Contributing writer for LifeByHer

Secret project REVEALED !!!!

Long story short. The LifeByHer team was looking for contributing writers in different categories for their new media site … and I gave it a shot and applied for it. As you already know, I rather try something and fail, instead of having to regret not trying for the rest of my life. And now here we are. Can you believe it? I was chosen to be one of their new contributing writers! You will find my posts in the category ‘recipes’. Yeah, I know. Who would have ever thought that I’d become a part of such an amazing project ?! And more importantly of such an amazing community. LifeByHer girls, if you are reading this, leave me a comment down below.

What is LifeByHer.co?

LifebyHer is two things:

  • a digital magazine sent to you every month. There you’ll find inspiration for everything a GirlBoss needs inspiration for … including fashion, fitness & health, hair care & styles, interior … and a little bit of everything. Just have a look here.
  • a brand new media site that you will be obsessed of! It is a source of inspiration that you have been dreaming off. That is where you’ll find my posts as well once it is up and running.

… and even more. It is a community, a friendship and a lifestyle.

Ashley Brooke LifeByHer Boss

The main mastermind behind all of this is Ashley. Just have a look at her YouTube Channel and her Instagram and you’ll fall in love with her immediately. With more than 83 000 followers on Instagram and more than 287 000 followers on YouTube she inspires a lot of people around the world. Together with the LifeByHer Team,  she creates all the content for LifeByHer and her YouTube Videos. The real BossBabe she is, Ashley also runs the blog stylelogix.com. What an inspiration!

I have the honour to call myself a member of the LifeByHer team since December 2017, when I got the confirmation that I was chosen out of many other applicants (still feels sooooo unreal to say this!).

Now that the secret is finally out, did you see it coming? What did you think my secret was? Let me know in the comments below.

That is exactly what I have been talking about in past blogposts (here, here and here), when I was talking about going after your dreams and rather trying things out, instead of always holding back and wondering ‘what if’. What if you fail? Yep, that is a possibility. But what if you succeed, darling? What if all of your plans and dreams become your reality? The possibility to have all of this come true is so damn worth the try!Dream big who said you can't have it all quote GirlBossHeaven

I am so proud of myself to give all of this a shot and I still can’t believe that it actually worked out. YAY! I’d love to see you check out LifeByHer.co once the site is up and running! I’ll keep you updated and let your know when it goes live!

Lots of Love,
from a really happy Franziska

 

Change is uncomfortable – Das Ding mit Veränderungen

Zwei meiner liebsten Fitness Gurus Karena und Katrina von ToneItUp heben diesen Satz immer wieder hervor:

 

Change is uncomfortable

 

Eine neue Übung, mehr Wiederholungen als beim letzten Mal, eine schnellere Abfolge der Übungen … und man denkt sich ‚Warum mache ich das? ‘. Lieber würde man wieder zurück in den gewohnten Zustand zurückkehren: warm und eingekuschelt auf dem Sofa. Netflix. Soulfood.
Doch immer wieder kehrt diese eine Stimme in den eigenen Kopf zurück. Die Stimme, die dir sagt, dass du einfach nur durchhalten musst und dass es sich auszahlen wird durchzuhalten. Der ersehnte Traumkörper wartet. Der Körper den du dir verdient hast. Es lohnt sich. Aber: Veränderung ist unangenehm. (mehr hiervon …)

Diese Weisheit lässt sich auf jede Situation im Leben anwenden. Sei es ein neuer Job, eine neue Beziehung, eine neue Stadt oder auch nur der Besuch bei einem neuen Friseur.
Wenn ich an die Veränderungen denke, die in meinem Leben anstehen, bekomme ich aufgeregtes Kribbeln in meinem Bauch, es ziehen viele schöne Vorstellungen an meinem inneren Auge vorbei und ich bin glücklich. Für einen Moment. Bis dann eine komische und unerwartete Angst mir den Hals zuschnürt. All die Dinge die schief laufen können. Ich könnte verletzt werden. Und die so schön erträumte neue Situation könnte ganz schnell zu einem Albtraum werden.

Nun kommt der eine Punkt, an dem man sich selbst die Frage stellen muss: lasse ich dieser Angst Raum. Raum, um sich auszubreiten und mir meine positive Energie zu stehlen? Will ich wirklich auf die neuen Erfahrungen verzichten? Wer weiß und vielleicht wartet hinter der Angst vor der Veränderung etwas ganz tolles auf mich, mit dem ich nie gerechnet hätte. Lasse ich die Veränderung zu etwas negativem werden? Nein! Veränderung ist etwas Schönes. Etwas, das einem neue Energie gibt. Etwas, das uns immer wieder neu herausfordert. Herausfordert und uns wachsen lässt. Und nur wer wächst, der kann zu dem Menschen werden, der er sein will. Veränderung ist aufregend!

Also: Change is uncomfortable … but so damn worth it.!

me at Largo di Garda

How to travel alone

“Just because I like being alone, doesn’t mean I’m lonely”
This is one of the quotes that is dear to my heart. When I first read it, it immediately spoke to me. It used to be my explanation to people, when I tried to tell them that I actually enjoy being alone. Now it has become more of a explanation to people, why travelling alone isn’t such a bad thing.

Of course, I also love to take trips with friends and family. It is lovely (most times at least). But there is some magic in travelling alone as well. Freedom. Time for yourself, with yourself. Experiencing things in a different way. Freedom of choice. No discussions. I could go on like this. Have you ever travelled alone? Tell me about it! When, where, your experiences.

If you have never travelled alone, then here are 4 tips on how to travel alone.

Largo di Garda

1. Find a reason – your reason – for doing it

The first time I ever travelled alone, was when I went to Cologne to see Ariana Grande live in concert at the Lanxess Arena. I was and still am a huge fan of hers and the concert and Cologne and Berlin were the only concerts of her in Germany. As a big fan it was clear from the start that I would do anything to see my idol. The problem was: nobody wanted to go there with me. I was stuck. I was looking for any possible solution to go there. I couldn’t find any until I thought of the (at that moment) impossible. Travelling alone. Bam. I added three more days to my trip, so I would also be able to see the city a little bit. Seeing my idol live in concert was my reason. So worth it

2. Choose a destination that you are comfortable with

When travelling alone it is normal to feel lonely and overwhelmed at times. Especially, if it is your first time travelling alone. It’ll help if you are interested in the city you’re visiting. If the city fascinates you. Or if you feel at home in this city. Maybe your former home town is worth a short city trip. And after that you can take on the bigger and unknown cities. Being somewhere you feel comfortable is going to help you deal with negative feelings and emotions.

3. Prepare like a boss

PREPARATION IS KEY, people! This one of my main mantras. Prepare everything that is possible to prepare. Book accommodation and transport. Google the exact way to your hotel and your favourite places and restaurants you want to visit. Look up any important information you might need for your trip … There will still be plenty of space for the unknown and your creativity. Preparing will help prevent you from small catastrophes that’ll make you go crazy and feel helpless in the unknown city.

4. Don’t be too hard on yourself

We all have been there. Beating ourselves up for failing – or almost failing – or something not going as planned. This is totally normal. But when being in a new situation, far away from home and feeling vulnerable, beating yourself up can only do harm. So if you end up in a situation like this, do your best and move on. Move on and enjoy the rest of your trip. After your return home, you still have enough time to evaluate the situation.

5. ENJOY THE JOURNEY

No explanation needed.

Largo di Garda

I hope this blogpost inspired you a little bit to travel alone. I encourage you to give it a try and see what happens. It’ll only make your more rich in experience. And you can never have enough of that.

me infornt of the tower bridge

London Part 2 – All the sights

Here we are again. My second blogpost about my trip to London at the end of July. Have you read my first blogpost yet? No? Click here and have a look at those stunning neighbourhoods and all the pretty English houses.

pretty english houses in London

When visiting a city for the first time the tourist hotspots are a must. At least a few of them. So that is what we (at that time ‘we’ were still together in London. Don’t know what I am talking about? Read my first blogpost) did.

London Big Ben London Big Ben big ben london

I have to admit that I wasn’t feeling well on the first day we did sightseeing, so all the people and the sun made me enjoy the sights a little less. You know the feeling, when your feet hurt, your back hurts as well (poor me! Hahah) you are so hungry that you get hangry and the mood of your travel partner isn’t the greatest as well? That’s when sightseeing becomes exhausting. But I still managed to get a few good shots.

The day we went to see the tower bridge, we were lucky to have the sun shining and we took some pretty pictures as well. Before we went there, we bought a few snacks at a supermarket (blueberries, smoothies and all the good stuff) and had a short lunch break in a cute little park (I don’t remember the name though. Close to the Tower Bridge)

tower bridge london tower bridge london me infront of the tower bridge in London

I tried to get at least a few pictures of me in front of one of those sights because it reminds me even more that I was actually there. I wouldn’t mind having a photographer as a travel buddy, so I wouldn’t have to worry about having enough good pictures of the city and of me in front of something. Who of you is a photographer and wants to apply as a travel buddy? Please send me an e-mail, alright?

On my second last day I went on another big walk through the city. I didn’t take the underground once in two days. Yay for those 1000000000 steps I must have made on those two days. Talk about a good workout when you are on vacation. The final destination for this walk was the St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge. The syk was a little bit dark on that day; it was a little chilly outside. The dark clouds made the cathedral look even more impressive. I was so glad I took the route that first lead me to the Millennium Bridge and then to the cathedral, so I was able to enjoy the view at the cathedral.st pauls cathedral london st pauls cathedral london

London is a really lovely and beautiful city. I’ll definitely be back in the future. Btw, who of you lives in the London area?

underground sign london underground sign London red bus London red busses London Big Ben london eye big ben london