Popular Posts

101 things in 1001 days

Source: Design Darling

I came across a '101 things in 1001 days' list I made in 2011 in my mail drafts recently and thought it would be fun to create a new one  again. I love the timeline of this list: it's just long enough to dream a little about all that is possible, but it's realistic enough at the same time, that you are likely to finish at least a couple of them. I plan on having a few regular update posts about how I'm doing with the list. It might just be the perfect way to start having some more adventures and to get myself out there. It might even get me a few blogging opportunities too. You never know. If you decide to make your own, I'd love to read them.

This list has been inspired by Mackenzie Horan.

STARTS JULY 21, 2016
ENDS APRIL 28, 2019
{1 COMPLETE, 100 TO GO}

General

1. Come up with 101 things (July, 2016)
2. Put 5 euros into saving for every goal accomplished

University & Blogging

3. Graduate from university
4. Study abroad
5. Find a mentor
6. Change jobs
7. Invest in a formal wardrobe
8. Fulfill an internship
9. Write a guest post for a blogger I admire
10. Have a blog that I'm proud of to put on my resume
11. Make 5 blogger friends (0/5)
12. Meet a blogger in real life
13. Feature a guest blogger on my blog
14. Establish a blogging routine
15. Find my blogging 'why'
16. Reach 1000 followers on twitter (885/1000)
17. Write at least 15 blog posts per month for a whole year
18. Teach my readers some Dutch
19. Interview another blogger
20. Find a way to incorporate geography into my blog
21. Learn some basic HTML and CSS skills
22. Do an outfit post
23. Learn Photoshop
24. Go to a bloggers event

Travel

25. Visit Iceland
26. Road trip through America
27. Travel on my own to another country
28. Travel to Barcelona
29. See the Northern Lights
30. Climb King Arthur's seat in Edinburgh
31. Rent an Airbnb
32. Visit Montreal
33. Go to a German Christmas market
34. Visit a French market and pick up a bunch of flowers
35. Visit the French Riviera
36. Visit Monaco
37. Visit Marrakech

Family & Friends

38. Have a spa day with my mum/best friend
39. Host a dinner party
40. Do something epic for my parents 25th year of marriage
41. Treat the pup to 10 new toys (0/10)
42. Go on a trip with just my brother
43. Road trip with my best friends somewhere
44. Take my grandparents on a day trip somewhere
45. Send July christmas cards to my best friends
46. Take the pup to the beach

Personal

47. Go on 10 dates (0/10)
48. Go on 10 self-dates (0/10)
49. Go to bed by 10pm for a week
50. Wake up at 6am for a week
51. Start a recipe journal
52. Volunteer as a summer camp counselor
53. Read 5 classics (0/5)
54. Watch 5 classic movies (0/5)
55. Read 5 non-fiction books (0/5)
56. Donate blood
57. Unplug completely for 24 hours
58. Write in a journal everyday for a month
59. Learn how to tell a story
60. Be a vegetarian for two months
61. Keep a food diary for a month
62. Improve my body image
63. Learn to take risks and make my own choices
64. Learn how to cook for one using cookbooks
65. Read 50 new books (0/50)
66. Have my wisdom teeth removed
67. Try five new to me foods
68. Add 10 picture frames to my studio (0/10)
69. Set up a new library account and rent a book to read each week

Local

70. Make a local bucket list
71. Try 20 new restaurants in Utrecht (0/20)
72. Spend an afternoon at a Botanical Garden
73. Visit the Anne Frank house
74. Have a staycation in Utrecht
75. Tick everything off my local bucket list
76. Visit 10 museums (0/10)

Just for fun

77. Write a fictional story
78. Dance in the rain
79. Go stargazing
80. Carve my initials in a tree
81. Get a new year's kiss
82. Go paragliding
83. Take a photo everyday for a month
84. Run a 5k
85. Watch 20 documentaries (0/20)
86. Watch everyday of the Rio Olympics in 2016
87. Read all the Harry Potter books (0/7)
88. Identify 100 things that make me happy
89. Learn how to play tennis
90. Have a weekend without plans
91. Go apple picking
92. Go strawberry picking
93. See all the Harry Potter movies (0/8)
94. Read Pride and Prejudice
95. Buy a pretty basket for on my bicycle
96. Take a surfing lesson
97. Prepare a meal using ingredients from a farmer's market
98. Make a playlist for every season (0/4)
99. Knit a sweater
100. Learn how to French braid
101. Set up a new library account and rent a book to read each week


Let me know what you think in the comments. What would you put on your list?

The Best Beach Reads



I love reading. It's my way to escape. I read whenever I can and I never leave the house without a book. I think my greatest accomplishment to date is that I got my best friend back into reading. I'm always recommending books to her and other friends and family and usually they even like my choices. I'm not very good at writing reviews, I tend to get a bit too gushy, but recommending I can do. This is a list of all the best reads I think would be perfect for summer. Most of them will make you laugh out loud and squeal with cuteness.

Amazing fiction I've actually read and loved:

Who's that Girl - Mhairi Mcfarlane (a funny novel about online shaming and a famous actor that I absolutely loved)

The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance - Kirsty Greenwood (If you love vintage clothing this will be perfect)

Girl Against the Universe - Paula Stokes (YA, tennis, sweet love interest and a great portrayal of mental health problems)

Summer Skin - Kirsty Eagar (If there's one book you should pick up from the list, it's this one and it's set in college)

Me before You & After You - Jojo Moyes (You should read these before watching the movie)

The Day we Disappeared - Lucy Robinson (An amazing twist I didn't see coming, it will keep you gripped)

Throne of Glass series - Sarah J. Maas (Another YA. Let me tell you, the series grows better with the book and you won't be able to put it away)

The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes (I remember reading this on one of the hottest days of summer last year and I literary couldn't stop, a great YA thriller and the second book just got released)

Every Last Word - Tamara Ireland Stone (Another great example of a YA about mental health problems)

The Start of Me and You - Emery Lord (Perfect YA summertime read, Max and Paige are probably my favourite couple ever)


It's Summertime

 The problem I've found with taking a break from blog writing, is that it's so hard to get back to a writing routine. I've been saying to myself to get back into it, but it's just not been working. Every time I sit down to write, I just can't seem to get the words on paper. And then I get distracted by other blogs, get a little jealous of their writing style, and it just starts to gets worse. It's just like playing a sports isn't it? When you fail to continue working out and take a break, it's like you need to start building your stamina all over again and looking over at other sporters who are way better than you isn't going to help at all.

But let's catch you up about what has been going on lately, alright?

The last month of the school year has been a blur of deadlines, exams, meetings with friends and weekends away. And then at the end of the month I've been following the news on Brexit too. It's a bit too crazy to think about it, I find. A country wanting it's own borders back in a world of globalization. It sounds pretty unthinkable to me. I don't want to say too much about it, because I don't think I'm invested enough to know much about it. However, I had been hoping for Remain and it's been interesting to follow the discussion before and afterwards.

Looking back on the past few weeks, I'm happy I called an hiatus on the blog. I couldn't have juggled any more activities than I already had right now. Busy weeks, followed by busy weekends have made it a fun, but tiring few weeks. My weekends included participating in the national student championships with five matches in two days, fourth place as a result, three goals by my own making, pizza, great company and two awesome parties. Another weekend was spent being taught how to become a summer counselor with real kids to practice on.


I don't think I've talked about it on here yet, but my summer plans include volunteering as a summer camp counselor for three weeks. It starts in a few hours and if I'm completely honest, I'm nervous as hell. What if I can't do it? I worry about not being a natural leader and creating chaos, but despite all, I hope it will be fun too.

Everything uni-related has been wrapped up last week and now summer can start. I had a whole plan of spending the first week of my summer break working on the blog, drafting blog posts ahead of time for when I would be away and just generally chilling. That didn't work out due to a writer's block following my hiatus. I left it behind now though I think: I've written three blog posts today, which are set to be scheduled over time.

I'm pretty excited to be working as a counselor at the summer camp for kids despite my nerves. I sincerely hope it will be fine and that I will learn fast. Other plans on my summer to-do list include: a road trip with my best friend and a city trip to London and I hope to be spending the rest of my time watching the Olympics (and maybe working some more too).

Tell me about your summer plans in the comments below, I'd love to know!
© My Return Ticket. Design by MangoBlogs.