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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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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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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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Book Review: From Here to Eternity

I had never thought about death until it hit me in the face. My father passed away in 2014 when I was 26. It was sudden and unexpected. One Friday had I said my goodbyes to him after work (I had been working with him for several years) and he was gone on Sunday. His memorial was 6 days later, a day before his birthday. I was filled with regret and some days, I still am. I should have said…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

The big 30 and 2018

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Years day! 2018 is here and with that I turn the big 3-0! Yes, my birthday is on New Year’s day and yes, I’ve finally left my 20s. 2017 flew by faster than I could have ever imagined. I found myself wondering where my time had gone. What came to mind were memories both amazing and difficult. Two life changing events happened to me in 2017. The first was finding my…

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Our new puppy

This time last year, I said we wouldn’t do it. It was challenging to get up so early in the morning to deal with a smelly, poopy and sick puppy. The stress of a baby Booker and the sadness of being in a new home for the holidays had piled up. I regretted having a puppy in the house. This time… Completely different story. Allow me to introduce you to little Haru. She’s the most wrigglest puppy I’ve ever met.…

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