All in Out and About

Why you need some lavender in your life

Lavender is not only a great color, it is also an awesome (and quite underrated) herb. Today’s blogpost will dig into why it’s so great and offers tips to include some more lavender into your daily routines. Lavender is a strong scented plant with purple florals originating from the Mediterranean. Lavender is known for its natural healing purposes. Curious to know how this herb can help you optimize your performance? Make sure to read on!

Five things they don’t teach you in university

Oh yes, September has arrived. Some of you might just have started a new semester at university or college and some of you are working. In addition, some of you might be in the limbo space between the first two. For those in the last group, this blog post is dedicated to you. When I just started out with my first full-time job, there were a few things I wasn’t prepared for. Simply, because nobody tells you these in university or college. If you’re curious to know what I’ve learned and wish I would have known earlier, keep on reading!

How to Overcome Obstacles

The past year has been quite turbulent. Lots of happy stuff happened, but I also had to deal with a number of disappointments concerning my health. The latest one being my blood results that came back with some rather negative values. My go-to book, whenever I am disappointed, is Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle Is The Way.

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.