A New Chapter

This blog and its readers have been with me through many life changes. No less than 6 anniversaries with my boyfriend have been celebrated on The Ginger Diaries and our seventh is in just a few days. I’ve written about when we moved into our first apartment last July and recently shared an update on how things looked after nine months. My academic career has been well documented with posts about graduating high school, my first day in college, starting and ending my internships, graduating college, moving to a student flat in Antwerp, my first day at uni and eventually graduating uni in January of this year. And now here we are again. Another milestone to celebrate on my blog: I started my first job!

As of last Monday I work as a social assistant. Hence the radio silence. I wanted to focus on my new routine (or shall I say regime?) and stayed offline for a few days to sort everything out. Now that I know who’s who and what’s what in my new office I’m ready to write new posts! My first week has gone really well, but I have to be honest and say that I’m feeling a little lost right now. I am dropped in an organization that I have zero experience with and I constantly bump onto my personal limits. I want to do things, but I don’t know how to do them yet and that’s a very frustrating feeling. I’ve been told tens of times that it’s okay for me to ask for help and assistance, but I’m a terrible pessimist at times and don’t want to bother the others with a hundred questions. The complex procedures, paperwork and laws that exist around the matters that I’m handling form one big maze of new-to-me information that I’m still learning to navigate. I’m probably the worlds most impatient person and I feel like I should already know more after 5 days than I do. I’m a little scared that I’m doing wrong by being so slow to start (not that I know if I really am slow or just feeling that way). A good thing is that I’ve been in enough new situations to know that I always land on my feet and that one day I will handle the things I’m worrying about today just as fly as the others do. I just wish that day comes fast!

This is not what I wore for my first day at work. This is an outfit that my friend K and I shot way back in April but that had not made it to the blog yet. That’s what happens when you shoot 6 outfits in one week and don’t have the time to post them all, haha. It’s a Spring update of one of my all-time fall favorites: an simple and oversized, but classy outfit that features my beloved Zara jeans and a light wool sweater that my boyfriend has lovingly labeled my “construction worker sweater”. Yeah, he clearly loves my outfit choices. Seven anniversaries, I don’t always know how we got here either.

sweater: Massimo Dutti
jeans: Zara
shoulder bag: Kate Spade
shoes: Mellow Yellow



  1. 30 May 2016 / 16:54

    In die foto’s lijken uw benen echt kilometers langs te zijn 🙂
    X, Eline

  2. 30 May 2016 / 18:42

    Congrats on the job! I think there is a learning curve with any new job so don’t feel too hard om yourself – your colleagues would have been the same when they started! Hope you get more confident with your role as you learn more along the way.

    Nice classic outfit with the jeans too, and the blossom on the tree is beautiful.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. 30 May 2016 / 22:04

    Congrats on the new job!!! That’s wonderful!! That last shot is really cool!

  4. 31 May 2016 / 17:04

    prachtig! Die broek is echt gemaakt voor u. En wees gerust iedereen heeft die twijfels wel bij het starten van een nieuwe job. Da komt goed en voor dat ge t weet doet ge t net zoals uw collega’s 😉

  5. 31 May 2016 / 21:27

    Congratulations on your new job!! I know just how you are feeling with the newness and trying to learn everything…I hope that will all pass soon! One day you’ll look up and realize that you’ve been moving right along really well and you’ll look back and remember how hard it was to find your groove. I’m starting a new job tomorrow and I’m nervous for all of these upcoming feelings as well!

  6. 1 June 2016 / 16:08

    Kan me helemaal vinden van dat met die telefoon. Op de tweede dag van mijn interim op het secretariaat van een school moest ik al het onthaal doen aka alle telefoons opnemen. Ik wist letterlijk van niets haha! Geef het vooral tijd zou ik zeggen, elke dag weet je beter en beter wat jouw rol is 😉 Veel succes met je nieuwe job!
    x Lauren

  7. 2 June 2016 / 10:29

    Proficiat met de job! En CHILL, je werkt nog maar een week, don’t be too hard on yourself. 😉

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