All in Out and About

Sneak peek into shopping like a #girlboss

Oh goodness, last week I got my little sneak peek into being a #girlboss, as I had my first experience with a personal shopper! I always imagine #girlbosses and #powerwomen to have a stylist or personal shopper. Who will make sure they’ll always look fabulous, even though they won’t have the time to go shopping elaborately themselves. As for me I have always loved some parts of fashion, but it isn’t something that is at the top of mind in my daily life. I work in the infrastructure business, which means that clothing first and foremost needs to be comfortable, practical, neat, and according to safety standards (on those days I visit construction project sites). I do my best to look cute, but that isn’t my main priority. Therefore, with two big events in the Young Talent Award competition coming up, I was really grateful to get some help from a professional shopper. Curious to know how the shopping spree went? Make sure to read on!

Why you need communication agility

Previously, we have zoomed in on our personal preferences from being introverted or extraverted. We’ve told you about how we deal with social environments and work schedules. Today we’re diving a little bit deeper and zoom into communication styles. If you’re interested in recognizing not only your own communication style but also from others, make sure to read on. This blogpost will assess the communication model from (Dutch) whitepaper Waarom begrijp je me niet? (translation: Why don’t you understand me?) by Brigitte Heldeweg, Gert van Grunsven and Manon Désar.

How to Make a Home Away From Home: Ashley

This Tuesday, Liona shared with you her tips to make a home away from home while traveling. I think I can say that I travel a lot and it, of course, takes a toll on my energy levels as well. However, I think if there is one thing that I can manage on the road it is probably feeling at home no matter where I am. There are few places in the world where I felt uncomfortable and was desperate to go home. I frequently catch myself saying that I am ready to go home while on duty trips or vacation, where I truly refer to the hotel room as "home". Today, I will share with you my tips for feeling at home basically anywhere. Just as a small disclaimer: I might just be a bit less affected by staying in a different place than you, so no promises.

How to Make a Home Away From Home: Liona

If there’s one thing I (and probably you too) love to do, it is to travel. While I enjoy traveling from one place to the next, it also takes quite its toll on your energy levels. For me, it takes a while before I am used to staying and sleeping in one place. Whenever I am feeling more at ease, that’s usually the time we’re already packing up for the next place. Leaving me with sleepless nights again. In September and October, I will be traveling for three weeks with a total of twelve different accommodations. This time, I thought I might pay some more attention to making a little home away from home and here are my tips.

Lessons to my seventeen-year-old self

In the period from June 2008 and June 2009 I was a seventeen-year-old teenager. In that period, I graduated from high school. I applied and got accepted at Delft University of Technology. I got to hug Pharrell Williams. I planned my first holiday with my friends. I was a bubbly and energetic teenage girl. I just came to the realization this is actually already ten years ago. While I have fond memories looking back, I also realize I (luckily) gained quite some knowledge over the past ten years that would have been valuable back then. This is what I would’ve loved to share about lessons to my younger self.

What we can learn from the Harry Potter series

Lately, I have been even more obsessed than usual with the Harry Potter series. Not sure whether it’s because I am loving reading the books again, or since it’s only two months until our trip to Universal Studios in Orlando where I can finally visit Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. While I am re-reading the entire series (yes, it’s that bad), I couldn’t help but write down the little lessons I learned from the series. The funny thing is that they can be translated into matters that are relevant in the current day and age. Therefore, I will be sharing the bits and bops of magic I have found with you, so make sure to read on.

My happy list 2.0

Oh man, it’s such a cliché, but time really does fly! We’re halfway through 2018 already! That means it’s time to evaluate the past six months and especially pay attention to the happy stuff, the stuff I am grateful for. I hope it will give you a little spark of joy thinking about your happy moments. In the meantime, here’s what on my happy list 2.0.

Managing oneself for #careerlions

The other day I was talking to a friend and asking him how he was doing lately. He answered with: “You know, always striving for greatness”. Where I responded with: “Aren’t we all?” Over the past few years I have seen all of my friends graduating and starting their adult life one by one. While I feel grateful for having the greatest friends around it also got me wondering with how everyone managed to be at the place they’re at and on their way to make their dreams happen. My conclusion? It all starts with Managing Oneself. In his little book – of only 57 pages – Peter F. Drucker revealed his secrets to one of life’s most important basics of managing your life. And today, I am revealing those secrets to you. Here are my three takeaways from the book.

Move into your meditation

I am a huge fan of meditation to calm my mind and get more clarity. Most days, I like to do my meditation in the mornings right after waking up. To guide me through my practice, I enjoy using apps like Headspace or Buddhify. However, lately, I have been feeling too restless to even sit down and practice a little bit of mindfulness for ten minutes. Instead of dreading this, I have been trying out an alternative: moving meditations!

What to do when you have a busy week ahead

This week’s blogpost is a little bit shorter than usual. Shorter, but not with less value. As it is quite the hectic week for me (just came back from a ski trip in Austria with work, playing nurse for my boyfriend who just had surgery and work business as usual), I figured I might not be the only one. As we say, sharing is caring, here are my tips to keep your head above the water if you have a busy week ahead.

How money buys happiness – The science of happier spending

The other day I was listening to a podcast with Arianna Huffington as a guest. She said something that sparked my interest: In today’s society, we have associated happiness with success and money instead of living a good life. This has resulted in people running around and burning out like crazy to try and earn as much money as possible, losing sight of other factors that are important for our happiness. But what if we do not only focus on the way that the cash flows into our bank accounts and look a bit into the way the cash flows out of our bank account. Would there be a relation to our happiness? In other words, let’s dig deeper into the concept of happier spending our hard-earned cash!

Romance testing for #careerlions

For the past year, I have been happily in love (to the point that I am getting sick of myself, believe me), but I wouldn’t be a true #careerlion if I wouldn’t attempt to rationalize and optimize even that (irrational and especially emotional) part of my life. Today I am carefully touching on a subject we rarely talk about on the blog, which is romantic relationships. Because, even though we know there are chemicals involved that cause the heart melting and nausea, there must be some elements that we can dig into a little bit deeper to improve mutual understanding or just put your (perceived) compatibility to the test. A little disclaimer: I am in no way a relationship or love expert (if anything, I lean on the awkward side of the spectrum) and in no way, claim to be an example girlfriend. I am just simply sharing some of my (fun) experiences that have to be read with a little grain of salt. For entertainment purposes only.