Life Update: Stress, Happiness and Instagram Struggles

Life Update: Stress, Happiness and Instagram Struggles

I’ve been quite MIA during the last few days, both on here and on Social media. But I’ve finally written my last exam for the semester today and can now finally breathe again. And Blog. That is why today I want to share a little life update with you guys, so you know what I’ve been up to lately. 

June has been incredibly stressful

I know I’m saying this a lot. But honestly, June has seriously had me on the verge of a burnout. I’ve never felt so pressured and stressed out in my entire life. There’s university and my last exams, my bachelor thesis, three seminar papers to write, courses to attend, presentations to give and on top of that, work in order to pay my bills, blog, have a social life and a household to keep an eye on. I’ve managed to survive, however. And am now happy to have at least a bit of air to breath and time to spend on things I actually want to be doing.

Happiness

Life has been tough lately. However, a couple of amazing things (and people) have happened during the course of the past few weeks and I cannot even begin to tell you how incredibly happy I am right now. In the midst of this horrible, stressful time I often found myself waking up with a smile because I am just so genuinely happy. Life sure IS good!

Instagram Struggles

With that emotional rollercoaster going on in my life, Instagram has naturally fallen down on the list of not-so-important things. I really like my community there, though, and want to keep posting and having fun on the app. However, as a blogger it’s not JUST about fun for me – it also is my job. And when the app makes your job just so hard it’s no fun anymore. Lately, I cannot seem to grow my following or get any likes on my pictures and I wonder why that might be? Don’t you guys like the direction I am taking my feed or are you just not on Instagram as much as you used to be? If you don’t already, make sure to visit my IG and give it a follow. 

June Highlight

One of my highlights this month has without a question been my trip to France. If you’re following me on Instagram you might have seen me grinning all the time in my stories because we seriously had such a fun time in Hossegor. I’ve tried surfing for the very first time ever and absolutely fell in love with the sport. Also, I’ve made some fun new acquaintances and got to be one of the first people to experience the new Jo&Joe Open House. If you ever want to travel there, do check out this cool hostel. It’s provided me with such great fun and let me get to know awesome people and cute surfer boys from all over the world ;)

So, what’s up in July?

I still have a couple of seminar papers to hand in, and my bachelor’s thesis to write. That means my month will be focused on work and university, regardless of it actually being summer. I guess that’s just what happens when you get older. While you could enjoy two months of summer break, you now have responsibilities and things to do. In about two weeks time I’m heading out on a cool road trip with my friend Vivi, though. Definitely looking forward to this. Additionally, there are a couple of cool events and fun activities on my agenda.

Posts of the Month

I’m all about supporting other bloggers and thought I’d bring back the category where I share my monthly favourite posts with you guys. So click through them and enjoy the work of these inspiring women.

Your Feedback

… means more than ever. In a time where blogging becomes increasingly neglected in favour of social media, I think high-quality content is key. So I want to focus on creating posts that you actually want to read. Sure, I still want to do what I want to do (e.g. books and travel) but I also want to take your feedback more seriously.

So I’d love to hear what you want me to write about. Any particular topics you’d like to see on here? Do you have specific post ideas? Let me know.

What have you been up to in July? Anything you want me to cover on the blog in the following weeks? Would greatly appreciate your feedback :)

 

40 Comments

  1. 30th June 2017 / 6:31 pm

    WHOOP WHOOP !
    Und wie ich mich schon freu.
    Wird mal Zeit, dass wir losdüsen und dich aus dem Unistress bisschen raus holen !

    Liebste Grüße, und ganz viel Bussis <3
    Vivi
    Vanillaholica.com

    • 1st July 2017 / 11:17 am

      Jaaa ich freu mich auch so. Das wird SUPER!

  2. 30th June 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Hallo Kerstin,
    Ich kanns so verstehen dass insta für dich in letzter Zeit einfach nicht so wichtig war – ich hatte auch so den Lernstress und wann ich die App mal geöffnet hab dann meist nur um prokrastinierend durch die Stories zu scrollen 🙄 Deshalb würd ich mir auch wegn der likes und follower nicht allzu große Sorgen machen – vielleicht waren einfach grad echt viele user etwas MIA! (wieder eine neue Abkürzung gelernt hihi) Ich zb hab in den letzten Wochen vielleicht zwei Bilder von dir geliked – obwohl die echt schön sind, habs nämlich grad nachgeholt.
    Also Kopf hoch und schönen Juli! ❤️️☺️

    • 1st July 2017 / 11:17 am

      Ja ich denke das liegt auch ein bisschen am Lernstress. Der Juni ist für uns alle eine super stressige Zeit – das macht echt sinn. Danke für deine lieben Worte Valentina x

  3. 30th June 2017 / 11:14 pm

    Well done!! I was thinking about those good old stress-free summer holidays we had when we were younger. We are in a kinda similar situation (I’ve got a couple more exams and I’m writing my thesis) and yes it’s not fun, but this will be the last summer as a student. :\\\ anyways, I love your blog, I’m excited about your next blog posts :)

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

    • 1st July 2017 / 11:16 am

      Thank you so much Caterina. We’re all in this together – wish you best of luck for your exams and your thesis.

  4. 1st July 2017 / 1:37 pm

    June as been so insanely stressful for me as well… It’s so hard to see past the stress sometimes, and it feels like you’re not going to make it. But I’m now done with exams and so happy to finally have some time off! I’m glad you’re feeling very happy!
    Lucie, xx

    http://thefrenchpier.blogspot.com/

    • 1st July 2017 / 4:51 pm

      Thanks a lot Lucie. Hope you have an amazing summer x

  5. 1st July 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling stressed recently – I’m not surprised with everything you’ve had to do! I have never been able to Instagram, I don’t know why. I need to try spending more time on there. I just prefer Twitter! x

    LuxeStyle

    • 1st July 2017 / 4:51 pm

      Twitter is so much fun I think. Instagram is kinda different, don’t force yourself to be present everywhere ;)

  6. 2nd July 2017 / 7:40 am

    Ach das klingt ja super stressig! Ich wünsch dir noch viel Kraft für die letzten Paar Uniprojekte und dann genieß den Sommer!! Er dauert ja hoffentlich eh noch ein bissi. :)
    GLG, Andrea
    Pebbles and Blooms

    • 3rd July 2017 / 6:44 pm

      Danke für deine lieben Worte Andrea. Hab einen tollen Start in die neue Woche :)

  7. Alina
    2nd July 2017 / 9:31 am

    Danke dir süße fürs Artikel-Teilen #sharethelove

    xxx

  8. 2nd July 2017 / 2:37 pm

    These kinds of posts are my personal favourites! I love little updates and more personal type posts but I’ve been loving the content on here lately regardless! As for Instagram, same goes for myself! I seem to be a little such haha x
    http://www.thelifestyledit.com

    • 3rd July 2017 / 6:44 pm

      Thank you so much Alexandra. Have a fab week x

  9. 3rd July 2017 / 1:30 am

    Holy cow girl, just reading about everything you had to do in June made my blood pressure rise a little bit! Kudos to you for getting through it though. And I appreciate the realness of admitting to stress!
    As a newbie blogger, I seriously LOVE hearing about the less than perfect aspects of blogger life, because it makes me realize that all the struggles and stress are not something I’m experiencing solo.
    So that would be my request! Just being real about both the good AND the bad is so refreshing.

    Keep doing what you do, because you’re inspiring others for it!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    • 3rd July 2017 / 6:43 pm

      thank you SO much girl. you never are alone with your struggles. hope you’re doing fine x

  10. 3rd July 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Lovely Post! Sounds like June has been pretty stressful, but good for you for managing to keep up! I totally get the Instagram struggle, I have barely used the app these past few days because other stuff is much more important sometimes. I’m sure it will be fine though when you have more free time to spend on it :)

    • 3rd July 2017 / 6:43 pm

      Cannot agree more. Hope things will get easier in summer x

  11. 3rd July 2017 / 7:06 pm

    Girl I’m SO happy that certain things (and someone) is making you V happy right now, you totally deserve it! I SO hear you with Instagram, it always leaves me feeling so deflated and uninspired lately, hoping this will change soon!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • 5th July 2017 / 7:26 am

      Thank you SO much Hayley. Hope you’re having a fabulous time x

  12. 4th July 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Schön, dass du endlich mit deinen Prüfungen durch bist! Ich hoffe du genießt deinen Sommer trotz Hausarbeiten und Bachelorarbeit : ) Ich habe in Marokko auch das erste Mal surfen ausprobiert und fand es so unglaublich genial! Habe mit meiner besten Freundin schon direkt gesagt, dass wir das nächste Mal in eine Surfschule fahren müssen :)
    Liebste Grüße
    Céline von http://www.smultronstaellen.com

    • 5th July 2017 / 7:26 am

      Oh ja ich wil auch unbedingt noch mal Surfurlaub machen, es hat einfach so viel Spaß gemacht x

  13. 4th July 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Hey girly! I loved reading more about your life and hope that July brings easier times for you. I too have been on board with the Instagram struggle and growth so I am on my way to follow you after leaving this comment. I also followed your blog while I was at it! I love your content. Hope you’re having a great Fourth of July!

    • 5th July 2017 / 7:25 am

      Thank you so much. That really means a lot. Hope you’ve had a fab day yesterday x

  14. 4th July 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Well done for getting through that exhausting month!

  15. 6th July 2017 / 9:02 am

    Hi, also deine Juli-Pläne klingen auf jeden Fall genial! Würde ich auch gerne machen – dafür geht es im August für mich in den Urlaub, yaaay. 😄 Auch ein guter Beitrag, was Instagram betrifft, finde ich persönlich doch auch sehr mühsam. 🙄
    xo Annina | Blattzirkus

    • 7th July 2017 / 11:11 pm

      Wohin geht es für dich denn in den Urlaub? Jetzt bin ich aber super neugierig x

  16. 6th July 2017 / 9:35 am

    Ah, you survived :)! Glückwunsch zu allen bestandenen Prüfungen!
    Der Juni ist echt immer sehr stressig – aber dann genießt man die Sommerferien umso mehr.
    Hab einen wunderschönen Sommer!
    LG Petra
    http://www.kirschbluetenblog.at

    • 7th July 2017 / 11:10 pm

      Da hast du absolut Recht x

  17. 7th July 2017 / 12:06 am

    Liebe Kerstin,

    du kannst echt stolz auf dich sein, dass du den Juni so toll gemeistert hast und ich freue mich für dich, dass du doch noch alles so gut unter bekommen hast und trotz Unistress eine tolle Zeit in Frankreich verbringen konntest. Die letzten Steps packst du mit links, da bin ich mir sicher und du schreibst bestimmt eine grandiose Bachelorarbeit :) Da mache ich mir bei dir absolut keine Sorgen.

    Und Instagram – na ja, was soll ich dazu noch sagen. Ohne Worte. Wenns nicht so wichtig wäre, hätte ich mir schon längst gesagt: Pfeif drauf. Aber vielleicht kommen ja doch wieder bessere Zeiten :)

    Ich freue mich auch für dich und Vivi, dass ihr nun endlich bald mit eurem Road Trip beginnen könnt und bin schon ganz gespannt, was du alles erleben wirst :) Ich freue mich auch schon darauf :) Natürlich meine ich damit die tollen Blogposts, die dann kommen werden. :)

    Bussi
    Lisa

    http://www.mycafeaulait.at

    • 7th July 2017 / 11:10 pm

      Oh vielen lieben Dank für dein tolles Feedback Lisa. Ich freu mich auch einfach wenn die Stressige Zeit mal vorbei ist und ich endlich wieder voll und ganz das machen kann was ich machen möchte x

  18. 7th July 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Congrats on finishing your exams! I totally feel you about the feeling almost burntout but also totally happy at the same time. It’s a weird feeling! Good luck with your Instagram and hope you have a great roadtrip!

    xx Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

    • 7th July 2017 / 11:09 pm

      Thank you so much Pia. Hope you’re having a fab summer x

  19. 27th July 2017 / 2:14 am

    Thanks for sharing. I feel like the new Instagram algorithm makes it hard to get likes/follows. Hoping July has been treating you well.

    • 28th July 2017 / 10:03 pm

      Yeah it’s a pain but we’ll all survive ;)

  20. 27th July 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing your personal journey as of late. Juggling so many things is never easy but we (women) are built for this! 😉 I checked out your IG, love the content…I saw just continue to post and maybe be more active with others people? (Although my follower count is much lower, so you might not want to take my suggestion.) Good luck!

    https://www.bluelabelsboutique.com

    • 28th July 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment and recommendation Kristie x

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