Lifestyle

No time for self-care? 10 tips to practice self-care for 30 minutes

Self-care

Pfff, how busy are we nowadays? We work, have a social life to maintain and we feel the constant need to be a better person. Progress. Development. Ambition. Three words I hear all the time. It’s a millennial-thing, you know, to constantly want to move forward and to not stop and think for a little. To rest and not think about the things we are making ourselves do. Or the things we want to do. It gets you energized. Sure. Up to a certain point, but at the end of the day, you have to also think about yourself. To care for yourself. And to turn your brain off for a little bit. Now, I know self-care is so much more than just me-time, but it’s such an important aspect if you ask me. But how do you make sure you get time for yourself when you’re always busy? I know! So, today I have some me-time self-care tips for ya. And remember: a half an hour is enough to recharge.

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#catlady | This is how the (cat) loves of my life made me a better person

Buttons en Johanne

If I remember what kind of person I was before I got Fabrizio and Buttons? No idea if I do, actually. My life before these lil’ cuties is kind of a blur (okay, that’s a little much, but also not completely untrue…probably because it’s been quite a couple of years), mostly because I got everything on track around the time they showed up. Before that, I was…different (also a little exaggerated). My black and white beauties had a big impact on my life. In a very good way. Without them, I would have never become the person I am today and I’m thankful for that.

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‘More than meets the eye’ | 10 things about me that may come as a surprise

There's more than meets the eye

Yes, first impressions matter. But they don’t tell you everything. People who meet me probably think: hmm, happy girl, cute (I used to be…), girly style and innocent. I have heard people call me arrogant because I can be quite distant when you first meet me. There’s nothing further from the truth. Expect the happy part. And, I can be quite cute ;-). Jk. I’m not a girly-girl though (womanly-woman???) and not as innocent as you’d think. I’m not a bad girl either, not at all, but not what you’d expect. I’d like to think I can surprise people with my hidden qualities. ‘Like? Surprise me, woman!’. Calm down, I’ll try my best.

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13 things to do this August | while it’s the summer of the century

15 tips augustus

Are you staying home this month? Or does your last vacation already feel like ages ago (mine does)? Or are you just in for some fun? Today I have 15 tips for you to not get bored this month. Because the weather is still good (here in Europe) and as long as the sun’s out, we need to enjoy it while it lasts. Before you know it, summer’s over. Life is now! Do people say that? If not, that’s what they’re saying now.

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10 things that made my month even better | July (the heatwave edition)

augustus

July 2018 will go down in history as holy crap this was mother-f-ing hot! The last full week of July I was worth…nothing. The week started out with terrible dizziness and ended in misery. Because 37 degrees Celsius. Not temperatures we’re used to, here in the Netherlands. I never thought I would say this (I love hot summers), but too hot actually does exist. Lesson learned. On the positive side: because of this beautiful weather, my life turned into an outside life. Not an active outside life (whoever thought so doesn’t know me very well, haha), but I was outside. With books. And a laptop.

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Our first year away from ‘home’ | How are things?

Wonen in Nieuwegein

House + home = love. Such a cliché. But a true one. I mean, that’s why clichés are clichés, right? That’s what I think. One year we’ve been living in Nieuwegein. A year filled with restlessness, exciting times and also quiet times. I know I’ve talked a lot about that restless head of mine, but I did learn to relax more in this house. How does a real northerner survive in the middle of the country? And do I like it here more than up north?

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The other side of Jo | My 5 favorite & AFFORDABLE perfumes

betaalbare parfums

I said it on my about me page and I will say it again: I’m not a beauty blogger, not a fashion blogger nor a food blogger. No professional posts about the best mascaras, the best lipsticks or the ten most fashionable skirts from me. But I do like to share my finds with you every once in a while. I mean, it’s not about mascara because I didn’t find the perfect one yet. And Louboutins I don’t own. But perfumes, I know a little bit about….believe it or not. Because I do actually like to smell nice. Did not see that one coming, did ya?

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Bored to DEATH? Play these 5 smartphone games to kill some time & relax

Smartphone spelletjes

Hi. Yeah. I may be 32, but don’t really feel like a grown-up yet. I can cry like a little girl. Smile like I don’t have a care in the world. And pout like no one has ever pouted. One of my other non-adult skills is finding relaxation in games of my phone or tablet. It feels kinda double, though. On the one hand, I feel like it’s a complete waste of time and I often wonder: don’t you have anything better to do? (Answer is yes). But on the other hand, I also know what a game can do with my head. Exactly what I need sometimes: get it empty. Total bliss. Do you want some of that and are you willing to try some silly game (I really know how to promote my blogs, right?)? I was kind enough (hehe) to jot down some of my favorites.

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Limiting beliefs about money & WHY we should let them go

Belemmerende gedachten over geld

Money is a difficult subject. A risky subject. But also a beautiful subject. It’s difficult to talk about money without feeling like you’re touching a taboo. Wanting to earn lots of money is equal to being greedy. For some. Not earning enough money is your own damn fault. Always wanting more isn’t allowed either. So says the taboo. I didn’t think I had any issues with money, but as it turns out, I do. And lots of others with me. The book ‘You are a badass at making money’ teaches me one important lesson: to be able to make more money, you have to become friends with the idea of money. With actually having money. And with earning money.

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