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World Mental Health Day 2019

Today is World Mental Health Day and this year’s focus is suicide prevention. According to WHO’s Suicide Prevention Data, “Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan. There are indications that for each adult who died by suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide.” That’s a number that’s far too high for the age we live in. One…

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5 ways to get into Inktober

I tend to be way too hard on myself. The other night I was talking to Sander about how I wished I had a time machine. I want to be able to go back and tell my younger self to focus more on drawing. Sometimes I believe that I could tell a lot more stories that way. I often forget how much joy writing brings me. But when I see what artists can produce, I want to mope about how…

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My favorite phone photography apps

I find I’ve been taking less photos when I go out. I’m usually outside with the dogs and my hands are full. To combat this I use my phone’s camera. I’ve got three hardy photography apps that I always use again and again. The important thing is to find what works for you and master it! All these apps are free but you can access more features through unlocked content. Adobe Lightroom This is my first stop on the editing…

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Dealing with estranged parents

My relationship with my father was a strained one. The more I think about our relationship, the more I seem to understand about him. He grew up in a poor household and had to work to support both his parents and 6 other siblings. It was a tough childhood and as a result he never wanted a family centered lifestyle. I understand that now that I’m an adult.  He was forced into it when he was arranged to marry my…

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Declutter Your Digital Life

We all have a list of ways we can make our lives easier, right? Keep the house clean, keep your keys where they belong, and don’t forget to walk the dog. While it’s not too difficult to maintain a clean lifestyle (assuming you work hard at maintaining it!) our digital life is a whole different beast. I’m guilty of having hundreds of dog photos I’ll probably never look at again. So what’s a better way at a fresh digital start?…

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How to get ready for winter

Guys we are moving into winter but that doesn’t mean you should sit back and let it consume you! The holidays tend to be the busiest time for some of us. Now is the perfect time to brace yourself for what’s to come. I know it’s difficult to find personal time at the end of the year but please take a moment to think of yourself and how you can make life easier for you. Clean early Get rid of…

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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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