I’m becoming a Rockstar

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Howdy! I’m still alive and kickin’, in case you were wondering and still hanging around here.
And I have some exciting news to share. For 1,5 years now, I’ve been working on a project called ‘On The Rocks’. Sustainable stationery, made from rocks. It has been a fun and exciting ride so far, but we’re taking things up a notch…
 
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During my pregnancy, everything came to a standstill. But now I’m back, stronger than ever. And with a beautiful little girl by my side. And we’re both ready to rock….
 

The Rock Tools Kickstarter campaign!

 
With a great team of people (including Eva and Laura) we’ve been busting our asses of to build an awesome Kickstarter campaign! Why? Let me explain…

 
The stationery we have designed, is made from rock paper. This cradle to cradle certified paper is a very good substitute for traditional, polluting paper.
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To start building a community of pioneers for this still very unknown material, and to start the manufacturing process of our debut capsule line of products, we’ve built a Kickstarter campaign. And now comes the fun part. We need to get the word out there. Need to find as many supporters as possible to make this change happen.
 
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We want to cause the ripple in the ocean, and start on a journey to make the world of paper a cleaner one. For me, this is not an end stage. It’s only the beginning. I want to develop the product further to make it even better for the world. We’ll support an indigenous tree planting foundation in South Africa.
 
I’m so stoked. This is already a dream come true. Talk about chasing your ambitions, right, you should always start and see where it takes you. And you know what’s coming now…
 
Will you help me and my team, be our Rockstar, buy your first ROCKBOOK, thus supporting our campaign? Every euro will make a difference (plus, when you’re an early bird, you’ll get a ROCKBOOK for 8 euros…).
 
And really any support is welcome. Follow On The Rocks on Facebook, Twitter, spread the word or drop me a note with feedback. I’ll be forever grateful (and so will the trees ;-) ).
 
p.s. Would it be fun if I post an update here every now and then about the progress? Shout!

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The day I became a mother

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This is the first time in almost two weeks that I log-in to Quarterlife Adventures. But I still don’t know where to start with this story. I thought the pregnancy had turned my life around, turns out it was not even the beginning. What can I say, all the cliche’s seem to apply in my case. I am a changed woman. My daughter is the most beautiful human being I have ever seen and I can look at her for hours and forget all about the world around me. The deepest form of love. Seeing the love of my life hold that little bundle (of joy YES I JUST WROTE THAT). ‘Love’ doesn’t even begin to describe what I feel for the both of them.
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Some facts about me – #40facts4thehive

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If everything goes according to plan (tends not to happen in my life, but I do have high hopes here), I will be attending the Hive blogger conference in Berlin next weekend. Super much looking forward. The organization asked participating bloggers to write something about themselves in a #40facts4thehive blogpost. So of course I am happy to participate. Besides that, this post might also be interesting for other people, since I’ll try to open up a bit about myself… Continue Reading

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Anne’s Diary #3

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Please forgive me, but my diary’s are not going to be spectacular or inspirational or whatever the coming weeks. Because my god, the only thing I am is tired. Nothing more, nothing less. My pregnancy leave has started earlier than planned because my body decided to be not such a start at carrying a baby. At first there was relief, because I could finally focus on making the babe, preparing for the birth and doing pregnancy yoga (I hope no one ever has to see me do that – not charming, but oh so good). But now…
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Giving birth 2.0

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Can I just say that I am falling in love with our nature more and more at the moment? I used to be afraid of giving birth. Mainly before I was pregnant. But now? I just can’t wait to get that baby out of me (well this really sounds weird, doesn’t it…). It’s a combination of trust (who run the world…GIRLS etc) and longing (after all the kicking and moving inside of me I can’t wait to meet that little girl) that just makes me wish May be here sooner rather than later. Oh, and the five-star-hotel-like hospital might help as well…
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Anne’s Diary #2

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How is it March already? The days and weeks fly by and soon there will be a little baby in my life. I am feeling very unprepared still, haha! My mother came by last week to help me buy some baby-stuff and help me prepare mentally for the whole ordeal ;-). So I’m feeling a bit more relaxed now, and tired. Always. Oh and hungry. Especially for chips, fries and chocolate (I keep myself safe by not buying any of those to take home). But when out in the city with my mom, I simply couldn’t resist… Continue Reading

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Crazy pregnant woman on the loose

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You know the stories about pregnant women and their hormones, right? Floadgates that open whenever something even remotely emotional happens around them, motherly instincts popping up when ants cross the street, wanting to cuddle every crying infant within a ten km radius…Well, that’s not me.

I am slightly doubting if this is the right way to go, to share this with you. After all, this will not put me in the best light of day ever. But hey, since we are all #Iwokeuplikethis and stuff, I figured this might help women in the same position feel a bit better about themselves.

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Tenerife – as a stranded whale

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The final holiday being a family of only two flew by like a dream. You know, the one where you wake up and just instantly want to cry because you wanted it to last a bit longer. Just a tiiiiny bit. But no. Harsh reality, it’s simply not possible. That’s how I feel right now. I want to do some more sun-soaking. I even wish for some more grasping for air while climbing a vulcano, because boy, that was beautiful.

Tenerife always seemed to me like an island where only old pensionados go to do well… Nothing. And part of that image was true. But mostly, this island harbors some stunning nature. It overwhelmed us from time to time. Next to of course the fact that I got to spend hours on the beach which was instant satisfaction, since feeling like a stranded whale is so much better than feeling like a whale who accidentally got on land and now has to move around in an upright position. Luckily no one made any rescue attempts while I was passed out on my beach towel.

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Anne’s Diary #1

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The past month has been a good one in terms of starting up my life again after months of nausea, shock and surprise. Besides that, Quarterlife Adventures got some upgrading (especially on the ‘About Q-A’ and ‘hi, I’m Anne’ pages), and I am slowly working my way to pregnancy leave.

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Mindhacks for pregnant women

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Originally, the title of this post was ‘lifehacks for pregnant women’. Turns out, I don’t know any. I still call my mother whenever the practical side of this whole ordeal gets in my way and I don’t know what to do about it. For example, how could I know that underwired bra’s should be banned when you’re pregnant? They start to lead their own life and you risk cutting off a boob or two when sitting down wearing one. Seriously, tortuous devils.

But the upside of having a mind that is always racing, is that I am able to come up with mindhacks for pregnant women (ok, if they are useful is up to your own consideration to be honest, maybe I am the only one in the world who needs these).

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