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Fruit dumplings in Poland

Hey!

I’m currently in Poland, in the city Poznan. It’s a short trip for my study society, and I’ll be there till Monday. 

As some of you may now, I need to try new things. I find it hard to stap outside of my comfort zone, so I need to train that. Now that I’m in Poznan, I really want to try some new things.

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This is what I had; dumplings!
But not normal dumplings; fruit dumplings. They were filled with strawberries and raspberries. They taste really good.

It was a real step outside my comfort zone, because it’s hard to find vegan food and food that I can digest well. Fried of fatty foods hurt my bowel, so I tend to avoid them. That’s why I don’t do it. But I tried this and it was good. I’m so happy I dare to do it.

I’m curious what I’ll do next, here in Poland. I’m here with friends that I trust, besides that I brought my boyfriend with me.

I’ll keep you updated!

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Boxing day; share

Hello!

I’m still in Brussel with my family. We’re having a great time, filled with good food and nice talks. And the best of all are all the jokes and believe me, we made a lot of them.

Today we walked through Brussel and we saw a lot of gypsies. Some were sitting with a cup, others were sleeping. I wanted to do something for them but I didn’t knew what. So I gave them what I just bought; some 70% pure chocolate. I gave my bar to a man who wore a Santa suit. He smiled and kept making a bow gesture. I felt happy afterwards.

Later we were having a drink at a square and a man was playing the guitar. He sang pretty good. He didn’t look unhappy. He was only wearing a thin coat. I felt sorry for him, I was wearing my expensive clothes and shoes and what did he had? He had his music. So I went out there and I bought a cd, his cd. It was 10 euro but worth every cent. He and his wife looked so happy.

So the message I sent out this last day of celebration is; share. Share love. Share money. Share what you have left. It will make other people feel better, and it will give you such a good feeling. You made someone happy. 

I shared my chocolate bar with him, and the men seemed so happy. I have him little but got something big in return; love.

We sometimes forget what we have, and we forget what we have left. Things we don’t use, can be extremely useful for someone else. Things we have in abundance can give others joy. So share today. Share love, share hope or even money. Give away what you have too much.

Love,

xx Jazzie

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Christmas day; be grateful

Hello!

Merry Christmas everyone! Do you celebrate it with your loved ones? Do you enjoy a (vegan) dinner? 

I do celebrate Christmas with my family. We eat out, we enjoy each others company and we laugh. We do this every year.
Having my whole family around made me realise something; I am so grateful for all that I have.
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I think about all the refugees, that are celebrating Christmas without family. Without a Christmas dinner and without a home. How will they feel?

I realise now that I,  and probably all of the readers of my blog, should be grateful for all of the happiness we have. Of course; we all have problems. Of course we all have troubles; maybe fitting in, maybe finding a new job. But our problems are so small compared to the ones of all the refugees, of all the orphan children in Africa, of all the woman in India, desperate to stand up for themselves.

Think about all the refugees, without a home,family or a nice dinner. We should be more grateful.

We owe them, we owe them in feeling grateful this Christmas.  In feeling proud and happy of what we got. Although we may  have lost someone close, we still have each other.  We have a place to call “home”, family or friends that watch our backs and give us love.

So maybe there is something we can give to the world. Something easy, something we all should be.
So surround yourself with loved ones, show them your love and remember : be grateful of all the joy you a experience in your life. Be grateful for all the love you got.

Love and a merry Christmas,

xxxx Jazzie

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Christmas eve; be kind

Hey,

In Holland it’s now Christmas eve. And I wish you all a wonderful night. I spent the night at my boyfriend’s,  we ate and gave each other presents.

I was really happy and grateful : his dad made a special vegan Christmas dinner for me. He made a lot of veggies,cooked in different ways. And as a starter he bought me vegan sushi. On top of that;  they gave me a lot of presents. Things like a spiralizer, but also a book and a dairy.

Getting all of these things made me realise something. Christmas is about the giving. Not material stuff, but things you feel from your heart. Things you make, things you give, from the bottom of your heart.

Tonight learned me to be kind. Kind to the bus driver, kind to the woman at the store. Always listen and open up your heart. If you do so, or if you try, you’ll notice the love you get back. This love has no expectations. It’s made out of kindness.

Christmas is about the giving: the giving of kindness

I learned to listen, and to love the people around you. Not only your inner circle, but also the mail man, or your hairdresser. Try to open up your heart, and to let the love in. If you feel the love then do the must logical thing you can do. Spread the love. Send your kind words to the rest of the world.
Merry Christmas eve.

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Christmas shopping; how to keep your head cool

Hello!

Tomorrow is Christmas eve, so exciting! I already bought my presents, but here are some tips for the people who didn’t. We all know them; they all push it to the end, but then get stressed out when everything is sold out..

1. Sold out? Try buying it online. If that doesn’t work, try your social network. Maybe some of your Facebook friends owns the book your desperately looking for, and wants to sell it to you.

2. Look on pinterest for DIY things. Maybe a calender? Or a bookmark?

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3. Trade some things with friends. If you have a lot of dvd’s you already know that you’re never gonna watch, try to trade them. Maybe you can give your new dvd to a friend, and watch them together. Also buy popcorn and coke (or wine) and call it a movie night!

4. Buy food. Nobody ever hated food. I never know what I should give to my grandma. So pretty much every time I and up buying her chocolates. She always eats them straight away.

5. I could say; buy it one time, but that’s to late now. You can make a list for next year. I always make a list with things I think this person may like. And then when I see it on sale I buy it. This can be in August but also in April. That way you’ll never be without a present in December.

6. Create a present using your skill. Can you play the piano? Or write beautiful poems? Play a piece especially for someone, or write something about him/her.

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My coupon for my dad to drink coffee and eat some pie with me.

7. If your present really can’t be delivered or bought; give something for after the holidays. Make a coupon for a lunch, or buy a ticket for a concert.

8. If you’re initial present can’t be bought,  then buy something practical. This is a good idea because the things we need cost money, and it isn’t fun buying them. If you get them you can be certain it’s something that you’re gonna use,and it saves you money! I love it when my mum buys me pretty underwear or beautiful sheets.

I hope you can use my tips to make an amazing Christmas with lots of good well-thought-not-bought-at-the-last-minute- presents.

Love,
xx Jazz

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In love with your gender

Hello,

The title may sound weird, but I discovered that it actually isn’t. I’m doing a project for school, it’s a socialisation project. For this project we need to reflect to our childhood and family, in order to understand where we are now.

That all sounds okay, but what does it have to do with the title?!
Well one of the questions was about your gender.

Do you feel comfortable being a boy/girl? Did you ever felt pushed in a certain direction because of your gender?

This made me think. Am I happy with my gender? Do I like being a girl? I never really thought about it. But now I did, and I came to the conclusion that I like who I am. Most of the time I feel pretty confident, and I like the way I look. I like wearing dresses in the summer, having long hair and wearing high heels when I go out for dinner.

But not everyone does. There are a lot of people not feeling good in the body God gave them. The so called transgenders. I always find transgenders very brave, because they don’t accept what the world sees, but become  to what they want to see. And that’s what the are now, not what the world wants, but what they want.

There was a Dutch girl in Hollands Next Top Model (HNTM) and she was a transgender. She won. This shows that it doesn’t matter where you came from,  all that matters is who you are now. She had a lot of confidence and selflove.
She can be a role model. She shows us that we can always be who we want to be.

And that’s promising and hopefull, for those who are feeling insecure, or those who have trouble with their gender. Society pushed us into pink or blue sides, but we can always make the decision to chose purple.

Love,
xx Jazz

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Vegan on a budget

Hey!

Sometimes it can be pretty expensive to be a vegan. Here in Holland you always pay way more for a salad then for a sandwich. Why? I have NO IDEA. A salad seems like a healthier and better choice right? Well, people in Holland don’t think that way. But this is just a small example. When you become a vegan, or a fruitarian, you’ll find out sooner or later that fruit is expensive. It’s cheaper to buy 1 dollar burgers then to buy some berries or mangoes. It’s just something we have to accept in order to become healthier and to be the best versions of ourselves. But still, here are some budget tips.

1. I always try to buy my veggies and fruit at the market. Yes, it will take you some time but it’ll save you money. I recently bought 4 larges sugarcorns for €2.5 while they were €2.99 in the supermarket, for just 2 pieces of corn!!
2. Only buy organic if it’s really necessary. I wish I could buy it all organic but unfortunately that’s too expensive. That’s why I have organic tomatoes,but not organic spinach.
3. Try to buy fruits and veggies from your own country. I’m from Holland, so in the winter we produce a lot of kale. It’s really good for you, and really cheap!
4. Try to mix fresh vegetables with canned veggies. I love to make a white bean salad, but fresh white beans can cost you a lot of money. That’s why I use canned beans and mix them up with fresh veggies like lettuce and cucumber. It’s just as good.
5. Buy frozen fruit for your smoothies. I love strawberries, but they are expensive. That’s why I use frozen ones for in my smoothie. A whole package (200grams) cost me only €1.20! There are a lot of frozen fruits these days, so try to bring some variety in your smoothies.

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I hope you can use my tips. I have found them very effective.

Love,

xxx Jazzie