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What I’m looking forward to this autumn

I know it’s not even September but I’m already thinking of Halloween. And of course Halloween isn’t the only reason why I’m excited for the end of summer. While I don’t have too many things planned just yet I do have a small list growing. DIY Halloween Decor I had so much fun last year making my Nightmare Before Christmas jars. This year I want to do a little more around the house. I’ve already begun to think of how…

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2 Years in The Netherlands

Can you believe it? It’s been 2 years already! My anniversary of living in The Netherlands came at the beginning of the month but we’ve been a bit busy. I’ve had some time to think about the past 2 years over the weekend. August is coming to a close and another summer will roll in. I figured now would be a good time to give an update on how everything has been going. Still learning I’m now onto my 2nd…

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How to document your summer

Let’s face it, summer is short. Sometimes we want to hang onto those moments for a little longer than we can. That’s where those lovely summer memories come into play. I have a few ways that I like to create and document my summer. While they aren’t anything new, I hope it sparks some inspiration for how you can create and document your own summer memories. Photograph everything I try to take photos of everything. If I don’t have a…

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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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My complicated relationship with creativity

I’ve always embraced creativity. Anyone who knows me understands that the way I am is fueled by a passion for storytelling. When I do anything, it has to be for the story. It’s the largest reason I play video games and read the types of books I do. It’s all about the story. I love to keep this a positive space but I recently watched a video that struck a chord with me. I’ve been watching Sorelle Amore for a…

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Advice for my 20 year old self

It’s been 10 years since I was 20 years old but it feels like it’s been so much longer than that. I was young and naive with the whole world before me. Of course, like most at that age, I was shy and unsure of what to do with myself. We all hope for someone to guide us to making better decisions. There are so many things I wish I could tell my younger self but here are a few.…

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5 things I thought I would miss when I moved to Europe

Whew, this topic has been a long time coming. After I moved to Europe, a common question was about what I miss about not living in America. It’s safe to say that I miss the important things. I miss friends and family the most. It’s difficult to keep up with the happenings back home especially when everyone is busy. The time difference doesn’t make it any easier. Out of everyone, I talk to my brother the most (and even that…

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An update on our puppy

It’s so cold that we’ve been staying home with the dogs instead of going out. Today it hit 25° and my fingers were aching by the time we got back home after walking the dogs. So I figured it would be a good time to give you guys an update on baby Haru. Haru is now a little over 4 months old and growing like a weed. She’s got all her shots (expect her rabies, we will be getting that…

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My favorite photos on my phone

Let’s face it, we all live and breath with a cell phone in at least one hand. I have friends who even have two. However, the number one feature used and shared is the camera. We document everything in life via the tiny lens built into our phones. I thought it would be fun to share a few photos that I have stored on mine and a little bit of info on how you can take similar shots. These were…

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