✖ in New York, New York | a playlist to listen to this week

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

HEY, GUYS, I AM BAA-ACK! Did you miss me? Ok, perhaps none of you noticed I was even gone. Except for my cousin whom I've heard checks my blog out multiple times per week, haha. Hello there.

Before I get into my posts about the good old Big Apple, I wanted to share my New York City playlist on Spotify with you guys as a song recommendations this week just so when you read my posts, you can get into a mood and hear what I listened during our trip to there.

Holy crap, NYC was simply amazing and to be completely honest with you, I wish I was still there. But uni and other duties are calling (+we are working on a super exciting social media project for a fab company, which I'm really excited about) so until now, I had to come back to Helsinki.

I can't wait to go back one day, perhaps this time it won't be taking so long. I also really want to take D out there one day, and when we go, we'll spend there for more than a week.

By the way, jetlag is a real deal. Holy crap, don't know how I'm going to survive our exam about the history of the Internet today!

✖ for the good things ahead | 5 songs to listen to this week

Monday, 11 March 2019

This week has begun very exhaustedly with me, but I'm good knowing that I'll be hopping into an aeroplane in a few days. Even though I'm dead scared of flying, so that's going to be one hell of interesting 8 hours there and back. Funny thing though, I was trying to change some euros to dollars earlier today and I forgot my euros home. Have to make another trip to Forex tomorrow between uni and work! Oh well, you can't always win, can you?

In our series of weekly song suggestions, I'm going to share some feel-good songs. I mean, as per usual the lyrics might not be as uplifting as the songs are about to sound, but you know - feel-good songs in my very own scale of what is feeling good. That was put weirdly, I've been spending too much time reading for an exam instead of procrastinating my life away, as I usually am.

Here's a book I won't recommend: The history of information technology by Armand Mattelart. No, it's a good one, but it's so flipping heavy to read.

// As per usual, the headlines of the songs are links to Spotify so you can listen to them directly by clicking them! //
Tell me what you need, I can make you more than what you are. Come and lay the roses on the floor, every single Sunday, don't get bored. I just want to freeze, I can give you more than what you are. Now I see you standing all alone, I never thought the world would turn to stone.
✖ "11 Minutes" by Yungblud ft. Halsey
This is something I discovered around 8 days ago and I'm absolutely loving it. Even though the story in the lyrics is rather sad in its own way, the melody and rhythm of the song gives me an uplifting feeling. You know those songs, the ones that are depressing in an uplifting way? And that sentence, my dear friends, describes perfectly how fucked up my mind is.
But its not the way you can't afford your time, or the envy of the friends you've left behind. So whenever you go they can have everything you lose. Is this it? This is it.
✖ "The Dream's in the Ditch" by Deer Tick
Deer Tick is my ultimate go-to band when I want to listen to some chilled music. I mean, my usual playlist is kind of heavy with quickly beaten punk songs, so this is basically kids music to my ears Also, it gives me this instant feel-good feeling and it kind of feels like it's going to be Summer soon, so it's perfect for the Spring.
He said, "I've been to the year 3000, not much has changed but they lived underwater. And your great, great, great granddaughter is pretty fine, is pretty fine."
✖ "Year 3000" by Jonas Brothers
I recently wrote a blog post about how the teenaged me would be heartbroken if she heard the new song Jonas Brothers did a comeback with, so I relieved her pain by over listening to this song through the whole last week.
Will you come a little closer? I've got something to show ya. Look at my friend in California, she really likes the freckles on my face.
 "California Friends" by The Regrettes
For some reason, I've been listening to this song in the morning when I'm getting ready for the uni and I've found myself "childishly" in front of a mirror pretending I am a rockstar. Hey hubby, if you're reading this, this is what I'm doing when you are not home.
She was gonna be an actress, she was gonna be star. She was gonna shake her ass on the hood of White Snake's car. Her yellow SUV, is now the enemy. Looks at her average life, and nothing has been alright.
✖ "1985" by Bowling For Soup
This song has the best lyrics I know. Okay, there are better but this describes perfectly how not everyone adjusts in the change as well as one could think and how things were simpler when music was still on MTV.

✖ 5 feel-good series in Netflix you should watch

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Sunday, how did you get here so soon?

How has everyone's weekend been so far? Today, I'm planning on being as useless as "g" in "lasagna" and binge-watch some Netflix! What are your go-to feel-good series on Netflix?

✖ ModernFamily
Modern Family is a classic by now! And its season 9 just landed on Netflix Nordic (was about the time already, tbh!) and I was there for it. And I'm not even ashamed to admit that I already watched it. And oh boy it was perfect wind off.

✖ Working Moms
Working Moms is a rather new Netflix add, and I was hooked since the very first episode. It's about these different mum's who are, as the title says, working. It's hilarious, it's relatable, the episodes aren't too long. It made me laugh, cry and laugh to tears.

✖ The Mick
Ever wondered how rich kids survive with their "not so successful" aunt when their parents go to jail? Then this is for you!

✖ Don't trust the bitch in apartment 23
There's James van der Beek, do I have to say more? It's about this small town girl who moves to New York, ends up as roommates with a girl whose best friend James is. They have this creepy, but a very nice neighbour in the building next to theirs and a crazy lady in downstairs.

✖ Sex Education
This is one of the weirdest setups I've seen on Netflix in a while. The characters seem to be British, but be in the American school system, which cracks me up a bit. But this is such a hilarious one and yet super educational, in its own way.

✖ teenaged me would be heartbroken

Saturday, 9 March 2019

The news of the long-awaited return of beloved Disney fanatics daydream pop/rock band, Jonas Brothers spread like wildfire on the 1st of March this year. Like others, I was flipping over excitement. Or at least the twelve-year-old me still living inside of me was.

Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas especially (who caused my inner 12-year-old's emotional death when he got engaged, but the adult I was very happy for him, of course...), was one of my favourite bands back in the days when Disney Channel was still producing great content. This doesn't mean they aren't creating great content nowadays, but I'm referring to the good old Hannah Montana, That's So Raven & The Suite Life of Zack and Cody days.

So obviously I was excited about their new song, "Sucker", which was released at the very same day the news about their return embarked. And, I went and listened to their old albums. And, I got even more excited about their up and coming song.

what I loved about the song?
✖ it was catchy
✖ it had some small similarities with the old Jonas Brothers songs
✖ its music video

what I didn't necessarily like about the song?
✖ it's like every other song on the radio, but I guess it's going to sell
✖ they're drifting away from pop/rock and turning into pop

And I really do love rock songs.

I personally believe that they have made the decision together as brothers, and together with their label and start bringing their music from 2000's pop/rock to more into 2019's pop genre, but I'm necessarily not enjoying it. However, that's what is selling now and they are still having more meaningful lyrics than the songs that are hanging at the top charts currently. Oh, and actual instruments.

Teenaged me would be heartbroken if she heard their new song, but then again past is in the past and now is now. Things change.

✖ what I am planning to take with me to the Big Apple?

Thursday, 7 March 2019

To be honest, all I would take with me to New Yor City is my passport, some money and my ukulele. But since we are living in a world where I at least need a few pairs of underwear with me, this blog post is kind of pointless. However, I'm not going to bore you with the contents of my suitcase, as that's irrelevant.

The most important things that I'm taking with me, are in my head.

 an open mind
I tend to think of myself as an open-minded person, and that's not the open mind I mean here. The open mind that I mean, is that I'm going to open my mind and soul to all new experiences. The ones I'm going to cherish for the rest of my life and the ones, that might not be as good as I have imagined. The mind that turns everything into something to reminisce for.

 grateful heart
I'm going to spend my every minute out there, with a grateful heart. I'll be grateful for every opportunity, moment, happening, event, coffee shop and a food truck that comes to my way. I'm going to be grateful for every single experience I'm going to be experiencing out there.

 ears that will listen
I want to hear stories. Stories from real life people, living in New York City. For me, it's like this place from a storybook, I need to hear what it's like in someone's perspective who is actually living out there. I want to hear every sound of music from a street artist, I want to hear the traffic jam noises, the sound of the subway, the sound of people.

 the perspective
I'm going to wander around with my camera, shoot every little detail, use my perspective to capture NYC in the best way I possibly am able to. I'm going to take the perspective, to put things in perspective, see the tallest buildings scrape the sky and look at every single wall mural that crosses my way.

 the nose that smells
I want to smell the city. It might not smell good, but I want to smell the Spring in New York City. I want to smell the bagels, the coffee shops. The flower shops.

Those are the things I'll be taking with me to the Big Apple.
And I can't freaking wait.

All these pictures are at my saved folder on Instagram.

✖ my top tips for de-cluttering your social media this spring

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

I'm not much of a cleaning person, I mean I clean stuff up if I have to. But every three months I tend to do a full social media de-clutter which covers everything from Facebook to Twitter. Instagram and WhatsApp in the middle. In fact, those four social media platforms are the only ones I'm using at the moment if you don't count in LinkedIn for online CV purposes and connecting to people out there.

 why you should de-clutter your social media applications frequently?
For the sake of change. For the sake of limiting the amount of information, your brain has to handle. For the sake of your own well-being. The thing is, we get hit with a bunch of too much information each day for our brain to handle. And now that I said it out loud, you want to know how to save your brain from overheating? Ok, it depends on the brain which is too much and there's no such thing as a certain number of things our brain can handle. But my point is, it's easier to scroll through things without the fear of missing out on something if the amount of information keeps decent.

 it's okay to unfollow people you've been following
Let's cut the crap. I'm not saying following and unfollowing for your account growing purposes is acceptable, but I'm saying that if you've been following for someone for a while now and you're not feeling like you're getting anything out of following them, it's absolutely okay to unfollow them. I tend to go manually through everyone I follow every three months (it was awful at the very first time, took me ages but I'm glad I did) but I'm sure you are able to find some apps out there that will do it for you. However, I wouldn't use those "follow tracker"/cleaning apps for instagram, as in most of them you are giving the app the permission to follow and unfollow people for you. Just a little heads up about those. Let me know if you want me to dig into this deeper in a separate blog post!
But my main point is, you don't have to feel guilty for unfollowing someone. It's your social media, you decide what you include in your daily digests.

 it does fresh up your home feed
When you de-clutter the people you're following, it feels like you have a completely new feed on your hands. It's exciting, there are things from people you didn't even know you were following and it's brand new fresh content at your fingertips.

 why every three months?
If you'd do this weekly, the change would be constant. If you did this twice a year, the number of people you follow would grow so big it took you ages to go through every one.

How do you de-clutter your social media? Do you even de-clutter?

✖ embracing the increased daylight

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

It's so odd when you realise you're up at seven in the morning, and you can actually see what's happening outside already. The dark times are slowly passing by us, and the sun is getting out behind the clouds more often. I can honestly say, that it's such a refreshing feeling.

I really do love Winter and the fact that it's dark during most of the day, like a dark soul I am. But this year everything was different. I found that I wasn't enjoying the things I used to enjoy as much as I once did. I don't know if it's some sort of self-development, or if it's simply the fact that my mental wellbeing hasn't been very good this Winter. Well, let's give it another go next Winter because I can smell the Spring and I am embracing the sunlight!

A few days ago, I did some self-photography which doesn't necessarily fall into the category "photography", but I want to track my own development in front of the camera. I'm used to being behind it, so while I'm acting as my own photographer now that my dedicated buddy is living in Norway for next few months, I want to get more comfortable on being photographed once in a while.

Also, I'm looking for photography buddies for the next few months, so hit me up, please.

My mantra for the week is to embrace the daylight. And go out more often, just not for work or uni but to shoot some pictures of Spring in Helsinki. What's your mantra for the week?

✖ like you were in a movie | 7 songs to listen to this week

Monday, 4 March 2019

Before getting into my weekly song recommendations, I want to thank every single one of you who have been asking where have I been lately, why I've missed one or two of these recommendation Mondays and why it's been so quiet around in my every social media platform I'm using.

The thing is, I'm still very ill and I'm having a hard time finding the energy for the things that I'd love to do. But here I am now, ready to kick off a new week with my fresh cup of coffee & let's get into the song recommendations!

Do you ever hear a song and feel like it could be from a movie? Or a song that gives you the feeling, that you are in a movie in that very moment? I've got seven of those for you. It's a funny feeling, isn't it? And yet very uplifting, in its own kind of way.

It's alright, it's okay. It's alright, it's okay. You're not a demon, there's a reason you're behaving that way. It's alright, it's okay. It's alright, it's okay. And I believe, yes I believe that you will see a better day.
✖ "It's Alright" by Mother Mother
This song gives some hope, in a very lovely way. It's also one of my favourite songs currently and it does make me feel like I'm in a movie of some kind when I'm on my way home from work and sat on a train. This is also such a travel song, don't you think!
Laugh about how every good song that we sing along, they all use the same words. So we'll make up one, with beautiful woman, and heartbreak, and sex and that love, love, love.
✖ "We Should Be Friends" by Josh Ramsay
This one is the ultimate bus ride song. You know those scenes in a movie, or in a series where the main character is sitting on a bus, headphones on their head, looking outside the window and listening to some sort of indie pop shit. This is exactly what it is and why I love it so flipping much. Also, even better if the day is sunny!
I used to think that Romeo was full of shit and the Notebook was just my favourite chick flick. But now I get why Sarah was so hard to forget, it's this feeling that I'm feeling more than it.
 "Pumpkin" by the Regrettes
I discovered the Regrettes when they were warming up 21pilots in Helsinki back in February. The thing is, when I'm at gigs I tend to follow bands I'm not familiar with on Spotify and I didn't remember this up until the last week and it's the best thing that I discovered, as their new track "Pumpkin" was a perfect fit for this "feeling like you were in a movie" list I had on my mind.
You know that it would be untrue, you know that I would be a liar. If I was to say to you, girl, we couldn't get much higher.
✖ "Light My Fire" by The Doors
What would be a song recommendation list without any good old 70's music in it? Looks like I'm following a pattern here. But well, oldies are goodies, eh? I can see this in a scene filmed in a cafe, a book shop and then when the character is walking down the street. Or perhaps, it's because last time I listened to this, I picked up my Starbucks cuppa, visited in a book shop and then wandered around the Helsinki streets.
So let me go now, 'cause time has made me strong. I'm starting to move on, I'm gonna say this now, your chance has come and gone. And you know, it's just too little too late.
✖ "Too Little, Too Late" by JoJo
It's all over the place, I know haha! But I was recently listening to a playlist I created for my friend, or I actually burned a CD for her 15th birthday back in 2009 and this song gave me major "if I was in a movie vibes". It was like a trip down to a memory lane, and I saw some memories flashing in front of my eyes. If you want to have a sneak peek to my 2009, check out the list on Spotify over here.
By now we thought that there would be Jetpacks and flying cars, robots to do the cleaning for us and help with the shopping. We'd all be famous for a bit, that's what Andy Warhol said. Thought we'd all get our coloured hand. Well, the truth would rock him.
✖ "15 Minutes" by Tim Minchin
This is actually quite funny, even though it has a very accurate message in it when you pay your attention to the lyrics. Though I can see this as a perfect hungover scene song, and even the lyrics say everyone will have their 15 minutes of shame.
Should I take the pill to numb the pain? Change the chemicals inside my brain. I worry I won't be the same, but I guess that that's the point.
✖ "Medicate" by Gabbie Hanna
This is for the tragic moments, and apparently, I'm ending this list of recommendations in a tragic way.

Which songs make you feel like you were in a movie? Share with me in the comments or tweet me about them, I'd love to know!

✖ making small changes this month

Friday, 1 March 2019

I'm a huge believer in small changes. And when we're making small changes, they'll have this huge snowball effect and it becomes something huge. And trust me, I'm in a need for a change. No, even better, I'm in a mood for a change.

Last month was physically and mentally one of my hardest months. I went through a few too many panic attacks which apparently were triggered my anxiety towards my current workplace. I also was ill, a lot. Like a lot. And then D was ill and I started falling behind on everything that was holding my personal routines together, like uni and yoga. Yeah, alongside my son, uni and yoga are my top priorities in life. I was living mostly on 3-hours sleep per night, caffeine and cigarettes and if that isn't the highway to hell, I don't know what is. I mean, I'm not saying I don't want to go to hell, I just think I haven't achieved enough to go there to brag about my successes to other dead people.

So this month, I'm going to make some changes in my behaviour and you all can come over, say hi to me on Twitter and watch me successfully fuck it up during the first week of March. Nah, just kidding, I have a good feeling about this.

instead of forgetting the whole damn thing, I'm going to begin a 30-day yoga challenge again and finish it up
In January, I began the DEDICATE - 30-day yoga journey with Yoga With Adriene youtube channel and I'm ashamed to say that I still haven't finished it up. Okay, not even ashamed, my flu which began in the middle of January lasting until the end of February really took its toll on me. But this month, I'm going to kick some ass yoga-wise. I'm also treating myself with a brand new yoga mat, to get me going and actually dedicate into this. I got this.

instead of neglecting my skin, I'm going to actually take care of it
I've been so bad at taking care of my skin and oh boy it shows. My skin has never been in this awful condition as it has been since the beginning of 2019 and I really need to do something about it. I mean, I probably wouldn't care but it all shows up on my face, and I kind of like my face even though it doesn't sound like it at times so I really need to get my shit together on that area.

less coffee, more water
I can't believe I just wrote that. Okay, let's scratch the whole less coffee part and focus on the more water part, right? I was on fire when it came to drinking water for a couple of weeks in February. It really decreased my bloating (which is awful as I'm typing this because guess who has forgotten to drink water again?) and it improved the condition of my skin. So yes, a shitload of water to my way, please.

take better care of my plants
I've been Instagram influenced and I'm currently obsessed with plants. Or well, obsessed with the idea of having living plants in our apartment. So, this month I'm trying to bring our flat into life and head over to Ikea or Plantagen and pick up some cool plants I need to take care of. I tend to forget to water them, and then they die. I think I should try to save those all three plants I already have, but then again if they die I'd have a lot of pretty and new plants around the house? Can you see the issue here?

trying to find the time to declutter my home from all unimportant shit that is floating around
Don't you worry guys, I'm not turning into those "I'm sorry I have to let you go as you're not bringing me joy anymore" but I'm turning into this "I could sell this for a few euros, so I'd have a reason to buy a new pair of shoes". But in all seriousness, I feel like we are drowning in all the stuff we have. And while I'm being extremely minimalist, it makes me anxious. And I really want to reduce everything that is making me anxious. I used to love all the ads that came through our mailbox, but the amount of them made me feel anxious so I had to put a tiny note above our mailbox which says "no ads, thank you." It's been awful, but relaxing, thank you for asking.

on Sundays, I'll plan ahead my week and I stick to that plan
Unless the life gets in the way, of course. But the fact that I've been neglecting so many things because I just haven't had the motivation or energy for it, I became into a realisation that I'm one of those people who need to plan their shit out in order to keep their shit together. Or at least I could try if it would work out. I'm all in for new experiences and if it's another trial and error, I can say that at least I tried.

 start taking vitamins
I'm not a fan of different pills but as my immune system which is as stable as an IKEA table, I'm going to have to find a way to boost it so it can hold itself together. Also, I believe it would do wonders to my skin and hair as well. In case if you didn't know, I'm suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease, so my body is all kinds of fucked up when it comes to fighting different ill bugs. I'm just going to help it out a little.

keep on practising that handstand
It's been one of the funniest things I've done in for so long time! Practising handstands also made me realise how unexistent my upper-body strength is. I always thought it's there, but it isn't. It sure as hell isn't, there. Not at all. So keep on practising and I'll get there!

go to bed at 9PM, no exceptions
Except when I'm in New York and if I happen to have social activity outside home throughout the weekends. However, I have nothing really planned for March except that little trippy-trip to the Big Apple, so that should work out well. Why am I exactly doing this? I'm going to create a routine for myself. A bedtime routine. What, are you serious Jasmin, you? I hear you ask and I answer, yes me.

dedicate two days in a week for looking for a new job
I really need a new job and I can't keep living like this. It doesn't even have to be a new job, it can be another optional resource of an income. But I need to figure out something before I lose my mind completely.

Do you have any goals for the month? Do you think my goals are achievable?

Tomorrow is going to be a bit quiet around here, as we are celebrating my baby's second birthday. Damn they grow up so flipping fast.
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