Ondertussen zijn we alweer een weekje aan het werk en lijken de feestdagen een eeuwigheid geleden. Straks sneuvelt ook hier de kerstboom en dan is het helemaal voorbij. Wat de feestdagen betreft: wij hielden het vrij rustig in die periode.
Onze families zijn niet bepaald groot te noemen dus worden de etentjes hier beperkt tot Kerstavond en Kerstdag bij de ouderparen van respectievelijk mijn man en ikzelf.
Ondertussen zijn we bijna aan het einde van de vijfde dag van het nieuwe jaar, maar ik wou jullie mijn 2015 toch niet onthouden.
Vooraleer ik aan dit overzicht begin, toch een woordje uitleg bij deze blog post. De frequente lezers onder jullie zullen waarschijnlijk even vreemd opkijken dat het er hier in het Nederlands aan toe gaat.
Een nieuw jaar doet wat met een mens zou je kunnen zeggen, maar de eerlijkheid gebiedt me jullie te vertellen dat ik het voorbije halfjaar de overstap al aan het overwegen was. Ik had het er met mijn wederhelft over, met enkele collega-bloggers en uiteindelijk ben ik gewoon mijn hart gevolgd.
Na bijna vijftien jaar bloggen in het Engels was ik aan iets nieuws toe. In 2001 was het ook maar evident dat ik in het Engels zou schrijven want blogs waren toen nog niet zo’n hot topic zoals ze dat nu zijn. Jarenlang bleef ik het Engels, mijn grote liefde, trouw. Ja, soms wou ik dat ik een ‘native speaker’ was zoals ze dat zo mooi kunnen zeggen. Al was het maar om ‘I love you’ te kunnen zeggen.
Het laatste jaar ben ik mij echter meer en meer gaan toeleggen op projecten waar een hoofdzakelijk Nederlandstalige equipe achter stond, denk maar aan #boostyourpositivity. Ik lees ook meer en meer Nederlandstalige blogs en de teksten voor mijn blogposts komen almaar vaker in het Nederlands (in mijn hoofd dan).
Uiteindelijk heb ik op 1 januari (kan het nog meer symbolisch?) de knoop doorgehakt. Bij een taalswitch hoort ook een nieuwe layout waarover ik meer dan tevreden ben.
Het archief, in het Engels, blijft, laat dat duidelijk zijn. Ik sta nog steeds achter de inhoud van mijn blogposts en vond de taal nu niet meteen een reden om met een lege databank te starten.
Uiteraard hoop ik dat jullie ook in 2016 trouw mijn avonturen blijven volgen, ik heb alvast heel wat op de planning staan om jullie voor te schotelen.
Rest mij dan nog jullie de allerbeste wensen voor het nieuwe jaar over te brengen en even een kort overzicht van mijn 2015 mee te geven!
In case you didn’t know, I basically adore Christmas. The first Christmas tunes hit Spotify back in August and now I barely listen to anything else (well, except for end of year-lists, that is).
My biggest pride is my Christmas tree. I’m a tad bit sad it’s once again the plastic one we keep on the attic, but when it’s all set up, I can’t help but falling in love with it over and over again.
As I promised you in October’s recap, November was filled with exciting ideas. Never could I imagine that what I mentioned there was only a small part of them.
Remember when I first wrote about #myvitabreak, shorty after the launch event I attended? Right, that’s over four weeks ago, which also means that the challenge has come to an end. Today is my last weekly round-up, but of course I’ll continue to practice most of the challenges even though the #myvitabreak story comes to and.
Let’s take a look at this final week, shall we?
If there’s one holiday that I envy Americans for, it has to be Thanksgiving. Christmas comes in a close second, because you have to give it to them: no one does Christmas like they do. Well, except for part of my online Christmas posse, like Stephanie whose holiday playlist on Spotify is a must.
Time. I am not sure how you feel about it but most of the time it goes like ‘so little time’ around here. In fact, it’s quite daunting how quickly it passes by. It’s been over fifteen hours since I got up to go to work and within an hour or so I will tuck myself in.
As I’m gearing up for the fourth and final week of #myvitabreak, let’s have a look at this week’s challenges, shall we? I’ll even tell you all about my favorite soup recipe in the process.
As I’m writing this we’re heading into the two final days of this fall’s #boostyourpositivity challenge. This time we’re talking quality time with the kids. No kids here yet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any quality time, right?
Click through to read my take on this final challenge.
When waking up on Saturday morning, I subconsciously thought of the lyrics to one of my favorite chansons: Il est cinq heures, Paris s’√©veille by Jacques Dutronc.
Paris woke up that morning, in fear, after a night of brutal attacks which took dozens of innocent lives.
Before tucking in early tonight, I wanted to share my weekly update on the #myvitabreak project as I’m wrapping up week two as I’m writing this. I shared the daily Instagram challenges over the course of the week except for yesterday when I took the day off. After what happened in Paris on Friday night, it just didn’t feel right to appear all happy online mainly because I really didn’t feel happy… at all.
I’m a trooper, you know, but watching the footage late Friday night and reading the various news outlets on Saturday morning, tears welled up. This is Paris we’re talking about, my first love. Where they speak French, the first language I was taught besides my native language. In France, which has been my family’s vacation destination since forever. In the city where my husband and I travelled to for our first holiday together. The city of light, the first city I fell in love with years ago.
Life, however, goes on. It must go on. We cannot indulge in any fear and have to stay strong, for Paris and the rest of this world we live in.
I’m sorry, you guys. I had these two lovebirds’ engagement session lined up, but I just couldn’t wait to share their wedding photos from Santorini. Blame it on the current #boostyourpositivity Instagram challenge #throwbacktosummer. Yes, I’m prone to hashtags like that.
Click through to relive their best day ever on one of the most beautiful islands surrounding Greece.
And it’s a wrap! Week 1 of #myvitabreak, that is. I spent the week sharing challenges and tips for a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle on Instagram. Today, I’m sharing some more secrets, part of the challenges of this week.
Continue by clicking the link below.
A new #boostyourpositivity theme has been sitting on my virtual blogging shelf ever since it was announced almost two weeks ago. While my morning routine proved quite easy to write about, the work topic wasn’t very much so. Imagine what went through my mind when I read about the third theme: describe your relationship with your body. I have been running from writing this post ever since, but decided that today I would have to bite the bullet. Eventually I did postpone writing this until 6pm… Crazy, huh? Let’s get this over and done with, shall we?
The trees are supposed to be stripped bare in October, but we have been fortunate to experience a real Indian summer and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Turns out I do need that vitamin D more than I thought I did, me being the self-proclaimed queen of winter.
This edition of #boostyourpositivity has had me struggling, you know. In a positive way, though, as it has me reflecting on things, which is good. I like a challenge or two when it comes to that.
Anyway, this post is a bit overdue since we kicked off this Monday with a new theme (body), but I still wanted to write a little something about the previous theme: #showyourjob.
The cat’s out of the bag! Back in August I finally pulled the plug and purchased a new bike. Not just any bike, though, but a full-on race bike: the Lexa SL by Trek.
If you’re part of the Belgian blogosphere you’ve probably noticed that #boostyourpositivity, the blogger initiative by Danone (Activia) and Walkie Talkie PR, is back for a second edition!
I couldn’t be happier about this, since I thoroughly enjoyed the previous edition where I got to know (and meet!) several wonderful people with whom I still stay in touch to date.
Ever since I first discovered the throwback Thursday hashtag on Instagram, #tbt, I loved the idea about it. As you may well be aware, photography is a big part of my life and I love to browse my photo books, reminiscing about the good old times.
Since I am a big fan of the concept I thought about integrating it here on the blog as a new theme. I’m not going to commit to this on vast frequency, but expect it to pop-up occasionally.
Ready? Then let’s get to the first #tbt on this blog. Click below to read the full post.
On Sunday I had to let go of my best friend. Joey turned just short of seven years old and had his fair share of health scares for the past half year.
I know he’s at a much better place now as he couldn’t suffer much longer, yet I miss him so much already.
Just a quick update to let you know that I’m alive and well yet have been very busy lately. As most of you know I have a full time job which I’m combining with a freelance photography gig.
Wedding season is in full swing and just before my holiday I had two weddings on the calendar (more on that later!).
It’s been awfully quiet here and I guess life just happened, you know.
Let me give you a recap of what’s been going on through this instacollage.
If you read anything this weekend, then please read up on Evelien’s story here and here. I’ve been following her online (though we live only a couple of miles apart) for a couple of years and reading her post back in November… I simply have no words for this.
Her latest post will explain the photo feature here and I would like to ask you all to do the same thing and lend your heart to #teamevelien.
If you don’t understand Dutch, just let Google Translate do its thing, I’m sure you’ll somehow grasp the words written on her blog.
We are celebrating 10 years of love today, so I thought I’d share our photo booth shenanigans here in order to celebrate this special occasion.
Is it because I’m a tad bit sad the boost your positivity challenge has come to an end or is it because I was busy watching cycling during the opening weekend in Belgium or perhaps.. was it the fact that I really wanted to try my new Creative Intuos Pen & Touch for the image of today’s post?
I think it was the combination of all of the above including the fact that life has been a bit busy lately. Anyway, I made the finish line just in time, so sit back, relax and read along.
I can’t believe it’s Sunday evening and I only just managed to write this post by now. It doesn’t really do its title justice, but hey. The third boost your positivity challenge was all about those shortcuts in life. As in: what do you do to keep everyday things going smooth and efficient.
I guess the theme suits me really well as this is what I’ve been trying to do for the past year. Let me give you a glimpse at some tips to use in your life.
I’ve been thinking a lot about you (lately). Especially the last year. Considering I’m twice your age now you will come to understand everything about being patient in life. Ugh, I know you hate that word and I (sometimes) still do, but without sounding too motherly: yes, it’s true, patience is indeed a virtue. You will learn this in the coming years.
Make the most out of each day.
Yesterday, the oh so sad news reached us that dear Miranda Hart has decided not to continue her self-titled BBC sitcom Miranda (read the news report here). All that’s left for us are two Christmas specials and then the curtain falls over one of my favorite series ever.
The lovely Katrien nominated me for the sunshine blogger award over the weekend. I’m not going to bore you with the (official) logo that goes with it, but I dug into my photo archives to provide some sunshine through one of my own photos. Now, onto the award itself.
Well, I guess you didn’t see that one coming, huh?
Spring is visiting Belgium a little earlier than usual and I’m certainly not the one to be complaining about that. It’s a welcoming change after last year’s winter, that seemed to last forever, and the rain we’ve been enduring for the last couple of months.
I’m spending this Sunday at home, just being lazy, (hopefully) finish my book and penning down a couple of ideas that have been swarming in my head for the past couple of days. Bliss.
Here’s what currently inspires me or complements the spring vibes I’m currently feeling.
Paris is always a good idea
…and that’s exactly my idea for next weekend. Can’t wait to see you again, old friend.
(photo credit – Carin Olsson/Gary Pepper)
This new record by Belgian duo Hermanos Inglesos certainly has that spring feeling to it and also has me making multiple embarrassing efforts at whistling.
I’m all set for this pastel trend and even did a small wardrobe update on Friday. I just love my new blazer from H&M.
(image credit – H&M)
This Pinterest board has had me oooh-ing and awwww-ing for hours this week. The cuteness is almost impossible to handle: it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I’m currently trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and there’s nothing more important than breakfast in my opinion. Yesterday afternoon I finally got to try my hand at that granola recipe I found on Belgian foodie blog Thursday Dinners, like ages ago. I’m so sorry it’s in Dutch, but if you throw in Google translate, this will be easy as pie (not to mention: so delicious, it takes me tons of discipline not to eat that entire bowl).