My week through pictures #1

Let’s get a little bit personal today. (You known, because I said I would.) I am half German, half English. However, I grew up in The Netherlands. Sometimes my childhood in The Netherlands feels like a distant dream. I rarely go back nowadays, since my family does not live there anymore and my friends are happy going other places with me. In fact, the last time I was in The Netherlands was two years ago to attend an old friend’s wedding. Telling strangers I am Dutch for convenience sake seems no longer appropriate. But in one way I am still unequivocally tied to this little country across the pond. My love for blogs started with Dutch bloggers. And I still follow some incredible Dutch bloggers (big shoutout to Romy, Johanne, and Sandra).

Among Dutch bloggers, it is quite popular to do weekly roundups through pictures. I haven’t really seen this done among UK bloggers, but perhaps I am just missing out on those. Alas, inspired by Dutch bloggers and fuelled by my desire to be more personal, I have decided to do a first installment of ‘my week through pictures’.


The week didn’t start off too great. I was still recovering from a nasty flu I picked up during Christmas and had to work on New Year’s Eve. During my lunch break, I went for a stroll around the block. I recently found out I have melatonin deficiency (thanks, insomnia…) and spending time outside during daylight supposedly helps.

In the evening I was knackered, and I knew I wouldn’t make it to midnight. My little brother was visiting me from Norway, so I wanted to make things at least a little festive by pouring our water in these coupe glasses during dinner. I didn’t even last until my normal bedtime and fell asleep by 8.30 pm. Luckily, I had a good night sleep and the midnight festivities of my neighbours did not wake me up.


Today was a Bank Holiday and luckily I felt miles better. I started the year with my new ‘6-minute diary’.

I had loads of energy in the morning, so I decided to finally put liners in my kitchen drawers. As you can see, they definitely needed some tender loving care.

In the afternoon, my brother and I went for a walk around the neighbourhood. Since I have only been living here for a few months, I hadn’t explored much of the surrounding trails yet. I was pleasantly surprised that there are some beautiful parks nearby.


I realised this morning that my entire outfit was sustainable and fair-trade. About 2 years ago, I decided to no longer buy unfair fashion. Although I still have clothing from regular shops, more and more items in my closet are now fair and eco. So it happens more and more often that I end up with a completely fair outfit like this one.

In the evening, I did the first instalment of Yoga with Adriene’s 30 day yoga challenge. Let’s see if I can keep it up this year. Before bed, I used my new acupressure mat that I received for Christmas. This mat is supposed to help with stress and back aches. I can’t say it worked wonders straight away, but I did sleep quite well that night. 


My brother left in the morning and it made me a little sad. Not being in the same country (and in general having a very international family) means I don’t know when I will see him next. On the other hand, it makes me savour our time together even more.

After a full day of work I came home to an empty house. So, I decided to put on the new show by Marie Kondo on Netflix. Marie is so cute and her show is giving me the itch to clean out my house again (even though I already did a thorough cleanout with the move).


I woke up at 6 am today to do my yoga for the day. I knew I wouldn’t be home until 10 pm at night, so I wanted to get it out of the way. I am not sure if it was the yoga, but I felt super zen all day long. After work, I braved the cold and walked an hour to my former neighbourhood to reach my old yoga studio.

At the studio, I attended a Gong Bath workshop. I had done that once before and absolutely loved it. This time I wasn’t able to relax as much and felt kind of irritated by the sounds. However, I slept better than I have in months that night, so it must have had a positive effect.


I didn’t do much on Saturday. In the morning I went for a quick stroll and saw the most beautiful sunrise. Moments like this make me happy I live on top of a hill.

For dinner I made tempeh for the first time. Despite marinating it for 3 hours, it still tasted a bit bland. Does anyone have a suggestion for making tempeh really tasty?


Today my boyfriend finally came home from his Christmas break. He is half Irish, half Mexican and always spends Christmas with family in Mexico. As you can see, I was super happy all day awaiting his arrival.

And that is where the week ends. On the couch. Under a blanket. With my boyfriend. Looking back on a fabulous first week of the new year.

I won’t do these posts weekly. My life is not that interesting most weeks, so things would get pretty repetitive pretty soon. But when I have a fun week coming up, I will definitely do further instalments of this series. 

How has your week been?


  1. January 9, 2019 / 7:22 pm

    What a lovely way to capture the week gone back! Reminds of the original days of blogging. 🙂

    • Lizzyfied
      January 9, 2019 / 9:33 pm

      I agree. It feels very old-school to be sharing my week like this, but I really enjoy it 🙂

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