Dec 202014
 

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So, I was trying to write a blog to update you about what is going on in my life, but it was all very much “what the fuck” and “MY LIFE SUCKS” and I just couldn’t make it work.

My 4-year relationship with Will ended last week.

All I can tell you about that is that I’m finding that I am at that awful grown-up age where you can no longer just hate your ex just because he’s your ex.

Damn you, adulthood.

Instead, you now just love someone you can no longer be with. Ugh.

Anyway. In the midst of it all, I feel a lot of gratitude too. I may be sad and unlucky in some aspects, I’m still blessed with a bunch of people and a bunch of things, and I like to honour that.

And since the alternative is ignoring my blog while staring vacantly into space , I’m writing to express this gratitude. So, gratitude list: The Break Up Edition. Sorry if I sound bitter. I’m told it will pass.

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Dec 142014
 

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At this point, Queen B can do no wrong. Fan base? THE WORLD.

I didn’t always like Beyonce (cue gasps of horror and possible deportation off the Internet) I don’t like Goody Two Shoes, and she was just so wholesome and God-loving and perfect and ugh. I need a little grime with my idols.

But when the VideoPhone music video with Gaga dropped? I was GONE.

And then Beyonce dropped Beyonce (2013) and became a feminist and sexy as hell and a mom and a kick ass entertainer and a business woman and I was like YES. YES. SO MUCH YES AND ALL OF THE YES.

And Beyonce can teach us a thing or two.

Not because we should try to do everything while looking as fabulous as she does: we don’t have a million dollars to spend on assistants, babysitters and pedicures. Not because we should try to be in a relationship like hers: I have my doubts about the authenticity of some aspects of her life. Girl knows how to work the media.

No need to become a Beyonce clone. But because say what you want about her, the woman is an artist. And an inspiration. And uses her image, her music and her life in very interesting and inspiring ways.

So here’s a list of life lessons from Beyonce according to me. Be inspired to be a little more Queen Bee in your everyday life, for the better. Bown down bitches.

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Dec 072014
 

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Hi! Do you have a pumpkin?

And too much time on your hands?

Are you a white girl who is obsessed with pumpkin spice latte?

Are you any other person who is obsessed with pumpkin spice lattes?

Boy, do I have a treat for you. In 19 ridiculous steps and about 3,5 hours, you can bake a delicious pumpkin pie WITH pumpkin spice.

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Dec 032014
 

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A few weeks ago I was approached with an inquiry if I was interested in reviewing some make-up.

CBD make up, to be more exact.

I didn’t know what that was, so I checked the website: This was a website specifically for everything that has to do with weed, smart drugs and shrooms. And CBD stands for cannibidiol, which -next to THC- is another compound in marihuana.

If I wanted to test your cannabis-oil make-up.

Yeah, no. But send me your drugs and I’m game for a review.

Disclaimer I: I am an adult, my life is very stable, I am emotionally stable and I don’t get scared very easily. I have no medical or psychological issues. I think truffles are relatively innocent. I was safe, I educated myself on what I was doing and I had a sitter on speed dial who could be with me in a moment’s notice.

Disclaimer II: I am not anti drugs. I am of the Do Whatever You Want persuasion. I’d advise you to not do this if you’re unhappy, unhealthy or under 21 (your brain is still growing). Other than that, do whatever the fuck you want as long as you know yourself and your limits, and don’t hurt other people or yourself.

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Nov 232014
 

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Yes, hi, sorry. Bit of an (emotional) rush at work this week, and for the last two days I have been mostly off line, sleeping it off and working on my workshop for the I Love Beauty Event on Saturday. I am so nervous I might pull an Adele and get lost 20 minutes before I have to take the stage.

ANYWAY. HOW ARE YOU?

I’ll tell you how you are.

You are awesome. And generous. And enthusiastic, cool fucking people. In two weeks, I have read a couple of cute blogs* about people doing the 50T2015 project (1 by Benthe, 2 by Sandra3 by Shivany and my favorite, the very honest, funny elaborate one by Rosanne) and have gotten some sweet emails about how much they love the ebook and the assignments.

I’m happiest about your enthusiasm, for sure. But the fact that you brought in 350$ for the Girl Effect is pretty amazing too. I had champagne last night to celebrate it**. Thank you guys. I think that is so cool.

I also received some very helpful feedback about the e-book. First of all, people would like an index. Gotcha. I noted that down for next ebooks and next year’s version.

And dates for the assignments were requested. Because people lose count and get confused, and counting back every time you forget where you’re at for a second is a pain in the ass.

You ask. I provide.

From this week on I’ll provide the dates for you at the end of my own 50T2015 Project Reports. Here’s what I did in the first 1,5 week, and here’s what we are going to do next week.

Let’s go.

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Nov 112014
 

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YES YES YES.

After a long tedious editing session and a pizza order, I am happy and proud to announce that the 50 Day Until 2015 Workbook is up for sale!

Last year, I loved doing the 50 Days Until 2014 series so much that I turned the 2015 version into a pretty ebook for a good cause.

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CONTENT This ebook is 120+ pages of updated and reworked stories and exercises to entertain and inspire you to make the most of the last fifty days of the year. Each chapter is focused on one assignment and comes with a pretty picture, a funny quote and if you’re lucky: A personal anecdote that inspired the chapter, or my personal take on the assignment.

PRICE Because I want as many people as possible to enjoy it, it costs only 5.50$ (4 euros), all of which will go to charity.

Payhip takes Paypal, but if you don’t have Paypal you can email me at info[a]theselfhelphipster.com; we’ll do it with a normal money transfer!

GOOD CAUSE I donate quite a bit of the proceeds of my ebook sales to charity at the end of each month, and 100% of the 50 Days Until 2015 Workbook is going to projects all over the world that positively impact the lives of young girls.

I donate a lot of my ebook profits to the Girl Effect projects all over the world and I want to do that for this ebook too. These projects are focused on offering girls more chances on education, better health care and a higher likelihood of success, and I’m all for that. Hope you are too.

EXTRA PLEA This is optional in all the ways, but IF you enjoy the ebook (which I hope you will!)? IF you feel that it’s worth more than just the 5$ (which I think it is!)? Would you PLEASE consider donating extra money to the Girl Effect projects for me?

You can donate directly to the Girl Effect fund that distributes the money evenly, or to projects of your choice, but you can also donate to me (button to the right) and write ‘Girl Effect’ on the note of the donation so I’ll know what it’s for, and I will add it up to the pile to donate at the end of the month.

I’m kind of hoping I can make some sort of whopping donation that buys a girl school supplies (OR ACTUAL SCHOOL) for an entire year.

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As usual you can click here to buy it, or the button below. Have a wonderful Wednesday, and enjoy the ebook!!

EDIT: I recommend downloading it via computer! I made the PDF as small as possible but it is 47 MB to download!

Buy the 50T2015 Workbook Here!

Nov 102014
 

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Last year, for the final 50 days of the year, I blogged every single day about the self-imposed challenge I was doing. In the last 50 days of 2014, I gave myself an assignment every day. Sometimes I had to do something, something I had to make an exercise, sometimes I forced myself to sit still: in silent meditation or just to relax for a while.

I can honestly say that those last 50 days of the year 2013 were the most positive and rewarding days of the entire year.

And I believe all the things I did then positively contributed to 2014, a year that has been A LOT better for me than 2013.

I knew I wanted to do it again this year. I liked the things I did so much last year I’m sticking to those assignments (for the most part anyway, I added some new ones), but I wanted to make an upgraded version for those of you want to join me.

I’m going to be linking back to old articles on my Twitter and Tumblr, but I’m also offering a 50 Days Until 2015 E-Book, where I have edited some stuff, updated a lot added some new assignments for the days I did nothing last year, such as Christmas.

Plus, and this was the most hilarious endeavour of them all, with glitter and dumbassery with my camera: I added some pictures so it looks all cute and fancy. It looks really, really nice.

You wanna have a sneak peek? I’ll give you one! 3 of the 50 exercises as they are in the book, for free, available for download here.

The ebook is going to be 5.50USD*, with ALL proceeds going to the Girl Effect projects.

Payhip uses Paypal, but if you don’t have Paypal you can email me and we’ll do it with a normal money transfer**.

I’m psyched. I’m super proud of the ebook AND excited to do all the assignments again. 50 Days to 2015, here we come.

The Ebook will be available Wednesday, that’s when we kick off the 50DaysTo2015! Stay tuned!

*Payhip, the method I use to sell my ebooks, gets a percentage of the purchase. By adding the .50$ I make sure the full 5 dollars can go to charity. 

**If you email me today we’ll be able to set you up with the book on Wednesday!