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How to fight procrastination

September 6, 2018 is Fight Procrastination Day. It sounds a bit silly to bring awareness to procrastination. We’re all guilty of it. There’s something we need to do but it can wait. It’s far too comfortable on the couch. It’s a wonderful time to watch a series that needs catching up on. Let’s face it, why do something today when we can do it tomorrow? However all this procrastination can catch up to you. Oh I should have cleaned this today……

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How I made the choice to move abroad

The end of summer is usually a place for new beginnings. I figured I would talk about the reasons I felt moving abroad was a good choice to make. This isn’t a post about the whole process of moving abroad. I’m still in the middle of becoming a permanent resident of The Netherlands. This is more about the reasons why I left California. Sander was a major reason, of course, but he was not the defining factor. Relationships are two…

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How the Dutch keep fit

Don’t let my tall glass of iced tea, worn out running shoes, and yoga mat fool you. I don’t enjoy a good workout. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that moving your body is important to good health. It’s one of the reasons why the Dutch are always so fit. And it’s no secret that the Dutch have an easy time of staying in shape. A lot of their healthy lifestyle comes from eating well. But there are…

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How I prepare blog content

A well maintained blog is a labor of love more than anything else. The number one compliment I get for this space is “I don’t know how you can do it so consistently!” I’m not a professional by any means but I love my blog a lot. I want to get to posting every day and have blogging as a full time job. For now I need to work on developing interesting blog content, a creating a professional brand, and…

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How to improve your mornings

I have never been a morning person. Sleeping in has always been something I’ve cherished. As much as I’d love to spend the whole day in bed (who wouldn’t?) I do have errands to do and Dutch homework to complete! So how can I roll out of bed with a smile on my face? With a few methods that I use to make my mornings brighter! Wake up with music Waking up to an alarm is not only jarring, it…

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How the Dutch save money

The Dutch are renown for being frugal. They do more window shopping than actual shopping! But they are not without wants. So how do the Dutch save money? There are many factors but I’ve put together a list of the ones that seem most common (in my experience). Don’t buy until it’s necessary The Dutch save money because they have a huge habit of window shopping. There are so many things to buy but most are unnecessary. This is how…

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How the Dutch use lekker

Dutch is a confusing language. There are hundreds of words that have double meanings. One of them, is lekker. Lekker, in its purest form means yummy. For example, lekker eten means a yummy meal. I’ve heard lekker used in other situations though. When we see Sander’s parents, they usually want to eat out in the garden. It’s because the sun is out and it’s lekker warme (nice and warm). It’s also lekker weer (nice weather) when the sun is out. When we…

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How the Dutch spend summer

Summer has arrived in The Netherlands! School is out and so is the sun. Temperatures are on the rise and the beaches are packed. How do the Dutch spend a Netherlands summer? The answers might surprise you. They don’t stray too far Holiday homes and campgrounds are super popular for families who love the outdoors. Otherwise, travelers make their way around Europe with purpose. Most don’t venture too far from The Netherlands. The summers are so mild, it’s hard to…

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How the Dutch decorate their gardens

The Dutch garden is taken very seriously. When buying a home, one detail to look for is where the garden is located. Ideally it will be in the south where the sun will fall for most of the day. The Dutch love the sun and a south facing garden has the potential to make the most of daylight. And how exactly do the Dutch decorate these spaces? While it varies from household to household, it’s common to see a few…

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