Author: Merel

July 16-31: Eat To Live // Food

How healthy we are, both physically and mentally, all starts with food. Right? You are what you eat. I’m a bit late with this post, but since it’s an important topic, I post it anyway. I wholeheartedly believe that food is the main cause of many of our modern (mostly Western) diseases: cancer, heart disease, auto-immune diseases, and even Read More

How I’m Going to Make Myself Happier in the Second Half of 2019

Half of 2019 is gone and I’m not happier. Quite the contrary. But that has nothing to do with my Happiness Project, because my Happiness Project actually did make me happier, the first three months of the year. After that, I allowed life to happen, and the project fell down the ladder of priorities. Now Read More

Home

I never thought I’d say this, because I felt alien for a long time.The language was different, so I didn’t understand. The sun shone brightly, but I only knew rain.The music was made for dancing, but I had no idea how.There was just one highway, but no bicycle lanes.It made me feel lost. I never Read More

March: Think Big // Work

I’m suuuperlate with writing this blogpost, but I’m posting it anyway. In line with last month’s topic of money, March has been all about work-work-work-work-work. I run my own creative business, which I love, but takes heaps of time for little money. And I work as a freelance text editor, which helps pay the bills and Read More

Budgeting and Tracking Expenses // Daily Habits

To reach my goal of becoming financially independent, February (and the rest of the year, obvs) was dedicated to spending wisely. In order to start doing so, the most urgent smart goal on my list was to find a way to make tracking expenses easy and fun. So easy and fun, in fact, that I can Read More

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Learning Spanish // January Review

2019 has been off to a good start. I decided to start the year with one of the most practical of my goals: Learning Spanish. It consisted of the straight-forward resolutions of taking classes, doing my homework, and making some additional efforts on a daily basis. Executing these resolutions take quite a chunk of time Read More

Stretch Goals, Smart Goals, and Daily Habits

Last year (doesn’t it still feel funny to say that?) I stopped reading fiction and instead, spent my time on books about personal growth, self care, business, psychology, productivity… about happiness, in short. One topic that is touched upon in almost all of these books is goal-setting. And the authors pretty much all agree about Read More

February: Spend Wisely // Money

It’s almost February, so it’s time to introduce the resolutions that go with my Second Commandment: Spend Wisely (find my Twelve Commandments for 2019 here). The topic of money is one I’m burning to tackle as quickly as possible. If it weren’t for my lousy Spanish, it would’ve been the topic for January. This is not Read More

Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge // Book Club

Every month, I try to read a book related to the theme of the month. January, however, is dedicated to Learning Spanish. But reading a Spanish book seemed a little too ambitious. Therefore, I decided to take the opportunity to read a book I expected to be, in another way, very relevant for January, the Read More

Learn 10 New Words a Day // Daily Habits

Happy 2019 everyone! Hopefully you haven’t fallen off the bandwagon with your New Year’s resolutions already. If you did, read on, because jumping back on may be easier than you think. Because I admit, I finished Jeff Olson’s The Slight Edge (this month’s Book Club book) already quite some time before the new year started. I just Read More

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