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.

20For me, I decided to go to the beach house for real peace and to clear my head. Continue reading » » » »

Managing with the diet

Hey my loves,

So the prospect of me living this type of lifestyle isn’t easy. To be completely honest, this whole start of summer hasn’t been easy yet. Thinking that you have had an illness for 8 years and dealing with it only to find out that you might not have it, is tough. It leaves you in a vulnerable place, in which you don’t know how to deal with the current situation.

Medical tests aren’t fun at any time, especially not in summer. I have yet to find out what is wrong with me. Even now, a week after my injection, I’m having a hard time writing down these notes on paper without screaming out in pain. Fair enough, life goes on, hopefully we will find a solution soon.

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My diet on the other hand, seems to be something for life. I have been doing my best for a while now; eating clean and exercising. I can’t say that I’ve seen a difference yet, but I’ll have to be patient. Continue reading » » » »

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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Quick Update

Bonsoir!

I thought a quick update was necessary to show that I am still alive… It has been a while since I last updated my blog. To be completely honest and fair, I have been so busy the past few weeks with university work that I have had no time to upload anything. On top of that, I’ve been ill (again!), so I had absolutely no motivation to do anything.

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This Girl Can

Bonjour mes amis,

It’s that time again, normal routine is slowly coming back… Uni starts this week again, and work goes on. I have an insane drive when it comes to my professional life. I take pride in my work, I strive for perfection, and above all, I am dedicated. Yet this week I have found myself procrastinating in almost every aspect of my life… oh wait, I’ve been doing that for almost a month now…. Since coming back to London I’ve lost 1.5kg, solely from cutting out all the garbage I had been eating in Spain and Holland. Which is a great for getting back into things, yet that persistent drive in my head regarding weight loss, just simply hasn’t been there.

I had a conversation with a friend on Friday, and we talked about going to the gym and losing weight. It was not so subtly mentioned that I should really get my backside into gear and get cracking on this weight loss. I sprained my ankle again this week, and used it as another excuse for not working out. Sitting on the couch isn’t going to shrink that backside of mine… So maybe it was the harsh reality of somebody mentioning to me that I need to work on this, to get me in the right head space. I have all the means to get into shape, I have a goal – I bought the most gorgeous Graduation Gala dress. Long, blue, and figure hugging. The kind of dress, where if you lose 3kg or 5kg, you only look better in it. This should give me the drive and motivation to keep pushing myself to work harder than I am.

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I have made a schedule for my ‘workout routine’ that involves me going for a walk/jog every day. Continue reading » » » »