Not Another List of New Year’s Resolutions

A belated Happy New Year from me to you lovely Cactus readers!

A new year means a clean slate. Somehow the transition from one day to the other, from December to January, makes us feel like we can start over. With that often come resolutions, goals to fulfil. Everything we wanted to do last year but didn’t, we promise ourselves will happen this year. Some people write extensive lists on blogs; some just set them in private; some figure out one core word that they want 2016 to be the year of. I see these posts and all of those lovely resolutions, and I find them admirable, but I never feel the need to set any myself.

Not because I don’t think there is anything to improve in my life. There most definitely is, but I don’t like how yearly resolutions work. I don’t like the arbitrariness of coming up with goals in the middle of a holiday period that are so easily forgotten when real life kicks in. I don’t like having to make all resolutions at once – overwhelming much? There is much I’d like to accomplish this year, but writing it all down would make me apprehensive rather than it providing any motivation.

So I won’t. Instead, I will wish all of you a happy and healthy 2016. May all your dreams come true, whether you turned them into resolutions or not.


Life Goals

I’ve seen a few people doing posts about their life goals, and I thought I’d share mine with you as well. Although I quite often think about what I’d like to accomplish in the near future, I barely ever constructively consider what I would like to do with my entire life. So I’ve thought this over for a bit, and I’d like to present my five life goals.
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Rock am Ring 2015

It has been rather quiet on the travel front here on Irresponsible Cactus after my last two trips to London and Bruges. But summer is finally here, and with summer come awesome festivals like Rock am Ring! This German music festival was held from June 5th till June 7th on an airfield by Mendig. Three days of sunshine, music, and very little sleep.

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On Productivity

It’s hard to get the most out of your time, especially when there is a project that just has to be finished before a certain deadline. If you’re anything like me, that deadline will be looming all over you and killing every inch of motivation you might have had. I had this unpleasant experience trying to get through writing three academic papers at the same time.

There are literally thousands of posts out there that all claim to have discovered the holy grail – the one sure-fire way to “boost your productivity”. I’m more of a pragmatist, and subscribe to Stephen King’s motto: butt in chair, hands on keyboard. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any cool tips to make life easier, but honestly, without any actual butt-in-chair time, nothing will get done.

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A Small Intermezzo…

Thursday is the day I usually post on Irresponsible Cactus. Just a few weeks ago I talked about how I manage two blogs at the same time; and right now is one of those times where real life is just so terribly busy that it’s too much to keep up with everything. So instead of doing a lengthy post, I thought I’d just share some updates.

Currently working on: I have to classes and a thesis to complete until I graduate. One class is not that much work, one class is a ton of work, and my thesis is a beast I have yet to tame. Only nine weeks left until deadline. Eesh.

Currently looking forward to: Vacatioooon! I can’t wait for summer holiday. I will read all the books and won’t do anything academic at all.

Currently reading: The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks. I haven’t been reading much lately (for obvious reasons)

Currently playing: Hearthstone and World of Warcraft. At a LAN I was at last week I renewed my WoW subscription. Although it’s an easy game to get lost in, it’s also fantastic for relaxing. Heartstone is an ideal work break. You can easily stop after one or two or three games, depending on how much time you have

Currently listening: The Thirteenth Step by A Perfect Circle. Such a fantastic album; I love this kind of music when I’m doing any school-related writing.

That’s basically what has been going on in my life! In case you haven’t seen yet, I posted a very fun post about how reading is like falling in love over at Nyx Book Reviews yesterday. Hope you all have a great week!

Gotta Catch ’em All

10383537_870711869618034_7961435037162227271_nWhen I was really young, around the tender age of four, I got introduced to Pokémon. It used to air on Dutch television in the mornings, and every morning, me and my brother would be ready to see the adventures of Ash and Pikachu. I was so into it, that I had a fake Pokémon bed spread, all of the Pokémon games for the Gameboy Color and the Gameboy Advance, and I would daydream about having my own Pokémon (preferably a Mew or a Chikorita).

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A Day in My Life

Don’t you love getting a peek into someone else’s life? Lola and Ashley shared their daily routines, and I decided to share my own as well. Although my days are crazy flexible because I tend to sleep in three different homes in one week (my own, my mom’s, and my boyfriend’s), my days tend to follow the same basic schedule.


10:00-11:00 Time to get up

I’ve been trying to set my biological clock slightly earlier, but as things are now, I get up somewhere between ten and eleven. During the weekends I might snooze for a while, but during the week I try to be up at half past ten.

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Back to School!

For two glorious months I had no obligations. It was summer time, which meant freedom to do anything or absolutely nothing. But this Monday the freedom came to a rather abrupt ending with the start of the new semester. Which means a lot less goofing around, and a lot more reading books with scary titles like Narrative Comprehension and Film.
schoolI’m starting my third year as Culture Studies student at Tilburg University, which also means that this is my last year. At least, if all goes well, but I am counting on it 😀 After I get my BA this I’ve got my eyes on a MA at Utrecht University so I can specialise further in literature.

It’s weird how fast these two years have gone by. I feel like I’m finally adjusting to living and studying like a student, and it’s already almost over! Honestly, I don’t feel like I know anything. There is still so much more to learn, how can my education be almost completed?!

The teachers are definitely kicking things up a notch. The two classes I’ve had so far are already quite complicated, though very interesting. My classes range from History of Medieval Philosophy to Globalisation to Psychology of Religion. It’s like I have one last hurrah of the broad scope of my course until it’s time to go specialise.

In a few months I’ll have to start writing my dissertation and I’m already brainstorming for subjects. I’m already pretty nervous, eep!

Goodbye summer. We had a great time, see you next year!


Making My Apartment More Personal

A few months before summer started, I moved to a new apartment. It’s a studio, so I eat, sleep, and study in the same room. All in all I spend a lot of time in here, and it’s important to me that I like the place I’m in. Right now the space is pretty clean and empty. To make it feel more like home, I’ve been collecting some stuff to make it more “me”.

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