Why things you are scared of can help you the most in life… If you let them

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Once upon a time, in a seemingly small world, there was a lass, who was afraid of everything. Everything around her seemed so much bigger than herself, and she came to think she could never be brave. She dreamed of a glorious future, but never really believed it was within her reach, so she never tried to grasp it with her hands. She waited for somebody to come and save her from herself, but nobody ever did.

Drunk on the idea that life would happen to her only if somebody else taught her how to live, she signed off the papers to have no responsibility for her life. She blamed fate, genetics and stars for who she wasn’t. She read a lot, and once she stumbled upon a certain quote.

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

 

She thought it was nicely written and moved on with her life. The fault was still in her stars, or so she claimed. She didn’t know where she was heading to, but everything was lined to be rather… unsurprising. As it is often with plans and expectations, nothing went out like planned. Worse, it turned out to be completely opposite to whatever she had planned for herself before. She was kicked out of her fairytale and failed herself like never before, so she didn’t really know what kind of story would she fit in. She started doubting if she was supposed to be in any story at all. Now she was a lass, who was afraid of everything and knew nothing, not even herself. At first, she only mourned who she was. What she had. What she lost. Days were passing by very quickly, and she felt stuck. She wasn’t the old herself, but neither the new one. She was nothing, and she longed to finally become something.

Desperate, she took a step and went into the unknown because the alternative would be drowning in the emptiness, and she was never  a good swimmer. After one step, there was another one, and another one and another one… Suddenly she discovered than thinking of the next step is scarier than actually taking it. She was fully entering the unknown and it left her breathless. Breathless of awe and new found joy, not fear and panic.

The first stop of the unknown was France, and she found there way more than she had expected. Sure, they had a great cuisine, beautiful architecture, and a lovely language, but what she had found there was far more valuable to her – she found her peace. She was living with a family she had never met before, taught English to their children, and walked by the beach every day. The North Sea was cold, gloomy and whimsical, but it brought her peace, and joy. The family she lived with was full of love and trust, and it was a remedy to all of the world’s wrongings. She wasn’t terribly scared anymore. She still felt fear, but it didn’t paralyse her like it used to. The sea took away the fears and sadness, which weighed her down, and she came back home slightly changed. She met the most wonderful people and saw the loveliest places, so it made her rethink if the fault was really just in her stars.

Sometimes The North Sea decides to be less gloomy :)
Sometimes The North Sea decides to be less gloomy 🙂

The home was sweet and safe, but the concept of fear and stars kept crossing her mind all the time. She knew that growth was outside of her comfort zone, and her comfort zone was terribly small. Travel was a way to go. She decided to become an au pair again. Being with children was like relearning everything you knew about the world, and she sought to learn  it anew. 2 planes and countless of thoughts later she was in Catalonia.

Catalonia was vibrant, lively and full of opportunities. She tried food she swore she would never try before, met people from all walks of life, saw places so different to what she was used to and realised… she was doing it. She was living the life she actually enjoyed. It wasn’t perfect, but that wasn’t the point. It was the life she loved, and somehow it was enough. The people she had met, the family she had lived with, they made her rethink everything she knew. She stopped looking for fixed answers. Sometimes they were none, and that was perfectly fine.

A year before she said she would never learn to cook, since she was hopeless at it. In Catalonia, she cooked a meal she’d never done, and it turned out fine. Nobody died from food poisoning, the taste didn’t cause the outburst of desperate cry, and people were quite happy with it. The craziest thought came across her mind: maybe she actually could. She could learn how to cook. If she could cook, maybe she could do other things, too. Suddenly the knowledge that maybe, maybe she could do it all opened her eyes, and she finally let the light in. Poor stars got a deserved break since the fault wasn’t in them. Not anymore.

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Catalonia has so much to offer than just Barcelona

 

Once upon a time, in an incredibly big world, there was a lass, who discovered that fear is not an obstacle, but a step in her way. She understood it was okay to be scared as long as you don’t let it keep you out of the game. She took a breath and divided into the unknown, and it wasn’t so scary anymore. Steinback’s words echoed in her head, as she took a plane back to home, sweet, home.

‘And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.’

 

Never had any sentence hit home as much as that one back then. Without everything always planned, without a desire to be always perfect, she could be good. She could try new things even if she failed at them in the beginning, she could be silly and human, and she could be simply… happy.  In the end, nothing had ever helped her more than her fears did. All she had to do was to listen to them instead of running away, and she did listen. Finally. Then, she lived happily ever after… Wait, shh, the wrong ending! In fact… the story’s to be continued.

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Hi, guys! As you probably have already guessed the story is about me. I haven’t blogged for so long because I needed some time to rediscover myself. I am back now, and I am full of new ideas, so if you still want to stay with me, I would love you to visit Paper Coffee Store and enjoy some paper coffee with me. Some changes are definitely coming, but I am still thinking about their taste, shape and meaning. Stay tuned, and May Force be with you!

 

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

 

Au revoir, July: the ultimate favorites of the month

How fast the time passes by! It’s already 7th of August and I feel like I’ve just said goodbye to July. It was a nice month for me, full of relaxing and family time, and these moments take a special spot in my heart. As August has started, I will be switching things up a little bit, and going to Spain to be an au pair. It’s exciting, and a bit terrifying and another level of cool, too. I’m not sure whether I will be able to post a lot, but I’ll try to, so stay tuned! Coming back to the topic, it would be nice to sum July up, so when I am old and grumpy, I can get back to days when I was younger and less grumpy and you know, actually still enjoying things.  Just kidding, hopefully, I’ll be always young at heart! Anyway, you might like some of the things I loved last month, so let’s give it a shot!

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Favorite book of the month

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

I read 5 books in July, but this one was definitely the best among them. It tells a story of the world torn by hatred, chaos, and violence, where a very unlikely friendship is formed. Two boys, divided by everything – religion, war, opportunities – become friends and try to understand what put a wall between them, and why the worlds of both of them are nothing alike, yet so similar. It’s a wonderfully crafted reminder of tragic history between Jews and Germans, partly written by the history itself, and because of that even more touching and meaningful. It acknowledges the power of hatred, and the damage it had done, reminding us that if hatred is watered, it spreads like a disease and can’t be easily stopped. As I was reading it,  it felt like exploring a whole new universe of ugliness and beauty, blended together in a painfully realistic way, bringing World War II to life. It was a worthwhile read and made me think about how dangerous it is to let history fall into oblivion, not learning its lesson once and for all. I would recommend you to read it if you look for something beautiful, meaningful and educative since it easily combines all of these traits.

Favorite movie of the month

Me before you

To say I  had been excited to see this movie since the trailer came out… would be a little understatement. I actually watched the trailer at least 20 times, and oh my, each time I grew more and more obsessed with it. I decided to read a book, since I’m always team books, no matter how much I like movies, and… I fell in love and knew there was no coming back! If the movie was anything other than “pretty good” I would be infinitely disappointed. The movie – and the book for that matter – tells a story of Lou Clark, a young lady who’s about to lose her job and a secure place in her comfort zone, and Will Traynor – a man who had it all before a tragic accident put him into a wheelchair. These two have no idea that their worlds and lives are going to come into fusion, and nothing will be the same ever again. It may sound like a cheesy romance movie, but it is not. For me that it’s a movie about leaving your comfort zone, fighting for yourself and seeing all beautiful places you could go if you only dared to try. It’s a beautiful journey from what you are to what you could be, and the romance background is a nice attachment to the story of two people who bring the best in each other,  despite being put together by chance. I found portraits of main characters believable, and I liked the movie very much, so I would definitely recommend it to you, guys. Here’s the trailer:

 

Favorite app of the month

Keep by Google

 If you love making lists and notes this app is definitely something for you! It’s free, easy to use and doesn’t take up much space on your phone. A+ from me.

Favorite podcast of the month

Singing bones

If you love fairytales and would love to dig deeper and learn more about their (dark) roots… this is a podcast for you! In each episode, we learn new things about our favorite fairytales and explore a whole new way to look at them, too. The podcast runs biweekly and each episode is 20 minutes long. Must-listen! 

 

That would be all for today. Next month I will probably add some new items to the list, so the format’s not fixed yet. Have a wonderful week and until the next time!

What are your favorites of July? Let me know in comments! 

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

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

 

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

 

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

5 terribly awful symptoms of being in love!

Butterflies in your belly, feeling absolutely over the moon, daydreaming from dawn to dusk – all of these may ring a bell if you have ever been in love. You want to sing and dance, jump and scream and tell everyone how happy you are. Your voice gets louder and more dreamy when Ariana Grande sings “you got me daydreaming” and suddenly you see the face of your one and only. Many of us have been there, and as much as these things may feel amazing, there’s one little “but”. Here is our “BUT” – all these symptoms of being in love exist, but so do less awesome of them. Call it black magic, but I’ll call it true, every coin has more than one side, it actually has two! Here are  5 terribly awful symptoms of being in love!

1. Your voice wants independence too much!

Here we go – conflicts inside our bodies do happen, but it’s a new kind of disobedience. Your voice doesn’t feel like listening to a wiser brain, who knows life better, so it keeps doing its own thing. You want to control it, but it doesn’t care about what you want and tests its complicated range of actions. It seems to switch between few basic modes such as: “Let’s get too shaky”, “too pitchy”, or maybe “let’s see how long can we be silent”. Sometimes it also says awkward things aloud. How about not making me feel so powerless, my dear voice? We both only live once!

2. Roads in your brain get too crowded

Let’s visualize a situation: your brain was working just fine, and now it loads longer than Internet Explorer! Your software’s okay, but the lovebug does its work perfectly. It takes much longer to come up with a nice sentence and respond, and your senses make everything worse! You feel too much for your system to handle everything. Crowded brain roads don’t care!


3. Red’s in style for too long

No matter if you are happy, embarrassed or just in awe, redness may be only one second away, and nothing will save the day because there’s no “stop being red!” button. It may be cute, but if you redness makes you look like a tomato (Like me!), it’s much less fun. Tomatoes all over the world may force be with You!

4. Time loses its substance
You meet at 5, and a minute after it’s already 10. You look at your watch twice, but it’s not broken. It tells the truth, and you have no idea how it is even possible. What’s wrong with being in love dear time? Don’t get too jealous, eventually, I’ll be yours. Everything takes time!


5. Too much or too little – no magical enough!
Balance? What’s that? Being in love, in its first phase, is all about walking between “too much” or “too little”. Too little of time spent together, and too much desire to be together all the time! Almost enough’s never enough, too. Oh love, why are you so irresistible?

 

That would be all for today. Since exams are coming, I won’t be posting much until they’re over. This is the text I wrote few months  ago, but I hope you liked it. When I finally can start living again… I’m going to write a lot. I really mean it. There are going to be lots of book and movie reviews, and posts about my favorite apps! I hope you’re having an amazing January and thank you for your support!

Yours truly,

Jessie

Thinking outside the box: Taiwan

Hello guys! This  is one of my first posts in my brand new blogging space called WordPress. It’s exciting to start anew, and as much as I liked Blogger, I’m very content with what WordPress offers me. Anyway, today I dare you to think outside the box, and restrain from judgements for five minutes, okay? We’re going to get to know Taiwan a bit more.  It’s a sovereign state in East Asia, but officially – the Republic of China.

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People speak Mandarin Chinese there, and you might think they are exactly like Chinese people, but… no. Each place holds its own uniqueness, and so does Taiwan. You might have their Tablets or other electronics in your home, brought to you by Asus, and you might have heard about Taiwan, and how fast it’s developing. Taiwan deserves your attention, so I decided to interview my Taiwanese friend – Amy – and get an insider look on how it’s to live there.

Jessie (Me): What’s your favorite thing about living in Taiwan?

Amy: Convenient for everything, like going out for food at 3 am is possible in Taiwan. Transportation is really fast as well.

Jessie: Do you – as a nation – have any strange – to foreigners – habits?

Amy: Like in Taiwan we usually don’t party at home and don’t drink a lot of alcohol, so when some Polish people hear that, they think we are strange and when we eat, we eat with chopsticks. They think that it’s impossible to use two sticks to eat.

Jessie: How would you describe the capital city – Taipei – in one sentence?

Amy: Busy, crowded, quick lifestyle.

Jessie: As you were living in Poland for a few months, could you tell me how different is Taiwan to Poland?

Amy: The difference between Taiwan and Poland is really big. We eat different kind of food, speak different languages, and our lifestyle is very different as well! Like Taiwanese go to sleep late but  in Poland people go to sleep early and even the stores closed early! That’s really different.

Jessie: What would you say about Taiwan’s cuisine?

Amy: In my opinion, it’s delicious. But I think Chinese kind of food creeps out a lot of foreigners . Like we eat pig, not only just for the meat, but also most of the organs, because we are trying not to waste any part of an animal. But:Taiwanese doesn’t eat dogs and cats! That’s very important, because most foreigners think that Taiwanese eat dogs and cats.

Jessie: Do you, as Taiwan people, like the popular brand Asus, or is it less liked in its home country?

Amy: I will say it’s popular in Taiwan, because it’s not very expensive and it’s high quality.

Jessie: What tips would you give to anyone trying to learn your language?

Amy: Chinese language has been said to be a hard language to learn. But in Taiwan I met a lot of foreigners who speak Chinese very well. But for Polish people I don’t think it would hard for you because I think Polish is much more harder.

Jessie: If you were to take a one-week vacation in Taiwan, where would you go, and why?

Amy: At summer Taiwan is very hot and humid, so if  I was having a vacation now, I would like to go to the mountains and enjoy the fresh air and get out of the crowded cities.

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That’s how Amy answered all of my questions. Big thanks to her, because she’s truly awesome. I recommend anyone taking a trip to Taiwan. I know I will someday!

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What about you? Have you ever been to Taiwan? Are you considering it? What is your greatest experience connected to “thinking outside the box”?

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

 

Power of education

Hello guys! Today I would love to talk about power of education. You might be a bit disappointed now, because why didn’t I choose a cooler subject? Well, for me this is one of the coolest subjects out there, and I felt a need to share my thoughts. Having always been a top student, nobody would say I could hate school, but up from some point I did. Kids are just kids, and they were the reason behind it, so I was still a passionate learner. Even the most boring teachers couldn’t ruin it. Then high school happened. What a strange time it was! Never had I been more happy and miserable, everything in turns. One teacher made me hate the school very much, and as I was very afraid of her, and I would rather stay home or skip classes to go to library than show up at her classes, especially considering her subject was always my Achilles’ heel. It wasn’t a smart idea to skip so many classes, but I didn’t care at that time. To be honest, it was all my fault not hers, but everyone who was ever taught by her will admit she wasn’t a gifted teacher. Like… at all. Anyway, as I started hating school, learning was also becoming less appealing to me. I still did it, but the thrill was partly gone. The thrill of learning something new, which I loved so much. Just after I graduated, I discovered a passionate learner inside me again, and God, it feels good. It’s incredible to learn and redefine who we are, and what we know. Biology, economics, and astronomy became fascinating to me, and I didn’t really pay much attention to them in high school. It’s like exploring a whole new world now. It gives us so many opportunities, and yet we can detest it. Too often educational systems suck, that’s true. They’re incredibly dull, and designed for robots, not kids, but don’t let your inner learner die. Keep it alive, because it’s a great blessing to have access to education.

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Millions of people, especially girls, are denied a right to study, and consequently they can’t break from a  vicious circle of poverty and hopelessness. Education is powerful, so let’s not make ourselves powerless, when in fact we have the world in our hands. What’s taken for granted in my or your mind, can be only a dream somewhere else, remember.

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What about you? Do you like learning? Did you like school? Let me know!

Have a lovely day,

Jessie