9.14.2014

hello munich!

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Things happen, and sometimes they happen fast. Where it was still 'in a few months' just a little while ago, the day had finally come: I moved to Munich! Last sunday I touched ground after a six hour train ride through Germany's landscape of mountains, rivers and forests. I have to admit - I left everything behind with a little knot in my stomach. After a stressful week of organizing and packing, I truly felt unprepared to go to a country for half a year, all on my own. I hardly had time to say goodbye to my mother, I wasn't able to see all the friends and family I wanted to see and boyfriend even had to leave before I left for the train station. So with a heavy heart and a nervous feeling (since I didn't reserve a seat on the train) I travelled six hours towards my new home in the Bavarian state. After an impressing and somewhat tiring week of getting into a nine-to-five routine, a new house, no internet and still a million things to be taken care of, I am slowly finding my place and making my home, with a little bit of help of lots of Milka chocolate and Suits-episodes. This is a fresh start, the beginning of something new, and I cannot wait to discover this city and see what it has to offer!

9.09.2014

seattle hotspots, pt. two

Summer is slowly, slowly slipping away. Here and there I’ve managed to catch some rays of sunshine, though my days right now are mostly filled with working hard, and working harder. Goodbye summer vacation! What better way to get back just a little bit into the summer spirit by browsing through pictures of a perfect, perfect summer holiday in Seattle. See how boyfriend and I went on the tourist tour during out time in the States.

Eight - vist Woodland Zoo
Visit the Woodland Zoo!
Usually I'm not one to promote zoo's. A part of me loves strolling through them all day and seeing all these magnificent animals, and part of me, well ... doesn't. However, Woodland Park Zoo definitely is one park I enjoy being at. Roam the broad park, see the flamingos, eat bad food and yummy ice cream!

8.18.2014

seattle adventures, pt. one

This summer, my boyfriend and I hopped on a plane, crossed the ocean, and landed in Seattle ten hours later. For the past five years, Seattle has been my summer hometown, visiting my dad and his family over there nearly every year. It was boyfriends first time over there, so we touristed out as much as we could. Here is part one of our Seattle adventures!

One - go on a hike
One - go on a hike 2
Go on a hike!

What I love about Seattle is that it just has everything: it has a bustling down town, the ocean for boat rides and swims, but also beautiful nature and mountains good for hikes and even skiing! I love getting out into nature for a long hike, which we did this time as well. We took the car up to Snoqualmie and took the Twin Falls Hike. A beautiful hike through the woods leading towards a beautiful waterfall. There are many more hikes to be done, check them out here!

8.14.2014

cheesecake challenge: raspberry cheesecake brownies

I have a long lasting, strong love for the delicious sweet dish called cheesecake. Already as a little girl, I always loved the thick, creamy texture. As one of my 23 before 24 goals, I've decided I want to expand my repertoire with ten new cheesecakes, at least!

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

When I was a little girl, my mom, aunt and grandmother would take me to this particular bakery in the little town we lived in. I remember this bakery being in a tiny house, with a small facade - a window stalled with huge cakes and a tiny door surrounded by a golden frame. Once you were inside, the tiny house expanded into a grand room, filled with hundreds of tables and cakes everywhere. Now, I don't know if the imagination of my five-year old self went wild, so perhaps the bakery does not look like the golden walhalla that I remember. But! It is the place where my love for cheesecake started. Even to this day, I can still remember the taste, the texture, the smell of that specific vanilla cheesecake. Is that creepy?

8.09.2014

instadiary july

With the blink of an eye July went by! Right now, I'm at home, sitting out my jet lag (always hits me hard when traveling back to Europe), so before I bombard you with all my Seattle hotspots, here are some pictures snapped with my phone during July! A month filled with finishing up researches and some hard-core relaxing and enjoying vacation time.

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1. I celebrated the end of my 30 day sugar detox with one of my favorite cheesecakes from the Ontdekking in Utrecht and one of their super delicious mint-lavender lemonades.
2. Once I was done with all my researches, I packed up all my stuff and headed out to my boyfriends parents in Zeeland for a few beautiful sunny days. And sunny days means ice creams days, right?
3. We also headed out to the beach for an afternoon!

4. We also headed out to my parents for a few days before we were off to the US for two weeks, with whom we had a delicious dinner in a tiny little restaurant out in the woods near their house called Lua Pauline.
5. And then we were in Seattle to visit my dad and his family! I went out for a run early in the morning around Green Lake, just two blocks down the road from my dad's house and one of my favorite places to run.
6. The joys of vacation: being able to just relax, and read for pleasure. Two of the many books I bought during my stay: A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book and The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, both I can recommend!

7. Seattle has some amazing surroundings. Just a short drive away and you're in the woods, ready for a hike. Our first weekend we headed out to the Twin Falls trail up in Snoqualmie.
8 + 9. And of course, the Needle was visited too! With a pretty darn good view of the city, I must say :).

7.29.2014

currently: seattle snapshots

Mighty-O Donuts - Seattle

It has been a bit silent over here, because the unthinkable has happened: I'm on vacation! After a stressful last month of deadlines, appointments, meetings, family visits and an ever-growing to-do list for my move abroad, my boyfriend and I have been in Seattle for the past week. We're here visiting my dad and his family, who I hadn't seen in almost two years. I used to spend my summers here when I was younger, and it's great to be back. It is boyfriend's first time in Seattle, let alone somewhere overseas, and it has been so much fun showing him around. Though admitted, we have been taking things pretty easy. Our days mostly consist of some shopping, sight-seeing, reading books, playing with my two-year old half-sister, an overabundance of food, and getting back into a fitness routine (for me, at least. Seattle is such a sporty city, I always get so motivated over here!). I had a bunch of posts planned, but sadly my laptop charger decided to die on me and buying a new one here is just to much of a hassle with differing plugs and all. I probably would have gotten a meltdown at home, but I guess one goes more with the flow on holiday, right? So expects lots of new things over here once I'm back! Here are some snapshots of our first week over here, hope you all are enjoying your summer!

Twin Falls Hike - Snoqualmie

Twin Falls Hike - Snoqualmie 2

Odd Fellows - Seattle

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Woodland Zoo - Seattle

7.12.2014

owning up to my stories pt. I - perfectionism

A while back I read the book ‘The Gift of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are’ by BrenĂ© Brown. She talks about the power of vulnerability, and owning up to our stories – that is, the painful ones that might be seen as imperfections in this world of ours – to reach happiness in your life and with yourself, which she beautifully describes as Wholehearted living. As someone who is constantly striving for happiness, while in a constant battle with my imperfections, this book seemed as if it were written for me. During the next couple of weeks, I will take a leap, and share my stories with you. Feel free to share yours as well!


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Hello, my name is Cheyenne and I am an extreme perfectionist. I always thought of perfectionism as a positive attitude, striving for the most you can make out of a situation and being the best version of yourself. But to my surprise, the dictionary’s description doesn’t come off so great: 1. The refusal to accept any standard short of perfection, and 2. A doctrine holding that perfection is attainable, especially the theory that human moral or spiritual perfection should be or has been attained. Refusal, doctrine? So much for positivity. I do believe that in some form, perfectionism can be beneficial, motivating yourself to do your utmost best. To bad I got the nasty, mean kind of perfectionism in me, which keeps me from reaching the best version of myself.


'Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.’  
― BrenĂ© Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are