Monthly Archives: May 2017


About five years ago, I did a 30-day abs challenge. I was somehow able to stay motivated, and it worked like a charm; after 30 days, I had great abs and a flat stomach. It made me feel very good about myself.

For the past couple of months, I have been thinking about doing it again, but I have not been able to find the motivation to really get into it. I have irritable bowel syndrome and that demotivated me in two ways:

The likeliness of a several days of stomach ache and the risk that I would only be able to see my pretty, tight belly in the morning crushed my motivation for 30 days of investing time and sore muscles. And doing leg raises, I really don’t like leg raises.

It’s funny how these things go though. On the bank holiday on Thursday the weather was great and I went to the beach with a friend. It was a lovely day and we had drinks and lunch at a beach club.
At the same beach club a group of young ladies was hanging around, drinking cocktails. They were wearing bikinis and they had beautiful flat bellies, not unlike what mine looked like after doing 30 days of abs. Not crazy muscular, but just right.

They were at least 15 years younger, but they made me realize that I want my belly to look like that again. They were the inspiration that I needed to get serious about getting my abs back again. So for the next 30 days I will be going to bed just a little bit later, as I will be doing abs 😊

Abs Challenge



If you are tired of your old tiles, or you bought a house and you don’t share the previous owners’ taste in tiles, there is a non-intrusive, quick and not too expensive solution.

You can print any image that you do like on aluminium. You could print multiple the same images, but you of course also create a collection of different images that appeal to you.

When I moved into my new house, I didn’t fancy the red flowery tiles in the toilet, but I also didn’t feel like spending a lot of time and money on the toilet to start with.


I looked for images and quotes that I liked on the internet and had several different ones printed at the size of the tiles.  To complete the playful look I opted for a toilet seat with sneaker print.
A quick and easy update with a big impact!



The choices we make

While taking of in an airplane in windy conditions today I realized that if I were to die I would be very disappointed to not be able to experience more in live, but that I would not have any big regrets. Of course this is a comforting realization, as we all have to make so many choices, some big and some small, on a daily basis.

I continuously struggle to keep a balance between work and private life, between spending time with family and friends and on my own, between sports and activities and rest. This will be a topic that I will return to regularly on this blog.

At this moment, I’m returning from a short vacation in Madrid with a friend. We had a great time, the weather was perfect and we spend time sightseeing, relaxing and watching tennis (I love to play and watch tennis). The vacation almost couldn’t have been better, and yet I’m happy to go home to my beautiful house and some time alone. I feel very lucky.
I’m also already contemplating whether I should go for a run tonight, read up on my email or leave that until tomorrow and how to best handle my busy agenda tomorrow.

The truth is that these choices don’t matter if you look at the big picture. Of course you should exercise regularly and you should do your job well without killing yourself over it. But going for that one run, or dedicating that one extra evening to work won’t make you any  healthier, and it doesn’t mean you will be more appreciated at work.

Now that if I could remember that in the everyday whirl wind and not just while on my way back from holiday, that might actually have an impact on how I live and experience my life.