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What to do when life has stressful plans

The past two weeks have been a bit stressful and hectic. A family crisis can come at the worst of times. We had planned to visit my family but an emergency in Sander’s family forced us to cancel. So what’s the best that you can do when life hands you lemons? You make lemonade of course! Take a deep breath First of all don’t panic. If you aren’t in danger, then perfect. If someone is in danger, keep a calm…

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My favorite blogs

I read when I’m stressed. It helps to calm my nerves and allows me to focus on other things. What I love about blog posts, is that most of them are quick to read and contain insightful information. So this brings me to the list of my favorite blogs! The Every Girl The Every Girl is a collective space that everyone should visit. This extensive blog covers everything from career and money to beauty and fitness. There many topics covered…

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We took a break from summer plans

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Most times Sander and I pride ourselves with keeping busy. We book our weekends with fun plans and enjoy the down time by cuddling our dogs. This year has been a bit different. We’ve had few summer plans. Our weekends have been stay at home days where we spend time playing video games or reading. The weather has been nice enough too. I often sit with the windows and french doors open to invite in the balmy breeze. These lazy…

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Friday Favorites: August 16 2019

Oh wow it’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Friday Favorites list! I’ve been a bit preoccupied with the new Fire Emblem game for the Switch. It hasn’t taken up a lot of my time… But I have been browsing the internet a lot less because of it. So let’s jump right on in! One of my favorite Youtubers, oh no nina shared bullet journal set up and it’s gotten me excited about bullet journaling again. The problem…

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Friday Favorites: July 12 2019

This is going to be a new feature here! I spend a lot of time online and I figured it would be perfect to share my favorites from the week every Friday. I’ve been a bit counter productive this week but I’m worrying about my Dutch grades. I know there’s nothing I can do now but it’s still getting to me a bit. So instead let’s focus on the positives! Video I’ve been watching Best Dressed for a year now…

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4 Things that helped me cope with death

I was on the phone recently with my brother. He likes to call late in the evenings because of the time difference. I was at my desk in the dark with only a simple lamp over my shoulder. I was holding up my phone and watching the sunlight streaming in from the window behind him. We had been laughing a lot but then he got a bit quiet. “Did dad come to visit you?” Our father passed away in 2014…

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Things that make me happy

I was talking to Sander about how I used to use money to make me happy. I worked to spend money irresponsibly. There was that thrill of new ownership and I chased it every paycheck. In some ways, having no income has done wonders for my mental health. I no longer rely on consumerism to make me feel happy. Now, I take two weeks to reason with why I want something. This has resulted in more “happy moments”. I feel…

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How I intend to spend my summer

Summer is here and so a roller coaster of weather! We went from a high 80° (26°-27°) back down to a low 70° (21°) all in the span of two days! But this is The Netherlands and here, nothing is out of the ordinary. So what are my summer plans now that the weather is good, the days are full of sun and the evenings are mild? Chill the heck out! I’m done with the Dutch Integration tests and now…

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The benefits of having a pen pal

I was 8 years old when I wrote to my first pen pal. It’s been so long that I can’t remember who it was or where she was from. I remember the excitement of writing out a letter, putting a stamp on it, and sending it off. A few months later I would get a letter in return and it felt amazing. There was a connection to someone so far away and yet we could converse and share experiences. In…

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