Sunday, January 18, 2015

Be yourself

Living according to the expectations of others is destructive to your own happiness, if you ask me. Your environment consists of many people with all different beliefs, dreams and expectations. Some may want you to be a reckless party animal so that they are always ensured to have good company when going out, while others may want you to work hard so that you develop a great career and make lots of money for your (future) family. Human beings all have different demands with respect to family, friends and relationships. You simply cannot please everyone at the same time. That is, you can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there is still going to be someone who hates peaches (well-spoken Dita Von Teese!). I believe it is better for sake of your own happiness to live the life you want, instead of the life others want you to have. Never change yourself so that other people will like you. People will like you when you act like yourself. And if they do not, they are not worth your presence.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Live in the moment

It seems like everyone is currently either trying to make a list of New Year's Resolutions or they are complaining about the fact that they have to go to the office again this Monday. Me, on the other hand, intentionally fails to be engaged with both of these activities. Yes, holiday season is over. It is time to get back to work. But does this really mean life is getting worse? I do not think so. The holidays are great, that is for sure. But one of the reasons why they are highly magical is that they are only once a year. If it would be Christmas or New Year's Eve every single day of the year, it would not be something you can look forward to. In addition, every month of the year has its own strengths. January, for example, is the first month in which mornings are growing lighter. Summer is coming closer, which means you can legitimately start planning your summer trips, barbecue parties, etcetera. For me, it is also the month in which I was born so I will celebrate my birthday on January 24th.

Then about New Year's Resolutions. With all due respect to everyone who has them (and probably benefits from creating a list with resolutions), I do not believe in the concept. I think waiting for a new year to start over again simply does not work, at least for me. If I am dissatisfied about something in my life, I try to change it immediately. I associate New Year's Resolutions with living in the future. I prefer living in the now, however. Life is a sequence of moments all called now. I believe you have to appreciate and enjoy every moment that you are in. If you keep stucked in the past or you are living in the future, you might miss wonderful events or opportunities that currently show up. You will not get another chance to experience this moment, so I think it is crucial to fully live in the now instead of living in the future of the past. But again, it is my personal opinion. I do not judge anyone who does not agree with me.

Cheers to the new year, thank you for being such amazing readers of my blog!

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Pants - Whistles; Jacket - WE; Top - WE; Watch - Triwa

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! May every day of this new year glow with good cheer and happiness for you and your family. Hopefully you were able to welcome 2015 together with your loved ones (and did you have lots of champaign - and 'oliebollen' for the Dutchies among you). Last year has been absolutely amazing, but I feel this year will be an even more wonderful adventure. I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for me. Or maybe better: I cannot wait to make things happen in 2015. Do not wait for opportunities. Create them!

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Monday, December 29, 2014

The pathway of 2014

Time flies when you are having fun, they say. And they are right. This year passed by so quickly, I almost cannot believe the last week of 2014 already started last night. I have been really lucky to experience many wonderful things this year. I learned a lot and I met many amazing people. I graduated, I changed the name of my blog, I started writing my e-book about health & happiness and I have been accepted after applying on working on an accountancy project at one of the Big Four. The most important thing, however, is that I continuously felt blissful, strong and blessed during this year. I walked the pathway of 2014 with people I care about and I shared both laughter and sorrow with them. Living is not only about breathing air and a beating heart. Living is about enjoying moments and making memories. Make sure you create a life that satisfies you. Do what makes you happy. Fight for the things you love. Exploit opportunities instead of letting fear guide you. And last but not least: realize it is never to late to change things you are not happy about.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

The family Christmas dinner

Hereby I proudly present you the family Christmas dinner of 2014, cooked and served by yours truly.
Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Your workout is my warmup

First things first: Merry Christmas to all of you! May you and your loved ones have a wonderful time together. Hopefully your gifts are all wrapped and everything you need for the dinner is stored in the fridge by now. Please do not panic if it is not, however. Christmas is about spending time with your family, sharing love and showing appreciation to the people you respect. Even though the food and the gifts are great, they are simply enjoyable inessentials. That is, think about what you would prefer: consuming a delicious dinner prepared by an unfamiliar cook on your own, or consuming a pretty amateurish dinner that is prepared by one of your relatives who put a lot of love in it together with your family? Personally, I would not have to think a moment to giving the answer..

Anyway, I am not wearing workout clothes today. Christmas is for skirts, dresses and other beautiful formal wear! However, I want to share this training outfit in today's article though. I already showed my love for ONLY PLAY to you in previous posts, and my affection to the brand only grew since then. It seems that their collections get better every time! I am so fond of my new cropped tights, which features a color pattern that perfectly balances simplicity (with black as the base color) with exuberance (in the pops of bright colors). The black singlet is also one of my favorite tops ever. I love the quote on it so much! Your workout is my warmup. How cool is that?!

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Tights - ONLY PLAY; Top - ONLY PLAY; Shoes - Nike; Socks - Nike

Monday, December 22, 2014

Favorite type of outfit

A couple of the things that I value most when it comes to fashion are timelessness, comfort, quality, femininity, individuality and minimalistic elegance. As a natural result of a human being making personal developments and growing up, my style changed a lot over the years (to say the least). I sold many of my old clothes since they absolutely did not attract me anymore. I actually could not believe I liked them back in time. However, there are some items that I have kept. Those are the timeless ones and they all happen to have a plain color and to be made of high-quality fabrics. I only purchase this type of fashion items nowadays. I call them investments: they usually have got a bigger price tag but if you measure price in 'price per wear' they appear to be not that expensive at all. So you need to make an upfront cost that is higher than usual, but it pays off in the end. It is simply a shift in revenue and expenditure, so to speak. And if you do not agree on this, please blame my background in financial business economics for stating such quotes.. Anyway, the outfit that I wore yesterday during holiday shopping perfectly illustrates the story I wrote above. The look consists of items that I recently bought but I know for sure I will still wear them a year from now. And the best thing is.. The chelsea boots - which are my current favorites - do not even have a great price tag, which proves that high-quality not always goes hand in hand with a ultra-high price!

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Jeans - Guess; Sweater - Raquel Allegra; Belt - Cowboysbelt; Shoes - Invito