About Me

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”Oscar Wilde

With all those pictures of me on this web page, you’d be surprised to learn I hate photos of myself. However, I want you to get a visual of me, the person writing all this, and there’s only one semi-good way to do so.

To colour the image you’ll get of me beyond my outside, I feel obliged to tell you a little bit about myself. This way you’ll end up with an idea of who I am on the inside as well as what I look like on the outside. After all, don’t judge a book by its cover (or a person by her badly taken photos).

I believe by reading someone’s writings you’ll get a clear image of their inner being – you can’t fake the way you write. At least this is what I hope to achieve when you read my posts: to take you on a journey inside my head.

However, to start you off here’s my personal playlist. I love making playlists for people, as it gives me the opportunity to find just the right songs to go with someone’s character. When burning my own favourites on a CD to play in my car, I went all out.

Please enjoy these songs (clicking on the titles will take you to their YouTube videos). I hope you’ll see the diversity in this collection. And if you think their combination on a CD is a bit hard to follow: don’t worry. So am I.

 

 

 


  1. Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
  2. Mika – Ice Cream
  3. Fall Out Boy – Jet Pack Blues
  4. Mandisa – Unfinished
  5. Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name
  6. Meghan Trainor – Better When I’m Dancing
  7. Cascada – Evacuate The Dancefloor
  8. Robyn – Dancing On My Own
  9. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
  10. Britney Spears – If I’m Dancing
  11. Zedd ft. Bahari – Addicted To A Memory (of course this one HAD to be on it!)
  12. LeAnn Rimes – Life Goes On
  13. Fleur East – Sax
  14. Mika – It’s My House
  15. Tori Kelly – Colors Of The Wind (love her voice!)
  16. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (this was a mistake – I love the song, but I love The Greatest by Sia more)
  17. Kensington – War
  18. Fall Out Boy – Twin Skeleton’s (Hotel In NYC)
  19. Mika – Live Your Life (best song ever, apart from #11)
  20. Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
  21. Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices

127 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. I’d like to take your offer to have a music playlist based on my own character that you see through my words on my own blog. You don’t have to do it right away or at all. I love music and usually I try to find my own meanings through lyrics and the rhythm that plays to my soul. Btw, I have rarely been impressed by someone’s picture like yours and I actually did feature that on my own blog at; https://aatayyab.wordpress.com/2020/05/15/an-unforgettable-beautiful-face/

    You don’t post that often on your blog but whenever you do, its really worthy of a read. I hope you post more often about your life and feelings.

    Love you and stay beautiful πŸ™‚

    ______________________________________________________
    (EDIT: I’ve removed your email address for privacy reasons ;))

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    1. I have never made a playlist for someone I don’t know personally, to be honest. Usually it’s family or friends, people I’ve known for a while and know what they like. I am not saying I won’t give it a try, but it won’t be anytime soon. At the moment I am too busy being stressed, but I’ll keep this in mind. I do love a challenge πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Mohitjain. I am not sure what you mean with connecting somewhere else, but I am always happy to make new friends on WordPress πŸ™‚

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            1. I see your request for personal contact with me. It makes me feel a little uneasy, because I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I don’t want to share my personal contact info with anyone who asks for it, either. I need to know I can trust you, so I would rather, slowly, get to know you a little bit through this platform first πŸ™‚

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  2. Nice new β€˜about’! As for photo – I’m not a great fan of mine either, but I try to remember that it always seems a bit disorienting when one never gets to see what the blogger looks like β€” somehow I get to thinking that if they don’t show themselves at all, then something must be wrong lol

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    1. I agree with your thoughts. I think it’s important people get a peep of the person behind the blog, it makes it all more… authentic maybe. As for photos of me: I’ve never really liked staring at myself, for some reason. That’s not going to change any time soon, haha.

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    2. I get the same first impression of β€œanonymous” people’s blog as β€œwrong” but later I do change my opinion as only they or their maker knows why did they choose to hide their beautiful selves. Actually it is an intriguing topic about which I wrote in detail at; https://aatayyab.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/anonymity-pisses-me-off/

      I’d love to know more about the reasons that come to your mind about why do such people decide to obscure themselves?

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  3. Found you πŸ™‚ And going to add you to my weekly reading-list, so we connect more often.
    Enjoy your weekend! Oh wait, I noticed you are a life and career coach, fantastic πŸ™‚ If you ever feel like creating a post together, just let me know. XxX

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    1. Oh, who knows what the future might bring πŸ˜‰ Don’t put too many creative thoughts in my head, Patty, or I might act on it (fact is right now I’m too busy, but never say never, so indeed: who knows). Glad to have you back on here! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Bonnie! πŸ™‚
      Cats are just awesome (like gerbils and a whole bunch of other pets – I am not too picky, I like everything fluffy).

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  4. Hi there Samantha ~ I’m nominating you for the Blue Sky Tag :)) I found it really fun to do, myself, and I’m looking forward to your insights! Come by my Journal of Dawn blog and check it out. Will be putting my post up with all the info soon :))

    No pressure in answering all the questions, but I sure look forward to your answers, and your list of questions, too !!! Dawn

    https://journalofdawn.wordpress.com/

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    1. I am so sorry, Dawn, your comment got sent to my spam folder and it simply escaped my attention! I’ll look into it when I have more time, thanks for the nomination! πŸ™‚

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    1. 80% of the Dutch folks don’t know about this, either. I used to use The Netherlands and Holland as synonyms, too. Oh well. I reckon someone one day thought: this country is too small to be of any meaning, let’s just make it a super complicated nation for everyone and see what happens globally.

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        1. Pffft, that’s nothing. What REALLY bothers me is the lack of mountains! 😦 For someone who loves mountains and especially mountain views living in a country where the closest thing to a mountain is a speed bump is torture.

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          1. I used to live in South Dakota where speed bumps weren’t even a thing. But if you follow me on Instagram I take lots of photos of mountains that are really nearby, so you can either enjoy them or be bitter that you don’t have them.

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  5. This was the best “about me” page I’ve ever read. I have a friend who is from the Netherlands. Her name is Alexandra. It’s nice to meet you, sort of.

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  6. Samantha,

    I wanted to thank you for taking the time to like my Bay Art essay on writing first person rather than a self-help perspective. I don’t publish much on Bay Art and it is especially gratifying to reach new readers.

    I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts as well. .

    Best,

    Jon

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    1. Hi Jon,
      I liked your honesty in that article. You shouldn’t have to change the way you write because others want a different thing. If you write to make a living, sure that’s something you need to take into great account, but not when you write for you.
      Thank you for finding me here and commenting. It means a lot! I wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a good 2017! πŸ™‚

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    1. No, they always said I look like a corpse (not even a joke, sadly). I like Brit Marling better, haha. Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

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  7. Uh oh – now I’m afraid of my heart beat – & my head is spinning after that video about Holland, I mean Dutch, I mean Netherlands, I mean…

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    1. Yes, us Dutchies like to confuse other people, muahaha! >:)
      My own heart beat doesn’t scare me that much any more… Somehow it soothes me, knowing it’s mine. I know, I am strange. Don’t even go there, we could talk all night about my peculiarities :’)

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  8. This isn’t spam, I swear. Well eh maybe it is? Nah it isn’t!

    I’ve nominated you for a bloggers recognition award on my latest blog post: https://ramblingkori.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/the-blogger-recognition-award/.

    If you want to (completely your choice) accept the award, here are the rules:
    1. You must write a post accepting this award
    2. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you
    3. Briefly talk about how you got started blogging
    4. Give 2 pieces of advice for new bloggers
    5. Nominate 15 deserving bloggers!

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  9. Hello! We share several of the same weird things…I’ll leave it at that. I do think I might try this idea out on my blog someday. πŸ™‚ Happy to be your newest follower.

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    1. Hi! Turns out there are more “weirdos” it there, which is a good thing if you ask me! πŸ™‚ Happy to have you and thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I just spotted you over at Seeds for Life. Glad I did! Your blog is really nice πŸ™‚ And I so enjoy the sarcasm πŸ˜‰

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    1. Haha, yes, we call him Jantje :p And we are good at waterworks, that’s for sure. We have to be, over 20% of our country is below sea level D:
      Nice to meet you, Sunith πŸ™‚

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  11. Having a name with such nice meaning Samantha not only to be a β€˜Listener’ but also β€˜She who is heard by God’, may we express the hope you also heard the call of God?

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    1. Thanks, Marcus! In fact, I did hear the call of God, until I got home from a trip to China, I’m afraid. Now I’m searching for what I really believe in.

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      1. Life is a big journey of a long and worthwhile quest. When you are looking for the Most High, may I recommend to look at some of my lifestyle and religious blogs?
        You are very welcome there to share your thoughts as well.

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  12. You have a splendid site, Love how it is differently set out. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. Cheers Buddy! – Cezane

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  13. Once I was dating a mad and fascinating artist, and we stopped to study a painting in a gallery, when she whispered provocatively in my ear: β€œAre you ever tempted to lick the paintings?” You remind me a little of her πŸ™‚ And don’t fool yourself; you take GREAT pictures!

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    1. Lol! Lick the paintings… now THAT’s an idea! >:)
      Btw, I love your profile picture! I recently finished reading a (very bad) version of The Iliad and I *think* I saw that sculpture live once. It’s LaocoΓΆn, right?

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        1. To be honest, I never paid attention during Latin class when it was about translations and the language. But the stories I devoured like a hungry monster!

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  14. You’re an awesome chick!

    I love that you put money in your mums wallet and you save all the yellow MnMs till last.

    I’m from Australia and I only recently started writing my blog. Nice to meet you! 😊

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    1. Australia! Awesome πŸ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be sure to check out your blog later πŸ˜‰

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  15. Yes, acknowledgment for my psycho-ness! Finally! Deep down I knew all along, of course, but it’s nice to see it verified through the eyes of an innocent beholder πŸ™‚
    I warn objects, too. Very very sternly. They never listen, though 😦

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    1. yeah, rite! in-animate objects rarely seem to listen! i will put something (e.g., a delicate glass vase) on a shelf and warn it sternly to STAY! and hope it has listened. and obeys …

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  16. okeh. you are, indeed, border-lying sigh-cko, but inna goodly weigh. now, sum of the stuff, dawnuldduk magazeens, the weigh you eat MnMz, are, uh, not so much intriguing as worthy of the basis for my upcoming master’s thesis in sigh-call-oh-gee. but! i too talk to inanimate objects, especially those which are prone to fall over or off the shelf or disobey in some fashion or another. I WARN THEM, STERNLY. & i too have never stolen $$$ furrum my parents. but it’s too late, now, anyweigh.

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  17. Samantha, just a note to say I am really enjoying following your blog and certainly appreciate your following both of mine. Very kind of you and I look forward to your comments. (P.S. – all my stuff faces forward too…!)

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    1. I enjoy having you as a follower and being one of yours πŸ™‚ I may not be so interested in sports, but I like your writing-style!
      PS: and that’s the only way to have it! Looks so much better than the backsides!

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      1. I appreciate the comment about the writing style on the sports blog. I strive to make it “accessible” for those who don’t follow sports or the sport in question and have something of interest for all. P.S. – There simply is no other way but to put everything forward. That’s why they have a front and a back after all! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Henry πŸ™‚
      4911 is secretly all my favourite numbers combined: 4-9-11. I couldn’t pick a winner, so I placed them in order of appearance, haha.

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  18. wow… that is a wonderful bio and it gives a sweet glimpse into your life and being!! Sounds to me that you are a wonderful and lovely person… Looking forward to read more from you ^.^

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  19. Thank you, Lexa (I think you actually made me blush with your compliments, haha). I wish you a great weekend/Sunday, too! πŸ™‚

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  20. Love your blog. Have just had a good look around. You sound like an intelligent and interesting person. I am happy to be following you and look forward to future posts. Have a great rest of the weekend. πŸ˜ƒ

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      1. Thanks. I hate pictures of myself. I took 20, kept 2, deleted half of those, and now I’m not 100% convinced of this one, either, hahaha!

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    1. But for real: I actually gained some weight. Although I suspect that’s to do with growing muscles while losing fat (muscles weigh more than fat).

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    1. How so? Practice makes perfect, male or not :p
      Although I shamefully have to admit I haven’t gone running for a few weeks now… 😦 I kinda miss it!

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  21. I think you are a fantastic girl. I don’t visit your social media pages often, but when I do, your contributions always make me smile and frequently makes me laugh out loud.
    Amsterdam, april 2015

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