WISHES | Things I want to do/ accomplish next year

For many people, a new year means a fresh start. I agree with that, but at the same time I think that a new year isn't something that special. I mean, what's the difference between the first of January 2017 and December 30, 2016? Exactly, it's just another day of our lives. However, the thought and fact that 2016 is slowly coming to an end, gives us the feeling that we need to change. It's like going to another school or switch to a new job, right? I am that kind of person who has (a lot of) resolutions for the new year. Personally, I think 2017 will be one of the most important years of my life.

First of all, I really want my blog to grow a little bit more. I absolutely love everything about blogging and I haven't thought about quitting once. I've been blogging for five and a half years (crazy, right?) and I can't wait to celebrate more years. However, I notice that there a lot of people nowadays who are calling themselves 'online influencer', 'blogger', etcetera. When I started blogging (2011), I had to explain to people what it was. 'You have your own blog? I don't get it, can you tell me more about it?' Now people are like 'oh, you're just another blogger' But one thing they don't know is that I have been doing this since such a long time. People can't just simply distinguish new and 'old' bloggers, unfortunately it doesn't work like that.
Anyway, back to the point. Something I really want to accomplish is a growing blog. This also means that I have to come up with new ideas and be more original. Hopefully I'll be having plenty of time from May on. I am already excited and looking forward to everything.

The second thing I want to do is travel more. I really want to go to Dubai again and visit Paris at least once. USA are on top of my list, but the problem is: NY or LA? Or maybe Las Vegas? There are so many other beautiful places I want to visit, I don't even know where to travel to first. Marrakech, Australia, Hawaii, Thailand... Oh well, we'll see.

Blogging has a lot of advantages, for example going to (press) events and meet other bloggers. Not everyone knows who I am/ recognises me, I really hope this is going to change next year. There are so many sweet girls I want to talk to in real life. Let's hope this will happen in 2017.

These are just three resolutions for the upcoming year. Of course I have many more, but writing a blog post about ALL of them will be way too much.
What are your intentions?

INSPIRATION | Bisous bisous

29th of December, 2016. Time flies, literally.
I just got back from a day in Amsterdam with my sweet friend, luckily we live very nearby so we could take our time and shop till we drop. We went to Love Stories, Episode and many more cute stores. Living in a village has its advantages, but going to a big city full of tourists that are taking pictures all the time of literally everything they see and the dirty smell of weed can be nice as well. Luckily I live very nearby, so going to Amsterdam is something I do quite a lot of times. After coming back, I decided to post an inspiration post. I don't know why, but every time I come home from Amsterdam (or another big city, it doesn't really matter which one), I'm very inspired..

FROM ME TO YOU | Merry X-Mas!

Source: www.instagram.com/njwhite

I'm currently writing this blog post on my new MacBook Air (thanks Santa!) and decided to leave a short message, I want to wish you all a very nice Christmas, full of joy, happiness, laughter and most important: lots of love. Don't forget that this time of the year is the ultimate chance to make things right and be extra kind to other people. We should all be thankful for everything we have in life, shouldn't we? The fact that there are a lot of people living on this planet who can't even afford 'a typical Christmas dinner', make me very sad to be honest. I am so thankful for the people I am surrounded by, I mean, I have the best family, the sweetest friends I could ever wish for and I have everything AND more.
Again, I wish all of you the best Christmas. To be happy and love is the greatest wish in life.

PERSONAL | 2017, I can't wait to meet you

We don't change for other people, we change because we constantly learn from ourselves who we excactly are. I am only seventeen years old, which means there are a lot of things waiting for me, being so young has a lot of advantages, for example discovering who you want to be and who you want be surrounded by.
2016 was not a bad year for me. Now I know which people are worth my time and which ain't shit. What 2016 also teached me is how to set priorities. First think about yourself before helping other people. We need to learn the difference between 'want' and 'need'.
LOVE YOURSELF
I remember last year's article on my blog (click), where you can read about not letting opinions from others affect you. I am so happy this is not happening to me (anymore). I used to listen to other people all the time, but now I know that we need to follow our own intuition instead of listening to people we are surrounded by. You know yourself more than others, so why would you listen to them instead of yourself? Don't get me wrong, sometimes my friends say something to me (advice, etc) and I'm like 'what would I do without you?', but when it comes to yourself and your own, personal decisions, please make sure you listen to yourself and won't be affected by others' opinions.


GO GO GO FOR IT GIRL!Want to raise your middle finger to someone you hate from the bottom of your heart? What are you waiting for, go girl! Want to tell your best friend you love her? Grab your phone and make a call! When you want something, make sure you do it, I guarantee, it's one of the best feelings ever. I am already looking forward to 2017, because this will definitely be the year of realizing things (I'm so sorry, I just had to) going after your wishes/goals and make them come true. If school won't mess up, I am 100% sure next year will be great. I don't think I've ever been this excited!

What have you learned in 2016?

INSPO | Christmas gift ideas (budget proof special)

Christmas is coming, which means it is time to go shopping. However, not for yourself this time! We all know how stressful it is to buy presents, especially when you decide to go to the mall one (or maybe two) day before Christmas..
Let's be honest, online shopping is way easier than real life. You can lay back, stay in your pajamas and eat a chocolate bar without anyone looking at you like you've done something really bad. Online shopping is the best thing ever.
Every year in December, I create a list full of products that are perfect to give to your brother/ mother in law, neighbour, etc.
This year I decided to show you less expensive gift ideas. I think the most expensive product is the Fujifilm polaroid camera (€65). The phone case is from hoesjes-outlet (HOW cute?!). I really love the eyelash beanie, it reminds me of Chiara Ferragni her brand, the only difference is that this beanie is €8. The mermaid blanket is the dream of every girl on earth. All te other products are perfect if you are not someone who likes to go Christmas shopping. Diptyque candle, Chanel make-up (doesn't have to be expensive), ChloĆ© look-a-like wallet.. A girl can never have enough!

BIG LAUNCH | KARIN + ANNA OFFICIAL

Yesterday was the day: Karin + Anna went live! We've been working on this project for a little while and now we can proudly say that www.karin-anna.com is our own web shop where you can order (personalized) clutches, phone cases and fur chains. I used to work with brands and companies and now I have my own with my sister, crazy, right? Please don't hesitate to send email to bloggers@karin-anna.com if you would like to collaborate with us. Also, things are not 100 per cent finished yet. The best is yet to come (we need to cross a few more t's), but the most important things is that we are live!
It feels so great to accomplish your goals. 2017 is (hopefully) going to be a great year with even more big projects, crazy ideas and creative things. Please don't forget that the only way to reach your goal is by working hard for it and not listening to negative people around you.
Go go go visit karin-anna.com!!