So you're finally going on that vacation you've been waiting for so long. You try to finish your work as good as you can. You make sure you leave your home clean. You survive that last bit of stress at the airport. Until it's time to get that tan, read those books and spend time… Continue reading How do you deal with reality after a vacation?
I remember the first day time we discovered YouTube at home. Something that seems so normal now, was an excited moment 13 years ago. One of the first songs my dad looked up was one of the BeeGees. A large smile appeared on his face. It was hard to believe that my dad once was… Continue reading So I say, Thank you for the music
Confession: I totally forgot about mother's day. I only realised it when I got a disappointed text from my mum. And then saw all the sweet posts of you guys, talking about your own mum. I used to be that kind of child who asked for a lot of love from my parents, but also… Continue reading Parent’s day
"I'm not your toy. You stupid boy". This is what one of the favorites of the EuroSong Contest sings about. She is praised for the song, which I agree because it's fun and uplifting. Her diversity, which is not completely my style but oh well. But also for the strong message is sending. Calling men… Continue reading Female empowerment
Don't get your hopes up high by the title of this blog 😉 Since the very start I have been looking for ways to earn by blogging. And I'm sure some of you have too 😉 Many attempts to implement ads have failed me. The frustrations had build up high and for a while I… Continue reading Earning money by blogging
I am currently sitting at a temporary site office. It's 26 degrees Celsius outside and probably 36 degrees inside.. There is one fan which makes an awful lot of noise but barely provides any air. In about a minute I will most likely evaporate. I look around. Most colleagues have put on summer clothing. Some… Continue reading Summerbodies
"She was here last week", he told me, "I was doing a job interview with a potential candidate. She walked by and I couldn't stop myself from looking at her long, gorgeous legs. The candidate grinned and he looked as well". I felt a weird feeling of jealousy. I know she will in the office tomorrow. I… Continue reading Good looking people
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If I get the chance to take my time, it's also the most enjoyable one for me! Unfortunately that is not during the work week. Especially when we have visitors, I like create an extended breakfast. Different types of cheese and bread, eggs, veggies,… Continue reading What is your favorite type of breakfast?
"Experts" say it takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. In those 7 seconds the other person will judge you on your facial expression, clothes, handshake, hair, shoes and the way you talk and walk. While I think that is completely and utterly BULLSHIT, I rather believe this than what seems to be becoming… Continue reading Let your personality shine! …. through an online personality test
I think it's actually called "Mystery Award" 😉 About The Award: This is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and… Continue reading Mysterious Award
I can't stand injustice. When I see it, I can't stop myself from interfering. Whether it's bullying at school, a mean comment at work or someone trying to force their way to the front of the queue. Suddenly my body and mind are supplied with an unexpected form of bravery. I stand up tall and… Continue reading Defending others vs. defending yourself.
There are two types of people when it comes to choosing a dog: 1. Those that always had a strong desire to own on particular breed 2. Those that go to an animal shelter and choose the one that steals their heart Which type are you? As a child I was once attacked by a… Continue reading Your Personality vs. your favorite dog breed.
Last day of the challenge! And then I will have to find my own topics again. I find it a large benefit with these awards & challenges; the topics are already pre-defined. For this particular challenge, I have collected quotes which I have found in my house. Check it out: Day 1 Day 2 For… Continue reading 3 days, 3 quotes: DAY 3
Continuing with the 3 day, 3 quotes challenge, we have arrived at Day 2. As said before, I am trying to collect quotes which I find in my house. Check out the 1st quote. This one is from a shampoo I like to use. I can seriously recommend this one if your hair needs a… Continue reading 3 days, 3 quotes: DAY 2
I was nominated by the wonderful Laktrabff for the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge. Many thanks for that! I always appreciate when someone remembers me! This particular challenge is very difficult for me, because as I have already explained in my blog “Shit” people say I am quite a bit against these standard quotes everyone is using because some… Continue reading 3 days, 3 quotes: DAY 1
When I was slowly turning into young adult, my mom told me "Soon you'll be developing your own traditions, but don't forget about those we have developed as a family". The last part of the sentence sounded somewhat sad, like she knew what what would happen. I ensured that I would never miss Christmas Eve… Continue reading Traditions
The good time of the year has started now my favorite series are releasing their new seasons. On top of the list: Homeland! The first two episode I saw, focused on the main character obsessing about the bad decisions madam President is taking. It made me think, and hence, write a blog about it. How… Continue reading How much is your life influenced from people with too much power?
So you bought your new piece of equipment. Anything from a coffee machine to a new gameboy. Exciting! You throw out the styrofoam. You flatten the box. And completely neglect the little book of instructions. Beause: Ain't nobody got time for that! Till the point that something is wrong with your new equipment. You spend… Continue reading Listen before judging
Let me tell you about my morning routine! I like to wake up early, so I make sure that my day can be productive. Soooo, the alarm goes off at 08:00. Before I go out of bed, I first like to read all your lovely emails, messages on facebook and tags of me looking all… Continue reading Morning Routine
Someone recommended me to download the Aura app. So I did. The first question you get asked is "How are you feeling?". I'm glad someone's interested 😉 For the past half a year I have been working on my Doodle Dudes. Each with their own mood or emotion: Let me introduce them to you: Hopeful… Continue reading What’s your mood today?
Some time ago I erased the LinkedIn profile which I have been having for a good amount years. I made a new profile. New picture. New tag words. Also a new opportunity to be selective about adding contacts. I looked through the suggested people. Former colleagues appeared. It drove me back to memory lane. The… Continue reading The reliable employee
When I was bullied in school, the teachers didn't know how to handle the situation. So, they did what anyone else does. They called in the expertise of an "expert": The school psychologist. Suddenly I was the one who needed the professional help in social skills and situation handling. Not the assholes who actually did… Continue reading Self love
A.k.a. Was any of your jobs you had, your passion? Of all the office jobs I could imagine, I did have jobs which I consider as the most ideal office jobs. The topics, Training and Electrical Safety, are definitely my "work passions". But if money was no issue, would I give up these "passions"? Immediately.… Continue reading If money was no issue, would you stick to your 9 to 5?
Let's talk a bit about humor on April's Fools Day. Is this a day you fear because some might put salt in your coffee instead of sugar? Or is this your time to shine as the joker and pull all the pranks? There are different types of humor. Some use humor as a defense mechanism… Continue reading Humor
How often do you read someone's "About Me" page? I was very keen on this in the beginning, but I noticed a lot people who didn't even write one. Then I figured it was easier to get to know people through their posts and read them in the WordPress format. I'm wondering how many people… Continue reading About me, Blog name and Tag line.
One of my former managers has been a ambulance worker for 20 years. He told some scary stories but also about how rewarding the job was. I asked him about the things I needed to undertake in case I see someone falling to the ground. He advised: 1. Give CPR if needed 2. Call an… Continue reading An ode to Blankets
I'm not going to lie, I have been wanting to write this post ever since I started. Blogging has been fun, although I did encounter some frustration here and there. Unlike some of you, I actually do care about likes and followers. For a large amount of my life nobody has been interested in talking… Continue reading How I got to 1000 followers – the honest story
A colleague brought the topic of happiness to the table during lunch. The newspaper stated that morning that 9 out of 10 Dutch people feel happy. There were exactly 10 of us in the canteen, so she quickly concluded that one of us is unhappy. We did an around the table. Everyone confirmed their happiness.… Continue reading Are you happy?
This is what someone said to recently. She paused for a second after "but", which gave me the opportunity to analyze the situation and write a blog about ( the latter is not entirely true 😉 ). I hate when people say this. They are apologizing in advance for an insult they're going to make.… Continue reading “I’m not trying to be rude, but .. ..”
"I have 600 social media contacts (and you don't even have friends)". "The manager only trusted me with this project (so go back to your non-important work)". "I had 10 bed partners already by the age of 15 (and you're still waiting for the "right one at the age 24)". "That guy at the bar… Continue reading Story behind the design: Unimpressed Jelly
I overheard a conversation where two people were discussing what's worse, mental or physical illness. "Mental illness, depression, OCD, biopolar, autism, anxiety, whatever people call it these days. It's all a bit exaggeration.", person number 1 stated firmly, "Get up that chair, do some exercise, drink a beer, meet some people!". The other nodded, nervously.… Continue reading Mental vs. physical illness
As I have confirmed before, "what ever you are doing, you're doing it wrong". If you are not trying to do good at school, you are ruining your changes for an easier future. If you are doing good at school, there is a high possibility you will be bullied. Smart people are often portrayed with… Continue reading Remember when you called us nerds?
"Objects in mirror are closer than they might appear". I know this. Yet, parking my car makes me very frustrated and nervous. Yesterday, it took me 15 minutes to properly park my car. A man walking his dog even stood still and for some time, laughing and watching me struggle. The pressure! I didn't dare… Continue reading Does a mirror really reflects reality?
Today, on the 8th of March, I am going to do something a little different. I want to mention my dad. Who no matter what, always put his family first. Who would help my mum preparing dinner, even after a long day of work. Who inspired me to find the right education. Who would paint… Continue reading An ode to the men who never disrespected women
What does it mean when someone from a first world country proudly says "I am a minimalist"? Does it mean they have no car. Or they do, but it's not a Porsche, BWM or Mercedes. Does it mean they only drink water. Or they did drink a no brand cola. Does it mean they have… Continue reading Are you a minimalist?
Each year in February and June, school would organize "sports day". An event which would keep me nervous all year. Sport at school wasn't about becoming healthy. It was about competition. If you weren't good at it, you'd never be acknowledged. Not just by your classmates. By teachers too. June was worse than February. The… Continue reading When adults don’t think about consequences
I was raised up by skeptical parents. "It's probably too good to be true", was their usual reaction. When I would get back with a good grade from school. Internet banking. When I introduced them to Netflix. After so many years, they finally had the courage to book an all inclusive vacation. Which is perfect… Continue reading Story behind the design: Skeptical Valentino
When we got a house in the Netherlands, the family who lived there before, left a large bag with stuffed animals. Anything from a blue teddy bear and purple elephant to a pink mouse and a green snake. I loved them all. All the toys got names and birthdays several times a year. I was… Continue reading The child in me
"How old are you again?", I asked the friend I met over dinner, "27?" "Noooo", she laughed, "30 in few months! And already now people are reminding me of all the things I should have achieved: get married, buy a house, have children. Pff". Because of these "advices", us 90's babies might feel a great pressure to get our… Continue reading Should you have your life together in your 20’s?
I have been told I am quiet person. Too quiet. Too invisible. I've been advised to do more small talk at work. " You don't have to plan a meeting if you want to discuss something". In fact, someone advised to book time in my calendar to make small talk with colleagues. "If you don't have… Continue reading Communication is a two way street
I always pictured myself as a sophisticated adult woman. On my way to work, I'd quickly grab a newspaper before stepping into a subway, wearing a fancy trench coat and functional, yet trendy laptop bag. I'd never have a bad hair day, a pinching bra or not my color foundation. The reality is slight more… Continue reading Do you have “a system”?
When people ask me whether I like honesty, I'd immediately say YES!! Sometimes it might be the limit of rudeness, but at least it's honest. I can handle any criticism. I can work on criticism. Honesty is good. I had earlier send an email to a friend which the proud announcement of my Emotion Doodles… Continue reading The biggest lie I tell myself
I remember when we got our first family mobile phone, which of course was a NOKIA 3310, my dad said "one day, you will be able to do everything with this thing". It will replace the game boy, radio, television, computer, camera. And here we are, at that exact era. I only ever had a… Continue reading What’s on my phone
*UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT BLOG* For the longest time in life we want all the girls in class to be out best friends. Then suddenly the girl drama becomes too much and it becomes very popular to say “My best friend *insert male name* and I are going on a trip together”. Of course we all […]
I stumbled upon an article of the world happiest countries. Source: weforum.org Scandinavia (who only consists of 5 countries) dominates the top 10, with the Finish flag proudly waving at the top. I can't speak for all the countries, but I have lived in Denmark and the Netherlands long enough to judge. Let's analyze. The… Continue reading Does the happiest countries have the most genuine smile?