Personal update – May & June


June 5, 2015

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Hi! How are you? It’s June already! Since I’ve been doing a lot of things the past month, I thought it would be nice to give a personal update on what’s new and what’s on my planning for this month.

What’s new?

In terms of graduation, I’m finally heading towards something. I’ve handed in my research proposal in April and after a month of waiting (why oh why??), I finally heard that my proposal was approved and everything was okay. Phew, such a big relief! I don’t know what I would have done if I had to go back to the drawing table to write a new proposal. But yay! Now I can go on with writing and doing the research, which I’m looking forward to actually.

Coconut Oil

Oil pulling
What?? Yes, oil pulling. I read about it on this blog and immediately started digging on Google to see what other bloggers had to say about it. Most of them are really positive about this old practice. Oil pulling is an ancient remedy that naturally cures a lot of ailments.
Basically, what you do is swish a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes every morning on an empty stomache. The benefits? It supposedly gets out toxins and bacteria from your mouth and body (DETOX!), whitens teeth, keeps the skin clear and there are many more benefits.
I was super impressed after reading all the benefits, so I bought a jar of organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil and started doing this every morning during quiet time. I noticed that my teeth are less sensitive, whiter and my skin got better. I’m not sure whether I got better skin because of the oil pulling or because I started drinking more water, though. I’m keeping this up till my jar is empty at least and see if I’ll want to keep doing this.

I don’t read as much as I used to anymore, only to kill time when using public transportation or if I have to wait somewhere. If it’s a really good book, I’ll read it before I go to bed and mornings are reserved for God’s Word. Anyway, these are the books I finished this month:

– Shopaholic to the Stars – Sophie Kinsella
– The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella
– It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be – Paul Arden
– Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella
– Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

I just love Sophie Kinsella, so I’m really excited that her new book Finding Audrey has just come out. I can’t wait to read it!
I enjoyed reading Eleanor & Park so much! Much more than I expected, but that’s often the case, because I don’t care to read the synopses on the back of the books. I enjoy diving in a book not knowing what to expect and to be drawn in as the story goes. Eleanor & Park is definitely a MUST-read.

Organizing & Planning
Ever since I’ve read Marie Kondo’s book on tidying and decluttered my room, I’ve been super happy with my room and wardrobe. My room used to be one big walk-in closet with a bed and two desks in it, but now it looks much more like a normal bedroom. I donated or threw away at least 10 garbage bags full of clothes and stuff that didn’t spark joy and dismounted one of the desks and one empty bookcase. My room has a totally different vibe now and I’m happy with my basic wardrobe. I don’t need many clothes anyway as I practically live in my workout clothes.

Meal Planner by José Chan

One of the things I do to keep up healthy eating is to plan my meals. It is essential to plan out every meal for the next week, so that when I do groceries I can stick to what I’ve planned to eat for that week and not get distracted by an offer and buy something unhealthy on impulse. I can also check if I have enough groceries for the whole week, to avoid having to go to the supermarket again in the middle of the week. Another reason why I plan my meals is because I can control the portions I eat as well with this method. For example, if I know I’m going out for dinner one evening, I can plan to eat a little lighter for breakfast and lunch during the day.
I plan my meals using a meal planner. I got the idea from this meal planner pad at kikki.K, but I made one myself. I print it out every week and fill it in. It’s really minimalistic, but if you’re interested, you can download my meal planner HERE.

Weekly Planner by José Chan

To organize my life, I also made a weekly planner. I write down appointments and to-do’s for every day of the week and jot down to-do’s that I don’t want to forget but don’t necessarily have to do that week. It helps with getting stuff done and also to plan my workouts. You can download my weekly planner in the same minimalistic style HERE or go to kikki.K to check out theirs.

I finished week 16 of Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide. I was supposed to be at week 17, but I was at camp for one week in May, so I didn’t have any weights to do the workouts. I composed my own routine that week with body weight exercises only.
I’m quite happy with the progress so far. My body fat percentage went down from 31% to 23%. I only started measuring my body fat percentage halfway trough the first guide, so I probably started with a percentage even higher than 31%. My goal is to be around 20% and if I can keep that up I’ll reward myself with new workout shoes or new clothes, hehe.

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What’s ahead?

In June, I will be editing vlogs for Noor from Queen of Jet Lags! You probably know I’ve worked with her many times, shooting outfit photos and videos. It’s amazing how fast her blog and business is growing and now she will be doing vlogs for Femme, a Dutch Youtube channel. I’m excited to work on it! They will be just small projects every week, but I’m happy to be busy with videography again, even if it’s just the editing part.

I will be doing the finishing touches on my room. I’m looking for a new ceiling lamp with a nice design (any recommendations?) and a new clothing rack since mine collapsed last week. I’m probably going to choose between this one or this one from Ikea. I’ll show you the final results of my room when I’m done.

In June I hope to read:

– Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
– A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study – Jen Hatmaker
– The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
– The Happiness project – Gretchen Rubin

On my pinboard:

Read about the dangers of the trending Charlie Charlie Challenge here. (Dutch)
VSCO Film 07 for Lightroom is out!
Reading this article will change the way you eat.
Marie Kondo’s shopping tips for us shopaholics.
The best way to deal with those dark circles under your eyes.
My biggest inspiration to hoop: Audrey Scherer.

What a long update this turned out to be! But it’s kinda nice to just share some things on a personal note for once. I hope you have a nice weekend. Let me know your thoughts on any of these things. It’s nice for me to know a real person is reading this, hahah. By the way, follow me on Instagram for more daily photos!
See ya!



Leuke uptdate om te lezen! Ik heb laatst een boek van Sophie Kinsella gelezen en die vond ik heel erg leuk. Ik wist niet dat ze er nog zoveel meer had. Ik heb het plot snel opgezocht van diegene die je hierboven hebt genoemd en het lijken me allemaal hele leuke boeken! En wauw, je Kayla Itsines resultaat vind ik echt zo knap! x

Ja, zij is echt één van mijn favoriete schrijfsters wat betreft chicklits. The Undomestic Goddess vond ik echt lachen. Ook een leuke van haar is ‘Remember me?’.
Dankje! Ik las dat jij was gestopt met Kayla? Maar cardio en Blogilates lijkt me ook een goede combi en misschien wat minder tijdrovend inderdaad! XX

Hi Jose! I really enjoy this update! Gets me all motivated to finish off my own to do list, haha. Stunning pics as well, like always! :)

Thanks, Aggie! I’m so glad, good luck with your to do’s! Don’t let them eat you up ;)