Category: Monthly Recap

June Recap ’17 | Internship Solicitations & Euromast Celebrations

04/07/2017 | 1 Comment

This post recaps my month: my personal life, the fun and not so fun; books I’ve read; movies/ tv-shows I’ve watched; and all other things worth mentioning.

June, what a month you were! All the last bits to meet all the requirements for my BA diploma and then unexpectedly adapting my plan for next year to do something scary, new, and exciting! Stressful, but really exciting things went down this month, and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

The beginning of the JuneI was extremely stressed for my Strategic Management & Leadership resit. I studied hard and long for that test, imagine my relief (and happiness) when I got my grade last week and saw I scored a 7 out of 10! I had to make some changes to my bachelor thesis as well and after my resit that is what I focussed on. I am still waiting on the results of one essay and my BA thesis, but I am hoping to receive those before I leave on holiday to Scotland next week.

Then, on to the exciting stuff! I had no idea what MA I wanted to pursue next year. I got declined for the one I had enrolled for, so I had to make some sudden changes (because, obviously, I need something to do next year). So I started applying for internship positions at various publishing houses. I got invited for three and before I had the third meeting I got offered two. I never did any type of solicitation before, so for me to get offered two is a really big deal for me! I even got to pick my favorite and I am so excited to start at the end of August!

June 28th was my sister’s birthday, her 21st birthday, and we celebrated in style! We had dinner at the Euromast in Rotterdam. For those of you that don’t know what the Euromast is, it is an observation tower and you can see the entire skyline of Rotterdam from on top. Tens of thousands of lights from the city of Rotterdam below form the backdrop during dinner while you see the changing colors of the sky as the sun goes down.Seriously, it is beautiful and quite magical. We chose a three-course ‘surprise’ dinner and it was SO GOOD!

Reading wise, I bought some books (yay!) but read very few (boo!). I blame the stress of the past few months because every time I sat down to read I found myself unable to and just watched an episode of House instead… I’m hoping that will change when I go on holiday!

In terms of working out, I’m still not on top of my game, but I am back to running! I have two running events in September, which I see as a huge motivation to keep training and get back in shape. Running with my sister is also a huge motivation! Her holiday has started, so she’s at my parents’ house as well, which means we can train together! And let’s be honest, running together is so much more fun than alone!

Reading: this is so painful…

  1. Cora Carmack – Roar. 5/5. (Review)
  2. Jennifer Armentrout – The Problem with Forever. 5/5. (Review)

TV-shows:

House season 1, episode 1 – 24. I am watching this with my sister, who is a med student, from the very beginning and it so good! 

Grimm season 5, episode 14 – 22. Fun!

Grimm season 6, episode 1 – 13. Sad this was the end, but glad it ended in a satisfying, albeit weird, way.

Movies:

Brave Enough: Lindsey Stirling (Documentary). This was so beautiful! Really recommend it!

Hidden Figures. Such a good movie!

Wonder Woman. THIS WAS EVERYTHING! 

How did June treat you?

 

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May Recap ’17 | Thesis Struggles, Essay Deadlines, and Sunny Weather!

30/05/2017 | 0 Comments

This post recaps my month: my personal life, the fun and not so fun; books I’ve read; movies/ tv-shows I’ve watched; and all other things worth mentioning.

If I had to sum May up in one word it would be hectic. As the post title suggests, there was a lot of university related stuff to be done, but even though I had a massive to-do list even I had some time to enjoy the sun!

I’m back on Instagram! I dusted off my SLR camera and am taking bookish pictures again. I forgot how much fun that was. I am, and never have been, good with props, so I am using nature as my props. I love grabbing a bunch of books and just going outside and see whatever catches my eye. The weather is just perfect for this approach right now! In the meantime, I will try and improve my inside picture-taking skills (while not sharing it because I usually do not like the way it looks).

Something I also shared on Instagram: I started a bullet journal! Well, technically I started one at the beginning of April, but as I have been trying out what works for me I have kept my trap shut about it, haha. I always loved journals. I love lists and keeping track of whatever I want to keep track off. I have tried SO MANY different journals over the last few years, but they never quite fit my needs perfectly… My solution was to taka matters into my own hands. I have tried quite some different layouts over the last months, and this is the latest development for my ‘weekly spread’. Since I started my Bujo I have discovered I love the start of a new month because setting it up is so much fun! The way I have set it up right now I am able to track my habits, can manage my blogging, and have an overview of what is to come the current month and in the future. Who knows, if you are interested, I might even do a post on it somewhere in the future, as it really is a learning curve.

In terms of working out, I have been slacking this May. Unfortunately, being hella busy at university means you have to make some sacrifices, and May is exam month after all. I haven’t been running as much, although I squeeze in runs wherever I can, gym time has been non-existent. However, all things come to an end, and so will my deadlines! If there’s one thing I am looking forward to about June it is the fact that I will have more time to spare. Which means BACK TO TRAINING!

Reading: reading-wise this is going to be a very sad score… Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

  1. Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Thorns and Roses. 4/5 (reread)
  2. Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Mist and Fury. 5/5 (reread)
  3. Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Wings and Ruin. 4.5/5
  4. Gillian French – Grit (2.5/5)
  5. Blair Thornburgh – Who’s That Girl (currently reading)

Tv-shows:

Once Upon a Time season 1, episode 1 – 22. Never finished it before, loved it!

Thirteen Reasons Why season 1, episode 1 – 13. Very mixed feelings about this… So many mixed feelins I could write an essay. 

Grimm season 5, episode 1-3. So addictive!

Movies:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. SO MUCH LOVE.

Finding Dory. So freaking adorable.

Inside Out. Finally watched this, it was so good!

Moana. The bomb!

Trolls. Fun enough, not a whole lot of depth.

What did you do in May?

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February Recap ’17 | Fury, new phone, BA Thesis

04/03/2017 | 1 Comment

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” ― Paulo Coelho

If you change “child” in the quote above into kitten, you sum up my life since little Fury came to live with me. I picked him up at the end of January, the little rascal has been with me for over a month now, and there’s no need for television in my house anymore! It is almost surreal how much you can love a cat in such a short period of time. It is so much fun to watch him chase his own tail or shadow throughout the house, play with his toys, my toes (even though that’s not always as fun), or try to wrestle my pen from my hands whenever I’m writing something down. He’s a force to be reckoned with (does his name proud, haha) and I have so much love for the little guy.

I named Fury, after a kitten in Jennifer Armentrout’s the Dark Elements series. And since I feel like sharing I’m going to give you a small excerpt from White Hot Kiss, the book in which the kittens are introduced:

Roth snorted. “That one is Fury. The white one is Nitro and the black one is named Thor.”

“What? You called these cuties something like that, but named a giant snake Bambi?”

He bent forward, placing a kiss on my shoulder. It was so fast I wasn’t sure he’d actually done it. “There’s sweetness in evil,” he said. “And remember, looks can be deceiving.”

I lowered my fingers, running them over the kitten’s little head.

“I wouldn’t do that if I—”

Fury sank its claws and teeth into my hand. I yelped, jerking my hand back. It remained latched on, a squirming ball of vamp kitty.

Roth grabbed the fluff of fur, gently removing it from my hand. “Bad kitty,” he said, dropping it next to its siblings.

I stared at the demonic furball as it licked its bloody claws, and then shifted my gaze to Roth. “I don’t understand.”

“Let’s just say that they weren’t always this cute and cuddly-looking. They can get pretty big when provoked, but even in this form, Hellhounds are afraid of them,” Roth said.

Now, my little guy is not a “vamp kitty” or a “demonic furball” (most of the time), he’s all for sweet cuddles. However, you should have seen him when he encountered my parents’ dog for the first time, demonic furball definitely fit the situation. So, I couldn’t resist and named him Fury. Now, let chance be I have just the right picture to show you.

I had to submit my BA thesis proposal this month (can’t believe I’m finishing up my bachelor degree THIS year!) and it got approved. As a student English Language and Culture, I am really really excited that I get to do my BA thesis on one of my favorite books and subjects: Tolkien and fairy tales! As you all probably know, fantasy is a genre that borrows different elements from other genres. Alongside myths, fairy tales are important predecessors to fantasy. And while reading Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy I was always struck by the fairytale elements in these stories. So, for my BA thesis, I get to analyze the various elements of the fairytale and see if they can be applied to Tolkien’s work. So far everything got approved and I had my thesis advisor appointed to me (I got SO LUCKY with the professor that was assigned as advisor!!).

I also, finally, got a new phone. My old phone slowly has been perishing away for over a year now and I wasn’t too sure it was going to last much longer. I got to splurge on a new phone case as well, which, if I do say so myself, is adorable!

What I’ve Read

1. Kasie West – By Your Side. LOVED IT! Feel-good contemporary read with deeper meaning (my review will go up on Monday!)

2. Jamie Shaw – Mayhem. A reread before the fourth and final book, Havoc, in this series was released. This is one of my guilty pleasure reads!

3. Jamie Shaw – Riot.  A reread before the fourth and final book, Havoc, in this series was released. This one was my least favorite

4. Jamie Shaw – Chaos. A reread before the fourth and final book, Havoc, in this series was released. So freaking hilarious!

5. Jamie Shaw – Havoc. Dreamy, book boyfriend material!

And I guess this means I managed to fulfill my goal to read one book for myself every week! Yay! Hopefully, I’ll get to read a bit more in March.

What was the best book you read in February?

 

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Monthly Recap: January 2016

31/01/2016 | 2 Comments

New Year, new chances! I’ve been a real slacker in blogging world the past year. Last year was quite a hectic year for me and most of it I’ve been trying to find a way to find a balance between university life and blogging and if I look back I can say that I failed quite badly. Time for change! And the biggest change will be that I am going to write posts ahead, schedule and plan like crazy, to make sure this blog doesn’t end up on the down-low again (getting it back to its former glory and all that shiz, haha). Looking back at January, I think I did pretty well.

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January was all about working out for me. On January 11th the Kayla Movement 2016 started and I decided to join in. I have owned Kayla Itsines’s BBG for quite some time now, but never managed to finish the whole guide. I figured that if I restarted the guide together with hundreds of other people motivation would be easier to find, and I was right! I have finished Week 3 yesterday and I can’t wait to get started on Week 4!

What's Happened

  • 26 February – 2 January: the French Alps. I was on a skiing trip with my parents, well, they went skiing, I am the snowboarder of the family. It was so much fun and I really made some progress this year. Last year I returned with a concussion, result of an unfortunate fall, and I was afraid I might be too frightened to really enjoy snowboarding at first, but it was a unnecessary fear. We had amazing weather (no really, I managed to get a bit of a tan) and the snow was perfect. I had the time of my life.
  • 5 – 7 January: Last three exams of the first semester.
  • 11 January: Start of the Kayla Movement 2016.
  • 18 January: the theater. I went to see Joy in theater with a friend of mine, Jennifer Lawrence’s latest movie. At first I had no idea what the movie was about (I was thoroughly confused, it was all a bit odd), but then the movie took off and I loved it. It was an empowering movie and Jennifer Lawrence’s acting was, as always, spot on.
  • 28 January: Resit exam for Philology, which I am pretty sure I rocked, thank you very much.

Posts of January

  1. [4 Jan] Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan ★★
  2. [13 Jan] Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★★
  3. [15 Jan] Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★★
  4. [22 Jan] Tales From the Front #06 – Blog Tour & Giveaway
  5. [25 Jan] Front Lines by Michael Grant ★★★★
  6. [27 Jan] The Struggle of Creating Good Content
  7. [29 Jan] The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ★★★★
  8. [30 Jan] Stacking the Shelves (1): 30th January 2016
  9. [31 Jan] Monthly Recap: January 2016

workouts

As I mentioned before January was pretty much all about getting back to training for me. I joined the Kayla Movement 2016 and since January 11th I have trained every single day, save for Sundays (Sunday’s are my rest days). The first week was pretty brutal, my muscles were sore as hell (even though I trained and ran regularly before that), but I pushed through and I am so happy I did. I am now three weeks in and I can feel myself getting stronger already. Hard work pays off, and I am determined to work harder, I can’t wait to start noticing more changes.

I do three workouts each week (Legs, Arms & Abs, and Full Body workout) and then go on a run three times a week as well. All my runs have been 5 to 6 kilometers and in January I kept besting my own Personal Record. My goal is to be able to run the 5k under 30 minutes, and yesterday I managed to run an Average Pace of 6.13 k/h (at the beginning of this month that was 6.35). So there’s definitely improvement and I can’t wait for the day to arrive when I smash that goal!

On the Agenda

  1. My second semester of university starts in February, so that means things are going back to normal. New semester, new classes, new books. I am quite looking forward to my literature classes, lots of literature we’ll be covering are books I’ve already read (and loved) so that’ll definitely be fun for me!
  2. Training. Even though classes are starting again I am going to continue my rigorous training schedule.
  3. IMAGINE DRAGONS CONCERT. Yes, you read it correctly, on February 5th Imagine Dragons has a concert in Amsterdam and I am going with  my mom and sister, and it’s going to be EPIC.
  4. Lots of fun posts. I have tons of fun posts planned for you this month. At this time I am already scheduled one week ahead (yay for planning!) and I have lots of ideas for those other three weeks.

What were your favorite moments of January? What are your plans for February?

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