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!


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 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


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


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: 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?

Entertainer Blogger Award

Thank you Georgiemoon for tagging me in the Entertainer Blogger Award! I've been recently enjoying these and I'm happy to start answering your questions right away! 🙂 Her Questions:   Why did you start blogging in the first place? World domination 😉 I have said it before, I intended to get rich. I honestly thought it … Continue reading Entertainer Blogger Award

Did movies/series influence your career choice?

I grew up with a dad who is a  Legal Drama addict. After watching Kramer vs. Kramer, I was too. During our daily walk and talk in the nature, we dreamed about how cool it would be to fight for someone's right while wearing a slick suit. Yes, we. Somewhere deep down I felt that dad had … Continue reading Did movies/series influence your career choice?

About pride

My mum grew up on a farm in a small village, somewhere hidden in the woods of Bosnia. According to her own story, she had to walk every day 20 km to school. On her way there she would meet black bears and dangerous snakes. While I have a hard time believing exactly that, I … Continue reading About pride


Today I got to know something which is giving me a tiny bit of hope. Hope that the future will be better. That there actually could be a future. A nice one, potentially. Hope that for once and for all I can cut of the demons from the past. Or at least, forget about them … Continue reading Hope

The blog I initially intended to make

Is your current blog your first blog? Is your current blog also the first concept you had in mind for a blog? The first idea I had for my blog was very different from all the melodramatic stories I'm currently writing. I lived a very different back then. I was social and interacted a lot … Continue reading The blog I initially intended to make

Inspiration provided by you (doodles)

Some time back I asked if you guys could help me with finding inspiration for my doodles. (In case you needed motivation and want to give me inspiration) I absolutely loved the suggestion, but they weren't all that easy. Somehow I managed to make 3 of them! Love Lemon Suggestion by: Creation: Perky Coffee … Continue reading Inspiration provided by you (doodles)

Being the bigger person

In my post Mystery Award I mentioned that I recently felt insulted by a waitress. It was during another warm day on our vacation in Greece. We decided to not go to the beach since we were both nearing a sunburn. We walked around for a bit. Looked around in the gift shop. When boredom started to … Continue reading Being the bigger person

Online dating

So you're getting older. You have decided you want to settle down outside of the city center. Where everything is quieter. You have decided you want to build up a career. Weekends have become precious. Late nights at the club or pub are no longer part of your agenda. Sleeping before it gets dark, is. … Continue reading Online dating

How to grow your hair faster

Have you ever sat down at a hair dresser's chair a half way through the session the only thing you think of "What is the magic spell to grow my hair back?". If you haven't or think you never have will, this blog might not be for you. Throughout life I have many hair decisions I … Continue reading How to grow your hair faster

In case you needed motivation and want to give me inspiration

Welcome to my new doodle: Optimistic Cloud. As some of you know, I am drawing these kind of Doodles for some time now. The post where they are all presented: What’s your mood today? This was the newest addition this morning, but lately I have been really lacking in inspiration. Some time back I was suggested … Continue reading In case you needed motivation and want to give me inspiration

Mystery Award

I promised that I would these awards as soon as possible, so here I go! Floating Gold  has nominated me, who always comes up with the most diverse topics who are thought provoking too! So go follow the blog! 5 things about me: I drive an Opel Corsa. It's an automatic. My favorite type of jewelry … Continue reading Mystery Award

About OCD

"I like to have my book shelf organized from the largest to the smallest book. I must have OCD - LOOOOOOOOOOL" "OCD has nothing to do with mental health. Besides everyone has a bit OCD because in the end, we all need a routine in life". Hearing statement likes, and unfortunately I do too often, … Continue reading About OCD

Get to know me – questions

Are you named after anyone? No, but here are some fun facts: My parents had 3 names in mind for me: Anita, Monika and Andrea. If I were a boy, I would be called Leonardo. I guess they had a thing for Italian male names 😉 When was the last time you cried? Lately I … Continue reading Get to know me – questions

Bullying and Your Role as a Parent

Looking back at my youth, there are many things I wish I had the courage to do differently. There are many things I wished my parents handled in a different way as well. But how can I blame them. Parenting class 101 doesn't exist. They didn't have the resource of internet to seek advice on. … Continue reading Bullying and Your Role as a Parent

How do you deal with reality after a vacation?

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?