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January 2019 – Document Your Life video

I’m not behind, February was just really short! But here it is: my video for January. A pretty exciting one, I think. In January I tidied my life KonMari style as a first step towards my move back home. It was also the month I cut and donated my hair under the motto if not now, when?

About the video

Part one: in The Netherlands

Before returning to Sheffield after Christmas holidays I visited a local cat café with Lauren. Unfortunately it was not quite what I had hoped for – the café was badly understaffed that day which meant they weren’t keeping a good eye on things. I suffered sensory overload and needed some time to recover afterwards. The one highlight was the little petting session between me and the blue-eyed cat that can be seen in the video.

Other parts of this video show a snippet of my photoshoot with Lauren and Nugget, and the three of us watching Dutch documentary film Buddy together. I also got to see my friends’ baby for the first time, but I have kept this footage restricted for privacy protection.

Part two: back in the UK

Quite a lot happened for me in January, but much of it doesn’t show in the video. After I flew back to England, I started making official arrangements for my move back to The Netherlands in a couple months’ time. The KonMari method was part of that – as you can see in the video, my first step was sorting out clothes. Tidying up my life so it would be easier to take with me to another country was not always a fun process. I got so caught up in it that – fortunately – I don’t have any footage of me on the verge of tears while trying to sort out komono.

However, the process in general was quite exciting. It felt like I had finally started the closing chapter of my life in England: as you can see on-screen, I took my cat Remi to the vet for his mandatory rabies vaccination, for example. A lot happened off-screen as well, like donating things I would not be taking home, and starting work on this very blog.

The big event: donating my hair

I still feel nervous when I watch back footage of getting my hair cut! Losing a full ponytail of hair was quite a sensation. You can read more about it soon on Lauren’s blog, where I wrote a guest post on donating my hair to The Little Princess Trust.

About the music

I wanted a bright upbeat sound for this first video of the new year, and if you listen carefully, Home Is Just A State Of Mind is precisely not that. What I really had in mind was something like Jerry William’s Grab Life, but surprisingly this song would be far too short for the video. So, I settled on a calmer sound that was easy to edit to – Rod Ladgrove’s Home Is Just A State Of Mind. Don’t play too close attention to the lyrics, they’re actually quite depressing.

Off-screen events

I decided I wanted to share some off-screen things that are harder to capture on video as well. In January, I only watched one film, which was the documentary Buddy I mentioned earlier. However, I did get a lot of reading done:

  • Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen.
  • The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll.
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo.
  • Book Love by Debbie Tung.
  • It by Alexa Chung.
  • Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
  • None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio.
  • Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously by Adam Ellis.

I did not finish the Bridget Jonges book pictured in the video because I completely lost interest.

Seen in this video

Lauren and her dog Nugget and cat Sjakie.

My cat Remi – also Ghibli who has now moved away.


  • Kattencafé The Coffee Cat Almere.
  • Dutch documentary Buddy.
  • Hairdressers Taylor Taylor Sheffield.
  • Books: Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio, Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason by Helen Fielding, It by Alexa Chung.
  • Calm bath bomb by Lush.

Equipment used for this video

  • Canon EOS 77D
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • Canon 18-55mm lens
  • Canon 50mm f1.8 lens
  • Lauren’s Nikon D5100
  • Lauren’s Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens
  • Lauren’s GoPro Hero 3+ Black w/ GoPole Reach, Bobber, and head strap

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