School

6 Study Tips from Me to You

14:52

As I’m working on my graduation thesis I’ve figured out some things that really help me with my study. And I want to share it with you in hopes I can help you with your study!

Photo from Wonderlass
1. Clean your desk so you can’t procrastinate. Since I’m a queen in procrastination I make sure everything is clean before I start my study day. I even plan it in my planner!

2. Make a planner. Since I no longer have to go to school I have to make my own schedule. At first, I slept late and said I would do school work tomorrow. And tomorrow never comes... So on Sunday I sit down with my planner and write down which days are workdays, homework days and relax days. And I have to be very strict to my day to day planner. I even plan the  breaktimes and lunchtimes. I have to be strict. Because if I’m not. I won’t do much...

3. Don’t just start writing that essay or research project. Make sure you read enough information first. That way you can decide what information is important and start writing after you have read enough information. That way your essay will be more organised. Because you know lots of information and know to put it in the right order for your essay.

4. Save the URL! I have special topics in my google bar where I save the URL’s that I think I might need for my research project. This way I don’t have to search again to that one page that I need. Because I also read maybe 10 other websites I'll never remember which site had the right information. By marking them down and putting them in a special map in my google bar it's easy to find the right website.

5. Write down your APA immediately when you’ve used information from that book or website. You can never loose it when it’s in your doc. Because you won’t remember that one specific website that you found three weeks ago. Or it’s going to cost you a lot of time and stress.

6. When I take a small break, I step away from my laptop. My small breaks aren’t on my laptop because I don’t feel like they’re real breaks. I’m still sitting in my working space. And so, my working space and relax space is the same. Which doesn’t give me a relaxed feeling. When the day is over, I pick up my laptop and go to my relax chair or bed to blog or watch YouTube or watch movies.

Bonus tip: never, I repeat, NEVER start a new serie on Netflix. I started Reign and it totally ruined my schedule due to bingewatch nights...

There are more tips on how I reduce some stress in this blogpost and I also wrote about how to survive your internship. It’s all stuff I dealt with and from my experience I’m trying to help you. And if you have more tips, please let me know. My graduation thesis deadline is within 8 weeks and I'm stressing out. So every homework tip is welcome!

Xx Rianne

Beauty

Oolaboo wipe off nectar

14:59

When I got my milia removed the lady at the beauty salon told me I had a dehydrated skin. I thought I had an oily skin since I’ve had some serious break outs when I was a teenager and my skin shines from the amount of oil around 11 am in the morning. (And I do clean my face before putting makeup on) But no, this lady told me my skin was dehydrated and I guess I must believe her. She is a specialist after all. I’ve been misreading my skins’ need.
And the lady recommended me Oolaboo wipe off nectar.  It’s a 3 in 1 daily cleansing nectar. It says it’s a combination of a cleanser, make-up remover and tonic in one. And I love this. It’s a soft white cream and I use 1,5 pump to clean my face. The smell is soft, a little bit rose like but very very soft. 

I’ve been using it now for a few months and I can see a lot of improvement on my skin. It’s still oily but the break outs are mostly controlled. Even when my period is about to come. I always had a break out around that time of the month and lots of pimples/blackheads around my chin area. Of course, I do get a pimple here and there. But it’s way less than I was used to.

Oolaboo is also easy to use. I'm a bit of a lazy person. When I have to clean my face first, than add something and than wash my face... I'm out. Too much work. But that's not needed for this cleanser/tonic/make-up remover. All I have to do is make my face wet with luke warm water and then I massage 1,5 pump of cream on my face and wash it off. 


I recently used Oolaboo more in mornings than in the evening. Because in the evening I remove my eye make-up with Garnier micellair cleansingwater. And lazt me just started to use that for removing all the make-up on my face.
So mornings are done with Oolaboo and evenings with Garnier. Also, Oolaboo is a bit more expensive than what I would normally use as a cleanser. So mixing the routine up has shown no problems to my skin and especially no problems to my bank account.

What also helped is that I started to use a different day cream (it will be reviewed here soon because I'm literally in LOVE with it).
And I’m still looking for improvement on my skincare routine to help my skin get better.
What's your favourite product in your skincare routine?

Xx Rianne

Life Update

My Birthday Bucketlist

13:44

Today is my birthday. I’m 22!! And I feel like this year is going to be MY year. After all I’ve been through last year I feel like I can be who I am and do what I love. And so I made a little list of things I really really want to do this year. Because I feel like it’s now or never!
1. Graduate.
I want this so so bad. I’m already delayed and am a 5th year student. It’s going to cost me a lot of money if I become a sixth year student... I’m just so done with school. I loved my study, I loved everything I learned. But I really need that piece of paper to prove that I finished my study and start with something new.

2. Go to Los Angeles following an EF course.
This is something I’ve googled many many times and quickly closed the tabs after seeing the prices of the courses. I wanted to go to London first. But when I stayed there for 10 days with my friend in 2015 I think that I’m ready to go and see something else of the world than always going back to London. (You can read that  London diary here)
 But last year, when I was in the USA I was so impressed by everything I saw that I really wanted to visit LA. Not just for a few days, but going to school and live in the city for a few weeks. And that’s what EF offers. Even though I’m as scared as a mouse to go alone, I feel like if I don’t do it now I will never get the chance again to travel somewhere for a few weeks. But we’ll see if I ever get brave enough. For now it’s a wish!

3. Do a srprs me
I don’t know if you know about this, but this is an organisation that you go to, you give them your money and tell them if you want a sunny holiday or a city trip and they go plan it for you. Only last minute, just before checking in, you get to know where you’re going. And it seems like an amazing thing to do and lately Sas mentioned it. And I got really excited! So hopefully we’ll do a weekend away with srprs me!

Photo by Emanuela Picone on Unsplash
4. Read more books
Since I’m working on my graduation thesis I’ve been reading a lot of books. But not the books I really want to read. On my shelf are lots of unread books but I just don’t have time to read. Or when I finally finished a chapter of my thesis I’m done reading pages and pages of information. So to relax I don’t pick up books right now. When I’m done with my thesis I will read all the unread books on my shelfs and can finally buy more books!

5.
Do something with photography.
I’ve got a camera. I've got stuff. But I don't know how it works properly. And when I’m graduated, I’ve got extra time. So why not do a course somewhere. I’ve heard a co-worker talking about it and that it’s not even that expensive. And I would love to learn more about my dslr. I do read lots and lots of tips on internet, but that camera still holds so many secrets that I want to learn! And my granddad gave me his old tripod for my birthday yesterday. So now I want this more than ever!

These are my whishes for this year and I'm excited to see if I can fulfill all of them..

Cheers on 22 years!
Xx

Beauty

5 easy steps to clean your hairbrush

15:50

Do you clean your hair brush once in a while? No? It’s time to do it right now and it’s super easy!
For a long time, I only cleaned my brush by picking the hairs out every day. And sometimes I would take the brush with me under the shower and used shampoo and a toothbrush to clean my hairbrush. But it’s a lot of work. And I never wanted to clean that way. It took ages! And then I came up with the simplest idea ever. And since then I’ve been trying to clean my brush more often.

It’s super easy.

Step 1: take your brush and get rid of the hairs that are still stuck in it.
Step 2: fill the sink with water and add a bit of shampoo
Step 3: put the brush in the water
Step 4: walk away and leave the brush in the water. It depends on how dirty your brush is how long you leave it in the water. But 10 to 15 minutes always works for me.
Step 5: get the brush out of the water and check if your brush is clean and let it dry on a towel. If the brush is not clean, which often happens to me, I use a toothbrush to clean in between the little tooth of my hairbrush to get it clean. Rinse it off and then let it dry.

Et voila!

You’ve got a clean brush! Simple and I think very effective. Especially if you’re dealing with greasy hair like I do. I think keeping the brush clean will also help to keep my hair cleaner. And it’s just nicer to pick up my brush and not having all the ‘dust’ between those teeth.

Xx Rianne

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Paperless Post Invitations

15:24

Next month is my birthday month. Since I’m a little girl I’ve always been looking forward to my birthday, to see my family again, eating cake and candy unlimited and of course… presents!! I LOVE it!
And recently I was thinking, I might even celebrate my birthday with friends this year. I never celebrated my birthday for friends but since we all live in different places in The Netherlands now, we barely see each other. Some people I haven’t even seen in 6 months because we all live our own lives now. Some are still studying Journalism but moved out of Ede (including me), others are doing their masters at a different university, others are already adulting and hunting for jobs.

And while thinking about sending out an invitation, Paperless Post* found me. Paperless Post is a website where you can customize invitations and sent them via email. Sending out a card can be as expensive as you want it to be. It starts with 2 coins, which is like paying for stamps when you sent a real card instead of digital, and the more you choose to change or redesign the more coins it will cost to send the card to the recipient.
Paperless Post has hundreds and hundreds of cards you can choose from and customize. Think about Tea Parties, weddings, birthday, new born cards, just whatever you can think off they have it. And you can change backgrounds, fonts, envelopes. Just everything. So it looks more personal than just a written email invitation. Paperless Post also have card ranges that are designed by Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Kate Spade, Meri Meri and Rifle Paper co. and many more. 

You can check out the designer range specifically or do what I did: searching for birthday cards and save the cards you like the most. And when it’s a card from a special designer it is written underneath. And so it turned out my family invitation card is from Happy Menocal (which is 8 coins per recipient). Look at how cute the card turned out!!
Now the invitation to my friends. I want to have a Tea Party since I’m a big tea lover and also in love with sweets and food. So it’s the best combination. And Paperless Post had a lot of designs but in the end I went for a normal design that is also 8 coins per recipient.

Isn’t this great? How lovely do the cards look? I totally love it. I’ve also seen that it is possible to sent out thank you cards. So when I’ve had my Tea Party I know for sure that I’ll sit down and design a thank you card. (even when they read about this on my blog.)

What I also love about this website is that, as the name says, this is Paperless. Good for the environment and also much more personal than just a boring email with the information written down. My friends all responded very excited to the invitation and loved the way it looked. So did my family!
Xx Rianne

This blogpost is in coorporation with Paperless Post 

Food

Easter Cupcakes

14:42

(Chocolate) eggs, Easter bunny and matzos. That sounds like it’s almost Easter! And I felt very adventures I baked Easter cupcakes!


Since I’m not the best cook I bought a vanilla cupcake mix from Dr. Oetker to which I only had to add 2 eggs, 50 ml of water and 125 gr butter. Thanks Dr. Oetker, you make me look like a MasterChef! ;)

For the buttercream I used:
250 gram butter
250 gram powdered sugar
a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

I coloured the buttercream with food colouring.

And look at the results! I’m so happy with how they turned out!





Xx Rianne

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A Post For My Grandparents

14:38

I’m a lucky girl to have both my grandparents still around! My sisters and other nieces felt the same and we decided to give our grandparents presents that they will not forget any time soon. We decided to give them time with their granddaughters.

My grandma had her birthday back in April (last year). And we know how much we all love food. I mean, go to grandma and grandpa and there is always something baked or bought that is so delicious that we eat ourselves sick. And when we leave their houses we don’t walk but roll out of the houseJ 
So for my grandma’s birthday we gave her a high tea at her favourite bonbon shop. It's her go to chocolate store. So we picked a date and all came to Delft to spend the whole afternoon with grandma. Her face was shining throughout that whole afternoon. And we had so much fun. 
To see how much my grandma loved spending time with us made us feel so happy that we decided to give grandpa a sort of the same present. His birthday was in August. And because we all have been really busy we finally found a date we all could be together last week. And as a present for grandpa we decided to go to their house and eat raclette. They didn't have to do anything. We bought and prepared everything and did the dishes afterwards so nothing had to be done by them.
My grandparents are also moving out of their house after living there for over 40 years. So it’s also a sort of goodbye to the house where we all have fantastic memories of sleepovers and dressed up in old flower dresses and working with our grandparents in their garden. Grandpa is 81 and grandma is 78 and we loved to spent time with them. The whole dinner we’ve been laughing together and updating our grandparents on our lives. The glow on their faces is something that I’ll never forget!
I really hope we can do this more often. Because as little kids we used to have sleepovers at our grandparents, they took us to their summer house, they took us swimming, they took us on little holidays in the woods, they watched our sports games, they’ve always been there for us. And now they’re getting older and we can take time to spent with them and talk about those lovely memories they gave us! When we were talking about all this after we said our graces after dinner and we got a little emotional because of this wonderful night.

So I thought, since we do this, I should share this with the world to help others with an original present for their grandparents’ birthdays. The look on their faces is worth everything. And I really enjoyed the time we had together as a family.

Xx Rianne

Beauty

Removing Milia

14:56

After a weird summer/autumn of getting better, I've finally picked up normal life again. Because I'm feeling better and more happier in general I also started to use my make up again and I started to take care of myself as how I used to do it before I felt tired and sick. And when I finally started to do my my make up I noticed my milia around my eyes more than ever. It had been there for a really long time but just then it started to annoy me so much that I had to take care of it.



So when I felt brave enough I walked into a beauty salon and made my appointment for removing these little white bumps. I knew that it would hurt. I had them removed before but that was like 5 years ago. So I was scared but I didn’t know that I had to be this scared...

But first a little explanation of "what is milia?" is from Verywell.com : (And I copied their explanation) so go to their website for a complete explanation.

"Milia are white, hard, raised bumps on the skin.

They're small, only about 1 to 2 millimetres in diameter. Milia aren't painful, and they don't itch. They're most common around the eyes and on the cheeks, nose, and forehead, but they can pop up anywhere.

While annoying, milia are harmless.
Milia are super common. If you have skin (and we all do) you're going to get a milium every now and again.

If you have acne and blackheads, you probably have milia as well. But milia can develop even if you don't have common acne, and your skin is otherwise relatively clear. It's completely normal.
Milia happen when the skin doesn't exfoliate, or shed dead cells, properly. That white bump is the actual plug of skin cells and oil, hanging about so close to the skin's surface that it's very visible.

Milia can occur at any age, from newborn to 110 years old. Some people are just more prone to developing them than others. Most milia just appear, for no apparent reason.

Milia can also be triggered by injury to the skin, like burns and sunburns, blistering rashes, and the like. Some medications can also cause milia, but that's very rare. Excessive sun exposure and sun damage also seem to make the skin more prone to developing milia. This is another good reason to wear your sunscreen every day!"


Now you know what it is, I’ll tell you how they are removed from the skin and it includes a needle(!)
but now I’m frightening you. ;) The needle isn’t the worst part. The needle is used to ‘open’ the skin, Since Milia is ‘under’ your skin. So when the skin, that is blocking the milia, is opened the milia gets pushed out. Sort of like a blackhead. But as you can imagine, that hurts like hell when you push and pinch your skin around your eyes. And I had milia on my cheeks and also on my eyelids! and under my lashes! Which were very painful to remove...
In the first picture, which is really bad because of a shadow of my phone, you can see the milia on my cheek. And as you can see in the middle picture, my skin looks really bad and red and bruised, just moments after the removal. The first day my cheekbones were swollen and I’ve had a very sensitive skin for three days. I couldn’t rub my eyes because the skin was so sore and painful.

After four days the little scabs were gone where the milia was removed and my skin looked normal again. So in the end I’m happy with the results but the pain was so bad that I almost cried in that chair. I was clenching my jaws so hard that my jaws even started to hurt. I had tears rolling out of my eyes like a waterfal… I’m not sure if it’s supposed to hurt THAT much. But I’m very happy with the results.
I hated to look at my eyes with that milia everywhere. When I did my make up the milia would even be visible through the foundation. And now it’s not anymore.
Should've closed my eye here. It's about the milia just above my eyelash. 
But now I still want to have removed the last little bits of milia because the lady of the beauty salon couldn’t get them all out. But after the pain I went through I think I’m going to wait a little while longer than I had planned I'm not ready for so much pain again any time soon… She did gave me a miracle 3 in 1 nectar that is supposed to help my skin and unclog everything!

Have you also had so much pain when you got you’re milia removed?

Xx Rianne

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Winter Fun

14:31

When the weather man said that there was cold weather upcoming and my dad said that it was serious (my dad is our personal weather man) I immediately went looking for my ice skates last week. The forecast was looking good!


But then the wind. The wind made it almost impossible for the canals to freeze up. Only parts froze, but the wind kept the water moving so it couldn’t freeze up completely. And then, finally, we had a night in which the wind wouldn’t blow that hard and it would freeze -8 or something. And BAM! The canals froze and on Thursday I got my skates and went to find some frozen water. As you can see below, it went well…


My knees were wet because I fell a few more times in the snow and then my jeans froze. I thought it was bit too cold and went back home to warm up and unfreeze my jeans. In the afternoon I thought the time was ripe to go to the canal where my sister had ice skated on Wednesday. And that was the real real ice. Skating on canals is something I had done when I was around 17 years old guess. (I'm 21 now!)

Me and my mom went ice skating on the canals and that’s the best thing ever. In the morning I was ice skating on a meadow they flooded with water. And skating on the canals is just so much better. The sound of the ice cracking underneath and the hollow sounds of ice skates on the ice is the best sound ever. Literally, this is the best winter since for ever.

In the evening I went with my sisters back to the meadow again because they had big lights up there so we could skate in the night with a full moon. But because of the storm it was almost impossible to skate normally. Or the wind would blow so hard that you almost stood still on the ice, or the wind was blowing in your back and it was impossible to stop and you just had to go with the flow. But I had a LOT OF FUN! 
I love this kind of weather. Not just a bit cold and a bit windy and a weak winter… No, it was snow, freezing and ice skating. That is what winter is supposed to be!

On Friday I went back to the canals and did some more ice skating knowing that I had to work Saturday and then the cold would be over. But on Sunday, I took the big risk and went with two friends skating on the melting ice. I had to go to the mill. I skated for only 30 minutes, look at all the water on the ice in the picture below. We decided that it was too dangerous to skate any longer on the melting ice. So we went home with some lovely photo’s together!
How did you spent these winter days? Let me know in the comments!

Xx Rianne

Beauty

Garnier Hydra Bomb Tissue Mask

22:33

Winter is here. Finally it’s freezing and there is a chance we get to skate on natural ice! I already searched for my ice skates and am hoping that tomorrow we can skate on real ice. Last time was 2013 if I’m right. But this also means that this weather is extreme. And it’s extreme COLD and the air is dry and my skin even dryer. It’s flaky and itchy.
It has come to a point where it’s so dry in the morning that I can apply a moisturizing day cream twice and my skin still feels dry. So I’ve been trying to find a product that can help my day cream with moisturizing my skin. And a little while ago I found the Hydra Bomb tissue masks from Garnier. I bought a few of them and used them all because I loved the result. But I didn’t buy new once, until I was in a discount store and saw them again last Friday. I immediately used one and Monday I used another one again. And my skin is feeling a lot better!

I really like the idea of the tissue facemasks. I love facemasks in general but pasty facemasks always create big messes. Or I create big messes, I can’t handle it neatly. It’s always in my hair, on my hands and on the doors when I’m on my way to and from the bathroom and my own room.

And this mask is just so easy. I get it out of the package, put it on my face and there is only a bit of stuff on my hands which I always swipe off on a normal tissue. Quick and easy and not messy. The blue one has a soft smell. I’m really bad at describing it. It’s just not too much that it makes you sick. (I once had a chocolate flavoured facemask and I had to remove it earlier than the 15 minutes because I started to get sick because of the overwhelming scent it had).

The pink one is the one I tried out on Monday and was a first try. I had only seen the blue mask in the shops. And just like the blue ones, I like it. It’s smells a bit different but not bad at all.
After the facemask my face doesn’t feel that dry anymore. The next day, sadly my skin is feeling dry again. But not as dry as when I didn’t use them. So there is an improvement I guess. I do enjoy these facemasks and they’re not even that pricy. It’s just €3,00 for one facemask. And when I bought them at the discount store they were half price. For you Dutchies, I found them in the PrijsMepper discount store.

For this weather, I think this mask is a quick and easy sollution! I'm possitve about them!
What’s a facemask that you use against a combination/sensitive skin?

 Xx Rianne

Beauty

I Donated My Hair!

14:28

You guys! I did something awesome a month ago. My hair was really long. And I’ve always said that when I was going to cut it off someday I would donate it. But I’ve been saying that for two years. And every time I reminded myself of this thought I would quickly change my mind and say: "it’s not the right time yet".

And then 3 months ago I was like: alright, one more cut to get rid of split ends and the next cut will be the final one. Chopping off at least 30 cm of hair to donate it to a charity that makes wigs for girls who lost their hair because of cancer or other illness that causes hair loss.
And then, on Monday January 8 I told my mom while eating breakfast: “This afternoon I’m going to cut off my hair”. And I did it. And I was scared. My hair hasn’t been this short since I was around 7 years old when a hair dresser made a disaster haircut. (My hair was so short it was almost like a bowl cut, while I wanted a long bob. HORRIBLE!) After that disaster I never ever cut my hair short. My hair has different lengths of long, but always long.
And now my hair is just on my shoulders. It’s so short I can barely put a pony tail in it… but I’m so happy with how it turned out. I was scared that my super straight hair wouldn’t look great short. But it does! And I’m so happy with this. Not only that my hair is short, but also that I can make a girl happy somewhere to give her a wig. That’s the main point of this. 
So, if you have long hair and consider cutting it off. Search for a hair dresser that can donate your braid. It’s such an easy thing to do. Normally charities asks for money, and some people just can’t miss the money. But donating hair is the literally the easiest thing to do. -  Once you are ready to cut off your beautiful long locks - . It took me two years to cut my hair off. So don’t make a hasty choice and regret it later. Make sure you are sure about your cut. We all know hair grows back, but it takes a while. So you really have to be ready. But once your mind is set, it’s the easiest thing to do.


If you want to donate your hair too, take a look at some of these websites. I’ve tried to find as much as I could for you guys, but I don’t speak every language, so if you have a different language than English, German or Dutch, I’m sorry, but you have to google a bit for yourself.


USA:

Children with hair loss
Pantene
Locks of love
Wigs for kids

UK:

Little princess
Hair harvest 
> these guys buy your hair



The Netherlands:

Haarwensen
Haarbank


Do you know more websites that give information about hair donation for your country? Tell it in the comments below to help a lovely donator out and to make it easy in finding the right website to send his or her hair to.
Thanks!

Xx Rianne

Movie Review

Movie Review: The Post

18:58

As a student journalism I had to go and see this movie. So as soon as it released here in the Netherland me and my friend picked up our Vue Movie Passes and went to the cinema.
Photo by Hannes Wolf on Unsplash
The story is about a woman who becomes the head of the The Washington Post. Men do not feel good about a woman reigning the company. But Kay Graham (Meryll Streep) is a fierce woman that doesn’t give up easily. Then it comes to a moment that there is a leak in the government about the Vietnam War and another newspaper got those documents and is publishing what is really going on in Vietnam. The government wants them to stop publishing and takes them to court and the newspaper has to stop publishing. Than Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) is getting his hands on those Vietnam files and Kay has to decide whether or not to publish these government secrets.

What for me, as a journalism student, was fun to see was how news was made back in the days. These days all the newspapers are the same, we read articles on internet and the next day there is a longer story in the newspaper.

Back then, you had this game with what was the news. What is the other newspaper working on? What 
is their front page? And when the other newspaper had those Vietnam files in their hands, it wasn’t easy for The Post to get their hands on it. They simply couldn’t download or email the files like how we do it these days. I really liked that the journalists had to get out and be on the street to find the news. Also, the discussion if the government can tell what a newspaper publishes and what not was very interesting to see. They fought for freedom of the press and I never knew that this leak also brought freedom of the press in danger. Luckily for all of us it ended well!
Photo by Marco Djallo on Unsplash
And then also the making off a newspaper. What a fantastic insight this movie gave into how they used to make newspapers. I was geeking out. Sitting there smiling and asking myself if I could travel in time just see one day in the making off a newspaper.
Sas and I were really positive about the movie. But sometimes it was so much information that we only read subtitles and weren’t really watching the movie. We are not Americans and the movie was quickly introducing president after president. Yes, we’ve learnt a bit about the presidents, but this movie was giving us name after name and little explanation. It’s wasn’t bad but it was hard for us to keep up with all the information sometimes.
Overall the story was great, actors really good and it had some funny moments in it too.

It’s a good movie but I was less enthusiast about it than other movies I have seen lately. But movie is more like infotainment than just entertainment like Maze Runner Death Cure or The Greatest Showman. Duh
J

Xx Rianne

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Sunshine Blogger Award

14:44

On January 27th, 2018, I was nominated by Sarah Michelle for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I have been blogging for a while but never took things too serious. I’ve started to take blogging more serious again after a break and BAM! I got nominated! So Sarah Michelle, thank you so much for recognizing my blog and nominate me. Also, because of this nomination I discovered new bloggers! It is great to discover new talent! So go and check out the blogs of the people I nominated!
Sarah Michelle added questions in her nomination and I answer the questions below:

1 Who do you look up to the most? (Can be a famous person or even a family member)
I look up to successful people in general. One moment it can be Selena Gomez, the other moment lily Collins or Zoella or J.K. Rowling. Name it. I am just in some sort of awe when it comes to their dedication and ‘luck’ in their life. I love to read about how they didn’t give up or reached their goal. It’s just so inspiring. I don’t have one role model I have as much as possible.

2 If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would love to visit LA. I don’t know what it is, but all the photo’s I see on Instagram are gorgeous. So I would love to go and visit LA.  

3 What is your most favourite T.V. show? (Can be on Netflix, Hulu, or it can be one that they don’t make/show anymore)
again, I don’t really have one. I used to watch Teen Wolf for years but that show is over now. I LOVED the short series Alias Grace. It changes all the time. As soon as I start something I’m hooked. Then it’s over and I’m on to the next obsession.

4 What was your most favourite movie growing up?
Narnia. Such a magical story.

5 How did your blogging journey begin and is it what you thought it would be?
It started a while ago. When I started my study journalism, me and 2 friends created a blog. We stopped after a while because they didn’t want to continue. So I started my own blog. I’ve been blogging for 3 years now. I think it is harder than I thought it would be; coming up with content and trying to make good pictures. But I still enjoy it. It is my hobby after all!

6 What is your biggest pet peeve about people or anything?
I can’t stand it when I hear someone eating or loudly breathing.  Misophonia…

7 Who made you believe in yourself and pushed you to your best growing up?
My mom, dad, brother and sisters. They are the most supportive and loving people. Without them my life would have been so different and I would have been such a teeny tiny girl afraid to do what I love. They support me through everything and give me advice!

8 When did you know for sure that you wanted to start blogging?
When my friends stopped with our shared blog I didn’t want to stop. I had much more ideas. I was always reading blogs and finding inspiration and trying to create something new. I just couldn’t stop!

9 Did you enjoy high school, or no?
We don’t have high school like in America. In the Netherlands the school system is very different. I wish I had the high school dances and everything I always see in the movies. It looks awesome! (That’s all I know about high school.)

10 Is there a career that you want to go in, in the future or just continue blogging?
At the moment I’m trying to graduate and hopefully finding a new job. (Not specifically journalism. Just something that crosses my path.) I think I will keep on blogging because it’s my hobby. If I can make money out of blogging, that would be amazing!

11 Who is your celebrity crush and why you like him/her so much?
I’ve two crushes:
1. Logan Lerman. That guy is so talented and beautiful. And he’s in my favourite movie: The perks of being a wallflower. The way he acts as Charlie is the Charlie I imagined when I read the book. His other movies are also really good and I just enjoy watching him ;) playing different personalities.
2. Selena Gomez. She is so talented and gorgeous. I still am in love with her song ‘who says’. It helped me when I was younger. And the rest of her music is just perfect and I also love her acting in movies!

Now it is time for the Nominees to write their post for the Sunshine Blogger Award! There are just a couple little rules that you will have to follow though and those rules include:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and a link back to their blog! 
Answer the 11 questions they asked you! 
Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write 11 new questions for them
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post/blog! 
1 Why did you start blogging?
2 What’s the weirdest thing someone said to you?
3 What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
4 Is there something you can’t live without?
5 If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
6 What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
7 What is your favourite book and why?
8 What is the best childhood memory you have?
9 What is your hometown famous for?
10 What was your dream job when you were younger?
11 If you had to dye your hair, what colour would you choose and why?
 

Story Time

Story time: Valentine Fail

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 I want to share a little embarrassing story about my one and only valentine fail when I was – I think - 10 years old! A trip down memory lane... Enjoy!

Photo by Maira Gallardo on Unsplash
It was Valentine’s Day! And when I was 10 years old it all started in school with the ‘boyfriends’ and ‘love’. So everyone in my class was very excited. We had some couples in our class and we knew some people had crushes on others. So we all wanted to know what presents were bought. 

I’ve always been a bit scared of boys when I was little. They were always so rough and yelling and I was a very shy girl, unless you knew me. And I just didn’t like boys. So I wasn’t crushing on anyone.

And on Valentine’s Day I went to my seat and saw a heart shaped lollypop on my table. I can remember that I was really scared when I found that present on my table… And my best friend came to her seat and saw it too and looked at me -with this sneaky smile I will never forget- and said out loud: “Who gave you a present?” I was too scared to say anything about it and of course we both wanted to know who gave it to me. I don’t know exactly what I was thinking, but I know for sure that I was panicking. Everybody was looking at me... Panic all over.

Then a guy came over and told us: “Oh I messed up your seats. It was meant for your friend and not for you, Ri.” I don’t remember the rest of what happened, I don’t even remember who the guy was... I couldn’t find the story in one of my old journals so sadly I can’t tell you more. But this is what I remembered and it kind of sucks. I think this is my very first memory of Valentine’s Day. A heart attack on Valentine’s Day…

I just wanted to tell you this story, because I think it’s kind of funny. While I wrote this down I’ve been smiling all the time! Such a funny memory of Little Me.

I hope you have a better memory of your first Valentine’s Day ever!

Xx Rianne

diary

An Unexpected Journey in Salzburg

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I had kind of a situation going on. I had made a booking mistake. I visited my friend for 8 days, would leave Wagrein on day 8 to go to Salzburg. Spent the night there in a hotel room and catch my flight on day 9. But it turned out my flight was on day 10. Oops…


So I had a whole day and night extra. So instead of choosing a hotel, I went for a hostel. I googled for a little while and found this cheaper hostel with a shared room.

I thought I would never survive those two days in Salzburg. I was thinking about a scary situation of me being in sleeping room, alone, with a pervert or more perverts or something like that.So when I checked in I was trembling and wishing, hoping and telling myself that everything would be fine. But I couldn’t fool myself. I was so NERVOUS. I went to my room and… No one was there. I was alone. So I choose the best bed – of course- and started to unpack.


Then I heard the door open and a guy (E.) walked in. We unpacked our bags and started to talk for a little while. Then we went to MacDonald’s, went back and still nobody else had arrived yet. Perfect, I thought, I know E. a little and he’s very kind and as long as there are no others coming in this room I think I’ll survive. Around 10 pm another Dude came in huffing and puffing as if he had the most terrible life ever. He kept huffing and puffing until he fell asleep. He did not really talk at all. And I thought that I could actually deal with this and fell asleep.

The next day when I was ready to go explore Salzburg I thought it would be nice to ask if E. had any plans yet. E. hadn’t, so we went out together and we’ve been exploring Salzburg the whole day like we’ve been friends for ever. It’s really funny to see how two strangers can become friends. We tried to find the old part of the city and walked in the snow for a while. We also visited the castle, which was beautiful! The only sad thing was, because of the snow and fog, we didn’t have the promising view everyone talked about. But still, take a look at this picture. It’s something of a view right?


When we got home 3 others had arrived and the room was full. We didn’t really talk to each other because of the language barrier. And then it was time to sleep again. Full confidence I laid in my bed,set my alarm on three different times because I was scared that if I slept through one alarm I would miss my flight. Well, it turned out I didn’t needed those alarms.

The whole night two people had been snoring. Louder than I’ve ever heard. One person is bad enough already. But this was two persons. At the SAME time. It was like a competition. One snore was louder than the other. So I woke up around midnight and didn’t sleep the whole night. And when the snoring finally wasn't that loud anymore I fell asleep. But then Dude woke up and turned on the light in our room at 6am to grab his bags. So I was wide awake by then. I was so annoyed that I got up as well and left earlier than planned and left to go on the airport.

Little demons in the Dom of Salzburg
But I never thought I could do this. Walking around in a strange city alone, with a stranger by my side. But I did it. I thought I would be awkward. Because that's who I've been for the past few years. But I learned so much… I dealt with things I thought I couldn’t deal with. Thanks to therapy in the past few months and especially thanks to my mom for always believing in me and my always supportive sisters. They called me the moment I realised my booking mistake. They talked me through all the demons I was seeing for these two nights in Salzburg.

And now I feel so strong. I always thought I was this awkward and weird person. I believed the things that people told me years ago. But this adventurous holiday has been proven me that I can survive and that I’m stronger than I could ever think I was!

That’s the best feeling in the world!

Xx Rianne

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