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10 things that made my month even better | May (spoiler alert: it was good!)

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May was good. I could use a longer sentence to describe last month, but this says it all. It was just gooood. I enjoyed all the sun we got, I’m finally exercising again, I bought some lovely clothes and more good things happened. May is my favorite month of the year. Not necessarily because it’s my birthday (getting older, blegh), but because it’s my birthday (there’s something special about your birth month). Also, May is the month where everything comes back to life. The trees, the flowers, the grass, the people. Kitty Buttons and I went outside a lot after work or during the weekend. Boyfriend the Spaniard not so much because he thinks it’s too hot.

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Lifestyle, Personal

A Healthy Lifestyle: WHY can’t I do it?! (+ this is my ‘plan’)

Gezonder leven

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Summer is finally approaching. And that means, once again, that everyone ‘needs’ to be ‘bikini ready’. Yawn. Or you know, not yawn per se. More: help. Every year around March I tell myself: eat healthy Johanne, we’ll be on the beach again in June! Exercise more Johanne, we’ll be on that same beach in June! I always start out okay. One week of incredibly healthy food. No more fries. Less sauce (I can’t live without sauce). Jog around the house. All great things until it’s April and I’m back on the couch doing nothing. The only exercise I then get is my walk to the supermarket.

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Lifestyle, Personal

Self-mockery bad? Here’s my opinion! (Hint: I love it)

Zelfspot

I’m sarcastic and I love to mock myself. Self-deprecating or self-mockery, whatever you may call it, is not everyone’s cup of tea. And that’s okay, to each their own. But I am proud of my sense of humor. And I’m happy with the people I’ve surrounded myself with who actually get me. Because no, making fun of yourself – to me – is not a way to talk yourself down. To make yourself feel less. It’s not a way to show your insecurities. I see self-deprecating humor as something healthy. As something you should be able to express if you know how to keep it light.

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32, and now? (jk) 8 things I would love to learn, think or do in the (near) future

dreams

So, suddenly you’re 32. What else is there to discover now? Just kidding, of course. You’re never too old to learn. To want. To do. Neither am I. Despite the gray hairs, the wrinkles and shouting ovaries, I still feel young and I secretly actually am still pretty young. And I have lots of things I want to do. The other day I wrote about my 5 biggest professional goals, but what would I like to learn, do or think on a personal level?

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10 things that made my month even better | April

maandoverzicht april

Let’s start with the bad news: no Netflix tips from me this month. Horrible, I know. I just DID NOT have the time to even turn on Netflix. And that’s the whole story. Sad, but true. I was so busy with my taxes and arranging a new car, that I just couldn’t. Other than that, April went by so fast. Soooo fast. Time flies when you’re freaking busy. Busy with expected and mostly unexpected stuff. April was also a fun-filled month, though. We’ve had our first warm days here and I can’t wait for more. This month’s my birthday and I’m already in birthday-mode. So nice when you passed thirty. Getting older doesn’t matter anymore (she says while she’s totally afraid that she’s rotting from the inside)?!

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I’d rather stay at home than go outside | And why that’s a-okay!

Huismus

A couple of months ago I was walking through Utrecht with my best friend. She told me she would rather sleep at home than stay with us for the night because she loved being at home so much. ‘I completely understand’, I said. ‘Whenever I have the chance, I drive home. No matter what time it is.’ Events are the same. I would much rather stay at home with the bf and Buttons than go into the crowd. I would much rather stay in my backyard than go to the beach or park. Yes. I’m a real homebody. And I’m not ashamed of that. read more