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Hello again!

It’s been quite a while since my last post here. I don’t know why, but somehow I lost the feeling to write or share anything for a while. The only social platform where I’ve been active on is Instagram (simply because I can’t live without all the beautiful pictures from around the world). I think it has been good for me to take a little break from all the social media though. I love all the platforms so much that I sometimes get sucked in a little bit too much. This week though I felt the need to write something again and to blow some life into this blog again. It always gives me a great feeling to write some words down wether it’s in my journal or online.

Something that hasn’t changed over these last few months is my love for sharing morning scenes- so here’s to beautiful summer mornings, drinking coffee and eating croissants. Hope to be sharing a lot more of these morning scenes and thoughts again with you guys!

 

Christmas celebrations #1

Christmas DinnerI hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Mine was filled with the celebration of my 27th birthday and the celebration of Christmas with the family. I have spend the last 1,5 week preparing our Christmas dinner. We bought some new dishes, new candle holders and I designed a menu card for the 3 course dinner we’ve planned. For starters we had carpaccio on a sourdough crouton. The main course included a delicious roasted ham in honey mustard and thyme dressing, cooked pears (in red wine with cinnamon), collared beef, sweet potato wedges, snap beens with smoked bacon and sweet carrot in honey. For dessert we had homemade tiramisu with disaronno. The dinner was a big succes and it made me so happy to see everyone enjoying the food and each other’s company.

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We made this dinner two times. At December 25th my family sat at our dinner table and at December 26th my family-in-law enjoyed our Christmas menu. Sweet memories!Aan tafel Aan tafel 2

 

Some afternoon delights

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• Reading: the new Kinfolk volume 13
• Drinking: a cup of freshly pressed coffee
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Eating: peanut butter cookies which are hard to set aside
• Listening:  to the Seven Swans album by Sufjan Stevens (this song in particular!)
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Dreaming: about travels to Scandinavia and Iceland
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Feeling: cold and tired (pulled my winter sweaters out of the closet today)
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Wishing:  this would be a more productive week

A day off

I’ve been very busy lately. The last couple of weekends were filled with family stuff and work. This friday I decided to give myself a day off. I went for a walk in the city, visited my favorite place for some coffee and went browsing books in a thrift store. It was a very relaxed and laid back day and it was good to blow off some steam. I think if you’re working as a freelancer you might sometimes forget to take some time off  and get away from the computer.

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We’re going on a trip

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We’re going on a trip to London next week! I’m very excited to go away for a couple of days and have some rest. The last trip was to Lisbon in November and that feels so long ago!

We will leave next saturday by bus / boat and will stay in London till Saturday the 21st. I bought a Herb Lester map this week to get in the mood. The map was designed by Anna Hurley and features 61 of the best specials suppliers in London.

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We’re planning to couch surf but so far we hadn’t many positive responses from people, so we might end up booking a room with Airbnb again. If you have any tips for London feel free to leave them in a message!

How I learned to enjoy the little things in life

 

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I’m thinking a lot about life these days. One year ago I was so incredibly stressed out at this time of the year. I was about to finish my education (Office Management) which caused me so much stress and head troubles. It wasn’t sure if I would graduate in time and I had to do a last-minute internship in Amsterdam. I had been struggling for quite some years, never quite sure about what to do in life, which education would be the right one etc.. It resulted in me making the wrong choices again and again. It was so frustrating! Everyone else around me seemed so sure about what path to choose and what to do next that I felt more and more insecure about everything I did. In the end I graduated a little bit later than the rest, last September. Over the summer I was literally exhausted from all the stress and worries I’ve had for months. I took a long break over the summer, did a road trip in France and read a lot of books.

That summer I also learned to work with Illustrator and got myself a drawing tablet. Drawing is one of the things that have always calmed me down, ever since I was a young girl. Somehow over the years I lost that as a hobby. Coming back to it felt so good! I discovered that designing might be what I wanted to do in life, but I didn’t want to go back to school since I was 25 and totally done with school. I started teaching myself how to design with the help of youtube tutorials and Lynda courses. I loved seeing a flyer I designed unexpectedly turning up at a theatre while visiting. I’m making a lot of progress in these last few months and experienced that Illustrating is the thing I would like to focus on. I actually sold one of my designs recently which made me so happy and gave me the strength and courage to continue my designing career.

I hear from a lot of people that my life looks so good to them, based on photo’s I share. And they are so right! I love how my life has turned around in one year. I might be at one of my happiest moments in life and I realise that everyday. That doesn’t mean however that I don’t experience any though moments in life, because I really do. Starting out as an illustrator is not easy, the competition is crazy! All those people that make the most incredible designs, actually went to school for it, it can really make me doubt myself and my own designs. I also have very little money coming in which can be so frustrating since life is expensive. The thing that keeps me going at such moments is the happy feeling I  get when I’m designing. I am so thankful to Rene (who works fulltime) that he gives me the chance to do what I love. He encourages me daily and calms me down at the moments I’m freaking out or feeling anxious.

I’ve really learned how to enjoy the little things. Little things that I didn’t even notice in my stressful periods. Simple things as:
* drinking a good cup of coffee at a nice place
* flowers that are in bloom
* sitting at the table while having long conversations about life and love
* the way the light falls in from outside
* how a small breeze plays with my summer dress
* watching the world go by while going for a morning walk

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