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 8 – Reconnect With An Old Friend

When I think of old friends, I think of multiple things. I see two old ladies drinking tea and eating biscuits, while their hair has turned silver and their hands all wrinkled. I see women who were friends in high school reconnecting, after having been apart for decades. And I see me and Papaya, one…

30 Days Challenge // Day 7 – Update Your Resume

<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/14294689/?claim=4yz9yg62cvh”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> I remember when I wrote my first resume. It was in one of the final years of high school, where we learned how to write a letter of application and create a resume. Back then, my friends and me, we joked our way through it. We followed the basic…

30 Days Challenge // Day 5: Cultivate Your Gratitude

We say “thank you” way too less when it actually matters and we say it way too much when it does not matter at all. What I noticed, is that we have a lot to be grateful for, we just do not notice them anymore, because they have become so normal to us. So today,…

30 Days Challenge // Day 4 – Increase Your Endorphins

Endorphins – what are they and where to get them? When I think of endorphins, I think of exercising, of running twenty miles and afterwards feel absolutely exhausted but also really good (I have never actually ran twenty miles, but rumour has it, exercise is healthy for you). But as it turns out, my knowledge…

30 Days Challenge // Day 2 – Polish Important Jewelry

I am a girl who loves bling. When I walk past a store and I see something shimmering at me from behind the glass, I cannot help but look at it. When I wear some dangling earrings or shiny bracelets, I instantly feel more glamorous, like a polished version of myself. That does not mean…