30 March 2015
I just went to the movies with four of my favourite men (the fifth one was ill unfortunately). This was my way belated thank you for a favour that they have done for me at work. We went to see The Gunman. It was a perfect combination for the company that I was with.
29 March 2015
Some of my friends have been raving about the movie American Sniper the last couple of weeks. I haven’t had time to watch movies lately, but they told me that this is really one to watch. I found out that it was based on a true story and an autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. I decided to read the book before watching the movie.
27 March 2015
Karma is something that has been on my mind for a while now. Whenever a student does something clumsy, I often say ‘karma’ and gain some laughter. What is it that I’m saying to my students and what are they laughing about?
09 March 2015
I have a lot on my plate at the moment, yet I felt the need to write again. I have been neglecting my website lately, but have used my journal to clear my mind. Now that spring is right around the corner, it's time to pick up writing on my blog again. My last posts have been personal and I haven't focused on the general topics like I used to do in the past. I will try to balance this more from now on, especially now that it's clear that some of my students follow my blog as well. I will try to make it more educational for them. With that being sad, I will start the first post of this year with a personal post… (it makes no sense, I know)
The last couple of months have been challenging. Everybody deals with the hick-ups in life differently. I have the tendency to shut people out and try to handle things on my own. This time, the hick-up was more than I could handle by myself. Through the darkest times, my friends have shown their true colours.
This past half year has made me realise that I can count on my friends. You never know how important people can become in your life. I never expected that the paths of certain people would bend together with mine. I have come across some fine men that have helped me through some tough moments. They respect me and have my back, even when I don't want them to. I'm eternally thankful for having them in my life.
One of the reasons why I have more male friends than female, is because men are brutally honest to me. Those who know me, know that I can be straightforward. Somehow, people seem to accept this. However, I'm rarely on the receiving end of the bluntness of others. These last couple of weeks, some of my friends have called me stubborn, a nerd and unbearable. Instead of being bothered by it, I actually appreciate their honesty.
I was pretty surprised that they called me the names mentioned above, not because of disagreement, but because I haven't heard anybody say these things to me in a long time. I've talked about it with my cousin and he said that I have a strong character. This might be the reason why people don't dare to say these things to me. So basically he is saying that I can be a bitch in a nice way.
This is probably true, therefore I'm even more appreciative that my friends can be honest with me. I don't know what I've done to deserve these people in my life, but I'm sure grateful for it. Now it's time for me to make them a priority again. We choose how we decorate our lives, it's time for me to make sure that I plan lots of quality time with my chosen family.
So for the ones who know that this blog is about them: thank you for always being honest to me. I'll do my best to be a better friend.
25 September 2014
Life threw me a huge curve ball over the summer. When you're going through a process, it's always hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Although the light isn't here yet, I can feel that it's coming closer. One of the reasons for this is my work, or better said: my students.
24 July 2014
July 17th 2014 has turned into a dark page of history for me, many loved ones of the victims of flight MH17, my country and the entire world. Mixed emotions of sadness, grieve, unbelief and anger has crossed our thoughts throughout these last couple of days. There are no words for this tragedy and I cannot imagine that I will ever understand what has happened. As I am struggling with my own emotions, there is something that I want to get off of my mind: war is NEVER the answer!