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Falling Behind

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.

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Lifestyle Living abroad

Thoughts On Post-Expat Life

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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Lifestyle

Benefits of Volunteering

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.

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Lifestyle Sustainable living

35 Sustainable Steps I’m Already Taking

35 Sustainable Steps I'm Already Taking

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 already taking.  

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! «

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Lifestyle

Celebrating Birthdays

Celebrating Birthdays

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.

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Lifestyle Travel

My Trips To Britain – Photo Report

Edinburgh Castle

What’s your favourite holiday destination? Judging from my travel past, I would have to say Britain. That’s no surprise really, considering I lived there for 2.5 years and I am an English teacher.

Now that I am back in the Netherlands, I long for more sightseeing around the British Isles. Sadly I don’t think a trip back will happen anytime soon, so instead I decided to dwell on the past with a photo report of all my holiday trips to Britain.

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Advice Lifestyle

How To Reduce Screen Time

How to cut down on screen time

Now that many people are getting weekly phone updates on how much time is spent on-screen, I am sure some are wondering on how to cut down on screen time. Personally I only average 1-1.5 hour a day – 3 times less than others! – and it is all thanks to conscious decisions I’ve made that helped me move away from my phone. So, today I would like to share my best tips with you.

You may also like: Balancing Work And Health: 8 Things I’ve Learned

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