Last July I moved into my own space in the Netherlands, and after making a few adjustments recently, it’s really become a comfortable home for me. So, this week I’ll be giving you a room tour.
You may also enjoy reading »Then vs Now: Three Years After Moving Abroad«
Have you ever heard of the notion that it takes 10.000 hours to master any skill? The idea was introduced by journalist Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book Outliers. Although Gladwell’s 10.000 hours rule has been disputed by others, it still got me thinking. Which skills would I find worth putting in 10.000 hours of practice for? So, I sat down to consider the skills I’d like to develop and learn.
For the first time since starting this blog, I failed to write posts for two weeks in a row. During the two weeks I was out, work piled up, blog ideas lay unwritten, and all sorts of intentions went out of the window. All of a sudden I found myself massively behind on life. So this week, I wanted to talk about the frightening sensation of falling behind.
It’s been a good four months since I moved back home from
England to the Netherlands, and last week I started to feel this strong urge to
write down my thoughts on post-expat life. It has been a strange and disconcerting
experience altogether which I find difficult to put into words, but I certainly
want to try.
Perhaps you are considering a move back home, are on the verge of going back, or are just curious to see what it’s been like for me. Either way, I hope you can take away something from this post!
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Some say never to give away hard labour for free, but I’ve come to disagree. In recent years I’ve started seeing many benefits to volunteering, like how it can be meaningful for the local community, but also help you improve new skills. Most of all, volunteering has been a great opportunity for me to socialise and connect with people. After moving to a new city this summer, I signed up for voluntary work again, and it’s led to a great and active summer. So for this post, I wanted to sum up some of the benefits of volunteering!
This post contains photos I took at Pluk de Nacht in Utrecht and Amsterdam. For more information, visit their website. You can also find my photography portfolio here.
It is a known fact that we’ve been unkind to the planet, and it is now our duty to saviour it. Fortunately, there are a million things one person can do to cut down on waste and sustain a more environment-friendly lifestyle.
However, this pressing task can be a little overwhelming
sometimes. Even though there are plenty of sustainable lifestyle gurus cheering
us on for every step we take, I often still feel guilty about all the things
I’m not doing, which is horribly demotivating. So, as a way of encouraging
myself, I wanted to write a post about the sustainable lifestyle steps I am
Hopefully this will also offer you some thoughts about how to take on a more sustainable lifestyle. I’d like to show you that it doesn’t have to be that difficult! Every little bit helps.
» You may also like to read about my minimalism challenge! «
Over the past few years I’ve had very mixed feelings about celebrating my birthday. Especially after my relapse in 2017 it was hard for me to deal with such a life event, as there isn’t really a way around a moment of reflection. I got stuck thinking about how much my year had sucked and the next wasn’t going to be any better.
For the first time in a while though, I feel excited again. Before my move abroad I always had the best time getting my various friends together in a room and finding all sorts of ways to bond. I think it is the teacher in me that loves seeing my friends connect and enjoys putting in effort for icebreaker games and such. So, to cherish these celebrations, I’ve put together a list of my favourite birthday activities.