Stay out, Nina

Hello, guys! What are you up to these days? Myself, I’ve been reading a lot, but there’s something I’ve been doing way more often and that would be listening to music. Today’s coffee break is going to be all about music, and to be precise, about one particular musician – Nina Nesbitt. She’s a Scottish sensation, who stole hearts of thousands of Brits, plus mine. Born in 1994, she managed to release few EPs and one full album – Peroxide, which has been on shops’ shelves since February 2014. I found out about her from my friend Adam – big thanks to him, because I like my evenings better now with Nina’s music. Anyway, Nesbitt comes from Scottish Edinburgh, which takes pride from its vivid artistic scene. Rightfully so, it seems. Five points for Edinburgh!

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Nina’s most known for her song “Stay out”, which I shared with you in the previous post. The song peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart, what’s pretty great  for a newcomer. Below I’ll post 5 of my favorite Nina’s songs, and reasons behind my choices.

1) Selfies

As its title says, it’s all about self-photographs! It’s a fun song with a cute video, but the message is actually deeper than it initially seems.  Look closer at these five lines:

“Taking pictures of myself, self, self
I guess I’m reaching out to be a assured 
All I wanted was to be adored

Now you’re telling me I’m vain, vain, vain
Yeah, but you don’t feel my pain, pain, pain”

Sometimes we judge people, who post everything online, but actually, so many people are insecure, and facebook likes help them accept, what God gave them. At least, until likes don’t stop.

2) Stay out

There’s so much to explore, and as one Hobbit once said: “you step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to”. Just remember that:

“All these boys and girls are people
Looking for someone to be
All these boys and girls are people
Waiting for their hearts to beat”

3) No interest

A three minute way to communicate someone you’re tired of their nonsense, and they should back off. Politely said.

4)  The Apple Tree

The cute accent thing is everything, plus lyrics are so on point. Sometimes we end up just like Adam and Eve, but there’s no  apple tree to blame.

5) Statues

A beautiful ballad, perfect for thinking about people, who you used to know. “You’re just a statue of the boy I used to know” – well said, Nina.

These are only a few of Nina’s songs, and I would definitely recommend you to listen to the rest of her songs, especially “Mr C”, “Some you win”, “Boy” and “Way in the world” to name some.

P.s: did you know that Ed Sheeran’s song “Nina” is about Nina Nesbitt? They used to date.

What about you? What are your favorite songs and musicians?



Have a lovely day,
Jessie

P.S: Beautiful things don’t ask for attention

Hello, guys! How are you doing? Myself, I just turned my blogging playlist on and decided to write a post about something I loved. Lately, I haven’t felt much love towards people, because some of them let me down once again, but there are things in life, which can make me love the life and people again. To begin with, big thanks to everyone who helped in a process of creating “The secret life of Walter Mitty”, because you managed to create something brilliant. Anyway, I should introduce the movie properly, shouldn’t it? I promise I will! “The secret life of Walter Mitty” was released in 2013, and I believe it could be classified as a comedy, adventure, and drama, but no labels can describe it well enough. It was directed by Steve Conrad, and Ben Stiller plays the main role.

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The movie itself tells the story of Walter Mitty, who happens to be a hopeless dreamer. He works in archives, and he seems to spend half of his life in his own thoughts,  imagining himself as an adventurer. When his and his co-worker’s job is threatened, he takes action and experiences a real-life adventure. While trying to save the day, he travels across the world and discovers more about the world he has ever hoped for. How does his story end? You should find out yourself! What needs to be written, though, is that this is more than your regular adventure movie. It’s a beautiful  movie journey, which is full of witty dialogues, funny situations, stunning views and universal wisdom.

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The post’s title refers to words said by one of the characters – “beautiful things don’t ask for attention”, and they don’t do they? The sun rises every day with or without our attention, and flowers keep growing, whether we notice them or not. I would love to add one more quote, and this time, it will be in a picture.

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To sum up “The secret life of Walter Mitty” is the great movie for a rainy day, when everything seems so pointless, and you keep doing the same mistakes. It inspires, amuses and teaches. Below I’ll post a trailer, so you could have a taste of what’s in store for you.

There’s so much to explore if we only stay out.
What’s your favorite movie? Do you often find yourself daydreaming?
Have a lovely day,
Jessie

How to hack life

Hello guys! How are you doing? Today, exactly on 19th July 2015, I’m going to talk about something I’ve been thinking about for quite awhile now, and it would be… hacking life. See, myself I’ve always easily lost motivation and got lost in circles of procrastination, but it took me nowhere, and it will never help my dreams come true. I’ve always known it, and from time to time I fought against it, only to give up one more time. Now I’m a bit wiser, and I know failure, indeed, does support success, so I decided to start again, and if necessary again and again, until I get it right. What motivates me to strive for improvement is Lifehack. You might have heard about it, and if not, I would totally recommend you to check it out. (http://www.lifehack.org/ — here you are.) It’s the online temple for anyone  interested in self-improvement, and learning ways to make life a bit easier. Articles, which are published there cover lots of subjects but main categories are called: communication, lifestyle, money, productivity, tech and work. Each one includes subcategories, so you can read an article almost about everything. Thousands of new ideas and tips are what you will surely get every time you decide to give Lifehack some of your time.

Anyway, lifehack inspired me to get back on the right track and reminded me about a TED video I watched many days ago. Its message was simple – try doing (or not doing) something for 30 days, and watch your life change. You might be wondering: what can I change in 30 days? Well, this approach is praised for its simplicity for a reason. Imagine that it’s the  first of January and you’re writing your goals for next 12 months. Let’s say you’ve just written 12 of them down, and you’re looking at them with pride as you’re determined to accomplish them all. After a month, though, you’ve most probably (at least it’s the case with many, many of us) given up, because it was just too much to handle. Now let’s change your approach – you change one thing per month. As the year ends, it’s possible you’ve accomplished all of your 12 goals, because you took your time and focused on one thing for a certain period of time ( 30 days). This is what I’m going to do. Some articles suggest 21- day challenges as well, so you could also do it this way. They’re so many ideas for challenges, and you know the best what you need, but in my mind I sorted them into three basic categories: the ones which include not doing something (e.g: refraining from eating sweets for 30 days), the ones which are all about small things, which usually don’t require much time or effort (e.g: reading one poem  everyday for 30 days) and finally the ones which require quite a lot time or/and effort (e.g long walks every day, learning a new language). I believe it could be the way to hack life for people, who have as little strong will or self-discipline as I do. Below you can watch the TED video I’ve mentioned before.

 

What about you? Do you also have problems with self-discipline? Have you ever tried 30- day challenges? Let me know in comments!
 
 
Have a lovely day,
Jessie

Surprise them with kindness!

Hello, guys! How are you doing? Today’s post is going to be all about kindness. Everything, what led me to write this post, started on Tuesday when I headed to the big city I’ll call my temporary home after October knocks in.  Waiting for the bus, I was sitting on the desk near ticket machines. They’re quite a new thing in the capital of my region, and before they actually became reality, people used to buy tickets in shops. They work a bit like Tablets with their touchscreens, and many of elderly people, who aren’t really familiar with the technology, have no idea how to use them. I believe we should help people, if we only can, provided they aren’t too rude, so when somebody asks me for help politely, I will help, because it feels right. Now let me describe a situation to you: there’s a man in his early 50’s, dressed in shabby clothes, and with incredibly tired eyes. Isn’t it a sad picture? For me, it was. The man had no idea how to use a ticket machine, and as he needed tickets, he asked me for help. I couldn’t refuse and in a matter of 30 seconds, he had the bus ticket in his hands. Might seem like a regular situation, but then his eyes got a little bit teary, as he started thanking me for my small act of kindness. You see, for me it wasn’t a big of the deal, but for him it was. He wanted to buy me a chocolate in a store next to ticket machines, saying I was extraordinarily nice ( I refused). It did seem weird to me that he thought so until he added that he was working in the train industry 12 hours per day, and people were rarely nice, but very often extremely rude. He was a hard worker, suffering from an illness, whose name I can’t remember, and he was surprised somebody would show him some kindness. That’s sad to think about. So many people choose to be rude without any reasons that acting nicely stopped being something obvious. In which direction are we, as mankind, going if hostility becomes the popular answer? Let’s not allow it to become a trend. Surprise the world with kindness!
Maybe someday your good energy will come back to you when you need it the most. Nothing feels better than a thought you might have brightened  somebody’s crappy day up, believe me.

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Human Family – Poem by Maya Angelou

 

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.
Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.
The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.
I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.
I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I’ve not seen any two
who really were the same.
Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.
We love and lose in China,
we weep on England’s moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.
We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we’re the same.
I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.
We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.
We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

Ending with some wise words from Maya, I would like to thank you for reading my posts, it means a lot to me. You are awesome!

Do you believe in kindness? Have you lately been in a similar situation as I was? Let me know in comments below!

Have a lovely day,
Jessie

The longest ride… called life

Hello, guys! How are you doing? Myself, I believe I learned an important life lesson today. It is very simple, yet quite difficult to remember: every decision you’ve ever taken had a reason behind it, and taken you to the place you are in, so stop asking “what if”, because you can’t know. See, yesterday the dream I had been building for quite awhile crashed hard, and I spent hours trying to deal with my emotions. Everything I planned seemed to become just an empty vision. After spending  a day with swollen, red eyes something hit me, though. The dream I had was supposed to help me to bring my other, infinitely bigger dreams to live. I built the dream out of the dream! Sounds familiar? It might, as I know I’m not the only one caught in such a trap. I came clean as I understood my second option wouldn’t hurt my lifetime plans. I still could make a great life out of what I was given. Remember: there always could be a new opportunity. Not everything is bound to go the way you want it to, but in a long term, it might turn out as amazing as you would always want it to be. Today’s topic is quite connected to my little intro. It is called “The longest ride”, and I bet that many of you may have already heard about it, but in Poland it premiered few weeks ago, so it’s still a bit fresh.  The movie based on Nicholas Spark’s novel tells a story of a young couple, whose lives change the moment they rescue the elderly man from his burning car. The man reflects back on his love, and narrates the story of his life, which  accompanied by the love story of his rescuers, creates a tale about infinite hope, love and tough choices.

I know what some of you are likely to be thinking now: that’s Sparks – true. He uses the same storyline patterns all over again – might be true (according to some people), and that’s just another tearjerker – might be true, but let’s look at this movie differently. It’s surely not going to get an Oscar, and there have been many better movies in 2015, but it’s a nice thing to watch on Friday and carries some message. See, the main female character has her own life plan and doesn’t intend to add extra elements to it. She knows what she wants, and ignores everything else, and then something happens. She meets THIS guy and boom, she is full of emotions she’s never felt before. Typical? Maybe, but the message is clear: sometimes unplanned can be what makes your life awesome. The longest ride, your life, is no German highway, but most likely a Saharan road. It doesn’t make it any less special or beautiful.
To end with a quote from Sparks’ novel, and the movie trailer would be nice, so shall it be this way.
“I know I’m not going to be able to change the world, but I think it’s important to try to make a difference”. I will do my best to try, and I hope many other people will too. Change begins when you let it begin. Enjoy your longest ride!

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Have you seen “The longest ride”? Do you like Nicholas Sparks? Have you lost something just to experience something better? Let me know in comments below!
Have a lovely day,
Jessie

Australia’s secrets on the radar!

Hello, guys! It’s a hot, summer day in Poland, and as we tend to desire what we don’t have, I cool myself down with some Portugal music. It’s called Fado, and it’s absolutely lovely. It has some romantic vibe about it, and makes me feel so nice, so If I were you, I would give it a try! Anyway, what I’m going to talk about today is Australia. Again. Sorry, I can’t just let it go! My love runs deep like a chevy, and always takes my heart straight to Australia! Today is perfect for revealing some of Australia’s secrets, because if you haven’t fallen in love with Australia yet, it’s high time you changed it! At least, I hope you will, because we could create our own Australia lovers club! Anyway, the truth is about to be spilt: Kata Tjuta does exist.  You may ask: and what? What’s even that? Well, Uluru is insanely famous, and Kata Tjuta isn’t, but its charm is something you should be aware of, so I’m elated to introduce you another Australian highlight! Kata Tjuta is a group of large domed rock formations set within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which is also known as “The Olgas”. Kata Tjuta actually means “many heads” in traditional Aboriginal language, and I can easily see where that one came from, seeing this Central Australian beauty queen!

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Kata Tjuta we can see today are the remains of erosion that began around 500 million years ago. That’s quite an old beauty, I must admit. What’s more, the tallest dome of Kata Tjuta rises 1,066 metres above sea level and that’s basically the same size as the One World Trade Centre in NY. Good luck for humankind in winning this game, Kata Tjuta remains unbothered.

It is approximately 30 kilometres away from Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre, and it stays a bit off the radar because it’s a sacred place for men in the Anangu Aboriginal culture, who don’t allow tourists to profane Kata Tjuta. The tribesmen believe that great snake king Wanambi lives on the summit of Mount Olga and only comes down during the dry season. Less of touristic traffic makes it even a more breathtaking experience to visit The Olgas, and helps preserve its unique sacred atmosphere. I hope to see it on my own one day. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please!
What about you? Have you ever  heard about Kata Tjuta before? Are you in love with Australia? What countries would you like to visit? Let me know in comments!
 
 
Have a lovely day,
Jessie