Hello 2014!

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When reading my Hello 2013! post, I was kinda “ashamed” that I posted that one on the 6th of February.. So this year, it got even worse, the 17th of February. I might write my Hello 2015 in 2016…

But even though we started this year a full 1.5 month ago, I still want to write down my goals for the year. There are not too many of them and most of them are pretty random, but hopefully at the end of this year I can check them all of.

  • Be funny in Danish: in 2013 I was able to check of “being fluent in Danish”, but besides being fluent I want to top that up with actually being funny. This goes, as you can imagine, heaps beyond than only the actual linguistic skills.
  • Eat at a Michelin restaurant: I hope that I win the lotto in 2014, so I can go make a reservation and eat at Noma.
  • Travel: with a trip to Amsterdam and Stockholm in the first month of the year and Manchester, Croatia, Curacao on the planning I know that this will be a delightful year filled with travels. But, I still hope I can squeeze a trip to Paris and London in somewhere!
  • Run a marathon: I hope I’m not gonna regret this ;-)
  • Finish Harry Potter: I already had this one on my list last year, finished 2.5 book so I know I will have some entertainment for the rest of the year.

I hope you guys are doing great, I’m not completely sure yet where I want to go with my blog. I feel that I’m losing interest in writing and want to focus on other things in my life. But I felt like this last January as well. No matter what, I hope you stick around :)

With love,
-Janet

Picture 2013

16083_image_104One of the most popular blogs has been about our apartment.
IMG_1873 I sold all my junk to make place for the new. IMG_1890 I visited my friend Anna in KroatiaIMG_0223 And went to a wedding in MadridDSC_0536-copy1-1024x682Had some amazing dinners in Stockholm with great co-workers.
IMG_0079 And fell in love with Paris.581542_10151823021104872_1611469014_n I happened to visit Stockholm twice and both times I was amazed with the city. IMG_0014 IMG_0008 These were the BEST oysters from 2013, which I had in Antwerp. IMG_9965A little trip to Samsø, Denmark.IMG_9847 And the best of living in Denmark is definitely drinking wine on the sidecurb!PicFrame I started an Instagram account (and got hooked!)mojitoAnd always had 1 drink too many
IMG_1155 I had running lows and highsIMG_4346 Distortion happendIMG_3973 Sommersby happendIMG_3725 And I found my favorite French restaurant in the Hague. IMG_1266 I also had a little city trip to Aarhus and Odense. IMG_0868And I ran half a marathon, but the best part was all these people freezing their but off while cheering for me at the finishing line!

With love,

-Janet

Goodbye 2013!

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I know, this post probably should have been posted on the 31st of December, shame on me! Even though we are a good week into the new year, I still would like to look back together with you on 2013.

If I was to sum up 2013, it would probably with the word weird. It really has been a weird and emotional year, where I have felt every emotion from crying-my-eyes-out-sad to life-cant-get-any-better-happy. I have been unemployed for a couple of months (which definitely attributed to the crying-my-eyes-out-sad, found my dream job (happy-happy-joy-joy), somehow found the resources to travel to Stockholm, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Madrid, Zagreb, Malmo, Aarhus, Odense, Samsø and Hamburg, and made some new amazing friends!

Goals 2013

Last year I made some goals for 2013 and to be honest, I kinda forgot about them. Reading them again 1 year later made me realise both how short and long 1 year can be! Even though it felt like it was over in a blink, I can see now that I achieved a lot more than I felt I did.

  • Find the perfect and cheap (!) take-away place: I definitely have some favorite take-away places (such as: Quattro Fontane Due ApS), but I still haven’t found thát place. Something that is affordable and makes you really happy on a Friday night.
  • Be fluent in Danish: this definitely is my biggest achievement in 2013. I finalised all Danish education (level C1 from the European Framework) and I’m really happy I finally feel that I can participate in Danish society *how cheesy that might sound*.
  • Finnish half a marathon: at the beginning of the year I ran the half marathon CPC loop in the Hague and while I said afterwards I would NEVER do that again, I signed myself up again for another half marathon in March 2014. 
  • Read all the Harry Potter books: while I did started with the books see proof, I unfortunately can’t say I have finished them. So I will take this goal with me to 2014, but nothing bad about that, since I really enjoyed the first 2 books!
  • Send mail by post: my parents where the main receiver for this, I’m not sure if I failed or succeeded in this goal. But I feel like, in general, I could have more correspondence with my friends (those perhaps who don’t read this blog). 
  • Find my dream job: it still feels weird to write this down, but working for the company where I  already wanted to work when I was in high-school, feels amazing! Besides learning Danish, this is definitely a big success too!
  • Double the LP collection: I’m not sure if it doubled in size, but it sure doesn’t fits in the rack we’re having now anymore. 
  • At least one trip outside of Europe and heaps of city trips (Stockholm – so I can bump into Kenza, London – Superdrug, Paris – Laduree): The trip outside of Europe didn’t happend, but I’m completely fine with that. 2013 was a financially draining year (being unemployed and all) and I know 2014 will have some bounty islands in prospect! But there was enough money and time for city trips incl. (!) Stockholm and Paris. 
  • Get this blog to the next level: I still find it hard to update on a regular basis, but I did doubled my amount of readers. Failed or succeeded? I don’t know, as long as I think it’s fun to blog, I will.
  • Find Danish friends: being fluent in Danish, didn’t actually helped in finding the Danish friends. But I sure have more of them now, then at the beginning of 2013.

You know what?! 2013 was amazing, with ALL of its ups and downs!

With love,

-Janet

Half Marathon Training Week 2/17

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Hi guys,

Last week was a slow running week unfortunately. I started the week on last Tuesday with a short 3K run, but I really hate everything shorter than 5K. The first couple of kilometres I always struggle so much in my head. I can’t find peace and quiet just yet, honestly thoughts like “why am I doing this” “what should I make for dinner” and “how does my calendar looks for the upcoming week” keep up popping up. But after around 5/6K I pretty much thought about everything and can just focus on running and the surroundings.

So luckily I had some time to do a 8K run last Thursday where I really tried to focus on improving my pace. Due to exams I didn’t have time for another long run in the weekend, I know, lame excuse and I also really regretted not having planned in the time!

Hey, by the way, did I already told you guys that I signed up for the NYC marathon? After reading all the updates on Annemerel and Girls Love 2 Run last November, I thought I would just give it a shot. Not everybody makes it through the lottery, but signing up was only 5USD. So what to lose, right?

With love,
-Janet

Christmas Wrapping

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Probably the best part of Christmas is gift wrapping (okay, okay, perhaps after spending time with family, the food, the actual gifts…). I honestly could imagine to have a gift wrapping station at some point in my life. I think it’s sooooo much fun to match some nice quality wrapping paper with funny bows, ribbons, ornaments and name tags. And yes, I have to admit that I even spend an entire Sunday evening watching YouTube movies about gift wrapping (see here and here).

I know, I probably should find a hobby or something. But I really think that one of the greatest things about Christmas, is to give somebody you care for a present that you have put time and effort in (hence the Christmas shopping in November). I don’t think that Christmas presents have to be expensive or big, but just something that you know the other person would really appreciate. And who wouldn’t appreciate something that comes in such a pretty wrap?

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With love,
-Janet