20.3.13

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Finally! I've made it through the year and defeated my very own 365 dragon. It was a year of personal growth and change. One year ago I quit my fulltime job, a job which made me feel miserable and completely out of touch with my own body and mind. Sure, it gave me certainties like a steady income but money can't buy you happiness. I decided it was time to start following my own dreams, instead of wanting to be someone that I'm not. My whole life, photography has been my way to communicate and it has always made me feel safe. I've studied photography, graduated with honours and afterwards felt it slip through my fingers.

So, one year ago, it was time for me to focus solely on what I wanted the most: being a photographer. Taking on a 365 project felt like the right thing to do. To get me back on track and back in touch with myself. Time really flew by! I've had some awesome photoshoots, cool projects and collaborations and even a few exhibitions. I've grown so much, photography wise, and it makes me feel very proud. It was a big project to take on, and it could be really hard some days, but I never gave up and just kept fighting on.

New plans and projects are waiting to be fulfilled, which is really exciting! And I can finally truly say that I'm fully in touch with myself. It was a big project, a true dragon some days, but I came out so much stronger.

♥ Always follow your dreams and your heart, nobody else will do it for you.




Thank you all, for your support. With loving e-mails, comments or real-life compliments. I never would have thought people would actually join me on my 365 journey, so I'm really grateful for all of you! :) It was a great feeling: watching the pageviews, followers and Facebook fans grow (and still growing) every week!

You can find al my 365 pictures here and all my 365 blog posts here.

Oh, and don't worry, the blog continues. Maybe slighty different from what you're used to, but it will go on :)
If you're interested in fun collaborations or joining me in other fun projects: feel free to contact me!
I'll see you soon!


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13.3.13

Week 52

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On Thursday and Friday I spent the whole afternoon cooking in preparation of our tiny birthday dinner on Friday. It ended up being a collection of the best recipes I've prepared this year. Yummy! Different from last years, we held a very tiny and intimate birthday dinner. Which was really lovely. I smiled a lot as I looked at everybody enjoying my food, drinking wine and making it a night to remember. A celebration of our birthday, but also of the closest friendships we have. (And a small celebration of the fact that I could make the guys wear a suit ;) ) Everyone together around one table, the arm of my best friend around me.. So much love and gratitude goes out to you guys <3 We're going out for Glow in the dark, 3D miniature golf sometime soon, how awesome is that! Probably just as awesome as this drawing made by Nikki :) The flowers and the people are ready for spring, but mother nature keeps on sending us snow and terribly cold weather. Make it stop please? On Monday I started feeling like, well, shit. Horrible timing. I've been avoiding the flu for so long now but I guess I just have to surrender. I made a huge pan filled with onion/leek/sage soup, time to sweat it out! :) Some already noticed: this week ends with picture no. 364.. So there's only one day to go! But first: back to bed... You'll see the grande finale next week!

6.3.13

Week 51

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Since our birthdays are only two weeks apart, March is always centered around our birthdays. I'm really looking forward to the next week, spending time with my best friends and turning 25. I really have some amazing people surrounding me, that's probably one of the best birthday presents I could ever dream of. This week I decorated the living room a bit to get the house ready for our birthdays! Happy birthday sweet Rick (and Sigmund, who turned 8), may there be many many many birthdays to come (and to celebrate together) :)) We spent Sunday at Rick's parents, where 'suddenly' the room was scattered in old family photos. It was really cute seeing Rick dressed up as a lion, or cuddling with his favourite cat. I spent hours making this vegan (!!) baby, you can find the recipe I used for this vegan chocolate cake: here. It was a bit of a challenge finding a good looking vegan cake (since many contained nuts, and I'm allergic to them), but I'm satisfied with the result! And oh, even though it's vegan.. it's not really healthy ;) I went shopping with my mother in The Hague and got to choose a birthday dress, it's wrapped in a pretty box but the dress itself is even prettier! Can't wait to wear it! Some homemade pesto, cut up lasagna sheets and green beans made this lovely green lunch. A little bit of Spring on a plate.