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How to keep your sanity the last few weeks before going on a vacation.

Do you remember the last few weeks before a school holiday. You were excited for some time of, yet so very anxious about all the things that had be finalized before that. The History exam you needed to pass. The last two horrifying PE lessons. Surviving the class bitch who was going to torture you… Continue reading How to keep your sanity the last few weeks before going on a vacation.

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3 days, 3 quotes: DAY 1

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

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Traditions

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

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How much is your life influenced from people with too much power?

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?

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Listen before judging

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

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What’s your mood today?

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?

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The reliable employee

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

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Self love

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

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If money was no issue, would you stick to your 9 to 5?

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?

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Humor

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

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About me, Blog name and Tag line.

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.

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How I got to 1000 followers – the honest story

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

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Are you happy?

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?

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“I’m not trying to be rude, but .. ..”

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 .. ..”

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Story behind the design: Unimpressed Jelly

"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

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Mental vs. physical illness

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 stated firmly, "Get up that chair, do some exercise, drink a beer, meet some people!". The other nodded, nervously. In a… Continue reading Mental vs. physical illness

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Remember when you called us nerds?

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?

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Does a mirror really reflects reality?

"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?

An ode to

An ode to the men who never disrespected women

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

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When adults don’t think about consequences

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

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Story behind the design: Skeptical Valentino

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

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The child in me

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

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Should you have your life together in your 20’s?

"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?

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Do you have “a system”?

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”?

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The biggest lie I tell myself

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

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Do you feel embarrassed of your music taste?

The colleague sitting next to my office at work likes to play his music quite loudly throughout the building. Usually this would annoy me, but it doesn't. "Hey, I have brought a new CD", he told me the other day, "but I'm not sure if you will like it". Hell yeah! I love Johnny Cash!… Continue reading Do you feel embarrassed of your music taste?

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I’m 13 and I know a lot more than you think

Do you have a role model? Your parents, Bill gates, the "business woman of the year"? If you ask teenage girls, there is a high chance they'd refer to an artist. They make funky music, hair is always on fleek and they wear the perfect clothes to show their "perfect" body. Recently I involved myself… Continue reading I’m 13 and I know a lot more than you think

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What doesn’t kill you, makes you ….

Stronger? Do you actually believe that? Have you actually experienced it? Or do we all just think this is true because it's a common saying? Because Kelly Clarkson sang about it? Because we are supposed to be robots and showing any vulnerability is a bad thing? What didn't kill me made me a lot of… Continue reading What doesn’t kill you, makes you ….