beside the seaside

Saturday, 12 August 2017

I love going on little day trips with my cousin Miriam. A few weeks ago, on the last day we could travel for free (one of the perks of being a student in the Netherlands...), we both had a day off and decided to go to The Hague. The day wasn't perfect at all - the weather wasn't great (I had to buy a scarf because I was freezing) and the shopping streets were extremely busy. We both got tired of all the cues and all the people, so we decided to hop on the tram and go to Scheveningen, a seaside town nearby. We didn't know that the tram traffic in The Hague was a mess, so by the time we arrived it was much later than we had planned. When we finally arrived it was still freezing and extremely windy, but we decided to take off our jackets (well, I didn't have a jacket with me) and have a little photoshoot. As you can see on the photos we had a lot of fun. There were two other girls doing the exact same thing and we were laughing to each other the whole time - I'm still trying to find out who they were and if they are also bloggers (I could have just asked them... but I was too shy). Afterwards we ate chips on the Pier and travelled the whole way back home. After all it was a lovely day :). 

days in the forest & Zwolle

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Like I said in yesterday's post, I took so many pictures during my week in the forests that they would never fit in one post. I just can't stop taking pictures of trees, ferns and pretty houses. So here are some more pictures of my little staycation :).

a time out

Monday, 7 August 2017

After finishing my Bachelor and working at my summer job for weeks, I finally had a week off last week. I waited way too long to book a holiday and when I finally knew where I wanted to go (England, of course), the plane tickets had doubled in price. Therefore I decided to just stay in the Netherlands and maybe go to England in October or November. Friends of my parents were kind enough to let me stay in their beautiful cottage in the middle of the forest - the perfect getaway for me! 

July in pictures

Monday, 31 July 2017

• evening walks • scheveningen • cats • breakfasts  • Amsterdam • Rotterdam delfshaven  red velvet cake • random nature pictures • swan market  Miriam • more evening walks • more cats 

wandering around Amsterdam

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A few weeks ago, I had an appointment in Amsterdam and a few hours to spare. I don't know Amsterdam too well - of course I've been there a few times, but never much further than the shopping streets everyone knows. This time I decided to skip the busy streets and to just walk around with my camera around my neck. I still enjoy experimenting with my new fairly DSLR so much. I'm so happy I made that investment a few months ago. I've also been trying a lot of different things with my editing. Let me know what you think! 

about not knowing what you want (and how to figure it out)

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Recently I've been struggling a lot with figuring out what I want to do now that I've got my Bachelor's degree in Psychology. There wasn't one master course I really liked, I wasn't sure whether I wanted to stay at the same university or not and the idea of choosing something that would lead to a job in just over a year seemed a bit daunting. I was even doubting whether studying Psychology was right for me. I thought a lot about taking a gap year, but it wasn't really something I'd prepared for (or saved money for) and I had no idea where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. I spent a lot of days searching for volunteer projects abroad, but most were very expensive and they were either too short (just a few weeks) or too long for me (over 10 months). I sent a lot of e-mails, even filled in many application forms  and got accepted to two projects, but it still didn't feel right. Because it's almost August now and time was starting to run out, I felt more and more pressure to make a decision. I also felt extremely tired of not knowing what my life was going to look like from September. 
Over the past few weeks, I did a lot of things to try and make up my mind. And luckily, I can finally say I have a plan that I'm content with. 

swan market rotterdam

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Swan Market. I had heard so many people talk about it, but I never went myself. Last Sunday morning, when it was boiling hot, a friend posted on facebook that there was a Swan Market in Rotterdam that day. I had no plans for the day and I'm staying in a friend's house in the middle of Rotterdam, so I decided to spontaneously go there and see for myself what all the fuss was about. I put on a summer dress, grabbed by camera and got on my bike. 
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Barcelona travel diary, part two

Saturday, 6 May 2017

When I woke up on the third day in Barcelona, the rain had finally stopped ticking on the roof of our apartment. I opened the curtains and saw some blue in the sky for the first time since we'd arrived. I couldn't wait to get dressed and finally see the city with its true beauty, covered in warm sunlight. 
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Barcelona travel diary, part one

Friday, 5 May 2017

A week ago, I went on a citytrip to Barcelona with my family. We desperately tried to ignore the bad forecasts and kept telling ourselves that the weather wouldn't really be that bad. Our hand luggage consisted of t-shirts, sunglasses and thin jumpers for the cold mornings. But when we set foot on Spanish territory, we realized that we had to adjust our expectations. Barcelona was covered in grey clouds and soon it would start to rain. 
(Don't worry, the blue skies will come in part two).

a stormy day in april

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

It was almost May, but it didn't feel like it. The air was cold and the wind was strong like it was November.

with a fresh pair of eyes

Sunday, 19 March 2017

When I was 11 years old I used to have a pair of reading glasses - for some reason I have the eyes of a 70-year-old woman. One day, when I just started high school, I decided glasses weren't cool and I never wore them again. Recently I started to notice that I was getting headaches when I spent a lot of time behind my laptop or reading. I had an eye test and it turned out I still had a little deviation that could cause the headaches. In a time when glasses are used as fashion accessoires I actually didn't mind needing glasses again. So I went on the hunt to find the perfect pair. 

a little adventure on a monday

Thursday, 9 March 2017

I'd slept less three hours that night. I had a thesis deadline on Monday morning and I'd procrastinated for way too long. Completely my own fault of course. But at 7.30 I finally e-mailed my research proposal to my supervisor, changed my dressing gown for a jumper that was just as cosy, put an umbrella and a bottle of water in my backpack and quietly left the house. 

montly goals • march

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

As I'm writing this, I'm waiting for my delayed train. I can feelt the light of the first spring sunbeams warming my pale face. I almost forgot what that felt like. March has arrived and I couldn't be happier about it. 

everything about my bullet journal (+ flip through)

Thursday, 23 February 2017

 I've really been into bullet journalling lately lately. I just love to have everything I would normally have in seperate notebooks in one place and I feel so creative and inspired when I'm using it. In this post I'm going to tell you all about my bullet journal, from the notebook that I use to the pens I like to write/draw with. I'm also giving you a sneak peek inside my bullet journal. 

books I want to read this year

Monday, 13 February 2017

 At the beginning of the year I made a ton of lists - my new year's resolutions, blog posts I wanted to write, personal goals.. One of my goals/resolutions was to read more. Even though I love reading, for some reason I find it hard to find time to read in my everyday life. I think watching Netflix in my free time has become too much of a habit - but one that I really want to break.
So in january I made another list of the books that I really want to read this year. These are all books that I already own but just never read before, or started to read but never finished. I'll make it my mission to read all of them before the summer.

All the bright places by Jennifer Niven
All the bright places is about a boy and a girl who meet each other when they're both about to commit suicide. They save each other from killing themselves and then become friends.
I received this book as a gift for my birthday in 2015. For some reason I just never got around reading it. As a psychology student I always find it interesting to read about people with mental health problems. I've heard many people raving about this book, so I definitely want to read it.


outfit and catching up

Saturday, 11 February 2017

  
Last week I had a little spontaneous tea date with one of my best friends from high school. We went to the tea lab (again...), had some lunch and a piece of cheesecake to share. It was so nice catching up with her. She lives on the other side of the country now, so we don't see each other as much as we'd want to.

hygge

Sunday, 15 January 2017

If you haven't heard or seen anything about hygge, you must have been living under a rock. I heard a bit about it here in there in the past few months, but didn't really look into it until recently. I was browsing through a book store looking for a birthday present for one of my best friends and stumbled upon Meik Wiking's book about Hygge. I bought it for her, leafed through it to read see what it was about, and before I knew it I had finished the entire book and had to buy my friend a new copy (sad note: she had already received the same book from someone else so I had to return it).

The book by Meik Wiking, CEO at The Happiness Research Institute in Kopenhagen, is all about the Danish art of living. Hygge is a Danish word which you can't really translate to English (in Dutch it is quite the same as 'gezelligheid') but it essentially is a word to describe everything people do to become happier and focus on the things that really matter. It's about having quality time alone and with friends, in and out of the house, and about changing your environment in a way that you can live more happily and peacefully.
Burning candles is hygge. Reading a book in comfy clothes underneath a blanket is hygge. Having a nostalgic Harry Potter marathon is hygge (this is definitely on my to do as soon as possible list). Staying in a little wooden cabin with your best friends for the weekend and play board games with the fire burning is (extremely) hygge. Basically, hygge is everything amazing.

When reading this book, I realized I've always been a major hygge practitioner, I just never realized it had a name. I think this book is full of situations everyone has experienced, but maybe didn't appreciate as valuable. Reading this book can help you to appreciate those moments even more. It also gave me a lot of ideas of things to do, alone and with friends, in the upcoming year, and really helped me to make me look forward to 2017.

I think I'm going to send an e-mail to mister Wiking and ask him if he needs any psychology students to help him with his research ;). If you haven't read his book yet, I would highly recommend you do!

a new year, a fresh start

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Hello lovely readers. I know, it's been a while. And no, I haven't been extremely busy, but for some reason I've had such a lack of motivation to do anything in the past couple of months. I couldn't get out of bed until 9.30 and wasted a lot of my days watching netflix and doing nothing. I also started a new part-time job that was quite hard at the beginning, which for me was an excuse to do even less on days I didn't have to work. Even though I love november and december, I really needed january to get my interest back in doing the things I always used to love.

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