1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY + LAUNCH

Hi my loves,

I honestly cannot contain my current excitement. Today my blog celebrates it’s one year anniversary!

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I cannot believe that it has been this long already. It has been the most incredible journey so far. With this, I want to thank all my readers, family and friends for their continuous love and support and for keeping me motivated throughout this journey. Blogging has become almost an extension of my life and thoughts. It has been a method for me to express myself on different levels, push myself creatively, and develop new relationships with many of my readers. It has helped me through the ups and downs of life, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, and of course, the thick and thin (literally and metaphorically 😉 ).

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Update: Acupunture, Meal Plans & Healthy Eating

Hey guys!

I know that it has been a while since my last proper written post, but here I am! I wanted to do a little update on what’s been going on lately, and the things that are planned for the future.

Firstly, a little update what has been going on health wise. The reason why I haven’t been uploading many things lately, quite frankly has been because I can’t. As I mentioned before, the issue with my hands and wrists has become a lot worse, and the terrible rainy Dutch weather hasn’t been helping! However, last week I went to see an MD + acupuncturist to see if she maybe had some ideas on what to do and how to manage with the pain. I was skeptical about acupuncture and wasn’t too convinced that I would see results, but hey, when you are desperate, you will try just about anything.

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No Place I’d Rather Be…

Hey my dears,

I know it seems like I jumped ship after dropping such a big bomb on you guys in my last blog post, but I assure you that is not the case! First and foremost I have to thank you all for the incredible support and kind messages that I have received. I have been absolutely overwhelmed and moved by them. To know that there are so many people out there that care for me is truly heart warming, and I will be eternally grateful for your support.

I am also glad, and in a way proud to know that some of you guys have been coming to me with your own stories. Now, by no means am I glad to hear these stories, don’t take me wrong, but I am glad that you found the strength to reach out and share something like that with me. To be completely honest, I was taken back a little by the amount of people, including close friends, to whom something similar happened. It made me angry. How is it possible that in the society which we live in, that this has become such a common phenomena? It’s just not right!

I hope that with the platform that I have with this blog, I am able to reach out and help others going through something similar, or anything else. To show them that life goes on, and it will only make you stronger. We are not ‘victims’, we are not ‘survivors’, we are just strong human beings that do not need or want to be labeled as anything else. Show them what you are made of. Success is the best revenge.

Onto a more happy note, I GRADUATED 🙂

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Ah, it was so beautiful, and it still hasn’t completely sunk in yet to be honest! After getting all dressed up (my dress is from Pedro del Hierro), I made my way to the university to get all gowned up before heading to the ceremony. It just looked so amazing and official 🙂 I was completely overwhelmed when I found out that I wasn’t just graduating with First Class Honors as the only one in my class, but on top of that, I won the Undergraduate Student Achievement Award! It was just crazy! I was caught completely off guard, and I still can’t believe it yet.

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It was an amazing day on the gorgeous Regent’s University lawns. Champagne flowing, graduation caps flying. It was beautiful. On top of that, it was amazing having my family with me in London to enjoy this unique moment.

I will be back in Holland soon, and I will have more time for cooking and blogging. Will update you all soon!

XO Kim

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Thanks For Making Me a Fighter

Hey my loves,

So I’m currently at the beach house, (by the time I post this I’ll be back home in civilization with internet, so bear with me). I know it is a long blog post for a change, but please bear with me, it is worth the read.

For the first time in years I’m relaxed. I don’t have anything to do, anyone to talk to, or any pressure on me. No university work or deadlines to worry about. Just me, myself and I. Admittedly, it hasn’t even been 24 hours, yet I’m already in a state of Zen. I think sometimes a person needs that. Away from technology and social pressure and to really be at peace. I’m not a spiritual person by any means, but I believe more strongly every year that it is important to take a step back from the technology high life. Who cares what your friends are posting on Instagram, or how many days are left until your acquaintance gives birth and shares it all on Facebook. Really, for once, just don’t care.

Enjoy some peace and quiet once in a while Read a book, walk on the beach, have a swim, eat with your family without your phone on the table. Cherish these moments.

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Summer Inspiration: Graduation

Hello my loves,

I am so excited about today’s blog post! I am happy and proud to announce that I have gotten my exam results and am going to graduate with First Class Honors in my BSc Psychology degree! 🙂

This excitement is the perfect motivation for summer party planning. The past few days have all been about the dress, the shoes and the celebrations.

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Back in Business

Hey my loves,

I finally have some time again to start bringing some life back to my blog, it has been too long!

daily-motivation-25-photos-1719As previously mentioned, the reason why I was not able to blog much during the past 6 months was because I was in my final year of my degree. I had a massive dissertation project that was due in that took up most of my time. I am currently still waiting on the results of that, and of my exam too, so fingers crossed until that time! I have also accepted a University offer already, and I’m looking forward to a new start there. I will be studying Child & Adolescent Mental Health 🙂 It is exactly the route that I have always wanted to go down. Previously I always wanted to become a pediatrician, however that didn’t work out exactly as planned, hence me doing down the path of Psychology. Being able to work in a clinical setting with children, and having the opportunity to work with Great Ormond Street Hospital would be an absolute dream come true.

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Shall We Dance?

Hello my loves,

I’m so excited about today’s blog post! As I’ve previously mentioned, about 12 weeks ago I started a ballroom dancing course at Pineapple Dance Studios. I have the most fabulous teacher, Michael Litke, who with his professionalism and good humor has made this course an absolutely incredible experience.

My reasons for deciding on doing ballroom dancing are simple, yet complex. I guess to a certain extent you could say that I’ve been raised with a dancing background, my mom is a former ballet dancer and now owns and runs an incredible dance studio in Spain. Ballet was never my forte, and it will never be… it’s just not in me. I did however take jazz classes with pilates and participated in our bi-annual dance performance. Here I danced the Charleston, the chorus line, an adaptation from Hello Dolly, and Little Red Riding Hood. So the world of dance was sort of thrust upon me.

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I’m Still Alive!

Hey everybody,

I know I’ve been an absolutely terrible blogger lately and not uploading anything… I’m sorry!! Buuuut.. as I previously mentioned, I’m in my final two months of University (eeeek!) and working very hard on all of my deadlines.

Thankfully so far everything has been going incredibly well, and I’ve started applying to Universities for a Masters degree. I have already received one offer which I am incredibly proud of 🙂 fingers crossed for the others!

On that note, I do not have any big plans for summer except for seeing my family, so I plan to spend quite some time developing my blog and taking it to the next level. Additionally, I am working on a big secret project, which I cannot wait to reveal when it is completed!

I have a few exciting blog posts and ideas coming up soon (when I have to upload them..) one including a mega ballroom dancing post with the support of my wonderful teacher Michael Litke, view his website here. Ballroom has absolutely changed my life in a number of different ways, which I will be sharing with you soon. Additionally, my birthday is coming up (ahh… the big 23 already), and I’ve had a few ideas lined up for the food at my party. I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen soon to whip up some new ideas.

Finally, I’d like to wish all of my Jewish friends an incredible Passover. Chag sameach!

Lots of love,

Kim