30 Days Challenge // Day 15 – Write A Letter To Your Family

Dear family, I am not sure what my earliest memory is. The first few couple years of my life are collided into a whirlwind of images, sounds and smells, all connected to one tiny house in the countryside. The house where my first memories were created and the house where little sister was born. One of…

Happy 2016! // My New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! Yesterday I spent New Year’s Eve with my family in Goes. We played quizzes, ate lots and lots of oliebollen and lit hot air balloons into the midnight sky. Standing in front of our house, we could see colorful flowers of fireworks blossoming all around us. But now, when 2016 has fully…

Bye Bye 2015! // A Throwback Thursday

One of the best parts of having a blog is that at the end of the year, you can look back at all of your previous posts and travel back in time. On this Thursday, the last day of the year 2015, I’m having a little Throwback Thursday. Join me as I look back on…

30 Days Challenge // Day 14 – Declutter Your Life

I never thought of myself as a hoarder. My garage isn’t filled with collectible action figures, my kitchen cabinet isn’t filled with cleaning rags in every thinkable color and my shelves aren’t covered with limited edition Ferbies. I am a much more subtle hoarder and I only realized it when I reached early adulthood. Perhaps…

30 Days Challenge // Day 13 – Give Yourself A Breast Exam

Last Tuesday, the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show aired on CBS. The fashion spectacle features models such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo and Adriana Lima walking down the runaway in the sexiest, over-the-top lingerie. The models are awed because of their picture-perfect bodies, with legs for days, booty-licious curves and, of course, an…

30 Days Challenge // Day 12 – Create Your Bucketlist

As a child, December 5 was one of my favorite days of the year: Sinterklaas. We would spent the entire evening unwrapping presents, eating pepernoten and laughing at our dog, who would tear the wrapping paper to a million pieces. At the end of the night, the ground would be covered in paper chips, transforming…

30 Days Challenge // Day 11 – Memorize A Poem

You don’t survive in me because of memories; nor are you mine because of a lovely longing’s strength. What does make you present is the ardent detour that a slow tenderness traces in my blood. I do not need to see you appear; being born sufficed for me to lose you a little less. by…

30 Days Challenge // Day 10 – Find Your NUTs

This week I searched for my NUTs: Non-Negotiable Unalterable terms. After some deep soul-searching, I realized I only have one NUT. And it has everything to do with this quote: All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. This is the opening line of one of my favorite novels…

30 Days Challenge // Day 9 – Take A Man On A Date

Being a gentleman is not an easy task. Opening a door for a woman, not because he thinks she cannot open it herself, but because he wants to be polite, wearing nice clothes, minding his table manners, giving a woman his jacket when she is cold, complementing a women sincerely, but also, taking a woman…