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Feeling a bit sad this morning. It is the end of an era at my lovely home in Notting Hill. The 2,5 years here have flown by and in that time I’ve met the most amazing people and I know I will look back at this period as some of the best times in my life! However change is part of life and so is growing up ;) So instead of being sad I will cherish the memories and am excited for this new chapter ahead!
Moving is such a drag though! I spend all of yesterday packing and did a huge clear out of stuff but still have so much left. I also counted my shoes, shock horror, check my Instagram to see how many! Woooops! Wish me luck moving and see you on the other side ;)
Sorry the blog has been a little more quiet recently; my day job and changes in my life have taken up a bit more of my time! For today’s midweek inspiration I love the reminder about following your dreams, taking risks and not being afraid to make changes because life is happening NOW!
One BIG change in my life at the moment is that I am moving house! Yes this weekend I will be leaving my lovely flat-share in Notting Hill for a new adventure in London – because I am going to move into a 1 bedroom apartment, all on my own.
Now, I have lived on my own before but for the last 3 years in London I’ve been in flat-shares. And as much as I have really enjoyed this, it’s time for a change again and I just really crave having a little place to call my home. Even though I won’t be moving too far from where I live now (to Kilburn Park) I do have to admit that I will miss living right in Notting Hill. But because rent in London is pretty unaffordable (especially when paying it all on your own) I have to move a little bit further out. Luckily I have my big Dutch bike to get around everywhere quickly and most of my friends still live very close-by so I don’t think it will affect my lifestyle too much.
So yes at the moment my life is pretty hectic to get ready to move this weekend (wardrobe clear out very necessary…). And even though change can be a little scary sometimes, I am excited about my move because there is just no point in waiting and worrying about change, we may as well just take the risk and live our dreams! Life is happening now….
This weekend I was back home in the Netherlands to spend some quality time with my family. The reason for this particular visit however was rather special. Because about two weeks ago I officially became an aunty for the first time! My brother and his wife had a beautiful and healthy little boy and on Saturday I got to meet him for the first time. It was such a special moment to meet this new addition to our family. He’s so tiny and incredibly cute and it really made me realise how amazing the human body works to create this precious little person and how he looks so much like my brother already. I think I will be going home a bit more this year because I really don’t want to miss anything about this little boy growing up. I am definitely one proud aunty!
When I am at home, one of the things I always want to ensure I do is going for a walk or run on the beach (as seen here). My parents live about 5 minutes away from the coast so it’s lovely to get outside and to feel the wind blowing through my hair, and letting all my worries & thoughts just disappear for a moment. The beach truly is my happy place…
The beach + family = Home Sweet Home
What is your happy place? Happy Hump Day :)
Someone told me the other day that I she thinks I am someone “that has got it all going on!” She meant this in a way that I seem to have it all; beauty, wit, confidence, smart, happiness, organised, loved etc. This was of course a lovely compliment to receive but it also made me realise that self confidence and how you come across to people is really all about perception.
“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.” – Sophia Loren
So as much as I may seem like I have it all together all the time….trust me I don’t! Just like everyone else; I get insecure, I get lonely, I think I am not good enough or I worry about making the right decisions and being liked by others. But I try to be self-confident as much as possible, banish negative thoughts, focus on being the best I can be and just being myself.
“You know what’s really, powerfully sexy? A sense of humor. A taste for adventure. A healthy glow. Hips to grab on to. Openness. Confidence. Humility. Appetite. Intuition. Smart-ass comebacks. Presence. A quick wit. Dirty jokes told by an innocent-looking lady. A storyteller. A genius. A doctor. A new mother. A woman who realizes how beautiful she is.” - Courtney E Martin
So go out there, SMILE & be YOU and you will radiate self-confidence! Happy Hump Day :)
Hope you’ve all had a good first week back to normal life? I have to say it was pretty hard for me to have long days at the office again after having almost 2 weeks off over the holidays! Here some photos of my New Years Eve celebrations in Wales. Me and 11 friends hired out Roch Castle in Roch, Pembrokeshire for 3 nights to ring in 2014.
We arrived on New Years Eve (after a 5 hour train ride from London) and were very excited as we drove through our castle gates because this amazing place would be our home for the next few days! For NYE we all got glammed up (I did ‘Dutchess Roz makeovers’ on the girls) and we enjoyed plenty of champagne, an amazing dinner catered by a local chef, and plenty of dancing & fun into the wee hours of the morning.
Everyone looked beautiful – it can be so fun to get all dressed up sometimes don’t you think? I wore an old long ZARA dress (as seen here) accessorised with a new statement necklace! Here a better look at my new bit of bling…
Gloria Luxurious Crystal Choker by Maison Miru £40 (LINK). Ever since I got this necklace I’ve been wearing it so much. It looks great with a simple dress, a cosy jumper or a simple white T-shirt. It brings instant bling factor and glam, love it!
Such a fantastic night, I couldn’t have wished for a better way to ring in the New Year than spending it with good friends, full of fun times at our very own castle in Wales. Hopefully a great NYE translates into an even better year ahead!!
Did you have a fun NYE and do you like my new statement necklace from Maison Miru?