Category: Personal

The Hopeful Romantic #1

The Hopeful Romantic

A Hopeful Romantic? Yup, that would be me. I’ve referred to myself as a hopeless romantic for a long time but I’m not hopeless at all! So I decided to add some positivity. I’d like to share some of my lessons in love with you. And I hope that you can relate to the hopeful romantic part of me…

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I am enough

I am enough

Not good enough. Not strong enough. Not smart enough. Not thin enough. Not witty enough. Not pretty enough. Not sporty enough. Not social enough. Not friendly enough. Not sexy enough. Not normal enough. Not out there enough. Not politically engaged enough. Not creative enough. Not rich enough. Not worthy enough. Not lovable enough.

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Why I killed my blog (and brought it back to life again)

blog the publisized

If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. Well the good news: I’m back. The bad news: it’s a rocky road. I think this is going to be the most personal post so far. And I have to warn you: it’s not uplifting, but it will be honest.

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My beach body- part II

beach body

Do you remember my bikini post from earlier this year? I shared my path to a beach body. It took me about twenty years to figure this one out: we all have a beach body. It’s nice and empowering to draw a conclusion like that but as long as you’re not in a bikini on a beach you’re not practising what you preach. So I felt like my post needed some real life proof. The half naked on a beach kinda proof.

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Generation Glamour!

Glamour Mayra Louise

I’m featured in the Dutch Glamour, and I’m super excited! In the interview I talk about why I started The Publisized. I love the picture made by Jolijn Snijders and it’s great to look at myself and read my own story. I’m a proud woman today!

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Hello beach body!

beach body

How to have a beach body? Have a body. Go to the beach. Right. I know this to be true, now, but for years it wasn’t that simple for me. Life just wasn’t a beach. Even though I loved the beach, the sea and being sun kissed, I didn’t like my body on the beach. Especially not in a bathing suit or bikini. I felt like I didn’t belong there. The beach is a place for slim, toned and perfect people. At least that was what I told myself.

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Social Media Detox

social media detox

Me: ‘Hi, my name is Mayra and I’m addicted to my phone’. The rest of the world (well almost): ‘Hi Mayra’. I kind of felt like that when I was about to start my social media and Whatsapp detox week. I thought it would be hard. I thought I would check my phone all the time. I thought I would struggle with not being able to connect. But my social media detox showed me something completely different. Something unexpected and much more important.

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A Thank You to Crystal Renn

Crystal Renn

Ten years ago this picture changed my life. And no, I am not exaggerating.

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Negative Nancy

Negative Nancy

Relationships are hard work. We tend to forget that. At least I do. Sometimes I get a bit too comfortable and lazy. Everything is cool, right? We can relax. Well, not so much. Especially when it comes to the relationship we have with ourselves. Minor detail: the most important relationship in our entire life. Read More

Two decades of dieting (and feeling like sh*t)

Dieting

I was 11 when I first started dieting. My body suddenly got curvy and I was like: Excuse me? Where did my ribs go? Read More