25 stories to tell

27 October 2014

 

25 stories to tellStorytelling is important, which is why I love memory keeping. I made a list of stories to tell for myself, for those days when I want to write & scrapbook, but inspiration lacks. Thought I’d share them with you all. So here goes:

25 stories to tell

Document the stories in a journal, scrapbook, a video,  a song or a piece of art.

Tell the story of…

  1. this day, last year
  2. the destinations that are on your travel wish list. Why do you want to go there?
  3. the person for whom you would fly to the moon and back
  4. your favourite children’s book
  5. what you did at 10.00 AM this morning
  6. what you had for lunch and why
  7. the last spontaneous thing you did
  8. a memory from 1998
  9. the first memory you can recall
  10. your future self
  11. things you do for you
  12. the last book or movie you really loved. How did it made you feel?
  13. your afternoon routines
  14. the music you love these days
  15. something you did for someone else
  16. the goals you set for yourself
  17. things that are important to you
  18. the last time you took a nap
  19. your first job
  20. the last time you swam in a pool, sea or ocean
  21. items on your to-do list that you keep putting off
  22. the last conversation you had with someone on the phone
  23. the last bill you paid. What was it for?
  24. your most treasured piece of jewellery
  25. today

A fascination for everyday life

26 October 2014

a fascination for everyday life

I’ve always been fascinated by the everyday life. As a child I imaged what a day in my life would look like, living on my own. When travelling, I enjoy blending in with the locals. Go where they go, do what they do and thus discover the rhythm of everyday life in another country.

Whenever I visit a different city or town than my own, I wonder what it would be like to live there. To bike on those roads, to shop in that store, to walk that street – when those surroundings are part of your everyday routine.

I love documentaries and books on history. I love reading memoirs, diaries and blogs. The later might even be my favourite. Those blogs that portrait the everyday life in particular. Of course.

In the end it all boils down to a fascination with the everyday life. How we live, how we used to live and what the future may bring. I’m nostalgic for sure, but what I love most is that by looking and what has been and what is right now, I can imagine what might be, one day. And whatever you dream about, well, it might become part of your everyday life. Some day.

Autumn mornings

13 October 2014

Autumn mornings

 

This picture was taken at my parent’s place last week. What I love most about it, are the old rooftops of the shed and the house next door. I took this picture one early morning; it was still warm enough to be outside for a bit without a coat. It has been a weird autumn so far – weather wise. Only right now, as I write this post, it feels like autumn weather is finally here. Early morning, blanket wrapped around me, writing and drinking coffee. Pure bliss, if you ask me. I’ve been longing for these kinds of autumn mornings for a while now. I love the coziness that cold, dark weather brings. I love wearing cardigans, sweaters, mittens, a scarf! I love the light of candles and twinkel lights in the morning (well, all dy to be honest). And while this year seems to go down as the warmest year in history for this small country of ours, I cannot help but hope for a rainy and grey autumn, followed by a cold and white winter. Fingers crossed!

10 things you may not know about me

9 October 2014

10 things you may not know about me

 

  1. I grew up in a small town with approximately 13.000 other inhabitants: Montfoort. The town is located in the so called ‘Green heart’ of The Netherlands in the Province of Utrecht. I wasn’t born there though: my mother is originally from Montfoort and when I was three years old we moved back to Montfoort and into the house where both my mother and her father grew up in.
  2. I love reading and watching documentaries or films about other people’s life. At the moment I’m reading ‘My life in France’ by Julia Child and recently I’ve enjoyed watching a documentary on her life as well. Before the life of Julia Child, I enjoyed reading up on Tove Jansson’s life and before hers it was the life and times of Helmut Newton that captivated me.
  3. As you might have guessed when reading ‘thing #2′: I like to focus on one subject at the time and really dig deep. Whenever I stumble upon a person or subject of interest, I like to read a couple of books, articles or blogs on it and watch as many documentaries or films about it as well.
  4. When I was sixteen I moved to Finland for a year. I lived with a Finnish family, in a Finnish village and went to a Finnish school. Living there and being a part of their everyday lives, was for me the best part of the experience. Fast forward fourteen years and we still speak often and see each other whenever we can. Also, I refer to them as ‘my Finnish family’.
  5. I love to bake, especially sweet goods and preferably Scandinavian ones. My ‘signature’ baked goods are Finnish cinnamon buns. I use a recipe that was given to me by my Finnish host mom. She got the recipe from her mother, who got it from her mother…so you know it’s good!
  6. I don’t just document my (everyday)life on this blog or via Instagram, I also use the ‘old fashion’ photo album way of documenting. I prefer to use words + images together and keep memorabilia of everyday life and travel. Late last year I decided to start a ‘Project Life’ album for the year 2014.
  7. I don’t like to put all my photo’s in albums. I always keep a few (or most of them actually) in a box. As a child I loved going through photo albums with my grandmother. She’d tell stories of days gone by. The best stories where accompanied by photo’s from a box a plastic bag. I guess they never made the cut when it came to the albums, because they never quite fit in anywhere.
  8. I like taking photographs with a disposable camera. The one thing I can never remember to do, is to develop them. I think I have about six disposable cameras waiting to be developed. The good thing about this is, that I never remember what was on them. It’s always a (pleasant) surprise once the photo’s are developed: like opening a gift.
  9. When it comes to style & design I like a minimalistic approach. With a bit of vintage thrown in here and there. I also like to customise just about everything. From my phone to planners, from an ironing board to a fridge door: I like things to blend in and match.
  10. I love bunnies.

The archives | 2004-2014

9 October 2014

I first started blogging in 2004. Which means that I’ve been documenting my life and the things I love online for ten years. The first two years I blogged in Dutch on a platform that no longer exists. Those archives are long gone. And even though the archives of 2006-now are in my possession, this is the first post on this blog. At least for the foreseeable future. Because it is taking me some time to sort through all of the posts: I want to remove dead links, find lost photo’s etc. So bear with me for now, and enjoy the new content!

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