My name is Nienke (ning-ka) and welcome to Revel! I love that you stopped by! I hope you find something you like here, and decide to come back again soon. I suppose I should introduce myself a bit so that we are not strangers anymore?
In a nutshell, Im just a girl who likes to eat good food, hang out with my favourite people and see life as one grand adventure. If you have some time, grab a coffee and read the longer version below!
I want Revel to be a place of pure, toe-curling pleasure and joy. Seriously – I want to REVEL in my life. Every day. And I do most days. I am in the process of creating that life and attitude for myself.
To quote Jenny Craig (not endorsing the program or anything here, just like the quote a lot!):
“It’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference”
And another favourite one of mine (don’t know who spoke these words of wisdom – sorry!)
“How you spend your days is how you spend your life”
So revelling in your own life means finding things and moments in your life every day to revel in. It is not only the big events and vacations (although those are pretty darn sweet!), but finding a way to revel in our everyday lives. Even if it means that you have to proactively go out and create this life and the attitude that goes with it.
So what do I revel in??
Food is so powerful. It gives you pleasure because it tastes so darn good! Healthy and real food nourishes your body, which in turn gives you the power and energy to live your best life. I am a firm believer that ‘you are what you eat’. Literally. The food you put in your mouth gets used to create the cells that make up your body, influences how organs and systems function. What and when you eat greatly affects your energy levels too – you know when you are not eating right and you feel so lethargic? You can prevent this. So would you not rather put the best quality and balance of food into your body so that you can perform and function at your optimum level? By eating right you can set yourself up for great success in life!
Food is also very social – and we are all social creatures. We do groceries together, cook together, eat together, share together. Sitting down for a beautiful and healthy meal forces us to stop time for a while and spend gentle and happy moments with loved ones. The service of cooking is an act of love.
Cooking is also good for your mental health: the ritual of cooking gives you the chance to work with your hands, which is very therapeutic. It is a very creative process, as you use different flavours, colours and textures together to create something new – maybe even something daring. And if it turns out well it gives you a boost and leaves you feeling proud of yourself! (And if it doesn’t work out so well, loved ones will commend you for your effort! I made meatballs this week that turned out like hockey pucks, very hard and dry, but my family insisted that they were very good!)
I love how Oprah says it: “Your home should rise up to meet you”. Lovely! I always say that my home is my nest, my little bubble from the rest of the world where all is well. My house hugs me.
Since I am into creating a life that gives me pleasure every day, my home is a big part of it. Because home is where life happens…. every day. It is important to surround yourself with items and colours that make your heart smile. Why can’t your toothbrush holder be pretty? You use it twice a day! Paint your walls in colours that make you feel like you are on vacation, or colours that help you relax or give you a jolt of energy.
Your home is a great way of expressing yourself. Let it speak of who you are – make it a place where you are proud to have people over.
Your nest is important for your mental health: Your home is your shelter. Make sure it is a place where you want to be – where all is well. Knowing that you have your home to return to makes all the crappy stuff outside the home a little bit more OK (I guess I am now blurring the lines between the physical ‘home’ and the ‘home’ that includes your loved ones).
Make sure your home is organized. This is a great way for you to set yourself up for success! Having your kitchen in order makes it easier to cook healthy meals. Having your workout gear all together makes it easier to set out for that run or swim. Organizing your office makes for more productive time when you are at your desk. Create a home that supports your goals and dreams. Make it easy for yourself to succeed!
I like to travel a lot and experience new places and things (and am lucky to be able to do that). Since leaving my corporate job I have been enjoying the novelty of more freedom (I now work part time at a very awesome cafe). I am trying to test my personal boundaries, take a few risks and know that it is ok if it doesn’t work out, because I will just move on to something else. I will survive. This makes me feel so alive and in control! Funny how exposing myself to failure makes me feel more in control? It’s so liberating!
Try new things (this can relate to your taste buds and nest too: new recipes or decorating styles). You may be surprised at what you find.
A great sense of adventure is good for your mental health! It opens up now possibilities. It reminds you that you are capable. It may open up new and wonderful worlds to you. Your own and guts and perseverance may surprise you and will give you confidence. We don’t want to be static – we all inherently want progress. Dream a little and go for it. Take part in life!
REVEL IN THE LIFE YOU ARE CREATING!
Now you know a bit more about me – why don’t you tell me about yourself at email@example.com – I’d love to hear from ya!