My goals for 2021

Now this is NOT a typical new years resolutions, new year new me moment, where I list everything I will achieve or change about myself this year. I think if 2020 taught me one thing it’s that you really can’t predict what life will throw at you nor make concrete strict plans to achieve/do. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some goals. Personally, I want my goals to be open and based on personal growth. So It wouldn’t be realistic for me to make travel goals in 2021 since I’m living in a current lockdown. But I could make a goal to be financially smart and really be intentional with my saving and spending this year. My top goal in life is always to be happy in everything I do and everywhere I go. So no matter what I achieve or set out to accomplish this is always the overall end game. That being said; here are my goals for 2021.

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First, I want to practice photography. I have always been interested in photography but never took the time to really practice and improve myself. But I do struggle to find inspiration sometimes… When traveling inspiration is at every corner, taking in the new beauty of this world. However, I am realistic and see that this year might mostly be spent at home. But I hope to be able to find more beautiful pictures I can take close to home and really improve this skill. Please follow me on instagram to follow along this journey with me.

Secondly, I want to be intentional with my spending in order to optimize my savings. I want to make sure I budget well (check out my post on budgeting tips when moving and my post for daily budgeting tips). I hope that by being really intentional with my spending; I will be able be able to limit it to the necessities and have more saved for fun activities or a bigger purchase or even my future.

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Lastly, I want to make sure to always follow my passion. I am currently obtaining my masters and am definitely really enjoying the whole experience. I feel that passion for what I do and I want to carry that on into work or wherever I may go next.

Although these may seem small goals, to me they are very meaningful. I believe I will be able to achieve them and really keep them in my heart for 2021. There will of course be small things I want to do or want to accomplish along the way but I try not to make them hard goals. I think that in the moment you get opportunities to follow when the time is right and setting a strict 2021 list such as taking a cooking class will restrict the new experiences waiting for you around the corner.

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Budgeting tips: moving edition

Moving can be a stressful time, especially financially. I have always been really interesting in budgeting and loved how much power it can give you in life to be able to achieve your goals. Of course, a good budget is a great starting point to increase your savings and to ensure wherever you move to, you will be able to afford the new life you want for yourself. Here are my five budgeting tips, moving edition.

1.Compile a list of all your monthly expenses.

This can be tricky before you have moved into your new home. However, you can call up companies to get a quote on how much approximately your new home will cost, with regards to gas/water/electric. After this you want to think about a monthly food budget, to be as realistic as possible it might help to think of meals and how much they cost for the month. Thereafter, monthly subscriptions should be taken into account and bills for, for example, your car. Don’t forget rent or a mortgage as well.

2.Now you can see how much you will spend ever month you need to know your income.

Here it is important to subtract the two to find out how much you will be able to save every month for those unexpected purchases or needs, such as car or house repairs.

3. It is important to save up for things you will need when living in the house.

Here I am talking specifically about furniture or paint. you need to make a budget for before you move in with your current expenses and income to ensure you have a comfortable savings to afford all needed for moving into a new home.

4. The move

During the move you might need a company or moving boxes. These also need to be budgeted into your savings to ensure you can afford every aspect of moving.

5. Cheaper alternatives

If you are struggling to be able to afford a move, I have some tips to find cheaper alternatives to fit into any budget. Firstly, I ALWAYS look into Ikea, they have a broad range of furniture at a broad range of prices, so there is always something for a smaller budget. They also have discounted furniture at their exit which are sometimes minimally damaged but sometimes simply the packaging got damaged. So it is definitely worth checking out. I have also found great furniture at second hand shops. There are also plenty of places to get cheaper moving boxes or to reuse crates, really get creative because some moving boxes can really add up a lot of costs.

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Top 10 favourite TV shows

At the moment we all have a little more time on our hands. If you have been wanting to start watching a TV series but don’t know where to start, here are my 10 favourite TV shows that I recommend.

Friends

Friends is my favourite TV show of all time. It is funny, positive and the story line will have you hooked. This is a light hearted tv show. If you’ve never watched it, I would definitely recommend you start, it will not disappoint.

How i met your mother

How I met your mother is also a favourite of mine. It is also a light hearted comedy show with a storyline that will also have you hooked. Definitely worth watching.

Brooklyn nine nine

Brooklyn Nine Nine is a really funny comedy show. I love the story line throughout the show.

Modern Family

I have been watching modern family for years and is one of my favourite comedy TV shows. It also has a great story line to follow.

Young Sheldon

Young Sheldon is spin off comedy show of the big bang theory, showing Sheldon Cooper as a child.

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls is an awesome show which is funny but also has a great story line to follow. This show will have you hooked.

House

House has been a favourite of mine for years. Every episode is unique and will keep you hooked until the last second. There is also a really good background story between the characters which you can follow along with. Without giving away too much, I will say I loved the ending to this show.

The x files

The X Files is a science fiction classic, with a drama story line which will keep you hooked until the very end.

Suits

Suits is a great drama series with a captivating story line. I personally find the legal cases in it super interesting as well.

Stranger Things

Stranger things is a thrilling drama and a definite must-see. I loved all seasons of it so far, it will not disappoint.

I hope this list helps you find the perfect TV show to start watching. Let me know if you have any TV show recommendations for me. Please leave a comment down below if you liked this post or have future posts you’d like to read. Please follow me on Instagram for more behind the scenes stuff. Hope you guys enjoyed and I will see you again next time, for my weekly blog! 

5 simple and affordable at home date ideas


Date nights are fun but sometimes can be expensive. Therefore, I always try to think of ideas to have a fun and affordable date night at home. Here are my top 5 at home date night ideas.

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  1. Movie night

A great idea for an at home date is to watch a movie. I always buy movie snacks and drinks, such a popcorn or candy. Another great idea is to make the movie snacks together or come up with a competion for who can make the best snack. This could be home make popcorn or ice cream or even a delicious cupcake.

I normally pick a movie together that we have never seen before. There are loads of online providers where you can rent a movie to watch, or search through old DVD’s or check out a service you already pay for, such as Netflix.

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2. Cook a meal together

Another favourite of mine is to cook a meal together. I normally choose a new recipe but this can be anything from homemade pizza to an amazing risotto. This could also be a dessert, like a cake or ice cream. I always choose a recipe and get all the ingredients at the supermarket. Then carve out a couple of hours to prep and make the meal together. I always make sure to set the table with candles and flowers to make it more of a romantic date night.

3. Tasting evening

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A cool date night idea is to have a tasting evening. This could be buying different types of wine or champagne, beer, tea, coffee or whatever you are interested in trying out. This could also be food such as different types of chocolate. There are websites where you can buy small tester bottles or sets of whatever you want to try. Another way to do this is to buy small wine bottles or different types of beer you have always wanted to try. You can also buy different types of ground coffee and buy a cafetiere. This way to can make the perfect taster amount. This also works with different types of tea. Either buy the tea bags or the separate leaves to be able to control the amount you put into the cups. For food, you can prepare small portions of recipes you want to try or buy different bars of chocolate. This is definitely a fun and different at home date idea.

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4. Have a game night

Having a game night is such a fun way to spend time together at home. This can be with small games, such as a simple card game, or one big monopoly night, or even just doing a puzzle. Video games are also fun to do together and you can make a little competition out of it. You can buy or make fun snacks and have fun drinks with it. You can make snacks together or make a competition out of who can make the best snack. I find it a nice and fun way to spend time together at home.

5. DIY

DIY is a great way to spend time together and is always entertaining. This could be to paint a painting, there are loads of tutorials online, building a table together, tie dye clothing or make candles. I would recommend trying to find an activity you both would like to try. You can find most of the necessary items you need online, if you cannot go to the store. there are loads of ideas on Pinterest and tutorials on Youtube.

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25 before 25: what I want to achieve before I turn 25

I am currently in my early 20’s and I have realised that there is still a lot i want accomplish long term as well as short term. So I decided to make a list of things I want to be able to do within the next few years. Hopefully through my blog I can take you along my journey as I complete each thing on my list. Here are the 25 things I want to do before I turn 25.

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  1. Travel outside of Europe

Travelling outside of Europe is a big dream of mine. I got to visit america when I was younger but I have a lot of other destinations on my travel bucket list. I am most excited to visit places like Hawaii, Canada, Japan and Australia. Hopefully in the next few years I can visit at least one of them. This will take a lot of saving and hard work! Please visit my blog post on budgeting tips for inspiration.

2. Visit two new cities in Europe

I really want to start visit more cities in Europe, even for just a weekend. There are so many beautiful cities in Europe, which are easily accessible, by train, car or plane. My top favourite cities which I am very excited to one day visit are; Paris, London and Porto.

3. Learn a new language

Currently I speak 3 languages however I would love to learn another. One language I have always wanted to learn is Spanish. So I hope I can save some money to be able to take a class one day soon and work on teaching myself some basics too. Here are my top tips for learning a new language.

4. Get a pet

I love animals. Getting a pet of my own is a big dream of mine. However, I do want to make sure I am financially stable enough and have a home with enough space to give a pet a good home.

5. Move to a new town

When I started my bachelor at university I moved to a new town, however I do want to move one more time for myself. I want to move to a town where I can build a home for myself.

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6. Watch the sunrise and sunset

Something that I have always wanted to do but have never consciously made a lot of time for is watching the sunrise and sunset. Therefore, its on my list and I will be making more time to watch it. This also helps take a moment to pause in the chaos of life and just enjoy these beautiful moments that happen every day.

7. Visit more of the country that I live in

I have realised that there is still so much I haven’t visited in the country I live in. I want to make sure that I visit more cities and more beautiful tourist spots.

8. Improve my photography skills

A dream of mine has always been to become better at photography. Therefore, before I am 25 I want to take time to improve my photography skills.

9. Obtain my bachelor degree

I am in my final year of my bachelor so I want to have my bachelor degree before I turn 25.

10. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Something I am really passionate about is having a healthy lifestyle. This includes healthy eating as well as healthy daily habits. I want to make sure I maintain this every day, at least until I turn 25.

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11. Learn piano

To learn piano has always been a dream of mine. I have tried to self teach but for the next few years I want to make this more intentional and really stick to learning how to play piano.

12. Learn a new recipe

I enjoy cooking and learning new recipes. I am definitely not a highly skilled cook but I think it would be fun to learn some new recipes.

13. Go skiing

I used to go skiing when I was younger. However, it has been a long time since I was last able to go skiing. Therefore, I want to be able to go on at least one ski trip before I turn 25. I also want to take a ski lesson before I go so I can practice this.

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14. Take a vacation to the beach

I love visiting the beach. It can be so beautiful and relaxing. So I want to plan one beach vacation even if it is just an overnight trip to the beach. Make sure I make the most of every aspect my beautiful country has to offer.

15. learn to scuba dive

This one might be more difficult to achieve and more expensive but I really want to learn how to scuba dive. I have always been interested in it but never go after that dream so I hope that before I turn 25 I get to do this.

16. Go snorkelling

I have also never been snorkelling. I really want to be able to go snorkelling somewhere beautiful.

17. Start a masters degree

Since I will be finishing my bachelor degree soon, I want to take that next step and start my masters in law.

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18. Take a spontaneous trip

Taking a spontaneous trip is something I think will be really fun to do. I want to just pack a bag and leave. It doesn’t have to be to another country but at least a one night trip or a spontaneous day trip somewhere new.

19. Go horse riding

When I was young, I used to go horse riding. I would love to do this again, possibly on a beach or at least somewhere beautiful.

20. Go to an art museum

I love visiting art museums. There are so many which I still have not visited, for example, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam or the Louvre in Paris. I hope that before I turn 25 I get to visit one of these.

21. Learn how to play squash and be good at it!

I love playing sports. Squash is a more complicated sport but a lot of fun. By the time I turn 25 I want to learn how to play Squash and intentionally practice it to become good at it.

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22. Swim more often

I love to go swimming. I used to go swimming ever week. I have really missed that since social distancing started. So, I really want to make sure that when it’s safe again I keep swimming as often as I can.

23. Grow my own plants

Growing my own plants is one thing I am excited to do. I want to grow plants which produce food and I want to grow them from a seeds. I am excited to see that successful process.

24. Volunteer

I love helping others and being a part of something bigger than myself. Therefore, I really want to take every opportunity I can to volunteer in some way.

25. Wake up early and make the most of every day

I want to make sure that before I turn 25 I make the most of every single day. I want to wake up early every morning and fill my day with things that I want to do; work on completing this list as well as being happy and intentional with how I am filling my days. We only get so many hours every day and I don’t want to waste them.

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5 tips to learn a new language fluently

Learning a new language is a long complicated process. It can take years to master and can feel helpless, especially when trying see that point in the future where it will all click into place. At 21 years old I decided to embark on my journey to learning a third language. This was definitely a challenge and it took a lot of hard work. When I decided to start learning a new language, I didn’t have a lot of money for classes so I had to self teach. If you do have money for classes i would definitely recommend taking a class. This definitely speeds up the process. However, these tips can help either next to a language class or for those like me who want to self teach.

  1. Read a lot!

This may sound cliche but practice is the most important part. I dont simply mean read some articles and hope to learn. I mean full immersion. Try to read every day, even if its just for an hour, set aside some time to learn this language. If you read a small story or ever newspaper articles every day you will expand your vocabulary and really get a feel for this language. Soon you will remember the words and their meaning and be able to build onto that.

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Finding a topic you enjoy to read about is important. I found that children’s stories or books did bore me sometimes so to shake it up I would read the news or other topics I enjoyed like law.

that language often. I mean full immersion practice. This means read often, speak when you can and write often. Also listening to YouTube videos or TV shows help a lot too. Reading newspaper articles. Find topics that interest you. in the beginning you will encounter a lot of words you don’t understand and it will take very very long to read one page. As you go along you need to write a

This word list should include words and definitions as well as the translation in your mother tongue to make it easier. Any word you encounter, write it down. this will help memorising and it will be available for you when you need it. When I didn’t write down the words then I would always forget and have waste time looking it up again and again.

For example: (in French)

ChienDog
voitureCar
MaisonHouse
arbre tree

2.Challenge yourself

Make sure you start at the right level. Don’t try to run before you can walk. always begin with an easy level. However it is important to challenge yourself. Don’t forget to increase the level over time.

I would start by reading childrens news articles, watching childrens tv shows, reading children’s books and watching the children’s news online. Then to challenge myself start reading articles for higher levels and watch the normal adult news.

I can now read complex legal language in my third language.

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3. Practice writing

To practice writing I would always start small and work my way up. I would write small sentences and then check my spelling and grammar after the fact or get someone I know to check my spelling. Online you can sometimes find people to do an email exchange with to learn that language.

What also helps is using word documents to type out sentences and paragraphs to see where you are going wrong. Writing helps test your knowledge and practice your spelling. It is important to make sure you practice reading, writing and speaking skills in your language because you want to keep an equal level in all three skills. Otherwise it will be difficult to proceed in learning your language, and they often complement each other. For example, reading a word will help me with remembering how to pronounce that word and writing it down will help me remember all my new vocabulary.

4. Listening and speaking

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Watching the language helps a lot to hear people speaking: to understand the pronunciation of words and to learn the grammar of sentences. This is also enjoyable to watch shows or the news or any YouTube video on a topic you enjoy, for example a makeup tutorial in dutch. This also helped me practice my pronunciation a lot. Through listening and repeating words and sentences, this helps understand how to say it and builds you confidence when speaking to others.

5. Schedule

Staying consistent and making a schedule is important for leaning a language. If you do not stay practice the language often then you risk forgetting a lot and having to start over. If you carve out a couple of hours a week or even an hour every day, you will be able to pick up the language a lot better.

A schedule can be committing to one evening a week, three times a week or even one hour every day. An intentional schedule will help keep you on track and focused.

For example:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThusdayFridaySaturdaySunday
16:00- 1 hour of Spanish14:00- 2 hours of Spanish20:00- 1 hour of spanish

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Day in my life in quarantine

Life nowadays have changed drastically for everyone. I feel that social media is filled with posts about work out progress or using this time to work more. This puts A LOT of pressure and expectations on people. Some days in quarantine will be productive and busy but other days will still be hard. I think that’s OK.

Everyone handles situations differently and everyone needs different things for their own mental well being. So I don’t think putting one goal or routine onto everyone works in a time like these. Some days I just want to relax and watch TV a bit longer than usual and THAT’S OK. Other days I try to stay busy and make plans to fill my day and that’s also OK. I think each person needs to do what makes them happy and take a break when they need to as well.

That being said I here is a day in my life during quarantine. Some things I try to incorporate into my days is a work out, a spiritual session, time carved out for my blog or studying, some days I have to attend classes and I always try to make sure that after 6 pm I don’t have to work anymore. This obviously varies from day to day depending on how I feel.

Morning

My day normally start around 7 am to 8 am. I always try to start with a spiritual session, for me that’s meditation. After that I eat breakfast, today that was just some toast with some green tea. After my breakfast I went for a walk with my adorable rescue dog. I am pretty thankful because I live in the countryside so when I go for a walk I don’t see any people and there is always enough space to pass by while respecting social distancing. Some days before my walk I will work out. I do this to get my exercise for the day out of the way so I can focus on work. This morning I didn’t feel like it so i decided to move my work out to this afternoon.

Here are some pictures from my walk!

Afternoon

After walking, It was lunch time. I decided to make some pasta for lunch and it did not disappoint.

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After lunch I always grab a cappuccino and I start studying for a couple of hours. I normally try to set goals of what to finish, for example, read a chapter or read certain case law. I found that setting a specific time for me to study didn’t help me focus or stick to my goals well.

After studying I worked a little on my blog and then I did my workout. Nowadays I try to do indoor workout routines, I always look up certain exercises for my core strength and some cardio. I always finish with some yoga poses and my favourite right now is the sun salutation.

Evening

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At this point, it is 6 pm and I have finished work for the day. I normally try to relax a bit before cooking dinner. Tonight, for dinner, is a salad with some vegetarian sausages. It was very delicious. After dinner I always watch some TV shows or a movie on Netflix. Tonight I watched the movie Oceans 8. I’ve been waiting 2 years to see it because I just missed seeing it in cinema and wanted to wait till it was on Netflix. This week it finally is! I ended my evening by video calling loved ones. I am very grateful for technology these days, makes isolation a little less lonely.

I hope everyone is safe during these times and is abiding by the rules set out in your country. I hope everyone is taking care of their mental well being during these times and if you’re struggling you can always reach out to a loved one or friend or even a professional for help.

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Top 5 cities to visit in the Netherlands

I’ve had the opportunity to visit many Cities in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a smaller country which makes travelling to between cities easy, either by car or by public transport. So if you are thinking of taking a trip to the Netherlands, you should definitely try to visit one of these amazing cities during your trip. These are my top 5 favourite cities in the Netherlands and everywhere I love to visit while I am there.

  1. Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a great city to visit in the Netherlands. Being the capital city, it is a great tourist location. Amsterdam is filled with beautiful canals, which you can enjoy by take beautiful pictures from the bridges or by take a ride down the canal by boat. There are so many different boat tours available for everyone.

There are many museums in Amsterdam, truly something for everyone. Amsterdam is home to the famous Rijksmuseum, but also the Van Gogh museum and the Moco museum, which has held exhibits for artists such as Banksy and Roy Lichtenstein. It is also home to the famous Anne Frank House, which is perfect for a more historical and educational visit. Other tourist attraction, such as Dam square and A’dam tower where there is a a 360 degree lookout over the city, ensure that there is always a lot to visit in Amsterdam. Throughout the city there are also the famous Dutch tulips to be found, either at the markets or in plant pots within the city itself.

2. Maastricht

Maastricht is a smaller dutch city located in the south of the Netherlands. It has many churches, beautiful terraces and many shops you can visit. I personally love the character of the building and the beauty of simply walking through the streets. However, if you want a different tour around maastricht, there are also many tours you can take by bus and tour boats. There are also a few art museums. The most beautiful attraction is the Vrijthof and the surrounding churches. There are also caves you can visit in maastricht and a vineyard.

3. Den haag

Den Haag, or in english the Hague, is one of the larger cities in the Netherlands. It houses the Dutch parliament and the Peace palace, as well as the international Criminal Court and other international organisations. There are some tours available of these buildings, which provide an interesting look into the history of Den Haag. Den Haag therefore has so many interesting places to visit, as well as beautiful tourist attractions. My favourite tourist attractions to visit is, Binnenhof and Madurodam. Another beautiful aspect of Den Haag is that it is located next to scheveningen, making the beach easily accessable by tram from the City. Therefore, offering you a beautiful City and the opportunity to have a beach holiday too.

4. Utrecht

Utrecht is a beautiful City in the Netherlands located 30 minutes away from Amsterdam, by train. Running through the center of Utrecht is the Grote Gracht, a large canal. This is a must see and definitely a beautiful sight from the bridges. However, there are also cafe’s you can sit at on the edge of the canal. Utrecht is also filled with shops. It is easy to get from the station out into the shopping streets. I love just walking through Utrecht taking in the beauty in every shopping street. There are also many tourist attractions in Utrecht, Including the Dom Tower, St Martins Cathedral, DOMunder and the miffy museum. Some of these attractions charge an entrance fee however it is definitely worth the money.

5. Rotterdam

Rotterdam is another big city in the Netherlands. It is filled with shops for a quieter day, however, Rotterdam also has attractions for everyone. There is the old harbour and Marine museum, the beautiful Cube houses, the Erasmus bridge, the Euromast and Various museums.

The famous Kinderdijk windmills are located only 23km away from Rotterdam. These windmills are a beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will get to see typical dutch windmills, learn a lot about the history and how they work. There are also various activities available too, such as a tour boat. This is a definite must see!

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