Monday, October 31, 2016

Year club weekend in Amsterdam


These past few days I've taken some time to catch up with a lot of my To-Dos, besides taking some well-needed rest. These days that I had to myself certainly paid off: I feel re-energized and ready to take on the world again! I also got to do a lot of overdue photo-editing, including the photos seen in this article. And during the entire weekend I was also doing a big computer files back-up, and now almost all of my files are in my new cloud station! Something I should have done much earlier...Alas, at least I'm almost exclusively working with Mac now!! I've been using two laptops for a long time because my Macbook didn't have enough storage memory, while my Windows didn't have enough working memory. The result: I was using my Windows laptop for photo-editing even though it would continuously shut down in the middle! Not to mention that I regularly carried two laptops around. Now that I got a cloud station to store all my photos in, I can finally edit on my Macbook and get rid of the old and slow Windows one (I'm sorry Windows, but after all those years I got to admit: Macbook is a lot more pleasant to work with!). Although this is a good solution, it's not ideal: my cloud is like an external hard drive when on  the home network, but a cloud (much like dropbox) when away, which means that when away, I can indeed always access my files but only use them (which means edit them!) by first downloading them to my Mac....which is the exact thing I was trying to avoid: having those files on my Mac! (I know this may seem obvious, but I wasn't aware of this as I was told differently at the store) I'm trying to get around this problem by downloading and saving those files to an actual external hard drive, but that doesn't solve the problem that the downloading is incredibly slow....Some people say we're living in the perfect age: we know a world as it was without internet, and we know the advantages of internet as well. But I think this also means we're living in a "transitional phase", and so we have to deal with things as slow loading, slow internet, errors, and other things that are not optimized yet...but probably will be in the future. Well I shouldn't complain, at least I am able to make use of the wonders of the internet, AND I'm able to use my Mac for photo editing from now on!! (I'm just really panicky about my photo storing so I would love everything to work the way I want it to)

Alright, so the past weekend I also got to edit the photos I took during our very first year club weekend (read more about my year club here). We spent some days in our capital, and we were lucky to be able to stay at someone's apartment for those days as the owner wouldn't be there anyways. We went to "city beach" Blijburg, had dinner at awesome hotspots (about which I will write more another time), visited the Amsterdam Sex Museum (which is not so impressive for a country as The Netherlands, but I think that it must be very impressive/shocking to people from countries were sex is more of a taboo), danced all night at Disco Dolly, walked around the beautiful city of Amsterdam, and spent some time with each other at the apartment where we stayed. 

I found that I took a lot of pictures of one of my year club mates, Merith, as she happens to be very photogenic, something you can obviously tell from the pictures above: consequently, she happens to be in all pictures in which a single person can be seen (except for the close-ups of the hair bun and the ice cream, those are parts of my year club mate named Lise). I like last two pictures as in there Merith seems to be the happiest living person on earth, and she may be. I mean, being photogenic like that while at the same time being an A+ medical student make good predictors for happiness I suppose. Not to mention that she has the most amazing people for a year club!!


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Saturday, October 29, 2016

A FEW THINGS


Here’s a little chitchat. Just some personal stuff that I’d like to get of my chest and share with you guys. As I thought it would be best to get rid off it all at once, I dumped it all in this one big chitchat-post. How exciting.

I DO A LOT OF POSTING LATELY
If you’ve been following me for a while, you might have noticed that I’ve been posting more often than I did before. And this is absolutely not because I force myself to post because I feel pressured that I must post something – anything! – for other people but myself. The actual reason I’ve been posting every other day lately is because my rather extensive “To Post ” ideas-list that is frightening me. It’s SO LONG. It comes very close to a never-ending To Do-list that’s breathing down my neck. I feel a terrible need to make it shorter and this only seems possible to start posting a lot off that list, yet the list doesn’t seem to slink – but at least I think I’ve stopped it from growing. Thankfully I know I won’t be out of inspiration for the next year or so.
Another reason that I need to finish my damn topic-idea-list: the longer I postpone a post idea, either the idea becomes out-dated, or I slowly loose motivation to work on the post and postpone it even more. Like, when I just did something exciting, for example a city trip, I can’t wait to edit the photos and fling it into the world, but usually after a trip I have other stuff to catch up with before I can start editing so the postponing sets off.
I also would love my posts to be more simultaneous with my actual life so it’s more relevant (to me mostly, because you guys usually don’t know when I did something I write, like I can say I’m writing this today but I might have written this last week and you guys won’t even know unless I’m writing about making snow angels when it’s mid-July). But usually my older ideas come first as I’m a sucker for chronological order and I don’t want those ideas to get any more old news. Though I do make a lot of exceptions for topics that are particular current for that day, or topics that I’m exceptionally excited about.

I CAN’T STOP MYSELF FROM SKIPPING FROM LIFE STAGE TO LIFE STAGE LIKE A RABBIT WHILE AT THE SAME TIME I’M DREADING GETTING OLDER
Weeewww, so from blog issues I’m just gonna go on to my an-almost-twentysomethings crisis! Sometimes I just want to smack myself and be like “staph it, are you being for real? you’re doing it again.” Doing what? Mostly focusing on the next stage in life while I’m in the middle of the current stage. It’s what I’ve always done, but I thought this was normal as I was a kid and all kids want to be someone older, right? But now I feel like this is getting weird. I’ve always been much focused on the future. As a kid I literally almost always asked my parents at the dinner table (when at a restaurant somewhere) if we could please talk about the future (which meant mostly mine, as my parents were having their future already, in my eyes). I didn’t like talking about stuff that happened in the past, I liked talking about stuff that hadn’t even happened yet so the outcome was still discussable. I loved planning it all out, dreaming away about the things life would hold for me, discussing with my parents what my plans were (they changed frequently) and discuss with them how to achieve these most quickly.
In 3rd grade, I longed to be in high school, because high schoolers were the coolest people on earth in my eyes by the time. At the age of nine I actually assigned MYSELF homework and pretended I was having homework for my high school classes just like true high schoolers have. I wanted a mobile flip phone and braces, and I even had a homework planner for all the homework we didn’t have in 3rd grade.
By the time I was in 9th grade, I came to realize there was something better and more fun than high school: college. To me college meant two things: no more class (I liked to work on my school work on my own pace) and moving out the parents’ house, to a tiny room in the city centre. Absolute freedom! It would be the very best years of my life. But no, here I am, secretly wishing college were over so real life could start. I caught myself dreaming about life after college, when I would start my own business, be financially independent, travel the world, have more money to spend, buy a house, have kids and cats and a Mercedes – most of all because I have the unrealistic expectation that after college I have the time, money and independence to do those things that I truly love to do.
I often have to call myself to consciousness, and remind myself that my thoughts are unrealistic, and that I shouldn’t want to start working already until 67 and likely even older, and that I’ll never have as much freedom and fun as now. I got some taste of the after-college life when I was having dinner with a whole group of labour market newbies, having their first job, planning on buying their first house but not even thinking about extending the family yet. People who were planning on moving to a random city because of a job offer, leaving behind all their friends and family and basically start all over. I don’t like the idea of everyone moving away, or worrying about a job you get (not want) and considering if you should move if you get the job. In a few years, everyone will be focused on their own job and husband an possible children, befriending mothers from your children’s friends, then going from day to day in pretty much the same way, mostly working or raising your children, until they move out and you realize that much of the choices we get in life have already been made - and perhaps this will be the time that looking back is much more comfortable to me than looking forward.
These thoughts made me realize that whenever college is over, there won’t be much time (or money) to do a lot of the fun things you can do and learn while you’re in college. I’ve always loved to learn and there is so much I still want to learn, but there are only a few years to take all the extra classes I’d like to do for free. Many of the fun parties, friends meet-ups, traveling the entire country for free, skipping class to go on a city trip without having to take off from work, et cetera, et cetera. Maybe this is not true for everyone, but those people are probably the lucky ones who don’t have to work much but still earn enough money to spend in their free time (or the ones who marry rich).
Then I try to convince myself that being a college alumni is not as fun as it seems, and especially not more fun than being an undergraduate. Now I’ve found the solution to solve this inner conflict: I’m attempting to delay my graduation with one year, in order to be able to do some other stuff besides my psychology major (as psychology is not my first choice work field, but it was the one major that offers good employment opportunities, that at the same time interests me, so that if I fail terribly in all the other stuff I would love to do more but that would most likely pay me way worse, I still have this major as a backup), some of those things that I truly love to do. Most of those things will probably be very helpful in the future for if I decide to take the risk to follow my dreams and ditch the field of psychology. The downside of this: the more I do those extracurricular activities that I like so much, the more I loose interest in my major (but perhaps this is also partly because majors at universities are so theoretical that it is hard to get into it when you already have this gut feeling that you’re not gonna use any of it in your future career anyways).

I LOGGED IN TO MY OLD BLOG ACCOUNT AND GOT SHOCKED
I had decided that it was time to take down the stuff that I posted from December 2011 to April 2014 on my former blog, so I logged back in to my old account and literally got shocked by its stats. This is largely this old blog had in the fourth month of its existence as many views as this one had in almost a year! When I was younger I never looked so much at the stats, so I only just discovered that I got a lot of views back then (at least a lot more than I do now). Besides I discovered that I had published as many posts in 3 years as I did in one year so far!
What else shocked me: most of the girls that I “knew” from blogging at my old blog back then, either deleted their blog or didn’t post anything after 2012 to 2014. Some even posted an emotional “final post” to say goodbye and explain why they were quitting (some complaining that their views were dropping so they didn’t enjoy blogging as much anymore – which sounds strange to me because I would rather blog for one view, which would be my mom’s, than to not blog at all). Anyhow, reading those goodbye-posts gave me the chills. Imagine I opened blog after blog and saw a goodbye-post on every page, almost like a dozen of suicide notes, in which its writers told the blogger’s world they were gonna leave it. It almost felt as if they had died indeed. Pure horror!

WHEN I COMMENT ON YOUR BLOGPOST IT’S USUALLY AT NIGHT
So recently I have given up trying to force myself into a socially accepted sleeping schedule, and committed to my biological inner clock. I hated going to sleep early at night when my mind is at its best (like now! It’s past midnight and I’m totally typing too many words on my weblog) and so loosing a lot of potentially creative inspiration and possible brilliant thoughts, and waking up early and feeling horrible! Besides, I don’t wake up from anything (except my mom, who spend at least half an hour waking me for every day of my high school years). You can set a thousand alarms, slap me, scream in my ear, open my eyes, jump on me, splash me with water – I won’t notice a thing. And even if I would, I would be back asleep a minute later, unable to stop myself from falling. Plus I felt terribly disappointed when I missed another alarm and woke up 2 hours late. So I decided I was not gonna do that anymore. I don’t plan appointments in the morning very often, so that wouldn’t be a problem. From then on I would stay up until I felt tired, and get up whenever I woke. Ever since I hardly feel sleepy during the day any longer – and I get more stuff done because I work a lot more efficiently late at night! What sucks about this (this I like to call a sleeping disorder because my boyfriend doesn’t believe that I can’t get out of bed because I’m still asleep, he thinks I’m lacking motivation, but how would I know if I have motivation or not while I’m still asleep? He’s probably only saying that because he’s the one suffering from it most – he finds it hard to go to sleep when he knows I’m still awake and he hates having to wake me up because I’m unable to do so by myself!) is that I will have to accept that I will probably get fired at every 8-to-5 job in the future….so I pray to find a nice working-from-home job with a lot of deadlines so I can work whenever it suits me best.

I’VE BEEN HAVING A LOT OF VAGUE SYMPTOMS RECENTLY AND THEY CAN’T FIND ANYTHING BUT GOOGLE TELLS ME I’M DYING
This is really a point of frustration to me. I usually have a very busy-bee type of life so I really hate it when my physical condition is stopping me from what I want to do. Like 6 weeks ago I started having weird symptoms every day or every other day that kept changing almost every week, so the symptoms became even more vague. Like the first weeks I started having a weird type of headaches that I would describe as a short, stabbing pain for a few seconds only in a specific but varying spot in my head, that came back more often each time. I also experienced dizziness, a lack of energy (not in a I-need-more-sleep kind of way, but more in a I-don’t-feel-like-moving-a-single-limb-right-now kind of way) and depressed feelings. Then the nature of the headaches started to change, and they felt more like a pressing helmet on my head, a more general headache that seemed to be present in my entire head. Later it would feel more like dull brain freezes. I felt nauseous a couple of times, I was seeing black spots in front of my eyes sometimes, once I saw blurry for a portion of my right-eye-sight. Last week I started having “normal” headaches, the ones you have once in a while when you’re tired or on your period or having the flue. Then I caught a cold, started to have sore throat and swollen glands in my neck. And for all those days I was having symptoms, I have a general feeling of “not feeling well”. Though there were a few days I was feeling perfectly fine. Also most symptoms started in the afternoon and were gone at the end of the evening.
Was it Pfeiffer’s disease? No, I had that three years ago and you can’t get it twice. Is it the cytomegalovirus? (It’s basically Pfeiffer’s disease but it’s caused by something else) No, they tested my blood on that and didn’t find anything. They tested me on my sight and my blood pressure and they tested my blood on glucose, my liver, reins, infections, viruses - but didn’t find anything! Is it stress? That would be strange, as I have not be this un-stressed since 9th grade! Is it a lack of veggies and fruits? Maybe, but I eat veggie-rich meals each night and my boyfriend forces me to drink a cup of his homemade fruit shake each day (he goes: “do you want a shake”. “no”. “do you want to taste it at least?” “sure” *takes sip of his cup* *finishes entire shake* boyfriend: “that’s what I thought. I will get you some more.” *boyfriend feels proud of his fruit shake*). Vitamin B12 deficiency? Most definitely not, I eat so much meat I’m a disgrace for the animal kingdom. Is it a lack of physical exercise? Possibly. Not that I get less now than I did before, but I’m physically pretty lazy, I can’t deny. But the thing is: How is someone who lacks energy going to move more? I hate physical exercise so if I feel energized at some point I would rather put that energy in something I like to do, like writing this post. SO WHAT COULD THIS BE? I actually don’t really care what it is, but I do want to know how to get rid of it – because it’s keeping me from my life that I’m trying to live here and I’m terribly getting behind on my schedule because of this bull crap. I’m really dysfunctioning! Where I would have my days filled with a lot of stuff that I had but liked to do, I was now laying in my bed for the entire day at some days, watching Netflix, something that I almost never do by myself. Hoping this will soon be over, not just for me but also for my doctor who my mom has been calling continuously, even though it’s pretty clear the man has no clue.

Chitchat closed.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

L00K: Pink



Hey y'all!!! For those of you who didn't realize, those glasses are fake! They used to be sunglasses but all I've got left now is the frame...but I actually like them better this way! And I'm just loving my new outfit! I got both the see-through-ish turtleneck and tulle skirt from Zara (these past couple of weeks I've been shopping plenty of new items at Zara, they're just having a lot of cute things lately!) Never knew pink on pink could look this good! These long type of skirts usually don't look good on me, the short-legged little person I am, but my cork wedges are the perfect solution (So sorry I didn't paint my toenails....I know it looks ratchet, my friends like to tell me all the time! But even if I would care for painted toenails I would f*ck up anyhow, I really suck at painting my own nails! I feel like a boy). I now realize that tulle skirts are amazing! They are beautiful, they make you look great without much effort, and of all looks, they make your outfit come closest to a princess's! I finished my look with a large-sized ring in pretty much the same colour as my T-shirt (the other, small and silver ring is not worth mentioning as I'm wearing it every single day so it has basically become part of my body), two bracelets (I know one has a mint greenish colour, but it looks alright, weird isn't it?) and a pair of double pearl earrings (Thai night market catch!). I've been super excited to share this look with you (I know it's already late but I've been busy doing life) so I'd like to know what you think of this pinky look! Let me know ;-)

Thanks to my mom for taking the photos!


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

MEN'S FASHION: classy wool = cool



Last week Mitchell took me out shopping with him for a winter coat, as he hoped to both please me and himself: we tend to differ in what he likes to wear and what I like to see him wearing at times. His style is surprisingly fashionable, or at least he has an above average interest in fashion for men, or maybe he's just very vain and too worried about his looks....Although annoying sometimes, vain is a characteristic some guys will benefit from when adopting it. I would describe his style as innovative, trendy, tough, often rather long T-shirts and usually a lot of zippers (this sounds way more punk-ish than it's supposed to be). Most of the time I like his clothing, but now and then he's considering buying something so utterly disgusting that I beg the Lord that he may abandon the idea. 

What I most like on guys is anything as classy as can get. To the point of British men. Even men in the 50s. In my opinion it doesn't get any manlier than that, and what's sexier than men who dress like men? I love them wearing woolen jumpers on cotton shirts, and sometimes I love those woolen jumpers even in a hipster-kinda way, but my man would unfortunately never ever wear those, simply because he doesn't even come close to being a hipster! I can live with that though. When it comes to classy clothing, I know he secretly likes it on him but he needs a little push in that direction. He often rejects my suggestions on something classier at first, but when I say "oh please put it on! I just want to see it on you, you don't have to buy it if you don't like it!" he would put it on (protesting under his breath) and then you would see him looking at himself in the fitting room mirror with mild surprise, slowly admitting that it does indeed look good on him. So, through this way, he's been mixing up his original style with a classier and more mature one, something I'm only happy to encourage!

So it's no wonder that I was pleading for a trench coat or something alike when we were discussing potential winter coats for the upcoming season. But the trench coat belt disgusted him. I was worried that he would rather buy something too similar to his last winter coat, one that had faux fur around the hood, something that we both agreed on was rather ugly. So when we went shopping, he did indeed try on some similar coats (without faux fur, thank god) that were only slightly better, but I didn't say so, as when he likes something, he doesn't really care about my opinion anyways. Thankfully he wasn't very fond of those coats either, so we moved on to some other stores, and eventually ended up at H&M, where I got him to try on this woolen coat, saying "Look, David Beckham is wearing the same one" while pointing at the campaign picture on the shelf. Must have been very convincing. He did like the coat on him and liked it even more as it was the cheapest one we had seen so far, something very decisive to my money-concerned boyfriend. So he went with it! And we were both very pleased.


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Autumn and People in Amsterdam


Last week I was in Amsterdam for a (free!) photography course that I had signed up for, and as it was mostly a practical course, all of us were in the streets after only 10 minutes of class. After some quick says on the technical part of photography, we mainly practiced composition, movement and photographing people. The teacher was more like a "practice a bit and just ask if you need help" kinda teacher so I didn't learn too much new stuff, but it was fun to photograph around a bit. Here's the result.

Walking around in Amsterdam makes me feel astonished about the variety of people in the world. In this city all kinds of people, cultures and ethnicities are mixed up and living together in a beautiful capital. When looking more closely at these people when photographing, I wonder about their different stories and their lives, their hopes and dreams and histories.  People are small, and indistinguishable from a crowd like ants most of the time. We look at other people we don't personally know much in the same way as we look at those ants. They are just creatures with no personal background of importance filling up the earth like film extras. That's what I love about photographing people: it's like highlighting one person in a crowd, making this person in the picture important for an instant. Suddenly we realize this specific person has had a life full of all kinds  of events, a complicated personality, opinions, believes, desires. Although a photo alone doesn't hold any facts about all these things, we can think of them in our own way, which is most importantly: that they are thought of.

I love photographing people, but I love photographing lifeless objects and details as well. Photographing doesn't only make you look closer to people, it also makes you notice details you wouldn't have noticed otherwise. I know the world is so much more than us human notice in our daily lives as our build-in filter filters out a lot of the details surrounding us, so I like that photographing forces you to pay a closer look at your surroundings. Besides, when scanning a photo that you took afterwards, you may notice even more details.

I may want to say that I like the world better through a camera. Some people say that sometimes you need to put away your camera and look at the world through your very own eyes, but I believe photography is a way that may enrich the way you're seeing the world. A photographer may see things other people don't. At least I know that I do see things differently when I'm walking around with my camera, looking for beautiful things and happenings to photograph. But perhaps this is only because I tend to look at my feet when walking around with no camera in my hand.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Grand Afternoon Tea @ Bridges Amsterdam


At the end of summer, my mom and I had a High Tea afternoon together (it was my belated Mother's Day gift to her) at the Bridges restaurant in Amsterdam. As the weather was bright but mild that day, we could sit in their courtyard garden. Even though Bridges is located in the middle of busy and crowded Amsterdam, when stepping into this courtyard it was hard to imagine that behind those buildings honking cars and chattering crowds could be heard all the time - the inner garden was calming and peaceful, perfect for some tea-drinking and delicacies eating.

Bridges' "Grand Afternoon Tea" consists out of several courses, each with a different type of matching tea (several tea varieties from exotic corners of the earth from Newby Teas). At first the amuses were served: poached egg with crème fraîche and salmon caviar, and an oriental bonbon made of watermelon, served with wasabi) - and our expectations were elevated. Then an étagère was put in front of us, every level containing a different type of culinary delights, supposed to be consumed from top to bottom:
  • A selection of crostini
    • Crostini with cold smoked mackerel and tomato
    • Crostini with Dutch shrimps, cocktail sauce and garniture of Granny Smith
    • Crostini with smoked eel with cream of basil
    • Crostini with smoked salmon with Cicon pearls and furikake (Japanese seasoning)
  • Warm classic and raisin scones from their own bakery served with marmelade, Devonshire clotted cream and lemon curd
  • Delicate desserts: a selection of hand made pastries (apricot and rosemary square)
It was a delicious afternoon! 


I love hanging out with my mom! She's not only my mom, but she's my best friend as well! So I was happy to share this high tea with her. But I guess high tea at Bridges would be perfect for an afternoon with friends or even a work meeting as well. And not only when the weather is nice: inside the restaurant it looked just as neat!

Would you like to have a High Tea at Bridges?

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Monday, October 17, 2016

L00K: From Thailand, With Love


I'm obsessed with these pants that I bought at a Bangkok night market last summer! It was our last night in Thailand and we decided to do some souvenir shopping and get rid of our lasts Baht before we had to leave, when my eye caught these happy and comfy pants on a display mannequin hanging above a market stall. I fell in love right away. After talking to the vendor for a lil bit, I left very pleased with these pants in a plastic bag, and only a couple of euros less in my pockets. 

When I first thought of bringing a pair of cheap pants from Thailand, I had imagined myself in some very backpacker-ish pair of fishermans pants, and never did I think that a pair of cheap Thai market pants could be this classy! I like them a lot when combined with a pair of black heels like these that I borrowed from my mom. Oh, and who thought that one-size clothing in Thailand means small-sized is wrong - these pants would be on my ankles if my mom hadn't solved the problem with a safety pin!

I'm slowly making progress on editing the over 3K pictures that I took in Thailand, so those won't be up here until later. I was glad to be finished with my Hong Kong pictures last month so I took an well-needed editing break after that, and now I don't want to rush through my Thailand ones either. Though I'm very content with some photos that I took so far, so I will most definitely share them with you some time!


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

5 female TV/movie characters who have my dream jobs


While pursuing your career goals and following your dreams in life, you may want to keep in mind other girl bosses who have already reached these or similar goals, to help you focus on yours. Even if these inspiring women are only fictional - no one ever said that what helps you keep going on should be real. Here's a list of 5 fictional successful business women who's jobs are rather enviable, and set an example to me. 


Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada
In The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestly is the editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine called "Runway". Even though the demanding Miranda Priestly does appear to be a rather horrible person to work for, it also does become clear that Runway owes its success largely to her. Her way of running the magazine may not appear pleasant for the rest of the crew, but perhaps it's what makes the magazine the largest of its kind. Of course her way of carrying out her job is not what makes her such an inspiration, but the position she has and the business she runs do. Even more since we all know that the character of Miranda Priestly was made up by a woman who used to work for and possibly got inspired by American Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, someone who has the same success at the real life Vogue as Miranda Priestly has at Runway (and who is one of my biggest inspirations alive) - so perhaps this source of inspiration is not so fictional after all.


Jules Ostin in The Intern
It seems like a dream: Jules Ostin (I imagine her to be still quite young but very successful) decides to start a clothing webshop called "About the Fit", and in only a couple of months it becomes a huge business that keeps on growing. They move into an old factory that is turned into a beautiful, modern, industrial-styled office, that is really just one open space so everyone can easily work together in a laid-back atmosphere which is probably part of the reason for the business' success. Jules Ostin is the head of all this, and even though her workaholic schedule is crazily packed (but manageable thanks to her stay-at-home-dad husband), she loves what she does and I'm pretty sure that's another reason for their success. Both her workaholic spirit, her love for what she does, and the way she runs her business are truly inspirational. 


Chloe, Sasha, Jade and Yasmin from the Bratz TV-show
I loved watching these TV-series! I thought Chloe, Sasha, Jade and Yasmin were so cool back in the days. They were just four high school girls and best friends, who had their own teen fashion magazine called "Bratz Magazine", and all four of them contributed to a particular part of the magazine: Chloe wrote about beauty and had an advice column, Sasha wrote about music, Jade about fashion, and Yasmin about all kinds of interesting and important topics. Watching these series might have be the point at which I became interested into the magazine world. Running your own fashion magazine seemed pretty easy in the Bratz TV-show. But at the time, I was more attracted to the clothes the Bratz girls were wearing in the show, and it inspired me for my fashion designs that I drew in my "Create your TOPmodel coloring book" back then.


True Jackson from the True Jackson, VP TV-show
True Jackson is a 15-years-old who is hired by fashion designer Max Madigan to be the vice-president of the youth apparel department at his fashion company "Mad Style". Being a fashion designer is one thing, but being a fashion designer at the age of 15 while still being in high school, is another. I love it how Mr. Madigan immediately sees the talent that True Jackson has, and trusting his own judgement, makes her his VP right away. I always liked the idea of powerful people seeing talent in someone, for example, in the streets, and giving that person a chance, much in the way True Jackson got from Mr. Madigan. True Jackson took her chance, got a job that millions would love to have, and became largely successful in what she does. 


Jenna Rink in 13 going on 30
13 going on 30 is one of those movies that I watched too often but that never get old. In this movie, Jenna Rink hates being 13 and desperately wishes to be 30, and that wish happens to come true: one morning Jenna wakes up to find herself as a 30-years-old, and 17 years forward in time. The 30-years-old version of Jenna happens to work at "Poise", a magazine that was her favorite when she was 13 years old. Working for your favorite magazine seems like a dream come true. But Jenna soon finds out that Poise is in trouble, largely because of her, although she can't remember any of that. Jenna decides to fix it all, and, with her 13-years-old's spirit, she comes up with some fresh ideas for the magazine. A proof that when you are stuck, you need to look at something from a different perspective. The things Jenna did when carrying out her ideas for the magazine have left its imprint on me ever since, and it's why I think her job must be great.


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