I know I'm late in sharing in the #MeToo hashtag but I've been going back and forth about it for a week now. I caught myself debating whether my stories were "serious" enough or not, and then I realised that it doesn't matter. It doesn't really matter what other people think about your story. If you've ever been in a situation where you felt uncomfortable, where you felt like you wanted to get out - your story is serious enough. And, if you want to share it, it deserves to be heard. So that's where we are now. I want to share my story. In hopes that it will maybe help someone else out, or that it might give someone else the courage to speak up about theirs. And, if I'm being completely honest, I'm also doing it for selfish reasons: I really need to get it off my chest.
As I'm going back to uni on the 25th of September, I thought now would be the perfect time to reflect on ways to make my (hopefully) last school year more succesful than the previous ones. So I guess this post is as much for me as it is for you reading this; I've never been the most productive when it comes to school - procrastination has always been my downfall. You may think that makes me unqualified to write a post like this, and you might be right, but I'm writing this down because deep down I know these are the things I should be doing. I hope that by writing these tips down and sharing them with you, I'll be able to stick to them. And, who knows, maybe I'll inspire some of you to do the same.
"Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace.
He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she's a flawless homemaker and a masterful gardener, and she dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they're still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You'd like to get to know Grace better.
But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn't work. How can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what's really going on once the dinner parties are over and the front door has closed."
Ah, Bruges. What a wonderful city! Often lovingly referred to as "the Venice of the North", the historical center is an amalgamation of quirky historical buildings interlaced with various canals and - of course - bridges (the Flemish name basically means 'bridges', btw). When my boyfriend and I first went to Bruges for a daytrip a little over a year ago, we decided then and there that we would definitely go back for an overnight stay. And now here we are! Well, there we were. A few weeks ago, as July was slowly coming to an end, we booked a two-day getaway to this magical city.
"Do you want to pitch in for her present?"
Just one simple question. It only requires a yes or no answer. And yet it's so much more loaded. At least, for me it is.
One of my friends' birthday is coming up and our friend group has always had this thing where we would all pitch in to buy someone a present. That way it wouldn't cost us - poor students - too much and we were still able to give our friends something. It seems like such a wonderful idea and, don't get me wrong, at its core it is - until someone gets left out.
Okay, so that title may seem to imply something that's definitely not my intention... But wacky titles aside, the fact of the matter is that birthdays seem to lose their magic once you reach a certain age.
"'You've just had a holiday,' I pointed out, trying not to yawn. 'Wasn't that enough of a break?'
'I don't mean that kind of break.'
There's nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out.
Friends and family all think they're crazy; Liv throws herself into work - animals are so much simpler than humans - and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he's dug. But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other?
Most importantly, do they want to?"
For Valentine's Day, the boyfriend and I went to the cinema to finally go see La La Land. After reading a lot of great reactions to the movie and knowing it has already raked in a fair amount of awards and is still nominated for a few more, my expectations were pretty high. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed!
Valentine's Day is coming up fast and a lot of people use it as an extra opportunity to do something special for their significant other. Unfortunately, though, not everyone has the funds to splurge on luxury items or multiple-day getaways... So if you're like me and are on a tight budget (or you're simply looking for a cute last-minute gift), here are some tips to still make your Valentine's Day memorable:
February has started and it ushers in a hectic period both for myself and for my boyfriend. I'll be busy going to class while also working on my thesis and other university assignments, and trying to keep this blog and my YouTube channel afloat. At the same time, my boyfriend will be doing his final internship, which includes a long commute and a whole bunch of side-assignments. For that reason, we decided in November to take a short and relaxing break in between our January exams and the chaos that will be the next few months of our lives.