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Tips on how to keep positive through autumn

It’s difficult to remain happy as warm summer days are replaced by short and colder ones. Even though I love the rain and autumn in general, I find myself getting too cozy at home and unwilling to go out in the rain. So how do I get the motivation to get up and moving? Indulge in healthy versions of comfort foods I love fall for it’s comfort foods. It’s cold outside and a full belly makes me content but let’s…

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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 were so fun and easy to make that I couldn’t help but share how I did it. First and foremost, if…

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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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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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Tips Tourism

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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Lifestyle Living in California

Living Minimally

When I arrived at Schipol, I had two suitcases and a backpack. Everything in my bags had been carefully thought about, packed and repacked nearly four times in the hopes I had only brought what I needed. Let’s rewind a little though, to give some perspective. Retail therapy was a great friend of mine. I did little saving and I was part of Sephora’s VIB membership (meaning you spend at least $1000 a year in-store). I enjoyed buying collectibles and…

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The downsides of living far from home

Now that I have at least a month of living in Holland under my belt, I feel like I can talk about the low points I’ve experienced. The home sickness is real I would often wake up in the middle of the night and expect to see my dogs Oliver and Bijou at the foot of my bed. This is the first time I’m living in a home without dogs (and with an overly vocal cat) so it’s still a…

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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 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 had moved around a year ago to live in Seattle. “The hardest thing was not having the sun, especially after living in here for so long.” Wendy had grown to love the community in California and over several…

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