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The perks of being an introvert – and 5 misconceptions

There I was, sitting in a small meeting room sipping my herbal tea while being interrogated by a requiter for a new job opportunity. The interview went really well. It felt as thought we were on the same page and jokes were being made. “Would you describe yourself as being extravert or introvert?”. Introvert, I said very committedly. She was struck dumb by my answer and my self-confidence for coming out for being an introvert. “But you are so talkative and easy going…?”. Yep, that is correct. She looked very surprised and I could see somewhat of a disappointment in her eyes. I could see her mentally stoking a red cross through my cv, as if this was a big negative for the job. “But you will have lots of client contact in this job… won’t that be a problem then?”. Well, of course not, I like building strong and close relationships with people, and therefore also my clients… Why would that have to do anything with being an introvert, I wondered? Something is going …

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About facing fears – 6 tips to help you overcome anxiety

Nowadays I hear more and more people opening up about their anxiety. I am happy to see that this topic is now openly discussed and recognized. I remember being really ashamed for constantly feeling anxious, because I couldn’t explain what was happening to me. Also I had never heard anybody speaking about similar feelings, so it felt like I was being dramatic and I was making it all up. Therefore, I felt completely alone with my fear and thought there was nothing that could be done to obliterate this ice cold fear. I thought it will simply be there to dominate the rest of my life. Yes- this sounds like a nightmare, but it is for many other people their ugly daily truth. A jump back in time… I was watching a film with my roommates in Paris. It was just an ordinary evening, nothing special had happened that day other than going to work. The film of choice was an animated movie about a bunch of cheery zoo animals going on a worldly adventure, …

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Lingering in lovely Lisbon

The city that smells like freshly washed clothes and dried flower bouquets. Lisbon positively surprised me and stole my heart with every step (…and there were many of them) of the way during my 5 day stay! It is easily my new favorite city in Europe. The people are so unbelievably friendly and warm, it’s hard not to feel welcome. And as I was travelling all by myself I didn’t feel self conscious or insecure for one moment. Yes – that’s right, I went all by myself! Last year was a year with many happenings. And some of them took a lot of me to say the least… Therefore, I took myself on a trip for a breather and some fresh air. A tick in the box for option 6 on taking yourself on a date! Waterfalls at sunset So there I was, on the first day of my trip wandering the streets of Lisbon all by myself. I was enjoying all the impressions of the beautiful buildings, the people, the smells and the overall …

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The best date you will ever have!

I really enjoy being by myself and I am very good at entertaining myself. Always have been. Ever since I was little I could play all by myself for hours. Later when I was a teenager I went shopping alone or took myself out for a movie. When I was a student I went out to the pub by myself quite often. Like I said, I’m very good at being just with me. I moved out to live on my own when I was 18 years old. Coming home alone to a space entirely mine and being surrounded with my own belongings immediately felt natural to me. I had all the time in the world just for me! Then all of a sudden… there’s someone living with me and all this me-time becomes us-time. Which is great of course. However it does feel like I neglect my desire to being alone sometimes, doing those little things nobody would understand, because they’re weird to the rest of the world. Honestly, dealing with your own weird habits …

A lesson learned taking portraits of random strangers

Recently I started a photography course. I studied photography at the art academy when I was a student. I always loved the art and enjoy visiting photography exhibitions regularly. I find it very amazing how photographers are able to catch emotion and turn it into a story. I never finished the art academy, which I regret a lot. That’s why I started the photography course, in order to pursue my long lost dream of becoming a professional photographer (that writes, has excellent drawing skills and travels the world, also). I’m really enjoying the course. It feels like I can make up for lost time and it makes me dream of future plans… I also adopted it in my me-time routine. I make it my personal night out. Every Thursday evening I take myself out for dinner and after that we discuss about aperture and shutter speeds. After some serious theory lessons, practicing in the studio and photographing still objects we were let loose in Antwerp to practice the real deal. During this field trip we …

About shedding fur and shooting daffodils

Around this time of year the same old feeling bestows me. Winter is slowly coming to an end and the promise of spring is just around the corner, yet it’s not quite here. Days are getting longer, daffodils are shooting from the ground but it’s still too cold to leave the house without mittens. It is what feels like decades I’ve been hibernating to survive those dreary, cold and dark days. And even though I appreciate winter and all that comes with it, I just need it to end. However, where I’m from, winter can continue well into April. This is the time where I feel motivationally drained and I need to drag myself into doing anything. Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate winter and even though I am not the most active and inspirational of people during those months I somehow accept my tardy state of being. Every year it seems like the first thing I need to do is get myself motivated again in order for me to be ready to take …

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The Kinfolk Table by Nathan Williams

Walking down the street just before the evening sets, secretly peeking into other peoples houses hoping to get a glimpse of their interiour is, I am not going to lie, something I enjoy. Seeing all those different choices in style and mixes of peculiar objects that have a special meaning for people is just very interesting to me. That’s why my instagram feed is filled with accounts that give me just that, an open window into the lives and collection of curiosities & trinkets of people. Another thing I enjoy is hoarding and reading cookbooks. I came across this beautiful book and fell for its intriguing cover. Kinfolk Magazine is known for it’s mesmerizing photography, and this book is nothing less. Opening the book is like being invited to snoop around in someone else’s cosy home, while getting served the most delicious dishes. Combining luscious recipes with a look inside is just too good to be true! This is a cookbook with a story! It tells the stories of real people from around the world, their …

The perspective of things

Recently I got invited for a cuppa and a chat about an interesting opportunity at a start up within a very interesting industry. I jumped at it, because the job description was exactly what I’ve been looking for. At one point my interviewer asked me where I saw opportunities to learn within my field of expertise. An interesting question, I thought from my perspective. It gave me the feeling they were open for personal development and supportive of an ascending learning curve within their company. And so, I answered their question with wanting to learn more about the effectiveness and implementation of social strategies and how to measure content effectiveness. During my experiences I have learned a thing or two about efficiently using social media to gain awareness and engagement, but like any field of job, you will never stop learning. She responded with a simple “interesting”. Next question… She mentioned my many international experiences I have  on my cv. She asked how I felt about being back in my motherland. I explained to her …

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Wander in style: Dick Moby eyewear

It was a sunny day in may and I was just strolling around my favourite shopping area in Eindhoven when I saw them looking at me from the corner of my eye. I swirled around and we made eye contact… it was love at first sight! I immediately fell for their extraordinary shape and their lovely fresh colour. I just couldn’t resist, and so we went home together ;) I mean, sometimes you just gotta treat yourself eh! The brand Dick Moby was founded by two Dutch dudes from Amsterdam with a mission: reducing plastic pollution. Apart from their beautiful designs, the frames of their eyewear are 100% biodegradable. And they didn’t stop there; also the leather cases and cleaning cloths are made from recycled materials. They really took sustainability to another level, which makes me love this Dutch brand even more!

Morbidly beautiful

Recently, I was wandering around in Maastricht (The Netherlands) and came across the Museum aan het Vrijthof. Going to museums is one thing I like to do whenever I have the time, and so I decided to go inside and see what was on the menu. I always like to see a good exhibition, however this particular exhibition caused quite a stir in my personal feelings about art…