New website!

I’m so proud of my new website, the design is amazing! My talented darling K made it for me. I’m so pleased with it, it looks a thousand times better than my old site. It’s a not a replacement of this blog by the way, so don’t worry about this blog disappearing!

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Hello 2015!

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Happy New Year! Did you have a great year’s end? We spent a quiet evening at home playing games and watching a movie. Of course we ate ‘oliebollen’, a Dutch tradition, and when the neighbours came we drank champagne (for me sans alchohol of course) and watched the fireworks. We had a great view over the city, we are so happy with our new home!
I wish you all the best year and hope you are happy and can do what you love, wherever you are!

Back and Forth

With only two weeks to go for this year I thought it was the perfect time to look back, and think about what’s ahead.

My word for 2014 was slow, I really wanted to take it slow this year. Did I? Did I do what I wanted to do? Well, I dusted the lomo cameras off allright, and I did shoot a couple of rolls of film. But they’re still not developed. That’s taking ‘slow’ to a whole new level… Time spent on social media remains a slippery slope. I guess social media-time is just something I’ll always need be very aware about. I did develop my knittingskills and made more drawings and illustrations. I baked more cakes and cooked more healthy meals. I ran 5k but did less yoga. I played more with The Little One, but I wish there was more qualitytime with K. And I’m not quite sure I went outside more to enjoy nature…

Even though I did stick to some resolutions, overall I feel I didn’t exactly take it more slow this year. I’ve been taking a lot of care of other people, with a family/household to run and a very demanding job, and combined that with buying a new house, a tiring first trimester of a new pregnancy, and deaths and illnesses of people I love. I feel like I’ve not really been living this past year, it felt more like surviving.

Illustrated selfie

So my word for 2015 is me. Yes, me. I need take more care of me. I need to be more aware of myself, of how I feel, of how I am doing. I need to be doing well and enjoying life and doing things I love, I need to set priorities straight and make more time for my creative side, and then I can be a good mother, girlfriend, daughter, friend or colleague.

How about you, what’s 2015 going to be about for you?

Nothing Special

Gosh is it almost December already? How the year has flown by, I can’t believe it. The past couple of months have been absolutely crazy, with amazing highs and terrible lows. It’s literally been about life and death and everything in between. Now I’m taking a little (forced) break and doing nothing but sleep, make my own Christmas decorations and do some baking and cooking.

Inspired by Michel I also picked up my camera again to shoot a photo a day in black and white. I don’t manage everyday but that’s ok. I’m doing it for me, not to win some award. No stress there. And the topics are boring anyway, nothing special, I just shoot things in and around the house. But doing it in black and white forces me a bit to focus more on composition and depth of field, which is nice. And sometimes they’re just plain out of focus. That’s ok too, life isn’t always razorsharp, isn’t it?

A photo a day in black and white

Space and beyond

As a kid I wanted to be an astronaut (yes, that’s the reason I always draw these space-things). Then I went to highschool and discovered you actually had to be great at science, physics and mathematics. Yikes. Another dream down the drain.

Thank god for people like André Kuipers to give people like me the next best thing, the opportunity to see space through his eyes. This video NASA made from the photographs he and his colleagues made just gives me the goosebumps everytime. And my favorite bits aren’t even seeing the polar lights or comet Lovejoy, but seeing the earth with parts of the ISS, like you’re actually sitting in the spacestation yourself. Amazing!

This song is currently on repeat since I decided to join this year’s NaNoWriMo to practise my writing again. What better subject to write about than space? Well, it’s not really about space, but about a man who thinks he’s an astronaut. I mean, why not? We all have dreams, don’t we? What’s was your childhood dream?