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Lifestyle Writing

Nanowrimo Week 2

Nanowrimo Week 2 has been amazing fun so far but it does come with it’s blockades. Writer’s block, burn out, and a lack of motivation always come after me right about the halfway point. It’s been two days since I wrote anything for it. I can still catch up but let me share an update on how the process is going so far. Changes will in the works I pictured one story in my head and something different is on…

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Lifestyle

My favorite DIY Youtubers

The holidays are fast approaching and I’m not ready! Of course what do we do when we can’t find what we want in stores (or if something is too expensive)? We DIY it! Do It Yourself has been a thing for ages now. I know when I lived in California, I didn’t have to rely on DIY very much. Now I live in The Netherlands. There are tons decorating ideas that feel different than what I’m used to. So I…

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Living in North Holland

An inside look at the Dutch Flower Auctions

The Dutch are a huge exporter of flowers. Most of this trade happens in the Dutch Flower auctions and take place in only two towns, Aalsmeer and Eelde. Millions of flowers pass through the doors everyday! And I was lucky enough to get a look at the surface of what goes on. This time around I didn’t learn everything about the Dutch Flower auctions. But I do have a better understanding of what happens! A few weeks ago I went with…

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Lifestyle Music

Of Monsters and Men at Tivoli

Of Monsters and Men are the Icelandic indie folk/pop musical sensation that’s sweeping the globe. Their newest album, Fever Dream, has been out for a few months now and the band is back in the EU. Of course Sander and I couldn’t pass up the chance to see them live! I’ve loved OMaM for years now. I remember first hearing them and falling in love with the folky feel of their music and lyrics. There have only been a few…

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Writing

Nanowrimo Week 1

Whew, this week has been a busy one for me. Not only did I have social obligations to attend to, I also had Nanowrimo! In fact, today marks the end of Nanowrimo week 1. If you’re new here, I get it. What the heck is a Nanowrimo? Good question! Created in 1999 by Chris Baty , National Novel Writing Month (or Nanowrimo) has taken the internet by storm. How does one win? Write 50,000 words from November 1st to the…

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Gaming

An update on our Pokémon journey

Sander and I have been fans of Pokemon for years. I remember my cousin showing me his brand new Gameboy with this small little turtle on the screen. “Take it and play it,” he had told me. “It’s fun.” Little did I know that 20 years later I would still be playing this strange game. Of course now we’re 8 generations in and neither the The Pokémon Company nor I will be slowing down. Sander is in the same boat.…

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Lifestyle

Halloween 2019

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year but this year I haven’t felt a lot of spirit. I can’t pinpoint what it is though. I had a ton of plans to fix up a special dinner, bake tons of treats but I ended up not doing anything. Maybe it was because I was sick for a while and just too tired to make anything. Either way this year was laid back and not what I was expecting. So instead…

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Fashion Lifestyle

Autumn Capsule Wardrobe 2019

My Autumn capsule wardrobe is as simple as it can get. My favorite comfortable items paired with heavy layers to keep me warm. What keeps my look polished are my accessories. I’ve got a small number of beautiful and timeless jewelry pieces to add shine to my outfit. My current bag obsession is a small fanny pack in mustard. As for the rest of my wardrobe, it’s had a few changes. Nothing too amazing though! I’ve added a bit of…

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Personal

Why I have few friends and why that’s OK

People can be unnerved by how little I engage in conversation. It’s a trait I’ve had for as long as I can remember. My mother used to tell other parents “She’s counting her words.” I’ve never been a talkative person. It’s difficult for me to keep in touch with people I don’t see every day. It’s one of the reasons why I have few friends. But you know what? That’s perfectly fine. In a world of extroverts and a culture…

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