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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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How to become a better you this spring

There’s never going to be a good time to better yourself. You just have to just jump in. Becoming a better person doesn’t happen over night either. We’re all human and struggle with conflict, but you know what? That’s OK. It’s all part of the human experience. And like all humans, at some point, we want more. So what can you do if you have it all? Go back to basics. Be more considerate Modern living is all about instant…

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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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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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The Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Jars

I’ve been searching local stores and online party supplies for classic and tasteful Halloween decor. Let me say it’s been a struggle. There’s so much more to Halloween than gore and rave parties. But unfortunately that’s all I’ve been able to find where I live in North Holland. So I decided to take matters into my own hands. These Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Jars were so fun and easy to make. I couldn’t help but share how I did it.…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Why everyone should blog

This topic has been covered a thousand times by a thousand writers but there are so many who still don’t have the courage to speak. I have a few friends with blogs as well, and it stems from a great passion to share experiences. What one writer has to say can end up being different from another and that’s all part of the human experience. So here’s one more list of why everyone (including you dear reader) should blog. Develop…

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Lifestyle Living in North Holland

Managing stress by going outside

Stress is a major problem for many people, especially in today’s fast paced world. We all want instant results and for those who answer to a higher voice, the pressure is really on. When I worked as a graphic designer in America, although I dealt with daily stress, I was able to let it go quite easily once I had clocked out. For many that’s just simply not the case. After moving to The Netherlands, I’ve found new sources of…

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