Last week, I found out Nouw's having a 30 days challenge, where the winner would be sent to Paris for a weekend. I was instantly intrigued, because;

1. I had just gotten back from Paris and was itching to go back, and
2. This could push me to update more consistently and be more organized with my blogging

By the end of the challenge, I hope I would have created more creative content and be able to think more outside of the box. I really want to grow my engagement this year, as well as explore my interests more. During the 30 days challenge, I will try to post varied posts, and if there's any particular subject you want me to write about, please do let me know!

I'm looking forward to this, who doesn't love a good challenge, right?

If you want to become a part of the challenge, check out more at nouw.com/nouw30daychallenge.

Deadline for sign up is January 22 at 23:59!

Wish me luck!

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My Mom was on the phone with Grandma last week, and I overheard her saying, "Ellen's going to Paris this weekend. Yeah, she's travelling a lot lately, flying like a bird."

It's funny how that comes about. Looking back at the last few years, I've been travelling more than I used to. When I was younger, my Mom always did her best to give us at least one "grand" vacation trip during Summer break. Because of this, I grew up seeing different cities, at the same time learning to appreciate the joy of travelling. Not to mention developing an appreciation in terms of what a huge privilege it is to be able to travel so freely and often.

Travelling has, therefore, become a passion of mine, and I always try to save up for a trip or two each year. Thankfully, I've always been extra fond of Europe, so I don't have to save an awful lot of money for plane tickets.

I already kicked off 2018 with a trip to Paris with @Gambitsky and Olav, which I'm currently working on a little "weekend guide" for at the moment.

Later this year, I will be travelling to Amsterdam for Easter, and then London in August. I'm super excited because I've never been to Amsterdam before, and I've heard it's such a beautiful city. And London’s always a great city to visit. You know I love London.

What about you? What are your travel plans for 2018? Let me know down in the comments below!

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It's the first day of a whole new year and I'm currently sitting in my pyjamas writing this while Friends is playing on the TV.

A new year, the same me.

2017 brought some good memories, as well as some lessons learned. First off, I took more control of my mental health and did a better job taking care of myself than I previously had. Last year, I was a puddle of mess during finals. It was one of the longest periode of stress and anxiety I've ever had. But it wasn't just the length of it, it was also the severity of it all. Looking back at it now, I'm glad I've been so lucky to have the amazing net of support group to help me through it all.

During 2017, I also hit the first ever anniversary-mark in my life. I've been with my boyfriend for almost 2 years now, and it's so weird thinking about it because it feels like we've been together for ages. He's been so great whenever I've had my lows, supporting me and keeping me calm.

For the new year, I want to take even better care of myself, actually use my gym membership for what it's worth, especially now that I'm on my last six months of being a student. I also want to focus more on personal growth – listening to more podcasts, reading more books, guided meditation, you name it.

I also want to create more memories, travel more, experience more, and document it more.

I'm looking forward to the new year, and I'm hoping you are too.

Here's to 2018. Cheers!

Happy New Year

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