Why I think you should still play video games

„Still?“ is the question I get asked most when I mention it.

„You still play video games?“

Yes.

Yes I do.

 

benefits of playing video games
Meet my main character, Asharra, a warlock

 

I started at the tender age of 11, on my C 64 with 5,25„ floppy disks and classics like „Bubble Bobble“, briefly touched on the whole „Age of Empire“ series in LAN-parties with friends and then discovered the world of MMORPG, namely World of Warcraft.

Which just released it´s latest addon, „Battle for Azeroth“, on August 14th.

Now my raiding days are behind me, I just can´t keep up equipmentwise with work, kids and the blog, but that doesn´t mean I won´t immerse myself into the new content as much as possible in the upcoming weeks.

To mask this period of less blog activity I did of course prepare several blog posts, one of them on why I think you, as a beauty lover, should consider playing too!

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Working from home – Patience

I always figured I was of the impatient kind. And that nothing in the world could ever change that.

As someone that was used to grasping new things quickly, I never really had the patience to sit down and try long and hard. That almost broke my neck in medical school, as some of the topics required me to just do things repeatedly until I had memorized them by heart – a concept that to this day doesn´t agree with me.

 

Working from home
Working from home

 

That is just the way it is, I told myself. I will lead a long, happy and impatient life.

And only get average grades at med school.

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Time flies – and how to slow it down again

I said in one of my last blog posts (this one) that despite what you heard, times does, indeed, NOT fly.

Ah, I can almost hear the shocked gasp in front of the computer screen!

 

Time flies
Why time doesn’t fly

 

How dare I, right now, at one of the peak points of “Where is the year gone” posts, sit here and state the opposite?

The other peak points are shortly after Christmas and on March 1st, just in case you hadn´t noticed before.

It seems to be a rite of passage in becoming an adult to sigh and mourn your lost youth, when summers seemed to last forever and a fortnight felt like an eternity.

Time flies, we will tell each other, nodding our heads. Time flies.

Well, it doesn’t. It is just your mind playing tricks on you.

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Creativity – Revisiting my New Years Goals 2018

Half of the year is gone by now, and while I don´t want to join the chorus of those that express their surprise about how time is flying (it isn´t, at least not always, but I will come to that another time), I do want to take the opportunity to reflect on how far I have come with what I wanted to achieve.

And to address upcoming changes, which I, ironically, also did six months ago, in my first blog post after my Christmas break. I promise it is not a series!

 

Revisiting my New Years Goals 2018
Sunset on the lake – southern part of Sweden

 

To get up to speed, I recommend you read the blogpost first (click) and then join me in dissecting how things have evolved since.

Back in January, after thinking long and hard about it, because thinking long and hard is what you do between Christmas and New Year Eve, as long as you are not feasting and getting drunk, which for me, with two little kids, rarely happens, so after thinking long and hard about it I decided I wanted to set up a strategy. For my blog. And for You Tube. A plan for me to decide which social media to focus on, where to invest my time, everything needed to work towards the goal of making money from blogging.

Which, complete honesty here, I still don’t do.

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Life Update: Why I am taking a break – LLL Vlogs 52

When I uploaded this vlog to You Tube, I did of course add tags. I mean, even if this is just a rambly video of me looking pretty worn because it was the end of a long day and I desperately needed to wash my hair, even then I want it to rank in You Tube search.

Actually, I have been reading a lot about SEO and ranking and videography lately, but I´ll get to that a little later.

 

Taking a break
Taking a break (picture taken by my mother)

 

So when I used the tag: „Taking a break“, I instantly got a ton of suggested tags along the lines of: „Life Update: Getting a divorce“ or „Life update: Why we broke up“. Which, I assure you guys, is totally NOT what has been going on lately.

I mean, we are not even „on a break“ in a Friends kind of way. We are perfectly fine.

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Gardening with kids – Our herb garden

You have heard me complain about our garden numerous times, either on social media or even on the blog here.

And I will keep complaining, this is just what I do, and gardening is a ton of work. But at the same time I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity I have to teach the kids.

 

Gardening with kids
Gardening with kids

 

I watched my mother grow herbs, cook jam from fruits in our garden, she even baked our bread from scratch back then. Now those were different times, it was near to impossible to buy organic, Tschernobyl had just happened and the importance of wholesome nutrition was on the rise.

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Too bloody blonde

I like to think that I am pretty clever.

I mean, I find my way around new situations quite easily, changed my field of profession without problems and even taught myself some new skills like basic coding and (even more basic) photography.

 

Reading recently
Reading recently

 

There are some days though when I feel as if this fridge magnet perfectly describes me:

 

So Bloody Blonde

 

Trying to find a solution for annoyances in daily life, building complicated ways around something while completely ignoring the obvious and easy way any sane person would take.

Case in point? Reading.

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It takes 30 days to create a habit, they say.

Whenever you try to incorporate something new into your life (usually the healthy stuff like working out, meditation or snacking on celery instead of crisps), people will tell you that it takes 30 days to create a new habit.

 

Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof
Heidelberg Central Station

 

30 days of sticking to something apparently tricks your mind into accepting it as the new normal, so it gets easier to see it through.

I am not convinced though.

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LLL Vlogs 42 – Street Food Festival

I will let you in on a secret: I don´t like to cook. Some people might find it therapeutic, or creative, or even create whole blogs dedicated to that topic – to me it is just annoying. (I like eating though, I don´t disapprove of the whole concept)

 

Street Food Festival

 

But as I have kids and feel obliged to see that their nutrition is on point, and, though to a much lesser degree, because I know that my skin reacts horribly to junk food, that is a problem.

Because if you want home cooked meals full of fresh ingredients, you, well, need to cook them fresh at home.

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LLL Vlogs 36 – Getting my hair done

I really have no explanation why it always takes me so long book an appointment to get my hair done.

I mean, the experience is nothing but pleasant! Even if you leave the whole „New hair, beautiful me“ – thing aside, what is not to love?

 

LLL Vlogs 36 - Getting my hair done
LLL Vlogs 36 – Getting my hair done

 

Sitting in a chair with some tea and a book for more than two hours without getting up to a) wipe up spilled milk or b) wipe a bottom or c) wipe away tears due to spilled milk or wiping a bottom is an occasion so rare, I almost forget that a long time ago every weekend was supposed to be like this.

I vow not to let 13 months pass before I venture in the world of bleach and blow drys again!

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