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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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Petite Home Maintenance

This weekend was so warm! It was 86°F (30°C) on Sunday so it was perfect weather to do little things around the house. We went to Ikea to pick up a few things for Sander’s work but we also snagged a VOXNAN toilet paper holder for the bathroom. I love how our home is slowly coming together. It saves us the stress and money from buying spontaneously. We still are looking for some key pieces though. New bed sheets, some…

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An open letter to my 15-year-old self

I should have done this when I turned 30 but it’s better late than never. But I suppose now would be a good time to do this since I’m almost at the end of my Dutch Integration process. On Monday I received another letter that one more piece has been approved. Never in a million years would I have imaged myself where I am today. It’s a simple and quiet life but it makes me happy. I thought it would…

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Why I deleted Facebook

There are many reasons that people still have a Facebook. It’s one of the largest media platforms where people can connect and stay informed. I deleted mine a few months ago and haven’t looked back. Many people use it for business and I’ll be honest that I was a worried by a drop in views. It seems I had nothing to fear! If anything my viewership has gone up. Color me surprised! But why did I quit Facebook after using…

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Lessons learned from a broken phone

Sander insisted I upgraded my phone and after much hesitation, I did. And then dropped it a week later. Since then it’s had long spidery cracked running up and down the middle. I felt terrible about it. I’ve had several smart phones and all had been pristine. No scuffs and no cracks. Over the weekend, I pushed my poor phone over the limit. We were out playing Pokemon GO at the Keukenhof Kasteel and I dropped it again. It fell…

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