maartjevansandwijk

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The meaning behind my tattoos

Growing up, my parents always warned me to never get a tattoo. They were completely against them. They still are, really. And for years, I didn’t even consider getting a tattoo. But then something changed and I decided I really…

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Portrait of a Freelancer // Living as an Artist

Just before September started, I wrote a blog post about how I was going to do a challenge called 12 Months of Living as an Artist. The first month of this challenge is now over and I have created my…

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On meeting expectations

In my life update from last week, I talked about how one of my goals for the rest of the year is that I want to hang out with people that make me feel good and happy. And more specifically,…

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A long overdue life update

Summer is turning into autumn and I keep finding myself wondering how, exactly, time passed so quickly. The last few months have flown by. This whole year has flown by. And since I stopped doing my monthly updates, I figured…

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What I do to get my life together

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of things that you have to do and can’t actually concentrate on doing any of those tasks because your brain keeps coming up with new ones that you can’t forget, you should…

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12 Months of Living as an Artist // Challenge

I love being creative – it’s something that makes me really happy. Nowadays, I usually stick to writing stories and blog posts. But when I was at school, I made so many different things. I didn’t just write. I drew,…

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My Mountain Adventure

This summer, I decided to buy an Interrail pass, which meant I could travel anywhere in Europe for three days (there are also other options available, but I decided to go with three days since my schedule was already pretty…

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Saying goodbye to your host kids

You know for months it is coming, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Every au pair knows it and has to go through it – at some point, you have to say goodbye to your host kids. About four…

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I’ll be right back

I don’t know how many of you actually follow this blog but if you do, you might’ve noticed I’ve been missing a week here and there. Because I’ve been getting really busy. This summer is going to be even busier.…

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What I’ve learned in my life so far…

It’s been almost six months since I posted a list of 18 things I learned in 2018. Last week, I turned twenty-four. And my life is completely different from what I thought it would be when I was younger. To…

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Summer plans & Bucket list 2019

Summer is definitely my favourite season. I love the warm weather, driving with the windows open and music blaring, sitting in the sun and reading a book, pretending that all the work I have to do doesn’t exist… My summer…

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