What Made Me Happy #3

Oh, oh, oh, I have been so happy lately. I can't put my finger on what it really is, but nobody has been able to break my good mood. It's been a while since I last posted a 'what made me happy'-post and to eternalize this beautiful state of mind I decided to share one again. 

The weather
I'm typing this on the 25th of January and temperatures were as high as 15 degrees celsius today. What! I know it's not really positive because it most likely has something to do with climate changes and such - but I secretly-not-so-secretly really enjoyed sitting on my balcony with a beautiful book this morning. <3

Fresh laundry
I don't have any children but I sometimes feel like a classic mom - I recently found out that the price of detergent was reduced in my usual supermarket and this made me jump excitedly (#noshame). I now have a new softener and it smells so good and makes my clothes smell so fresh oooh - I already look forward to drying myself whilst showering because I know my towel is going to smell amazing. (for whoever's interested: honeysuckle & sandalwood detergent by the Dutch (?) brand Robijn) (I think I am the anti-student)

Creative inspiration
I've thought of something so awesome, you can't even imagine. I'm working really hard and am putting all of my plans together and once they're working out I'll tell you guys more.

And all of a sudden I found motivation
I've been quite a decent blogger lately, if I may say so (I'm posting at least once every three days!) - but I've been more motivated uni-wise as well. I passed all of my exams, almost finished all of the reports that are due and I finally feel a bit more certain about the choice I've made regarding my course.

A salt lamp!
This has been on my wish list for so long! I recently visited my parents for a few days and asked my mom whether she'd like to join me on a trip to a stone- and mineral center in Nederweert (The Netherlands). The store we visited had some beautiful salt lamps - and they weren't too expensive either. My mom paid about 10 euros for my approximately 3kg lamp (yes, it was a present - doesn't that make it even better <3) - they also had humongous lamps for 35 euros (but I couldn't lift those - imagine having to take one of these with me on the train to Amsterdam. Hah!)

Healthy food
I was really craving a fruit/vegetable-detox after the sugar- and salt heavy Holidays. My juicer and blender are blending and juicing non-stop and I've had to refill my fruit basket about 4 times in the past few weeks. I feel healthy again - and this always is very beneficial to my skin as well.

A new job?
I have been looking for a new likable job for quite some time. I've worked at many restaurants in the past but I hadn't really found the time to start looking for a nice little job on the side since I moved to Amsterdam. Ever since I moved into my new room money has been tight and even though being a bit more careful for a few weeks isn't too big of a problem for me, I'm looking forward to having a bit more freedom money-wise again. I have a test-day at a really cute place tomorrow, wish me luck! (update on the 28th: I got the job! woohoo!) 

Going to bed early, waking up early
The Christmas holidays really messed up my sleeping pattern. Some nights I wouldn't go to bed before 1.30, maybe even 2, and in the morning I woke up around 11 (yawningly). I really wanted to break this pattern because I'm not really productive in the evenings and I felt like I was wasting my days - I now go to bed around 11.30 and wake up at 8. And that works perfectly fine for me! If I were being completely productive and daring I'd make my pattern even better and decide to go to bed around 11 and wake up at 7 - but for now this works just great. Having some time to sit down with decent breakfast and a book is enough. 

It's nice to make a little list of everything that has been making you happy. Even when you have loads to be sad or angry or grumpy about, there will always be light. <3

What has made you happy? 
love, sjoukje


  1. Wat een fijn artikeltje zeg<3 Ik houd ook echt van dit zonnige weer, van mij mag het echt al weer zomer worden haha. Gefeliciteerd met je baantje trouwens! X

  2. Glad you have been having some great weeks this January :-)


  3. I know the feeling of being excited over things like laundry detergent, haha! I don't have kids either but it really is the little things that put the biggest smiles on our faces!
    What a lovely post and a beautiful photo!
    Take care,
    C | http://atlantic-c.blogspot.ca/

  4. Lovely post:)
    Succes met het vinden van je baantje!!

  5. Hier word ik nou echt blij van :)
    Waar je mij nu echt gelukkig mee kunt maken is dat het snel lente word. Ik heb het namelijk een beetje gehad met de winter.

  6. Recently writing has made me very happy. I have spent the last week editing the book I have written and I'm so glad I'm done it:)
    Blog: Sundaysaresunny.com

  7. Heel leuk om te lezen! En gefeliciteerd dat je de baan hebt! Ik moet ook echt mijn slaappatroon proberen te verbeteren. Ik ga laat slapen en ik word uit mezelf meestal rond 7/8 uur wakker. Niet erg fijn.

  8. Ik vind deze artikeltjes zo leuk om te lezen! Wat fijn dat je de laatste tijd zo gelukkig bent, en dat je een baantje gevonden hebt! En heerlijk, toch, die motivatie? Ik heb dat de laatste weken ook heel erg gehad, en begin de studie ook steeds leuker te vinden. Fijn weekend, Sjoukje!

  9. Super fijn om te lezen dat het zo goed met je gaat :D Gefeliciteerd met je nieuwe baantje! En fijn dat je lekker gemotiveerd bent op blog en studiegebied.

  10. I love your 'what made me happy' series! X


  11. Fresh laundry is the little gift of home. For serious, I love the feeling of soft fabric after the wash. I could swim in it! Hahaha

    xx Bash | H E Y   B A S H | bloglovin'

  12. Zo fijn om al die blije dingetjes te lezen en ik ben nu ook e ht in zo'n healthy nood.

  13. Zo fijn om al die blije dingetjes te lezen en ik ben nu ook e ht in zo'n healthy nood.

  14. Gefeliciteerd met je nieuwe baan, fantastisch!! Dit soort posts werken aanstekelijk :) Die zoutlamp klinkt fascinerend, ben benieuwd!