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dutch wedding

An expat's guide to arranging a Haarlem wedding

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The Netherlands is now home to 75,000 expats, many of whom have…

How I became a 'digital nomad' while having a day job

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Starting from working full-time, I went through 3 stages to become…
Haarlem bees

Keeping Haarlem’s bees buzzing

When it comes to bee populations, the Netherlands’ efforts…
ready to quit corporate job

5 rookie mistakes to avoid before you quit your corporate job

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You’re ready to quit your corporate job, but you want to make…
children expats

Helping children adjust to a wonderful new life in Haarlem

The UN-sponsored World Happiness Report has named the Netherlands…
Are you feeling safe in your relationships?

Are you feeling safe in your relationships?

To connect with others, it’s often important that we feel safe…
Emotional eating

EMOTIONAL EATING: WHY IT HAPPENS AND HOW TO MAKE THE SHIFT

Do you eat when you feel stressed, sad, happy, lonely, bored…
7 steps to get unstuck

Are you stuck? Here are 7 steps to create the life you desire.

Are you fed up working hard every day? Do you want to finally…
Tips for phone addiction

Are you in a toxic relationship with your smartphone?

Smartphones have become an accepted part of our personal and…
Rachel Smets Feeling Guilty March 2021

How to remove guilt and worry, and move forward.

Why do we feel guilty so often or dwell on the past? Why is it…
Pandemic Getaways

Wonderful and safe getaways during the pandemic

Since March 2020, the Netherlands has had several different levels…
expatNest social distancing weekend

So, any plans for this another-social-distancing weekend?

Although it's been a year that we’re practising social distancing,…
Is your job making you sick?

Is your job making you sick? Stop pretending and take action!

Is your job making you sick? Do you feel trapped in your 9-5…
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Putting wild game on the menu

Most of our favourite comfort food is born in the recipes that…
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Intensive mothering: the concept fully explained

Have you ever heard of ‘intensive mothering’? It could be…
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Tips for communicating with your kids

Trying to get your message across in a busy household takes work.…
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Three secrets to self-confidence

Discover how to boost your confidence to achieve what you want. You…
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Overcome self-doubt and stop your inner critic

How to stop the negative self-talk. Learn how to stop your…
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Control your thoughts with this one-minute experiment

Control your mind – your thoughts create your reality. Grab…
which way

Expat life: which way next?

Recent events have probably been causing us to ponder a true…
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Toolkit for managing headaches

Do your headaches affect your happiness? If you experience occasional…
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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…
new expats

Things all new expats need to know in The Netherlands.

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I can gladly say I have been living in Haarlem for 5 years,…
travelling alone

17+ Important Things you need to know when travelling alone.

Wherever you are in the world, some questions always come back:…