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Singlehood, Part III: Lawyered!

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Last time in Singlehood, Part II: I’m over Mister Small Penis:

By that time, I had gained ten kilograms since the relationship started, to April 2014. I did realize I was fat but somehow didn’t want to do anything about it. Dating people was not in my vocabulary. A friend told me about Tinder and I made an account, that wasn’t the best experience to be honest. I had a lot of matches, but all were more into sex and not into dating, the ones who were into dating were straight dumb assholes. This app made me insecure even more. I had gained a lot of weight and wasn’t going to show my naked self to any man on planet earth as long as I was looking like I did. College had gone worst, I had failed almost all my classes and couldn’t pass for them all in the resit period. I didn’t gain the required 50% and wasn’t allowed to study at this university anymore and didn’t see that coming. I had to make a choice ASAP and quickly decided I should go for a language teacher’s program. I came home crying after a week in that college, quit, and started Applied Linguistics all over again, in another university. By October 2014, still single. 

I couldn’t find my marks in here, I wasn’t friends with anyone, still thinking about last year where everything was great friendship wise. October went by, the first year anniversary of my sister’s death. I couldn’t believe it had been a year already. Update on my #YOLO project? Stil not very far, to be honest. I wasn’t in the mood either to yoloing the *ish out of everything. I felt like nothing. But at least, I wasn’t lying to my boyfriend about university, like Mister Small Penis did. About that story, Mister Small Penis told me he was in law school in Rotterdam when we met. At first, as I didn’t know Mister Small Penis, I believed him. You know, giving people the benefit of the doubt, right? After knowing him a bit, I quickly realized that him being in Law School is extremely ambitious. He was a slow minded person. He did speak his first language on a mother tongue level (I guess??) but, his English and Dutch were rotten and the rest of his polygotness, inexistent. He then told me his mom paid 8000 euros for his entire BA at Erasmus University while this is not how tuition goes in Holland. You pay year by year as you do not know if you can actually pass a year in college as you have to gain all credits back in order to pass to BA 2, fully. And back then tuition fee for a year in a Dutch College was around €1700,00 x 3 years in Law School = €5100,00. He also told me that he got a train abonnement from Antwerp to Rotterdam from the university, which after a little research, doesn’t exist. And when I confronted him with all these facts, he didn’t know what to say, as ‘Mommy did all the paperwork for him’. So, who are you trying to impress here, really? No one, indeed. Then, at the end of his so-called First BA in Law School, I asked him if he had any retakes to do (which you expect from a guy who isn’t that clever, I could even say, plain stupid.) and the answer was NO. He also had plenty of time to wake up around 10 during the finals, could study 3 to 4 hours a day and go to the gym at night like it’s all a piece of cake. Oh, oh! And he called me a couple of times during the academic year, telling me he was in class (in Holland, obviously) and hung on the phone for an hour, while I told him he shouldn’t call me as it is very expensive but he’d always tell me ‘Don’t worry, don’t worry, my mom pays the bill’ and as it an international phone call, I’d expect to pay half way through the conversation, but I never had to. And my true detective-self would found this to be strange and check his ‘flag’ on BBM that would tell me if he was in Holland yes or no and as I guessed, never of these times he would suppose to be in Holland, the Dutch flag would come up. NEVER.  

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So Mister Small Penis not only had a small penis, he was a filthy lying prick too. Oh, oh! I was Googling ‘Mister Small Penis’ to see if this term was already in use (but it wasn’t) and I found a picture of sizes of penises and conclusion: we should call him Mister Extra Small Penis, as a ‘small penis’ was bigger than his, but we’re not going to do that, as I like Mister Small Penis as a name. In my case a name, in his case a Lifestyle and fact. For some reason, I’d like to prank him at the moment. Just because I feel like I should give Karma a push in the back. I once told him that one day Karma would take him back and I’d be watching him on the front row, but that day hasn’t come yet, and I’m really in doubt about if that day will ever come. 

Karma did somehow hit him after the breakup. A little before the breakup, the gym we went to was going to swap from being a HealthCity (an all inclusive gym) to Basic-Fit (a basic no facilities gym). He obviously wasn’t going to workout in a basic gym, so he was going to switch to HealthCity in Berchem. I would too, as it was the closest to where the other gym was and I fully used the sauna, tanning bed, and other facilities. At that time, we were still together but he started weird conversations about the gym, quite often. Saying it wasn’t a good idea going to that gym in Berchem because all his friends were there, he couldn’t give me any attention, etc. Pure Bull crap, I ruminated about for days. Literally, a day before the final day our gym was a HealthCity, he broke up with me! Don’t you think it’s weird? I did! That’s why he didn’t convince me to swap to another HealthCity in the city. Starting from November 2012, I went to HealthCity Berchem, and he was there too. He’d see me every single day and he’d look down to the ground, as of he was ashamed. He’d better look down, that son of a *****! He somehow became my motivation to go to the gym, this way I’d stay thin. I got quickly over that gym, left it as it was far from where I live and moved to HealthCity Keyserlei, in the city. 

2014 went by and somehow wanted to make friends in my class, and so I did. I became friends with Zoë and Ines. By that time in 2015, I was still very much single. I wanted to retire from the department of Singlehood, but things started to change a bit in that department. 

Each week I am going to tell you a piece of my singlehood story and last relationship, that will lead us to where I am today. If you are interested in knowing more, stay tuned on my blog because I will be posting an article each week to tell you more about it. I will not divulge any real names in it, if one day I use a name, I will make sure to change the name to another one, except if that person is okay with being named. Obviously, I am not sharing any specific details about my ex or any involved men. We’ll call him Mister Small Penis.

Until Next Time, 

Love | Sarah K.

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The Whisper Challenge & The This or That Tag ft. Zoë Fellows

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Hi, guys! I did the Whisper Challenge with Zoë Fellows! We speak Dutch and English through the video (we call it Dunglish). Therefore, make sure to activate the subtitles. Zoë uploaded a video we did together on her channel: The This or That Tag (scroll down to see the video). Make sure to watch, comment and like it:
Zoë’s YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1M_XzTxzv9S8Xr0DHoM0Lw
Zoë’s blog: http://foodfashionfabulousthings.tumblr.com
Hope you enjoy this video! Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel and Zoë’s!

Love | Sarah K.

 

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KonMari Method Part IIII: Decluttering my Shoe Stash

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Hi, guys! Welcome to my KonMari Method video, part IIII! Today I’m cleaning out my shoe stash! I ended up keeping 27 pairs of shoes and after making this video I got and bought 3 pairs of sandals and a pair of Adidas Superstar; now I officially have 31 pairs of shoes (shoes I’m wearing at home not included) The black shoe storage is from Ikea and is called Trones, my off-white closet is from Ikea too and is called Brimnes. Hope you enjoy the video! Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel! Together we slowly getting towards a clean home!

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

 

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Plog: Zoë’s Birthday

Hi, my loves! July 18th was Zoë’s birthday and I’d like to share some pictures of this day with you!

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Basically, Zoë organized a High Tea for her special day and this was on the menu: mini sandwiches, macarons, and sweet petit fours.

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This was my first time trying scones with Clotted Cream and I loved it! Her aunt made a delicious Tarte Tatin, but a whole lot of caramel, can’t go wrong with that! 😉

 

 

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Me and my girls enjoying some tea, obviously, it’s a High Tea! On the left side, you see the Tarte Tatin and on the right side, it’s a Banoffee Pie her mom made.
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Birthday girl Zoë, Ines and I

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This brownie cake!!! 😮 It was so good, you cannot even imagine! The amount of chocolate was overwhelming! The cake was by a small company based in Antwerp, called: Bambi’s Mom and The Cooking Factory.

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A girls’ only birthday cannot be done without a proper visit to the movie theater with some Magic Mike XXL going on. From left to right: Toni, Ines and I + Zoë in front.

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After Magic Mike XXL, we went to Zomerfabriek, which is an open air club with a sort of garage as a dance floor, a lounge with access to the outside kinda-thing, Urban music and these weird cups to sip from.

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That trio, though!  Ines, Zoë, Me

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Group selfie totally ruined, ’cause there is always someone who isn’t joining to gotta-pose-thingy!

I hope you enjoyed this plog and I would like you to visit my dear friends’ blogs too:

Zoë: http://foodfashionfabulousthings.tumblr.com

Ines: https://leroyalfoodstyle.wordpress.com

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

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KonMari Method Part III – Decluttering Beauty Products

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Hi, guys! Welcome to my KonMari Method video, part III! Today I am going to clean all the beauty stuff I have! Hope you enjoy the video! Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel!

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

 

 

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KonMari Method Part II – Decluttering the Boxes on my Shelving Unit

// A b o u t T h e V i d e o // Hi, guys! Welcome to my video! Today I am showing you how I clean, declutter and organize the boxes on my shelving unit the KonMari way! This shelving unit is from Ikea and is called Kallax. If you do not know what KonMari is, basically, it is a method invented my a Japanese woman called Marie Kondo, who wrote The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, the method consist of throwing out everything you do not need any more, everything you do not feel happy about, etc. Hope you enjoy the video! Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel! Until Next Time, Love | Sarah K. [youtube=http://youtu.be/wesG4jePfTs]

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Plog 1: Weekend in Calais, France

Hi, Guys! I am in Calais for the weekend, where I stay at my aunt’s house. I needed a break from daily life and I found this to be the perfect opportunity to blow some air! Here are some pictures of this weekend:

Le Tunisien - Plage de Calais 2Hotspot of the city: Le Tunisien, a food truck at the beach of Calais where you can eat the famous Tunisian sandwich (Tuna, Israeli salad type of salad, and lots of harissa (if you can handle it ;-)). This place has been in Calais since 1968 and is famous for its typical Maghrebian donuts called Sfenj (must try!!!). Unfortunately, they only make the donuts from 3 PM on and even though the guy was that friendly to invite us for free donuts, we had no time to wait up to taste them, as it was only 2 PM.

Glaces Carrefour 2When I am in France, one of the first things I do is shopping in a supermarket. I have a shoplog coming up, so you will see what I have bought, but two things that I will not be able to show you, because, let’s be honest, these babies will be K.O. by the time I film the shoplog, is: ICE CREAM! I bought this delicious pint of Daim and a pint of Haägen Dazs: Macadamia Nut Brittle. Other pints of ice cream I found was Ben & Jerry’s Speculoos and Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter. I truly wanted them all, but let’s face it, I cannot bring them back home and cannot eat them all in one weekend.

Look & MakeUp Calais The look I had this weekend is unfortunately barely visible on this picture, but I have found some new favorites in my makeup stash: Garnier Ambre Solaire BB Cream, Rimmel Natural Bronzer, Catrice – Papagena Absolute Eye Colour Quattro (Limited Edition), Dark lips (not on this picture). The jewelry I am wearing this weekend and is definitely one of my favorites too are my two evil eye bracelets I got this week, one has no brand and I got it on Aliexpress and the other is from Juicy Couture.

I hope you liked my plog from this weekend. I did not do that much else than eating out all-you-can-eat Chinese and eating Paëlla at my aunt’s home, ice cream and some more ice cream and croissants and baguette, went to the mall (Cité Europe, Calais), and visit my grandmother.

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

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Summer Update!

Finals over, diet K.O.

Last time I have written a post I was determinated to go healthy all the way. Unfortunately (read the first article) I went all up and then all down. The first week of the exams was good, I ate normal and healthy and went to the gym four times. I woke up every single day at 6 A.M and studied all day long. First exam arrived and the struggle got real! I knew I was going to fail, the motivation got me down and bad food saw the light of my mouth.

It got me thinking about the future of my studies and had to make a huge decision. I will talk about it later when it is finalized (circa. September/October 2015).

Anyway, I have some time to blog now and opened a YouTube account. I have a shopping haul on its way, a foodlog that I have filmed during the exams, etc. Subscribe to my channel, this way you will be updated when I upload a video.

I am reviewing loads of products, I still need to figure out how to make nice pictures to show you, though. 😉

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

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The benefits of water during the exams (and all times!)

I have been reading a lot of articles these last couple of days, about how I should improve my entire exam period, health wise. I came across an article in a Belgian newspaper about the effects of water on our body/health. As it is in Dutch, some of you will not understand a single word of it, and that is why I am going to recapitulate the entire article for you, because first of all water is quite important in your life AND during the exams, second of all I like to analyse things and try them out for you, for me, for everybody. 
 
Basically, our body consist of 60 to 70% of water and we sweat, breath and urinate moisture, which we need to compensate with enough of our fluid intake. The amount of water we should drink depends on a couple of factors: how active we are; our health; where we live, and what we drink in a day. 
 
A study has shown that in a normal situation, the adult human being needs to drink around 2,5 liters of water per day to keep the water balance in place. This includes our food intake. But, in our Western European climate we only need 1,5 liters of water per day.
 
When I say water, I mean any liquid but when you drink a glass of water versus a glass of Coke, coffee, tea, etc. it will not have the same effect on you. Coffee and tea are slightly diuretic, which results in the need to compensate much more while water is pure hydration/fuel for your body. Alcohol is the most diuretic of them all, so you will need even more water to compensate that. 
 
 
Anyways, I think you get it. A well-hydrated body is healthy and has a better connection to your brain because water fuels the body AND the brain. It helps you function much better because when you are dehydrated you are energyless which results little concentration on whatever you do. Furthermore, as I want to lose weight during my finals, what the article mentioned as well is the more you drink, the more it gives your body the opportunity to burn fat, and is this not what we all want? The other option is to drink two glasses of water before any meal. This creates the illusion of being full and results in eating less, and re-results in losing weight = WIN-WIN! 
 
One last and important point is that the brain shrinks when we work out for at least 90 minutes without hydrating ourselves. This is not what we want, right? We need our brain during the exams, so ladies and gentlemen, drink water whenever you can! 
 
After knowing this all, we will be able to hydrate ourselves well during the entire period of finals. Now, what am I going to do? I am going to try the two glasses of water before any meal; drink as much water during my workout, and watch my “anything-else-but-water” consumption and compensate it with an extra water intake. 
 
I decided to vlog the entire period during finals. Hopefully, you will like it, as much as I am excited to film everything. You will be able to follow me on my water intake this way. I am the kind of person who could forget to drink water once in a while because I am next to never thirsty. So, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and get my videos from the moment they are up. 😉 
 
Until Next Time, 
 
Love | Sarah K.
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