Eco-positive weekly diary #128: I’m back!

I’m back! From this week on I want to start to write weekly diaries again! Woooohooo. The last weekly diary I wrote was back in March. 4 months ago. That was the time I started working for about 60 hours a week and so I quit the diaries, that would make very boring weekly diaries haha! A lot has happened as we all know, but I’ll catch up soon enough. Right now I am in the middle of my summer holiday. I don’t work that much anymore and so I am eager to tell you about my life again! Let’s talk about the past week!

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My packing list for Ameland 2020

I think it’s not uncommon this year, I went on a holiday in my own country. Ameland to be specific, a Dutch Island (there are about 6 nearby). A lot of Dutch people will do the same due to the coronavirus, which is one of the few good things about this pandemic, less flights. I think going on a holiday is a good test on minimalism, how much stuff do I think I need in just 7 days? Today I want to show my packing list and evaluate it at the same time.

A Sustainable Holiday

I prefer a holiday nearby, because that’s the most sustainable. And then, taking as little as I can is also sustainable because less weight means less emissions of the car. Going on a holiday in your own country can be so much fun, I have written a post about Ameland already two years ago.

Minimal Packing

Less weight means less emissions, yes. But packing is also a good test on minimalism. How much stuff do I really need in 7 days? Unfortunately, the weather was a bit weird the past week on Ameland. When we arrived it was about 30 degrees Celcius inside our holiday house, but the days after it rained a lot and the temperature dropped. After that again some sun. It was unpredictable! However, I think I still managed to pack everything I need and not too much more. Here’s my packing list:


  • 5 books
  • A coloring book
  • Markers (to color the book)
  • A Nintendo Switch
  • Ear plugs

Evaluation: Except for the books, I used everything quite a lot. I took 5 books with me, but that was a little too enthusiast. I almost finished 3. Next time, I’ll take 3 with me.


  • 2 T-shirts
  • A shorts
  • 2 long jeans
  • A shirt with long sleeves and a turtle neck
  • A sweater
  • A jumpsuit
  • Pajamas (one set)
  • A bikini
  • Enough underwear for a week
  • One bra
  • All-stars
  • Slippers
  • A cap
  • A vest

Evaluation: Two long jeans was too much, I only wore one. The bikini wasn’t necessary, but I think I would still take it with me next time. There are pools and you just never know. The last thing I didn’t need were my slippers. I think I can do without those too next time. Even when it’s extremely warm, I do often wear all-stars or other sneakers. The slippers can stay home next time. If I am warm, I can just wear no shoes (at home). The sweater I took was a bit unnecessary too, I did wear it but my other clothes weren’t dirty just yet.


Evaluation: I used everything! But not everything from the make-up. I think there was one eyeliner I took with me that I didn’t use. That’s fine! I would always take it with me because you just never know when I’d want to wear it.

That’s it! I packed all this in a small suitcase. The one you use for hand baggage. I am happy with how much I took with me. A few items too many, but I didn’t miss a thing.

Yours sincerely,

Going vegan vs. stop traveling

Today I want to make a statement. Something that really goes for me and my journey towards a sustainable lifestyle. In general, I’d say living an eco-positive lifestyle is not hard (maybe I can’t say that just yet, since I am not there yet, but I am doing it anyway). However, there are some aspects which I find way easier than others. And so today I want to state: going vegan is way easier than to stop traveling.

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My personal bucket list

It’s 80% sure that my life is taking a different turn the coming months. I’ve explained in this post two weeks ago. I will not persue a master’s degree in Environment and Resource Management this year, instead I’ll probably move across to country with my boyfriend. Everything is uncertain right now. This makes me reflect and evaluate again on what I want in life. Today I want to share a small part of that: my bucket list.

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Am I having a mid-life crisis?

A mid-life crisis. Or maybe I should call it a fifth-life crisis, since I’m 21 and hopefully not nearly halfway. Yet, I guess I am feeling what’s called just that, but in another phase of life. Currently, I am struggling to find a way. A way of life. Which way to go, which turn to take?

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My 5 biggest sustainability challenges at this moment

Most of the time I’d say a sustainable lifestyle isn’t hard. But maybe that’s not fair since I am not where I want to be yet. I want to live within the earth’s boundaries ánd create positive impact, but as we’ve seen, the last time I measured we still need 1,5 earths when everybody would live like me. I have work to do and maybe that’s why I shouldn’t always say that a sustainable lifestyle is easy. I have things I want to work on too, I’m not perfect. I’ve done it before, but today I want to share some of my sustainability challenges I have right now. What are the things I struggle the most with at this time of my life? Continue reading “My 5 biggest sustainability challenges at this moment”

Room tour – part 2

It’s time for room tour part 2! Last week I shared part 1 of my room tour – the more minimalistic bedroom I have. You can read there why I have two bedrooms and so why this tour has two parts. Today I am sharing part 2, which is where I spend the most time. There are way more items in this room and I’d say it’s not minimalistic but more messy. But it’s reality! And to make this blog more personal, I am sharing this today. Non-edited, real. Continue reading “Room tour – part 2”

Room tour – part 1

Today I want to do a bedroom tour! As the title says, part 1. Now that might make it seem that my bedroom is so big that I need a whole series of blogposts just to show you my room. But no, I don’t have a gigantic bedroom (at least for western measures). I am even more spoiled. I have two! My parents have been divorced since I was young and so I sort of have 2 houses. That’s why today I’ll share just one bedroom: part 1.

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Eco-positive weekly diary #127: Visiting a hydrogen facility and an algae farm

Hi there, welcome back into my personal weekly diary! In this diary I try to show you what my (almost) eco-positive lifestyle looks like on a daily basis. What choices are important and what habits have I created to maintain this sustainable lifestyle? The past week I went to see a hydrogen facility, an algae farm and decided that I will probably take a break from these weekly diaries for a short while! Want to read along? Continue reading “Eco-positive weekly diary #127: Visiting a hydrogen facility and an algae farm”

Eco-positive weekly diary #126: a huge restaurant fail in Enschede

Hi there! Welcome back into my personal weekly diary. In this diary I try to show you what an eco-positive lifestyle looks on a daily basis. What choices and habits make my   life (almost) eco-positive and where do I try to make positive impact? The past week I went to Groningen for a birthday party, made an amazing vegan noodle bowl and went out for dinner in Enschede at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant! Want to read along? Continue reading “Eco-positive weekly diary #126: a huge restaurant fail in Enschede”