3rd and Last Quote

The last quote I’m gonna share with you from the “Three Day Quote Challenge” is one that I discussed with my mom the other day.

Basically, our conversation revolved around how easily manipulated we are as humans, and how we all have very different conceptions of reality. The world is one way, but no single human on Earth can see what the world truly looks like. Many of us try to get as much knowledge about the world as possible, but our own reality is only a picture of the world seen through our own eyes.

There are many problems in this world. I could list the hundreds of terrible things going on in this blog post, but I’m not going to do that. I’m not gonna go very deep right now, so all there’s left for now is just for me to share the quote with you 🙂

“I know one thing: That I know nothing.”

— Socrates

You guys might know this as the “Socratic paradox”. However, when I really think about it, it does actually make sense. Of course, it’s hard for little me to fully grasp the meaning behind the quote, but I do think it’s important for every single one of us to realise that we have many flaws in our perception of things. So maybe we shouldn’t focus so much on being right all the time. The most important thing really is to live and be kind to each other ^_^

How do you understand this quote?

Thanks for reading,

  • Emmy ❤
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How much does your name mean to you?

I like my name. A lot. Especially my first name. And my full name says a lot about my family and my ethnicity etc., which is great. But HOW important is my name really, and would I mind if it was any different?

Btw, if you guys like mindblowing and cool videos, I suggest you check out the channel Vsauce, if you haven’t already. Here’s his video on names, which is pretty damn cool.

What if I changed my name?

Alright, so I’m not gonna go into detail, but for reasons I have considered changing my name (and I still might). To be specific, my last name. But how would that affect me, and do I really care about my last name? Hmmm, I honestly wouldn’t say so. Sure, my last name has become a part of me throughout my last 18 years of existence, but I wouldn’t stress too much about changing it to another name.

Since this is how I feel towards my own last name, I didn’t think about it very deeply. But when I asked my younger sister whether she (again, for reasons) would consider changing her last name along with me, she immediately said no. To her, her last name was really a big part of her identity, and she couldn’t even imagine changing it. Interesting, huh? I’ve witnessed several people throughout my life who have gotten either new first or last names. Some people reacted very strongly to it (and hated the idea of having to refer to them differently), whereas others didn’t break a single sweat (this is mostly how I react to it).

And then I thought about the future, if I were to marry one day. Would I switch out my last name to that of my husband’s? Hmmm, I thought, that would depend on the name, wouldn’t it xD? If I liked it, sure, I would change it. But if not, I would probably just keep my own name and maybe make him switch his name instead if he wanted to.

Do you like your name? What does it mean to you, and how would you think about changing it? Lemme know your thoughts !

Thanks for reading,

  • Emmy ❤ ❤

The Second Quote

Loooool, I’m totally failing this challenge already! Okay, it’s not that bad, but I did indeed forget to post my second quote yesterday. Oh well, today it is then.

Today, the quote I will share with you goes as follows:

Fortune favours the prepared mind

– Louis Pasteur

This one I actually heard from my older sister. And as I have grown older and older, the quote has simply seemed to hold more and more true. I also like to say: Luck favours the prepared. This quote I actually feel is even more applicable to my life and it’s a good one to keep in mind imo.

Tomorrow is my first day at university. AAAH I CANNOT BELIEVE IT! Wish me luck, guys ^^!

As always, thanks for reading,

  • Emmy ❤ x0

 

The 3-day quote challenge

A few months ago (I guess this is the perfect time to say sorry for being MIA) I was nominated by the lovely Preeti @katdesigndiary to do the so-called 3 days Quote Challenge. The rules are simple. You have to post 1-3 quotes for 3 consecutive days, and nominate 3 bloggers in each post.

HERE WE GO!

I believe many of us love some specific quotes for a few different reasons. Today, I will share a quote from a recent obsession of mine. One of my all-time favourite video games Uncharted 4. If you’re not much of a gamer, I still recommend watching a playthrough, as it is at least just as stunning, entertaining and relevant to watch as any movie playing at the theatres these days.

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So as of today, I’m only sticking to one quote. Originally, this is actually Sir Francis Drake’s motto. Translated literally: “Thus great things from small things (come)”. 

So there you go! No matter where you are right now, remember that even the biggest tree was never massive to begin with. Allow yourself and all your creations to grow, and you will see it bloom.

Now before I leave you, I need to nominate 3 bloggers.

@bankingandbackpacking

@fayevacays

@flowerpowerlife

See you tomorrow and thanks for reading,

  • Emmy xo

 

Time Off

Hey guys! It’s officially summer time, and the weather has been great where I live (even up to 27 degrees so far!). I know that I have been neglecting this blog for a bit, but I guess I just needed some time to completely relax. I also had to clean up my room. I know that some people think it’s all just horse crap but I can totally recommend you guys reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, as it helped me tremendously (not only the way that I clean my room but even in the way that I see life (!)). If you don’t have time to read the entire book, I can also recommend this video by Krist Yu/her channel in general:

Having some time off definitely makes me think a bit about the future, though. I’m planning on moving out around August, which makes me very excited but also a teeny bit frightened. All in all, I am for sure looking forward to seeing what the future brings. All I’m worried about is mostly just whether I’ll get into university or not lol.

Other than just relaxing, I’ve been able to keep myself occupied with things I didn’t really have time for throughout the last couple of months/years. One thing is that I’ve started to study Korean a little bit more seriously. Being fluent in Danish, English, French and Korean is pretty much my life goal haha. Hopefully I’ll learn a lot during this Summer break. Also, I’ve planned a short biking holiday to Sweden with a few of my dearest friends. I’ll definitely make a post about it if I get some good pictures! Hopefully, I’ll go to France as well, if the whole striking situation won’t cause too many problems for us.

I usually capture the most beautiful – and sometimes very random – moments in life (get that BTS reference? xD) and post them regularly on my Instagram @emiliatjsp. Personally, I love posting these pictures from the highlights of my life, so please check it out if you’re interested.

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That’s it for today’s post… I promise to be more consistent in the future!  (・∀・ ) What are your plans for this summer? Don’t forget to let me know.

Love,

  • Emmy xoo

 

 

My High School Years

Hello readers! It’s been quite a while I must say, but I have a good reason lol. This past month has involved crazy amounts of studying and me locking myself into my bedroom.

Today there’s just three days left until my last exam. I CAN’T EVEN AAAH! High school has been the best time of my life so far, but definitely also the toughest! I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in such a short amount of time, and this is only the beginning! (college, here I cooome)!

High School in Denmark

As you probably know by now, I live in Denmark. I took my first year of high school at a standard, Danish gymnasium, but I didn’t like that one bit lol (but that’s a story for another time). After that year, I transferred to the IB Diploma Programme, not knowing what I was getting myself into. If you know what the IB is, you’ll also know that IB is freaking suicide, especially if you’re stupid like me and take Math HL. However, I gotta say that my two years in the IB have been the happiest of my life (yes, I’m crazy). To be honest, I never really fit in at the Danish school, but in the IB I felt like I was home.

In Denmark we have a lot of weird traditions when finishing high school, and as silly as they are, I can’t wait to experience it all. These include wearing a cap that looks like a marshmallow and riding a military truck. Can’t wait!

What now?

Well, I’ll definitely have a lot more time to write on my blog once I’ve done my exams and celebrated. It’s quite overwhelming that I have to get on with my life and start something new. First of all, I’m gonna move away from home and live without my parents for the first time. Hopefully, the college I wish to attend will accept me xD. Then I might have to get a job as well, sigh.

Looking further into the future, I don’t see myself living in Denmark. Don’t get me wrong, Denmark is great, but even as a child I’ve always wanted to live in another country. But where, do you ask? Countries I’ve considered include France, UK, Japan, Korea, Singapore and others, but we’ll see where I end up :D. Only time will tell.

So, what chapter in life are you on? Are you in college, do you have a job, are you getting married, or just starting high school maybe? And where do you see yourself in the future? Let me know, I’d love to read your comments :D!

  • Emmy oxo ~

What I Learned on the Faroe Islands

During February this year, my bestie and I went to the Faroe Islands for a week. We love travelling together, and since she grew up on the Faroes, we thought it would be fun for her to show me around there. In a few years, I might return the favour and show her what it’s like in the Basque Country 😀 Anyways, I pratically knew nothing about the Faroes before we arrived. It’s truly a place that deserves more recognition, and I will show you why! Here’s 7 things that I learned on the Faroes. All pictures in this post are from our trip back in February ❤

1. Lots of sheep. Cute sheep :3

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There are more sheep on the Faroes than people (about 70,000 sheep, 50,000 people). They’re not very sociable, but super cute! Faroese sheep also look a bit different from the sheep I’m used to. They vary a lot more in colour and they simply just look more fabulous.

2. Cold water is free, and among the purest in the world!

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The water on the Faroes is very pure and comes straight from the mountains. It has sort of a mineral/metallic taste, and if you wanna get some water from the sink, it’s SUPER COLD. Of course you have to pay a bit for warm water, but cold water is completely free! Awesome, right?

3. The nature is friggin’ beautiful

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As the name suggests, the Faroe Islands consists of a bunch of small islands. In the picture above, you can see three small islands in a row. All these islands and mountains result in a somewhat rough-looking landscape, which I think is really unique and beautiful. It’s a huge contrast to the Danish landscape I’m used to. Also, there are pratically no trees on the Faroe Islands (ikr, wtf?). It’s so weird, but it’s true.

4. They have a huge mailbox

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They have this huge mailbox on one of the islands. It’s as tall as a house, and I have no idea why lol.

5. Skerpikjøt

Forgot to take a picture of this :/ But you can look it up online! Skerpikjøt is a delicacy on the Faroes, and I’ve gotta say that it tastes REAL GOOD ❤ You usually wind-dry the legs of a mutton for several months, and the meat ends up having a strong smell. When the meat is ready, it’s normally sliced into small pieces and served on top of a slice of light brown rye-bread with butter and salt. Yummy!

6. It rains a lot

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See how the weather in the picture above is sort of “misty-looking”? It’s acutally just A LOT of rain. It rained SO much while we were there I don’t remember my clothes ever being that drenched. So, if you consider going to the Faroe Islands (which you should), remember to bring a rain-jacket with you lol. The weather can be really stormy as well.

7. The Faroese language is awesome!

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Faroese is only spoken by around 80,000 people. It comes from Old Norse, as one of the only languages which are not extinct (another one being Icelandic). I could actually understand a few things here and there, but the language is still vastly different from Danish, despite the fact that both are Nordic countries. I realised how exotic and rare of a language it was.

 

Have you been anywhere exciting lately? Or maybe a long time ago? And would you ever consider visiting the Faroes? Lemme know ❤

 

  • Emmy xo

 

Why I’ve Started a Blog

At first I decided I wouldn’t write this post. Why? Because I thought it probably wouldn’t be interesting for anyone to read. But you know what? I shouldn’t care about that. Instead, we should all just write whatever we want to write. How many comments or likes the post will get doesn’t matter. So here we go. The reasons I’ve started this blog (and why you should too, cuz it’s awesome)

1. Writing is relaxing

At this exact moment I’m writing this, I’m currently sitting in my living room with my laptop, a snack and a cup of green tea. I just came home from school, and even though I’m tired, writing on my blog is actually quite de-stressing. I genuinely consider this a break from my busy life.

2. You can write whatever you want, whenever you want

FREEDOM! It’s YOUR blog and YOUR life. There’s no boss, no deadlines and no expectations (except for your own). Sure, if blogging is your full-time job, you’ll end up having some responsibilities, but other than that, there’s a lot of freedom to blogging. I love that I don’t have to spell everything correctly or always write about the most intellectual or interesting things. It’s all for me to decide, yayyy 😀

3. The community

Now, I haven’t had this blog for very long (max a couple days lol). However, to my surprise, there are people commenting on my posts and they simply make my day! In the blogging community you can give and receive a lot of support and love, and I really love this aspect of blogging. Writing my own posts is great, but I actually enjoy reading other people’s blogs just as much!

4. It’s personal, but doesn’t have to be too personal

I’ve always loved making videos. As a child I made skits, short films, cartoons etc. In fact, my parents and siblings have actually encouraged me to put videos on YouTube because I love making videos so much. There’s just one lil’ problem. I’m a bit shy about putting myself and my face out there on the internet. It’s not like I’m insecure or anything, but I do value my privacy right now. Maybe I’ll make videos on YouTube some day in the future, but for now I really enjoy keeping myself to writing on ma lovely blog 😛

5. Creativity on a roll!

Yeah, I know, this post might not be the most creative post you’ve ever seen. But since I’ve started my blog, I’ve been writing down a lot of ideas and many of those things I’ve seen or experienced have really inspired me. There’s a lot of fun posts coming up, so stay tuned 😉 Ever since I started doing the IB, I haven’t really done much creative stuff. But now, I feel like being more creative again, which is great! Maybe I’ll even start drawing again, who knows? I hope that this blog will help me become more creative and remember to take some time off from working all the time.

6. Getting a lil’ ambitious

As of right now, my blog is pretty boring. It looks simple and nice, but I’m already starting to get some ideas on how to improve it and keep challenging myself. I hope that months from now, my blog will have evolved and turned into something that I’ll be really proud of.

 

Do you have a blog as well? If yes, why are you blogging? Don’t forget to send me a link to your blog so that I can check it out 😉

Thanks for reading,

  • Emmy xoxo

The Little Joys in Life

These days, I’m going through a quite anxious time in my life. My final exams are just around the corner, and I’m daily feeling a lot of mixed emotions. I’m excited, scared, happy, sad, anxious, relaxed, grateful, insecure, ready to take on the world, and the list goes on… All at the same time. At first, I felt like writing a post complaining about how stressful all of this feels. But instead, I’ve decided to write out a list of these little joys in my life that I’ve either experienced lately or maybe even daily. So here goes!

1. Eating Delicious Meals Every Single Day

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Now, I’m a HUGE foodie. I appreciate every single meal I have but I do consider myself especially lucky, since my mom is an amazing cook! She rarely cooks the same meal twice. I literally eat something different for dinner every single day except a few favourite meals 😉 Also, I take my time to cook really nice meals for myself for breakfast and lunch. I’m gonna make a post all about my breakfasts in the future so stay tuned!

2. I Love My School And My Friends

My school may not look like much, but I’ve gotta say that I love it. Two years ago, I went to a high school that I absolutely hated. I’m so fortunate that I got to change schools and meet so many new friends. I’ve learned so, so much and it’s the first school I’ve went to that I truly loved. I’m blessed to get an education and I even get it for free (education is free in Denmark – even universities!!!). Most importantly, I have the best friends ever and nothing in this world could ever replace them ❤

3. I’ve Spent Easter With My Whole Family

I love my family to pieces. This Easter, we all got together and they’re a huge part of my life. Every time we get together, we learn something new about each other, because we can talk openly about anything and everything. I still suck at expressing my feelings from time to time, but we always do our best to open ourselves up and I think that’s really important.

4. Video Games

There will always be those people who think that video games are stupid, but I’ve just got to say: I LOVE VIDEO GAMES! They’re truly one of my joys in life. I know I should’ve been studying during the Spring break, but I did take out a few hours to play Alien: Isolation.

5. K-Pop And Korean Entertainment

Some people are gonna LOVE this and some people are gonna HATE this, but: I’m BTS trash. THERE! I’VE SAID IT! I’m BTS trash. Other than that, I’ve been a big fan of k-pop since way back when SHINee were still singing “noona neomu yeppeo” and I also love Korean entertainment in general. Yesterday, I watched last year’s Korean blockbuster called Assassination with my sister. If you haven’t seen it, YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT! It’s pure gold. Thank you internet for giving me access to entertainment from the other side of the world ❤

6. Children’s Movies

Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, Universal, I don’t care, I love it all! Children’s movies make the world a better place. My personal favourite is The Lion King. Nothing beats that movie, srsly.

7. Surprises!

We are met with surprises all the time! Surprises can of course both be positive and negative, but I still wanted to include this. I really value surprises. In fact, I can’t wait to find out what surprises tomorrow will bring.

 

What are your favourite little joys in life? Don’t hesitate to let me know! ^_^

Thanks for reading,

  • Emmy xo

 

 

 

Maybe I’m not French?

Cultural Identity Can Be a Difficult Thing

This topic is something that is very close to my heart. It’s difficult for me to talk about it, so I thought, why not write about it? I could write over a hundred pages about this, but I’m just gonna start off with this blogpost. Personally, I feel like this is a touchy subject, so please read with an open mind ❤

I have two passports. One is French, and the other one is Danish. My parents always told me that that was what I was. French and Danish, simple as that! However, when I started in school, things were not this simple. While my mom is indeed raised in France, she is actually adopted from Korea. So whenever I met other children, they would ask me: “Are you Chinese?”,”Are you adopted?”, “Do you speak Japanese?” and the list goes on. Even to this day, I can tell some people that I’m Danish and French and they simply won’t believe me. Instead they’ll reply: “No you’re not. You’re Asian, you can’t be Danish.” This is when things get really complicated.

Not French Enough?

Anyways, back to the French part. Growing up, I never learned how to speak French. However, I did grow up celebrating French traditions, eating French foods, watching French movies, listening to French music etc. But I was always extremely insecure because I couldn’t speak the language. I’ve never had a proper conversation with my grandparents let alone my cousins, uncles, aunts and so on. I was always told that I didn’t try hard enough. But I really did. I always had this expectation that I had to live up to being a Frenchman. I ended up being so insecure that I simply blocked the French language out of my life. The French language simply gave me anxiety, making me unable to learn it. I was embarassed and felt like a failure.

How I Tried To Solve This Problem

Last year, I slowly tried to change. I started at a new high school, and I wanted to have French as a subject. There are two different levels. The beginner’s class and the advanced class. I visited the advanced class to see what it was like. There were only two students, and the teacher “forced” me to take the advanced class since I was technically half French (maybe she just wanted to have more students lol). I wanted to learn French really badly, so I thought I’d give it a try. At school, I could learn French in peace. The expectations weren’t too high (not like how it felt whenever I was around my family in France). I felt like I could make mistakes, and it was okay. Of course I sucked at French compared to the two other students, but I just tried to soak in as much as I could during class. I learned A LOT. And I did it FAST.

Today, I can proudly say that I can write and speak French. Not like a native, obviously, but these days I actually speak French with my mom. She’s very proud of me, and so am I. I still have a few problems and feel insecure from time to time if I experience some kind of trigger. However, I’m in a much better position today than I was last year. I cannot thank my French teacher enough!

So What Am I Then?

Well, now that I can somewhat speak French, can I call myself a Frenchman? Honestly, I don’t think so. I will never really be 100% French. It’s just not me. Does that make me 100% Danish then? No. I’m just myself. Like a “Casserole Mix”, as one of my friends call it lol. I’ve been influenced by so many different cultures growing up, and I’m a mix of different ethnicities too. If I decide to live in France for 20 years, yeah, maybe I could call myself a Frenchman. But honestly, it’s up to myself. In my heart, I simply don’t feel French. All these years, I’ve grown up expecting myself to live up to being something that I’m actually not, which caused a lot of difficulties throughout my life. I might change in the future and find a more specific identity, but today, I will simply call myself a Casserole Mix haha xD.

So, what are you? Don’t hesitate to comment and let me know ^^

 

  • Emmy xxo