BYE 2014, I Had a blast

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A quick blog post on the last day of the year.
I collected some memories in a video to say goodbye to the wonderful 2014.
In January I couldn't imagine myself saying: 'This year was great.' But now December 31, I can really say my year has been a blast. I met some wonderful new people who are making life way better, I let go of those who didn't and I only been to a funeral twice. May those angels rest in peace.
I'm more confident. I have a super nice job at the local radio,  and I go with working with fun in the supermarket and my dreams are getting closer. Enough blaba. This was my 2014! 


Ps: Yes, I did made a spelling mistake sorry. I made this video in a hurry. 



Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sometimes blog posts do not need much explanation.
Today is my 23th Birthday
and therefore, I share Twenty-three random facts about me.

Random facts about me.

1. I have a very weak bladder, so I have to pee a lot.
2. I secretly watch Disney Channel sometimes.
3. I am a disaster when it comes to dating.
4. I am currently writing my own book (story).
5. Someday, I hope to find a job as radio presenter.
6. Nowadays I am addicted to New Girl.
7. I let my hair grow so I can donate it to the cancer fund and I would still have long hair.
8. I lost +15 pounds in the last year.
9. I am trying to learn Yoga, but find it quite difficult.
10. It's never quiet in my head. I compare it with little people running back and forth.
11. I haven't eat any meat in the last year. So I can call myself a Vegetarian.
12. I'm not in love quickly, but if I'm in love I'm going crazy.
13. I can speak a bit of Italian, but I have never been in Italy before. 
14. I suffer from chronic hyperventilation.(Which is not as bad as it sounds.)
15. I dream every night. Sometimes beautiful dreams, sometimes scary. I also remember them.
16. Sometimes I'm a little hipster.
17. I've never liked my looks, but this year I feel much more confident.
18. I'm bad at receiving compliments, but I'm proud when they call me a worker/good in something
19. Yes, I am a real football chick. I love watching and playing. My favorite player is De Bruyne.
20. My favorite activity is ice skating.
21.I'm a light sleeper, everything I hear.
22. I always try to help everyone, sometimes I have to learn not to do that.
23. I can laugh and be immediately serious when needed.
& I always cry at funerals, even if I did not know the person.

Now I'm off to celebrate my birthday.  Happy Birthday to me!! 
See you all soon.


Pictured: This was Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas to all of you.
I hope you had the time of your life.
This was my Christmas Eve (+day) 
Due to privacy reason, I left my family off my blog for once. 

 See you soon! 


The Christmas Tag

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Recently I got tagged by the talented Silke from A Life Lounge  for the christmas tag. I decided to wait until The day of Christmas evening. (This word is made up by W.)  So here we go.
Oh, I also wish you a very Merry Christmas. May all your dreams come true tonight. 

What's your favorite Christmas movie? 

Simple answer! I'm a big fan of The Polar Express!  I wanna watch it over and over again. 

When do you open your Christmas presents?
Well, we have a little tradition of santa claus coming to our house. My father, who is dressed as Santa Claus shares at midnight packets out. So christmas eve is the moment. 

What's your favorite Christmas memory?
 Christmas has always been my favorite memory of a year. But I have some moments that do light up my world when thinking about them. The most beautiful is the call to someone who was in the military in Afghanistan during Christmas. He called us as a surprise.

What is your favorite Christmas meal?
I do not really have a favorite Christmas meal. I really love asparagus soup, which we eat almost every year. And I love apples or pears filled with berries.

What is your favorite Christmas present?

I don't really have a favorite present. Years ago, I already knew what I would get. Since I'm a crazy Harry Potter chick. My dad always bought me the new books or movies. I have every book and movie and many collector items. So Harry Potter, Owls, Foxes or books will always be a win.

Do you have a tradition on Christmas Eve?
One of our traditions is a food one. Every year we eat ice cream cake in the shape of a crib. And maybe our santa claus present exchange. We also create a movie with old Christmas pictures which we watch before starting our dinner. I believe the fun of Christmas, is being with your family.

What is at the top of your Christmas tree?
A star and a peak (I hope you call it the same in English.) 

What do you like most about Christmas?

As you already know, I am often away, I will always return home for Christmas Eve. The best part is being with family.I love the warm atmosphere that hangs over the world. The parcels, eating and socializing. Christmas is my favorite holiday!

What's your favorite Christmas song?
I have three songs that I love to hear. The first one is All I want for Christmas is you from Mariah Carey. I just love the song and this year, I feel the song suits me. (Secrets, don't tell). The second song is Last Christmas from Wham. I don't know why but I do love the song.And the last one is not really a Christmas song, but the girl singing is a good friend of me. So I always get gooseflesh while listening to A cold night in december by Mayken en Ziggy.

Merry Christmas to all of you!


November is gone..

Sunday, December 07, 2014

One year ago, november was the month were I had to overcome my depression. Today one year later, I'm no longer depressed, I'm not the most happy girl in the world yet, but I'm fine. And those are the best words to say. I'm fine! So thanks to all of my friends who were there when I needed them.
And now off to November 2014, here's how I have experienced this year's november.

In November I...

I went partying hooray! COLOR TD's are so much fun! I love colors..

I celebrated 100 years of AFS and met some returnees from different generations. 

Where I live, we have a little tradition called Sint-Maarten. So we celebrated his arriving too.

I ended up with a very painful foot, after I felt from te stairs at college.


I have spent lots of time in the radio studio, where I have my own show! Hooray again! And I enjoyed some me-time in a good bubble bath with a lovely book.

I made myself a cheese-cake and I enjoyed preparing food!

For a college preparation, I went to an expo in Antwerp. 30 years Behoud De Begeerte, where I met Bent Van Looy.

& I interviewed a really talented young men, who is currently working at a national radio station.

Books I read: 
The girl who saved the king of Sweden - Jonas Jonasson
Keep it simple - Kevin de Bruyne

Movies & series I have seen: 
New Girl S1
Awkward S4
Faking it S2
Christmas 100 lights Advent Show Germany

PS: You can still sign up for the Secret Santa Christmas Card, Many already singed up. :) Merry december! 


Throwback Thursday: Poland

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Time goes by, and only memories stay. Pictures are always a good way of remembering the beautiful moments in life. Let's move back in time to thousand ten where I moved to Poland for a month.
July 2010, I finally arrived in Poland after traveling all day. I was eighteen by then and I had never traveled alone before. My first time in a plane to a country I didn't even speak the language of. I arrived and my mentor told me I was gonna live with roommates in a small flat.(My flat was next to the pub on this picture) My roomie was from Litvania. The other were all boys from Turkey, Latvia & Macedonië. They were really awesome. Their were a lot of other volunteers in the village too. They all lived in flats, just like I did. From a spoiled teenager in Belgium, I suddenly become an adult lady. I cooked my own food, had to clean the flat, had to think about money spending and all.
I worked from monday till friday. I mostly started around 8 in the morning til 2 in the afternoon. I was part of a summer camp for poor children. They tried to teach me some polish words and I tried to learn them things too. We did some really great activity's with the children, such as swimming, forest walks, hiking, dancing or playing games inside the school building. One girl told me she didn't want me to go back home and to be honest I didn't wanna come back either. 
During my free time I traveled around to places such as Warsaw and Wroclaw. The picture above is one of my favorites. Someone took the picture at one of our bonfires at night. After summer camp or the other's project, all of the foreign volunteers came together. The girl you see laying onder my big but became my best friend. We're the same age. She is the best Danish friend I could wish for. Today we're still very good friends. The boy was our Polish crush. (He is pretty cute ha?)

I really can't believe it's already 4 years ago since I did my first foreign voluntary job. I'm still thankful for the chance I got by then and all the friends I met. Without a doubt Poland was one of the happiest months in my life. I grew up fast by the experience of living alone in a foreign country. If you ever get the chance to work in another country, take it with both hands. Poland wasn't my favorite country by then, but now I love every single thing about it. The language (which I can't speak after a month), the people, the culture, the food and the nature. And I as a person changed so much. I became open minded to the world. I learned that you don't need luxury.



Sunday, November 23, 2014

First: I'm changing my layout once again but I'm not near perfection yet, so excuse me for the changes or faults you might see during your time on my blog.

I came by a cool tag at Elisse's blog. I immediately decided to fill in the tag myself. I am pretty addicted to my iPhone, so Instagram is a part of my hipster life.

What's your Instagram name and why?
My name is The mind of an exchange, the same as my blog. It's easier to find me on Instagram and the names has a connection with my blog. Previous I used my name Melissajore. I'm an exchange student or I was and my blog is all about the things I do or like. So that explains the name.

               Left: The first one ( 2years ago) Right: The last one

How many photos do you post on average?
I would dare to say that I post a picture weekly. Some weeks I don't post anything. Other weeks I might upload a picture every day. It depends on how awesome my life is. :)

Instagram facts
I posted 240 things in 2 years. 432 people are following me. JEEJ! and I'm following 440 lucky ones. I received 2609 likes in total and 307 comments.

Most liked?
A while ago I shared this picture of me and my best friend 4 years ago. She had her birthday in October so I wished her a happy birthday with this throwback. The picture got the most likes.
The picture right just got one like less than the winner.

Your own personal favorite?
Waking up with this amazing view. Yes I do miss Turkey. No stress, just relaxing.

What apps do you use in combination with Instagram? 
Ah! Secrets, nope like most of the humans I use VSCO cam since it's the best. I also use studio + to make collages or to decorate them with text.

What filter do you use the most?
Since I have extern apps to edit my pictures I do not use any filters anymore. In the past I used the X-PRO a lot and Valencia also became one my most used ones.
Left: X-PRO right: Valencia 

Most used hashtag?
Ha, good question. I don't think I have a most used hashtag. I always use the ones who are fitting the picture I use. I do use lots of silly ones like #becauseIcan. 

Which celebrities are you following?
Goh, I follow @Kalle14, @Mikainstagram, @emwatson@wearesheppard
I guess that's all since I mostly use Instagram to follow friends or family.

Which animals do you follow?
Ha! only one and that's Olive, the dog with a blog. I never came by any others to follow.

Do you have a lot of family on Instagram?
I even don't have a big family so I guess the answer is no. My younger sister is using it. And since I don't have any cousins. I think the answers remains no.

This picture is taken before my sister left to Turkey for a month. We spent some time and we took an overload on selfies before her leaving. I also figured I used a very weird hashtag here.  #wenneedaginger I have no idea what I wanted to write. :)  

I really enjoyed filling in this tag, so if you do too. Let me know. See you all very soon!  Oh leave your account here! :) 


Bye Bye October

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Each month I look back on the past month. Here's a little recap of my october. 
It passed by so fast. See you next year.

In October I.. 

+ I had my first aid exam which I nailed by the way! I passed the exam hooray!

+ I finally met my penpal Mary from the states. We spend a whole day in Brussels and Mary & her friend Jessica stayed at my house for a night. 

I spent some time in the radio studio, where I have my own show on Friday evening:) I also worked on saturday in the supermarket. Hooray for money!

I went ice-skating with my AFS-chapter. I love my kiddos!

I had some good and bad hair days.I also dyed my hair red but it didn't last long.

My family and I celebrated a little bit of halloween. Which you can read all about in this post.

I was to busy to read books so I only have one, and I can't really remember which movies I watched. Most of october I just watched them on television, so if it was on. I saw it :) For November I'm forcing myself to write everything down. So next month there'll be a full update. 

The Vanishing Point - Val Mcdermid 


5 of my book boyfriends

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Books have different characters. Some make us angry, irritate us, or we fall for them. Tiffany from the Endless Bliss blog shared her 7 book boyfriends. Thanks to her this post is created. Only I'll share 5 of my book boyfriends. Here we go.

5. Augustus Waters
 The fault in our stars by John Green
How can you not fall for him? Charming, sweet and always saying the right words. Every girl should have an Augustus in her life. He has the power to make every girl feel special.

4. James Frey
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey 
This character made me fall in love with him because he had the power to get clean and he was a hero to the girl in the same institute. Sometimes bad boys can turn good. And that's without a doubt the case in the life of James Frey. From drug user to cute lover. Yes He is one my crushes!

3. Devin Jones
Joyland by Stephen King
A little hero in a student boy. Heroes are always my favorite characters. He also has some things in common with me. Like taking a year off to live your dreams. (Plans that might come true) and he is friendly and loving character. I can't really say why I like him but if you read the book you might understand why is on my book boyfriends list.

2. Harry Potter
Harry Potter by JK.Rowling 
I'm undoubtedly for Harry himself. The boy with the courage that always chooses the good.Throughout the story, he is a fighter, and so that might suit me perfectly. Though I also thought of George, My Harry Potter crush is Harry himself.

1. Henry Detamble
The Time Traveler's wife by Audrey Niffenegger 
Oh Henry, Traveling trough time and falling in love with a girl. Yes I felt in love with his character more than once. He is cute, friendly and he has a sense of romantic. I wouldn't mind him not being there whenever I need him. So yes I would love to be the Time Traveler's wife :)

And, what about you? Who are your book boyfriends/ girlfriends?