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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 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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How to 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 can talk about the low points I’ve experienced. I’ve seen so much and done many different things I never thought I’d ever do… But, I do still think of what I left behind. The homesickness 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…

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