Ayla is a 23-year-old books & lifestyle blogger from the Netherlands. She loves books, plants, espresso’s, early morning walks and the colour pink. You’ll find her blogging on DamnMysterious.
I am a social worker in the medical field, a mom of three, and I’ve been working with kids in some way-shape-or-form for the past eight years. Formerly a school counselor, I started my blog as a way to help parents and professionals understand the challenging behaviors of children. Now I’ve shifted to more of a parenting blog with a little bit of life mixed in!
Welcome to the first "the chatty habitat" post! I've been doing if we were having tea posts for almost a year now and they're one of my favourite posts to do. Recently, I've been wanting to switch up the format a little bit. While I want to keep the vibe the same where I write… Continue reading New Blog Plans, New Friends & a Small Identity Crisis // The Chatty Habitat
Hi! Hello! It's been a VERY long time since I did a personal post which is not a life update. I used to do these quite regularly in the first 2 years of blogging. Book blogging sucked me in after that because I was having FOMO and wanted to be involved in the community more.… Continue reading 2 Truths & 1 Lie || testing how well you really know me
This post is for all clueless and well-meaning friends who want to support their friends but don't really know how to. One thing that I've realized since then is that people without blogs often don't know how to support bloggers. To many, blogs are an old and/or foreign concept. As a follow-up to that point, I also realized that people generally won't ask how to support you.
Hey everyone! It's been very slow for the past few months and slowly I'm reducing my spreads to accommodate the new lifestyle. This month's setup is the most compact that I've done in the last two years or so. I usually have dates to keep track of throughout the month and I don't have that… Continue reading July 2020 Bullet Journal Setup
It's tea time! I was confused on what to post today since I had multiple ideas. As I couldn't make a decision, I put up polls on Twitter and Instagram. In both places, this post got the most votes so here we are. I got myself a hot cup of tea as well to set… Continue reading if we were having tea… // 17th May 2020
It's been a while since I last posted a life update... and I have quite a bit to update on. So get a hot cup of your favourite drink and settle in to chat with me for a bit. P. S. I'm just typing as I think and I'm not proof-reading in order to not edit my thoughts. So if there are typos or things that don't make sense.. go with it lol.
Hey everyone! I've seen many bloggers do this kind of post where they just talk about how they're doing and what their routine/life looks like in self-isolation/lockdown and I wanted to do my version as well. This post was actually supposed to go up yesterday but I took a complete day off by not opening… Continue reading How I’m coping in lockdown
It's been a while since I've spoken in a casual and chatty way, and I think it's long overdue. Many things have been happening in the world and I think we all could use a break from the news to just talk to each other and update on how we're feeling/doing*. Grab a hot cup… Continue reading if we were having tea… // 25 March 2020
The virus has taken over the world, and also all conversations. What did we all even talk about before? I can barely remember. I wonder what would be trending on twitter if there was no coronavirus now. Probably some tiktok video or something on US 2020 elections. Who knows. Anyway! Let's get onto updates.
Hey everyone! We're onto another month and another chance at getting our lives organized. For the last two months, I focused on compact monthly setups and space efficiency. Well, it finally bored me and I decided to go with more space this time. The cover page is VERY simple. I've left a ton of space… Continue reading March 2020 Bullet Journal Setup
This was a month of Taylor Swift, BTS and Kdrama OSTs. You'll see what I mean when I share the songs below. Go away by Punch ft. Chanyeol (EXO) https://youtu.be/h6TEh_wGgp0 This is a new song. It's from the Kdrama Romantic Dr. Teacher Kim 2 which I haven't watched. I listened to this song mainly because… Continue reading Songs on Repeat // February 2020 edition
Hey y'all! We're onto the last week of the month of February already! How's everyone holding up? I'm quite tired, to be honest. Mostly mentally and emotionally. One of my main problems is not getting in enough alone time every week to recharge. All I want is some time to myself haha. But, as this… Continue reading The Sunday Post // short updates