30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 7

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Day 7: List 10 songs that you’re loving right now.

I’m not going to go in-depth as to why I like these songs or these artists, because I feel like music is such a personal thing. Some of these songs I just love because of how they sound and some of them are ones that I connect to on a super personal level. I don’t think that any two people can listen to a song and have the same thoughts and feelings about it. One person may hear a song about a relationship and only hear a song about a relationship, when the person sitting next to them hears the same song but connects to it in a different way and hears a song about the meaning of life. You never know if you’ll like something until you give it a try. My music taste changes constantly. Some days I’ll only want to listen to bubble gum pop music, other days I want nothing more than to drive down the street listening to hard rock. Currently, my music taste is all over the place. Its a little bit folksy, a little bit pop, and a little bit random, and I’m really happy with it. I hope that you are able to enjoy some of the stuff here, and if it’s just not what you’re into, I hope you can at least enjoy seeing and hearing some of the things that someone else likes!

1. Let It Go by James Bay
2. Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
3. Photograph by Ed Sheeran
4. Work Song by Hozier
5. City Of Angels by 30 Seconds To Mars
6. House Of Gold by Twenty One Pilots
7. Hopeless Wanderer by Mumford & Sons
8. Shut Up And Dance by Walk The Moon
9. Mess Is Mine by Vance Joy
10. Budapest by George Ezra (but also an extra one; Listen To The Man by George Ezra, because I love the video and I don’t play by the rules.)

Let It Go by James Bay

Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson

Photograph by Ed Sheeran

Work Song by Hozier
(I have a huge musical crush on Hozier at the moment.)

House Of Gold by Twenty One Pilots
(This video is a bit odd, lets just make that clear before you watch it, but I do love the song.)

Hopeless Wanderer by Mumford & Sons

Shut Up And Dance by Walk The Moon

Mess Is Mine by Vance Joy

Budapest by George Ezra
(His voice gets me every time. I’ve been listening to his stuff for around two years now, and I still never expect that voice to come out of him. Incredible.)

Listen To The Man by George Ezra

I hope you enjoyed seeing into my mind a bit, and hearing some of the things that I’ve been listening to lately! If you’d like, let me know some songs you’re into at the moment in the comments below! I love getting introduced to new stuff, and as I said before, my taste in music is constantly changing, so I’m always looking for different sounds and styles of music; whatever makes me happy to listen to at that particular moment is what I’m into.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 6

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Day 6: Five ways to win your heart.

1. Be yourself.
2. Be nice.
3. Have a passion.
4. Be understanding.
5. Smile.

I was a little apprehensive about writing this one. As a single girl, I think it’s clear that I don’t even know what I really want in a guy, let alone how one could “win my heart”. I’m the kind of person that believes that love is something that never ends, and since I’m not with anyone and I don’t have those feelings of love for anyone, for me its safe to say that I’ve never been in love. At least not the relationship sort of love. I love my close friends, and my family, but I don’t feel like I’ve ever loved any boyfriend I’ve had. I know that’s not the way everyone sees this whole “love” thing, but it is the way I’ve worked it out for myself. With that said, I decided to list qualities that would push me a little closer to falling for a guy, which I suppose would mean he would be the one to “win my heart”.

I don’t think there’s anything better than when someone is truly being themselves. I think its completely obvious when someone is acting differently or not being true to themselves. I’ve written about bad experiences of men acting ridiculous on dates before, and I can’t help but be a bit apprehensive about going out with anyone new, because I just don’t want to deal with it again. The last thing I want is for someone to act different than who they are just because they think it will make them seem cooler or because they think it’s how I want them to act. Personally, I’ve never been one to go for the big muscly guys, or the ones that talk down to other people, because I’m just not like that. I’m at the point in my life where I really want to find someone that I have a lot in common with, someone that I can really build a friendship and a relationship with, and if the person I’m talking to isn’t being themselves, how can I possibly have a hope of building anything with them?

Being nice should just be common sense, but from what I’ve seen in the dating world so far, in this city at least, it doesn’t seem to be as common as I think it should be. I’ve encountered men that were mean to the staff in the places we went, men that were rude to their family and friends, etc. I don’t want to limit this to just men, because that’s obviously not the case, but that’s the only reference point I have. All I ask is that the guy I’m with treats the people around him with respect. Being kind can be the simplest thing, and also the most attractive. I’m not asking for you to be Gandhi or anything, but a little kindness and respect can go a long way.

Have a passion in life. I don’t mean like sexual passion or anything like that if that’s what you’re thinking, although I suppose that’s somewhat important too, but I’m not getting into that here. I mean a passion as in a drive for something in your life. Whether you’re passionate about writing, sports, books, travelling, science, anything; I just want you to have a passion for something. I’m saying you as if you reading this right now could be the guy for me, who knows, maybe you are, but I suppose I should say “him” instead; I want him to be passionate about something, whatever that may be.

I’m not a perfect person by any means, I have a million and one flaws to go along with all of the great things about me, and I need a guy that can be understanding about that, just as I’ll be for him. Being understanding of someone else’s feelings, views, opinions, dreams, lazy days, insecurities, and everything else that someone goes through is important, not just in a romantic relationship, but in any relationship. Friendships, family relationships, work relationships, it all takes understanding and kindness even. I can assure this mythical future boyfriend that wants to “win my heart” that I will always be just as understanding as I’d like for him to be.

No one can ever look better than they do when they’ve got a smile on their face. Knowing that the person you’re with and spending time with is happy and smiling is a lovely thing. Seeing someone genuinely smile at me can brighten my whole day. There’s only so much that can be said about smiling, I feel like this is the most self explanatory of all the things on my list here, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Some of these posts in this challenge make me feel a bit uneasy, as though I’m making myself out to be this crazy demanding person when it comes to relationships, but I’m really not. I feel like everything I’m looking for is fairly basic as far as relationship “requirements” go. I think the biggest thing here is that everything I’ve written down as something that the ideal man needs to possess to “win my heart” are all things that I have to offer him as well. I can’t promise that I’ll always be pretty or have a nice body, or that I’ll always have it all together, but I can promise that I’ll always be a genuine person and be myself, I’ll always be nice, I’ll never lose my passion for the things I love in life, I will always be understanding, and I will do my best to have a smile on my face as often as possible. What more can you ask for really?

Are there any things that someone can do or qualities that they should possess to win your heart?

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 5

Day 5: List five places you want to visit.

My blog is full of posts telling you all about where I’d like to visit, and there are many more posts coming up about even more places, but if you haven’t read any of my previous Take Me Away posts and would like to, please check them out! So far I’ve written about Vancouver Canada, Santorini Greece, Skagen Denmark, Krabi Thailand, and Kyoto Japan. But, since this is the prompt for today, I will give you a brief excerpt of some other places I’d like to go, and I hope you’ll keep your eyes peeled for the full posts about all of these places coming soon!

1. Bali Indonesia
2. Champagne France
3. The Amalfi Coast in Italy
4. The Catalonia Region of Spain
5. Nuuk Greenland

For this list, I’ve picked five random places from my list of future travels, so they’re not necessarily the ones I dream of seeing first, and they’re in no particular order, but I do have hopes and dreams of seeing every single one of them, and many more as well! Traveling is one of my biggest dreams. I just feel like I can’t live a life here in my small little bubble knowing that there are so many incredible places and cultures out there to explore. What a dull world it would be if we never took the time and opportunity to have adventures.

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Bali is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, to see the sheer beauty of the place. There is an endless supply of things that I would love to see. Volcanoes, rice paddies, forests, mountains, beaches, coral reefs; everything. I want to see all the beautiful trees and animals, meet many of the local residents, dive around a world war II shipwreck, visit the temples and shrines of the area, and so much more.

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Champagne partially speaks for its self, as I definitely want to take tours of all the various wineries and things that Champagne has to offer. But there is so much more there that I’d also like the chance to experience. Champagne is a historic place, and I love a good bit of history. Later when I write up a full post on this place, you will get an abundance of information on all the things I want to explore in this picturesque area of France, but in a short list, I’d like to see the wineries, the countryside, the “crowned mountain”, and the Gothic cathedrals throughout the city just to name a few.

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The Amalfi coast is a larger area than the other things listed so far, but it is equally as full of beauty. The small towns, the sea, the salty air; I want to experience it all. I’ve never been able to picture myself road tripping in a foreign country quite as much as I can with this place. I see myself in a flowy white sundress, with a big hat on my head and sunglasses on my face, enjoying a nice cone with chocolate gelato on top, walking down the street staring off into the vast blue ocean and the rocky shoreline. I love that I couldn’t help but smile when writing that sentence. There’s something so special about traveling and exploring, even just thinking about it makes me happy.

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I first learned about Catalonia in one of my Spanish classes in high school. As a part of Spain, with its own language and its own identity really, it instantly captured my attention. Barcelona is the largest city in the area that I intend on visiting, but its not the only place I’d like to see. I am a sucker for a good coast line, and the Catalonia region of Spain has it. The whole thing is absolutely breathtaking. A few other things that pull me to Catalonia are the fact that it was Salvador Dali’s home, Sagrada Familia, Girona, the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Casa Batllo, and infinitely more.

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Last, but certainly not least, is Nuuk Greenland. Nuuk is the capital and largest city of Greenland, and it is matched in it’s size by the beauty of the place. You’ll find snow, chilly weather, pebble beaches, and much more when you visit this beautiful area of greenland. I’ll keep this one short, because I am currently in the process of writing up a Take Me Away post for this incredible city, but I will let you in on a few things I’d like to see there, like the Nuuk Cathedral, the art museum, and the Qornok, and so much more.

I know I go on and on about how much I want to travel, but I just can’t help it. It is such a strong and intense feeling for me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to explore the world. I’m one of those people that feels like their heart is in a place they’ve never even been before, and I’m happy that way for now.

What are five places that you’d really like to visit? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! I’m always looking for new places to dream about. 🙂

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

Take Me Away | Skagen

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The next place on my list is Skagen, Denmark. This absolutely enchanting seaside town is nearly the northernmost point in Denmark, so it fits beautifully into the mold of the perfect chilly seaside retreat for me. Being of half Danish descent (the other half is Italian, but I’ll get into that another time), I’ve always been determined to learn as much as possible about Denmark, and the beautiful towns and sights inside it’s borders. Skagen is the first of many Danish cities that I dream of exploring, and I’m sure I will post about many more here on this blog, but Skagen is where this look into adventuring in Denmark is going to begin.

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The first thing I dream of seeing in Skagen (pronounced Skay-en, in case you were wondering) is Grenen. Grenen is a long sandbar, located north of the actual town of Skagen. At first glance, this place may just seem like your average beach, but that is far from the truth. Grenen is actually the point where the North Sea, specifically the strait of Skagerrak, and the Kattegat sea meet. The currents of the two seas are traveling in different directions, towards each other in fact, and when they meet, the collide with each other directly at the tip of Grenen. The contrasting colors of the two seas is stunning as well. The idea of walking out onto the sandbar, and placing my feet at the spot where two massive and powerful bodies of water are crashing together, meeting at one point and almost refusing to come together, is an astounding one indeed. There are endless other things to see and do here as well, from being regarded as the best place to view birds of prey during their migrations in spring, to viewing sea mammals and seals, to visiting the nature center; you will never have a moment of boredom when visiting Grenen.

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The next thing on my list is the Den Tilsandede Kirke, or The Buried Church. Being built between 1355 and 1387, it is one of the oldest buildings in Skagen. The name may sound a bit odd, I mean, why would it be called The Buried Church? But during the last part of the 18th century, the church was just that; buried. Nearby sand dunes consistently ended up burying the church, and the congregation struggled with the task of clearing the sand out until 1795 according to google, when they threw in the towel and abandoned the building. After this, most of the church was demolished, leaving us with only this tower to serve as a memory of the original structure that once stood. As many of you know by now, I love history, and flock to the most historical and old sites of every place I visit, so I would never pass up the chance to walk around and view this church. Thinking about how hard it must have been for the congregation to try and clear all of the blown sand off of the old structure over and over, and how amazing it is that this piece of it is still here after all this time and so many things working against it is incredible to me. If you are near Skagen, I highly recommend checking this out, I know I will when I have the opportunity.

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This next place is merely one of the five historic lighthouses that grace the coastline in Skagen. This one in particular is known as The Grey Lighthouse, or Det Grå Fyr, and was built in 1858, and is still very much in use today. I am one of those people that are obsessed with lighthouses. A beacon of light emanating from the coast, keeping ships passing in the night safe from sailing into land; what a beautiful thing. This one in paricular is 151 feet tall, and absolutely beautiful with the stunning blue Skagerrak as it’s back drop.

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Skagen is simply one beautiful place that I have always wanted to go. I’m not sure that I’ve done it justice in this post, but that doesn’t change the fact that I dream of seeing it for myself. If you haven’t been able to tell from my other posts, I have quite a love for the sea. I feel completely relaxed and serene when staring off into the ocean. The beauty of it, the sound of the crashing waves, the sea breeze brushing across my skin; it all just puts me in the happiest of moods. If I could, I’d pop a little cottage right by the seaside, in a country with a nice cool climate, and spend my days writing novels and daydreaming for a living. What a beautiful life that would be, and Skagen fits the bill for a nice chilly seaside retreat almost perfectly.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx