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I never thought this would happen but this is the first time since I started blogging in 2009 that I didn’t blog for a whole month. But it happened this summer. August was my non-blogging month. But not totally, as I was busy rethinking the concept of this blog and making a new design! I’m super excited to start with this new blog in September, as this month is the 4 years anniversary of this blog!

Last time you saw me I talked about my issues with the blog. I talked a lot with my friends about my blog and what I wanted to do with it. The message was quite clear: do what you like most. But what is that? I like so many things, it’s hard to tell what you like most. Although most things I like go with ups and downs, there’s one topic I’m always enthusiastic about: food. I love good food. I’m a superfan of burgers and pasta and you can always wake me up for a nice breakfast. I also love to photograph my food. In the pre-iphone era I made photos with my camera but since I’ve discovered instagram I just have to take a picture when I have a nice plate in front of me.

Obviously, there are still more things than just food which interest me, and I’ll probably talk about those things too, but I decided to shift the focus from personal lifestyle blog to food blog. I hope you like it and visit me for nice recipes, restaurants, bars and tips! On the picture above you can see my home made chicken burgers, recipe will follow soon!

Thank you all for your nice messages last month! It was quite hard to change the direction of my blog as it has become quite a part of myself after four years of blogging. Though I’m really excited to continue and post about the thing I’m always enthusiastic about: lots of food!

ps. On the sidebar you can find all post before the change under ‘Archive‘.

After a week of absence I thought it was about time to come back online! No, I wasn’t on vacation or something like that. Instead, I was very, very busy moving my stuff from Amsterdam to Utrecht! Last night was my first night in my new room and I can’t be more exciting to start my master in February. Now that I have a few weeks off I started to think about my new years resolutions today. It’s nice to have some goals in what you want to achieve (although you might not look at them after a month or so). Here are mine!

1. I’m thinking about a new design for a while now and at the moment I’m working on it so maybe this one will be checked in before the end of the month…

2. Michiel and I got so many cookbooks for Christmas, they are filled with delicious recipes and I can’t wait to try them out.

3. Although I’ve visited Utrecht quite a lot in the past few years, it’s different when you live here. So I hope to explore nice places so I can make an Utrecht-guide as well! (You can find the Amsterdam-guide here)

4. Last week I decided that I have to improve my running endurance. It happens so often that I’m totally exhausted after just catching a train (like really exhausted, people were asking me if I needed to lay down).

5. I’m quite content with the pictures I took in 2012 but I hope to improve my skills so 2013 will be documented even better. My pictures are often not that sharp and I still struggle with dark evenings.

6. So in February I start with my (pre)master and I don’t really know how difficult it’s going to be. I graduated two years ago so I haven’t been to school for a while. Sometimes that kind of scares me because I’m not used to study anymore. I hope I can achieve all the above but for me the most important thing is to pass my exams!

Do you have any resolutions for 2013?

Hi there, I hope you had a great new years eve! During the first days of January it’s nice to look back at the last year. So much has happened in 2012, it was quite a hectic year.

January

The year started with bad news. My grandma was taken to the hospital and on January 4th, she passed away. It was my first birthday without my grandparents as my grandpa passed away in 2011.

February

It was so cold during the winter that the canals were frozen for the first time in 15 years! We could iceskate and had the best time. I also got a new job and started in the beginning of February.

March

Jan and I decided to split up which resulted in a super busy schedule because I didn’t want to stay home. For three weeks I was with friends every evening but when I realized I hadn’t cooked for myself the whole month March I decided it was time to take it easier.

April

Had a great time in Paris with my sister and parents! We saw the Tim Burton exhibition and walked a lot, enjoying the city.

May

With my parents, sister, her boyfriend and my friend Lian we stayed a long weekend on Texel, one of the Waddeneilanden. Visited ecomare, played boardgames and cycled a bit.

June

The first week of June was a week full of sun and healthy food. I visited my best friend Linda who was working in Turkey!

July

July was my vacation month. I was in Eastern Europe most of the time and when I got home my mom made my favourite vegetable: artichokes.

August

I visited beautiful Stockholm in the first week of August and met the nicest people in Spain during the last week of August.

September

Michiel and I met at a party on September 2nd and dated several times during that month. At the end of September my super cute niece Evie was born.

October

A month full of great food and nice events. Michiel and I got officially together and we spend a lot of time in Utrecht.

November

My cousin got married and I went to the concert of the XX. Here you see my little niece who became so big in such a short time.

December

The last month of the year was filled with presents, trips to Paris, meeting new people and saying goodbye to my job. I’ve got a new home and I’ll leave Amsterdam for the first time in my life without knowing when or if I’ll be moving back. In February I’ll start at University to do a premaster and master in New Media for the next two years. I don’t know what 2013 will bring furthermore but I can’t wait to find out!

My best friend birthday was last weekend and although it didn’t involve cake, presents and birthday songs as she’s in Turkey, it made me realize that we’re getting older. Yes, really. This is the moment you probably think something like ‘duh…’ but I don’t really think about it in daily life. So in January I’ll turn twenty-five which means I’ve already spend a quarter of my life! A bit scary actually, so I decided it’s time for a small reflection. I think it’s good to take a look back and see what you’ve learned over the years so the following up will be even better.

Twelve years old
This year I’ve learned that when you’ve a fall-back you shouldn’t be so stubborn but look for alternatives. This I’ve actually learned a couple years later but when I got rejected for the National Ballet Academy I was devastated. In stead of watching my dream fall into pieces I should’ve listened to my mum who suggested tons of other dance styles. Now I know modern dance fits me so much more better. I wish I could tell that to my 12-year-old-me.

Fifteen years old
At fifteen I learned that you should not laugh at freshmens when you’re in your second year. Seriously, it’s not funny. I also learned that you should stand up to your friends. Even if it ends up in a not-speaking-to-each other week or month. When it’s your best friend everything will be alright.

Eighteen years old
At eighteen I learned that I’m able to hit on a guy, with positive effects. It was quite a shock actually.

Twenty-one years old
This year I learned that if you really want something, you can do it. I’ve changed my whole study schedule to do a minor at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. I finally got over my audition fear I’d got when I was twelve and took a leap. As the only external student I did the minor and learned so much. During this half year I worked so hard and I felt miserable but I’ve never been more proud of my own work afterwards.

Twenty-two years old
After graduating I’ve learned that it sucks to not know what you want. The good thing is that I’ve also learned to take a risk and explore the world. I learned that I can manage to live on my own in another country and make the best out of it, although it didn’t make you happy at first.

Twenty-three years old
This year I’ve learned that you should NEVER date someone who finishes his lines with ‘but’ all the time. “I think you’re great, but…”, “You’re the best, but…”, I really love you, but…”. It will kill you I promise. I’ve also learned that you can meet new people at any age who’ll become your best friends. Friends are the best.

Twenty-four years old
I’ve got a couple more months but this year I’ve learned that it’s OK to now know it all. Before I become twenty-five it’s time to look back and actually learn from all the mistakes I made. So stop dating jerks, start working out and try to figure out what makes you happy.


Seven year old me in dance class