consistency

i’ve got a problem with consistency

procrastination might devour me

before i get the chance to see

the flowers bloom

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snake charmer

the snakes dance around me

they are attracted to my charm

they look like flowers

bending in the wind

but i know they want to harm

my body, my mind, my soul

they want to prevent me

from achieving my goal

i couldn’t care less,

the flute is in my hands

and i’ll keep on singing

until i’m out of breath

i’ll borrow fresh air if necessary

but the snakes won’t ever be

stopping me


COPYRIGHT OCEAUXNIC 2017

5 Benefits of Digital Detox and why YOU should do it

In this day and age, electronic devices have become a must in our lives. It is extremely hard for us to let a day pass by without checking our social media accounts, watch silly videos on YouTube or read all about that new juicy gossip.

However, spending too much time with our eyes glued to the screen can have terrible health effects. In order to have a prosperous life, we must try to maintain a balance between the virtual and real world.

A digital detox is exactly what gadget-addicted people (like me) need.

What is a digital detox?

A digital detox is  a period of time during which you are not allowed to use any electronic device, such as smartphone, computer, TV etc.

How to stick to a digital detox

There are a lot of ways in which you can keep your distance from anything that works with the help of electricity.

The first thing you have to do is decide the length of your digital detox. Is it a day? Or maybe a complete week? Regardless of your choice, you will experience the benefits straight away.

It’s easier if you go step by step. If it is the first time you try such a detox, you should get rid of one gadget at a time. By and large, the smartphone is the device which people use religiously. Therefore, it will be harder to stick to your  task if you choose it. For the time being, ignore your computer or the TV.

Once you get used to the feeling of longing, you can make a bold move and make not using the mobile phone your goal.

Dealing with desire is one of the hardest things you’ll go through. The thought of checking your phone will go through your head at least a hundred times. Something which could help you tackle your task is a reward. That’s right! TREAT YO’ SELF! Make a promise to yourself that if you complete the challenge, you will buy that new product which you’ve seen advertised all over the place, or you’ll go at that restaurant and have the biggest burger or the tastiest cocktail. This will surely keep you motivated.

Also, telling your friends and family about it could improve your results. They will help you achieve your goal by reminding you about the detox and why you started doing it, which gets us to the most important part… WHY you should start a digital detox.

The Benefits of a Digital Detox

  1. Less stress. You won’t be pestered about text messages, phone calls, emails which you feel the need to answer. This is your relaxation time during which no one can interrupt you.
  2. You become more productive. Admit it. How many times did you browse through social media instead of doing a project or house chores or ANYTHING more important than that? Don’t let the phone fool you! You know you have better things to do.
  3. You have the chance to reconnect with Nature. And you might wonder why it is so important to do that. We are part of Nature. Nature is a part of us. Never forget that!
  4. Better sleep. It has been proven that the longer we use our phones, the worse our sleep pattern will be. Many people fall asleep while playing on their smartphones or texting their crush. When they wake up, they feel tired and drained of energy. This is all because of too much internet browsing.
  5. Personal growth. Even if there are many apps which could help you improve yourself, nothing compares to reading a physical book, or trying to learn a new language by flicking through a 70 000 word dictionary. Also, maybe you discover a new talent. Sing, dance, draw, play sport. You can do anything you want while not using your dearest device.

Personal Experience

I tried a 5-day digital detox. At first, I thought it would be so much easier than I expected. Day number one was the best. With the goal in my mind, I kept motivated and did not feel the need to check my phone at all.

From that point on, it only got worse. Day number two is when I started feeling the need to grab my phone. Luckily, I managed to overcome the desire.

Day number three was the worst. I almost quit. My mom reminded my how happy I would be once I finish the challenge and I gave her my phone in order to keep my distance as far away from it as possible.

Day four was alright. The desire diminished drastically.

With the goal back in my mind, I finished the detox successfully. I was almost upset that five days have already passed by.

During these five days, I read 3 books and two short stories. I rediscovered my passion for tennis. I learned how to make pickles and raspberry syrup. I did plenty of  German exercises and I bonded with my family.


Every now and then, it is recommended to start a digital detox.

Have you completed one? Or are you thinking about tackling the challenge?

Congrats if you did! Good luck if you’re about to!

100 Reasons To Stay Alive

I am happy (and slightly shocked) to say that I am 18. Today is my birthday and I am officially an adult… I don’t really know how I feel about that. However, I am here. I am alive, even though there were many times when I thought I wouldn’t have the strength to go on and reach this beautiful age…

I want to celebrate the fact that I AM ALIVE. So what a better way to do it than by listing 100 reasons to keep going. To STAY ALIVE. This will also serve as a reminder that life is beautiful, with its ups and downs and there are too many magical moments to just give up.

Here are my 100 Reasons To Stay Alive

  1. My parents
  2. Cutting my hair short after it’s been long for a while
  3. Seeing the birds fly
  4. Sunrises
  5. Sunsets
  6. Discovering a cool TV show
  7. Buying water bottles from dollar stores
  8. Meeting new people
  9. Poetry
  10. Free concerts
  11. Killing a spider or a mosquito
  12. Midnight car drives
  13. Reading my old journal
  14. Jewelry
  15. My dog
  16. Doodling in my Latin notebook
  17. Storms
  18. Hearing the story behind a tattoo
  19. The smell of freshly cut grass
  20. The moon covered by thin clouds
  21. Crystals
  22. Randomly bumping into someone famous
  23. Back rubs
  24. Museums
  25. Supporting my artist friends
  26. Chai Latte
  27. Stand up comedy shows
  28. Decorating the Christmas tree
  29. Flowers
  30. The ocean
  31. Rediscovering old music which I used to love
  32. The German language
  33. The English language
  34. Ordering a bunch of books online
  35. Foxes
  36. Chocolate
  37. A good sneeze
  38. Lemonade
  39. Going on hikes
  40. Planting a tree
  41. Writing
  42. Getting a 10 at English
  43. Supporting my LGBT friends
  44. Drinking ice-cold water on a hot day
  45. Trying to eat during class
  46. Passing an exam I studied hard for
  47. Glitter
  48. Being alone
  49. Seeing a cute stranger
  50. The feeling after I finish a book
  51. Rainy days
  52. New music from my favorite artists
  53. Meeting the word target for an essay
  54. Laughing when I am not supposed to
  55. Volunteering
  56. PowerPoint Presentations
  57. Finding cool stuff at the thrift store
  58. Seeing myself get better at a skill
  59. Gardening
  60. Dollar coffee from the school’s vending machine
  61. Theatre plays
  62. Picking up berries with my grandma
  63. Memes
  64. The stars
  65. Viewing old photos/videos of myself
  66. Going on road trips
  67. Dancing around the house
  68. Finding a new cafe that I love
  69. Having a secret crush
  70. Discovering that I have mutual interests with people I find cool
  71. Searching for an interesting book at the library
  72. Feeling pretty
  73. Tea
  74. Changing my handwriting and trying it out
  75. The feeling when plans I did not want to commit to get cancelled
  76. Seeing the trees bloom
  77. Little elephant statues
  78. Getting an invitation to an event
  79. Learning new words
  80. City lights when it’s dark outside
  81. Watching a great documentary before I go to sleep
  82. Holding hands with someone for the first time
  83. Moving on
  84. Buying a new mug
  85. Crossing something off from my bucket list
  86. When my period is over
  87. The first snow of the year
  88. Moccacino
  89. Convincing someone to quit smoking
  90. Passing by someone who wears good perfume
  91. Winning a prize/competition/contest
  92. Finally spotting the airplane after I heard its noise for a while
  93. Tennis
  94. Soft skin after shaving
  95. Having to dress fancy
  96. Seeing the numbers on the scale drop
  97. Seeing the people I love smile
  98. Meditation
  99. Warm showers

The 100th Reason

Everything is temporary. Nothing stays the same. Change occurs no matter what. Life is a continuous surprise. You got to stay alive if you want to see what’s coming next.


What are your reasons to stay alive?

gold diggers

i need a new friend to buy

could i get a discount this time

or maybe a two for one

that would be great

this time, however, 

i ain’t giving you anything

on a silver plate

gold diggers are my type

i fuel their love for me

with gifts and money

i am not rich, though

first i have to check then swipe

but for a friend i would do anything

for i love them so
even if my love might be

fake from time to time
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COPYRIGHT Oceauxnic 2017 

archaic 

my essence is archaic

it’s been around since the beginning

it has never been stardust,

water, smoke nor sunlight

it has been forever trapped in vessels

it might have been alpha,

thus it will be omega

forever trapped

trapped forever

because apparently

i cannot learn from my own mistakes

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COPYRIGHT Oceauxnic 2017