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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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5 ways to wind down at night

I am most productive at night. While this is perfect for night owls, Sander goes to bed at 11pm so that he can wake up for work. This means I also have to be in bed at that time. When I lived alone I could stay up late into the night working on creative projects. I had gotten so used to that lifestyle that even now I find it difficult to turn it off. My mind is always most active…

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Photography channels I’ve been watching

I’ve always had a deep appreciation and love for photography. However, I never went to school for it. I took a few photography classes in college but they were hardly anything professional. Now days, it’s easy to find tutorials and learn the skills to improve yourself. For me, I’ve been watching the following channels to gain new insights and learn new techniques. Mango Street This newly wed couple has been posting videos on photography for a little over a year…

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A Belgium Vacation Park

We spent a week nestled deep within a forest of tall trees and away from the noisy city life. This is our second trip to a vacation home. This time we spent the week at the Belgium/Netherlands border. If you recall, we went to Oosterhout a few years ago. That trip was a much shorter one though. This time we were away for a week. We went along with Sander’s parents and split the cost of a two bedroom cottage.…

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Inspire yourself to learn new skills

There comes a time when most of us figure we that don’t need to learn more skills. We’re fine the way we are. This is also around the same time when we begin to envy the skills that others have. We wish we could be better but it would take too much effort. We’re already X age so we can never learn what we wished we could. But there’s always room for improvement. There’s never a reason to stop learning.…

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5 ways to bounce back after being sick

I’ve been out of commission for most of this week thanks to a sudden flu attack. While I’m not 100% over it, I still have some things to do before the weekend. So what’s the best way to get a jump on things even if you still feel lousy? Get clean One of the first things I do after being sick is clean everything. I wash my sheets and wipe down anything I might have touched. It seems like a…

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Pros and Cons of dating internationally

We all seem to romanticize the idea of dating someone from a different country. The idea of having a friendship (or intimate relationship) with someone from a land foreign to us is the stuff of fairy tales. Well not exactly but it brings a whole new thrill to life. There’s a sense of pride and unspoken respect for the target of your affections. I often think about how Sander and I grew up differently. The school systems in the Netherlands…

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How to be a tourist in your city

I know that it’s difficult for some to get out and experience something new, especially if one has lived in a location all their life. Fortunately for me, I’m still pretty new to this city. Sander, however, has lived here for around six years and is still discovering new perks about this town. So how does Sander keep uncovering new experiences in a town he’s lived in for so long? Stop and look around I enjoy walking everywhere because if…

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5 tips for surviving a move

“You totally have a European vibe about you.” I had the rare chance to meet with my friend Wendy before I left for the Netherlands and I’m so glad I was able to find the time to have a cup of coffee with her. She was visiting again after she had moved to Seattle. “The hardest thing was not having the sun, especially after living here for so long.” Wendy had grown to love the community in California and over…

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