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My 2017

My 2017

2017 was a year with ups and downs. That’s just the way it goes for most people. I felt like it was mostly downs before I started thinking about this post and then I found out that there were a lot of beautiful things too. Let’s get the negative out of the way first. My job. I have never felt so uninspired, so uncreative as I did this year. When I felt down, sad, angry, basically miserable.. it was often…

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When you no longer enjoy the books you're reading..

When you no longer enjoy the books you're reading..

I started this book.. and it was wonderful. I mean incredibly, meaningfully wonderful. While I’m reading it, I’m in love. I’m taking everything in. My heart hurts for its characters. I get angry over the circumstances. I cry over the loss. Then I put the book down, come back to reality and I find myself.. not caring. I’m left to wonder, do I actually enjoy this book? The answer, I know, is yes because I’m flying through it. But I…

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A little project: Christmas cards

A little project: Christmas cards

So last year, my super talented friend, Heleen, and I dreamed up a couple of Christmas cards. This year we expanded on the selection. We now have 7 options. I just thought I’d share this here because I’m rather proud of how they turned out. If you’re interested, you can purchase them by sending an e-mail to ellenenheleen@gmail.com with your name, contact info, card-number and how many you’d like. We don’t have a fancy online store (yet). Maybe that’s a…

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A little project: Christmas cards

A little project: Christmas cards

So last year, my super talented friend, Heleen, and I dreamed up a couple of Christmas cards. This year we expanded on the selection. We now have 7 options. I just thought I’d share this here because I’m rather proud of how they turned out. If you’re interested, you can purchase them by sending an e-mail to ellenenheleen@gmail.com with your name, contact info, card-number and how many you’d like. We don’t have a fancy online store (yet). Maybe that’s a…

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The book you should read after seeing "Dunkirk"

The book you should read after seeing "Dunkirk"

Last night, I went to see “Dunkirk” and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. From the first moment I saw the trailer, I knew I had to see this movie and see it on a big screen. You see, we don’t go to the cinema that often. It takes a lot of planning with two kids and a husband who works through the night. But we made it and I’m so glad we did. If you know nothing…

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The Struggle of Being Multilingual

The Struggle of Being Multilingual

When I was little, 99% of our summer holiday travels took us to The Netherlands. I was that age where I made friends no matter where I went, but the fact that they all spoke Dutch made it even easier. We quickly moved passed my belgian accent and the differences in context for some words were hilarious. I even stayed in touch with some of them as penpals. I’m still friends with one girl, Madeleine, on Facebook. The few years…

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Currently reading

Currently reading

I apologize for the lack of reviews lately. I’m currently making my way through the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and I want to do a series review when I finish A Court of Wings and Ruin. Which will be next week of the week after that. I’m also slowly making my way through #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso. When I started reading it I made such quick progress that I was convinced I would finish it in a…

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Reality vs Fiction

Reality vs Fiction

Lately, a lot of the things you hear and see on the news resemble what you had previously only read in a work of fiction. Stories dreamed up by writers suddenly become real and honestly, it’s quite frightening. Because if one thing can become reality, what’s stopping everything else from happening too? The most recent story I heard was this: TV show contestants spend year in wilderness – with no one watching (source: The Guardian, click here for the full…

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2017 Reading Resolutions and Goals

2017 Reading Resolutions and Goals

Looking back on 2016 These were my resolutions: 1. Don’t force myself to finish a book I DNF’ed a few books this year and I did not feel guilty about it in the slightest. There are soooo many books I still want to read, I’m done wasting time on the ones I don’t connect with. 2. Read more Shakespeare Didn’t get around to this unfortunately. 3. Read more YA I read the Grisha trilogy + the Six of Crows duology….

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Life update

Life update

In case you were wondering why I haven’t uploaded anything this week, here’s why. My grand-father passed away this week. I only have my mother’s side (my parents are divorced and my dad and I don’t talk) so we’re quite close. When I was little and lived at the coast, my family all lived in streets parallel to each other. I learned to ride my bike in my grand-parents’ back garden. My grand-mother died 15 years ago, so I only…

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