Don’t know what to journal about? 10 journaling prompts for you!

Does the following thing sound familiar to you? Wanting to journal, whipping out all of your journaling supplies and opening that precious little book of yours, but coming to the conclusion that you have the worst journaling block ever? Stop worrying and look no further. I’ve compiled a list with 10 journaling prompts specially for you!

1. Doodle your favorite painting

2. Write the life story of a stranger you saw today. Make it as detailed as you want!

3. Look up your horoscope and reflect on it. Did any of the things become reality?

4. If today was a colour, what would it be?

5. Songs you sing in the shower

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I doodled Sterrennacht (Starry Night) by Vincent van Gogh

6. Write a letter to your favorite inanimate object

7. Glue in as much bits and bots you can find in your favorite colour. Don’t worry about not making it pretty

8. Doodle the meaning of all of your names

9. Look at this article with the 100 most beautiful words in English, pick one and write about it

10. Go for a walk in your neighbourhood and collect things, such as leaves, that you find on the street

Be sure to tag me on instagram @pamjournals if you plan on doing one of these prompts! I’m really curious to see what beautiful entries will be the result of these!

50 questions that will free your mind – part six

 

I’d like to think of myself as a dedicated person, whether it comes to university assignments, personal things or blogposts. Since we’ve crossed the halfway point of this blogseries already, that feeling keeps growing, as well as the knowledge I have of myself.

26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
Considering I’m only 18 at the moment and have a whole life in front of me to live, I’d say lose all of my old memories. Right now, I’m in university which means I make tons and tons of memories and not being able to make them for the next three years frightens me.

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The perks of being Dutch

‘Wait, what country do you live in again?’
Ah, The Netherlands: a beautiful country in western Europe, known for many things: canals, flowers and being as flat as a pancake.
Living in a country like this has its perks, but I doubt that foreigners know them all, so that’s why I’ve tried to compile a list with some of them:

1. Climate change
If the sea level rises just a little bit more thanks to the wonderful thing called climate change, one thing’s for sure: we are so, so, so screwed. A big part of our country is below sea level and, surprise, that part is the most densely populated. Oh well, I hope everyone’s swimming skills are up to date…

2. Bikes
17 million people, 23 million bikes. Wait, what? No, that wasn’t a typo, it’s true! We Dutch people have mastered the skill of gracefully cycling in the pouring rain while balancing a screaming child and two heavy grocery bags on our handlebar quite well over the years. Tourists always seem amazed by these circus-like scenes and are often eager to try it as well. Sadly, cycling in the city centre of Amsterdam when you’ve never even touched a bike seems more like a suicide attempt than a fun thing to do. Every time when I try to make my way through the city centre, I come across dozens of flocks of scared tourists whose faces shows nothing but fear.
Pamela’s pro-tip of the day for tourists: the tram is your enemy and when you hear its bell it means that you have exactly 3 seconds to move out of the way  before you’ll be as flat as our country.

3. ‘Hagelslag’
Chocolate sprinkles on toast. Sounds weird, right? What’s even weirder is that pretty much everyone eats it. Yes, even grown ups. Do you want chocolate sprinkles? We have it. Fruit flavored sprinkles? We got you covered. Licorice flavor? We’ll proudly pass it on. Conclusion: we Dutch people love our sprinkles

4. Weed
Soft drugs are legal here and, when you’re walking through certain parts of Amsterdam, you’ll be amazed by the number of coffeeshops (don’t get these confused with coffee bars where you can actually buy coffee) and stoned tourists you’ll encounter. However, it’s a myth that all Dutch people are stoners. Just because we have unlimited access doesn’t mean we’re high 24/7, well, maybe some are.

5. We have the best swear words
Smeerlap, afgelikte boterham, doos, flapdrol, klerezooi. The list goes on and on… The Dutch are pretty creative when it comes to their swear words. Period.

6. Birthday calendars in the smallest room
In the digital age, lots of people scroll through their Smartphone when visiting the smallest room. We Dutch people however, look at our calendar. Yes, pretty much every home has a calendar with birthdays hanging in there. So, when you’re taking your time, look at the birthdays and figure out you just forgot your mother-in-laws’ birthday, that’s a perfect time to yell ‘shit’ .

Ah, the Netherlands. Lovely country, right?

50 questions that will free your mind – part five

I just realised the final part on this questionnaire series will be posted a few days after I finish my first year at university. Coincidence or not? Enough with the rambling, time for you guys to find out more about me as well.

21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
I’d rather be the joyful simpleton! Worrying to the extreme isn’t a healthy thing to do, so I’d rather live a simple but joyful life than worry about all these tiny kinds of things.

22. Why are you, you?
I am ‘me’ because I was born this way, shaped by my environment and all of the experiences I had up until now. No one in this entire world did everything in the exact same order as I did, so that means that no one is the same as me. I am ‘me’, the only ‘me’ walking around on this earth.

23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
Without sounding overly cocky, I have. I try my hardest to always stay polite and be reasonable when it comes to people. Not only because that’s a nice thing to do, but also because you never know people their stories.

24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
We currently live in the digital age where people their hands seem to be glued to their Smartphones and everyone has Whatsapp or somethingsimilar, so I’d say it’d be to lose touch with a good friends who lives near me.

25. What are you most grateful for?
This is a really hard thing for me to answer. Not because I’m never grateful, but because there a many, many things I’m grateful for. ‘The most grateful’ sounds very daunting, since I always pay attention to the small things. If I had to say anything, it’d be the fact that I live right here, right now with the people I love.

Wait? Did any of you notice that that was question 25 already? We’re halfway there! Time really seems to fly when you fill out these kind of questionnaires.

 

‘Pamela? As in Anderson?’

Introducing yourself to college freshmen at an informal cocktail party is something I always tend to avoid as much as possible. Not because I’m very shy, but because I’d rather not hear comments about my name, especially not when they’re made by tipsy students.

A few months ago, when I was hanging around with some friends at our student association biweekly cocktail party, two boys approached us. A quick thought was running through my head: ‘Shall I introduce myself as Pam?’

‘Hey, are you guys playing a drinking game? Can we join?’ Obviously, it was all about the booze. How typical.

While I was still slowly sipping my soft drink, the boys took place on the couch opposite of me. I hoped they’d go straight for the beer and forget the whole ‘hey-let-us-introduce-ourselves’-part, but they stood up again to formally introduce themselves.

They started shaking hands with us and when they got to me and asked for my name, I blurted out: ‘Pamela’

Oops.

I only started to regret not shortening it to Pam when a cheeky smile formed on one of the boys’ lips.

‘Ah, Pamela Anderson.’ That was the only thing he said.

Boys will be boys, I guess, but if I had a penny every time they’d  say something like this, I’d probably be able to re-film all 243 Baywatch episodes in high-definition with new actors. Who knows, it might become such a big hit that everyone will forget that Pammy ever played a part in it. Maybe then I’ll finally be able to introduce myself without boys acknowledging her.

For the time being: Yes, It’s Pamela, as in Anderson.

50 questions that will free your mind – part four

‘Consistency’, yes, that’s a word that I love. Being able to do something on the right moment, at the right time. Today marks the fourth consecutive week already of me filling out this questionnaire in order to find out more about myself, quite consistent right?

16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
I think it’s because every single human being is unique. There are seven billion people on this earth and if everyone loved the same things, life would be so boring. You’ll never have your own little thing or secret that makes you happy, since everybody around you would love it too. When I was born, I got my own blueprint and for the last 18 years, I’ve been erasing certain parts and redrawing some things. The result is a unique human being with unique qualities and a unique taste when it comes to loving things.
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A letter to my Tinnitus

Dear Tinnitus,

Well over six months ago, you crept into my life. Not just for a few minutes or hours, no, you stayed. A constant, annoying, high-pitched sound beeping in my right ear. I’m unable to escape you, tried everything I could, even cried myself to sleep a few times the first month of your stay, wishing it would just all stop.

I always loved the sounds of everyday life around me, never really appreciated silence that much; to me, silence was scary. These days, I’d do a lot just to hear what silence sounds like again, but I know that my chances are slimming down each and every day.

So, Tinnitus, I don’t know where you came from, I don’t know why you’re here, but I won’t let you take away my joy in life. Yes, I might hear you 24/7, but that doesn’t mean I can’t live life to the fullest. I love to type on my laptop (since it masks the sound of my beep a bit), love to walk around in the city or spend the afternoon in a crowded café. It’s all about getting used you sticking around.

When I reached the six months mark, I nearly burst out in tears. You would now be officially permanent (at least, that’s what doctors say). Having to live another 60 years with you as some awful background music doesn’t sound really appealing to me, but I hope we’ll become friends along the way.

Who knows? I might habituate in a few months, only being able to hear your screams when I pay attention to them. But trust me, as much as I’d love the fact of us forming a friendship, I dislike you enough to wish you farewell. Yes, I might cry tears if you decide to leave me one morning when I wake up, but those will be tears of joy.

Tinnitus, It’s you and me now. You’re probably here to stay for much longer, but you won’t get me down anymore.

Sincerely,

The girl who is currently habituating to you

50 questions that will free your mind – part three

Time flies when you’re filling out questionnaires.

11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
It really depends. If I knew my close friend was a ‘friend’ of them too, I’d confront them with what they said, since you shouldn’t criticise a friend of yours in such a distasteful way. However, if they didn’t know my close friend personally, I’d stay quiet but tell my close friend afterwards so she knows that they’re no good. I personally would never see these people the same again. My trust in them would be scarred, maybe even for life. Who knows who they are distasteful about as well?

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Adulthood is a myth

I often get cold sweats thinking about the fact that I’m a legal adult now. The big old 18 that I have to write down every time when I have to sign something. After circling around the sun this many times, people start to expect that you’ll have to get your life on track. From university major to dream job, from paying insurance to calling the doctor yourself instead of chickening out and begging your mum to call. One thing is sure: Adulthood is a myth!

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