As many of you might know, I have had quite a struggle with jobs in the past. Bullying managers, mean colleagues, non productive days, not feeling challenged, stress. I never really seemed to fit. Mostly likely because I never was part of the team. In my personal opinion, it's hard to be part of a … Continue reading Starting your own business
You might remember me. The person who used to blog on a daily basis? 😉 The past month something changed within me and my life. I will write about everything that has been happening in the past month. But I didn't want to have that post as my "comeback" 😉 I was lucky to be … Continue reading Award nomination & comeback post
"You're one of those women, aren't you?", some one told me once, "A woman who doesn't like women". I grinned. Although not necessarily true, I do see where that is coming from. Even though I grew up in a female dominated household, I always got along with my dad the best. From a young age he showed … Continue reading Do you prefer to spend time with the same or different gender?
In this time of year, a lot of people seem to be into "bullet journal doodling". Here is my contribution! I'd be happy to connect to more art / doodling sites here on WP. If you're on of them, drop your favorite post in the comment section and I will have a look and most … Continue reading Fall bullet journal Doodles
It was Goldie who introduced me to Creative Writing challenges. Now, I'm not as good G, but I do enjoy trying sometimes. And now I even took part of Carrot Ranch competition! We were being challenged to write exactly 99 words around the topic of Dialogue. My dialog with a song on the radio I could hide … Continue reading Creative Writing (CW): Dialogue – with a song.
I always considered myself an introvert without knowing what it ACTUALLY means. I just know that I am not loud, I hate being in the center of attention and I avoid large groups. "But still you are choosing a career as an Instructor?", a colleague asked me. Funnily enough, I do. I am definitely up for … Continue reading Some insights about Communication
Last week we had a realtor coming over. Before that, Jasper and I placed a bet. I thought he was going to lose money over the house. He thought it might have the same value. Mr. Realtor was more optimistic. "If you don't place the house for EUR xx.xxx more than the buying price, you … Continue reading When the Home turns into a House
Lately I have started to follow a lot of new blogs. I have a lot of time with very few things to do. So I read. But is reading and hitting "Like" enough? I like when people give me some appreciation in the form of a comment on my post. Surely others will acknowledge when … Continue reading Do new bloggers take the comment section serious enough?
If you have missed out the first one, check it out: Fun with puns The last one is based on Jasper and me. I always like to talk a bit when laying in bed, but of course the mister is already too tired! Which is your favorite?
I was nominated by Goldie, for the Awesome Impact Award. I hadn't heard of this one before, but it's probably one of the most interesting ones! Goldie talks about her first time being independent due to go to university. Obviously, the my road to independence was a difficult one too, but the entire experience was … Continue reading Awesome Impact Award: An Incident that impacted my life in a positive way
Today is one of my favorite days: Pasta day! Many of you will say that Pasta might not be a healthy choice, so when you eat it, it's best to enjoy to the fullest. 😉 And how to do that better than freshly prepare it yourself! I spoke with Goldie about it yesterday who said … Continue reading Recipe: Pasta from scratch
Process of DoodlingAlso I often get the question (OK OK, only Goldie just now 😉 ) what my process of doodling is. First of all, I don't use any fancy tools or pencils. So no brand recommendations. I use 3 apps, which are either for free or less than 5 euro's. And I use them … Continue reading October Doodles
This post is inspired by Goldie's Mental Health at work post, but also by me touching a broken glass this morning. I only realized its state when I saw a puddle of blood on the kitchen counter. It was a tiny cut on my finger and it didn't hurt. But the blood kept on flowing. It was … Continue reading What my OCD feels like (metaphor)
Last Christmas, my brother in law told a story about a girl he knew who wanted to do liposuction. I guess the 2nd glass of wine suddenly made me sharper than usual. "Wait! How old is this "girl" of yours?". I was a bit suspicious because he is somewhere in this late forties. "50", he answered. … Continue reading About age
Last bits of the jobI have about 2 weeks left of my current job. When I started, this role and project were new. I did everything from scratch. I am a proud "mommy" and feel very responsible of my "baby". Slowly but steadily I have watched several people taking some of my tasks. I try … Continue reading Things I don’t care about, yet care so much about
Recently I have seen quite some posts about "Motivation". What motivates you to get out of bed? To make your bed? What motivates to you drive to work? To actually work? What motivates you to cook? And clean afterwards? This is something that I seem to differ from many others. I don't really need motivation. … Continue reading Do you need motivation?
I wanted to my Doodles a deeper dimension and how else to do that than with puns! So here are the first two. If you can think of more, let me know in the comments 🙂 Of course this can be bought on your favorite item via the Emotion Doodles store.
Back in the days, I wanted to become "big" on Instagram. Not because the followers and likes would boost my ego. But I honestly think I am funny. Not so much when you meet me in person however. I am usually very quiet. My strength lays in the short written stories or a capturing picture. … Continue reading Why I want followers
I am continuing yesterday's story with little snippets of my road to Independence. For a more background information, please read: Road to independence: First time doing laundry on my own So today's story is about my first alcoholic drink. My parents were quite strict and made me promise that I wouldn't drink before finishing university. … Continue reading Road to independence: first time alcohol
Now that the move to Denmark is getting closer, my memories of my first experience there, are getting more vivid. I was 20 when I stepped into the train for my first long, independent journey. Even my dad teared up when I hugged my parents goodbye. But I bravely ensured them everything was going to … Continue reading Road to independence: First time doing laundry on my own
It's been about 2 -3 weeks ago since I told my employer that I will be leaving. It's not the first time I have done something like that. But no matter how much hated or liked my job, I have always been very nervous to break the news. The only good thing was that after … Continue reading After I said I am leaving
I never understood why Breakfast is called the way it is. "Breaking" it down it's Break and Fast. So that a fast break? I like taking my time during breakfast when I have the time. Every now and then I like to recreate what you usually would see in a hotel. What would you like … Continue reading Breakfast doodles
Thursday evening 11 in the night. We were supposed to be our flight, but our mood was ruined by a 1 hour delay. People seemed annoyed, tired and desperate for a shower. I sure was since I finished my book and wanted to save some battery on my phone. Time for some old fashion entertainment. … Continue reading Do you think people notice you?
In about 3.5 months it's New Year's eve. Anyone feeling anxious already? 😉 Although most people consider the 1st of January to be the start of new beginnings, for me, September was always that month. You get to charge your battery during a long summer vacation and then it's time for fresh books and other … Continue reading September Doodles
After a long and stressful day, I didn't think anything could cheer me up. Not even Jasper who tried with some comforting words. We were driving towards home. I stared out the window and that's when I saw him. The cutest thing: a puggy dribbling down the street. If you know me the slightest bit, … Continue reading The little things in life
Some of you might have noticed I have been quite active on the blogosphere lately. I have too much time lately 😉 But tomorrow we are flying to Denmark to look at some apartments. I won't be bringing my laptop, so you get a little break from me 😉 I will be leaving you with … Continue reading Is coffee your cup of tea?
Technically, if you suddenly decide to take a day off, your manager is not allowed to ask you for the reason. They do have to approve it, so there will always some sort of awkwardness. Sometimes it a simple "my best friend is going to get married" or "family thing". But if you take a … Continue reading How anonymous would you like to be?
Some words have different meanings. The first time I realized the other meaning of "pretty" was when someone told me I was "pretty smart". "Pretty AND smart?", I joked He winked. Compliments. I always hope to receive one every now and then. But then when I do, they make me uncomfortable. I start blushing. Should I … Continue reading About compliments
YouTuber 1: It's OK becuase it's modern music YouTuber 2: you mean: because* YouTuber 1: I dont need you to correct me!! Youtube 2: don't*. I do when its wrong. I only want to teach you. Me: You mean, it's* How often do you feel the need to correct others when they are wrong? In the case … Continue reading In case you plan to correct people
On my first workday ever, my colleague advised me to keep my email open at all times. I gave her a peculiar look. This made no sense. I checked my personal email maybe twice a week. Who would be sending me all these emails? Well well well. How young and innocent I was. 😉 I … Continue reading About emails
Lately I have noticed quite some difference in the views versus likes. I wonder if people randomly clicked on my post. Or they do read it, but they don't enjoy my post at all. We always assume people like without reading. But this the opposite. I also have to do some self reflection here. Due … Continue reading Views vs. Likes
Every morning I drive to work, I have to take this one annoying road. It's about 5 km long. The speed limit is 70km/h. This is hardly a matter of safety. The town who borders the road is populated by rich people. They simply didn't like the sound of speeding cars and payed a lot … Continue reading About Hypocrisy and speed limits
Many people claim to be extremely liberal. The are open to new ideas. They are open for change. This always makes me a little skeptical. Even if I neglect all the political views. I remember the day a new girl stepped into the primary school I was in. Her family moved from 20 km to … Continue reading Do you like change?
There are couple of bloggers on WordPress which I consider to be the big names. They have numbers of which I could only dream of. So, I have been trying to analyze them. What makes them so much more "successful" in the blogging world than me? The first measurement to take is of course on … Continue reading Why are some bloggers more successful than others?
We were out in the nature yesterday. One of the attractions was a lookout point which promised an amazing view over the entire park. However, to get there, you had climb up a quite steady, steep hill. For someone who didn't exercise for 1 year this might be a challenge. Not to mention a warm … Continue reading Was the view worth the climb? (Rescheduled post 10-2017)
I was at store yesterday where there was a "Valentino bag collection". I couldn't resist to not include our little Skeptical Valentino: Then I went to the beach. I looked down and thought to myself "So many stones", but later I found out it where Jelly Fish! As I walked a bit more, I saw … Continue reading Yesterday in pictures
Lately both Jasper and I have been into nature series. "One of the reason I like you is because you like animals", he said. My heart melted a bit. But also because of all the cute animal (love) stories! Here are a couple of them. If you know more, let me know! PenguinsIf you have watched … Continue reading Which animal has the cutest (love) story?
Sunday evening I know we're not all living in the time zone, but here in Europe, the Sunday evening feelings started to creep in "earlier". I enjoyed a rainy weekend with a new Netflix series, Doodling, blogging, listening to LPs and cooking. Perfection itself. Until realization has decided to kick in. Prepare your lunchbox. Make … Continue reading Sunday Evening vs. Monday Morning
"Forgiveness means no more feeling the need to take revenge". "Forgiveness means closure" . They say. So what does that entail? That you will be able to tightly hug the "enemy"? I have been bullied, made fun for as long as I can remember. However, since things are going quite well, one could say I … Continue reading Forgiveness (rescheduled post 09-2017)
Why did we as a child felt a desperate need to become an adult? Why do adults even wants us to become grown ups at a young age? Probably the first gift a girl receives is a doll, so she can play "mommy mommy" with her friends. I am drowning in embarrassment thinking back of … Continue reading Adulthood (rescheduled post 09-2017)
Both my parents used to smoke for different reasons. My dad just wanted to be part of the cool kids. My mum started smoking when she started working. Smoking breaks were not deducted from the 8 hour working day, so anything for a few extra breaks. When I started high school, smart phones were not … Continue reading Smoker’s interaction (rescheduled post 09/2017)
For years women have been underestimated. Luckily some strong females have improved a lot for us living in the 21st century. Yet, still on today's days, women get paid less, don't get to management positions as easy and are expected to stay home when children "suddenly" pop-up. But, is it really only men who are … Continue reading Feminism (rescheduled post 08/2018)
A teacher once advised to make changes every five years. That's what he did anyway. Change your job. Change the area you life in. Change your diet. Change your hobby. I checked out his LinkedIn and guess what? He is still in the same position as when I first met him, 11 years ago. Interesting! … Continue reading What prevents you from experimenting in life?
If we'd live in a Pinocchio world, someone's lying would be easy to detect. Unfortunately, unless you had CIA training, it might get difficult to reveal a good actor. However some people claim that body language can tell a lot. I do want to say, I'm not a big believer of this. If you see … Continue reading I am out of excuses
In order for magnets to attract each other, you need a North and South pole. That’s why I am drinking out the polar bear mug and he from the pinguin mug. 😉