An extended absence, an explanation?

This title is misleading, as I don’t really have an explanation. I do have some confusing, unclear thoughts to share though, if you’re down for some of that!

I’m something of a perfectionist. Throughout the years I’ve learned to tame that aspect of my personality a bit but it definitely lurks in the corner of my thoughts a lot and occasionally steers me in my decision-making. What that means for this blog is that I feel this desire to publish only the best posts I can produce – the most polished, if you will, with pictures, a clear theme, and perhaps an informative aspect too. I really enjoy creating these posts and like to look back on what I’ve published since I started this little blog in February … But, on the other hand, a job, social commitments, and – let’s face it – life in general don’t necessarily make for lovely photographs or light and yet informative writing. (There are only so many pictures of coffee or rainy skies or the five Excel sheets currently open on my computer that I could reasonably pass off as ‘content’!) When I don’t have pictures, or when I don’t have a specific theme, I feel in a way that I don’t have anything ‘worthy’ of publishing.

I vacillate between wanting to keep my posts more formal and wanting to share more general thoughts or observations, or humorous anecdotes. My perfectionistic tendencies make it hard for me to imagine a blog in which both sorts of posts are possible. Which is stupid!

I do want to write more often, but what I would be writing is still a bit fuzzy in my head. I guess with blogging you have to figure out how personal you want to be, and how polished too. While I’m working on figuring out that balance, I’ve joined the crew over on DutchReview, where I’ve so far published two posts. I’m really enjoying that so far!

I know there are a few readers out there who remain anonymous to me but who return fairly frequently, and this post is mostly for you guys. Not really an explanation for my absence, I guess, but maybe a form of apology. Basically, I appreciate that you keep coming back and I’m sorry for my inconsistency in posting.

On a less confusing note, my oldest and wonderful friend Catherine came to stay with Pieter and I for a week and so I’ll be writing about that soon. Highlights will include Zwarte Piet on a hydraulic sea-scooter of sorts, typical Dutch treats, and a magnificently hilarious vintage fur coat. Cat’s already blogged a bit about her time with us, so if you’re interested check that out here!

Thanks for reading!


4 thoughts on “An extended absence, an explanation?

  1. Hey Sophie,

    I found your blog recently, and I just wanted to say that it has been a source of inspiration for me (especially since I might be moving to Amsterdam in January if I can get my residence visa sorted out!) so for that, I just wanted to say thank you 🙂
    Your blog is such a delight to read and I love your positive outlook on life Xx

    Take care,


    • Hi Vanessa,
      Thank you for such a lovely comment 🙂 I’m sorry for being so patchy about updating these days, I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with this blog … it’s definitely encouraging to know that someone out there (who is not a blood-relative!!) actually reads it!
      Dutch bureaucracy and visa-related procedures can be such a pain – I hope things are going smoothly for you. Moving to the Netherlands was definitely a stressful endeavour at first (so much paperwork, so many bicycles, so many impassive faces and ‘NO’s) but it’s been infinitely worth it for me so far and I’m in love with the place now. I would love to know how things work out for you! xx

    • Also: are you Canadian? If you are and you need help navigating some of the bureaucracy, please feel free to email me ( – I may not be able to help, but who knows? I’ve dealt with the IND more times than I care to remember!! (If you’re not Canadian you can also obviously email me but I probably don’t know much about your visa procedures)

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