Yes, it’s been a while since I posted on the blog. I’ve been active on social media but to be completely honest with you: I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with SFFTE. What direction I want to take with my blog, […]
I’m a firm believer of a clean desk policy. I’m one of those people that cleans her desk before starting to work on it, and the things that are on my desk are either useful (e.g. notebooks, pens, etc), decorative in a clean, minimal way or at least structured. You can call me a neurotic – I fully admit being one – but even the things that are on my desk wile I’m working are neatly ordered. Clean desk, clean mind, lots of space left for creative input, ideas and thoughts. This applies for my office desk, but even more for my workspace at home. I love working from home – I think I’m even more productive when I working from home actually – but always keep the following in mind when it comes to my desk/workspace:
I want my workspace to be filled with daylight. I’m lucky to have a desk space next to the window in the current office I work (with a view on the canals of Amsterdam, humble brag) and my workspace at home is filled with white walls that look even whiter because of the large window that lets the sun come in perfectly.
Like I just said: all the clutter needs to go. Of course my house isn’t always super super tidy, but as soon as I’m going to sit down to get some work down – I hardly ever work from the couch or bed – I want the entire area to be reputable first.
Creating a cosy atmosphere can be done pretty easily by lighting a scented candle. I’m picky when it comes to scented candles, but recently found out that you don’t necessarily need to pick the super expensive ones to still have a nice smell in your home. The one in the picture is a sandal wood-ish one I found at de Home department of our Swedish retailer for only €7,95.
The whole point of having a work space at home, is giving it a feeling of actually being home, right? So as much as I love to play advocate of clean desks, I don’t want this space to be plain boring. That’s why I decorate it like I would decorate every other space: lots of white, slightly edgy details like skulls, cactuses and wired steel. I found this awesome rose gold lamp and white skull on OTTO and couldn’t be more excited about the way they immediately ‘fix’ my workspace. We used to have an extremely boring light hanging above this table and we were thinking about ways to make that white wall more interesting, so voilà.
So now I’m curious: what does your work space look like? And does that resemble your current workspace? What would you like to see differently? And not unimportant: how do you like mine? ;)
In this fourth article for the Happy Thoughts section I’m going to give you guys the occasional update of random things that make me happy. Because you know.. they’re happy thoughts for a reason. This can be anything, literally anything, from personal stuff to something that […]
I could have started this post by saying I’m not a firm believer of new year’s resolutions. Not because I think there’s something wrong with them in general, but mostly because I fully believe in the fact that if you’re not satisfied with something, you can change that at any time. You don’t need a new year to start working on your goals, right? But I found myself reminiscing the past year lately and looking back and looking forward to me are never two entirely seperate things. I can’t think about the past – successes or things I would have done differently – without thinking about solutions on how to accomplish these things (again, or better) in the near future. Re-solutions, so to speak. So here I am, writing down my new year’s resolutions. Only three of them, but I think that these are three things that are challenging enough for now, so here we go:
1. Deep cleanse.
I already started this last month, but I really, REALLY want to shrink my wardrobe. I’ll probably never be the girl with a small rack of clothes and 2 pairs of shoes to wear, but the amount of clothes, shoes, jackets and other *&^%$ I currently own is insane. Every now and then I donate bags full of clothes to charity, friends or family, but for the new year I’m thinking about organising a huge closet sale, perhaps together with some fellow bloggers, and drastically scale down that wardrobe. I even thought of starting to live by the ‘rules’ of the 5 piece French Wardrobe system, but I already know this is not something I will persevere in – given the amount of stuff I also receive for collaborations with brands etc -, so I’d rather not set a goal that’s not reasonable. The system might be a good idea to keep in mind when sorting out my wardrobe: what kinds of things might need a replacement (black skinny jeans, a grey pair pair of trousers, a navy thin knit, just to name a few)? What kinds of things actually do add something to my cleaned-out wardrobe? What’s is the cost per wear of some really awesome items I already own, but somehow never wear? Would it be better to sell them too? All in all: deep wardrobe cleanse, stay tuned.
2. Get back into my work-out routine.
I’ve always been a sporty type, and I can’t remember not feeling good about getting sweaty every now and then. From the moment I could hold a ball properly (I was 4 years old..) I played korfball. Let’s call it the Dutch equivalent of basketball, to keep it simple ;). Not a single day went by without spending time on the fields (at its peak I trained and played matches 6-8 times a week). Besides that I’ve tried many other sports, like fitness, rugby, swimming, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, spinning and running.
To be honest, I never found a type of sport I liked doing as much as playing korfball (I practised it for 20 years), so when I decided to quit playing it (no time, I moved, didn’t find a club I really liked, etc) I found myself trying all new sort of things. All very nice, but all without a purpose. Not that I’m always looking for a purpose (to be honest: sometimes the ‘health-bloggers-world freaks me out from time to time, but that’s a whole other story), but I want to find my love for sports again. I don’t want to go out for a run because I feel obliged to run 10km within 48 minutes. I don’t want to drag myself on that spinning bike because I can count how many calories I lost by spending 50 of my life on that thing afterwards, and I certainly don’t want to compare myself to all the ab-picture-posting chicks on Instagram. I just want to rekindle my love for sports because I used to enjoy them so much.
3. Spend time with people who matter the most.
Juggling a full-time job, a business and all the things that come with these two jobs, don’t necessarily leave much time to spend on the people that matter the most to me: my love, my family and my close friends. Friends come and go, that’s super normal, but I really cherish the few friends that tend to stick around. The ones that are always there for you when you need them and the ones you’re always there for when they need you (interesting sentence ;)). I feel lucky to be able to say I have a bunch of amazing friends – some of them I’ve known for years already, others stepped into my life more recently, but that doesn’t mean they’re less important to me-, but I’ve also come to the frightening conclusion that sometimes your ‘friends’ aren’t more than just acquaintances. Sometimes friendships mean different things to each and everyone of us, and that’s ok, but I just want to be more aware of that given fact. Real friends know they are your friends, right? For 2016 I decided to start focusing on people who wanted nothing but my time. Time we can spend together.
Tell me, can you relate? Any new year’s resolutions yourself?