List: It's the little things...

Running up the stairs to the attic as soon as I come home, to be just in time to take this photograph. 

A great run after a few days of feeling exhausted.

Finally getting the hang of our new car.

Fresh bedlinen, after a full day of open bedroom windows.

Sleep. Glorious sleep. Preferably in aforementioned freshly made bed.

Finding the exact shirt I had in mind - without knowing beforehand that it actually existed - and it being a perfect fit, too.

Feeling that my body is getting fitter.

Talking to a friend that understands.

Realising that one of my favorite songs in the whole world matches my One Little Word perfectly. 

Belting along to that song, alone in my car.

Treating myself to a beautiful artwork, one that I have been eyeing for a long time.

Happy mail exchanges with someone new.

Packing a bag of healthy food in the morning, knowing that it will be a good, crap free day (at least food wise). 

Early rays of sunlight breaking through the mist. 

My garden coming back to life.

Run baby, run: update

We're almost 3 months into 2015. Can you believe it?! Other than that life goes by way too fast, this means that I should be at around 150k - one fourth of my 600k for the year.
I'm proud to tell you that with 129k and counting, I'm getting close! I was aiming for a total of at least 50k in March, and that one is as good as in the pocket. Yay for reaching goals, and yay for hitting new records!

Since mid-January I've been slowly upping my long distance runs in preparation of my first running goal of the year: run 10k at the Nike We Run Amsterdam race on May 16. I started at a comfortable 5k and the plan was to add 0.5k each week, knowing that I had enough time to take it slower if needed.
So far I've pretty much stuck to the plan. I took a week off running the long distance run twice, but focused on a fast 5k during those weeks, and once I ran the same distance two weeks in a row, because I had the idea my muscles needed another week to adjust. I'm currently at 9k, So close!
Other good news is that I'm getting faster on the shorter/intermediate distances. My average pace during interval trainings is going down, and it's getting easier to run a 5k below 35 minutes. I used to be pooped after a sub-35 5k, but not anymore. Progress!

So far I've been training two times a week, on average. This is less that I would like, I'm always aiming for three times a week. My long commute to work and the short winter days made that I was not as motivated as I should have been this winter.
Thankfully my body is doing well on two runs per week, better than I would have expected. I'm planning to start running 3 times a week soon, though. I'd like to do some more interval trainings, and since these take less time that 'normal' runs, I'd be able to squeeze one in before work. As I mentioned in my last post on running, I love morning runs. I'm excited to fit more of them into my schedule!
I've also started upping my abs exercises. Well trained abs can really add to your running game, and now that I have a bit more time in the morning, I'm trying to add in some each day.

So basically, I'm on track! I'm excited to reach 10k soon, and I'm excited to keep adding miles to my total. In the mean time I'm sharing all of my runs over on Instagram with the hashtag #Ohjustrun600k, to keep myself accountable :)

#ohjustcraft26projects: 4. Homemade Project Life cards (and a freebie!)

You may have picked up on the fact that I am a big fan of Project Life :) So it's not that surprising that one of my first crafty projects this year involves Project Life cards.
Since the beginning of this year I'm documenting my weeks in a full spread per week, which means that I have twice as many pockets to fill compared to last year. This also means that I need more journaling cards and filler cards. Scrapbook supplies can be pretty expensive, so I decided to have a go at making my own cards.

I mostly used watercolours (the cheap kind), stamping ink and stamps. Some of the stamps I used I made myself, others came from Ali Edwards' One Little Word kit, and the letters are from a discontinued stamp set by Nina from imapapernerd. For all of the cards I used the Project Life 3x4 white cards as a basis.

The cards you see throughout this post are a few of my favorites.  I have made some of these cards available as a free download (my first ever - yay!).
You can find them here. I hope you enjoy them!


... reading the last part of the Maze Runner series. Or actually, the prequel. I'm curious to find out how it all started, but excited to start reading a non-series book soon!

... listening to the Raise Your Hand, Say Yes podcast by Tiffany Han. Turns out I love listening to podcasts in the car as much as I like to listen to them while cycling.

... feeling tired but excited. I seriously need to get better at going to bed earlier, because at the moment I really need the weekend to start so I can catch up on some sleep. I'm excited though, because there are a lot of cool things going on at work, that I get to be a part of. 

... watching season 7 of How I Met Your Mother. Seriously, Robin and Ted AGAIN?!?! I sighed when he told her he loved her for the millionth time, and she turned him down, again. I seriously need this shit to be over with, otherwise I don't think I can take 2 more seasons of it ;)

... loving that I picked some wild daffodils at the perfect time. They were about to burst open when I picked them, and during the next day I got to watch them open up all the way. Yay, spring!

... playing with my first ever Studio Calico kits. I treat myself to Walden and Odyssey, and I love them so, so much. They spark some long lost creativity, and I'm so glad about that.

... getting back into my Project Life groove. It took me a while to get started with my February spreads, but the arrival of my SC kits and scheduling a PL night ahead of time did the trick. I'll share my February pages soon.

... driving to work every day now. And I'm getting more comfortable in my car every day, too. I love that even when the drive feels long because of traffic jams, I still am faster than by train. 

... missing the hour I spent on my bike each day. It was an hour of exercise that sort of came for free, and I really have to think of other ways to move my body. I've started doing some exercises in the morning though, since I have time for that now.

... shopping to complete my first ever Capsule Wardrobe. I went through my closet last week and pared it down to a nice set of clothes. All that's left to do now is shop for the few items that I feel are missing. And for shoes, I need new shoes! (because the ones I have are getting old and worn down, not because I have a shoe addiction!)

... looking forward to a lot of getaways in April. One with a dear friend, one with the in-laws and one solo trip for work. And you better believe my running shoes are coming with me :)

... wishing you a very happy weekend! 

#ohjustcraft26projects: 3. String art for a good cause

A little over a week ago some friends and I helped make a refugee shelter in Amsterdam pretty. We painted, put up wall paper, DIY'ed a HUGE table, all to make sure that the usurped former office building became a bit more like a home.
After painting for a while me and 3 girlfriends decided to get crafty. We had found some round pieces of wood that were left over, and we had brought string and nails. 
Obviously, string art it was going to be!
I made two "artworks", a multi-colored abstract, and a heart. I especially love how the heart turned out, since I free-handed the whole thing and it still looks like a heart! (For more string art, check this post). 

I loved how this afternoon of doing good ended up being super creative. I was inspired, on a roll. I had an image in my mind and my hands just made it. No planning, no thinking. Perhaps it was because I wasn't making it for myself? I knew that the people I was making it for would not know if it turned out the way I had invisioned it: it just had to become pretty. That felt really freeing. I wish making felt like this more often :)