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Sunshine Blogger Award

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On January 27th, 2018, I was nominated by Sarah Michelle for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I have been blogging for a while but never took things too serious. I’ve started to take blogging more serious again after a break and BAM! I got nominated! So Sarah Michelle, thank you so much for recognizing my blog and nominate me. Also, because of this nomination I discovered new bloggers! It is great to discover new talent! So go and check out the blogs of the people I nominated!
Sarah Michelle added questions in her nomination and I answer the questions below:

1 Who do you look up to the most? (Can be a famous person or even a family member)
I look up to successful people in general. One moment it can be Selena Gomez, the other moment lily Collins or Zoella or J.K. Rowling. Name it. I am just in some sort of awe when it comes to their dedication and ‘luck’ in their life. I love to read about how they didn’t give up or reached their goal. It’s just so inspiring. I don’t have one role model I have as much as possible.

2 If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would love to visit LA. I don’t know what it is, but all the photo’s I see on Instagram are gorgeous. So I would love to go and visit LA.  

3 What is your most favourite T.V. show? (Can be on Netflix, Hulu, or it can be one that they don’t make/show anymore)
again, I don’t really have one. I used to watch Teen Wolf for years but that show is over now. I LOVED the short series Alias Grace. It changes all the time. As soon as I start something I’m hooked. Then it’s over and I’m on to the next obsession.

4 What was your most favourite movie growing up?
Narnia. Such a magical story.

5 How did your blogging journey begin and is it what you thought it would be?
It started a while ago. When I started my study journalism, me and 2 friends created a blog. We stopped after a while because they didn’t want to continue. So I started my own blog. I’ve been blogging for 3 years now. I think it is harder than I thought it would be; coming up with content and trying to make good pictures. But I still enjoy it. It is my hobby after all!

6 What is your biggest pet peeve about people or anything?
I can’t stand it when I hear someone eating or loudly breathing.  Misophonia…

7 Who made you believe in yourself and pushed you to your best growing up?
My mom, dad, brother and sisters. They are the most supportive and loving people. Without them my life would have been so different and I would have been such a teeny tiny girl afraid to do what I love. They support me through everything and give me advice!

8 When did you know for sure that you wanted to start blogging?
When my friends stopped with our shared blog I didn’t want to stop. I had much more ideas. I was always reading blogs and finding inspiration and trying to create something new. I just couldn’t stop!

9 Did you enjoy high school, or no?
We don’t have high school like in America. In the Netherlands the school system is very different. I wish I had the high school dances and everything I always see in the movies. It looks awesome! (That’s all I know about high school.)

10 Is there a career that you want to go in, in the future or just continue blogging?
At the moment I’m trying to graduate and hopefully finding a new job. (Not specifically journalism. Just something that crosses my path.) I think I will keep on blogging because it’s my hobby. If I can make money out of blogging, that would be amazing!

11 Who is your celebrity crush and why you like him/her so much?
I’ve two crushes:
1. Logan Lerman. That guy is so talented and beautiful. And he’s in my favourite movie: The perks of being a wallflower. The way he acts as Charlie is the Charlie I imagined when I read the book. His other movies are also really good and I just enjoy watching him ;) playing different personalities.
2. Selena Gomez. She is so talented and gorgeous. I still am in love with her song ‘who says’. It helped me when I was younger. And the rest of her music is just perfect and I also love her acting in movies!

Now it is time for the Nominees to write their post for the Sunshine Blogger Award! There are just a couple little rules that you will have to follow though and those rules include:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and a link back to their blog! 
Answer the 11 questions they asked you! 
Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write 11 new questions for them
List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post/blog! 
1 Why did you start blogging?
2 What’s the weirdest thing someone said to you?
3 What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
4 Is there something you can’t live without?
5 If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
6 What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
7 What is your favourite book and why?
8 What is the best childhood memory you have?
9 What is your hometown famous for?
10 What was your dream job when you were younger?
11 If you had to dye your hair, what colour would you choose and why?
 

Story Time

Story time: Valentine Fail

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 I want to share a little embarrassing story about my one and only valentine fail when I was – I think - 10 years old! A trip down memory lane... Enjoy!

Photo by Maira Gallardo on Unsplash
It was Valentine’s Day! And when I was 10 years old it all started in school with the ‘boyfriends’ and ‘love’. So everyone in my class was very excited. We had some couples in our class and we knew some people had crushes on others. So we all wanted to know what presents were bought. 

I’ve always been a bit scared of boys when I was little. They were always so rough and yelling and I was a very shy girl, unless you knew me. And I just didn’t like boys. So I wasn’t crushing on anyone.

And on Valentine’s Day I went to my seat and saw a heart shaped lollypop on my table. I can remember that I was really scared when I found that present on my table… And my best friend came to her seat and saw it too and looked at me -with this sneaky smile I will never forget- and said out loud: “Who gave you a present?” I was too scared to say anything about it and of course we both wanted to know who gave it to me. I don’t know exactly what I was thinking, but I know for sure that I was panicking. Everybody was looking at me... Panic all over.

Then a guy came over and told us: “Oh I messed up your seats. It was meant for your friend and not for you, Ri.” I don’t remember the rest of what happened, I don’t even remember who the guy was... I couldn’t find the story in one of my old journals so sadly I can’t tell you more. But this is what I remembered and it kind of sucks. I think this is my very first memory of Valentine’s Day. A heart attack on Valentine’s Day…

I just wanted to tell you this story, because I think it’s kind of funny. While I wrote this down I’ve been smiling all the time! Such a funny memory of Little Me.

I hope you have a better memory of your first Valentine’s Day ever!

Xx Rianne

diary

An Unexpected Journey in Salzburg

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I had kind of a situation going on. I had made a booking mistake. I visited my friend for 8 days, would leave Wagrein on day 8 to go to Salzburg. Spent the night there in a hotel room and catch my flight on day 9. But it turned out my flight was on day 10. Oops…


So I had a whole day and night extra. So instead of choosing a hotel, I went for a hostel. I googled for a little while and found this cheaper hostel with a shared room.

I thought I would never survive those two days in Salzburg. I was thinking about a scary situation of me being in sleeping room, alone, with a pervert or more perverts or something like that.So when I checked in I was trembling and wishing, hoping and telling myself that everything would be fine. But I couldn’t fool myself. I was so NERVOUS. I went to my room and… No one was there. I was alone. So I choose the best bed – of course- and started to unpack.


Then I heard the door open and a guy (E.) walked in. We unpacked our bags and started to talk for a little while. Then we went to MacDonald’s, went back and still nobody else had arrived yet. Perfect, I thought, I know E. a little and he’s very kind and as long as there are no others coming in this room I think I’ll survive. Around 10 pm another Dude came in huffing and puffing as if he had the most terrible life ever. He kept huffing and puffing until he fell asleep. He did not really talk at all. And I thought that I could actually deal with this and fell asleep.

The next day when I was ready to go explore Salzburg I thought it would be nice to ask if E. had any plans yet. E. hadn’t, so we went out together and we’ve been exploring Salzburg the whole day like we’ve been friends for ever. It’s really funny to see how two strangers can become friends. We tried to find the old part of the city and walked in the snow for a while. We also visited the castle, which was beautiful! The only sad thing was, because of the snow and fog, we didn’t have the promising view everyone talked about. But still, take a look at this picture. It’s something of a view right?


When we got home 3 others had arrived and the room was full. We didn’t really talk to each other because of the language barrier. And then it was time to sleep again. Full confidence I laid in my bed,set my alarm on three different times because I was scared that if I slept through one alarm I would miss my flight. Well, it turned out I didn’t needed those alarms.

The whole night two people had been snoring. Louder than I’ve ever heard. One person is bad enough already. But this was two persons. At the SAME time. It was like a competition. One snore was louder than the other. So I woke up around midnight and didn’t sleep the whole night. And when the snoring finally wasn't that loud anymore I fell asleep. But then Dude woke up and turned on the light in our room at 6am to grab his bags. So I was wide awake by then. I was so annoyed that I got up as well and left earlier than planned and left to go on the airport.

Little demons in the Dom of Salzburg
But I never thought I could do this. Walking around in a strange city alone, with a stranger by my side. But I did it. I thought I would be awkward. Because that's who I've been for the past few years. But I learned so much… I dealt with things I thought I couldn’t deal with. Thanks to therapy in the past few months and especially thanks to my mom for always believing in me and my always supportive sisters. They called me the moment I realised my booking mistake. They talked me through all the demons I was seeing for these two nights in Salzburg.

And now I feel so strong. I always thought I was this awkward and weird person. I believed the things that people told me years ago. But this adventurous holiday has been proven me that I can survive and that I’m stronger than I could ever think I was!

That’s the best feeling in the world!

Xx Rianne

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