50 questions that will free your mind – part two

It’s already time for part two of the ’50 questions that will free your mind’. After filling out the first five questions last week, my head felt so much clearer, almost as if it had a mental workout. It was a truly amazing feeling and because I’d love to experience that feeling again, I decided to do the next five questions today.

6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
That’s a good question. I think that if I ended up working with media, such as a newspaper or television, I’d be one of the happiest people alive. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to do something with communication so I think I’d be pretty rich if I ended up in that sector.

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The most inspiring video I’ve ever seen

When you ask my friends what my obsession is, chances are they’ll say journaling. For over two years I’ve been trying to document the lovely things in life: graduating high school, finding out who I really am, writing down quotes by my friends. The list goes on and on…

I have to admit that, even though I am a consistent journaller, I tend to get in a journaling rut every now and then. I can have an entire week without writing a single world, days where I just stare at my page, but nothing comes out.

I always tend to look for inspiration online to get me going again and a few months ago I stumbled upon this gorgeous video by Sonia from SoulPancake. I watched it and when it finished, I watched it again. It had me completely mesmerised. This one video is so well put together that it’s one that you can watch over and over again.

Whenever somebody tells me they want to get into journaling, I always send them the link to this video, hoping it can spark some inspiration. It certainly did with me and I hope you’ll get the same feeling as I did after watching it.

50 questions that will free your mind – part one

I’m a sucker when it comes to filling in questionnaires for fun. They make me laugh, understand myself better or cringe whenever I reread them a couple years later. One questionnaire I’ve been wanting to fill in for quite a while is called ‘50 questions that will free your mind’, written by Marc and Angel from marcandangel.com.

As an incentive to push myself to fully complete it, I’m going to answer 5 questions a week on here. That way, not only I will discover more about myself, but you get a peek into my life as well. Shall we begin? Here we go…

1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I’m currently thriving as an 18 year old and would have to say that I really feel as if I’m 18. A young adult who is starting to do things on her own, finding out what her purpose in life in, what she’s destined to do. Yes, I would think I’m 18.

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5 reasons why I love my major with my entire heart – and why you might love it too!

Whenever I tell people that I study communication sciences at a Dutch university, I always get weird looks from people saying that it’s a pointless major, there are no job opportunities and that it shouldn’t even be considered a university degree since ‘communication can’t be learned, it’s something you do’, at least, according to them. People like this just can’t comprehend how my major can be fun, challenging and loved with my entire heart. Below are five reasons why I love it so much.

1. You start to understand yourself more
It sounds cheesy, I know, but after I started studying this, I noticed that I started to understand myself more. I now focus a lot more on the way I speak, on the non-verbal communication I do, on the way I communicate my thoughts with people through language. I found out I’m more extrovert than I thought and that writing clears my head so much. They say university helps you grow as a person, but I think this major helped me grow twice as much already.
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Spotify daily mix – commentary

If I had to describe myself in three words, It’d be something along the lines of ‘Avid Spotify user’. Countless hours per day are filled with jamming along to the newest songs, singing along with the lyrics and suffering through the ads (the perks of not being a premium user). A while ago, I discovered the spotify daily mix a.k.a the best playlist ever. I, the music lover, decided to jot my thoughts down for the first seven songs of the day.

1. By your side feat. Raye – Jonas Blue
I Shazamed this song a while ago when it was used for a Say Yes To The Dress commerical, but I sort of forgot about it for a few weeks. Then, all of sudden, it popped up in this playlist and I immediately remembered it. Love this song, I really do!

2. All time low – Jon Bellion
Back when I first downloaded Spotify, which was only in December 2016 (Yes, I was very late to the party), I found a playlist that consisted of the best songs of 2016. This was one of the few songs that made it to my very own ‘January jams’ playlist, but I totally forgot about after the first month ended. It was nice to hear it again a few weeks later!

3. Castle on the hill – Ed Sheeran
Okay, So I basically still hadn’t listened to this song until the moment it came up in this playlist… Shame on me! I just never really felt like listening to Ed’s new album, but I’m very glad this song ended up in here! Be right back, listening to his entire album as I speak!

4. It ain’t me feat. Selena Gomez – Kygo
I’m incredibly glad the daily mix playlist introduced me to this song, since I heard it a couple of times on the radio, but I just didn’t know whose song it was. The look on my face was totally priceless.

5. Roman Holiday – Halsey
What’s a playlist without a little bit of Halsey, right? This is actually my favorite song by her, so kudos to the algorithm making these playlists for me, since they really do know what I like!

6. Stay feat. Alessia Cara – Zedd
Did someone say festival vibes? I was introduced to this song last March when me and my friends were chilling in an abandoned classroom, so when this song came up, it brought me back to that back. I lo-lo-love this song so much. Period.

7. Dangerously – Charlie Puth
Again, the algorithms are really doing their best! Yet another personal fave by an artist that ended up in the playlist. I think I love this song and this playlist dangerously.

‘Enjoy 30 minutes non-stop music thanks to the following advert.’
Sigh, I think that means I have to stop now, even Spotify has had enough of this blogpost.

Tipsy students

One advantage of not really liking alcohol is being able to observe tipsy students. To be quite honest, these students belong to a demographic I’d like to avoid, but every now and then I make an exception.

A while ago, my friends asked (read: slightly forced) me to go to an informal drinks night our student association hosted. The wine, which smelled like vinegar, was served in those typical free paper cups. Very student-like, right?

‘I’d take a Fanta.’

One thing led to another and after 30 minutes I was playing along in some weird drinking game with seven slightly intimidating students.

‘Pamela, I give you five sips.’ A boy looked at my cup, waiting for me to take a sip. I brought the cup to my lips and drank. They all knew I didn’t drink, but I was wondering if they hadn’t forgotten it already.

Two hours later, I decided it was time for me to cycle home again, but just as I was preparing to leave, the ‘five sips boy’ stopped me and said: ‘How can you tolerate alcohol so well?’ A smile started to form on my lips as I gave him my cup, which contained a remainder of my fizzy drink. All he did was laugh, not being able to fully comprehend it all.

Sometimes, watching tipsy students can be fun, especially when you’re the one who’s sober.

Introducing: Dutch musicians

Every morning there’s another start
Every morning hits so hard
Guess I’m running scared
Guess I’m running on empty

Ah, yes, this song is currently stuck in my head. However, chances are that you have no clue who the singer is. That’s okay, because not many people know any Dutch musicians at all! That calls for a short introduction to some of my Dutch faves and, the best part, they all sing in English so you can all scream along with the lyrics!

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4 reasons why you should start watching How To Get Away With Murder

I’m not the biggest bingewatcher when it comes to watching shows. No, I’d even say I’m a really picky person when it comes to dedicating precious time to staring at a screen. However, I put that all aside when a friend of mine introduced me to How To Get Away With Murder last December. Never have I ever watched a show in such a short timespan. It’s definitely one of the best shows I’ve watched, so that’s why I compiled a list of four reasons why you should give it a chance as well (if you haven’t already, of course).
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I’d like to think I’m not terrible at introducing myself to others, so here we go.
You stumbled upon my blog and maybe, if you’re interested, you plan on coming back every now and then.

This blog, Peculiar Pamela, will be updated at least once a week (probably on wednesdays and saturdays), but who knows? Maybe there’ll be an extra mystery post once in a while on special occasions.

Before we start, I’d like to explain that while I write in English, I’m not a native speaker myself, so there might be an occasional grammar or vocabulary mistake every now and then. Please bear with that!

But Pamela, why do you write in English then? To get that question out of the way: writing in Dutch is fun, but I just really needed a challenge. We live in a cosmopolitan world and perfectly speaking and writing English is slowly becoming the norm, especially for employers. Distinguishing yourself from the crowd by writing in your non-native language might be really handy for me in the future.

So maybe you’ve read until this point and you’ve become curious about the topics I’ll blog about. I have no clue how to explain my niche, but for now it’ll be a lifestyle blog filled with internal monologues, obsessions and occasional witty rambles about events.

So, take a seat and grab the popcorn. I hope you’re here to stay!