy days, but I think it's very important to make a good combination between being lazy and being productive.

I know it's not always that easy to have a productive day, but of course I have some tips for you!
First of all, make a list with what you want to do that day. I always try to make that list the evening before. When I really have a lot to do I also like to plan what I'm going to do first and what has to be done before lunch. This helps me a lot. It's nice to see what you've already done and what you still have to do. Sometimes I use a piece of paper and a pen for this, but mostly I'll use InkPad Notepad. This is an app you can download on your phone and when you log in you can use it as a notepad. The handy thing about this app is that when you're on your computer, you can go to their site and when you log in, you can see all the notes you've made on your phone.
My second tip is that you should set up something like a 'working space' if you have to do writing or something like that. I could stay in my bed for writing blogposts, but it just doesn't go as fast as when you sit at a desk or a table.
My third tip is that you have to order your list wisely. Things that are quite relaxing shouldn't be the first on your list. I always try to do the things who are more like 'working' first and the more relaxing things last because I feel like I'm more concentrated in the morning.
Then on to my last tip. This won't work for everyone and also doesn't work for everything. Try to look at your list and think of what you can combine. If you can do two things at once, you'll obviously be done earlier with your list or you'll be able to do more that day.

I hope this post can help you with getting even more done on your productive days.
Let me know if you like to have a productive day and if you have any more tips!

Have a wonderful day!
Hanne .x

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woensdag 7 januari 2015

New Year's Resolutions 2015

Hello everyone,

I'm so excited for 2015! I'm going to travel quite a lot. In February I'm going to Poland, in April I'm going to the Netherlands and in July I'm going somewhere, but I don't know the destination yet. My parents let me and my brother decide where we're going, but we don't really know. (Suggestions are always welcome.) Also, this year I'm starting yoga classes. I really think/hope 2015 is going to be wonderful!

Okay so for this post, I want to share my New Year's resolutions with you.
I'm  normally not that kind of person who makes New Year's resolutions, but this year I really wanted to make some. Not the stereotype ones, like more sporting or getting good grades. No, I want to make New Year's resolutions that I'll be able to do the whole year and that will make my 2015 a bit better.
The first one is posting at least once a week on this blog. I'll try to post twice, but when I'm very busy it'll only be one post. I really like writing for this blog, so I want to keep doing it the whole year.
My second resolution is to not buy any album the whole year. I know I'd normally buy some CD's this year. The reason why I don't want to buy any is that I actually don't use CD's  a lot. When I'm at home I listen to music on Spotify or Youtube. When I'm in the car I normally listen to the radio. So I think it's quite stupid to spend money on CD's if I'm only going to use them a few times. Instead I'd like to spend more money on makeup or something else. That's something I do use and I find a bit more useful than a CD.
The third one is to try and take a lip balm and my earplugs with me to as many places possible. I get chapped lips very easily and I should use a lip balm more often. The reason why I want to have my earplugs with me is because I really hate it when I go somewhere and it's too loud there. I forget to take my earplugs with me so many times and I always regret it. I think it's very very important to protect your ears.
Number four: to take more care of my hair. Last year my hair has been damaged for quite a while. It's much healthier now and I really want to keep it that way! Together with taking more care of it, I also want to get much longer hair.
My last resolution is to stop caring about what other people will think. I'm always scared that I'll disappoint people. The teachers from my piano and guitar class, my teachers from school, my parents etc. I always stress too much about not being good enough and not living up to other people's expectations. But it's over. From now on, I'm not going to worry anymore about what other people will think -hopefully-. As long as I'm happy and I don't disappoint myself, it's all fine.

The last one is the most important to me, so I really hope I'll be able to do it.
But maybe I can proudly tell you next year that I've succeeded in all of them. That would be wonderful!
I'd love to hear what your New Year's resolutions for 2015 are.
And for the people who don't have any New Year's resolutions, I hope this tweet of Tyler Oakley can inspire you.

Have a wonderful day,
Hanne .x

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zondag 4 januari 2015

Thinking Out Loud #1 Leelah Alcorn, LGBT and Acceptance

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you've had a wonderful 2014 and that 2015 will be even better. I want to wish you good health, because I really think that's the most important thing.
I was going to tell you my New Year's resolutions today, but there's something else that I really wanted to talk about. (I'll post my New Year's Resolutions on Wednesday.)
This post is about something that doesn't make me happy at all, so it doesn't really fit on my blog. But I just need to write about it. I know this will happen more often in the future and that's why I made 'Thinking Out Loud' a thing. For every post that's not about something that makes me happy, but about something I just need to write about.

Now, let's start this post. Most of you have probably already heard about this. On the 28th of December Leelah Alcorn, who was born as Joshua, committed suicide. She left a suicide note on tumblr where she tells the world that her parents are the reason that she felt unhappy, the reason that she didn't want to live anymore. She left a strong message and I think it has reached a lot of people. There are too many people who commit suicide because of being hated and misunderstood for being part of the LGBT community. And I really think this has to change. I just don't get how people can hate someone because they're in love with someone of the same gender or because they feel like they're born in the wrong body. For me this is the same as racism. You hate someone for something they can't help. You don't choose who you fall in love with, right? Neither do people who fall in love with someone of the same gender.
If one day my son tells me he is in love with a guy or he feels like he's a girl; if one day my daughter tells me she's in love with a girl or she feels like she's a boy, I will be proud and happy. Because they were brave enough to tell me and they trust me enough to tell me. I'll also be sad and worried. Because I don't like lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders? No. Because I know they will have a lot of problems and they will get loads of shitty comments from other people. But I'll be there for my child and I'll support him/her no matter what. I'll love my children unconditionally.
Before you get a child, you should think about this: will I always love my child? Will I love my child, no matter what? Even if he/she's going to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?
If the answer is no, I really don't think you should be a parent.

I honestly believe we can make this world a bit better by accepting the LGBT community. They're just normal people, like you and me. It's time everyone starts treating them like that.

Hanne .x

(Leelah's suicide note has been deleted from Tumblr, but you can still read it here.)