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29 before 30 – The Second Quarter Ploy

29 before 30 challenge - Plans for quarter two

For my 29 before 30 challenge I wanted to work on a quarterly basis. At the beginning of every quarter (going from the 24th to the 23th) I’ll post a list with goals I want to work on specifically in that quarter and at the end of every quarter I’ll give you an update. My second quarter started a couple of weeks ago, so it’s high time I shared my goals for the second part of my 29 before 30 challenge.

Ok, but before you can peek at my goals for this quarter, please take a second to appreciate the illustration I made! I spend two days in Illustrator for this baby and for once I’m fairly happy with what I created. The illustration is also the reason I’m late with these updates. #scaredtostartbecauseofexpectations #drempelvrees

29 before 30 challenge - Plans for quarter two

Now, let’s have a look at my goals for the next three months. I’ve tried being precise, using exact numbers where I could, because this makes actually reaching (or not reaching) easier. If you forgot what my complete 29 before 30 challenge looked like, you can find it here.

29 before 30 challenge - Plans for quarter two

  1. Ecological footprint: I still don’t feel like I’ve informed myself enough, but it’s also time I start taking action. So in the next three months I want to undertake at least 5 concrete steps to consume less. It might be changing all the light bulbs in my house to LED lamps or finally making the re-usable vegetable bags that have been on my to do list for ages.
  2. Lettering: I started with a #100dayalphabet challenge at the beginning of April, but after 20 days I fell of the boat. It’s time to get on again, because I need the daily practise! I also want to digitise five pieces of the 30 Day of Lettering challenge to sharpen my Illustrator skills.
  3. Illustration: In the illustration department I’m also going to be ambitious. I need to get over myself and make that damned cat family illustration. I also want to make the “29 before 30 – quarter 3” illustration before the start of the third quarter. 😉 Ah and create some more illustrations, although I’m not sure which topics I want to cover. Any ideas?
  4. Travel more: I’m going to visit Warsaw with my boyfriend and afterwards I really want to start planning another trip. It needs to be really low-budget though and I’m dreaming of Marrakesh, not sure we can do this for the real cheap.
  5. Garden: In the last year I think I went maybe twice in our garden. It’s a small, wet patch of mud surrounded by a concrete fence. At the moment, it’s completely overgrown (which I secretly like, because birds & bugs love this), but it would also be nice to be able to put, I don’t know, a hammock in there when the weather is nice. So, I’m going to make a plan, figure out which (native, bee loving) plants I need and start making it happen. Ditto for our balcony.
  6. Sewing: A couple of years ago (you can barely see it in the archives) I was really into sewing. I still have all the dresses, skirts and tops I made back then, because #quality. It’s been age though since I made something new, so I want to make a new dress from scratch
  7. Health: I’ve been doing the 5:2 diet for a while, but took a break for a few weeks. It’s time to get back at it though! I also want to do the 30 Day Shred and start doing yoga regularly. Anndd work on my self-esteem/hermit issues. Or at least start figuring out how I’m going to work on these.
  8. House: I started with a make-over of our entryway, which needs to be finished.  The hardest part is stripping the front door and painting it. Other than that it’s putting up decoration, which sometimes takes ages with us.
  9. Random: Finding a good breakfast spot in Ghent and finally making a video (of at least 3 minutes) are also on my list this quarter. Along with the usual “keeping up with reading, watching new series and seeing new movies”.
  10. Side-hustle: This is going to take a big chunk of my time, because I’m trying to set up a full time hustle. It’s scaring the shit out of me + makes me feel very lost, because this was not The Plan. So I’m going to design a collection for Studio Maddy and make a basic branding for that blog. I intend to release the first collection by the end of the quarter. This is also why I feel I need to be really ambitious with the lettering and illustration goals, because keeping the pressure on makes me more productive.

There you have it, my ambitious planning for this second quarter of my 29 before 30 challenge. I’m all good hopes and optimism at the moment, so we’ll see how this goes. Did you make some ambitious plans lately?

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29 before 30 – Looking back on quarter one

For my 29 before 30 list I wanted to work on a quarterly basis. At the beginning of every quarter (going from the 24th to the 23th) I’ll post a list with goals I want to work on specifically in that quarter and at the end of every quarter I’ll give you an update. Which makes this post ridiculously late.

If you’re unsure what I’m talking about, check my original 29 before 30 birthday list. You’ll find all my goals for this year in that blog post.

Looking back on quarter one

Those first three months of the year flew by! I can’t even, when I realise it’s already May (or worse: halfway May. Eep!). I didn’t get to all the things on my quarterly goal list, but I still made some good progress.

Ecological footprint

Shrinking my ecological footprint isn’t something I’ve been blogging about. I really wanted to a couple of times, but I always felt like I’m not doing enough yet and I’ve just been gathering knowledge on the topic. I did read De Groene Meisjes book, which didn’t really go into depth about anything, but did provide a couple of interesting sources I need to check out.

I also noticed I’m getting very conscious about the amount of waste we’re producing. Last time we went to Ikea we only picked up a couple of items, but the amount of plastic waste this created really made me cringe. So did the image of a turtle with a straw jammed up its nose when it popped into my mind the last time I wanted a straw in my drink. They’re not really reusable, so I’m never buying plastic straws again. I guess baby steps is the way to go here.

400+ pages book

I finished A Court of Thorns and Roses which is 421 pages long. Goal reached. I also started (but still need to finish, although I’m over the 400 pages point at this moment) A Court of Mist and Fury. I’m not sure about this series though. I was hooked, but then discovered this was going to be an 8 book series instead of a trilogy. I’m not sure there is enough world building for that.

Pull-ups

I did started weight lifting (got to 8kg) and then it fell flat. I always forgot about it when I’m at my desk, although actually doing a couple of lifts costs me no time at all. I’m also trying to get into the 30 Day Shred again, because all the muscle building exercises in there will surely help (and it’s something I actually need to do to keep my knees from hurting).

Illustration & hand lettering skills

I started a 100 Day Alphabet challenge for my lettering (+ did a 30 Day of Lettering Challenge in February) and made a couple of illustrations for drawing school. Not as many illustrations as I had hoped though.

Bookstagram

I started the bookstagram account, but getting into regularly publishing content is harder than I thought. I’m still buying books and I’m reading, so I’ve got content to share.

Yoga Revolution

I didn’t get into the Yoga Revolution. Yoga is one of those things I actually like doing, but never make time for. Booh.

Draw a family portrait

Didn’t draw the cat family portrait. Booh.

Radical Self Love

Didn’t start the Radical Self Love course. Also boo. I still reallllly want to do this as soon as possible though.

Make a video

I did make a video. It was quite short, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere. It’s in my 30 Days of Lettering wrap-up post.

30 posts on Plutomeisje.be // 16 posts on Studio Maddy

I just got to 30 posts on Plutomeisje (because April has been one big blogging slump, otherwise it would’ve been a breeze). I didn’t get to the 16 posts I wanted to write for Maddy. Seriously overshot myself there. I do have ideas, but actually writing them down seems to be hard for some reason.

More Instagram pictures

For a short while I did post more often on Instagram, but I’ve slumped again. Although I am taking way more pictures than before, thanks to my new(ish) point and shoot camera.  I always carry it in my bag and I love that I can make really decent pictures at any time. Only posting them online is something I find hard, especially coming up with decent captions. I did start using Instagram Stories a lot more. I find this more fun, because there’s little pressure about perfect shots and how your feed looks. You can post crappy shots, but still tell your story on the go.

More fun adventures

Yes to small adventures! I went on a blogger date with Kathleen in Brussels and asked an old school mate to go to Let’s Talk Design with me. Those are both things that are somewhat out of my comfort zone, but it was fun!

I also read one book from my unread shelves (I went to the library too many times), made my playlist for random dance parties and I finally watched Moana and Nocturnal Animals. And I just finished watching Stranger Things. Oh. Em. Gee. I can’t wait for season two to air!

I already feel this method is working better than the way I tried completing my goals last year. I only need to focus on a couple of small things at a time. And the list is right above my computer monitor. There is no escaping! Did you make a list of goals for this year? How are you faring?

Design & Illustration, Projects

30 Days of Lettering

In February I challenged myself to 30 Days of Lettering. I spend 15 minutes a day making quick sketches of a quote I picked in order to practise composition of words. It was the perfect 30 day challenge: not too hard and very informative. Curious to what I’ve been up to? Let’s take a peek in my sketchbook.

Ladies and gentleman, we have a video. I repeat: we have a video. Ok, it’s super short and I spent an insane amount of time editing this 30 sec video, but hot damn it, it’s done. Finished. And uploaded to the YouTubes. (This is the part where I applaud myself because it only took me a year to make my first YouTube video. Whew.)

Maybe the video was a bit too quick (but you can put it on repeat forever and for free ;)), so here are a couple of sketches I really like. As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I spend about 15 minutes a day (in bed most of the time) sketching out quotes I liked. To be honest, I probably spend more time deciding on which quote I wanted to do than on actually sketching. The goal was to practice composing words and to have a bunch of sketches by the end of the 30 days of lettering that I could digitise if I wanted to.

A page from my sketchbook during the 30 Days of Lettering challenge
A page from my sketchbook during the 30 Days of Lettering challenge
A page from my sketchbook during the 30 Days of Lettering challengeBy the end of the 30 days, I also started to itch to draw other things besides quotes. Still, I barely made time for this. Creating a habit of drawing daily is definitely something I need to work on.
A page from my sketchbook during the 30 Days of Lettering challenge
A page from my sketchbook during the 30 Days of Lettering challenge

In case you’re wondering what I meant by “to digitise” my sketches, here’s an example. This is the first quote I drew for this challenge after processing it through Illustrator. It’s the only quote I finished so far, but I had great fun doing it. I think it would be pretty awesome to have a collection of these.

30 Days of lettering - digitised version of one of the quotes

I hoped you liked my (embarrassingly) short video. Tell me, do you like the digitised quote? I’m always a bit nervous when I share personal work.

Blogging, Personal, Projects

40 days of blogging

I imagine the title doesn’t leave much to the imagination, so let’s get to the point. For the next 40 days I want to publish a blog post, every single day.

I didn’t got to this crazy idea by myself, it was something that popped up in the Meststoffen voor jouw Blog closed Facebook group. We were merrily talking and then suddenly decided that 40 days of blogging was an awesome idea. Which it is, but it’s also slightly overwhelming. You might also think we had a lot of preparation time, but nope, it was a bit of an impromptu decision.

What? Why 40 days of blogging?

March 1st is the beginning of lent in Catholic church. It didn’t hold much significance until a couple of years ago, when Dagen Zonder Vlees (40 Days without meat) popped up. Soon other challenges came along (no sugar, less waste,..) and I do belive the 40 days of lent are soon becoming the perfect time to challenge yourself. And that’s why today is the first days of 40 Days of Blogging.

What’s the plan?

I like to write long, extensive posts, with lots of pictures and way too many hours spend before hitting publish. There is no way I can keep up my normal pattern during these 40 days of blogging, so I want to experiment. Blog posts with only pictures, blog posts with a video in them, quick musings on my day instead of pondering things over.

#excitement

I’m really excited about these forty days as a way of experimenting with my blog. I’ve been in this blogging rut, where each post is hard work, for more than a year (maybe years?) now and although I’ve written a lot about switching things up, I don’t feel like I ever really did this. Before I thought of these 40 days as a way of experimenting with my blog (eg yesterday) I made a whole plan with a blog topic for every single day. Now I feel like those topics might be boring or too simple. If I really want to experiment I should probably let go of this “perfect” plan..

What do you think about 40 days of blogging? Crazy? Awesome? And what type of posts do you really like to read in other blogs? I don’t read that many blogs any more and I feel a bit out of the loop, so I’m looking for a bit of inspiration. 🙂

Projects, Tips

2016 photo album (and some quick tips to make your own)

Making a photo album for 2016 was one of my goals on my 28 in 28 list. It was one of the last things I finished of this list. Creating a photo album with pictures of a whole year is a bit of an undertaking, so let me guide you through my process (and show off some pictures of my shiny new photo album).

2016 photo album

Putting my photo album together took less effort than I had expected. I keep my photos sorted according to the month they’ve been taken, so it was easy for me to find everything and put it in a chronological order in the album.

I did some research before putting the album together and decided to use Pixum for printing my photo album because it had the cheapest printing options. I also used the software provided by Pixum to put the album together. I made a couple of layouts that I would re-use throughout the album and filled these with the pictures I wanted to use.

2016 photo book

When I figured out which pictures I wanted to use in the album I gathered them all in a new folder and started editing them in Photoshop. This was the longest and most boring part of creating the photo album, but in the end, I believe it was worth the extra hassle.

The extra hours I put into editing my photos were worth it because I absolutely love how the printed photo book looks. In the past, I once made my own photo book with Instagram pictures, but this photo book is something else.

2016 photo album

Apart from the city-trips I did with my boyfriend last year, I also added a lot of random (Instagram) pictures. When I’m flipping through the pages of the photo album I love seeing those, seemingly insignificant, pictures pop-up and remembering what they stand for. I also added some pictures from cool blogger events or challenges I did during the year.

As a finishing touch I also put in a lot of the tickets, flyers and other titbits I collected during the year. They make the photo book a bit bulkier, but now it’s even more an exploration when you flip through it. So yes, did I say I love this photo album? Because I absolutely do!

2016 photo album 2016 photo album

I’m already looking forward to creating my album for 2017 and who know, maybe I’ll finally start working on my album for our trip to Russia from a couple of years ago (1200 pictures to sift through, though).

2016 photo album

I hope you liked this quick view into my 2016 photo album. Do you still print pictures? Have you ever made a photo album?

Personal, Projects

29 before 30 – The plan for quarter one

The 29 before 30 Birthdaylist: my list of goals for quarter one
The 29 before 30 Birthdaylist: my list of goals for quarter one

For my 29 before 30 list I want to work on a quarterly basis. At the beginning of every quarter (going from the 24th to the 23th) I’ll post a list with goals I want to work on specifically in that quarter. This should keep me goals fresh on my mind all year long. It’ll help planning out everything and make my list feel less overwhelming. At least, that is the plan.

If you’re unsure what I’m talking about, check my original 29 before 30 birthday list. You’ll find all my goals for this year in that blog post.

So far, the first quarter hasn’t going according to plan. I’m halfway through my first month and I’m only publishing my first quarterly plan now.  I have a ton of excuses of course, but let’s not bother with them. I still have 2,5 months to work on these goals, which both seems like a ton of time and no time at all.

The 29 before 30 Birthdaylist: my list of goals for quarter one

In the first quarter I really want to focus on:

  • Figuring out how I can decrease my ecological footprint. I want to educate myself a bit before making decisions and I’ll be looking into some books and documentaries. If you have tips for things I should read or watch, please let me know. For now I’ve put “Cowspiracy” and “Eating Animals” on my list, but there’s probably a lot more out there.
  • Reading a book of at least 400 pages, preferably one from my “unread” shelf.
  • Beginning to work on my pull-up bar muscles (weight lifting & push-ups).
  • Working on either (or both) my illustration or hand lettering skills.
  • Starting a bookstagram account together with a friend (and make some content for it).
  • Doing the Yoga Revolution with Adriene for 30 days.
  • Making a family portrait/drawing of our three cats.
  • Starting Radical Self Love
  • Making at least one video
  • Creating a lot of content for both of my blogs (specifically 30 post for Putomeisje /16 post for Maddy)
  • Taking more pictures & posting more on Instagram
  • Going on a couple of fun adventures

Apart from these things I also want to read four books from my unread shelves, make a playlist for random dance parties and watch a couple of series and films from my “to watch” list.

The 29 before 30 Birthdaylist: my list of goals for quarter one

Being halfway through the month while posting this doesn’t mean I haven’t started. I already finished the books of 400 pages and I started lifting a meagre 6kg’s. I also created a bookstagram account, but filling it is something I still need to work on. Oh, and I’m doing a 30 days of hand drawn quotes, which is going pretty good so far.

So, that’s it for this first quarterly planning post for mu 29 before 30 list. I feel optimistic about my goals at the moment, so let’s see what I can report in a couple of months. By the way, if you have any tips about any of my goals, feel free to share them. Or just tell me what your favourite dance track is, I can use some inspiration.

Freebies, Projects

2017 Agenda: Re-usable Printable Inserts for a Midori Traveler’s Journal

Three years ago I made my first handmade planner from scratch. I designed the pages and bound it by hand. Last year I upgraded my game by creating my version of a Midori Traveler’s Journal and adding printables designed by me. This year (I’m a bit late), I decided to keep the Traveler’s Journal (you can’t even see I used it a whole year) and I make new printables. Printables that are perfectly re-usable for 2018 and beyond.

As I mentioned this year I made printables that are re-usable for years to come. I’ll probably still design new inserts every year (because it’s fun to do), but if you absolutely love this lay-out, you can use it again next year. 🙂 If you can’t wait to see all the pictures showing all the options I put in the lay-out, you can download the printable agenda inserts already.

If you don’t have an A5 Midori Traveler’s Journal at hand, you can use my full tutorial on how to make one. It’s not hard at all, al lot cheaper than the real deal and you can make it in any size you want.

I evaluated last year’s agenda and decided to drop a couple of spreads, because they didn’t get any use. I added more space for takes notes though. 🙂

Monthly overview

Firstly, at the beginning of every month you can find a monthly overview. You can plan you whole month here and see everything in one glance. Next to the calendar you’ll find some white space, for adding extra notes or for doodling around.  I’ll try to use this spread for planning my blog posts and social media posts every month. I’ll maybe add some sticky notes in the empty space on the right, for blog posts that don’t have a fixed date to go live.


A spread of lists

After the monthly overview you can find two pages where you can fill in a lot of standard lists. You’ll find space for your monthly to do list, blog & social media ideas but also for the books you want to read, things on your wish list or just random happy thoughts. On the page on the right there is a small doodle-box with a different drawing challenge for every month.




Weekly overview

After the spread with lists I’ve put the actual planner part. You can see your week at a glance on the left side of the agenda, where I put all seven days. I decided I didn’t need all the extra space I had every day in my 2016 agenda, because I have the tendency to put way too much on my to do list. On the right side I put a lot of space to put down all the notes, lists and doodles you want to make. This is also the area where you can add you weekly meal plan if you want to, something that I had last year in the list-spread.


You might have noticed I didn’t add dates on the monthly overview and neither did I on the weekly overview. Therefore you’ll have to add the dates manually, but this also means the printables are reusable for years to come. I fill in the dates at the beginning of the month and because I don’t plan months ahead this works for me. I pondered upon this a long time, so let me know what you think about having to fill in the dates yourself? Is it too much of a hassle or do you not mind doing this?


Finally, at the end of every month there is an extra page for notes (here I keep my “books bought”-list) on the left and the title page for the next page on the right. All pages for notes have dots instead of lines, because I find these so versatile to use! Want to draw a box? No problem, just connect the dots. Want to write vertically? Also an option!

If you want to make your own planner, all you need to do is download the pdf files and print them on A4 paper. You only need to fold them and add them into the traveler’s journal. If you’re not sure how to do this, make sure to check last’s years tutorial on assembling the traveler’s notebook. If you don’t have an A5 Midori Traveler’s Journal at hand, you can use my full tutorial on how to make one.

Do you like my design for this year’s agenda? Do you use an agenda? Or are you more into bullet journaling. Or not into planners at all? (if so, I salute you for reading this post till the end) Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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The 29 before 30 birthday list!

Every year on my birthday I come up with a new birthday list. I make a list with all the goals I want to accomplish in the following year, even goals that are a bit out there. The purpose? To motivate myself and to do things that are out of my comfort zone. This year’s list already has 29 items on it (gasp)!

In this year’s birthday list I’m focusing on honing some of my skills, try to lighten up once in a while, travelling and self-care. Of course, I probably wont be able to do all of these things, but they make me feel excited and I’m already itching to start working on them, which is half of the fun.

01. Have more random dance parties
02. Lose weight
03. Decrease my ecological footprint
04. Have more fun adventures
05. Watch 30 films & series that have been on my “to watch” list for too long
06. Become a better photographer
07. Don’t buy any new drawing materials (until I run out)
08. Make an illustration of my family (mainly our 3 cats ;))
09. Start saving for a trip to Japan
10. Do eight 30 day challenges
11. Travel more!
12. Read five books of 400 pages or more
13. Master hand lettering
14. Redo our garden
15. Finally make a new piece of clothing from scratch
16. Seriously work on my illustration skills
17. Be able to do a yoga head stand
18. Read a book that completely blows me away
19. See beavers in the wild
20. Be able to pull myself up on a pull-up bar three times
21. Give the house an affordable make-over
22. Read 10 unread books from my shelves
23. Make a bookstagram account
24. Start a side hustle
25. Start making videos
26. Work on my self-esteem/hermit issues
27. Go out for breakfast more often (and discover the city)
28. Give a workshop
29. Go on a (mini) road trip

The way I want to tackle this year’s birthday list is a bit different from the way I did it the past couple of years. Instead of trying to do an update every two months, I’m going to do updates every quarter (and apparently I’m not the only one who’s thinking this way this year). I also want to make a list with goals I’m going to focus on at the beginning of the quarter, so I have a battle plan for completing this list! I hope this will keep my goals more on my mind and it’ll should help me feel less overwhelmed during the year.

Since I’m already a bit late with my new birthday list, my first quarterly planning should go up soon(ish), so stay tuned for that. Another thing I’m planning is changing the image on top of these blog posts every quarter, as part of my illustration goal. So at least that one is of for a good start (and please, don’t feel too shy to remind me of this if I should slip up the coming months).

Do you have a similar list with goals? New Year isn’t that long ago, so maybe you made a list with resolutions? Or are you working on your on birthday list? What did you put in it?

Design & Illustration, Projects

InkTober – 31 days of drawing & inking

In the past couple of years October has become the drawing month of the year. I think thing started with the Big Draw event, but on social media too it became the month of drawing and pushing your creative skills. On of the challenges you can find on Instagram is InkTober. I’ve tried finishing this 31 days of drawing challenge a couple of times, but it never worked out. Until this year’s edition!

I decided to start with very low expectations and just wanted to draw a pattern a day. Keeping things light and easy. One pattern a day became 8 patterns on the first day. Apparently I was really excited about my low pressure approach. After a week of drawing patterns and seeing a lot of witches pop up in people’s InkTober feeds, I tried my hand at more witchy things. And from there I was really set to make a daily sketch and ink it in.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a lot of these drawings already, but if you missed some (or you don’t follow me yet on Instagram), I’ve made a little GIF with all of my patterns and illustrations. (If you don’t know what InkTober is, check inventor mr Jake Parker’s page for all info)

inktober2016_64colors

Apart from the last week, where life handed me some lemons, things went really smooth! I had a harder time uploading all my drawings to Instagram than actually making them. The InkTober challenge also made me love using ink and brush pens a lot more than I did before. A black and white inked drawing has something to it. I’d like to do another drawing challenge soon (because now I know I can finish them 😉 ) and I think it would be awesome to learn more about using ink and ink washes and maybe even add some colour to the drawings.

Did you take part in InkTober (or one of the other challenge that were running at the same time)?

Personal, Projects

28 in 28 birthday list [update 3]

It’s been a couple of months since my last update on my 28 in 28 birthday list, so it’s high time for a new update. These lasts months have been so incredibly busy. Thinking back on how much free time I had as a student, I definitely didn’t imagine working on personal projects and goals in my free time would get so hard. That being said, I’m making progress with some things that haven been on my to do list for years!

28 in 28 - Citytrip Rotterdam 28 in 28 - Citytrip Rotterdam

Read ten classics (either in English or Dutch) (2/10)

So far I’ve read The Stranger by Albert Camus and Crow by  Ted Hughes. I’m itching to start reading Peter Pan, but I find it very hard to make time for reading. It seems like there are so much things I’d rather do before falling asleep. At the moment I try to let it slide and to not stress about it, because I value getting relaxed at the end of the evening too much.

Go on five citytrips in 2016 (4/5)

I went on my fourth city trip in August. This time I went to Rotterdam with the Boy. We only went for two days, but it was enough to explore the city a bit and to get some hard earned relaxation. Rotterdam was really different from the normal city trip cities we explored before. It has no medieval historical centre and lots of modern and experimental architecture, which made walking around the city very interesting.

28 in 28 - Become a inhabitant of Ghent

Reach my 2016 blog goals

Another goal on the 28 in 28 birthday list I’m not trying to fret about, although things clearly haven’t gone well these past months. I rarely manage to get a blogpost published, although I write them and I take pictures. Just bringing the two together into a finished post is something I don’t get to. I should figure out an after work schedule so I can get to all the different things I want to do, but that’s not something I see myself do in the next weeks. Again, no stress, we’ll see where this goes.

Becoming an official inhabitant of Ghent (a Ghentian)

It took a while, but after patiently waiting for two months I finally got to change the address on my ID to Ghent, which, after living here for eight years, maybe wasn’t that long of a wait.

28 in 28 - Navigate the waterways in Ghent

Navigate the waterways in Ghent

In June I got a mail from the lovely people of Walkie Talkie asking me if I was interested in a concert by Zimmerman on a boat during the Gentse Feesten. I immediately replied I was interested, because who doesn’t love an acoustical session of a band while navigating on the water? It was as perfect as I imagined, with the sun shining, champagne and both good music and good company. I never imagined I’d be able to cross this point off my 28 in 28 birthday list this way (I thought I would need to hire myself a boat and steer it and pay for it). Sometimes life throws you a nice juicy bone and all you can do is be grateful for it and enjoy it completely. Which I did.

See 28 new (to me) movies

I haven’t been watching a lot of new movies. We went to see Finding Dory and also saw Zootopia. The only other film I watched in the past months is Elysium, bringing the total number of new movies to 10. Which is a bit disappointing. This doesn’t mean I haven’t watched anything new recently. We’ve watched to a couple of seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and recently I started watching Freaks and Geeks and got back into Penny Dreadful. With so much new series I need to discover and so much awesome content out there (I discovered Netflix), I think I’ll just binge watch series for the rest of the year.

28 in 28 - Getting my driver's license

Get my driver’s license

GUYS! I did it! I’m so happy I could cross this one of my 28 in 28 birthday list! After what feels like a century (but in reality is a decade), I finally got my driver’s license. I did my exam the last week before my theoretical exam would invalid and I past from the first time. Boom! I still don’t like driving, I’m not sure I ever will like it. I distrust every other driver on the road and I still feel anxious when I think about it (although less so when I’m actually driving a car). On the plus side: there’s a whole bunch of shops I can drive to now, without needing the Boy to chaperone me.

Get a tattoo

Getting a tattoo has been on a couple of these lists in the past years. I wanted one since for-ever, but finding a design that really fits me and the right artist (and not to mention the money) to actually get one wasn’t easy. I still don’t have a tattoo and I’ll probably wont get on this year, but I did find my artist and I am getting an appointment. The inking part will probably follow in april 2017. Still a long time away, but I guess I can wait a few months more.

So, that’s it for this update. After seven months of working on my 28 in 28 birthday list I managed to cross off only four points. Which isn’t good. But if I look at my list and at how little spare time I have, I have to conclude my past self was slightly delusional. That being said, I still have five more months to get things going, so I’m not giving up yet (although I am thinking of changing up things next year).