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Finishing a chapter: Nanowrimo final thoughts

This is the last time you’ll hear me talk about Nanowrimo, I promise! I was able to finish a day early because I knew we would be out on the last day. It’s been another fun ride and I enjoyed myself even though I struggled. It’s never been about the destination though. The journey is finishing a chapter of my life. I’ve been doing it for so long that it’s a part of me. And this year I felt like…

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Thanksgiving 2019

Another year has come and gone and that includes the busiest day for me. Thanksgiving isn’t widely celebrated in The Netherlands but it’s been making headlines lately. And while the holiday means different things to different people, I feel like Thanksgiving 2019 was something special. So I want to do something a bit different this year. As I grow older, I find myself thankful for hundreds of small things. It might come from leading a calmer lifestyle (in Dutch it’s…

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Nanowrimo Week 3

Again I’m a few days late with an update for my progress. I’d love to look back on all this and reminisce on all the angst I feel. See, I still love the story I’m writing. But I’m struggling this year. Once again I can’t tell if it’s just me or something out of my control. Either way, let’s take a closer look at Nanowrimo week 3. Add new characters When all else fails, add a new character. It’s exciting…

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Early Holiday Favorites: Nov 22, 2019

Whew this whole week has been a blur and to be frank, I’m a bit creatively exhausted. I can’t pinpoint if it’s because of my doctor’s appointment this week (more on that in a few weeks!) or if it’s end of the year burn out. Either way I’m ready for November to be over! I’m planning for Thanksgiving, readying the house for the holidays and trying to write a novel. So I’m going to take it a bit easy today…

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Nanowrimo Week 2

Nanowrimo Week 2 has been amazing fun so far but it does come with it’s blockades. Writer’s block, burn out, and a lack of motivation always come after me right about the halfway point. It’s been two days since I wrote anything for it. I can still catch up but let me share an update on how the process is going so far. Changes will in the works I pictured one story in my head and something different is on…

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Nanowrimo Week 1

Whew, this week has been a busy one for me. Not only did I have social obligations to attend to, I also had Nanowrimo! In fact, today marks the end of Nanowrimo week 1. If you’re new here, I get it. What the heck is a Nanowrimo? Good question! Created in 1999 by Chris Baty , National Novel Writing Month (or Nanowrimo) has taken the internet by storm. How does one win? Write 50,000 words from November 1st to the…

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Why I have few friends and why that’s OK

People can be unnerved by how little I engage in conversation. It’s a trait I’ve had for as long as I can remember. My mother used to tell other parents “She’s counting her words.” I’ve never been a talkative person. It’s difficult for me to keep in touch with people I don’t see every day. It’s one of the reasons why I have few friends. But you know what? That’s perfectly fine. In a world of extroverts and a culture…

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World Gratitude Day

There are times in life when we forget that we should be grateful for the small things. The ability to wake up in the morning and the chance to eat when we want to. The way society views life can warp how we see our own. We want to own the best things and earn the most money. Not everyone gets the chance to live well and drink clean water. So it’s important to take time to think about what…

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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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