My Meditation Habit

As I mentioned in my morning routine video from last Wednesday, I want to tell you a little bit more about my meditation practice. I started meditating back in December 2017 and it has become one of the key parts of my morning routine. As part of my Miracle Morning, I meditate first thing every morning and I have now been meditating for more than 60 days without missing one single day. I am actually pretty proud of that.

How and why I started meditating

I actually wrote a blog post back in January all about my first month of meditating but let me explain it again.

If someone would have told me that I would meditate one day a couple years ago I probably would have burst out in laughter. I thought meditating was a scam. But after I did some counseling sessions at school because to work on my exam nerves I realized that I can practice calming myself down. I also bought this book called 19 Days of Mindfulness by the flow magazine and one of the chapters was about meditation and how it can help to calm your mind down. I decided to give it ago and it immediately helped me. I remember I felt like waking up from a good night sleep after my first try.

To be honest I did not really have any expectations that meditation would actually help me in the beginning but it did. I learned to calm down my thoughts and I believe it helped me a lot with studying for my big final exams in April. Before every exam, I sat down at my desk, closed my eyes and concentrated on my breath. In the end, I had no problems at all with my exam nerves and that makes me proud. BUt meditation did help me in my everyday life as well. I am way more relaxed, can cope with difficult situations a lot better and I just feel happier.

My meditation routine

Every morning when I wake up I meditate for about ten minutes. Sometimes I sit in my bed, sometimes I sit on a cushion in the corner of my room. I use an App called calm. It is a yearly subscription but they offer a good free version as well. I used to use the free version but got the subscription from my mom for Easter this year.  Once I put on my headphones I choose a guided meditation I want to do and just start listening. Every meditation session I do is different. It depends on the topic I choose and on how I am feeling that day. Sometimes I find it easy to focus, sometimes I get distracted easily and I even fell back asleep before but in the end, there is nothing better than this feeling after sitting still for ten minutes.


 

I think this is it for today. If you have any questions about meditation or something I have mentioned please feel free to ask in the comments. I want to talk a little bit more about meditation in the future. Maybe I’ll do a short beginners guide or try out different meditation techniques… What would you be interested in?

Lots of Love

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My Morning Routine / The Miracle Morning

Thank you for watching this video. I hope you enjoyed to ear a little bit more about my miracle morning. If you want to know more about my meditation please check out my blog post coming up this Sunday.

Lots of Love
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What’s In My Backpack?

A few months ago my backpack broke. I have got this backpack when I started “High School”  in Fifth Grade in 2009 and I still loved it. It was a light blue Eastpak and I did not only use it for school but also when I went on trips or vacation. When it broke I was devastated because for me that was kind of the and of an era. I got my first backpack when I started elementary school, my second one when I got into High School and I knew my new backpack would mostly be used at University since I am graduating this year. It is scary. I used one of my brother’s backpacks for a while but finally got a new backpack last week.

Meet Volker

What's in my backpack

 My new backpack is the Eastpak “VOLKER mono night”. As you can see I was not that crazy to name him all by myself but I thought the name was funny so I am calling him Volker now. He is the new man on my side :). I love the dark blue color and he is very comfortable to carry. I do take a lot of stuff with me, especially to school, and today I want to show you some of these things.

The Front Pouch

In the front pouch, I keep a couple of different things.

  1. My small notebook for taking random notes
  2. My DIY Emergency Stationary Kit 
  3. A pouch with lip balm, hand lotion, bandaids, disinfectant and something to clean my glasses with. You never know if you might need it.
  4. An old pencil case with pencils that I don’t really use but still want to take with me
  5. Earphones, my Wallet…

The First Back Pouch

My backpack has two big pouches in the back. In the first one, I usually keep my lunch and something to drink to make sure none of my journals or notebooks get dirty in case something spills.

The Second Back Pouch

The second back pouch is where I keep all the things I need during class like

  • My Notebooks and binders
  • Textbooks
  • My calculator
  • My pencil case with pencils I use
  • My bullet journal and my art journal (you never know when you feel like creating something)

These are all the things I usually take with me to school or wherever else I go. Depending on the day I might even take some more things and I am so happy I finally have a new backpack that I can carry everything in. Do you have a backpack for school? What do you always take with you?

Lots of Love

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My Month Of Meditation

A Month Of Meditation

In December I did something crazy. I decided to meditate every day. The crazy thing about this is that I never believed in meditation. I always thought it would be a scam and just for “crazy” people but I recently read this book called 19 Days of Mindfulness. In the book, there is a chapter about the basics of Meditation and how it is great for creative people and it inspired me to try it on my own.

My first try was really relaxing so I decided to try developing a meditation habit during the month of December to survive the exhausting exam season. At the beginning, I sat down, set a timer for five minutes, and did not do anything but counting my breath. When I was done it felt a little bit like waking up in the morning totally relaxed.

After a week I got this app called Headspace. It has a lot of guided meditations for many different situations. You have to subscribe to unlock every class but you can take the first basic class for free and it helped me a lot to learn a bit more about meditation and how to actually do it. I really liked these guided meditations and I think I finished those free ten sessions for the third time now.

In the beginning, I wanted to meditate between studying every day but then developed a habit of meditating before going to bed. The strange thing is that by doing so I also started to tidy up my room every night. I suddenly feel the urge of a clean desk and cannot bear to go to bed without having everything organized. I give the credit to my new meditation habit.

Now that December is over I am going to continue meditating because it cleans my head and makes me way more relaxes. I think I really need that right now. Are any of you guys meditating as well? Do you have any tips?

Lots of Love

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My New Etsy Shop

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I have some really exciting news for you guys:

I finally opened my own Etsy Shop!

It is called Just A Blank Shop and I am selling some of my handmade journals. I also want to add stickers and printables to my shop soon.

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I am really excited about this since I have been thinking about my own shop for a while now. It would mean a lot to me if you stopped by to take a look.

Lots of Love

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Just A Blank Blog

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2017 is almost over and I have come to the conclusion that I need some change for the new year. This is why I am changing my blog name from Blog filled with thoughts to Just A Blank Blog. Over the last two years, my blog has changed a lot and I feel like my old name does not fit anymore.

I hope to be able to change some more things over the next year like opening my own Etsy shop and changing my name is the first step in this new direction.

I am going to keep my URL the way it is. This is why you will still be able to find me on https://blogfilledwiththoughts.wordpress.com

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who has been supporting this blog over the last year and I wish you all the best for 2018

Lots of Love

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I am a lot of things:

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I am what my past made me.

I am a dreamer. You will find me dreaming in the back of my mind
(I wrote this little haiku a couple weeks ago)

I am a dreamer.

m of traveling the world

I dream of travelling the world someday.

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Of course, I am insecure in a lot of situations…

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…but I am pretty happy too.

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Most of all: I am creative.

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I am a lot of things. I am me

Lot of Love

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