Connect! Connect! Connect!

“City of stars, are you shining just for me?” I am whispering with Ryan Gosling, as I wonder through the streets of Warsaw. The city blinds me with the sea of lights, and people are always too close, but I smile. I smile, and I don’t fake it. I don’t smile on purpose – my smile is an independent creature, and it does as it wishes. I’m completely and undeniably appalled by an incredible variety of life that surrounds me, and I can’t help but smile. My soul is dancing like crazy, and it wants everybody to know that it’s in awe. I meet people, discuss life, rethink concepts I was sure about, read books, then, read, even more, listen to French music, cook and then repeat everything. I look at my life and I like what I see, and everything’s perfect. Everything’s perfect until society comes to destroy my peace of mind. Another song on the radio tells me I’ll only feel whole when I connect with somebody, and I start to question if it’s perfectly okay to feel good on my own. I hear “connect! connect! connect!” everywhere and I wish I could fade away because that’s one thing I’ve always been terrible at. Connecting.

Over years I’ve met numerous wonderful people with beautiful souls and sharp minds, but have I ever established a true connection? I might have, I might have not. I never know since eventually I always retreat into myself. That’s my only safe harbour. I know Superman would’ve never willingly admitted kryptonite was his weakness, but I’ll be bold. For once, I’ll be bold and I’ll say it aloud. Ladies and gentlemen: I’m afraid of attachment more than anything on this Earth. I don’t believe in forever, and I’ve seen far too many people crawling in the name of love, romantic or platonic, to believe it’ll ever give me peace. From time to time I meet people who make me think I’m not lonely anymore, but it’s perfect illusion. Eventually, I am always lonely. No matter how to paraphrase it, I am never completely at ease within my soul. I am always looking for something to bring magic into life and even with crowds around me, I can feel the taste of anticipation on the end of my tongue. The anticipation for everything I am yet to explore, discover, uncover, savour. I don’t attach myself to people. I attach myself to ideas. Only ideas are timeless.  I care about people but there are not like oxygen I need to breathe. It doesn’t mean they are not dear to my heart: it simply means they are not my heart. Maybe someday I’ll take a step back and feel whole with somebody else by my side. For now dear society, please let me connect with myself. I am not scared to be lonely. I am scared to be disconnected from myself. Ultimately, befriending myself… that’s an adventure of the lifetime.

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Early days of Paper Coffee Store & The Liebster Award

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a little bit different  than usual and off my normal schedule, but it’s good – shaking our routines up from time to time gives life some spice! Scheduling spice, at least…. 🙂 I’m happy to tell you that  I was nominated for The Liebster Award by lovely Ashley from Ashley Lilly Blog. Thank you for the nomination, Ashley! Before I move on to The Liebster Award’s protocol, I thought I would share with you the origins of my blog and its name.

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I started the blog back in 2015. It was June, and I really felt the need to have something of my own. Something that would belong to me, and would bend under the pressure of my little thoughts just like wax. I am not constant with my feelings, desires, and hopes and I tend to scrap my projects before they have a chance to grow, so I didn’t really think it would last long. Normally, it never did. I had a blog when I was 12 or 13 and never wrote more than 2 posts. It didn’t really matter to me, though, since I needed to make something out of my enthusiasm. This is how I started my blog.

Everything comes alive when you name it. Names can consist of millions of shades and meanings. I was looking for something that would fit the idea of what I wanted to share with the world. The question was… what did I want to share with the world? At that time, the answer was… everything. I wanted to talk about millions of things I loved and hated, desired and avoided, and that’s when the cup of coffee gave me an idea. Back when I was still in high school, I used to meet in a cafe with my friend every Thursday. We called our meetings “Coffee Thursdays” and we were talking about everything and nothing for hours. Starting from profound truths of the universe, ending on what kind of dress would be perfect for the prom. This is what I wanted for my blog. The depth and everyday simplicity, everything and nothing, just as if I was talking to my friend in that little, lovely cafe. Since words have always been linked to paper and ink in my mind, I thought of the little, old-fashioned store with books and paper… You know, the kind that always enchants young romantics in the movies, and makes you feel like you are in the Wonderland… the kind of store that slowly dies out, replaced by cheaper, better-equipped shops on the other side of the street. I wanted people to feel  like they came to the old store like this, where they could enjoy words and find them helpful, just like coffee. Dots connected and voila… Paper Coffee Store came to life.

Now that you know my little story, let’s move on to… The Liebster Award! It always puts a smile on my face to write posts like this. It’s a pleasure to be nominated, Ashley! To find some great poetry, and more, head to Ashley’s blog Ashley Lilly Blog and show her some love! Thanks for the nomination, Ashley.

Six rules of The Liebster Award: 

  1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you
  3. Write 11 facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 5+ other bloggers
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer
  6. Let them know you nominated them

Now it’s high time I answered Ashley’s questions…

1-What was your favorite childhood toy?

Oh boy, that’s a tough question, because I can’t remember liking any of my toys more than the other one! Maybe I did, but there’s no memory inside my head to confirm it. When I was 18, though, I bought a teddy tiger in the market, and I swear I love this toy very much. Maybe I should be embarrassed to admit it, but my inner child’s still alive, and I have no regrets. I’ve always loved tigers and wanted to be like them: strong, proud to stand out, wild and not chained by opinions of other people. My Tiger Toy is my favorite tiger boy, and I admit it without shame!

2-Who is your role model?

My mom and my grandma – because of their kindness, Scott Francis Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway – because their words hold magic, Taylor Swift – because she knows how to turn negativity into Top 5 hit and can narrate a song well, John Green – because he makes education easier to access and that’s a beautiful way of making a change, Malala – because she fights for what she believes in, and every single strong woman, who doesn’t feel a need to justify herself, because this is who I want to be.

3-What gives you hope when you’re going through a hard time?

My family. My mom really stands by my side, even if she doesn’t understand why I feel the way I do or act a certain way. Also,  motivational videos, because they work for me. Most of all, though… walks. I really have to walk things out, very literally, to feel better. After every terrifying physics lesson in high school – the teacher was very scary inside the classroom – I had to walk home. I couldn’t take a bus because I was too anxious to do so, so I was just walking and walking, 5 or 6 kilometers, until I was home. Suddenly I felt better. Walking things out is still my best remedy.

4-What’s a random act of kindness you’ve witnessed or received?

One time I was late to the bus station, and when I caught the bus last minute and wanted to pay  for a ticket, the bus driver told me he only accepted coins. Sadly, I only had cash in larger nominals, so I couldn’t pay. The friendly lady sitting close to the driver gave me coins to pay for my ticket. It was definitely random, but an amazing act of kindness, since I didn’t have to wait 2 hours for another bus! Thank you, the friendly lady, I still remember.

5-If you could go on vacation with any famous person, who would it be?

If dead people count, then Fitzgerald because he’s my favorite writer! If only alive people count, then Nina Dobrev, because she always goes on these fun road trips, and that’s my idea of the perfect vacation!

6-What have you learned about yourself in the last year?

Mostly: I’ll never be picture perfect I’ve always wanted to be, but it’s okay. The second thing? I am scared more often than I would like to admit. I fear so many things that the list would never end if I made one. It’s okay to be afraid, as long as we conquer our little fears, though, and that’s what I’m doing now. One more thing: I’ve learned I can actually stay committed because the blog and I have been going less or more steady for a year now!

7-What’s your favorite holiday?

Christmas! I can eat as much as I want, and spend so much time with my family! Also, I love buying presents. Getting presents feels nice, but the thrill of choosing presents for people I care about is something I love.

8-If you could have the power to turn into an animal, which animal would you choose?

Tiger. There could be no other answer. There is something gracious, yet dangerous about this animal. It’s strong, proud and doesn’t let fear rule his life. This is everything I aspire to be.

9-What used to scare you that you are no longer afraid of?

Failure, and the unknown. I can’t say I’m 100% unafraid of both of them, but I’ve made such a great progress that I could say I’m close to that. Also, I’m not scared of people leaving me anymore. People in my life changed, yet I’m still okay. 

10-Do you prefer having lots of alone time or lots of time with other people?

I’m an introvert, so me-time is what I need the most in my life.  I love being alone, just me, my thoughts and a cup of coffee. From time to time, I crave company, so I would say – everything in moderation.

11-What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

Probably my social projects and… the fact I’ve got back on my feet and got my life together after everything was filled with darkness, self-doubt and restlessness when  the image of myself I created and wanted to live up to… broke crashed in two. 

Now 11 facts about me…

  1. I’m a hopeless romantic. I’m that kind of a girl, who wants to write love letters, dance in the rain, go stargazing to the local park and have a lovely lunch at midnight, just because stars never go out of style. I’ll do all of that when I find Gilbert to my Anne. Fingers crossed!
  2. My favorite song ever is “Crying Lightning”  by Arctic Monkeys. No other song speaks to me as much as this one. The 2nd and 3rd one would be “Vienna” by Billy Joel and “Same old love” by Selena Gomez.
  3. When I was 10 I wanted to be an archeologist.  After that I discovered writing and I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since.
  4. My dream travel destination’s Scotland! I fell in love with its raw beauty when I saw “Outlander” for the first time and I’ve been obsessed ever since.  P.s: “Simply Scottish” podcast is definitely too good to miss out on it!
  5. I struggle with anxiety and mood swings. Sometimes my mind turns against me and feeds on my fears. We’re slowly becoming friends now.
  6. I am easily smitten by people, places or things. I can easily become fascinated with something or somebody,  but  it usually fades away quickly.
  7. I love English! Its words, sounds, the way it flows – English’s magical to me.
  8. I asked a stranger (at that time) to be my date for the prom party because  he reminded me of a book character… Yes, I’m obsessed with books. 😀 P.s: he agreed!
  9. I want to be a polyglot! Languages on my list? French, Spanish and Arabic!
  10. I’ve always wanted to be a witch. Magical powers all the way!
  11. One time somebody told me I reminded them of Hermione and I couldn’t have been happier! Also, one of my college friends told me I reminded them of Cassie from Skins. Since I never watched the series, I can’t tell much about it, but I hope she wasn’t terrible. 😀

Since I answered all of the questions, it’s time I introduced you, my  lovely nominees!

  1. Modern Day Girl Blog
  2. Oh Dear Deer
  3. My World As You See It
  4. Finding Montauk
  5. Does This Make Me A Blogger

My questions for them are:

  1. If you could travel in time… would you and if so, what would be your first travel?
  2. How did you come up with an idea for your blog’s name?
  3. Would you rather win 100000$ or meet aliens?
  4. What’s your favorite past time?
  5. Who did you want to be when you were a child?
  6. What couldn’t you just live without?
  7. Who do you admire?
  8. What was the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen somebody do?
  9. Your motto?
  10. What makes you happy?
  11. How would describe your life in one sentence?

That would be all for today. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Best wishes,

Jessie

 

Smarter every day: simplistic and powerful growth with Anki, Youtube and podcasts

Hello, guys! How have you been doing? Myself I’ve been doing fine, aside from forgetting about deadlines once again! Today’s post belong to the past week, so let’s pretend it’s just another time traveller… from the past this time! 😉 the First week of the month is all about getting smarter. This time. It could change, but as I mentioned in the last post my blogging schedule will look like this:

  1. Smarter every day: new hacks on how to get smarter
  2. Mind zone: training your mind to have your back
  3. Language zone: language learning progress and tips
  4. Favorites of the month: Books, movies, music, podcasts & apps
  5. Culture corner Welcome to Poland (extra post published from time to time) 🙂 

What do you think about it? The last idea came to me a few days ago, since I would like people to know more about Poland. If you read it, I’ll be happy that somebody noticed my home country, and you will be culturally smarter. Win-win, right? Anyway, becoming smarter intellectually, culturally and emotionally is all Paper coffee store is about, so if you also seek to constantly upgrade yourself against fear, anxiety and doubt… you’re in the right place! What would you say for a little catch phrase? For example:  Smarten it up inside and out  against anxiety and doubt! Are you in or not so much? Let me know in comments, please! Now, coming straight to the point… let me introduce you to the new post of the “Smarter every day” series – Simplistic and powerful growth with Anki, Youtube, and podcasts! Let the journey begin…

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Anki, Youtube, podcasts… You have probably heard at least about one of these things. I won’t swear by my life  that I’m right, but you might be wondering: why did she even include Youtube? Doesn’t she know Youtube’s one of the biggest villains on the procrastination scene? Does she know how easy it is to spend watching cats on Youtube? Yup, I know. Been there, done that. See, Youtube’s a very interesting player in that internet competition, because aside from being a productivity villain, it also happens to be one of the biggest educational heroes out there.  If you know here to look it can teach you anything you want. Below you can find links to some of the most wonderful learning channels  on Youtube I’ve ever come across! If you want to know my detailed opinion on some of them, you can read the post about my favorite learning channels I wrote back in October 2015.

Science

It’s Okay To Be Smart

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

Gross science

Physics girl

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SciShow Space

PBS Space Time

Animals and nature in general

Animalogic

BBC Earth

Deep Look

General knowledge / cover many subjects

The Brain Scoop

Crash Course

TED-Ed

Psychology

Braincraft

Geography

Wonder Why

Art

The Art Assignment

Philosophy 

Philosophy Tube

Soft skills

Charisma on Command

That would be all for Youtube’s appearance in this post. I think you might really like some of the channels I listed if you give them a try! 

Now, let’s talk about Anki. Anki’s both an app and a program designed for flash cards. It’s very minimalistic and doesn’t need an internet connection to work so it’s perfect for those of us, who aren’t connected to the web all the time or have just hit the connection limit. Of course, you can always download your Memrise board, but these are big files as opposed to Anki files. You can download flashcards on many subjects, including languages, history or geography. Flashcards are made by users, so you can see the way other learners study. Also, you can make your own sets of flashcards very easily. I really like Anki, and even though I adore Memrise very much I must say Anki’s just better for some occasions.  It beats Memrise when you have no access to the internet, or your battery’s low and you don’t want it to die fast. I use both, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Additional note: it’s free, and can be used across various devices. 

When it comes to podcasts I posted about them recently (Podcast your way up easily ), but I felt like I needed to mention it again, since podcasts are excellent resources to get smarter intellectually, culturally and emotionally. Today I listened to the brilliant podcasts about the problem of rapes during dates. The podcast included the interview with somebody who wants to raise awareness about the problem. It lasted only 9 minutes, but I felt like I really got to know something new. The podcast’s name is “Witness” and it’s by BBC. If you’re interested, the episode’s name is “Date Rape”. BBC’s documentary called “Target: Tolo TV” also made a big impression on me. It allowed me to think again about how lucky I am to live in a peaceful country, far away from war or violence zones. Again, the podcast’s name just “The Documentary”. I would really recommend you to listen to their podcasts, they’re wonderful.

That would be all for today. Thank you for your support! Every view, comment, follow means a lot to me. May force be with you!

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

 

1 year of blogging: reflections, questions and more coffee

Hello, guys! How are you doing? Myself, I’ve been caught up in how fast time slips out of my hands. It’s been almost a month since I turned 20, and adulting is tiring. Yeah, I know, it’s been known since Peter Pan refused to leave the Neverland, but now I know it first hand. I’d rather prefer Peter Pan had lied! In a few days, I will have been blogging for a year. Pretty long,  right? To be honest, I’ve never been committed to anything or anyone for so long.

1 year of blogging

Thank you for the internet! Thank you, my dear readers! Thanks, music! Thanks my fellow bloggers! Thank you internet sink for letting my words come into shape. It’s been an amazing year of blogging. I’ve learnt so much about life, kindness, and marketing and I know there’s still so much ahead of me. The blogging community’s truly very supportive, and there are many bloggers, whose online presences in my news or Instagram feed became the part of my week.  Blogging teaches patience and consistency, helps you network and meet wonderful people from all around the world, but mostly empowers you to be inspired. This is what I like the most about blogging: it reminds me of all opportunities life can offer. Dear blogging world, thank you for existing. You make it all better. Since it’s been a year, I’m trying to give the blog a direction. Frankly speaking, I’ve always been bad at directions. I’ve always wanted to be everything, and couldn’t really focus on anything, so I’m yet to be sure of my niche. What I’ve realized, though, is that I’m really passionate about self-improvement. I struggle with anxiety and mood swings, so I would like to show you my journey in coming to peace with myself, instead of being in pieces. Maybe together we could build a tribe, which would stand strong during storms and droughts. The formula I was thinking of goes like that:

  1. Favorites of the month: Books, movies, music and apps
  2. Smarter every day: new hacks on how to get smarter
  3. Language zone: language learning progress and tips
  4. Mind zone: training your mind to have your back

What do you think about it? What would you like to see from me? I would love to hear your feedback. I really want my writing to be useful to you, even just a little bit. Thank you for all your support. It means a lot to me, and I mean it. 🙂

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

 

Smarter every day: podcast your way up easily!

Hello, guys! As you might have already discovered my main purpose of life is self-improvement. Aside from fangirling over things and reading too much or not enough, of course! I like feeling smart and every way to indulge some kind of smartnesses into my little stubborn brain makes me go “YESSSSSSSSSSSS!”.  Since I also like listening – to people, music and anything listenable actually – I’ve downloaded Podcast Addict a long time ago. (You can find my post about 10 apps I can’t live without, including Podcast Addict here. 🙂 ) I’ve used it from time to time, but I wasn’t really serious about it. Things have changed now. I subscribe to 28 podcasts – half of them are language podcasts. I think they deserve their own post, so French and Spanish learners – stay tuned! Anyway – podcasts I like are all about making you smarter academically or emotionally and sometimes both. Ladies and gentlemen…  May I present you my list of 6 podcasts to podcast your way up easily and boost your self-improvement statistics. 😉

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1. BBC discovery

I think that anyone interested in discoveries and wide-defined science would like this one. The 27 -minute podcasts are long enough to get you informed on the subject, but still perfect length for the busy ones. Plus – you won’t get bored. Recently I listened to their “Benefits of Bilingualism” podcast and I loved it. They covered the subject by consulting experts and exploring interesting research. Not to give too much away – bilingualism can really boost your ability to focus and multitask! Awesome, isn’t it? ❤

2. The College Info Geek Podcast: Study tips & Advice for students

As I mentioned in my blog post called “Productivity heroes: Thomas Frank” I really find his work helpful. As soon as I found out about his podcast I hit the subscribe button. He covers a variety of subjects: from these strictly college-related to those career-related.  Every week he invites somebody knowledgeable of the episode’s theme and they chat about the subject for about an hour.  The one called “How exercise improves your brain”made me more motivated to workout more. As they say… you have to suffer to be smart. 😉 Oops, this went another way! Shhhh…

3. BBC: The documentary

Probably my favorite podcast channel. 27-minute documentaries about people, places, and problems that need to be talked about.  They talk about the entire world, so there is no omitting of non-English speaking countries. “Poems from Syria”, “Paraguay’s Schoolgirl Mothers”, “The drug mules of the Andes” and “The forgotten girls of Dhaka” have probably made the biggest emotional impact on my mind, but each and every documentary holds a unique, often painful story of people all around the world. A+ isn’t enough to rate it! 

4. The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins

Jeff is a writer and online influencer who helps other writers make their dreams come true and make some money along the way, too. I find his tips very useful, so if you want to publish a book or just improve your writing skills and boost your business’s status – Jeff is a good person to start with! 

5. This I believe: Podcast

Each episode of “This I believe” is an essay written by ordinary people. They share their thoughts and experiences in these short, under 7 minutes podcasts. Their words are touching and beautiful and honestly… they teach empathy. “Remembering all the boys” is the episode narrated by a girl, who lost her 16-year-old brother because of gang fights and believes everyone deserves to be remembered. Her essay is truly touching, so give it a listen if you look for something amazing.

6. Witness

BBC describes it as “the story of our times told by the people who were there“. Indeed, that’s an extremely accurate description. Each episode is around 9 minutes so it’s busy-people-friendly, yet still very informative. “Ernest Hemingway in Cuba” gives us the portrait of this famous writer made by his cook. “Virginia Woolf” is full of words of the author’s friends, and her niece too. These are just two of many other wonderful podcasts in the series! To say I’m a fan… wouldn’t be strong enough. 10/10!

That would be all for today. May Force be with you and podcasts too! 

“The purpose of a good education is to show you that there are three sides to a two-sided story.”

― Stanley Fish

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

20 things I’ve learnt in 20 years

Dear friends,

our birthdays are special every year since they mark the number of days we’ve been revolving around the sun on our own,   but I believe some dates may hold more  symbolic weight than others.  I’ve been nineteen for the past 364 days, and turning twenty shouldn’t feel any different, but it does. See, nineteen still implies you’re a teen. Twenty makes you 100% officially a young adult. For most days I still feel like a little child who wants to hide from monsters under the bed,  and one thing I’ve learnt is that it’s okay. It’s okay to be unsure of who you want to be. We were born Tabula rasa, blank slate and it is our job to become something. It takes time, but time is running away from us anyway. Below I would love to present you my list of 20 things I’ve learnt in 20 years.  3…2….1…0!

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           1. Sometimes the most beautiful moments happen outside of your perfect scenario.   

          2.  It’s okay to be unsure of your direction and desires – everything  takes time.

          3. People can’t fix your brokenness, but they can ease it.

          4. Lavender is perfect for fighting stress, and anxiety.

           5. Hot showers, tea, and beautiful scents can help when you have a  meltdown.

Lavender's known to fight stress, and anxiety. It also helps to fallasleep and relax the mind.

             6. Learning a foreign language opens a whole new world of   possibilities.

7. Having a gratitude journal makes everything seem better.

             8Forever is just a word.

             9. Neither success nor failure is final.

             10. If you are your own best friend you’ll never lose.

If you are your own best friend you’ll never lose

             11. Youtube is a perfect classroom for learning everything,              especially languages.

            12. “You miss 100% shots you don’t take” is a motto to live by.

            13. No book you’ve ever read is a waste of time. The worst one will teach you how not to write.

           14. If somebody destroys you and chances you give them… you’re  allowed to let go. Even if you love them, even if they are family –          don’t burn out for people who only give a damn about themselves. 

           15. Being humble and kind never goes out of style. 

Being humble and kind never goes out of style.

         16. Becoming better is a non-stop fight. There are no breaks.

         17. At the end of the day, you’re not what people think of you, but what you think about yourself. Don’t be your own enemy.

         18. Hard work is the answer to your prayers.

        19. Appreciate people who love you when you’re not so lovable, and  when you are loveable. They are here to stay.

        20. You can’t plan your life out because you’re a work in progress, not a report. Breathe in, breathe out and adapt to whatever is  coming.

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I’ve been alive for 7303 days, but I definitely have to learn more than 7000 things about the world to even say I understand it a bit. That’s okay, too. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Happy birthday to me, and happy birthday to you – we’re doing just fine even when we think we’re not. Breathe in, breathe out… As Kimmy Schmidt says – sometimes you just have to take life 10 seconds at a time.

“I learned a long time ago that a person can stand just about anything for 10 seconds, then you just start on a new 10 seconds. All you’ve got to do is take it 10 seconds at a time.”  – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best wishes,

Jessie

TV alert: The Magicians

Hello, my dear readers! How are you doing? Myself, I’ve been doing quite fine. It basically means that I’ve been obsessing over things and daydreaming a lot more than I should.  Nothing better than that in my dictionary, so no worries! Today I would like to introduce you my latest TV show crush! I know, I have lots of crushes, but shhh… each and every of them is my one and only… for an hour or two. 😉  Coming straight to the point: I have a pleasure to introduce you to “The Magicians”.  Don’t walk away please, I want you to become friends… Will you take this chance? 3, 2, 1…

First things first – “The Magicians”  is a Syfy TV show, which premiered on 25th January 2016. It is based on Lev Grossman‘s book under the same title, and its TV creators are Sera Gamble and John McNamara. It is definitely classified as a fantasy TV show, as it is full of magic. The plot revolves around the group of young adults, who happen to enter the world of magic. The main character – Quentin is an introverted young man, who is obsessed with the books about the magical land of Fillory. He is often depressed and doesn’t fit with his peers quite well. His childhood friend Julia doesn’t seem to hold onto childhood fantasies as much as Quentin and they are slowly drifting apart, as they’re getting older. Everything changes when they take an entry exam in the REAL MAGIC SCHOOL – The Brakebills. While Quentin gets accepted, Julia doesn’t have as much luck. Their magical journey begins – different for each of them, but equally interesting and dangerous. You can see for yourself what they have in store for you in the trailer below!

Putting characters on the map

Characters can make or break a good storyline. How’s it with “the Magicians”? First, we have Quentin (played by Jason Ralph) . Let me say that as a geeky outsider, I can totally relate to him. He’s painfully introverted and awkward, and can get so annoying and extra sometimes that I can admit he’s 100% human. Even 150% human at times!

Source: Tumblr. That’s me at every single party I happen to attend! (Happens once in a blue moon, but still)

Some of other main characters would be obviously Quentin’s friend – Julia (Stella Maeve) . She’s ambitious and confident but gets a bit lost in who she is and what she wants, as many young adults do. Nevertheless, she never shies away from a challenge. She faces it and does her thing anyway. She’s not perfect, but she has her moments, and as you can probably say, I like her quite a lot.

Source: Tumblr. Who wouldn’t love to fly? I would like to be the flying ninja!

The number one hilarious boy of Brakebills  is definitely  Penny (Arjun Gupta). He mostly doesn’t care about anything and anyone, with a few exceptions. He’s a master at ironic comments, shutting Quentin down and being totally bitchy, yet likeable. Whose team I’m in? Penny’s!

Source: Tumblr. Penny really loves to… shut Quentin down! 😉

 

Source: Tumblr. Caring hurts!

Then we have Alice (Olivia Taylor Dudley)... At first glance, she’s your typical perfect girl. Best grades? Checked. Can be never seen looking messy? Checked. Ambitious and never does anything reckless? Checked. At first glance, of course, because she has her own problems and can be witty and funny with her know-it-all attitude, especially when she gets drunk!

Source: Tumblr

Last, but not least: Margo and Elliot. They’re a BFF duo everyone wants to be in. Seriously, they are fun to be around and have lots of hilarious moments together. BFF goals anyone? Maybe a bit!

Source: Tumblr

Summing up – each and every character seems to be quite relatable. Characters in “The Magicians”  mess up all the time. They are mostly funny, rarely completely boring and their interactions are mostly hilarious. Real talk here.

VERDICT: HIT OR MISS?

The show’s definitely not perfect. Sometimes it’s boring and actors do less than their best. Sometimes it’s just ridiculous. It is also full of sex scenes and cursing, so at best it’s like Harry Potter… for adults. Nevertheless, it’s also hilarious and quotable. Every episode has its own golden lines that get me laughing. Sadly the show is still not wildly popular, so there’s a serious shortage of gifs to prove my point.  All in all, I would definitely recommend you to watch this show if you’re okay with nudity and don’t mind disturbing scenes. Once you enter the Brakebills you might want to stay there! 

That would be all for today. Thanks for reading! You’re absolutely amazing. If you want to stay connected with me don’t forget to follow me on Instagram – @papercoffeestore (I post a lot,  shout out to my fellow Instagram addicts! ❤ ), Facebook  and Twitter. It would be awesome if you did! 🙂

What is your favourite TV show? Have you started watching any new TV shows lately? I would love to know, so let me know in comments, please!

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello, my dear readers! How are you doing? Today’s post is all about The Sunshine Blogger AwardI am honored to have been nominated by a lovely Fabiola – a mind behind My Heart of Mexico.  Her blog is absolutely wonderful – she writes about her home country Mexico in such a gripping way that everything becomes even more interesting than it was before. I would honestly recommend anyone to subscribe to My Heart of Mexico.  Especially you  – my dear fellow Spanish learners!  Thank you for nominating me Fabiola! I am grateful to be one of your nominees.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and let them know they were nominated.
  • Ask the nominees 11 questions.

 

 

  1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I needed a platform to change my writing into a habit. I have always been full of words, but I could never control them – they controlled me. They used to come when they wanted, leaving me frustrated when they left me empty. I thought regular writing sessions would tame them. It worked. Aside from that, I have so many things I want to tell the world, so I decided that having a blog would be a good way to leave my trace, and connect with people.

    2.   What do you like best about blogging?

The joy of creating. I could write, create graphics, edit videos and play with colors for hours! The second best thing would be a blogging community. Everyone’s so supportive and awesome!

3. What is the hardest thing about blogging?

Staying consistent. I am not very disciplined, so I don’t post as much as I would like to. Planning is easy, but sticking to the plan is another story!

4. Where do you get your inspiration?

Our world inspires me the most. Everything about it – all of its shades and cracks. Music also plays a great role in everything I do. It gives me energy and helps me to stay creative. Nothing better than that.

5. What are your blogging strengths?

Such a difficult question! I see more weaknesses than strengths, but that I would say that my strength is my writing style. I like it myself, and people praised it too, so maybe it’s my little super power.

6. What are your blogging weaknesses?

My lack of consistency is probably my biggest weakness, but the other one would be graphics. I am still learning how to make eye-pleasing visual content, and there’s a long way to go until I am even moderately good at it .

7. What are your blogging goals?

I would love to grow my audience and have my own learning tribe. It would be amazing to have a community  like this. Aside from that, making a living out of writing is my biggest dream, so if the blog could ever support me financially, it would make my dreams come true. Becoming better at graphics and marketing is also my blogging goal.

8. What is the best blogging advice you’ve received?

Somebody advised me to write regularly even when I don’t feel like doing it. It was probably the best advice I could have been given because it kept me going when I saw no point in continuing.

9. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned while blogging?

I’ve learned that thing which makes you feel accomplished doesn’t have to be spectacular. I always thought I would be only satisfied with a great success, but that’s not true. My blog might be small, but it fills me with joy and sparks my creativity. Be happy for small things – that’s my lesson and my advice for new bloggers! 

10. What is your advice for new bloggers?

As I wrote above – be happy for small things. Stay consistent. Learn from other bloggers – they are supportive and can help you grow! Don’t give up and always remember why you started. Plus, connect with a blogging community to stay inspired! 

11. Where do you see your blog in 5 years?

That’s a tough question! I’m still looking for my identity  and it shows in my blog. I hope in 5 years both I and my blog will be confident in who we are. I would love it to become my platform for my other projects as well. Foremost, though, I hope it will not be an abandoned, empty internet space.

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I would love to nominate 11 wonderful bloggers who happen to be among my favourite bloggers. Here is the list:

  1. Charlotte from Charlotte around the world – travel.
  2. Jonelle from Tyranny of pink – self-acceptance.
  3. Ana from Faded Spring – fashion.
  4. Ming from The Urban Cat – lifestyle.
  5. Francesca from  My Life In Rose Tinted Glasses – lifestyle.
  6. Ellie and Nina from  Follow The Sisters – travel.
  7. Joanna from The World In My Pocket – travel.
  8. Akriti from  La Travel Chica – travel and food.
  9. Trisha from The Ham & Cheese of it – healthy living.
  10. Juliet from Yours Juliet – travel.
  11. Sonia from Sonish Space – fashion.

I would recommend you to check out their blogs because each and every of them is extremely amazing and special! Thanks for existing, my dear nominees.

My questions for you:

  1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
  2. What’s your life motto?
  3. What inspires you?
  4. What song could be on the soundtrack of your life?
  5. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
  6. Best book you have ever read?
  7. If you could have one super power, what would you choose?
  8. Dream travel destination?
  9. Best life advice you’ve ever got?
  10. What are your blogging goals?
  11. Favourite song right now?

That would be all for today. Thanks for reading! I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing, you’re fine. May Force be with you! One last thing….

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

Me before you – Jojo Moyes

Hello, my dear readers! How are you doing? Today, I have read one of the loveliest books I’ve happened to come across for ages. I shouldn’t give my opinion away at the beginning of the post since it’s obviously a review, but rules were made to be broken and bent… at least sometimes. For whom have I just broken rules? Few words:  “Me before you” by  Jojo Moyes. Let the bookish journey start! I would be happy if you joined me in this one…

SHOW ME  A BIT OF YOUR WORLD

Louisa Clark is a 26-year-old English girl, whose life has been perfectly steady for years. She lives with her family in a small house, has a long-term boyfriend, and a job in a cafe, which she really likes. Aside from that, she’s an ordinary girl. She doesn’t challenge herself and asked what her dreams are she has no idea. She lives from day to day: goes to work, comes back, does home chores, watches TV, meets with her boyfriend sometimes, repeats the cycle. Everything changes, when she loses her job in the cafe and has to look for something else to pay the bills of herself and her financially struggling family. She becomes a caretaker of Will Traynor. Will is everything Lou is not. Before a terrible accident, he lived his life as fully as possible, challenging himself in  every possible occasion. Their outlooks on life are drastically different, and as their lives come into fusion, the world changes in thousand of shades…

 

QUEENS AND KINGS OF THE STORY

Main characters of the book are realistically created. Lou is an honest portrayal of a small-town girl. She doesn’t know anything aside from her hometown, and as she feels safe there, she doesn’t want to change anything. She’s relatable in her struggles and fears, and she’s by no means perfect. She has her flaws, but she is funny, quite cheerful and her loyalty to those, who she loves is truly charming. Will makes an interesting example of somebody, who lost his identity, and everything he was and was proud of. As a disabled man, he can be ironic and simply mean to those around him, but this is his way to deal with the pain of loss. After all, he is still an intelligent, witty young man, who used to be a top entrepreneur and did everything from bungee jumping to climbing Kilimanjaro. Rest of the characters are also well portrayed.  Lou’s family is a good representation of a small-town family with all their hopes and problems. Will’s parents and his nurse – Nathan – also make a nice addition to the story and give it some more depth. Summing up: I believe all characters are relatable and  not even single of them made me think “Oh no, get out of this story”.

VERDICT TIME

Taking everything into consideration, I would give this book A+. It is not 100% predictable though it’s definitely not the other way round, too. As a small-town girl, I could relate to many of Lou’s struggles, which may make me more biased than usual, but the book is truly remarkable. The writing is  pretty plain, but not in a bad way. It’s just easy to read it and get hooked. The characters are funny and very human, and the story itself is gripping. I loved it from very first page to the very last. I would definitely recommend you to read it.  The picture below is Will’s advice, and I thought it was a quite smart thing to share with all of my female readers. Will knows what he’s saying!

For all of you who love movies more… there’s a movie coming in June! I absolutely adore Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin so I can’t wait! Actually… I decided to read a book after watching a trailer. Nevertheless, it gives away quite a lot of what’s going to happen, so if you want to read a book without spoilers… don’t watch it! If it doesn’t matter to you… watch it as soon as you can! Yes, I am writing this as I’ve seen this for 8 times just today. Obsessed? Oh, maybe. Definitely. YES! 

Thanks for reading guys! You are the best. 🙂 

Yours truly,

Jessie

10 top apps I can’t live without!

Hello, my dear readers! How are you doing? Myself, I’ve been quite fine. As I’m quite into  websites and apps way too much – as you might have already noticed – I decided to share with you the list of my top 10 apps! Some of them are obvious choices, some of them are still quite unknown, so I hope I’ll help you find something great you haven’t known about before! 3…2…1… Let the game begin!

  1. Endomondo

   This app is  a total must-have for everyone wanting to track their fitness achievements! I use it to measure how many kilometres I run/walk, but it can be used for a variety of other sports, cycling and swimming included. A price: free. My verdict: I’m loving it, and you might too!

  2.  Instagram

    Okay, this app is probably the most famous app right now, but I couldn’t omit it. It seems to be all about selfies, but it’s so much more. In fact, it’s a great  place to connect with people.  I frequently look for photos under hashtags I like and come across like-minded people, whose pictures and descriptions I just adore.   Hashtag “book” says hi – so many photos of books to look at!   A price: free. My verdict: Useful in more ways  than it seems!     

3. Podcast Addict

 Who doesn’t love podcasts? They are internet audio and video publications – mostly audio – and they are perfect for everyone who spends much time in buses in a way to work/school/university/insert anything else here. They are thousands of them, and you can either download them or stream them. My favourite ones are BBC documentaries – they are a perfect mix of educational content and an interesting subject. A price: free. My verdict: A great option for everyone, especially those who learn faster by listening, since you can learn languages too!

4.  AnkiDroid

It’s an app for learning with flashcards. It’s designed to optimise your learning as much as it is possible. You can create your own flashcards or download flashcards of other users. My friend recommended it to me a long time ago, and I must admit it’s definitely an app to remember about! Especially if you’re learning new words in your target language. A price: free. My verdict: I found a superhero in this app, and you might too. It’s a learning Batman of the year!

5. Clearfocus

        Something for those wanting to improve their productivity. Clearfocus is based on the interval method. 25 minutes of workflow with no interruptions and 5-minute break. You can change both of these numbers, but they’re said to be the most effective according to science. Of course, trying everything out is always the best option, since everyone’s different. For me, 25/5 works the best.  A price: free. My verdict: it could be the one!

6. Daily curiosity 

     New interesting facts delivered to you every day – that’s daily curiosity! It helps me to learn something new even during a busy day, and it has never let me down. A price: free. My verdict: Irreplaceable as Beyonce would sing! 

7.  Evernote

  It’s probably the best noting app I have ever downloaded, and I’ve tried a few of them out. You can save there anything – music, text notes, handwritten notes, photos. If you save too many photos you may need more space and, therefore, a premium account, but text notes don’t take much place, and the basic version is enough. I have most of my blog and writing ideas on Evernote and thanks to that amazing app I still remember about ideas I would easily forget about! A price: free. My verdict: Everything you want Evernote will give you. Magic!

 

8. 1 second everyday

   It’s an app for recording short videos every single day. In a process, you are documenting your life. As days pass so quickly it’s a great way to make some moments immortal, before everything’s said and done. I use it to talk to my future self and remind myself that no matter how bad I feel… I will make it through. A price: free. My verdict: A+!

9. Duolingo

 Learning languages in a fun way! Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Turkish, Swedish – whatever you like! I have been using it for quite a long time, and I made my brother use it, too. It is an excellent learning tool and its app can make your learning possible anywhere… where you have your phone with you. 😉 A price: Free. My verdict: the best I ever had!

10. Memrise

   It’s another amazing flashcards app! Languages, history, geography, physics, chemistry – whatever you need to learn Memrise will probably help you with it! A price: free. My verdict: one of the greatest and nicest tools for free education. 

Summing up: each and every of these apps is free. They are all, however, very useful and I believe they could possibly help you, too!  Everything in moderation, of course, but apps can make life a lot easier.  Thanks for reading, it means a lot to me.  Ending with a quote would be my style, so here we go… 🙂 

“Kindle the candle of intellect in your heart and hasten with it to the world of brightness.
Nasir-i Khusraw

Yours truly,

Jessie