Hi! I am Iris. I am Dutch student English Language & Culture living in Leiden with tons of books and my cat, Fury, by my side.
The story of my life
Where to start? I always have a lot of trouble figuring out what to write about myself, but for you, I’m willing to give it a try. My name is Iris and I’m a self-proclaimed booknerd and exercise junkie. I am and always have been (and probably will continue to be for the rest of my life) an avid reader, which resulted into me becoming a bachelor student English Language & Culture. I am currently doing a work placement at a publishing house in Amsterdam and am ridiculously excited about doing so. I’m a bit of an exercise addict and especially love running. This blog is my own little corner on the interwebs where I talk about everything that keeps me busy in life. I review books, talk exercise and running, and will share some of my favorite (healthy, and occasionally not so healthy) recipes. Everything you’ll find on this blog will be genuine, and a 100% me.
Sometime in March 2013, I decided it would be fun to start a personal blog. I saw it as a way to develop my own voice in writing and so IRISJEXX was born. Never could I have imagined all the hours of hard work and effort would go into this blog, but it proved to be one of the best decisions I ever made and somewhere along the way I fell in love with blogging. I have had so many great opportunities and met so many amazing people through my blog, I probably wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for my that tiny decision I made back in back in March 2014.
IRISJEXX started out solely as a book blog. But after 3 years of blogging, I decided it was time for a change. I love reviewing books, but I became to realize that, as there is much more to me than just my love for books, I wanted to share more of my passions with my readers. Reading is a huge part of my life, and will probably always be, but there are other things that mean just as much to me as reading does. I love running, working out, and it bothered me that I wasn’t sharing that side of me with my readers. I was really hesitant about combining the two, but in April 2016 I decided to take the leap and incorporate a Fit & Health section into my blog and thus EAT TRAIN READ was born.
With my posts I hope to inspire and motivate you. Whether it’ll be to inspire you to read a book I’ve read and absolutely loved or to give you that little push you needed to start working out. I know how scary it can be to start something new, and sometimes all you’ll need is a little push. I hope I get to be that little push in the right direction for you, but don’t forget that it works the other way around as well, because so many of you inspire me as well. I want to share with you, but I hope that in return you’ll want to share with me as well!