One year ago, I was forced to say goodbye to my grandmother, my Oma Betty. Her illness, Alzheimer, made it sometimes difficult to remember who Oma truly was. However, I will always remember her as someone who loved to have fun, as someone who would appreciate nice things even though they’d appear trivial to others. … More Oma Betty
Sometimes words come to me. Sometimes they stick and I get to write them down, other times the words leave my mind as fast as they came. A few days ago, I was feeling a bit down. I tried to calm down but nothing helped, until I wrote down the words in my mind, they … More Goodbye 2017!
Two years ago, on this day, I was going home on my bicycle. I had just been to a therapy session. I was thinking about the handsome man I had met at school and about what I would have for dinner, pizza seemed like the best option. I was ten meters away from my front … More A painful anniversary
Have you seen the animated short film In a Heartbeat? If you haven’t, watch it here before reading this. The short film was made by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, two students at Ringling College of Art and Design. It tells the story of a boy in the closet who is accidentally outed when his … More ‘In a Heartbeat’ – my reaction
Reading is a powerful thing. It enables us to travel without actually leaving our comfortable homes. It is actually both comfortable and uncomfortable (because it brings you to places you’ve never been to). I love to have a book in my hands and I love sharing what I read with other people. I am a … More My Review of ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Andersen
Planning, according to some, is “the act of formulating a course of action or of drawing up plans”, to others it feels like being tied down and takes away your creativity and spontaniety. The truth is that planning can be good, but also unnecessary, depending on the context: your personality, your financial situation, and where … More Planning: the pros and cons
My full name is Cara Elena Emma Victoria. Yes, I have three middle names. It is tradition in my family to have middle names referring to people in our family. My parents wanted to give me the names of women who had made a difference in the family and in their community, the names of strong … More What’s in a middle name?
Where does that name come from? When I started blogging, my username was CaraInFinland. At that time, it made perfect sense. My first name is Cara and I lived in Finland. 2 years later, I joined Instagram and changed my username to Belgianfinnishgirl. I felt this made more sense because I didn’t live in Finland … More Belgian World Citizen
I am a writer. I started my first blog in 2013 when I left for Finland. I wrote about my experiences as an exchange student. When I returned to Belgium, I slightly expanded my comfort zone by writing about my work as an AFS volunteer. Now, it is time for me to, again, expand my … More To New Beginnings!