About Community Pool

I grew up as the shy kid who never really talked much. Partly because I'm just not designed that way. But also because we moved to a new country and quite frankly, I was struggling with the language. Luckily the latter was fixed, but after years of being mainly quiet, people didn't really feel like … Continue reading About Community Pool

Sponsored content

Whenever I see disclaimer "This post / video is sponsored", I'm crying internally. Why would one even NEED to write this? Like you, with your regular 9 to 5, are not completely sponsored! Each "all employee meeting" starts with the CEO saying that we have to proud of our product and to be able to work for … Continue reading Sponsored content

How showing “weakness” brought me closer to my goal

As some of you know, I am a team lead of Technical Writing department. Basically we write step by step procedures of how to perform certain work on the machine. Each step, must be signed off within the document. The end users, our technicians, are NOT AT ALL happy with this documentation. "Don't you trust … Continue reading How showing “weakness” brought me closer to my goal

Who are we actually trying to fool?

A couple of weeks back, Jasper and I went out for dinner. We enjoyed the food, drinks, music, each other and the atmosphere. My eye caught a family sitting near us. Everyone was there: parents, grandparents, young child. The young one was surround by four camera's, capturing his every move. It would be easy to … Continue reading Who are we actually trying to fool?

An Ancient Quote tale

I grew up in a small, quiet town. Shops and schools were all nearby. This was a feeling of reassurance for my parents. Anxiety hit them when I finished my 3rd year of high school. This meant that I had transfer, because this small town didn't offer the entire program. I didn't have much contribution … Continue reading An Ancient Quote tale

What’s one year in a life time

I was 20 when I left to Denmark to work for a large multinational. Lord knows how I convinced the manager to hire me, because my English was EXTREMELY basic. Only one year before, I got a 4 out of 10 for my English oral exam which was a HUGE FAIL. I remember being dazzled … Continue reading What’s one year in a life time

Season change

Lately I have been getting a lot of promotion emails from clothing companies. Usually I dislike that spam. But right now, what it says is making me very happy! Check out our Fall collection! As you all know, I really don't like summer for various reason. But after summer comes Fall and I am really … Continue reading Season change

Pet names

"Hey babe, can you just pick up some milk after work?" My colleague smirked. "Calling private with the work phone?". Oops. Yes. I guess I do 😉 The colleague and I spend quite some time together due to sharing the office. And therefore got the point that we refer to our partners with the actual name. … Continue reading Pet names

Liebster Award!

I was nominated by the wonderful Goldie for the Liebster Award. Check Goldie's blog out, you won't be disappointed! Questions:   What do you like the most about blogging? I can express my emotions as well my creativity! Also, it gives me the opportunity to read many interesting stories from you guys. What do you like … Continue reading Liebster Award!

Stuffed Pepper

Finally the time has come for your vacation. You've worked hard all year. Took all the bullshit at work. Now all you want to do is eat, sleep, soak up the sun, take a refreshing swim and avoid anyone. But what we might forget is that for some people this season is the only time … Continue reading Stuffed Pepper

Taking blogging to the next level

My dad was proud when I followed his footsteps in the Electrical Engineering field. But he also told me that was just something I could always depend on. "Promise me to also explore your creative side", he said. For many years I have broken that promise. Although my career started off pretty amazing and I was … Continue reading Taking blogging to the next level

A trip down to memory lane

One of the first early memories I have was when I was about 4 years old. Every morning we went for a walk in the park. One, because a little exercise is  healthy. Two, because it was surrounded by pigeons. The way they walked always made me laugh. But there was one in particular I … Continue reading A trip down to memory lane

Should you tell others about your illness?

I read this news post this morning. It's about a man who was diagnosed with HIV. Take a moment to think about it. He also had hemophilia, a disorder that made him bleed and bruise much more than it should. A home treatment of simple injection of blood was the solution. But unfortunately that blood … Continue reading Should you tell others about your illness?

Say it with a card

Living in the digital era certainly has it's perks. But it has also made us lazy or inconsiderate maybe even. I remember the excitement of getting loads of Christmas and Birthday cards when I was young. Now people would send me 10 smileys over WhatsApp or email. Sure, it still counts, but I'd like to … Continue reading Say it with a card

What do you do with comments that bother you?

For those of you who have read my previous post, you might have notice the comment diarrhea. For those who haven't, bring in the popcorn, I have made screenshots: Why I reacted in this way? This was one of those Award post and nearly first thing I wrote was for people not to write "Congrats" … Continue reading What do you do with comments that bother you?

Salary

Salary. The big elephant in the room. Do you talk about it? Do your colleagues know? Do your friends know? Does your partner even know? I once had dinner with 2 co-workers for work purposes. When the bill came, we looked nervously at each other. The general rule of the company is that the highest … Continue reading Salary

Liebster Award!

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by True Growth Coaching. Many thanks for that! I really enjoy doing these awards 🙂 The Questions:   What’s the story behind your blog name? I actually wrote a blog about that: About me, Blog name and Tag line. Long story short: My blog name is "The Perks of Being … Continue reading Liebster Award!

Niches

Get a "Niche". I dislike this word so much, you cannot even imagine. It is always promoted as "the best" blogging advice. Even when I contacted the support group for my t-shirt website and asked them why I am not selling any apparel, they answer with "you don't seem to have a clear niche". UGH. It … Continue reading Niches

Fable or Fact

I'm having a major popstar moment 😉 In this blog I am going to discuss some of the prejudices people have been having about me. Are they true, or not? She is from a large city"Where are you from" is one of the most difficult question to answer. Do you mean where I was born, where … Continue reading Fable or Fact

One year of blogging!

A little more over a year ago, I deleted all my Social Media accounts. There were too many people I didn't want to be reminded of. Although it seemed like the best decision ever, I did miss platform where I could let go of my frustration, show my creative side or share some funny occasions. … Continue reading One year of blogging!

So you want to travel for work?

Doesn't it sound like a dream? You get paid to travel. Sure, you have to spend 8 hours in the office. But you get to stay in fabulous hotels, visit the places Tripadvisor suggests and get to eat in different restaurants. But really, is it all that wonderful? I just got back from a 4 … Continue reading So you want to travel for work?

How do you deal with stress?

One of the (annoying) interview questions I'm always being asked. In my early days I'd lie with a "I'm not a 9 to 5 person" or "Pressure gives me energy to perform better". After some self reflection I decided to give them my advice to avoid employees being stressed with a "I believe good communication and planning can reduce … Continue reading How do you deal with stress?

Whose fault is it actually?

I'm back to binge watching "Project Runway". A show where 10 clothing designers are in the race of winning a fashion fund. For each challenge they get a bunch of money to buy fabrics at a high quality store. Yet, some critics from the judges would contain "And what's with that fabric, it just looks terrible!". … Continue reading Whose fault is it actually?

Profile pictures

Although I have limited my social media use, there are still of them I use daily: LinkedIn, WhatsApp and WordPress. The trickiest part for me has always been choosing a profile picture. Let's analyze. LinkedIn This is supposed to be a professional network building platform. Although, I actually know someone who used it as a … Continue reading Profile pictures

Liebster Award

I was nominated by https://cadiescorner.blog/ for the Liebster Award! I guess this was something I really needed because my last blog doesn't seem to interest many people, so thank you Cadie for making my day 🙂 11  facts about me: I was born in July 1990. Which makes me 28 years old currently and I'm a cancer. … Continue reading Liebster Award

Associations

We often associate certain colors with certain emotions: What is your favorite color and does it fit the description below or even your favorite brand?  We also tend to make other associations. When you yawn, people might ask if you're tired. But also, "Are you bored?". Apparently a reaction of my body gives the impression of … Continue reading Associations

A letter to my 11 year old self

These things seem to be quite a trend on WP, so I cannot stay behind 😉 I chose the age of 11. The year which was still bearable before the high school drama started. Hi there young Andrea, This is your last year of primary school. Soon you're going to step into a world of … Continue reading A letter to my 11 year old self

About Age

How would you react when I say "I'm getting old(er)"? Don't be silly, you're in your prime years? Just wait until you're my age, you've got to so much to learn? You're only as old as you actually feel? I'd like to talk about the latter. Truth is, mentally I am ready to accept my … Continue reading About Age

Creative Brainstorm (Doodles)

Whenever I'm bored, on a dragging phone call or even when I'm watching TV, I like to draw. I've seen others do the same. Some keep it rather simple with circles or cubes. Others appear to be more artistic. While conducting the technical interviews last week, I glanced at my colleagues next to me. While … Continue reading Creative Brainstorm (Doodles)

What to wear today?

A woman's biggest dilemma: What to wear today? #firstworldproblems Some of us decide the evening before what to wear the next day and place it neatly on a hanger. Others will wait until the next morning to try on 5 pair of pants only end up in the first one chosen. The closet will remain … Continue reading What to wear today?

Sunshine Blogger Award

It took me some time, but I finally got to writing the Sunshine Blogger Award. I have been nominated by Goldie . I have tried before, but I cannot seem to express enough how amazing this blogger is, insanely diverse and has a intelligent writing style. Before I get to the question, Goldie also asked to … Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award

Are you walking away from the troubles in your life?

Friday is "catching up on emails" - day. I am working from home and put some Craig David - Walking away on. An email about the company doctor catches my attention. I nearly forgot, but in two weeks time we are going to have a useless training about feeling worn out due to your job, how … Continue reading Are you walking away from the troubles in your life?

The Pill

I grew up in family where most topics remained topic until I would figure them out myself. Most likely, that would be during a panic attack. During the start of my first period ever, I thought I was bleeding to death. When my mum confirmed that that was not going to be case, I knew … Continue reading The Pill

Good cop, bad cop

Whenever I did something naughty as a kid, my mum would always say "Just wait until your father gets home!". I guess she didn't want to be the one to punish me. Equally, whenever I wanted something, my dad would say "Go ask your mum". I guess, he didn't want to be the one to break … Continue reading Good cop, bad cop

Some thoughts about the Worldcup

We sat down for some dinner outside a pub. A large TV screen was put up and the chairs started to fill up when the game Argentina - France started. After the 1st half, the bomb exploded into many goals. Very soon France has made an impressive score of 4:2 around the 70th minute. "Argentina … Continue reading Some thoughts about the Worldcup

Roaming the streets I used to walk before

Roaming the streets I used to walk before The streets that used to take me home The same streets that now make me want to explore again Remember or imagine yourself walking on the streets of a vacation destination. You're probably looking around. Interesting sculptures, different looking people, shops you're not used to, small authentic … Continue reading Roaming the streets I used to walk before

About sleep

Have you ever told anyone that you're feeling tired and they responded with "You should exercise more" or "Quit eating sugar"? Even though that might be all very well true, I find it annoying. They misinterpreted me, but it's my fault. What I actually mean is I'm sleepy. So very sleepy. Litterally, sometimes at work I'd take a 15 … Continue reading About sleep

Where are you from?

When was the last time you looked at a world map? For educational purposes? To pick your holiday destination? To check out where your visitors on WordPress come from? 😉 Looking at one (right now), what’s the first thing you notice? Even though Europe seem like very tiny part of the world, it’s the first … Continue reading Where are you from?

The sore loser

I once helped a friend preparing for her job interview. We got to the topic of "strengths and weaknesses  improvements". "You are quite competitive, aren't you?", I said. "I am, but is that a good or bad thing?", she looked panicked, "doesn't that indicate me as a sore loser?". Interesting question. I used compete in quite some … Continue reading The sore loser

Do men really want an independent girlfriend?

The shoes on my feet, I've bought it The clothes I'm wearing, I've bought it The rock I'm rockin', I've bought it 'Cause I depend on me if I want it The watch I'm wearin', I've bought it The house I live in, I've bought it The car I'm driving, I've bought it I depend … Continue reading Do men really want an independent girlfriend?

Reliving the youth “trauma”

In my post When adults don’t think about consequences I talk about the hell of my youthful years: Sports day. This event was many more times traumatic in the Summer than the Winter. As soon as the Dutch temperature would hit above 22 degrees, school would make sure we could spend a day at the swimming pool. … Continue reading Reliving the youth “trauma”

3 years

3 years ago was on a Friday. I had a day off. I barely ate a cracker that day. I had changed clothes 5 times only to get back into what I originally planned. I checked time with each minute it past. And then finally, the doorbell rang. That day changed both our lives for … Continue reading 3 years

Mystery Blogger Award!

Julie nominated me again for an award and I am really enjoying them! So obviously thanks! Please feel free to participate as well if you like! But for those I have nominated, it's of course not mandatory 🙂 Julie's Questions: Do you like classic art or modern art and why? None. If I think of Classic … Continue reading Mystery Blogger Award!

What you seem on the outside vs. what you really are on the inside.

We "always" talk about people with a  "strong shell, but are a softie inside". You might have guessed, I'm the opposite. You'd see me crying. You'd see me breaking down, falling on my knees,. You'd hear me whine. But I'm so damn tough on the inside. I simply can't give up. I can't lay down … Continue reading What you seem on the outside vs. what you really are on the inside.

Clothes make the (wo)man and being yourself

Whenever I'm traveling for work, the term "business trip" seems so overrated. Mainly because what I am really going to do is talk about to equally nerdy colleagues about electricity and stuff, on a site location far away from any kind of civilization. But the people at the airport don't know that. So there's my … Continue reading Clothes make the (wo)man and being yourself

Liebster Award

I was nominated by Julie for the Liebster Award. Check out her blog. She is recently doing amazing with her weight loss adventure, owning her business and writing entertaining blog. Also, if you're interested in the Keto diet, I think she will be able to help you out a lot! Off we go! 10 Facts about … Continue reading Liebster Award

Things I did differently when I was single

Have you ever been told by a friend how boring you have become now that you are in a relationship? No more partying. No more late night phone calls. No more chasing good looking (wo)men. As much as we hate admit it, there might a be a sense of truth in it. On Saturday night, … Continue reading Things I did differently when I was single

Guilt

The taxi driver was on his last shift and he drove like that too. Thank you whoever created seat belts. But I did see the large letters when we drove by a church: Jesus died for our sins It took me back to my childhood. Growing up with religious parents, this statement has been half … Continue reading Guilt

Are you passionate about the field of business you work for?

Inspiration for today's blog is Goldie's last post:  https://dailyflabbergast.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/employees-making-big-time-decisions-the-effects-of-the-internet-and-social-media/ The blog talks about how much amount right of speech employees should have when they don't agree with the company they work for. On one hand we are all entitled to our opinion. On the other hand, in a time where finding a job isn't particularly … Continue reading Are you passionate about the field of business you work for?