Hey there, I am Ksenija, a 24 year old blogger, foodie, TV series binger, coffee addicted and mostly cheerful student from Germany.

  • I have a BA in Economics and East Asian Studies and stayed abroad in Shanghai for one semester.
  • I am close to finishing my MA in International Management, with marketing focus
  • I am passionate about healthy living, social responsibility and sustainability
  • I do work part time in the marketing department of a private university
  • I’ll spend a semester abroad in France, starting January 2014
  • I dream of making a career in online marketing, being part of a company that engages in a field I am passionate about 

For more random facts about me read on here.

This blog started out in July 2011 under the title “Health Ninja”, but since I and thus the topics I enjoy to write about changed and broadened I decided to rename it to “An Open Mind”.  You can read more about my decision here.

Previously it was mostly dedicated to healthy living topics. You can read all about my personal health story here.

Now I want to share more about my life, staying abroad in France for half a year, my passion for online marketing, making the step from student to full time employee and creating myself a life to love.

Three more “people” I’d like to quickly introduce since I will mention there names without explanation in my posts:

Jay, the boyfriend, carnivore and cat-person, with a huge passion for retro-gaming.

Sina, the best friend, biggest heart on earth and dog-person, with a huge passion for make up and other girly things.  

Lou, the cat, sneaky-plant-eater, too-fluffy-not-to-cuddle, always begging for attention.

All that is left to say: Nice to meet you! Hope you enjoy your stay and feel welcome to leave a comment or send me a mail.

25 thoughts on “About”

  1. Ohhh very nice to meet you in Germany! Here I am in Socal. :D I love vegan foods and all, but seafood is one of my biggest weaknesses! :P

  2. Hi Jin, just found you via the fitnessista! :) I don’t suppose you are the same Jin that commented on my blog a while ago are you?? There was no link url at the time so I just wondered when I saw your name above mine in a comment section! :)

  3. Great blog! I’ve seen you on Fitnessista too! I will definitely be checking out your recipes. What made you choose to go vegan?

    • “the china study” by Dr. Colin Campbell – no kidding, this book really changed my life. From there I went on reading and was just reinforced by other books I found and blogs I stumbled over and documentaries I watched. Also the change which was kind of temporary in my head at first made me feel so good with the way I am eating and the new variety of food I found, that I never had the wish to go back to an omnivore diet.

  4. Love your blog! Do you mind if I put your blog to my favourite links on my own blog?

  5. I miss kickboxing tooo lol. I did it for four years and now I keep moving house so it’s too hard to stick to a school!!
    I must check out this bodyrock.tv… seen it a few times!

  6. Such a cute about me section! I love it! Glad to be reading!

  7. Haha my cat just had a munch on my flowers and pulled the whole lot onto the floor with a massive bang! Water everywhere! :/ Luckily nothing broke but anyway just reminded me of your Lilou chewing on plants! ;)

  8. Christine said:

    Hey just discovered your blog! I’m always happy to find WIAW blogger from Germany since i’m a 18year old student in Berlin.
    I’m always looking for healthy food options and things i can buy in germany, too.
    I also signed myself in a 5k run on 9th of September and i can’t wait :)
    Nice to read about you!

    • 9th of September? What a coincidence, that’s exactly the same date Sina and me are having our run. You should tell us how yours was! I am making a recap about ours here anyways.
      Nice to have another german foodie around.

  9. Love your blog! Your journey with veganism sounds very similar to mine, nice to find someone else on the same page :) Looking forward to reading more of your blog x

  10. Hey you just commented on my blog so I thought I’d come on over and “meet” you :) I love how we eat pretty much the same way – pescetarian who eats lots of vegan food and dislikes labelling ourselves :)

  11. Thank you for commenting on my blog – I’m so glad to have found yours in return because it’s such a great read! Looking forward to back-reading this afternoon! :-)

  12. So I’m incredibly ashamed that it’s taken me THIS LONG to finally visit your blog and actually read your posts. (Can I blame that on being busy because of school? …because, ya know, I didn’t just spend a month bumming around at home or anything.) Anyway, I’m glad I finally did (err, better late than never, right?) and I can’t wait to read more! :)

    • Nothing to be ashamed for! Being busy enjoying your free time is an awesome excuse – I use it all the time ;) To me it’s actually a lot easier to read through blogs while I should be studying for classes. In my free time there’s way more important stuff to take care of: like watching my favorite series, hanging out with the peeps, enjoying life. Stuff like that. But I am really happy that you made it to my blog and are up to stay. Grab a cookie ;) !

  13. Sweetteamob said:

    Hey I just recently started following your blog – I appreciate your posts on keeping fit in France! It’s very encouraging to see your progess and ideas. This year I ran my first 5k, and I’m training to complete a short triathlon this summer. I’m actually living not far from Chateaubriant (an hour away?) so let me know if you’d like to meet up sometime!

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