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.
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.
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.
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.
Ready, set, go!
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.
Now, to get to the point. As much as I think all this is overrated, I can’t help but reflect on the past year when approaching a new one. What better way to do so than with a photo recap?
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.
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.
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).
When I come to think of it, I’m definitely consumed by wanderlust. Nothing makes me more happy than the idea of exploring the world. Plus, when I have concrete plans for that matter, it’s hard to focus on anything else.
I admit, I’m really good at starting new projects. However, persevering is another story. I did manage to make an exception this past year for my jar of happiness project.
Throughout the year, the items in the jar kept on piling up, I was afraid it wouldn’t last until the end of the year, but it did.
As you well know, we had to say goodbye to our beloved Hiro at the beginning of December and emptying the jar of happiness yesterday with my husband really helped us put things in perspective.
It had us reminisce of better days and it actually managed to put a smile upon my face. While my husband initially didn’t care much for the idea of this jar (I put most of the things in it), he had to admit it was a really fun way to look back at this past year.
We will fill a new jar this year and hope to unfold many beautiful memories this time next year.
Lately, I’ve grown a fond love for greenery, especially succulents. I covered my desk at work in Bonne Maman jars with succulents and am planning to do the same at home. Who would have thought I had these skills, right? Of course, the fact that succulents aren’t exactly high-maintenance could be the reason they work so well for me, but let’s ignore that for now.
I’d never thought I’d give a blog post a title that reminds me of a certain Justin Bieber song, yet that’s what happening now.
Blame it on the baby shower we organized for our friend Stefanie over the weekend. Baby shower as in a get-together for every first-born in our group of lady friends. Stefanie was up next (which also means that I’m the only one left now, no stress here) and we managed to decide at the very last minute what our activity would be (blame that on the weather).
We ended up renting a photo studio in the Bruges area and I snapped a few pics of our beautiful pregnant lady (doesn’t she look stunning in that red dress?) while adding an individual shot of each of us at the end of the photo session.
Thank god for tripods as we managed to squeeze in a group photo as well.
It was nice being in a studio again, though I would like to have my own, if only to try out lighting techniques and have all the time in the world doing so.
I had to pinch myself this afternoon when I found out that I was nominated for the second edition of Weekend Knack’s annual Blog Awards. I had to seriously pinch myself.
I remember nominating a couple of blogs myself, but to see myself among those other nominees left me speechless. It’s truly an honor to even think about the fact that someone out there (well, a lot of someone’s as it turns out to be) thought about submitting my url to the Blog Awards jury. Of course, I also have to thank the jury for including me in their Photography top ten.
Honestly, I wouldn’t have known where to put myself, but since I use a lot of images in my posts and the visuals are more important than words, I understand how I ended up in the photography category. The fact that I recently earned a degree in photography and now this, is the best motivation I could’ve asked for.
When reading comments about how someone loves my photography or travel tip, I’m a happy camper. Really, conversation is what it’s all about and I love starting one, whether it be via the comments on the posts here or an email or a Facebook message.
I promise I’ll keep up the posting here and share new experiences with you. I might even add a bit more about photography, the technical stuff, you know, because I still get a lot of questions about taking photographs.
I’d also love to hear from you what you would like to see on here in the future, so please don’t be a stranger and leave your feedback in the comments section below.
But, first things first! Eternal gratitude will find its way to you if you could spare two seconds and vote for me. You don’t have to vote in every category (although it would be nice for the other bloggers), but when you decide to cast your vote in one or more categories, you have to cast not just one, but two votes. You do have to click away until the end and provide your details, otherwise your vote doesn’t count. Please do check out the other nominees as well, I’m pretty sure you’ll find some new favorites among them.
Our friend Carmen provided us with these appropriate buttons. Everyone continued to wish us a happy birthday as well when wearing this.
A couple of years ago the ladies and I decided to go on a trip when we’d be turning 30. Fast forward to 2013, when we found ourselves in London over the Easter weekend to celebrate our 30th birthday.
Work has been incredibly hectic for the last couple of weeks, so I tend to embrace the weekend as much as possible. Key words here are family, friends and the obligatory r&r. Although winter is coming again, spring certainly found its way to my office. Every female employee at work got a beautiful flower on Friday as International Women’s Day was celebrated around the globe. Saturday started off on a high note with a morning at the spa including the best breakfast ever. Later that day we had coffee & cake at Books & Brunch (more on this place later) in Bruges and I also managed to squeeze in a little shopping. I’m looking forward to creating the red velvet cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook and I managed to score the perfect parka at Zara.
Steven and I are celebrating our 8th anniversary today. The figure 8 got me thinking about infinity, which is exactly where I want to be headed with him. My next sentence may be one hell of a clich√©, but there are actually no words to describe how much he means to me. So, while we’re being all mellow and that, I would like to dedicate today’s post to him. Love you, sweetie!