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Monday, August 14, 2017

Just Keep Swimming

I recently moved gyms and that's the best decision I made all summer. I love it there! I am spending a fortune every month, but it's so chic! They have a huge fitness space and guess what? No loud music! They have many classes to chose from and I'm attending two different yoga classes every week.

But the best part of my gym is... the indoor swimming pool! I'm such a water rat. Really feel like a fish in the water. I feel so free when I'm in there. Love how my heart is racing when I'm speeding too. It's a great cardio and muscle training work out since you use all muscles. Afterwards I feel so lean! And when I'm done with my 50 laps, I take a 15 minute steam at one of the three different sauna's available. It's truly the best workout for me and so relaxing for my mind as well.

Last Thursday I had a not so fun experience with a friend and I swam it all out. Swimming is different for me then fitness as it won't have any distractions or so many noises. It's just me and my lane.

When we were in Italy this summer, one of my favorite things to do was swimming or just spending time in the water. Ever since I was a little girl I have been good at swimming and just a love for any type of water: sea, lake or pool, you name it!

Two years ago we went to Indonesia and went snorkeling for a day. The best moment was when I saw a huge turtle swimming below me. I often think of that moment when I need to calm myself down.

So I guess swimming is more for me than just a workout: it's kind of a therapy.

If all else fails: Just keep swimming!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy August!

I know I'm a bit late with this one but: happy August!! This month can't get any better because on August 1st I got back my exam results and found out I graduated from University!!

So no matter what the rest of August will bring, I won't get this smile of my face! :-) 

The only thing I'm a little sad about is that summer seems to be over, at least here in the Netherlands. Temperatures won't rise above 22C degrees, if the predictions can be trusted. Which of course, can be nice, but I just hope for one more week (or at least weekend!) of 30C degrees so that we can lay outside and work on our tans!

The past few weekends (apart from going out and celebrating my graduation) I've been working on my study room at home and transforming it into a home office. I really like the results so far and I can't wait to share the end results with you.

Happy August everyone!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Our Vacation In Italy

I mean, look at the color of this sea...

We are already back for a couple of weeks (really, a week of vacation in Italy is too short!) but I wanted to share these pictured. Get ready for lots of beach and food pictures of south Italy!

Holiday already started on board.

Prosecco and Porter magazine on the beach

Look at this view for lunch...

Ice cream which melted so quickly but so good!

This lunch spot had the best view of the entire week!

Drinks before dinner.

Best anti-pasti!

My view for most days.

The occasional pool day.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Introducing: The New Logo!

Surprise, a new blog logo! Hope you all like it! 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I Graduated From University!!


Now I can officially state that I graduated as Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from Royal Holloway, University of London.

After three years of studying next to my full time job, I finally graduated! I had my last exams in May and had to wait for almost three months for the results. I saw my results when I was at work at 9:38 AM, so early! I immediately started calling friends and family and it was so nice to tell my colleagues directly. My manager took us all out for a nice lunch to celebrate!

In the evening at home we had my favorite champagne, got flowers and was taken out to dinner. It was the perfect way to celebrate!

The next day I brought muffins for my team to celebrate some more. And can't wait for this weekend to start to celebrate even more and dance!!

The exam results are more than satisfactory, didn't expect it but this was my best year yet!! It takes a lot of motivation to study every evening after work and on weekends as well. All Sundays were dedicated to study. But if I didn't like studying and wasn't as motivated, my results wouldn't be as good.

It's funny how I got more and more nervous as the day of the results came closer. I even had nightmares that I failed the exams a couple of times! Loved how someone said that he never doubted me and always knew I would graduate!

So so proud of myself and my family, friends and colleagues are as well. So glad that I had this great support system during the past three years. Studying full time online next to a full time job (three years in three years) can be tough, but totally worth it!!

Can't wait to fly to London for the ceremony!!

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