I won’t be posting much in the coming weeks…

I’ve finally accepted the fact that a) I’m in a blogging slump, and b) I can’t seem to fit it into my life at the moment. There’s only so much we can all do in a day, or even a week, which means something always has to give. At the moment, I want to focus on doing a good job at work (which takes up about 40 hours a week), spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and working out.

You read it. Working out. I’m really dedicated to becoming healthier and stronger, and I’m finally in a good mindset on fitness. Before, it always used to be about appearance for me which soured every workout I did. Now, it’s about being strong and healthy. I just became a member at a gym close to work, and I’ll be going for the first time tomorrow. I want to dedicate time to working out and having fun with that around 3 times a week, which means I’ll probably only get home at 9 PM.

I wanted to warn you all before you started questioning my absence here. I will still post whenever I can or when I feel inspired, but it will be far less frequently. This might change in a few weeks or months if I get a bout if inspiration, you never know!

Like I said, something’s always got to give. At the moment, it’s this blog for me. I won’t disappear! I’ll just be in the background for a while. I’ll still participate in things like the N.E.W.Ts readathon, but I haven’t figured out whether I’ll post updates here or simply on Twitter. Guess we’ll find out soon 🙂

June in the life, a personal wrap up

As you may know, every month I write a post on all the movies and TV shows I watched, the music I listened to, and the things I did in the past month. Let’s see what my life in June looked like!

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One of the shows I watched in June was Jinn, the new Arabic Netflix Original. I binge-watched the whole thing, which isn’t that much of a feat since there are only 5 episodes or so. It was a fun time, but I’ve heard quite a lot of criticism on it already. Obviously, it was very dramatic and over the top at times, since it’s a TV show about teenagers. However, I’ve heard people say that the dialogue is really off, and that no one actually talks like that (which is something I would have never noticed, as I cannot speak the language).

I also finished watching La Casa de Papel, in preparation for the new season coming in July. I adore this show. It has become one of my absolute favorites, and I find myself glued to the screen whenever I’m watching it. I can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for us next.

I also watched Always Be My Maybe, a new Netflix movie everyone has been loving. It was so cute! I loved Ali Wong in this film, she did such an incredible job at portraying her character. One of my favorite parts of this movie is how important her career is to her, and how she isn’t willing to give that up because of love. It’s such an important message! The only thing that prevented me from giving this 5 stars is Randall Park. I didn’t love his acting, to be honest. At times, it felt like he wasn’t taking this movie seriously? I’m not sure whether that was the point of the character or not, but it made me feel odd.

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Buckle up, because June was a wild ride.

The first weekend of June, I traveled to London to see BTS perform at Wembley Stadium. It was one of the best concerts I have ever seen, if not the best. I can’t even describe it properly. Here’s a little video I took of the crowd!

A week or two later, I also saw Eric Nam in concert in Brussels! He was a fantastic performer. His voice is out of this world, and he’s way funnier than I ever realized.

Lastly, I bought tickets to see Stray Kids in Berlin in August! I can’t wait, as they’re one of my top 3 groups.

In June, I rediscovered my love for dance workouts and pilates. I had to stop doing them for the past two weeks because it’s been more than 30°C in Belgium and my apartment is an oven, but I’m excited to start a workout routine again.

A few days ago, I also watched my little cousin graduate high school. I’m so proud of her!

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A.C.E – Under Cover
I know what you’re thinking. Didn’t I talk about this song in last month’s wrap up? Yes, I did! However, I still can’t stop listening to it and thus it deserved another mention.

ONE OK ROCK – Stand Out Fit In
Last month, Lindsey talked about ONE OK ROCK in her monthly wrap up. Since we usually love similar music, I decided to give them a try. I then continued to fall in love with them and have listened to their latest album on repeat.

Stray Kids – Side Effects
For the first time since falling in love with Stray Kids, I’ve had to listen to one of their songs on repeat before I could really get into it. It’s so different, yet so Stray Kids at the same time. I’m enjoying the song, but have to admit it’s not my favorite comeback so far.

ONE OK ROCK – Eye of the Storm
Like I mentioned before, I’ve been listening to this album on repeat.

Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down
I can’t stop singing along to this song! Someone help me!!

JK – Euphoria
I adore this song, but this new version of memories of JK made by the members just kills me.

What did you do in June?

HAPPY 2019!

A short post for today, simply because I wanted to wish you all a wonderful and exciting 2019. I hope you’ll have tons of adventures, experiences, happy moments, and love in your life. Of course, I also wish you a 2019 filled with fantastic books.

Happy New Year to All

Happy New Year, lovely people!

Solo trip to South Korea (and Thailand)

Hi everyone! I just wanted to write a quick update to tell you all that I’ll be solo traveling to South Korea and Thailand for the next 6 weeks. I’ve been looking forward to this trip for absolutely ages, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I’ll be spending 5 weeks in South Korea, and a little less than a week in Bangkok (which is why I put Thailand in between brackets in the title -I’ll only be there for a few days). I have scheduled some posts to go up in my absence and I’ll probably take my laptop with me, but expect replies to your comments/comments on your blog posts less frequently.

I’m so excited to leave tomorrow!

I’m hoping to write some blog posts on my travels later (maybe some vlogs?) so let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in.

A Day in Pairi Daiza

In the beginning of November, I visited Pairi Daiza (in Belgium) with some of my family members. Pairi Daiza is a kind of interactive zoo and garden? I think it’s described as an animal theme park or something on the website. Basically, they have a shit ton of animals in really big habitats you can walk through on paths, instead of tiny cages. Obviously, you can’t walk through the lions habitat, but you can look at them from a bridge above. So I thought I’d share some of the pictures I took! 

Some cool ass birds. 

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More cute animals. Except the sloth on the ceiling. Sloths aren’t cute. And if they’re on the ceiling, they’re hard to photograph. There’s also a snow leopard.  

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A lazy panda. 

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Hungry seals, and a cute old one being fed.

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A giraffe being petted. And fed leaves by small children. 

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Sleeping monkeys.

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This is my grandmother shaking the monkey’s little hand. Just look at his face!

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Give me some more handshakes, man.

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A girl from the park with her pelican. It’s obvious the pelican sits there often…

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A sleeping koala.

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Aren’t they just gorgeous animals? 

I had a really great day in Pairi Daiza! It was a bit cold of course, but still amazing. If you are in Belgium and haven’t visited, I’d recommend it. I actually think they closed the park now. It’s closed until the start of spring, if I’m not mistaken.

I’M 22!

Yup, you read it right. I’m now officially 22! IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

Last year, I made a 22 things to do before I’m 22 list. Today, I’m taking a look at what I’ve accomplished this past year! 

1. Take a trip on my own

So technically, I didn’t complete this. BUT I did book a solo trip for October 4th-7th! That counts for something, right? I’ll be taking a trip on my own in 2 weeks!

2. Get my driver’s license

I also underlined this because I kind of accomplished it. Because I let my theoretical license expire in 2015 before doing my practical exam, I had to do the following: retake the theoretical exam, take driving classes with the driving school until I’m ready to do my exam with them. I passed my theoretical exam in the beginning of the month, and I have my driving classes and exam planned for the next 2 months. So I planned and organized it all before my birthday. That kind of counts, right?

3. Get my phsyical TBR down to 45

HAHAHA, no. It’s at 84. Oops. 

4. Take a snowboarding/surfing class

Also, no. But I have a voucher I can use for a class, so I will probably use that in the coming year!

5. Self-host and redesign my blog

Also, no. I want to take my time with this and do it right. And I haven’t had that time in the past year. 

6. Be able to run a 5K

Hahaha, also no. 

7. Complete a 30 day yoga challenge

Okay, so thanks to Inge, I completed this goal. Maybe not really in 30 days… But I did the 30 days the best way I could! 

8. Bungee jump

Nope. I still really want to do this though!

9. Graduate from university

YES I DID! I graduated in June, and it still makes me so happy. 

10. Visit Wizarding World of Harry Potter

No, I didn’t. But I underlined it because I did go to the Harry Potter Exhibit in Brussels! That kind of counts, right? 

11. Knit a Gryffindor scarf

Also kind of. I tried. And then I got so frustrated with knitting! My mom took over, so I do have a homemade scarf. I just didn’t do it myself… I’m obviously not a knitting person. 

12. Read 3-5 classics

Also, no. I try, I really do. I read Frankenstein this year! Classics are hard, people. 

13. Try being a vegetarian for a month

Underlined, again. I feel like in a way, I did more than accomplish this goal? I didn’t go fully vegetarian for a month but I think it’s safe to say that about 75% of my daily meals have become vegan in the past year. 

14. Take a helicopter ride

Nope. Also still really want to do this! 

15. Read NPR’s Top 100 fantasy list

How deluded was I? They’re like 90 series on that thing. 

16. Have my own place

This may have been a bit overconfident. I’ve only just graduated. I can’t really start looking for a place until I’ve found a job…

17. Reach 500 followers on my blog

Another accomplished one! I’m so grateful for all of you. 

18. Get a small tattoo

Nope. I have made a list of quotes I may want as a tattoo. One of those will become a tattoo soon. 

19. Meet some of my favorite authors

Also, no. I’m hoping to change that soon though!

20. Go to a book convention/fest

Sadly, this also didn’t happen 😦

21. Comment more on blog posts 

I definitely did this! I’m trying to comment on more blogs, and discover more blogs through memes like Top Ten Tuesday.

22. Try out more new recipes

I definitely accomplished this. Going vegan for a lot of my meals has meant trying out a lot of new recipes and ingredients. I used to hate corn, and now I’ve discovered I quite like it. I have re-discovered my love for broccoli. I tried a Korean recipe on my own. I often go out of my way to buy one ingredient I have never used on a grocery trip, and find something delicious to do with that. 

So how did I do? I fully completed 5 of my goals, and kind of completed 3.

The goals I didn’t complete will become my goals for the next year! Maybe I can complete them before I turn 23! 

What I’ve got left to do before I’m 23:

Take a trip on my own
Get my driver’s license
Get physical TBR down to 45 books
Take a snowboarding/surfing class
(be able to) run a 5K
Self-host & redesign my blog
Bungee jump
Read 3-5 classics
Take a helicopter ride
Read NPR’s Top 100 fantasy list
Have my own place
Get a small tattoo
Meet some of my favorite authors
Go to a book convention/fest

I’M ON HOLIDAY!

As you’re reading this, I’m either on my way or have arrived in Kemer, Turkey. I’m going on a trip with my parents from today, the 19th, until the 30th of July.

I did try to schedule some posts so my blog won’t be completely empty while I’m gone. But I think the WiFi in the hotel will be pretty bad, so I don’t expect I’ll be able to keep up with your posts and comment as much as I want. So expect a lot of comments from me in August, I’ll be trying to catch up!

I can’t wait for sun, lying at the pool, reading, taking walks on the beach and EATING ALL THE FOOD.

I won’t be able to write any weekly wrap ups though, so I’ll try to make a semi-monthly one when I get back so I can show you what I read while I was away.