zaterdag 26 december 2015

2015: Málaga, travels, boys, mama, studying and life lessons

Hello, my darlings!

I'll keep this blog post short, because the video is quite long. 2015 has been a very special year and I wanted to have a little chit-chat about it with you. Oh, and don't judge me on the first part; just feeling it, you know?

Enjoy watching! <3
XO


vrijdag 18 december 2015

LOVE



Hello everyone! 

I don’t really know how to put this in words, but I felt like blogging about it.
Sometimes, I’m approached by people that are reading my blog. I have no idea who’s reading it when I’m writing, but I love hearing from people that they read it and that they liked it. This happened again, yesterday evening. And I got a very big compliment.
A fellow student – and a lovely girl – started talking about it. She said a couple of very nice things, but there’s one of them that really stuck with me. She said that she’s got the idea that I’m a person who’s very expressive when it comes to loving people. And I think she’s pretty right. At least, I’d like to be that way.

When I love someone, whether it’s friendship, family or love-love, I want to share it with them. I think it’s really important to realise the value of the people around you. In my opinion, when a person means a lot to me in whatever way possible, they should know that. When it comes to relationships, it can definitely hurt me to be honest and open, but I’d rather be that than not being hurt and silent.

I wrote a blog about my brother and I could write a whole book about great people in my life. The conversation yesterday, made me think about all of them. How beautiful is the feeling of being loved? I can’t think of a better feeling, actually. Well – mentally, haha.
Last night, this girl was so kind, my best friend called, I had a spontaneous night out with friends, my family and housemates were being sweet. At some point I could physically feel myself being filled with love. It made me so incredibly happy. Now Christmas is coming, which means more love to me. And a lot of food, which can be the same thing.

I think it has something to do with my mother. Both how she raised me and the fact that she isn’t there anymore. You never know when you’re saying goodbye to someone, for the last time. But that’s just a small part, because I don’t think about that all day. I just want to give a lot of love, because that makes me happy. And I hope it makes others happy, as well.

A big hug and kisses for all of you!

Josie

woensdag 9 december 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Hola amigos!

On Sunday, December 6th, I went Christmas shopping with my stepfather. Yes, Sinterklaas just ended and we're going straight towards Christmas. I was very enthusiastic about all the lights and the actual bullshit you can buy. An impression of how I felt:



Last Monday, I went back from Utrecht to Eindhoven. I immediately dropped my stuff at home, grabbed my Christmas-Sinterklaas-presents and went decorating. As promised, I'll show you what my place looks like. It's nothing compared to what we did in Utrecht, but it's good for my 15 square meter room. The photos aren't that clear, because I wanted to take them while it was dark. Hope you don't mind :) There we go:

My bed! I love it anyways, but it's so cosy now. In real life, the lights are warmer and less 'yellowish'



Of course I needed this



Made this table-thingy myself, and put my little Christmas tree on top. Looks lovely, doesn't it?



The view from my bed on a chill night <3


Do you love Christmas like me? And have you already decorated? Let me know if you do and what you think about the way I decorated.

XO Josie



zaterdag 5 december 2015

December: I'm so thankful for giving

Hi there!

I know I've been away for a while, again. I didn't really feel like blogging, didn't have too much inspiration. It's fine, I like to write down my thoughts whenever I want. But there's something I needed to share with you.

It's holiday time! Sinterklaas, Christmas, New Year's; it's totally festive, this month. I'm a summer kid (born in summer, love sun, always want a tan etc.), but I can definitely enjoy all the lights and coziness during winter. I always decorate our house like crazy, my brother and stepfather are always laughing about my enthusiasm. Last year, I even bought fake snow to spray on the windows. Candles everywhere, no normal lights, just mini leds all over the place. 
The feeling of being together with family is priceless to me. Of course, I'm a sucker for Christmas brunches and dinners (delicious food, so no wearing tight clothes; shamelessly stuffing my face), but the whole thing of being with each other, that's what makes me really happy.



Yesterday and the day before, we celebrated Sinterklaas. On Friday with my father's and stepmother's family and Saturday with my brother and stepfather. For the foreign people; Sinterklaas is a bit like Christmas. You can look it up here - including all the shit about Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), which I'm not going to talk about - but it comes down to getting and giving presents, as well. But the nice thing about this celebration, is that you write each other poems. You can make jokes about stupid things they've done, or write down what's so special about them. You can create a poem as personal as you want to.
The ones written to me were about Málaga, partly. One of them actually included some funny jokes about thing that happened there and, of course, there were some boys mentioned. You know what to expect when your family writes you poems!

When I celebrated this weekend, with the people closest to me, I realised once again how glad I am to have them in my life. I had to write a poem for my father and he was really glad with the things I wrote. The present I gave him, was just to have a day with him, including a nice meal, paid by me. 
Then, yesterday, I was with my brother and stepfather, who were both really happy with my poems, as well. It makes me happy to give. To give to the people who give so much back, just with their reaction. 
On top of that, I got a tapas cookbook from my stepmother (in Spanish!) and bath stuff, a massage bar (HINT), a yoga tool and a Christmas set - to decorate my room in Eindhoven with - from my bro and stepdad.  Oh and chocolate, don't forget the chocolate. They know what I like and that's worth so much more than the thing itself. They really think about who I am and what would make me happy at this point. Vice versa, because they were genuinely excited about the presents they got from me.




On Friday, we had a 'traditional family meal'; two entire chicken out of the oven, with potatoes and ratatouille. Yesterday, I was in the kitchen for over an hour, to prepare 'my men' some delicious food for Sinterklaas evening. I was pretty satisfied with the way it turned out, and so were they!



So, now Sinterklaas is over, but in about three weeks, it's Christmas time! I'll show you my Christmas-proof room soon, because I can't wait for it! Then I can go crazy with recipes again, hugging family members, laughing with them. My lovely Danish friends will arrive for NYE and I'm counting down the days until I'll see them. Just two more weeks of university left! Time goes by soooo fast.

See you soon, lovelies! Hope you're having a good time, as well <3
XO Josie