That’s a wrap: January

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Hi there folks! With January long gone, and February well underway, it was finally time to ‘wrap up’ my January and share some of the things that happened. You know, a bit of an update — to keep me onto my resolutions.

January was, if I can put it this way, a “jam-packed quiet month”. Now you all know I’m not a native speaker, but I do think I used those world correctly. January was so full of things, with nothing really happening. Of course, I got around to doing things… my sister and friend did the infamous ‘Nieuwjaarsduik‘ for the first (and last???) time on January 1st (very proud of them — I won’t do it). I met a friend of mine who got a new puppy. I met up with a friend for some delicious home-style Japanese. I met up with another friend to, well basically… I just met up with friends to eat when I wasn’t working or sleeping (in). Oh my, my life is so extraordinary.

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the smiling fools before diving into the sea when the weather is -5°C

About those resolutions, I wrote them down very clearly. I’m not too sure about the actual outcome. But I’ve decided I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. As long as I’m doing my best and trying to make my day-to-day life better and easier, it’s ok.

The monthly update:
– I read 1 book: ‘All The Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven. (1/14)
– I saw 2 memorable movies: ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘The Lobster’. (2/12)
– I tried 3 new recipes: taco’s, apple-oatmeal-crumble, ‘cajun’ rice and glazed pork. (3/12)

I also got around to take a polaroid, but I’ll get around that instaxchallenge some other time on the blog. Maybe at the end of the year? Yes, let’s do that grand ‘let’s-look-back-on-the-year’-thing this year!

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Now I know it’s all about the “pic’s or it didn’t happen” nowadays, but I’ve been a bit ‘underground’ with the busy times at work. Maybe I’ll share a bit more on the books, movies and food in a little round-up post later. I had some well-needed downtime in January. And then I got a bit down, too. But I’ve held onto the ‘specialities that each month has to offer’-thing.

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my friend’s new pup wins ‘cutest creature of the month’ award

Quote for this month:
“You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

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And here’s what I think is January-exclusive:

  • It’s a new year, new you kind a month. Everything is possible, you just got to set yourself those goals and make the effort to start anew.
  • Snow, if you’re lucky.
  • Bundling up in layers of clothing.
  • Comfort food.
  • Quietness of the new year.
  • Winter skies & it slowly getting more light out each day.


Now, half of that list is a bit ‘winter-exclusive’, and not solely for January. But I feel it’s the first month that we can enjoy these things, so it’s a bit ‘special’.

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this brilliant goat-cheese & pear sandwich wins sandwich of the month award

What I’m looking forward to in February? I think the Oscars, and watching a lot of movies because of all these award shows. (I haven’t seen La La Land yet! Nor any of the nominations…Manchester by the Sea? Hidden Figures? Moonlight? Elle? I want to watch them all) February can’t get past quickly enough for me, so please do share if you have any nice things to say about February. You know, even if we’re already halfway :)

  • I am so behind on my reading commitment. I always tend to fall into this trap. Sigh.

  • Beautiful post, as always. How you wrote this article and the beautiful photos you added reminds me of my childhood. When I was really small – a long time ago hehe – I used to read ‘Around the Year’ – a book by Elsa Beskow. Every month had its own illustration, and February had children on a sledge going down a snowy slope. Even though I would never feel like I did in those days ever again, I’m glad I remember the things that used to make me happy, because nowadays they always bring a smile to my face no matter what. Maybe February could be the month to remember the things that used to make one happy as a child…

  • I find February to be such a weird month; getting into the swing of the new year, but feeling a little bit panicked that time is going by so fast (as it is a short month).

    The sandwich looks incredible!!

    nat // dignifiable

  • I second what Natalie said below me. Can’t believe it’s already February. I feel cold and winter cozy from this post simultaneously. Haven’t seen ANY of the Oscar nominated films either. Nice things about February: 50 Shades Darker comes out, the second installment of an intentional comedy. And spring is coming!

  • how did your take on ex-machina? i quite liked it but it’s not really a mindblowing one like people said. been curious about the lobster for a while. hopefully soon!

    i heard about that festival. it’s definitely a thing that falls into category of “must do once before you die”! i found it so manly, yet yolo, y’know? so weird XD your january have been super lovely, louise! food, more food, and dog. it’s perfect <3

  • It sounds like you’ve had a nice and cosy January! I’ve never heard of that ice water plunge before… that’s crazy, haha. I love the photos, they have such a calm atmosphere.

  • Stephanie Louise

    Hooray for more movies! Your January sounds relaxing Louise :D I hope February treats you better and there’s more going on! x