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Scotland Trip Highlights: Edinburgh & Inverness

Me in Edinburgh

Last week I set out on a 5-day trip to Scotland, where I visited Edinburgh and Inverness. I had a great time travelling all by myself for the first time, and with the amazing weather last week I managed to catch that true holiday feeling! I now have lots of pictures and good memories, so today I wanted to share with you the highlights of my Scotland trip.

For live images of my Scotland trip, watch my »April video«.

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Saying Goodbye: My Favourite Places in Sheffield

Favourite places in Sheffield

This month my friend Nele came to visit and it served as the ideal opportunity to come back to my favourite places in Sheffield. It was the perfect day out for showing my friend some of the city’s hotspots, but also a great chance for me to say my goodbye to these places before I move back home at the end of April.

In my three years of living here, Sheffield has become very special to me. I love showing people my city and I do it with much pride. Therefore I wanted to share these places to visit in Sheffield with you. I hope this makes for a wonderful guide when you come to explore this great city!

You may also enjoy »April 2019 – Document Your Life video« with live images of this trip!

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Lifestyle Living abroad

Cultural Differences Between Countries: UK vs NL

Observing cultural differences

Since I moved to the UK 2.5 years ago I have observed many cultural differences between my home country and the British land. The funny thing about these differences is that they’re not that apparent to tourists or others outside the UK. It wasn’t until I became part of British society myself that I started noticing the peculiarities – the things that are truly British, but that you will never find explained in a textbook. These differences all seem quite random, but they have actually taught me a lot: not just about British culture, but about my own culture too. Continue Reading

Lifestyle Living abroad

Then vs Now: Three Years After Moving Abroad

Roughly three years ago I announced I would be moving abroad. I got accepted into The University of Sheffield for a master’s programme, so this was the direct reason for me to pack my bags. Fast-forward to 2019 and I am packing my bags again: this time for a one-way trip back to my home country. But before I leave, I want to share my experiences of living abroad with you.

ps. this blog post includes an incredibly embarrassing video from three years back, when I announced my plans and reasons for moving abroad. An excellent opportunity to laugh at 20-year-old Laura. Continue Reading

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Balancing Health And Work Life: 8 Things I’ve Learned

Balancing Health And Work Life

Lately I have noticed a modern issue become addressed more and more often: people are struggling to balance health and work life. Flexible hours for work may sound like sweet freedom, but it can actually be a terrible trap. So now, many of us are having to look for healthy work habits while we keep our mental health intact.

Whenever this question comes up on my Twitter timeline, I start typing out advice as if my life depends on it. Throughout my years of coping with mental illness, I have had to develop sturdy methods of self-care and strong coping mechanisms. I have learned to protect myself in all sorts of ways, and now I am very glad that I can share a wide range of tips and methods with other people who are struggling.

This blog post may help you if: you are a student or employee with flexible hours, you find it difficult to separate your work from your personal life, you are self-employed/a freelancer, you struggle to balance work with your mental health, you have additional needs. Continue Reading

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I’m Moving Home

BIG NEWS: I AM MOVING HOME! Not right now immediately, but in a little while when I finish university. As the final deadline is approaching, I needed to start thinking about the next step. That next step, for me, lies back home in The Netherlands. I am very excited to return and once again step into a new phase of my life. Whereas before I have been very keen to share aspects of my life abroad with you, I would now like to take you on the journey of my move back to the continent. Continue Reading