My Favorite Sweaters ❄️

Hello world and welcome to blogmas day five!

Hey you guys, how have you been? I can’t believe that it’s already been five whole days of me posting. I for real thought that I’d give up by now. But anyway, today I had a quiz in PE, which was so weird, but I got a good grade so that’s good. Also tomorrow I’m going back to school in person, and I’m so excited and looking forward to it! Today’s blog post is actually a little bit late, as editing the pictures took me longer then I thought it would. Originally I planed on doing a “clothes inspo” kind of blog, but since it took me so long I had to either give up completely on posting today, or just post what I already have. So here we are 🙂

In this blog I will share with you my top 4 favorite sweaters that I am planning to wear this year! They’re really cute, and I hope that this will inspire you. So to start off I just wanted to say that I’m wearing a white long shirt from Castro, which you can find here (it’s currently out of stock but you can wear any turtle neck top underneath your sweaters).

Okay, so this first sweater is from H&M, Divided. I couldn’t find a link for this one, I’m sorry. I bought it a while back, and I just think it looks so great. It’s kind of cropped, but it’s still really warm, baggy and nice. I would definitely recommend 🙂 I love it so much, especially wearing it with nice and long necklaces (which I’m not doing in the picture but you get the idea lol).

This next sweater is most definitely one of my favorites- the “cardigan” by Taylor Swift! I actually have the link for that one right here. I accidently bought it in one size bigger then what I needed, but I still love it so much (I wanted it to be baggy, so I thought that a bigger size would be a good idea. Turns out that it already is baggy, so it’s huge on me :)) It’s really warm, and I think that I would be wearing it daily if it wasn’t so big. But it’s to expensive to buy another one lmao.

The next sweater is one that I bought last year from Bershka. It’s currently unavailable, but here‘s the link just in case. I really love this one, and have been wearing it most of last year! It’s great, cozy and really pretty (and baggy, which you might have realized by now, I love!).

This last one I got a few days ago, from Golf! You can get it from here, the link is working and all is good. I really like this one, and I’m planning on wearing it tomorrow for school! It’s cozy and elegant and pretty. I love it <33

That’s it for today!

This blog was rather short, but honestly you don’t have any idea how much I had to work for it. Thank you for chosing to spend your time reading my posts! I appriciate that so so much. Stick around for more if you’d like to read my previous blog posts, and follow for more blogmas posts! Take care of yourself, and please wear a mask. See you tomorrow!

Toodles! 🧁

-ocean girl

2020 Podcast Recommendations 🎧

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day four!!

Hey everyone, how are you? I hope you’re doing well. I’m actually writing today’s blog early for a change, so hey, I might even put it up on time lol. So not a lot changed since yesterday. I’ve had some time to read, so I got really further into my book while listening to “folklore” on my record player. Now I’m just catching up on some people’s vlogmas, while typing this.

This year was a bloody weird one, and since usually I listen to my podcasts on the bus, I didn’t have as many listening sessions as I do every year. But still, some podcasts helped keep me company while I was at home, hanging up the laundry or washing the dishes. And I thought- well, might as well share them with you! So grab yourself a cup of tea, your headphones, open your listening up, and let’s get into them podcasts.

Pretty Basic

So the first podcast I will talk about today is “Pretty Basic” with Alisha Marie and Remi Cruz. I’ve been watching Alisha and Remi’s vlogs and videos for a while now, and got super excited when I found their podcast, two years ago. Alisha and Remi are both lifestyle youtubers and best friends.

In their podcast they’re talking about their life, experiences, failed and successful dates, mental health and so on. I really like their chemistry, and how they’re managing to hold an equal and flowing conversations. Sometimes I really relate to what they’re going through, and sometimes I simply enjoying listening to someone else’s life. Either way, I always feel included in their conversations, I always laugh along at the jokes and get serious or sad when needed. I’ve been listening to their pod ever since the beginning, so I’ve probably listen to every single episode already. Take it from me- “Pretty Basic” is pretty great if you’re looking for a new laundry buddy.

Unsolicited Advice

Related to “Pretty Basic” and just as good is “Unsolicited Advice”. The co-host Ashley Nicole is Alisha Marie’s older sister, and also a lifestyle youtuber. Along with her best friend and co- host, Taryne Renee, the two give unsolicited advice to their listeners!

They talk about every-day, random struggles we all deal with- family drama, dating, best friends problems and work related stuff as well. Just like with “Pretty Basic”, I love the chemistry between the two, their jokes (especially dad jokes) and their big-sisters energy. I’ve listened to every episode of their podcast as well (except for an interview or something) and I love hearing how understanding and positive the girls are. I would really recommend this podcast as well, especially if you’re your friend group’s therapist.

Teenager Therapy

Speaking of therapy, “Teenager Therapy” is definitely the podcast for you if you’re, well, a teenager! It is a podcast created by five seniors in high school (they started the pod when they were sophomores I believe), in which they talk about their life- ups and lows, or in their words: “a podcast that’s a coming of age story portrayed in real time”.

I really like how their podcast is full of mistakes and failure as well as their successes. I really like how they disagree with each other in addition to supporting each other, and their “character development”. “Teenager Therapy” is truly an unfolding story line, and I really enjoy listening to how each of the guys (and Kayla) learn from their mistakes and repeat what they’ve done well. One of my favorite episode of theirs is the one where Gael, one of the guys, talks about a relationship he had with someone. Another favorite episode of mine is the one where they talk through their friendship and its problems. I would recommend this to anyone, especially to a teenager in high school. Their podcast is really one of those rare things in life that shows you how you’re not alone.

Extra Dynamic with ur mom ashley

The “Extra Dynamic” podcast is the last one for today. The podcast host is ur mom ashley, who’s a youtuber as well. In her podcast, Ashley is mostly talking to and interviewing her brother and sister, her parents, her boyfriend and her friends. They’re usually talking about life, catching up or talking about whatever big thing they have going on.

I’ve been watching Ashley and her siblings on YouTube for a while now, so I got excited when I heard that she’s starting a podcast. I enjoy listening to her podcast because it is so easy to relate to, it’s funny and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone really, as long as you’re interested in hearing a bunch of people having a conversation. I love it, I’ve listen to every episode and I’d do it again 🙂

And that’s it!

Thank you so much for making it to the end of this blog. If you’d like, you can stick around and read some of my previous blog posts. Follow for future blogmas posts, as well 🙂 Make sure to take care of your body and your mental health, remember to take a break when needed. I will see you tomorrow with a new blog! Happy December!

Toodles! 🎡

-ocean girl

Folklore- The Long Pond Studio Sessions Review

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day three!

Let me start off the blog as I usually do- how are you today? How are you feeling, how did your day went by? Anything new? Something really awesome happened to me yesterday- if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d know that I worked through almost all of august, trying to save money for a record player. Well even though I’ve earned enough money, I wasn’t able to go and buy it because of covid-19. Until now. Yesterday my mum just asked me randomly if I’d like to and get it, as the stores just opened about two weeks ago. I was like “AH, okay!” and so I did!! It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve even seen, and it’s currently sitting on top of my bookcase. Before buying the record player I bought online a record of Taylor Swift’s 7th album, “Lover”, and played it on my new record player while writing yesterday’s blog.

Speaking of Taylor Swift, I kind of think that we should get right into today’s blog. So, in case you didn’t know, during July 2020 Taylor released her 8th studio album, “folklore”. It’s incredible and amazing and you should definitely check it out. Probably my favorite of her albums so far. But well, usually when releasing an album, Taylor does this thing called “secret sessions”, where she invites some fans to her house, play the new album for them, tell them stuff about the songs… Last year she even did the Lover’s Lounge on YouTube. Since this year she was unable to do any of that, she teamed up with Disney+ and together they released the Long Pond Studio sessions- a film on Disney+ in which Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner play the entire album, and talk about the songs and the meaning behind them. Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver also joins them to play “exile”. As a massive fan of Taylor’s work and especially of “folklore”, I obviously watch the whole thing, and here’s my review 🙂

So to start off, I LOVED the whole vibe of the film. It was very cozy, and I loved how every interview of every song was in a different location. The music was amazing, as it really stayed true to the original recording of the songs, but yet somehow it was different, in a very good way. I loved the extra fun facts and details about the songs that we got to learn while watching the film.

So the album starts off with “the 1”, which in the way that I see it, is talking about a good relationship that ended long ago. The writer is reviewing the relationship after being over it, saying “it would’ve been fun if you would’ve been the one” (or at least that’s how I see it, Taylor didn’t really go into details in that one). Honestly, even though it’s a great song, and I’ve listened to it so many times I could sing it to you in my sleep, it isn’t my favorite. Again, Taylor didn’t go into too many details with that one, but the performance was amazing. Same goes to “the last great american dynasty”, Taylor did say a bit more about this one, but it isn’t really my favorite so even though I sang along while watching, I wasn’t as interested in it as I was in the next song.

If you listen to the album you probably know that there’s a love triangle- instead of writing about her life, in a few of her songs Taylor writes about fictional people, a fictional love triangle, actually. “cardigan”, the second track in the album, is from Betty’s point of view. Betty is a girl, around the age of seventeen, who was cheated on by her boyfriend, James. The song “betty” is from James’ point of view- he’s kind of apologizing about his actions. The song “august” is from the other woman’s point of view. She’s reviewing and going over what she thought she had with James. According to Taylor, the song “cardigan” takes place about 20-30 years after that summer, when James cheated. Even though he treated her badly, Betty ends up forgiving him and making their relationship work.

In the song “Betty”, James explains how he didn’t know better, as he was only seventeen (“I’m only seventeen, I don’t know anything”). In “cardigan” however, Betty says that SHE knew better (“But I knew you…”). I really love how the songs are connected in so many ways, I wish I had time and space to talk to you about all of them. But, back to the film- Taylor said that it was her boyfriend, Joe, that wrote the chorus to “betty”, which I thought was so cool! It was also cool knowing that James and Betty end up together.

Then, Taylor went on and talked about “august”. “august” is actually my favorite song off the album, and it also ended up being “my song of the year” in Spotify. I’ve listened to it about 344 times (holy….!!). So I got super excited when Taylor talked about it, that I almost cried. Taylor explained how there isn’t such a thing as “the other woman”. August, just like anyone else, was a girl who wanted to be loved. She thought that she and James had something real, and is broken to know that they didn’t. That made me really sad, because I was like “yup, same”. I loved the explanation, and hearing the live version of the song afterwards made me extremely happy.

Two songs that I ended up loving more after seeing Taylor talking about them in the film were “this is me trying” and “peace”. Especially “this is me trying”. Taylor said that usually, in school, we get this little pat on the back every time we get a good grade, etc. But in “real life”, it is a little bit “harder” (I guess) getting that positive attention. Sometimes we’ll be going through so much stuff, and no one will know. But even staying here, even holding on to what we have is trying, it is still making an effort. Hearing that made me lowkey sad, but also it gave a whole new meaning to the song for me, which I loved. In “peace”, it was actually Aaron Dessner who made me change my mind about the song. The song is about kind of asking someone, “will you still be with me, even if I could never give you peace?”. Aaron talked about having depression, and how that effected his relationships in the past. How being unstable in that way made it harder to be with him. That literally made me cry- I loved that. I love how Taylor wrote this mostly about the fame (could be wrong about that but hang on) and how Aaron was able to take it to a different place, one where many people could relate to.

Seeing Taylor talking about “illicit affairs” made me think a lot too. I took it to a different place though- the line “You taught me a secret language I can’t speak with anyone else” made me think about something different then an affair. In every relationship, friendship or any type of communication you have with anyone- you can almost never have the same thing, the same energy and chemistry with someone else. This song made me think about previous friendship breakup and about people that are no longer in my life.

Wow I’ve been typing for some time now! I really need to put this blog out in like three minutes lol. So I think that I’ll stop here for now. These are my main points that I took from the film. Honestly, this review turned into me talking about “folklore” more then me reviewing. But alas, it is what it is.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this blog, and that if you’re a fan of “folklore” I’ve given you some things to think about :)) Thank you for joining me for blogmas day #3! Stick around if you’d like to read some of my previous blogs, and feel free to follow in order to read the next blogs in my “blogmas” series. Take care of yourself, drink water and wear a mask if you’re going outside.

Toodles! 🍃

-ocean girl

Breakfast and Lunch- Meals Inspo 🥘

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day two!

This feels so weird! I’ve already written to you yesterday 🙂 So, what’s new with you? Since yesterday I had a little more time for reading, so I read “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” again. I’m currently re-reading the whole HP series, but as soon as I’m done I’ll be back with some more books recommendations and reviews. Also we learned something really nice about “living our truth” in gender class, so maybe I’ll share it with you someday. Oh, and also my friend got married! That led me to think that maybe I am the problem (jk though I’m literally only seventeen I don’t need no man). So, now that we’re all caught up, shall we?

Today I wanted to share with you some really simple, easy to do meals. Since we all are stuck at home, we eat, do and live the same life every day. I know that most people get tired of eating the same thing in the same way, so I thought I’d share some new ideas! Most of you probably have the ingredients at home, as these really are super easy and casual. I hope that you can use this as inspiration! 🙂

🥑 Avocado, egg and puffed rice cakes

Okay, so this first one is actually quite easy, and most of you probably have everything at home already. What you’ll need is-

  • Avocado
  • Lemon (juice)
  • Salt
  • Egg (s)
  • Puffed rice cakes
  • Whatever else you’d like to add!

First, cut the avocado in half, peel off the skin and place it on a plate. Take a fork, press and mix the avocado until you’re satisfied. Add some lemon juice and salt, and mix it all together. Try to taste the avocado while you mix, add more salt or lemon juice as you’d like.

Next, fry the the egg however you like it best. Once the egg is ready, place it on a plate along with the avocado. Add the puffed rice cakes (you can also switch these for bread!) and add anything else as you’d like. I’ve added some cream cheese and anchovy.

And that’s pretty much it for the first meal! You can switch any ingredient to a different one if you’d like. It’s healthy, easy and tasty.

🥦 Broccoli, rice and vegetables

For this one I mostly used stuff that I found in our fridge, so again, feel free to switch it for anything else. Here are the ingredients that I’ve used-

  • Broccoli
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Oil
  • Vegetables
  • Rice
  • Anything else

First, Take the broccoli and break it into smaller pieces. Wash it under running water, and let it dry out. Pre-heat the oven to 150-180C.

Once the broccoli is dry, take a baking tray and put aluminum foil on top of it. Place the broccoli on the tray, spread it out nicely. Then, take the oil, black pepper and salt and drizzle it randomly on the tray and broccoli. Then put it in the oven for about 10 minutes, until you’re satisfied with the results.

While the broccoli is in the oven, you can prepare the rest of your meal. We had some rice and beans in the fridge, so I just took them and put them in a bowl. Cut some vegetables, and place them in the bowl as well. Once the broccoli is ready take it out of the oven, wait for maybe 4 minutes and then place it in the bowl next to the vegetables and rice. And that’s it, your meal is set and ready to be eaten 🙂

And that’s it you guys! These two meals are super fun, tasty and easyyy to make! I hope that even if you didn’t end up making them, seeing the pictures and ingredients gave you some ideas of your own! And if you did end up recreating one of these meals, let me know. I hope that you have a lovely rest of the day, and that you’re taking care of yourself and your mental and physical health. Stick around if you’d like to read some of my previous posts, and follow for future “blogmas” blog posts 🙂

As always, take care, and I will see you tomorrow with blogmas day #3! I’m super excited for that one.

Toodles!

-ocean girl 🍒

Welcome To Blogmas 2020! 🎄

Hello world, and welcome to blogmas day one!!

Hey everybody! How have you all been? Happy December to you! Let me start off by saying: I’m planning on doing blogmas this year! Or at least try to. In case you didn’t know, “blogmas” (blog + Christmas) is a blog series in which the writer (me lol) posts one blog everyday, from the beginning of December until the 25th. Usually the topic of the blogs is somehow related to Christmas. Vlogmas (vlog + Christmas) are my favorite type of vlogs to watch, so I decided to do something similar here. Also this is my last year before joining the military, and I don’t want to wait a whole two years before I can do blogmas. So, here we are 🙂

Before we get into this blog, let me give you some background information- winter is my absolutely favorite season. I love it so freaking much! I love the cold, I love having to wear many warm clothes, I love being all cozy… I love it! December is specifically my favorite month because of how cold and wintery it is! SO yeah.

Another thing you should probably know.. I’m actually Jewish! My mum was born in Europe, to a Christian mother, so growing up she always got to experience the Christmas vibe and spirit- in her home and also outside of it. Later on her family moved to Israel, and when she married my dad they decided to try and expose my brother and I to different cultures and holidays. Plus, my mum remembered how magical Christmas was when she was a child, and wanted us to have a similar memory. So, growing up, my parents would buy us a small Christmas tree and my brother and I would decorate it. Also Santa clause (aka my dad wearing a costume) would give us presents and sweets. My grandma, who is no longer Christian, still have a Christmas tree in her apartment and is now playing the role of Santa every December by giving us all sweets as well.

When I was in middle school we moved to the US for a few years, where I got to experience the full on Christmas package. And of course I fell in love with it. Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas for religious reasons, I still do so for the happy, warm feeling it brings with it, for the amazing songs and films, for the bright lights and magical vibes, for the opportunity to give back to my loved ones and of course for the chance to spend time with my family.

I’m excited to share with you everything that I do this month, especially the highlights from both worlds- Christmas and Hanukah as well. So, I thought what better way to start this second blog series on “ocean girl” than to show you how I prepared myself for this season! Behold, here’s how I decorated my room for December:

Here are the colorful lights that I placed around my window 🙂

So… That will be it for now. This is a much shorter blog then I usually post, but I guess that it’s fine due to the fact that the next month is going to be crazy. I hope that I won’t go crazy trying to post daily, as I still have school and stuff. But I’ll do my best 🙂

Feel free to stick around if you’d like to read previous posts, and follow if you’d like to see the next blog posts to come! Stay safe, healthy and take care. Happy holidays!

Toodles!

-ocean girl 🐇

Book Review: Midnight Sun 🦇

Hello World!

How have you all been? I hope that all is well. I was planning on making this blog for a while now, but for some reason I have been putting it off. Maybe it’s because recently I discovered this game you might’ve heard of, “Among Us”, and I love it so much! My friends and I play it often, and I really recommend it if you’re looking for a new game new to play 🙂 But apart from that, I finished reading “Midnight Sun” by Stephenie Meyer, the author of the well- known book series the “Twilight” saga. The books are about a 17 years old girl named Bella Swan, that moves to live with her father in Forks, Washington. She falls in love with a guy named Edward Cullen, who happened to be a vampire. Of course many other things unfold in the books, but I wouldn’t know because I’ve never read past the first one (though after reading “Midnight Sun”, I feel like I should).

Even though the main subject of the books is Bella and Edward’s love story, there are many other things going on in Forks, that the two have to deal with. The series is being told from Bella’s perspective and her point of view. The series has four books if I remember correctly (though there are a few books that are somewhat related to the series that the author wrote later on).

“Midnight Sun” is another book in TTS series, except Meyer isn’t sharing a new plot- it’s the first book, “Twilight”, re-written from Edward Cullen’s point of view. Meyer started writing it way back in 2008, but stopped once the first twelve chapters got leaked to the internet. However, she still finished it and released it on August 4, 2020.

I pre-ordered the book, and received it some time during August. I finished it during the third week of September. But before I can share my thoughts on the book, let me tell you my history with “Twilight”.

So I actually got the book by accident. Kind of. Back in 2016, when I was 13, my dad and I were inside a “second hand” book shop. They had this sale of “buy 4, get 1 free” or something like that, and while my dad was paying he told me to pick the fifth book. I was caught off guard, I saw a book cover of two hands holding an apple that seemed familiar, so I was like “okay!” and got it. I later read it, and well, actually really liked it. I don’t know- I found it quite funny, easy to read and very romantic. I’ve read it quite a few times, but never went on to read the rest of the books in the series. Then later on, during 2017 (I think), I watched the first movie and hated it. “Hate” is a strong word, but I highly disliked it. Even though I love Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and think that they’re both very talented, I really did not like how they represented the characters. It’s probably not their fault, but for example, something that I really liked about Edward in the books is how funny and sarcastic he is. In the movies, however, some stuff that was said in the books as a joke, came out as very serious and creepy. But! alas, I stopped watching the movies OR reading the books. The media told me that I shouldn’t like anything that has to do with vampires or “Twilight” at all, but more on that later.

Then, during quarantine, I was cleaning my book shelf when I saw the “Twilight” book, and decided to re-read it, as a 17 years old and not a child. Re-reading the book made me realize so many things. One, yes, there were many things that I no longer found romantic or cute. But two, I realized how the media made the “Twilight” saga seem like something so inappropriate and wrong, when in reality it’s actually a good book series. I’ve came across this video “Dear Stephenie Meyer” which explains it perfectly. You should totally watch it if you’re interested in TTS.

After re-reading “Twilight”, I found out that “Midnight Sun” was coming out, and knew that I had to read it. So I did. And here are my thoughts on it-

Let me start off by saying- I LOVED IT. Even though I’ve never read any other book in TTS, I already know that, in my opinion, it’s better then the rest of them. Because, well, I could relate to Edward’s mind better. The book is way longer, with over 700 pages, but that is because Edward is an over-thinker. And boy, so am I. In the book you get to learn more about the way Edward sees things (duh). You get to know his character better, and love him better. Something that made me really like him more is seeing how he’s being too hard on himself, and how insecure he is. Reading his perspective made him a whole lot more likable and relatable. Before, when I only read “Twilight”, I saw him as a snob. But now I got to see how he’s also dealing with stuff. Another person that you get to know more of is actually Bella. See, the original book is from her point of view, and you only get to know her from her own thoughts and feelings. But now, in “Midnight Sun”, a softer side of her is being shown. She comes off selfless, funnier and way smarter.

But going back to Edward, something that really bothered me about him was how he was basically telling Bella what to do all the time, being way overprotective and bossing her around. But after reading his side I realized how desperate he was to get that “yes” from her for every single thing, and how he always makes sure that she agrees to everything without his presence influencing her.

Of course we also get to know the Cullens and their history in “Midnight Sun”. We get to learn more about each of their stories, how they hunt, their dynamic as a family and even their inside jokes. We also get to read what Edward and his fam were doing while Bella was busy by herself in “Twilight”.

Honestly, I don’t really know what else to add besides what I already said. The book is VERY well written and you can clearly see how Meyer developed as an author over the years. Edward’s perspective is interesting, funny, and even got me to think about my own life and choices. If this is your first time reading TTS, I would recommend starting off with “Twilight” first. Maybe even finish the rest of the series, unlike me. Whatever you choose to do, I would recommend reading “Midnight Sun”. It’s a really good book, and I would definitely re-visit and read it again someday. Maybe even in the near future 🙂

Hopefully you enjoyed this review, as I tried my best to make it interesting and explain the backstory to everything instead of just saying “ya, it’s good”. Sorry again for taking so long to post blogs lately, online school is sucking the life out of me, like a vampire loll, but I definitely try ❤ Feel free to stick around in order to read more posts, or even follow my blog for future content. If you’ve read the book, let me know what you thought of it! I’d love to talk to you about it.

As always, please make sure to take care of yourself, of your mental and physical health. I will catch up with you soon in another blog 🙂

Toodles!! 🥯

-ocean girl

Life Update & “The Devil All The Time” Review! 🎥

Hello World!!

what’s up you guys? How have you been? I really hope that you’re doing well and that you’re safe and healthy. So maybe you have or haven’t noticed, but I’ve been gone for three weeks now. I had to take a break for reasons that I shall soon update you on. But first- we hit 23 followers? What the hell? My last blog post, 10 tips for working and studying from home did really well! So thank you so so much for that. I truly appreciate it! And welcome if you’re new 🙂 But now, I decided to come back and both update you on my life, and review a film that I recently watched- ” The Devil All The Time”. So enjoy your reading!

So actually, the last time that I posted was on exactly September 1st, the first day of school. I started my senior year, my last year in high school, and was really excited. Even though everything is so weird in the world, my school decided that it would be safe enough to go back to learning in person- but oh, they were wrong. I was in school for exactly four days, before I had to be isolated. Since this is our senior year, students from my grade decided to buy many fabric masks with our school’s logo on it, and give it to students from all over the school. It took exactly four days for the first kid to catch the virus, and since everyone wore those fabric masks, which, by the way, aren’t protective in any way, we were in big trouble. The guy that got sick with the virus is in my psychology class, and the day before he got diagnosed I spent 4 hours with him in class. Thankfully, we both wore the blue, store- bought, medical mask, and after taking a test to see if I had corona I tested negative, which was such a relief. However, I still had to be isolated in my room for two weeks just in case. Those two weeks were not fun, as besides going totally insane in my room, I also had to be taking classes in zoom. Each teacher thought (and they still do think so) that we are “so bored” at home, so I recieved crazy amount of homework. I lost motivation to do anything, which is why I haven’t been able to post anything in a whie. It’s been three days since those two weeks, and I already feel so much better. Something good that did came out of this is that I actually practiced playing my ukulele a lot, and also kinda learned to play the keyboard! I’m currently learning how to play “Clair de lune” by Debussy, and I truly love it 🙂 I also have been reading! so expect some book reviews coming up your way.

One thing that I realized while being stuck alone with my thoughts for forever, is that I really should live my life more. I enjoy telling stories, but I don’t have anything to say. Why? I should do what makes me happy, I should stop being on my phone all day. Watch a film if you can’t go out, read a book and educate yourself. Watch the sunrise from your window… I’m definitally going to be working on myself in that sense, and will be sure to post all about it here. Actually, I’m really planning to be a whole lot more active now. Hey, I’m at home anyway, right?

I’ve been truly blessed with parents who are overall good listeners, and I’ve sorta started seeing them as friends, in the best possible way, especially my mum. I’ve been also blessed with the cutests dog ever, and she definitally made this whole thing easier and full of laughter and joy. Other then that I’ve been meditating quite a lot, and buying the weirdst things on AliExpress. But that’s it for now, for my short life update. As I will be posting more often I could get into more details about my day 🙂

So. “The Devil All The Time”. Well, it is safe to say that I was really looking forward to that movie. You see, I’m a long time Spider- Man fan, and a big fan of Tom Holland in particular. I also feel like it is the destiny of every straight girl to fall in love with Robert Pattinson at some point, so there’s that. This movie is full of so many incredible actors and actresses, that I didn’t even care about the plot, I was simpy excited to watch their work. Well, I was disappointed.

The film was alright, the visuals were amazing. I just didn’t enjoy seeing the plot. I feel like I would have loved to hear the story on a crime podcast or something, but there was something about seeing everything unfold, and actually *seeing* things as they are, that was kinda hard to watch and even to process for me. The characters were all so very religious, and as a young adult who’s still trying to figure out her thoughts on the matter I found some parts hard to watch because of that. However, I will say this, I loved how in the end it all came around and everything got resolved. There were also many actors and actresses that I didn’t realised were in the movie until after seeing it, and it was super cool to see. I loved Robert’s acting- he was so good, I didn’t even think about him being Robert Pattinson, Edward Cullen or even Cedric Diggory- I saw Reverend Preston Teagardin, and no more. Tom’s acting was also great, though I kept seeing him as Peter Parker which personally to me was nice. I have seen Spider-Man more times then I could count so maybe that’s on me.

Overall I feel like I came to see this movie with big expectations, which is why I was let down. Also, this isn’t the kind of movie that I would normally watch, and like I said, the reason I wanted to see it in the first place was because of the cast. I feel like I simply watched it at the wrong time- maybe if I’ll re-watch it in a few years, my opinion would change 🙂 Would I recommend “The Devil All The Time” to a friend? Sure. I feel like this is the kind of movie that you have to watch and decide for yourself. Would I watch it again? Not right now, maybe in a few years.

Well, yeah!

So that’s it for today. I really hope that you enjoyed reading this blog, and I’m thankful that you’ve choosen to spend your time reading it. Also thank you again for 23 followers! That’s so cool. It’s like a whole small class haha.

Chile, I’ll talk to you all in my next post! If you haven’t make sure to follow “ocean girl” for more posts like this! And check out other posts if you’d like. As always, take care.

Toodles!! 🧦

-ocean girl

10 Tips For Working And Studying From Home 📇

Hello world!!

Hey! How have you been? Have you been taking care of yourself? What’s new? For me, I’ve finally finished working! I also got a hair cut and I like it quite a lot. I’m starting my senior year of high school next week, which is why I decided to write this blog- I wanted to go over my top 10 tips for staying productive while working and studying from home! These are tips that definitely work for me, and I hope that you’d find them helpful as well. Feel free to share your favorite tips in the comments! SO, let’s get into it-

#1 Adjest A Daily Routine!

This one might be kind of obvious to some of you, but it reallly is important! By having a routine, you’re accustoming yourself to do things in the right time. This is something that really helped me during online school- I would wake up every morning at the same time, eat breakfast then join class… I would have a specific time for everything, which helped me get things done- I knew that I needed to get up by 8:00, so I would do so instead of staying in bed with my phone. If I knew that by 16:00 I needed to finish my homework, then I’d do so instead of procrastinating. By having a routine you’re getting used to living a certain life style, so make it a productive one!

#2 Workout Before Starting Your Day!

So I know that a lot of people might not like this one, but holy frick… trust me. If you’re normally working outside of your house, you’re probably used to walking a lot and doing activities without even thinking about it. But now, in quarantine, we’re all stuck at home so we don’t really do any fitness activities without thinking about it anymore. Doing exercises is really important for your body and health, and even mental health (again, especially during quarantine). Plus, if you’ve ever worked out you know that amazing feeling you get once you’re done. So working out in the morning will actually give you energy and motivation to start your day, AND it would be very good for your health.

#3 Get Ready In The Morning

Usually, before going to work or to school, you’d change out of you PJs into your everyday clothes, you’d put on your make up, brush your hair… Just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean that you should stop doing that! Getting ready, even if it just means putting on a new t- shirt and sweatpants will totally put you into a work mode! And if not, it would at the very least change the lazy vibe that usually comes with wearing a PJs.

#4 Have A Permanent Workplace

Whether it’s a desk, a specific chair or a place on the sofa, having a permanent workplace is important for getting into work mode. By having a specific desk where you sit and only do your job by, you’re regulating yourself that whenever you’re sitting by that desk, you should be doing your job. Otherwise, if you’re sleeping, watching TV and working in the same place, these things will get mixed together, and it would be easier to distract you.

#5 Making A “To Do” List

A bit well- known one, but again, really helpful. By sitting every morning and writing down everything that you need to get done today, it’ll be actually easier to get stuff done. You wouldn’t forget anything, and everything will be laid out in a very easy and organized way. Plus, once you’ve finished one of the tasks that are on the list, crossing it out will give you the motivation to do more and to cross more things off the list (or at least, that’s how it works for me :)).

#6 Only Work During Work Hours!

While you’re at work or school, you’re only working during very specific hours, and once you’re done- you’re done. When you arrive at home after a long day of working, you probably will NOT be working again. So try to do just that, WHILE you’re at home! Kinda like having a routine- decide on specific hours, in which you will be working. But once the time is up, don’t work anymore. It is easier to have your day all mixed up while you’re at home, because no one is telling you when you should work and when you shouldn’t, but try to be your own boss. Tell yourself when to start, and when to finish. It’ll make getting tasks done easier, and it will give you time for yourself, which is just as important.

#7 Take Breaks!

No one is expecting you to be superman! It’s important to take breaks, for you mental and physical health! Go for a run, eat a snack, watch that one episode of “friends”. It’s okay to take breaks when you feel like you’ve been working for long enough. Otherwise, you’d burn out! Be careful with that though, make sure that you’re not taking too long of a break. Know when your break starts, and when you should be getting back to work. Set a timer if needed 🙂

#8 Just Do It!

As a perfectionist and a procrastinator, I know how hard starting a project and getting things done can be sometimes. But something that I have to remind myself everyday is- the only way to get something done, is to actually do it. Unless you get up and write, your essay will not be ready for submition. Unless you get up and do your dishes, they will not be clean. Understanding that in order to get things done you actually have to do is quite important if you want to be able to work effectively from home. Another helpful tip if you’re really struggling with that is simply to count to five. Tell yourself “Once I finish counting to five, I will get out of bed”, and then really do so!

#9 Don’t Do Things That You Wouldn’t Be Doing At Work

If you wouldn’t go to sleep at 3 am during a school’s night, don’t do it. If you wouldn’t be getting up in the middle of work in order to fold your laundry, don’t do it. If you wouldn’t be watching Netflix in the middle of class, don’t do it. It’s that simple- just like setting time for work and time for yourself, seperate your home life from work and/or school. Don’t be doing things that you wouldn’t normally be doing during the week- even though you’re working from home, you’re still working. So treat it like a real job.

#10 Have A Weekly Schedule

Make yourself a weekly schedule! This tip is a mix of tip #1 and tip #5- at the begining of each week, set yourself a schedule- when’s your day off? what are you doing this Saturday? when are you going to study for that test? But also try to set a routine- for example, decide on one day off a week, which will always be your day off (if that’s possible).

ANDD WE’RE DONE!

This is all I’ve got for you today. I hope that you will find these tips helpful! Good luck for you if you’re starting a new school year- tell me what are your tips to be more motivated and productive at home. Also, feel free to follow my blog if you’d like to see more posts from me 🙂

Thank you for choosing to spend your time on my post. It means a lot, and I really hope that you enjoyed it. As always, take care. I will see you next Sunday 🙂

Toodles! 💝

-Ocean girl.


Story Time- A Day At The Beach

Hello World!

How have you all been? I hope that you’ve been taking care of yourself. I started working last week, trying to save some money before school starts, which is why I had to miss one week of posting. I’m back now though! I still have to catch up with some of your blog posts, so I’ll be doing that asap. My last blog post was a kinda a heavy one, which is why I decided that this week I wanted to post something a bit more chill and fun. I still wanted to be creative though, so I tried telling you a story time of my day at the city and the beach with my friend, in a more of a creative, story-like way! I’ve never done anything like this, but I kinda like how it turned out. Let me know what you think about it, and enjoy your reading!

Wednesday, 5 August 2020 – going to the city + the beach with my friend

It was a warm, sunny Wednesday. School has been out for a while now and students were filling up the streets, the malls and the beaches, happy that the weight of the last year was finally lifted off their shoulders. Tel Aviv was the main attraction for these people- a big, beautiful city thats got it all- high buildings, malls, stores full with almost everything you’ve ever dreamed of, a sunny beach with many parasols decorating the sand, making it the most colorful place you’ve ever seen. People from all across the country made plans to visit the city and enjoy a day off, as did my friend, Cydney, and I. We woke up early, and met at the nearest train station. We were wearing our masks, of course, and had to print a special ticket for the train at home. Before getting on the train, we went inside the small bakery that was located by the station, and we each payed for two small and fresh croissants. Soon after that we were already sitting inside the train, preparing ourselves for the two hours ride ahead of us. But, unlike what we thought, the time flew by quicky- we each read a book that we’ve brought from home, listened to music and ate the croissants. Soon enough the train stopped, and a male’s voice echoed inside of the train – “the train will now arrive at the city Tel Aviv”. Excited and nervous, Cydney and I collected our bags and got off the train.

The train station in Tel Aviv was under the ground, so we had to walk up a long row of black stairs. When we finally made it to the top, the sun light washed our faces as we glared up to the high buildings, taking in the fresh air. The roads were packed, but the noises coming from them were nice, different. Cydney and I looked at each other and smiled. “Should we head to the beach? do you know where we should go?” Cydney asked me, and I replied, “I think I know where it is. I know where it’s supposed to be”. Happy and excited, we were on our way. We walked down the streets, looking all around us with excitment. We both live in quite a small town, and after being quarantined in our houses for a good 5 months, coming to the big city was a good change of air. We kept on walking for some time, exchanging stories from quarantine- I told her all about my dog, and the book that I was reading. I also told her how excited I was because Taylor Swift just released a new album. She told me about her family and books, and how excited she is to see her grandparents again. At some point we entered a store and bought there some snacks to eat at the beach.

After about a good 40 minutes we kinda… got lost. Yes, we knew where we were supposed to go, but we weren’t sure how we were gonna get there. After using google maps we realized that the way to the beach was quite long, and that we needed to take the bus. We walked around the city, searching for a bus station. The walk was quite tiring, for the sun wasn’t so fresh and warm after such a long time walking- it started to burn our skin and give us a headache. But sure enough we soon found the bus station, just as our bus arrived. We hopped on it quickly, paid for the ride, and sat down. During the ride we barely looked outside the window, as for as far as we knew, our stop was the last one. We talked, laughed and made jokes. After about 15-20 minutes, I realized that something has to be wrong. It took us way too long to arrive, and after taking a closer look at where we were, I realized that we did take the right bus, but that it was going the wrong way. It took us forther away from the beach rather then getting us closer to it. I hesitated telling that to Cydney, since we already walked for 40 minutes because of me. But after two more stops I pulled her arm, took our bags and said “I think we should get off here”. At first she didn’t ask many questions, but as soon as we got off the bus she turned to look at me and said, “we were going the wrong way, weren’t we”. “Yes, but that’s totally okay, we got this, all we need to do now is cross the road and take the same bus,” I said. “Don’t worry!” I added, knowing that she had a tendency to freak out over stuff like that. “Sure…” she said, as we started to cross the road.

When we first got off the bus I didn’t pay a close attention to our surrounding, as I was busy with calming down Cydney. But now I realized how strange the place was- it was a lot more crowded and loud. The streets weren’t as clean as they were before, and the only people walking around seemed to be religious (judging from their clothes). It didn’t bother me much, but then a different bus passed by and Cydney said, “hey… we’re no longer in Tel Aviv, we’re in Bnei Brak!” Bnei Brak is a religious town, right by Tel Aviv. She pointed at the bus, which had a sign that said “Tel Aviv”, meaning that it was heading that way. I looked aside, and saw a group of teenage boys, playing soccer while being all dressed in black suits “…..Shit”. I said. “My parents are going to kill me!” Cydney said, and I knew that she was right- her parents did not let her go too far away by herself, and it was a miracle that they even allowed her to come with me to the city. “Hey hey, we’re on our way to Tel Aviv! really, don’t worry”, I tried to calm her down again. As soon as we arrived at the bus station a bus stopped, and we just hopped on it, asked whether it was going to Tel Aviv or not, and when the driver told us that that’s where it was headed we both took a seat and waited.

The ride was about 30 minutes long, and we had to switch to a different bus in the middle, but it was fine. We listened to music- I played her “august” by Taylor Swift and she played me “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses. We both were feeling a lot better, knowing that we were now safe inside of Tel Aviv, and were heading in the right direction. Soon after getting on the second bus Cydney started to make jokes about how stupid our luck was, and it immediately broke the ice. Once we started catching glimpses of the sea, I felt even better, as the sea is my “safe place” (heck, even my name on here is “ocean girl”!).

Once we got off the bus we faced a whole different view from the one before- a long, dry road that lead to the sand. The sand spread out beside the road, matching it. Above those two were the blue sky, fitted in big, fluffy clouds. The sea was closing in everything, completing the picture with a touch of light blue. “Yay! We finally made it!” Cydney said, and I smiled back in return. We did make it, finally. It was 14:46 already, and so we decided to change quickly and go for a swim.

After a short visit in the restroom, and after renting a parasol on the beach, we layed down on our spreaded towels and sighed with relief, breathing in the salty air. We ate our snacks, made jokes and talked for some good time. It was a bit different then our previous conversations- we now had nothing to worry about, nowhere to go to. We were simpy sitting by the beach, enjoying life.

Soon after we got tired of sitting and talking, so we decided to actually try to go into the sea. We placed our phones, wallets and keys inside of a plastic bag, and buried it in the sand beneath our towels. That way, if someone tried to steal our stuff it would take them a longer time to reach it, and we would be able to notice it by then. We cleaned after ourselves and walked to the sea. The water wasn’t too warm or too cold- it was just right. We placed our legs inside, letting the salty water wash all of the day’s dirt that stuck on to our flip flops. We laughed as the wind brushed out our hair from our faces, enjoying the peaceful moment, trying to forget all of the worries and the stress that we’ve experienced in the last five months.

The way back was short and simple unlike what we went through in the morning. Finding the right bus was way easier now, and we arrived at the mall (in which the train station is) 20 minutes after deciding to leave the beach. We still had an hour to waste before our train arrived, so we decided to go and find a place to eat. Cydney ended up ordering pasta, while I ate a salomon bagel. It was really good. We still had some more time, so we decided to spend it inside the shops- we looked around, pretty tired at that point, and tried to enjoy ourselves.

While sitting inside of the train, we each listened to our own music. I listened to some classical music (yes yes, I know how it may be boring for some people, but I find it fascinating) and actually fell asleep on the way home. Most of the time we would both look at the changing views outside the window, and every now and then one of us would make a comment about the day, sharing funny memories and such. We were mostly quiet. When the view became more similar, and we started to recognize some buildings, I said my goodbye to Cydney, hugged her and thanked her for the awesome company. I got off the train one stop before her, and made it just in time for the bus that took me home. And that was how my amazing day at the city and the beach with my friend went. It was really fun and funny, and it was something that I’m sure I’ll remember for a long time now. Of course, Cydney is not my friend’s real name, but it seemed rather cute so I choose to use it 🙂

I would like to truly thank you so much for spending your time reading this blog, or any of my oldest ones that you’ve read. It means so much to me, and I truly hope that you enjoyed reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them. Also, this feels like another great time to note that English isn’t my native language, so please don’t roast me if I made any mistakes 🙂

Subscribe to the blog if you want to see more stuff from me, and feel free to share whatever has been on your mind lately. I’m a pretty good listener 🙂 Take care of yourself- you deserve it. See you next Sunday, hopefully!

Toodles! 🥰

-ocean girl

Losing A Friend

(Trigger Warning- I will be talking about a friend that I lost last year. )

Hello World!

How have you all been doing? I hope that everything is well and that you’re managing to stay somewhat sane during this weird time. Lately I’ve been able to read a lot more, I just finished reading my second book since the beginning of august, which is two books more then I read this entire year. “Me Before You”, by Jojo Moyes, is one of them. I would love to write a review on that book in another post someday maybe, but in this blog I would like to talk about the feelings that I felt after finishing it. This book talks a lot about life and death, and it really got me thinking about something that I’ve been putting off for a long time.

When I was eleven, just going into 6th grade, my parents told me that we will be moving to a different country and that I will be going to a new school. Of course, I was sad, scared and nervous. I never switched schools before and I didn’t know anyone from that country. We moved there during summer break, about a month before school started. My mum signed me up to the girls’ volleyball team that started training in the summer, so I could get to know some of the girls before starting 6th grade. This was probably the best thing that she could’ve done, even though I hated every second of training at the time. I knew no one, I had no intention of getting to know anyone either. I was mad at my parents for taking me away from my friends, for putting me into a school that I didn’t want to go to. Nonetheless, I still went to every single practice. I saw all the girls whispering and looking at me, and I felt awful. One time during practice I locked eyes with one of the girls, let’s call her Bella. At that moment I just knew: we were not going to be friends. She was kinda mean to me in a polite way, if you know what I mean. I didn’t really care at the time, I simply left it as it was. On my first day of school I found out that she was in my class. We were pretty mean to each other- blocking each other’s exit, giving each other death stares from across the room, etc. Looking back, I really don’t know why.

Around a month after that first day all of the girls from my class were playing volleyball during our break time, including Bella and myself. At some point during the game, one of us, I can’t remember which one, passed the ball to the other. We both slowly started only passing the ball to each other, without saying a word. After that break was over, Bella and I started being nice to each other and slowly became friends.

We were never BFFs, but we were on pretty good terms. I was her classmate, and she was mine. I remember one time, when I got to school early and only the both of us were there, she showed me her legs, after shaving them for the first time. She was so excited and happy, feeling quite mature, I assume. When I asked her if a cut that she got from the razor blade hurt, she smiled and said, “You do what you gotta do”. We both laughed at that, and all was well.

Two years later my parents told me that we were moving again. I saw that one coming, because I knew that we would only stay in our new house for a short time but, I was still really sad. On my last field trip with my class, a few months before the end of 7th grade, I decided to go to all of the students who I ever been mean to and apologize (it was only Bella and another boy lmao I wasn’t a bully, don’t come at me). I went up to her and said sorry for my behaviour at the beginning of the previous year. She smiled at me, said that she was also sorry, and we hugged. It seemed to make her quite happy, and maybe she felt like we were much closer afterwards, because she threw me a “goodbye party” at her house. I was very surprised, but I was also young so I didn’t think too much about it. She hanged up many photos of me and my friends, and glued an image of me on a notebook in which the rest of the class wrote their phone numbers and nice messages. After the party I said goodbye to everyone, and we moved. In the next two years I didn’t think of her very often, and if I did then it was only because we sometimes talked on snapchat or I saw her instagram stories or photos. I never really thought about how she was doing- after all, I never felt like we were really close. To me, she was mainly a classmate.

But at the beginning of my freshman year in high school (in a different school of course) she got diagnosed with cancer. I had her in my mind, and I would follow her stories and updates on social media, but I didn’t feel like it was my place to say anything to her. We haven’t talked in two years, and it seemed to me kinda fake and wrong to simply text her saying how much I love her, when we both know that I would’ve never done so if she wasn’t sick. I also didn’t want to offend her for that same reason. She was pretty positive on social media, but our mutual friends told me otherwise. in the beginning of my sophmore year, when she got really sick, I decided to dm her on instagram. We chatted for a bit- I told her that I wasn’t sure whether to text her or not, because we really aren’t that close, but that I do care for her very much and am here if she ever needs me. She texted me back, saying thank you and promising to update me if anything changed. She never did, and I never asked.

Around august 2019, right after I returned from summer camp, my mum took me aside and told me that Bella passed away a few days before. Normally I’m quite an emotional person (I’m a pisces, for god’s sake!) but I was okay. I was in a bit of a shock, but I didn’t cry. I didn’t know what to do, really. It felt very weird, like I was supposed to be sad, but also not, because I haven’t seen her in longer then three years. During my junior year in high school I still thought of her every now and then. Our mutual friends would post her pictures on the instagram, saying how much they miss her. But it wasn’t until I read “Me Before You” that it hit me- she was once very much alive, but no longer is.

It was very diffucult for me (and it still is) to wrap my mind around the idea that she simply isn’t here. Because I live too far away from that area, and because she wasn’t that present in my life, I never felt that change. Until now. It’s terrifying to think that a few years ago I saw her slowly growing up- playing volleyball, shaving her legs for the first time, hunging out with her friends- but her life stopped. She never turned into the woman that I saw her turning into. It’s terrifying. It made me realise that no one is safe- anything could happen at any given moment, and you will never know when’s the last time that you’d experience something, or see someone.

I feel pretty bad for the way that I acted- I should’ve tried harder, check in with Bella on a daily basis… even though I didn’t see her as a very close friend, she clearly saw something in me if she decided to throw me a goodbye party at her house. I know that I never wanted to hurt her, which is why I never insisted to recieve updates from her- I didn’t want her to think that I’m only asking because I feel bad. I’m very glad that at some point I did say something, I did try to recover our friendship- but after I sent that message the ball was in her court- it was her choice whether to keep on texting me or not. Or was it?

I still have no idea what to say or how to cope, because it all just hit me two hours ago. I really felt the need to share all of this with someone- so there you are.

But I guess that that’s it. I’m still thinking about her, especially now, and I was wondering- how to you deal with something like that? It there a specific thing that I could do? I normally don’t get many comments on my blog posts, which is fine- I still had the opportunity to get this off my chest- but know that if you also are dealing with a loss of a loved someone, I am more them happy to hear you out. Feel free to share your story and struggles in the comments- I might not be able to understand, but I can help lift some of the weight off your shoulder.

Thank you so much for choosing to spend your time on reading my blog. It realy means a lot. Take care of yourself!

Toodles! 🔮

-ocean girl