Last month I joined the most challenging diet that I have ever tried: A Plastic Diet. The goal was to reduce single-use plastics during 30 days. This diet made me realized the amount of plastic we use in our everyday life. Plastic is a big problem to the environment, it ends up in landfills, is regularly eaten by numerous marine and land animals, to fatal consequences. It does not biodegrade. Ever. It just sits and accumulates in landfills and in the oceans forever.
It might be difficult to stop using plastic from one day to the other, but little by little it is possible. Here are some plastic products that I stopped buying:
1. Plastic bags Even though I have reusable bags at home, occasionally if I forgot a bag, I would accept one when I go to a shop. Now I am more aware of this so I always leave one reusable bag in a pocket of my purse so I always have one with me.
2. Plastic bottles I have a reusable glass bottle that I take with me everywhere. It is more delicate than a plastic one, but I haven’t found any inconvenience yet. I even find it easy to clean and I like that the bottle doesn’t get a bad smell like plastic bottles do. When I happen to forget my bottle and I have to go to the supermarket, I discovered that there are some juices that come in a glass bottle. I opt to buy those instead of a drink that comes in a plastic bottle. Also when I go out to eat or to the movies, I only take drinks that come in glass bottles.
3. Plastic straws
I stopped buying straws a long time ago, but this one was hard for me when going out for dinner or lunch. I constantly kept on forgetting to asks drinks without a straw. I guess it happened so much that now I learned from it and it´s becoming part of my “ordering food” routine to add “Can I please have my drink without a straw – Thank You!”.
4. Plastic toothbrush I made this switch a couple of months ago and I´m happy to see bamboo toothbrushes becoming trendy. I bought mine at the “Natur Winkel” in Amersfoort, but you can also get one at Waar, Eko Plaza, Holland & Barret and at Blur.
5. Bread in plastic Some supermarkets have paper bags where you can put the bread. Otherwise, you can get a cotton bag and bring it with you when you go grocery shopping. There are some unpacked loafs of bread that you can put in your cotton bag. I ordered mine here.
6. Fruits and vegetables in plastic In mostly all supermarkets you can find some fruits and vegetables without plastic. The ones that you can not find without plastic, you can find at the fruits and vegetable shop. Here in The Netherlands I go to the Fruit Company and bring my own reusable bags. Most of their products are plastic-free.
7. Rice, pasta and dried food in plastic When you to the supermarket, look for the products you want in a carton box. Most of the supermarkets have options without plastic.The products you can not find plastic-free, try then going to the closest bulk shop. I go to De Nieuwe Graanschuur.
During the past month, I became more aware of plastic, it is really everywhere. The list above is just some little things I started changing and my goal is to reduce every month a little bit more my usage of plastic. The past month I also had some plastic waste that I couldn’t avoid. I like to eat corn, quinoa and rice waffles, and these are hard to find in a paper package. Also occasionally I bought chips and candy and they only come in plastic. I also ordered food once, and got only plastic. In these situations, I felt a little bit bad, but I also realized that I am starting a process and I need more time and experience to have a plastic-free lifestyle. See the reasons why I wanted to start this diet here.
I hope you get inspired to and see how easy it is to make some little changes that have a big impact on our environment.
Diets have always been in the back of my head. I had done some but never succeeded in keeping up… After watching the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” I decided that it was time for me to start dieting again. This time I need to go on a Plastic Diet. I am committed doing my best to keep it up because I´m not only helping myself but the environment as well. Here are some facts for you to see what I am talking about:
– Plastic is the number one source of pollution in the ocean. It is harmful to the environment because it does not degrade; instead, it breaks down into smaller pieces called microplastic and they never disappear. It poses a significant health threat to the various creatures, and to the entire marine ecosystem.
– Over one million seabirds and one hundred thousand sea mammals are killed by ocean pollution each year. Three hundred thousand dolphins die each year as a result of becoming entangled in discarded fishing nets, among other items.
– Even though the trash and waste dumped into the ocean are released hundreds of miles away from land, it still washes up on beaches and coastal areas and affects everything in between.
– Plastic debris can absorb toxic chemicals from ocean pollution. Small animals at the bottom of food chain absorb the chemicals as part of their food. Then these are eaten by larger animals that again increases the concentration of chemicals. Animals at the top of the hierarchy of food chain have contamination levels millions of times higher than the water in which they live. Therefore people get contaminated by eating fish and seafood.
– There is an island full of garbage inside the Pacific Ocean: The North Pacific Gyre. This is the largest oceanic garbage site in the entire world. There, the number of floating plastic pieces outnumbers total marine life six to one.
The more I read about it, the more I got convinced of reduce my use of plastic. On my research, I found some bloggers that already promote a life without plastic. I am lucky enough to live in the same city as Nicky and Jessie; zero-waste bloggers from the blog www.emmajohn.nl. I visited Jessie in her zero-waste office to ask her for some tips. To my surprise, she in combination with her organization ‘Opgemärkt’, is hosting a plastic diet event during the whole month July. They are going to give tips, host talks, and different kind of events where we can learn more about a low to zero waste lifestyle.
To prepare for the diet, Jessie gave me tips and showed me some products that I can get in order to get started. I have listed them out for you:
1. Bamboo toothbrush
This toothbrush is made out of bamboo and the brush is BPA-free. The package is made out of recycled cardboard. This brush is vegan, cruelty-free, and fairly produced. The price is €3,99.
Dental tablets are meant to wash your teeth the same way toothpaste does. They are free of preservatives, aluminum, and micro-plastics. Available with and without fluoride. How to use it? Chew a tablet and wet your toothbrush well. Brush your teeth as usual. The 100 grams package has 300 pieces and it last around 3 months. The price is €12,95
3. Bread bag
This bag is made out of 100% organic cotton. The dimensions are: 31 × 47 cm and it´s suitable to store any kind of bread (also good to freeze it). Check out the FAQ of this product on this page. Price per piece: €5.95 or 3 for €16.95
4. Washable make-up pads
These pads are made of biological cotton with a GOTS certification (which means that this product is fairly made and the cultivation and production of the cotton are made without pesticides). The pads have two sides: a smooth side and a side with more structure to clean up your face better. These makeup pads are washable. The price for 5 pieces is €11,95 and it comes in a cotton bag that you can reuse as a laundry bag. 🙂
5. Reusable coffee cup
Every year, 100 billion coffee cups are thrown away. You can reduce that number by getting your own to-go coffee cup. Every time you buy coffee on-the-go you can kindly give your cup instead of the to-go ones. The cup is made out of bamboo and the lid is made out of non-toxic food-grade silicone. The price is €10,99
6. Menstrual cup
If you still don´t use it I encourage you to order one now! Read all about it and my experience with it HERE.
You can find all these products at the webshop Bag-again.nl and by using the code: plasticdieet2017 you will get an extra goodie with the order.
If you feel inspired and want to start the diet with me, you can register HERE and you will get everyday tips and tricks on how to live a zero-waste life.
Follow Nicky and Jessie HERE to get even more tips from their experienced zero waste lifestyle.
Are you brave enough to join me? Let me know in comments below,
Blur is a new storyteller store located in Amersfoort. Rianne and Sanne started the shop with the mission of bringing sustainable product makers together. I have the pleasure to join their mission and since last month I started working in the shop.
On this favorites series, I am showing you my top 5 favorite products of the month: June
1. Candles poured in recycle wine bottles by Munio Candela
These candles are poured in wine bottles collected from restaurants. The ingredients are all-natural making it non-toxic! They use vegetable wax that comes from the oil of soybeans and is scent with natural fragrances like dry flowers. The packaging is from recycled unbleached cardboard. Once the candle is is empty, you can reuse the container as a glass or a vase. The candles are made in Latvia.
2. Hair brushes made out of responsible wood
Evo makes professional brushes and combs for all hair types, styles, and lengths. The brushes are made of wood from well-managed forests and natural rubber. The bristles are from nylon, ionic pins or from wild boar hair. (This last one is not vegan). The “Conrad”. “Tyler” and “Bruce” brushes are not vegan, but all the rest is. These brushes help towards hair growth, adds shine, cleans hair and among other benefits, it helps to spread the natural oils through the hair. This is great if you are a no-pooer ;). Evo is a brand from the UK.
3. Juulry: Jewelry made in Amsterdam
The minimalistic necklaces are made by an Amsterdamer woman name Juul Evers. This series above is made with marble and the chains are made of brass with a layer of gold. Juul makes also another kind of minimalistic necklaces and earrings but this marble series is my favorite.
4. Bags made out of vegan leather
Denise Roobol is a fashion designer from Rotterdam. She makes high-quality bags using high-tech vegan materials coming from the surroundings of Hong Kong, an area that has the lead in developing high-quality vegan materials. By the usage of this new material, she encourages others that it is definitely possible to have fashionable vegan products. I am currently saving for the “Day & Night” bag in the sand color.
5. 100% natural shampoo bar
This block of soap is a natural alternative to regular shampoo. The soap is handmade and takes about as long as two bottles of shampoo. Since last year I am a No Pooer. I wrote about it here and here. I use natural shampoos and avoid these two ingredients: SLS and SLES. If you are new to the no poo, your scalp needs some time to get used to this shampoo alternative and might feel greasy on the top the first few times, it will all disappear with the time and your hair will start looking amazing.
I hope you like my selection of products and if you are ever in Amersfoort, come by and say hello! The address is Mooierstraat 18 3811 EB.
See you soon?
“Q: What is creativity?
A: The relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration.”
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
When I was a little girl, I secretly used to play with my mother´s make-up, clothes and shoes. There were no better toys for me than in the closet of my mom. The years passed by and my love for fashion and make-up only grew stronger. But after I finished high school, I had to choose for a ‘real’ carreer. Fashion was left out of my professional path but never out of my mind. It has been a couple years ago when I decided to so something with that passion of mine, and that´s how I started this blog. This came along with some struggles and lots of fear. Fear of being too old, not good enough, not stylish enough and so on and on. My mind always finds reasons not to do this, but fortunately my love for fashion wins the battle every time. I am still on this journey, some periods are easier than others. To keep my mind fit I like to read books about this topics. During a recent travel I read the book ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ – by Elisabeth Gilbert (You might know her from the book Eat, Pray, Love). While reading it I highlighted my favourite quotes and here they are:
1. “Are you considering becoming a creative person? Too late, you already are one. To even call somebody “a creative person” is almost laughably redundant; creativity is the hallmark of our species. We have the sense for it; we have the curiosity for it; we have the opposable thumbs for it; we have the rhythm for it; we have the language and the excitement and the innate connection to divinity for it.
If you’re alive, you’re a creative person. You and I and everyone you know is descended from tens of thousands of years of makers. Decorators, thinkers, storytellers, dancers, explorers, fiddlers, drummers, builders, growers, problem-solvers, and embellishers–these are our common ancestors.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
2. “Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
3. “You’re not required to save the world with your creativity. Your art not only doesn’t have to be original, in other words, it also doesn’t have to be important.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
4. “Recognizing that people’s reactions don’t belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest – as politely as you possibly can – that they go make their own fucking art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
5. “I made a decision a long time ago that if I want creativity in my life – and I do – then I will have to make space for fear, too.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
6. “Dearest Fear: Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip together. I understand you’ll be joining us, because you always do. I acknowledge that you believe you have an important job to do in my life, and that you take your job seriously. Apparently your job is to induce complete panic whenever I’m about to do anything interesting—and, may I say, you are superb at your job. So by all means, keep doing your job, if you feel you must. But I will also be doing my job on this road trip, which is to work hard and stay focused. And Creativity will be doing its job, which is to remain stimulating and inspiring. There’s plenty of room in this vehicle for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand this: Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions along the way.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
7. “Perfectionism is a particularly evil lure for women, who, I believe, hold themselves to an even higher standard of performance than do men. There are many reasons why women’s voices and visions are not more widely represented today in creative fields… …Too many women still seem to believe that they are not allowed to put themselves forward at all, until both they and their work are perfect and beyond criticism. ― Elizabeth Gilbert
8. “Pure creativity is something better than a necessity; it´s a gift. Our creativity is a wild and unexpected bonus from the universe. It´s as if all our gods and angels gathered together and said, “It´s tough down here as human being, we know. Here – have some delights.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
9. “It starts by forgetting about perfect. The writer Rebecca Solnit puts it well: “So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else because the perfect is not only the enemy of the good; it’s also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun… The most evil trick about perfectionism, though, is that it disguises itself as a virtue.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
10. “Take your insecurities and your fears and hold them upside down by their ankles and shake yourself free of all your cumbersome ideas about what your require in order to become creatively legitimate.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
11. “Quit your complaining. It´s not the world´s fault that you wanted to be an artist. It´s not the world´s job to enjoy the films you make, and it´s certainly not the world´s obligation to pay for your dreams. Nobody wants to hear it. Steal a camara if you must, but stop whining ang get back to work” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
12. “You can resist the seductions of grandiosity, blame, and shame. You can support other people in their creative efforts, acknowledging the truth that there’s plenty of room for everyone. You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
13. “As Manson writes with profound wisdom: “Everything sucks, some of the time.” You just have to decide what sort of suckage you’re willing to deal with. So the question is not so much “What are you passionate about?” The question is “What are you passionate enough about that you can endure the most disagreeable aspects of the work?” Manson explains it this way: “If you want to be a professional artist, but you aren’t willing to see your work rejected hundreds, if not thousands, of times, then you’re done before you start. If you want to be a hotshot court lawyer, but can’t stand the eighty-hour workweeks, then I’ve got bad news for you.” Because if you love and want something enough—whatever it is—then you don’t really mind eating the shit sandwich that comes with it.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
14. “We all spend our twenties and thirties trying so hard to be perfect, because we’re so worried about what people will think of us. Then we get into our forties and fifties, and we finally start to be free, because we decide that we don’t give a damn what anyone thinks of us. But you won’t be completely free until you reach your sixties and seventies, when you finally realize this liberating truth—nobody was ever thinking about you, anyhow.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
15. “The essential ingredients for creativity remain exactly the same for everybody: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust—and those elements are universally accessible. Which does not mean that creative living is always easy; it merely means that creative living is always possible.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
16. “Let people have their opinions. More than that–let people love their opinions, just as you and I are in love with ours. But never delude yourself into believing that you require someone else’s blessing (or even their comprehension) in order to make your own creative work. And always remember that people’s judgments about you are none of your business.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
17. “Genetic randomness had already determined how much talent I’d been allotted, and destiny’s randomness would account for my share of luck. The only piece I had any control over was my discipline. Recognizing that, it seemed like the best plan would be to work my ass off. That was the only card I had to play, so I played it hard.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
18. “Author Martha Beck says of the ego, “Don’t leave home without it.” But do not let your ego totally run the show, or it will shut down the show. Your ego is a wonderful servant, but it’s a terrible master—because the only thing your ego ever wants is reward, reward, and more reward. And since there’s never enough reward to satisfy, your ego will always be disappointed. Left unmanaged, that kind of disappointment will rot you from the inside out. An unchecked ego is what the Buddhists call “a hungry ghost”—forever famished, eternally howling with need and greed. Some version of that hunger dwells within all of us. We all have that lunatic presence, living deep within our guts, that refuses to ever be satisfied with anything. I have it, you have it, we all have it. My saving grace is this, though: I know that I am not only an ego; I am also a soul. And I know that my soul doesn’t care a whit about reward or failure.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
19. “So whenever that brittle voice of dissatisfaction emerges within me, I can say “Ah, my ego! There you are, old friend!” It’s the same thing when I’m being criticized and I notice myself reaching with outrage, heartache, or defensiveness. It’s just my ego, flaring up and testing its power. In such circumstances, I have learned to watch my heated emotions carefully, but I try not to take them too seriously, because I know that it’s merely my ego that has been wounded–never my soul.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
20. “Anyhow, what else are you going to do with your time here on earth—not make things? Not do interesting stuff? Not follow your love and your curiosity?” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
21. “You are worthy, dear one, regardless of the outcome. You will keep making your work, regardless of the outcome. You will keep sharing your work, regardless of the outcome. You were born to create, regardless of the outcome. You will never lose trust in the creative process, even when you don’t understand the outcome.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
22. “I have a friend, an aspiring musician, whose sister said to her one day, quite reasonably, “What happens if you never get anything out of this? What happens if you pursue your passion forever, but success never comes? How will you feel then, having wasted your entire life for nothing?” My friend, with equal reason, replied, “If you can’t see what I’m already getting out of this, then I’ll never be able to explain it to you.” When it’s for love, you will always do it anyhow.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
I hope you enjoy them and get inspired to read the whole book.
Did you already read the book? How did you like it? Leave the comments below!
P.S. You can buy the book in Dutch HERE (Big Magic – De kunst van creatief leven) or in English HERE.
Since I started to be more conscious about fashion, I get a lot of questions about where to shop in Amersfoort, the city I live in. I did my research and found three Dutch brands that do a good job towards a sustainable way of producing clothes. This is what I found out.
Expresso is a Dutch fashion brand with a sustainable and social responsibility mission. The brand is committed to a socially responsible production and ensures good working conditions in the factories, sustainable materials and they donate to charities and social initiatives. On their website they give you this tips about how to maintain your clothes longer:
You don’t always need to wash your clothes after you wore it. Sometimes
you just need to hang them out in the fresh air and that is enough.
Use an eco-friendly detergent. Check on the packaging for the EU Ecolabel.
If your clothes are not so dirty, you can wash them at 30°.
Air dry your clothes instead of using a drying machine.
Instead of throwing away clothes, donate them to an organization that makes other people happy with it. Or they might recycle it.
When you are in the Langestraat you definitely have to stop by at this shop and check out their collection. The address is Langestraat 22 3811 AG Amersfoort
The price range is between €24,- and €200,-.
Read more about Expresso and sustainability here (in Dutch)
This picture shows the fitting room. They have a pinkish tropical wallpaper. #inlove
2. Anna van Toor
Anna van Toor is a Dutch fashion brand for women. They are a socially responsible company that cares for the environment. Since February 2013 Anna van Toor is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation.
The address is Langestraat 83 3811 AC Amersfoort
The price range is between €50,- and €200,-.
Please note that Anna van Toor also sells other brands that are not proven to be sustainable. The brand that is proven is the house brand “Anna” and “Anna Blue”.
Read more about Anna van Toor and sustainability here (in Dutch).
The Dutch brand Vanilia designs and produces high-quality clothes for women. With the establishment of Vanilia, more than twenty years ago, a private studio was set up in Turkey’s Cappadocia. Vanilia has always been responsible for the entire production and welfare of all employees and invests in good working conditions and secure workspaces. Vanilia is also a member of the Fair Wear Foundation.
Next time you go shopping in the Langestraat stop by and check their collection and the beautiful location.
The address is Langestraat 9 3811 AA Amersfoort.
The price range is between €15,- and €300,-.
WAAR is a cute Dutch gift shop that sells fairtrade, organic, eco-friendly and ethical products. From fashion and home accessories to food and books, all their products are sustainably made in one way or another. Today I show you three of the products they sell: Here they are:
1. Keep Leaf Reusable Baggie This bag is the perfect alternative to plastic sandwich bag (boterham zakjes). It is made from 100% cotton and it has a waterproof liner inside which keeps the food fresh. The bag has a velcro closure and it is very easy to care: you can hand wash it or put in the dishwasher. This baggie is ideal for sandwiches, snacks and more food items. For me it´s really handy, because since I am vegan I like to make sure that I have enough snacks with me. In this little baggie you can fit in up to three sandwiches cut in halves. I brought carrots, peanuts and gummy bears in it as well. The bag does his job perfectly and it doesn’t take much space in your bag.
2. Seepje: The Detergent made from washnuts This sounds crazy right? But mother nature is so perfect that she gives us anything we need. The founders of Seepje, Jasper and Melvin, discovered it and started to sell this incredible product. They make natural laundry and cleaning products based on the washouts fruit from a tree of Nepal. Once the peel of the fruit gets in touch with water, it creates a form of soap. Seepje is not only responsible with the environment, they are busy to create a better living and working condition for the Nepalese farmers as well.
The price of the detergent in the picture below is €9,95. You can find it in The Netherlands at any WAAR shop, Albert Heijn, Holland & Barrett, Ekoplaza, Natuurwinkel, Marqt, Wereldwinkel and online.
3. Marcel´s Green Soap This brand is run by the Ducth entrepreneur Marcel. He makes soaps and household cleaning products that are environmentally friendly. His products smell good, do the cleaning job and are made from 100% natural ingredients. The soaps are made in a factory in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Marcel’s Green Soap uses 100% recycled plastic for the packaging. I tried the green dishwasher soap that smells like basil and I am very happy with it. It leaves the dishes clean and it smells great! In comparison with other soap, it doesn’t leave my hands dry. I also tried the purple hand soap that smells like lavender. As soon as I ran out I would get a new one. I loved it.
The price of the dishwasher and the hand soap is €3,49 each. You can find Marcel´s Green Soaps in The Netherlands at any WAAR shop, Holland & Barrett, Intratuin, Ekoplaza, Natuurwinkel, Marqt and online.
Next time you find yourself looking for a present, go to WAAR and give a sustainable unique gift. You can find WAAR in Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Amsterdam CS, Arnhem, Apeldoorn, Den Haag, Deventer, Eindhoven, Haarlem, Harderwijk, Leiden, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Nistelrode, Oud-Beijerland, Oosterhout, Rotterdam, Tilburg, Utrecht, Winterswijk and Zutphen.
WAAR Amersfoort Langestraat 56
WAAR Amersfoort Langestraat 56
WAAR Amersfoort Langestraat 56
Have you tried these products? Let me know your experiences in the comments below.
Going shopping to the charity shop is always an adventure. I never know what I might find, and this helps me to step out of my comfort zone and be creative with fashion.
The charity shop that I went is called “De Kringloop” and it´s located in Amersfoort, a city in The Netherlands. Today I am showing you what I bought the past month. To be honest, I picked up a bunch of stuff, but ended up leaving down some and tried to limit myself to four items.
The very first and best purchase is this brown jacket. I don’t own any brown jacket and never had tried a jacket like this before, but it was so warm and cozy I had to grab it.
Next I found this red, black and golden blazer. What I liked about this blazer the most is that it looks already cool by itself. It even somehow reminded me of Michael Jackson.
Then I got this green jacket which it´s a little to big for me but I can wear it with some layers underneath. I like the color of this jacket a lot! I love that it’s unusual piece. Most jackets are black and brown so this one will make me stand out from the crowd.
Final thing i bought is this pink blazer. The truth is that I had one just like this, but I gave it away because it didn’t look good anymore (I wore it a lot!). I was happy to see this one to replace my old one. I like to combine this blazer with a white t-shirt or with a stripes top.
And that’s all. Not too much, but to me this seemed like a great haul!
I hope that the next time you come across a charity shop, you go inside and see what treasures you might find!
P.S.: Check my Instagram feed here to see some outfits that I did with this items.
Lack of confidence is a topic that I am currently working on. Since I am more active on social media, I feel more aware of my insecurities. Every time I post a picture I am aware that people might criticize. And for some time, it affected me. That´s when I realized that I needed to work on my self-esteem.
I have some personal insecurities and one of them has to do with my smile. It took me years to accept the fact that I have big gums and little teeth, and for that many years I was ashamed of laughing to hard because then my gums would show… How crazy is that right? Just like this insecurity I have some other that I am currently working on. Thanks to my friend Laura, I started reading the book “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. This book was for me a life changing experience. While reading it I highlighted my favourite quotes and here they are:
1. “What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.” ― Jen Sincero
2. “You created the reality you now exist in with your thoughts, which means you can use the very same power of thought to change it.” ― Jen Sincero
3. “What you choose to focus on becomes your reality.” ― Jen Sincero
4. “You are responsible for what you say and do. You are not responsible for whether or not people freak out about it.” ― Jen Sincero
5. “Our greatest fears are the greatest waste of time.” ― Jen Sincero
6. “Comparison is the fastest way to take all the fun out of life.” ― Jen Sincero
7. “It’s just as easy to believe we’re awesome as it is to believe we’re giant sucking things.” ― Jen Sincero
8. “So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable.” ― Jen Sincero
9. “All that matters is what’s true for you, and if you can stay connected to that without straying, you will be a mighty superhero.” ― Jen Sincero
10. “We are so unbelievably blessed to have all the things we have, all the opportunities and ideas and people and tasks and interests and experiences and responsibilities – choosing to freak out about it all, rather than enjoying the living of our lives, is like throwing pearls before swine. Such a waste of such a glorious gift.” ― Jen Sincero
Picture by Marisa Elisa
Picture by Marisa Elisa
Picture by Marisa Elisa
Hello smiling Alisson. Hello to my gums and my little teeth! 🙂
11. “Holding on to my bad feelings about this is doing nothing but harming me, and everyone else, and preventing me from enjoying my life fully. I am an awesome person. I choose to enjoy my life. I choose to let this go.” ― Jen Sincero
12. “You need to go from wanting to change your life to deciding to change your life. If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you’ve to do things you’ve never done.” ― Jen Sincero
13. “Say nice things about your body, dress it up, and take it out. Give it hot sex, luxurious baths, and massages. Move it, stretch it, nourish it, hydrate it, pay attention to it—The better our bodies feel, the happier and more productive we are.” ― Jen Sincero
14. “There will never be anyone exactly like you. You were given special gifts and talents to share with the world, and even though everybody has special gifts and talents, nobody will use theirs quite the same way you do.” ― Jen Sincero
15. “Our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities.” ― Jen Sincero
16. “Follow what feels good in the moment, every moment, and it will lead you through a most excellent life.” ― Jen Sincero
17. “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. —Lao Tzu; ancient Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism, could have been one guy or a mythical compilation of many, nobody really knows for sure”” ― Jen Sincero
18. “You are loved. Massively. Ferociously. Unconditionally. The Universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are. It’s got you wrapped in a warm gorilla hug of adoration. It wants to give you everything you desire. It wants you to be happy. It wants you to see what it sees in you.” ― Jen Sincero
19. “Forgiveness is all about taking care of you, not the person you need to forgive. It’s about putting your desire to feel good before your desire to be right. It’s about taking responsibility for your own happiness instead of pretending it’s in somebody else’s hands. It’s about owning your power by giving all your anger, resentment, and hurt the heave-ho.” ― Jen Sincero
20. “You are a badass. You were one when you came screaming onto this planet and you are one now. The Universe wouldn’t have bothered with you otherwise. You can’t screw up so majorly that your badassery disappears. It is who you are. It’s who you always will be. It’s not up for negotiation.” ― Jen Sincero
I hope you enjoy them and get inspired to read the whole book.
Did you already read the book? How did you like it? Leave the comments below!
P.S. You can buy the book in NL HERE or in English HERE.
I can’t help but feel inspired when I watch powerful women own the stage during their TED talks. They all have an interesting story and are passionate to tell it.
To celebrate the International Women´s Day, here is a compilation of my personal favourite empowering talks by women.
1. The Benefits Of Failure by J.K. Rowling
At her Harvard commencement speech of 2008, ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling talks about our fear of succes. She offers her humble and powerful advice to dreamers and overachievers.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all— in which case, you fail by default.”
– J.K. Rowling
2. What Makes You Special? by Mariana Atencio
Mariana Atencio is a Venezuelan journalist. This talk touched me a lot, because since nine years I am an expat. I have lived in Germany and now I settle in The Netherlands. It´s been hard for me because I feel that I am “the different”. I found inspiration in Mariana´s speech and it motivates me to see life from a different perspective. It makes me understand that I am different, just like EVERYONE else is and that´s what makes us unique and special.
“The single thing everyone of us have in common is being human.” – Mariana Atencio
3. How To Live Passionately by Isabel Allende
Chilean author Isabel Allende give us some tips on how to have a wonderful, mindful life.
4. A Teen Just Trying To Figure It Out by Tavi Gevinson
Tavi Gevinson talks about modern feminism and empowerment for girls and young women.
“Women are complicated, women are multifaceted, not because women are crazy but because people are crazy and women happen to be people.” – Tavi Gevinson
5. It´s Time For Impulsive Journalism by María Paulina Baena
This last talk is in Spanish. By the fearless María Paulina Baena, a Colombian journalist who started a revolution with her video column “La Puya”.
I hope you enjoy them and get inspired by these powerful women.
Do you have a favourite video? Leave the link on the comments below!