5 Lessons I learned in 2019

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I think we can all relate to the fact that 2019 flew by. Gone before I know. I thought it was about time to reflect. 2018 was a year of growth for me: I started eating vegan, exercising every day and I started to live life for myself. Which made me truly happy with who I am and who I want to be. However, 2019 trough some things on me that had a lot of influence on my stress levels. That changed my perception of life: your perception is your reality! If you see anything as something negative it will turn out that way. As a very positive person, I found this hard to deal with it. So, I am starting off 2020 with a whole other perception and approach. Here are the five TOP things I learned from 2019:

  1. Listen to yourself! Speak up if something feels terribly wrong for you. Even if it is something other people would suggest as being  good. It has to feel that way. In 2019 I started listening more to my own feelings and I stopped where it felt wrong to push through.
  2. I haven’t been really confident about my body lately. When I have stress I am always eating more unhealthy, then I should… But I learned in 2019 that my body is coping with all these stress levels really well and I am so thankful for that! It is functioning, sleeping and it works still great during workouts. So don’t be harsh on yourself! Your body takes you everywhere, take care of it!
    Also, I loved the post, Sophie wrote about body confidence: Fuck being: bikini body ready
  3. It is okay to disappoint people…. and you will be disappointing more people in 2020! It is calling choosing you, over everything else.
  4. Communicating is everything, in relationships, friendships even with your family. If you have a hard time expressing how you feel, try talking with someone close to you. In 2019 I have been holding in so many feelings I had and it took a lot of pressure away when I started talking with my friends about how I felt. It doesn’t even have to be about feelings. If someone made a joke about you and you didn’t like it: don’t hesitate to say that!
  5. Don’t let your emotions keep you off from work. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed that I lose all my focus on the things I want to achieve and in 2019 I learned to control them. To overcome them. If you keep your head close to your goals, you win.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for a healthy 2020

Hi Loves! First of all: I hope you had a wonderful Christmas time. For me, it is the best time of the year since when I was little. Second: Happy new year! I wish you all the best for 2020 and don’t forget about your resolutions. I took these pictures below in December already, when I was visiting a Christmas market with a good friend of mine. The skirt I am wearing is from My Jewellery Size down because it runs a bit big on the waist! The red scarf is from H&M and I got it in the Christmas sale. Christmas time can be very expensive but sometimes you find the right items that have been on your wish-list for a long time.

So, everyone is probably talking about there new year resolutions and how they already broke it. Personally, I find it hard to stay close to my goals because there is so much going on in my life. Especially in 2019, it has been a rollercoaster. So my focus for 2020 will be on remembering my own resolutions. That contains writing them down, reading them out loud for myself and adjust them to my personal situations.

As being ‘healthy’ is a big part of my life, I would like to dedicate this post to this topic. Being healthy can mean a lot of different things, it is different for everyone. For me, it means regular workouts, enough sleep and a positive mindset about my body. Here are my 10 top new year’s resolutions for a healthy life in 2020:

  1. Regular workouts
    around 4-6 per week. Even when you are unmotivated you can maybe go for a little walk?
  2. Prioritize your sleep.
    Get at least 7 hours per night. You can track your sleep so easy on your iPhone!
  3. Take a look at your alcohol consumption.
  4. Make a work out routine that works!
    Plan your weeks ahead to schedule your workouts.
  5. Start meal prepping!
    It is so easy and handy.
  6. Watch your mental health
    and the energy you get from others. Try to be as close to yourself as possible. This helps you in making decisions.
  7. Eat at least one fruit a day 🙂
  8. Keep a notebook with you,
    here you can write down new plans or healthy ideas.
  9. Make your plans achievable 
  10. Reflect on your challenges from last year

I hope you find some inspiration in these 10 resolutions I wrote down!

 

What to do when you feel uninspired

Hi babes,

I am back!! 100%.
After almost six months I thought it was about time to write some new stuff down again. I have been at a bad place last winter and I am trying every day to grow myself stronger and happier within. I noticed how much my moods influenced my creativity. At some point there was literally nothing  I could come up with, I felt like all my dreams just faded away. As a blogger, your imagination and creativity is the biggest part of your career. There were a few things that helped me to get back on track, in a different way, but maybe even in a better one.
So here are some tips and tricks to do when you feel uninspired about life:

BE sure to get enough rest and sleep. I can’t say enough how important this is! This is a big struggle point for me because I love to go out with friends. I am out of the house all the time. Either I am at school, working at the restaurant, partying, visiting events, go for drinks or dinner with friends or I am at the gym. This year I have been sick a couple of times already so I am going to focus on taking more rest this fall.

DO something new. Change your environment or your daily routine. Instead of eating your breakfast inside, go outside and eat your breakfast somewhere else. The park, garden or just at the corner of the street. Maybe there is a bakery nearby, there are so many options. What I learned this year is that it isn’t about big vacations, amazing places, it is about the beauty you see in your surroundings.

STOP using your phone for a while and try to be more present. For me, as a blogger, this is hard. Because everything I do is online. There are weekends where I just put my phone away and enjoy my offline time. The morning is the most important time of the day, I used to check my phone immediately. Since I stopped this I noticed that I wake up differently, more relaxed. I take the time to make a proper breakfast, before checking the online world.

RECOGNIZE the thoughts in your head who keep you in a negative state. Try to write them down, are they even true? Most of the time the only thing that is holding us back, is our selves. So try to get rit of these thoughts and replace them with a positive one. So every time when a negative thought is coming up, place a positive one in place. This takes some practice, but I promise it will help you for the best!

START a crazy house clean up. Replace and re-design the environment you spend in most of the time of your days. When my room is a mess, for example, I find it much harder to concentrate or relax. Every season I tend to change the house a lot, it makes me feel exciting and you will get so much inspiration from it!

 

 

 

How I Turned My Life Around

Sometimes you are in a position full negative energy. Life has put you there and maybe you are wondering why. Things can happen unexpectedly and they may take lots of your energy. I have been there before. I think, many times in my life. But lately, I have been noticing certain patterns in my behavior, how is it possible that I let negative energy control my feelings and thoughts so much? We should protect ourselves and have faith in whatever situation we may be. In today’s blog post I am going to explain to you how you can turn your life around to life it the fullest.

1. Find a passion, a source that gives you energy
– For me, that passion is blogging. But it can be anything from drawing to spending time with your greatest friends. This source has to give you positive energy in your life, instead of taking energy from you. Of course, it is not always like this. I get up in the morning really early to work on my blog, so it makes me tired too. But it is about the feeling you get after, in your whole body. Do you feel grateful, happy, satisfied after being with this source? Then you are exactly where you should be!

2. Stop watching TV
– Okay, this may sound weird to you but it actually helps a lot! I used to watch TV all the time after I came home from work or college. It distracts you and you may have been looking to your computer screen already the whole day. Your brain will be staying to active to do anything and it has an influence on your sleep routine.

3. Take responsibility
– The scariest thing is to admit that your life probably sucks right now. You are in a position you do not want to be at all. Do not blame your problems on someone else. You are 100% in control of your life. You can sit back and wait and wait until something magical happens. But life is now. (I feeel soooo creative right now haha! I hope this is going to help you out so much!)

4. Embrace every positive little thing
– If you are in that negative position, where you do not know how to get out. Focus on the small positive things that are actually happening. This can be a sweet message from your friend who is trying to help you out. Or it can be the joyful thought that there is still some peanut butter left in the fridge. The little things are everything. Often we forget them, we focus on the big picture of how our life should be.

Take care of yourself, where ever you are ♥

 

5 Things 2018 has taught me

2018 was overall a good year for me: I can definitely say that I found my inner peace.  In 2018 I found a kind of peace within myself that I haven’t felt before. I started with accepting that I was enough. In our society, we are consistently overwhelmed with ‘girl bosses’ and ‘superwoman’. Because of my studies, things that happened in my family, I built up a huge pressure on myself, this pressure almost ruined me in 2017. At the end of 2017, I was done with running around like a crazy person, consistently crossing my own borders. Happy thoughts came and 2018 gave me so much, more than I could imagine!

  1. Life is NOW
    – These three words may sound scary, but it is so true! Why wondering and doubting when you can do things right away. I have to admit that I waited too long with things in my life. Especially the ones who scare the hell out of me. Of course, you have to be fully ready to do something, to change. But do not waste your time wondering if you are going the right way. Life will guide you.
  2. Say no more often
    – I am that type of girl who is always running around, trying to please everyone. 2018 taught me that this was not something I could persevere all my life. If you do not feel like doing something, then don’t! Skip that party, take your rest. People will only respect you when you choose you.
  3. Always listen to your inner voice/feelings
    – A thing I still have to learn… Your stomach can tell you everything, do not let your mind take over. When we were younger, as kids, we used to be so connected with our inner selves. I am trying to get back to this by reading books or by writing my feelings down. I can not tell you enough how important this is!
  4. Some things are out of your control
    – You can not control everything in life. Things happen, even if you are trying your hardest to hold on. It is better to go with the flow then stressing over something you thought was forever. Life has a good reason to guide you this way.
  5. Organization is the key to success!
    – I have to admit: I am not really a planner. This holds me back from doing a lot of things I wanted to do in 2018. So buy that planner and get started!

6 things you need to know before going Vegan

Going vegan can be a scary lifestyle change, especially when you are going to take the step in one day. If you are thinking about changing up your diet I suggest you take your time! It took me a year to go from vegetarian to 100% vegan. I changed my diet step by step, this helps you to discover new sorts of foods and flavors and your body gets enough time to get used to your new way of eating. I wrote down my 6 best tips to get you started. This post may also be helpful if you are a vegetarian or if you are just curious about this topic!

  1. You will need a Vitamine B12 supplement.
  • Vitamin B12 occurs naturally only in animal foods, it helps our body with keeping the blood cells and nerve’s healthy and it supports your body in making DNA. A low percentage of B12 in your blood can lead to hair loss, concentration problems, tiredness, headaches and so on.  Don’t worry: you can get B12 in every local drug store. If you are going vegan, I recommend you to visit your doctor to ask for the best vitamins B12 supplements. Every once in a while I get my blood tested, to see if I am not missing out of any important vitamins.

2. Large portions 

  • Keep in mind that your body uses the animal form of some nutrients better than the plant form. You might need a higher dose or cofactors to help you absorb nutrients. For example, I eat lots of everything. Instead of 200 grams of greens per day, I will eat 300 – 400 grams. This sounds crazy, but you have to get enough iron out of your greens. The percentage of iron in meat is way higher than in beans or carrots.

3. Know your motivation

  • Why do you want to go vegan? Write down your thoughts and expectations. I went vegan because I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle, supporting the environment and I realized how much new energy I got. As soon as you know why you want to do this, it gets much easier to stick to this vegan diet. If you are having a hard time during your vegan diet, you can read this back.

4. Weightloss

  • When you are changing your diet it can occur that you are going to lose some weight. Keep this in mind and track your calories in the beginning. When I just went fully vegan I recognized that I didn’t have any energy at all. I became feeling dizzy all the time. It turned out that I was eating not enough calories per day, so watch out for this!

5. Do not expect from others that they will understand

  • Sometimes it will feel a bit lonely, your friends may be asking lots of questions and no matter how much you try to explain, not everyone will understand your decision. On the other hand, you may also inspire everyone around you!

6. Remember: keep learning

  • Going vegan is a learning curve. Living as a vegan in a non-vegan world takes both courage and curiosity. Take a look every once in a while at the process you made. During your period of going/being a vegan, you will learn lots about foods and supplements. In the first few months, your diet will keep changing. Find your favorite foods this period and keep playing around with them.

10 ways to make people read your blog in 2018

It is not a secret: blogging is DYING. The growth of social media, like Instagram, took away the importance of having a blog. It is hard to find original bloggers nowadays, everyone can start an Instagram page. Taking the time and effort to design a website does not feel like it is worth it anymore. I am going to explain to you why it still is and how you can make people actually read your work.

Having a blog besides any other social media platform will give you a few important benefits:

  • You can manage your online identity and build up trust.
  • Your engagement will increase with your followers
  • You can show more of you
  • Brands are still looking for bloggers to write articles about their products
  • Looking for a job? Show your blog, they will be impressed!
  • It is a way of expressing yourself
  • Share your knowledge, help each other out!
  • You will learn a lot about designing, SEO, building a website, laws, photography….
  • and so on

Since blogging isn’t that popular anymore, it gets harder and harder to gain supportive readers. In the next 10 steps, I will explain to you how to make a difference.

1 Focus on quality content
Always choose quality over quantity. People come back to your blog because they like your content. If they can see you have put a lot of hard work into your photo’s, texts and articles they will come back sooner. Sometimes great work takes a longer, be patient with this. 

2 Share, share and share your work! Everywhere!
While searching for information about this topic I found this great page full of ideas about how you can promote your blog in 101 different ways: How to promote your blog 101 ways. I definitely recommend giving this site a visit. There are so many ideas you probably did not know yet. 

3 Read and comment on popular blogs
It is very important to be out there. Comment on popular blogs within your country. You will receive more traffic to your website this way! Try to follow the same blogs and Instagram pages for a while and really connect with the fellow blogger.

4 Link to popular websites relevant to your topic
Linkbuilding is another way to gain more traffic to your website. In this way google things that you are an expert in your niche. You know what to do. You have found information and you want to share this with the world. 

5 Blog regularly
If your visitors know that next week, the same day, the same time they can expect a great blog post from you again, they will more likely come back. You have made them curious to see more. This does not mean that you have to blog every day or every other day. Ones or twice a week is perfect. 

6 Be open and real towards your readers
You are human, as human as your readers. So show some realness! Share your thoughts, fears and talk openly about your opinions. People like to see who is behind all the work. If you have experienced something that may help others, feel free to talk about it. Nobody is perfect and as humans, we know how vulnerable we are. 

7 Find a need and fill it
What is missing in your nice? What are your readers looking for? Get to know your target audience and play with all the options you have. Try out new things and topics to see which ones are popular. I noticed on Instagram for example that my ‘dreamy’ pictures are always going way better than normal pictures of me. So I try to ‘create’ more ideas and I got way more success. 

8 Sign in as a blogger at every agency you can find
This is so important! To be known as a blogger, you have to be active in the PR and business world. Yes, people can get to know you true Instagram or your blog, but signing up at agency’s can bring you closer to brands. 

9 Give readers a reason to read your work: help them out with helpful posts or topics ( like this one )
I think this speaks for itself. 

10 Make it very easy for people to subscribe
One of the easiest ways to gain more readers is to set them on a mailing list. If they want to sign up, they should not be searching for a long time on your website. It has to be easy, with one click and they are done! You can also set up a mailing list yourself. 

 

 

 

 

Cult Gaia and Versace | Zakynthos

I can not believe how fast the time goes every time I travel abroad. My and my boyfriend had a relaxing week in Zakynthos, a Greece island. It was my 5th time visiting a Greece island. It is clear that I can not have enough. Greece definitely stole my heart. The small streets, the sweet people, the food, the sea, ones you have been there you know what I am talking about. Zakynthos is the greenest island I have visited so far, it contains so much nature. We drove around for hours on our quad to explore the caves, beaches, and little villages. As soon as we booked I decided to check out google to find the best places around our apartment to shoot my outfits. When I saw these sunbeds, I had to make this matching picture.

This beach was in Agios Sostis, a small village right next to the beach. Our apartment was 5 minutes away, it was the perfect spot! I normally never buy anything on the beach but this day there was a seller walking around with fresh fruits. Of course, I couldn’t resist. We have been visiting this beach twice this holiday because there were so many other places to explore! Zakynthos has so much to offer. I am wearing a bikini from Shein, the quality is fine and it fits good around my hips. Decided to order some more for our next trip! I found some other awesome pieces: Shop my Swimwear here . My bag is from Cult Gaia  and I love it so much! It makes every outfit so stylish. The sunglasses is not from Versace but the one laying on the sunbed is! I loved to style this pictures with my cat eye sunnies, in my next post you will see the one from Versace!

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