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Be your crazy self

Be your crazy self

I can’t say it often enough: Be yourself! Not everyone will like it but when I can be my dorky me I’m just so happy.
Sometimes it bothers me that in whatever country I am people will always tell me I’m crazy, but I think I kinda like it that way because I wouldn’t think of changing the way I am 😉

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KEEP CALM AND PAINT THE WORLD PINK

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I’M AIMING FOR A PINK WORLD!

I know I’m such a dork and later this week I’ll post something that’s gonna prove that even more, but pink makes me so happy.
This color is one of my favorite things in life! Soon I’ll share my pink book collection as well. Oh please, help me paint this world pink (;

p.s. I kinda hate the Keep Calm thingies but I felt the urge to create my own one ;p

The Three

I am blessed with three beautiful, strong women in my life. These women have taught me I should always have faith. That it’s okay to stand up for myself. That so much is possible, as long as I keep on trying. And that I should enjoy life, every second of every day.

These women are my great grandmother, grandma and mama. I love them very much.

I took these pictures January 2012 and I wanted to focus on the ‘age’. That time my great grandma was 85, my grandma 64 and my mom 45. I love that you can see they have lived by the wrinkles in their faces and look in their eyes. They don’t like these pictures because they think they look old. The way I see it I showed how they really are 😉 Not that young anymore, but still beautiful!

My Great Grandmother

My Great Grandmother

My Grandmother

My Grandmother

My Mother

My Mother

Bucket List #.27

Sunday 09/09/12. My friend Rory took me out for my birthday. He wouldn’t tell me what we were gonna do, but I had to bring comfortable shoes and my camera. It was the last sunny day in Holland and I thought we were gonna go to a zoo or something. Nope. Rory, Mr. Craziness himself, took me for a flight in a hot air balloon! This had been on my bucket list for a while and I was thrilled that he gave me such an amazing present. The flight was on Rory’s bucket list as well, so we really fulfilled one of our dreams together! Taking pictures at this height was amazing and probably a once in a lifetime chance. I’m really happy with the results :)

The weather was perfect, the view was breathtaking and the experience was priceless! No doubt this was the best date ever and I will cherish the memory for the rest of my life!

Bucket list:
#.27 Flying in a hot air balloon.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!


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My perfect life

I like to say that I love my life. I really do. It’s been so freaking good so far and I’m amazed by the fact it’s even getting better!
Living a perfect life is normal for me and I thought it was normal for most people. I mean, if you don’t think your life is amazing, why wouldn’t you change it? I know it’s not as easy as it sounds, but I’m a ‘black-and-white thinker’ which means in my world your life can either be super good or just fucked up…

I posted a collage about my life last week. A good friend of my family told me it’s so good to see people talking positively about their lives, instead of complaining about all the bad things. I am a complainer. I like complaining. But I’m aware that I have so much luck. Being born in a first world country. Having travelled so much already at such a young age…

When I studied in Florida I learned that not everyone lives the perfect life. It made me cry. I had this amazing AP Literature class. It was amazing because of the ridiculously brilliant teacher: Michael Persaud. He taught us so much more than literature. I think I’m gonna write a post about this man some day. Anyway, one day he told us we were gonna play this game where you all stand on an invisible line. Mr. Persaud asked us questions like “Have you ever skipped dinner just because there was no food?” and “Does anyone in your family have a Bachelor degree or higher?” Depending on your answer to his question (yes or no) you had to step forward or backward. During this game I could hardly believe that my friends had gone through such terrible things. Parents in jail, no money for clothes… I cried so much because for 18 years I had just been to naïve to see that not everyone was living a perfect life and that I had to be more than satisfied with mine.

I have experienced what life can be because I travelled. Not because I have had any bad things in my life.
I know how hard life can be and I appreciate that I didn’t have to go through all kinds of rough things to learn this.

The worst thing that has happened to me was losing a friend. It was three days after I told one of my friends that I have such a good life. Tyler died young. I don’t think he thought his life was so perfect, but he participated in making my year in Florida unforgettable!

I’m not sure if I’ll grow old. But I sure as hell lived the fuck out of my perfect life 😉

My very first FESTIVAL!

 

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Oh boy. It’s been on my bucket list for so long and this summer it’s finally gonna happen. After 21 years of living in a country with more festivals than airports I’m going to Mysteryland!

I actually have no clue why I never went. During summer time I was mostly abroad but there are other festivals that I could’ve attended. Anyways, August 24th it’s THE date! Me and my high school sweethearts are going to join one of the most popular festivals in Holland!

I’m really excited and I can’t wait to cross #.24 off my precious bucket list!!!

http://youtu.be/qA_h__qUnno –> for the aftermovie 2012!

Source picture: http://www.dj2dj.nl/blog/mysteryland-2013-24-augustus/

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“It is not hard to die if you know you have lived.”

– Edie Britt (Desperate Housewives)

If I had to die tomorrow I would die a very satisfied girl.
I’ve traveled. I’ve experienced what love is. I’ve met so many amazing people.

When I heard this quote for the first time I felt something special. I just knew it was the perfect quote for me. Still, when I think about it, it makes me shiver. It helps me to face my biggest fear: Death.

“It is not hard…

Abbey Tongerlo

I’m not religious. I think you may call me an atheist. But I’m a curious atheist and willing to experience almost everything! So when my dad and I agreed how cool it would be to stay in a monastery my mom decided to surprise us by taking us to Abbey Tongerlo in Belgium.

I was surprised by the beauty of the abbey, which I’ll show you later this week. Now I just wanna tell about the room…
There are two kinds of guest rooms: Student Rooms and Normal Rooms. My parents stayed in a large Normal Room which was really nice. The furniture was old but well maintained and it looked like rooms you see in old movies. I stayed in a single Normal Room. It was simple but nice: a bed, armchair, table, dressing table, closet and another chair. But it was good. No TV, no radio, no wi-fi. Nothing like my normal life at all. The hallways were very cold but our rooms were warm and cozy.  The gate closed at 10 pm every night. Since it was my dad’s birthday my parents went out for a drink, but I felt sick and stayed in where I read for hours. It was so good to be able to read without texting or checking my mail every now and then.

The rooms are so quiet. No noise at all. During the day you’ll here the church bells but that’s about it. Apparently many students who are living in the area come to the abbey because they can concentrate without being distracted.

I really liked spending time in my room, even though we didn’t come just to sit and relax.

Like I said, I’ll post more about my weekend later, but for now two self portraits that I took while sitting in the windowsill. Sitting there made me feel like I went 100 years back in time.

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My Favorites in Life

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My Life’s been pretty perfect so far. I made a collage of the things that make it so good.

1. Laughing: The big picture in the middle is me laughing. I love to laugh! Laughing > Increase in  Endorphins > Feeling Happy (it works that way even with a fake smile!)

2. Sushi: My favorite food. Too bad it’s so freakin expensive but good things are worth paying for 🙂

3. Pink: I collect pink books. My room is pink. And if I could I’d paint this world pink. The color just makes me super happy!

4.Photography: Before I had my Nikon I used to walk around with a compact (pink) Casio. As long as I can remember Im into photography. I just love to capture moments.

5.Sun: Sunrise, sunset, the warmth.. I adore the sunlight. I’m a whole lot more fun on a sunny day.

6. Family and Friends. Friends and Family.

7. Chanel: One of my obsessions. It’s just so chic!

8.Notebooks: I collect notebooks. I love to write and make lists. And I keep a journal

9. Reading: Harry Potter is one of my favs but I read almost every genre of books. When I was young I took my little “Jip and Janneke” suitcase to the library every week again. Back then I read like 10 books a week!

10. High Heels: I really like to dress up and I’m really into high heels. “The higher the better and the sky is the limit” – my own quote 😉

11. Motorcycle & Vespa: I just got my motorcycle drivers license but I don’t have a motorcycle yet. I love to ride. My Vespa is a good alternative and brings me anywhere!

12. Traveling: LOVE LOVE LOVE! Wherever, whenever, anywhere, anytime!

13.Dutch Fastfood: Kroketten, kaassouflé, bitterballen, frikandel… Cheap and delicious!

There’s no particular order in these things. I love them and I love my life!