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Don’t forget to be kind to your skin

Even though we are staying indoors and not getting as much fresh air as usual, we can still take steps to make sure our skin is cared for. After all, it is the first thing people notice about you. Here are ten golden rules for how you can highlight…
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You are limitless: start creating opportunities

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself. We are born limitless. That's a fact. So why are you limiting yourself? Why are you not living the life you dream of? Stop creating limitations During our lives, years pass by, things…
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Earth Hour 2020: because every little helps, let’s spread the love!

Save the date! It’s happening on Saturday 28 March 2020 at 8:30 pm local time. For one hour, people all over the world will be switching the lights off in their houses, as a show of support for our beautiful, but tired planet. Will you be…
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What it means to be Irish

For the day that’s in it – the day being St Patrick’s Day (17 March), the day when Irish people across the globe celebrate their deep-rooted identity – how about we do some reminiscing to pre-coronavirus St Patrick’s Days? Fair Éire,…
Tackling lonelinessRoyalty free (photo is author's own)
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Stop feeling lonely: two hacks to cure loneliness

How to stop feeling lonely. Good morning! I feel lost, disoriented, invisible, weird, uncertain, new, strange. Today I woke up in a new country alone. I don’t know anything here, I don’t know the area, I don’t know where to…
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My love letter to the Netherlands

Dutch life from the perspective of an expat living in these flat lands for 6 months is the focus of this post. It is an amorous missive – perfectly timed in the run-up to the most romantic of days. Dear Netherlands (or the more affectionate…
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Life in the Netherlands

90 days in: Life in the Netherlands. Is it time to stick or twist? When I was about one month into my time in the Netherlands, I met up with some other expats.  Those that were here for one year shared with me that the first six months were…
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How To Change Yourself Completely with ONE Simple Neurolinguistic Trick

How to change yourself completely You are not who you think you are. Or are you? Can you change your thoughts to change yourself? Since I learned this simple trick, my life shifted completely. You can change just about anything about…
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My first experiences with Dutch healthcare

Dutch healthcare: Perfectly practical or a painstaking quest all for a few paracetamol? Moving to the Netherlands, I was prepared for the Dutch weather, but not as prepared for the Dutch super germs. While our neighbors are enjoying the great…
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Goodbyes

Goodbyes are all too familiar for expats, but they never get any easier. Yesterday as I watched the bus containing my parents pull away, I felt that sharp pang in my heart and lump in my throat. The same feeling that washes over me every…
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How to let go of your past? CHANGE your future.

Your past doesn’t determine your future, create your new future now. Do you want to change your life? Then start creating your new future. People used to tell me to "let go, let go, let go" all the time, but all I asked was: HOW? Your…
Picture of De Adriaan windmill, HaarlemBy Fiona McGeever
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My first realisations of Dutch life

Life in the Netherlands: Week One My first realizations of Dutch life Recently, my family decided to take a leap of faith and move from the states to Haarlem, Netherlands.  We had a very comfortable life in America; good jobs, a nice home,…
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European elections: 23-26 May 2019

The European elections take place between 23 to 26 May 2019. Voting day in the Netherlands is on 23 May. Will you vote as well? Here's how to vote. Anyone aged 18 or over can vote. It is also possible to vote by proxy, in another municipality…
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“Expat Language”: What do YOU call yourself?

Expat, third culture kid, trailing spouse, international, what language do you use to describe yourself or your situation? Do you identify with any of these terms? Do you choose not to? Or perhaps you’ve struggled to find a term that describes…
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I am against 'meetings with coffee', and this is why you should be too.

New acquaintances often begin with coffee. Who knows what this meeting will turn into: a new project, a strong friendship or even love. Unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in a day, and you have to choose how to spend your free time,…