Recommendation | Michael Prins

In case you're a dreamy person like me, and in case you like Singer Songwriters, you should definitely check out the first album of Michael Prins. In The Netherlands, we have a TV program that is called 'The best Singer Songwriter". This guy has won last season, and I think his music is very nice to listen to if you're just in a chillmood. Beware; it's all a bit sad. In addition, the album is called 'Rivertown Fairytales', so that can be a reason for the saddy-dreamy-ness. My favorite song of the album is "Hey Now Hey", because I fall in love with guitar intro's every single time. The song is just beautiful. At least, in my opinion. I hope you like it, and if not; no problem, we're all different and unique! I'll include a Youtube video of his first performance, the song called "Close to you". I remember being all teared-up when I heard this for the first time.


Love,
Stells.

Update | The first term

Good 'whatever-the-part-of-the-day-it-might-be-when-you-are-reading-this'.

Because Blogspot has an amazing option that shows me how many people read certain posts, I saw that all of you really liked -or disliked, and you wanted to show you friends how amazingly stupid I am, duh!- my latest 'Update' post. So, to me this is some feedback on what I should be writing about more. You all seem fairly interested in my life -which I totally understand, I mean, glitter glamour all the way?!- and that is why I'm putting this post up for you right now! I've been struggling a bit, I didn't know what to write due to a lack of interesting things happening in my life. But, then I suddenly realised; I've been learning so many interesting new things that I could share with you all, right? So, that's what I'll be doing today! What have I been learning? How does my study programm inspire me? Do I get a better insight in what I want to be doing for the rest of my life?


The courses I have been following are called..
.. Introduction to Communication
.. Introduction to Intercultural Communication
.. Introduction to Internal Communication
.. Introduction to Marketing
.. English Skills I and II

So, you can see that I've been having a lot of introductions. 'Hi, my name is Stella, and yours? Oh hi, my name is Communication'. Yeah.
To inform you a little bit more, I'll explain to you what everything is about.

Communication
When I tell people I'm studying Communication, they all say 'What exactly are you studying then? Isn't it amazingly broad?'.  And yes, it is. As you can see, there are many different ways to communicate, and many different areas of communication I'll be introduced to during these 3 years. Let's say that communication as a whole is: "When people are sharing ideas, perceptions, information or emotions in order to create mutual understanding". Communication is a two-way process. Right now, I'm communicating with you guys. However, this is a one-way process, because you're not responding to me. When you were, or will be, our communication process will change into a two-way one. What I've been learning in this course are different theories and methods people use while communicating with their audiences/target population/receiver groups and what channel they're using to do that.

Intercultural Communication
Communicating with your family is generally way easier than with others. This depends on how close your relationships are. But, why is it more difficult to communicate with someone from another country? Sometimes even from another part of your country? Because people from different cultures have different sets of beliefs, values and perceptions. Also, culture is the software of the mind. Every single creature out there has been taught how to communicate through the glasses of their own culture, so to speak. An example can be that us Dutchies come from a Low Context Culture. This means that when we want to express our feelings or opinions or just information, we use words. What we say is what we mean, nothing else. Nevertheless, this also depends on personal traits. But, this is in general, keep that in mind. People from a High Context Culture tend to be less 'speaky'. They'll use non-verbal messages, such as eyemovements, bodylanguage, handgestures etc. to make clear to the other 'part' of the conversation what they think or feel. To me, this is amazingly interesting.

Internal Communication
What makes people committed to their jobs? What is needed to ensure that all employees are moving in the same direction? Organizations spend a lot of money on marketing -getting their products or services out there-, on financial interest -attracting share holders to invest in their company- and on governments -making sure that the laws that are created will not be in disadvantage of the company-. But what a lot of organizations, or at least the leaders of those organizations, forget is that how people communication with eachother internally and how employees feel about their jobs and about you as a manager, is vital! It is extremely important that your employees trust you, especially in times of change. In this course I've been studying how important the communication inside an organisation is. HR-communication, business communication, you name it. This is the course that interested me the most so far.

Marketing
The toughest cookie in the jar. When a product is introduced, people need to be attracted to it. What do companies do in order to achieve that? They advertise. Advertising is ubiquitous. It is everywhere. So, marketers have to be very sharp. And how do they do that? They put their customers first. Marketers look at their customers and think "Welll, how are we going to make sure that people are satisfied with the value we produce?". Because, if customers are satisfied, a relationship is built. What marketing does? They acquire and maintain good relationships with their customers so that they stay; so that they will keep coming back to the brand to buy products or services. This was, as I said, a tough cookie. The book we had to read was amazingly big and therefore I didn't study as much for marketing as I did for the other courses. But, I got a better grade for marketing than for e.g. Intercultural Communication. Now, isn't that nice?

English Skills I and II
In other words; English grammar, vocab and speaking skills and writing. In the Language Proficiency course, we had to recall our grammar skills and learn a lot of new 'business' vocabulary. My grammar is never been that great, most of the time I just guess, because somehow I am able to 'hear' what is has to sound like. This doesn't work for every single part of the English grammar, of course. But, this was not that hard for me. The vocab wasn't either, because my brain likes languages better than any other course. Learning words and their definitions was not that hard and I even enjoyed it! It feels like my English is improving and this, of course, is important for my blogging skills. I never use, as I already mentioned earlier, Google translate anymore. And I am proud of that, secretly. The other part of English Skills was writing. By the way, I'll still be having these courses in the second term. For writing we had to write an argumentative essay about a topic we had to choose ourselves. The topic had to have something to do with communication, so I picked marketing. Why? Don't ask me. Just don't go there. The topic I wrote about was The Lifestyle Branding Marketing Strategy. Of course I wasn't an expert, and I had to do a lot of research on the topic. I made it difficult for myself. Eventually, I learned a lot from it and I liked it a lot. I'm not an expert now, but if you want to know anything about it; ask me! I like to talk about those things.

So, I think you all got a good insight in what I've been doing lately? In this term we'll be having the following courses..
.. Corporate Communication
.. Branding
.. Research Skills
.. Managing Internal Group Processes
.. Personal Leadership
.. English Skills I and II (part 2)

I have no idea what I'll be doing the rest of my life. What I do know, is what I don't want to be doing. I think my heart goes out to Corporate Communication, Internal Communication or Branding? I don't know, everything is closely related. I do have to remember that I don't have to pick a side already. Whatever it wil be; everything communication related is the right choice for me.

Be on the lookout for updates if you're interested!
Love,
Stells.

Stashion | Sweater Weather

New category alert! Because I'm nowhere near a fashion guru, I changed this catergory that is all about clothing and accessories into 'Stashion'. Stells and Fashion combined; my own unique style. Although, I think my 'style' is kind of generic. Can you say that? I know what generic means -I came to the point of not needing Google Translate anymore, little applause for me? No? Hm-. Anyways, take a look at what I would want to see in my wardrobe.

The first item in this category are sweaters! I love sweaters, but I don't have any? I just don't. It's a total crime. I always buy thin blouses or shirts -everything but winter proof- but I never tend to find sweaters that I really would like to wear. Most of the ones I try on are so itchy that I can do nothing else than quickly throw them back in the rack. Of course I never genuinly do that, but, figuratively.

These sweathers on the other hand, I absolutely love. If you want me to create an outfit with one of these, tell me. I used to do that, remember? I loved it. I can start doing it again, if that'd be appreciated. Or if I just want to. You know, I'm not a tree.


What is your favorite fall/winter item? Do you have any tips for me?

Love,
Stells.

Update | Exams, introducing my new friends and a confession

Sweetest monkeys!

In case you read the post I posted earlier today -and deleted now-, I apologize for telling you that I'd stop blogging for a while. Let's just say that I didn't have a great day and my lovely period -sorry guys- made me say stupid, impulsive things. So, dear people out there on the internet; I am not thinking about stopping anymore. One of the bestest friends I have, and god does she know me, cheered me up and motivated me by promising me something that will be a big surprise for all of you the upcoming months!

So, let's just stick to the subject right now. Updating. The last few weeks I have been studying a ton. I put all of my energy and effort in it, and the results fortunately prove that. I have been studying communication, internal communication, intercultural communication, marketing and languagy proficiency -which means English-. I have good grades for all of them, except for intercultural communication because I didn't get my grade back yet. I also did a few big and important assignments, such as writing an essay about lifestyle branding -I am so extremely interested in that!-. Our teacher did not revise our work yet, so I'm still waiting for this grade as well. Exciting!

Because of the busy period, and for some other reasons, I did not blog at all. What I did do, was read a lot of other blogs. People inspire me so badly, but I'm scared to post things that are similar, because I don't want to copy anyone. But, these lovely bloggers inspire me a lot and I love reading about all sorts of things. The thing is; I am so jealous, because those girls always come up with the most inspiring and amazing topics. I would love to have such insights, but of course my brain doesn't want to be my friend on this one. Me and my brain, happily ever after.

Updating. Stell. Stick to the point. So yeah, my student life is going quite well. I have made the most amazing friends. I never showed you all a picture before, because I didn't know if they would approve that. But they told me they'd like it. So, here they are! Let me introduce the lovely Fabia, Astrid and Zuzka!


This was our first day of actually feeling like a little group, and I remember that I was so proud of this picture. I knew for sure that we would be great friends, and now, after 1,5 months, I can say that we really are. These girls make my every day. When I feel like not going to school, and I see their faces and we have a fun conversation in our breaks (e.g.) I am happy again. Thanks girls!

Nevertheless, I miss my 'old' friends like crazy. I will see them on the 15th, at least, most of them. Some friends are not in that 'group'. One of them is one of my bestest friends, who I haven't seen in more than 2 months. Anouk, if you're reading this; I really miss you! 

I'm chilling out on the couch right now, with my dad sitting next to me. I love having some time 'off'. Of course there's always stuff that needs to be done. But, I can indulge on some couch-time, right? And some blog-time, not to forget.

Updating. Yes. Hi there, back again. Focus. I don't know what to tell you, eh, I think I can tell you that I drink a lot of green tea and that Fabia is getting me into healthy eating and working out and getting muscle's so prepare, I'll be looking like a body buildster soon! HA. Fun.

So, this is it for now! I'll be posting other things when I feel like it. I'm not planning on getting my blog out there anymore. I'm doing this because I love to write and I'm not wanting to be the best. It doesn't have to be perfect. That's what this blog is all about; your unique, and sometimes imperfect, characteristics that make you you. And perfectionism is one of my characteristics, so I'll probably struggle with it all my life. But, as long as I try to not to succumb to it, I can call it kinda perfect!

Love,
Stells.

Throwback | "Things we procrastinate and how not to" (August 14th, 2012)

Good morning all of you out there in this beautiful world.
-Yes, a very very enthusiastic opening of this post-

Because I woke up fairly early today, and I'm procrastinating like crazy -working out isn't my favorite thing to do when my body doesn't want to wake up-. So, I thought why not make a blog post.
At first I had no idea what to blog about, but then I realised that all of us actually are great talents in procrastinating things. Like I am doing today ; not wanting to go on the eliptical and stuff.
Yesterday I went school-supply-shopping. Something many many of us also procrastinate.
But why do we procrastinate?

That's very easy, right? Things we don't want to or like to think about because they are things we just don't like to do. Why? Because there are many more things to do which are more fun. Or it might be something we think is difficult or just to hard to handle.

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Recommendation | No traffic on Stella-highway

If you are a stargazer like me -and no, I'm not talking about looking at the stars for real- than you know what it is like to have all these thoughts driving waaaay to fast on this big old highway in your mind. They -your thoughts- never seem to take the right exit and go home. Okay, I'll explain again, because this seems like I'm creating a Disney movie. When I, especially in my bed or during a bike trip somewhere, am alone, I start to think about everything. Yes, everything. I create checklists in my mind, together with mind maps and to-do lists and little drawings of feelings and planners and scheduals and blogpost ideas and shopping lists and almost everything a human being can think of. Keep in mind though, I don't actually think I'm the normal kind of a human being, but that's another story.


Tag | Favorite things about fall

Rainy days, colourful umbrella's, changing wardrobes, taking the bus in stead of my bike, missing the sun already; yes, monkeys, fall season has arrived and oh sweet mother of pumpkin pie -which I don't even like- how much we all adore this rainy season. I actually, honestly, don't like fall that much. Fall gives me the feeling that everything is dying. Well, not like for real, passing away, but, you know. There are no little sheep anymore, no flowers, no sun. The only thing I see when I look around is rain, grey skies. The only thing I experience in the morning is not wanting to come out of bed because it's still dark, and not knowing what to wear because it's either too hot or too cold. So, I came across this tag that wants you to answer positive questions about autumn. I think this will work for me; I need to appreciate it more. Right? So, there I go! I hope I'll put a smile on your face!



Update | Trip to London and Uni-stress

Sweetest monkeys in my jungle!

Je suis alleé en l'Angleterre et c'était très formidable. Yes, wrong language. So, in case French is like Chinese -or maybe even worse- to you, I've been to London this weekend. And it was great. I will do a little update for you all. In addition, there will be an update on my student life as well. If you're interested, keep on reading! If not, go do something that makes you happy, because you completely deserve that smile on your face!


Beauty | My favorite fall nailpolishes

Hi sexy monkeys!

I'm still alive. Oh yes! But this is definitely not due to study stress or a fire in my school building -this actually happened today, but no one got hurt and everything is alright!-. Because I am such a nailpolish addict -I counted them, I got 67. Serious problem over here- I wanted to share my favorite polishes for fall with you fellow addicts. They are all from the brand Catrice, which is -if you don't know already- a drugstore brand. Their polishes are not expensive at all, but the colourrange is amazing and they keep releasing new collections and limited edition colours. The packaging is very beautiful too; there's not too much going on, which I actually like. The only problems I find while using these polishes are that the brush sometimes sticks into the polish in stead of still being attached to the lid. I am sure all of you Catrice monsters know what I am talking about. Another problem is that the polish won't stick to your nails that long without using an anti-chipping topcoat. I have one I really love and I recommend this sweetie pie to all of you. (You can check out the post I've written about it a while ago ; click!).

Moving on to my 5 favorite colours for fall.


These are the colours I thought would fit this season best. I don't like to wear a lot of extremely dark colours, considering I always get depressed easily by coldness and windyness and everything-dark-ness. So, I picked the somewhat lighter and more 'colourfull' ones out of my huge collection. The names -from left to right- are : Pool Party at Night, I Sea You, London's Weather Forecast, Absolutely Chinchilly! and Welcome to Roosewood. Right now, I am wearing the fourth one, because this afternoon I felt like putting a neutral colour on my nails. Most of the time I go for colourful, though. What do you prefer? 

I hope you all liked this post. The Catrice nailpolishes cost € 2,99 -or more if you happen to buy a limited edition one-. I found the English version of the website, so that all of you monkeys-from-another-jungle can also check it out ; click!

Lots of love,
Stells.

Throwback | "No, I'm fine, thanks" (January 21st, 2013)

Because I am getting my blog out there right now, I am planning on re-posting my favorite posts I wrote maybe last year or even in 2011. Those are posts I havee been putting a lot f energy in and I would love for ny new monkeys to read them too. These posts will be categorized as "Throwback". I hope you will enjoy! 

How are you? You're fine? Yeah right, and now for real! Your head hurts, you cried yourself to sleep yesterday and you feel like you're fat and you have no friends, right? What is it that always makes us lie about what we really feel? We want to be perfect, we want to be happy and we want to make others think that we are the most bubbly and the most fun person to be around. We can only tell the people we really care about how we feel, but there's an exception ; when you're afraid of losing someone, you don't want to express your feelings ; being afraid that they will get sick of you and your endless tears. So what to do next? What to do with unspoken and 'unknown' feelings? Let's make a list of things we can do to clear our mind without really telling those ones (YET!)