On a roll…

Ever since school started early September I’ve been very busy, but somehow I still don’t seem to have a lot of time to bead (sounds familiar, anyone?). However, I managed to experiment a little with making wire beads. Basically it comes down to rolling wire into coils and then do the same with the coils. After a little experimenting I was quite happy with how my copper  bead turned out.

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If you do what you did, you will get what you got

About 2.5 years ago I did the NLP practioner training in the Netherlands. If you don’t know what NLP is, check out this link. Personally, I have found NLP to be a practical and powerful tool.

Whenever I think about NLP the first thing that comes to mind is the phrase: when you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. This training really helped me to change and do things in a different way that works better for me and helped me move forward (and leave some difficult stuff behind me instead of just trying to bury it, which didn’t really work for me). Doing things differently gave me different results that I liked far better than the ones in the past.

Since there are still things I would like to do differently, I really wanted to take the next step. So, this year I will do the masters training. Two weeks ago was the first weekend and it was just so powerful. It gave me so much energy and I realized “I can do it”! It may not always be easy yet, but it will be.
This training is given by Lindagail Campbell and she is an amazing teacher. If you ever have the opportunity to train with her, I would definitely recommend it. Also we have a wonderful group of people and it never seizes me to amaze how quickly a group of total strangers can bond and feel save enough to share their (sometimes really very personal) feelings and experiences.
For the people in the Netherlands, I did my training at NTI NLP and had a really good experience with them.

Fall has come!

After a long, beautiful summer, fall has arrived. And not just on the calendar unfortunately, when I got up this morning rain was pouring down. Oh, well, I guess it’s a good thing, they call Washington the evergreen state and if we want to keep all this beautiful green, we can’t do without that wet stuff. The bright side is…… fall fashion!!!!! OMG I love this fall’s fashion, I’m afraid I don’t have enough money, there is just so much that I would like to have and I love this season’s colors. If you didn’t get around to see what’s in fashion this fall, take a look at my Pinterest page Fashion fall 2014.

(What) to cook or not to cook?

Over the years I’ve become more and more interested in (healthy) food. Especially when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease a few years ago. I’ve become convinced that one of the worst things to eat is refined sugar and once you start looking for that, you will notice there are a lot of things that contain sugar (even things you might not expect it in). Once you start reading food labels, it’s impossible to stop. In the Netherlands I knew most things I could buy, but when we came to the US I had the big challenge of finding new healthy foods. Everything was different here and even the few products they had in the US too, tasted different (either much sweeter or much saltier).

I started baking my own bread because we couldn’t get used to the store bought ones (they contain much more sugar and/or salt then we’re used to). At least now I know for sure my bread does not contain sugar and not too much salt. Also I usually make my own (pasta) sauces and dressings from scratch. Some work out better than others, but you don’t know until you try, right? I even make my own almond milk now. A couple of years ago I would have laughed if someone had told me I would ever do that. But since I got my blentec at Mothers day, I’m totally addicted to it. I thought I’d give it a try, because I totally love, love, love almonds, and it was just soooooo good. Store bought almond milk doesn’t even come close to it. And so I make a batch of almond milk every other 3 days or so. I’d say pretty good for a girl that doesn’t like to cook.

Still, I think it’s pretty tough finding my way in the world of (healthy) food. Recently I’ve discovered a website I find very useful and since I know other people around me that are also interested in healthy food, so I thought it might be helpful to share this website http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/index.php. They have some interesting articles. Also, they have a list that tells you what produce should best be bought organic and which ones are safe buying conventionally grown.

Sew Happy

 I recently discovered the magic of sewing. Really, it’s just magical to create clothes out of a piece of fabric. Since I only just started, I still have a lot to learn. The internet is a great source for all kinds of tutorials (don’t know how we survived without in the past 🙂 ) and since a couple of months I use Pinterest to collect the tutorials and inspirational pictures I find on the internet. Not just for sewing, but for other things like jewelry and DIY projects as well. Sew, if your interested, please do check out my Pinterest page.

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Everything has beauty

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Confucius

This quote is one of the things that inspired me to start this blog. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely one of those people that tends to get wrapped up in all the big and small things they need to do and as a result no longer see, let alone enjoy, the beautiful little things that cross their path. So, I decided I wanted to be more conscious of these little things, enjoy them and get inspired by them.

Further I’m working on my Etsy shop, also called Life Is Simply Amazing, in which I intend to sell my handmade jewelry. Writing about the shop and the jewelry I’m working on gives me the feeling that it’s slightly more than just a hobby and that I need to keep working on it. Hopefully, this will also teach me to see the beauty in the pieces I make and to stop looking for perfection. Because if you look for perfection, you’ll never be content (Tolstoy, Anna Karenina) which is so true.