I’m becoming a doctor

Light feeling in my head, not only butterflies but the whole zoo in my stomach and a body full of adrenaline.

That is more or less how I felt this morning when I went on the internet and found out I passed the entry exam for medicine. I’m not writing this post to brag about it, so I won’t make it long, but I’ve been working so hard for this for so long already and I just can’t describe the happiness that’s flowing through my body right now.

I wanted to share my happiness with you guys and say that you must never give up on a dream. I didn’t pass the exam last year, but I wanted it so bad and worked for it, every single day and now I finally got the result!

Chase after your dreams and don’t let them run away from you that easily, because one day, you will catch up with them and I promise, it’ll be one of the best days of your life and all the efforts will be more than worth it.

Love, Beth

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Memory boxes

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For quite a few years now, my mom kept these memory boxes for my sister and me. Birthday cards and little things that we probably would’ve thrown away, are now carefully (or rather untidy but who cares) stored in boxes and put away underneath our beds.

So yesterday as a study break, I decided to take a look inside my memory boxes. Oh the memories that came back… It might sound stupid or cheesy, but every single time I look in them, I’m touched once again by all the memories, floating back into my brain. It goes from pictures of my class in first grade, to love letters from former boyfriends when I was fourteen or fifteen years old, to pictures from summercamps I did more than 5 years ago.

I think it is strange how things that happened in the past, can have this huge influence on our actions and the decisions we make today. When you think of it, it’s funny because most of these thoughts happen in your subconscious. If clowns scared the hell out of you when you were a kid, you probably won’t be hasty with taking your own kids to the circus. It’s like former experiences guide us through live, without us even knowing. It’s kind of obvious, but when you look further, you’ll see these phenomenon also in your all day thingies. Maybe your mum bought you a hideous green sweater once but you had to wear it, so now you don’t like the color green that much.

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”, said by Karl Lagerfeld.

Enjoy life people, make memories and make sure you’ll look back at them with a smile on your face.

Love, Beth.

 

Totally cliché lovestory

‘I love you, to the moon and back.’

16 years old and being totally clueless of what the summer would bring. That sounds a whole lot like Lisa, now already three years ago.

That summer, the summer of 2011, had so many things she could look out for and since she didn’t had a boyfriend, she could do whatever she wanted. She was going to Italy with her parents and sister and she was going to see her friends a lot. But her absolute favorite, was going on summercamp with her best friend Emilia. They always had so much fun together and they knew each other since the age of 5.

Finally the day of department had arrived. She had packed all of her stuff – like always way too much, but don’t all girls have that issue? – and was totally ready to leave. She said goodbye to her mom and dad and hopped on the bus. Emilia and Lisa were immediately in the happy holiday-mood, they hadn’t seen each other for too long so there surely was enough to talk about.

Lisa told me, she still remembers the first time she saw him. Actually it was due Emilia, she spotted a friend of him, ‘oh look at that boy with the red sweater, he’s cute!’, but Lisa didn’t see the boy with the red sweater, it was his friend who pulled her attention. It didn’t take long before they got to know each other, his name was Nick and he was also 16 years old. After a few days of laughing and talking and subtle eye contacts, she fell in love with him.

Of course the number one question was is he loved her back, she just couldn’t figure it out, while it was actually quite obvious if you look back at it now. They became close and when they went to the beach the last day of camp, they first kissed. They kissed in the sea and he whispered in her ear, ‘I love you, to the moon and back’ and she was the happiest girl alive.

Well, I think you already figured out there is no Lisa and Nick, it’s about my boyfriend and me, who are now – three years later – still together and really in love. I know, it’s a cliché teenage lovestory, but I did warn you in the title, didn’t I? And doesn’t everybody like some cliché, way too predictable lovestory now and then, whereby they don’t have to think too much? At least I do, especially when it’s my own.

See you soon sleepyheads,

Love, Beth

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London

The big surprise came at my mum’s birthday, she turned 50. My parents talked already some time about going to London, but that day, the 31st of January, it became reality.

‘We’re going to London for mum’s fiftieth birthday!’, oh the joy we felt! Now we had to plan our little family trip, with a sister at the age of 22 and working her first year as a nurse and myself being 19, it wasn’t that obvious for us to pin a date, but at last, we succeeded.

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We went to London at the beginning of July for four days and it was truly amazing. If you compare it to Belgium, it’s like a whole new world, suddenly appearing in front of your eyes. We arrived nearby our beautiful hotel ‘The Cavendish’, located in Piccadilly. You immediately feel like some VIP or something when you walk in, even the hallway was already beautiful. Then they take your suitcase and bring it to your room, which was not that big, but yet lovely and carefully furnished.

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My parents aren’t really the we-must-see-everything-this-city-has-to-offer types and I am truly grateful for that. I can’t really enjoy a city trip where you have to rush your way in and out all the things worth viewing. We rather skip one or two and enjoy a nice coffee or we go and eat our lunch in the park and watch the people that come by (and of course my sister and me give our outspoken opinion about them).

Our trip was the perfect combination of sightseeing, enjoying our family-moments and of course a little bit of shopping, what is quite inevitable with three women, and actually also eating, if I’m completely honest. The first thing we actually bought, where cupcakes in Fortnum and Masons. My sister and me love cupcakes but we actually don’t ever make them ourselves because we know we can’t leave them alone when they’re standing and smelling there, totally seductive, in the kitchen. But oooh these cupcakes we’re divine. I chose Red velvet and I actually don’t remember which one my sister took, but the taste was also amazing. We also went to see the Big Ben and the House of Parliament, Buckingham palace, Westminster Abbey and the Natural History museum. It was all wonderfull, but the museum kinda let us down. We thought of it as a typical museum you go to with your school, many things are explained in more of a childish way and normally that’s okay, but not if the whole museum is that way.

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The one thing that stood by me the most, was the musical of the Lion King. It is not like any other musical you’ve ever seen. The decor and the costumes are so beautiful and the show is magnificent. The actors have these amazing voices and the details are outstanding. I can’t give a good description really, you have to see it with your own eyes.

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For shopping, we had a small, but very effective list. We had to limit it a little, otherwise dad probably wouldn’t have survived. Our favorite (and of every other teenage girl in Londen) was Victoria’s Secret, I think it’s the closest to heaven I’ve ever been. The store is beautiful and the service is unique. They practically follow you with a bag in their hand and carry everything you want to try on. I know, if you think of it, it’s actually a little bit over the top, but who doesn’t enjoy some luxury now and then? It was funny though to see all the guys sitting and waiting in front of the store. They all had the same is-it-almost-over look on their face and when we came out and saw our dad sitting amongst them, we really couldn’t help ourselfs, it was too funny. We also did Abercrombie&Fitch, but we didn’t buy anything there, I personally find their style a little bit more for younger teenagers, but hey who am I to judge?

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I also really wanted to take a look in Primark, we don’t have one in Belgium and there is a huge fuzz about it, so my curiosity took over. It is really cheap and you really have to look for the beautiful things amongst the other, not-so-beautiful stuff. But at the end, I had some really nice clothes for almost no money. I bought a nice top, a blouse, dungarees and a pair of shoes and I love every one of them.

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Last but certainly not least, we went to Selfridges. For those who don’t know it, it’s actually a huge store complex with multiple areas. So you have beauty, clothes, food and drinks, sports, multimedia… It is certainly not a shopping center, but it also has many different brands. Here I got new Rayban sunglasses from my parents (I had to pay half, but I really love them so I didn’t care too much), it’s very hard for me to find myself a pair of sunglasses that doesn’t make me look absolutely ridiculous, so I grabbed my chance!

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For lunch, we went two times to ‘le Pain Quotidien’, it’s sandwiches and all the other things they have, are really delicious! For dining, we went one evening to ‘Jamie’s italian’, from Jamie Oliver. Of course he doesn’t really cook there, but the food was very nice. The other evenings, we went for more local restaurants, but sadly I don’t remember their names anymore…

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The trip was amazing, we don’t have many family moments these last times, so we did enjoy every second of it. If you’re looking for a city trip and you haven’t been to London, I would recommend you to go there some time, it really is worthwhile.

Love, Beth      10348610_10152583620582277_2831356528023112091_n

Confessions of a 19-year old

I’m walking through the city, just doing some daydreaming and thinking about the amazing holidays that lay ahead of me, when all of the sudden, I see them. 

Oh aren’t they just lovely, they’re screaming my name, I hear them whispering inside my head ‘come and look at us, see our beauty, our elegance. Wouldn’t we look marvellous with that new dress you just bought?’. Yes my dears, I’m talking about shoes. But oh, which woman can resist them? Okay I admit, I’m worse than most women, but I can’t help it and I did try, I really did. But they’re just the perfect cure for sadness or the perfect reward when you did something you can be very proud of. And yes, they even smell good when you just bought them.

Since we’re talking about confessions here, I shall confess. I’m a nineteen year old girl and I have inbetween 40 and 45 pairs of shoes in my closet. It’s driving my boyfriend crazy, but yeah, who blames him? ‘But those 40 pair are for winter and summer!’ I tell him, but then again, that’s only something I say to myself to make me feel better.

Okay, I have a bad habit, which I’m not that proud of, but I’m not ashamed of it either, because who hasn’t some secret addictions? Of course, that’s not the only thing I can’t live without, I have quite a few addictions actually.

For example, my piano. I’ve been going to piano lessons every week since I was 8. This year I stopped, I’ve got my diploma and just haven’t had the time anymore since I’m going to college. But I still play it often and now I can choose my own music, I really do love it. One of my favourites that I learned myself this year is ‘River flows in you’ from Yiruma (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsTjI75uEUQ), it really is so beautiful.

The fun part about playing the piano is that you can translate all your emotions – happy ones, but also the sad and angry ones – in your playing. Now I’m also busy with learning to play more modern pieces, like the piano version of Bastille’s ‘Bad Blood’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7MzFzsoziE).Image

 

One of my favourite breaks when I’m studying, is going for a run or going to the gym. I’ve been sporting my whole life, I’m mad at my lazy self when I have done nothing for a whole week. But sometimes, especially now during the exams, there just isn’t the time or the weather is too hot for jogging. 

Actually, I have started to go to the gym recently, because I’ve been playing hockey since I was little. Unfortunately, I also had to stop playing when I went to college, but oh how I miss it.. In a few years I will start playing again, I realized I just can’t live without it. Image

Yes, the one with the blue-orange hockeystick is me.

I must seem quite the sporter now, but don’t drag it too far there. I love sport and I can’t live without, but I can enjoy being lazy and eating chocolate while watching one of my favourite series just as well!

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(Omg, chocolate + Oreo cookies, a combination made in heaven).

So my dear sleepyheads, I’ve told you mine, now tell me yours! Don’t be ashamed of yourself, just be proud of your sweet can’t-live-without’s, I’m curious already!

Love, Beth

My first year of college

Goodmorning my beautiful sleepyheads!

When I stood up this morning, I was full of enthusiasm to go watch my blog and twitter! And well, I wasn’t dissapointed. I’ve got some new followers and I’m very excited to go on blogging! Image

 

I think I’ve found myself a new morning routine hehe (and I know, my feet are gorgeous, aren’t they?).

I’ve been thinking a lot about this post, about what should be in it, what I should tell y’all and mostly about how I should write it down.
Well, it’s almost summer, and who doesn’t like summer? Who isn’t craving for the feeling of those rays of sunlight on their body, whilst lying on the beach and thinking and caring about absolutely nothing?

Okay, that was my first thought, but unfortunately enough, that lovely summer-feeling is still a loooong way ahead from me, so I shall be realistic here (because someone still has to be).

Right now, I’m in the middle of my finals of my first year at the university of Leuven (one of the big university cities in Belgium). And well, let’s not lie or pretend here, my first year wasn’t a real succes. Now I hear y’all thinking ‘hehe, you party animal, you underestimated your first year of college and now you’ll hang for it, don’t you?’, well sometimes I really wish I could say that. Because that would be just stupid and maybe I could fix it next year, when I’m all wise and stuff and the partying was fun, but over for that year.

I hate to tell you guys that that wasn’t the case. When I graduated high school, I saw a beautiful world full of possibilities and let’s say I rated myself a little too high and chose a path a little too difficult. I went to study Bio engineering. I don’t know if you people have this in your country, but believe me, it’s hard. It’s full of science, actually almost only science in the first year and yes, I failed. I’ve studied really hard, but it just wasn’t for me.

There there, don’t be sad now, it isn’t that my life is ruined or anything, because I still have a dream! (Ohhh I lovvve this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzCWGGG2gQc) Yes my dears, it is my absolute dream to become a doctor. So why didn’t I just go for it this year then? Because here in Belgium, we have some kind of stupid system. You can’t just go and start studying to be a doctor, you have to pass a test here and if you don’t pass, you just can’t start. You can participate every year twice and try for as many years as you want.

Of course, I tried the test twice last year, but also there I failed (omg I really do sound quite pathetic). Though I’m quite hopeful, because I failed rather narrowly and after a year of college, I just hope I’ll pass. So what am I doing right now? I’m only taking 2 exams of bio engineer and further, I’m studying for the exam so I can start studying medicine hopefully.

Well my dears, I guess that’s all I have to say about that! You now know me a little better, I sure hope I can get to know you too!
Keep up for more posts the next days and if you have any comments, tips or questions, don’t hesitate to email me or to comment down below, I’d really appreciate it!

Love, Beth