Portrait of Zarina with her eyes closed

Reflections #24: A Month of Personal Growth and Healing

Once a month I write my personal review of the previous four weeks. Whilst this year has been mostly characterised by grief and sadness, this month I took my first steps into my healing process. Slowly starting to feel inspired again, today’s blog post includes some of my favourite photos and books from the last month. But also personal reflections and, as always, the list of films and series I’ve watched!

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portrait of Zarina smiling and making peace signs

Reflections #23: What Will Be Left After Coronavirus?

Once a month I write my personal review of the previous four weeks. Whilst normally filled with frequent travels, nowadays my Reflections seem to be more focussed on my mental (un)well-being. In between reading books and watching tons of films, I’ve been struggling to find my place in our current corona-riddled world and frequently wondered what will be left for us to enjoy in the near future.

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Zarina birdwatching with binoculars

Reflections #21: Closed for Summer!

On the last Sunday of the month I write my personal review of the previous four weeks. This month I had a strange encounter with a magical creature in the forest, fixed and broke our washing machine and made a decision about the future of ‘Dutch Girl in London’. Finally, I’m sharing the latest updates on my lockdown vegetables and sixpack, and of course my monthly recommendations for films and series!

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Portrait of my husband and I pulling silly faces

Reflections #19: Loco Lockdown Birthday Parties

On the last Sunday of the month I write my personal review of the previous four weeks. But what do you write about when one day just seems to blur into the other? Today’s blog post looks back at our birthday parties, the development of my (nearly visible?) sixpack and of course my monthly recommendations for films, series, books and music!

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How do you deal with grief at Christmas

When the Magic of Christmas Is Gone

From a young age, we’re told Christmas is the one time of the year we need to spend with our loved ones. But no one prepares you for that time when your loved ones are no longer there. Having lost several family members to cancer, Christmas isn’t that obvious ‘merry’ time for me. In this blog post I’m talking about coping with grief at Christmas.

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Wat wil jij later worden als je groot bent? // Dutch Girl in London

Growing up in the Netherlands as a Second-Generation Immigrant

It’s funny to realise that while I might be a first-generation immigrant here in the UK, growing up in the Netherlands I was in fact a second-generation immigrant. I don’t think I’ve ever been discriminated. I’ve only experienced some of your ‘normal’ degree of prejudice at the most. But there are some moments that I still remember to this day that made me realise I had a different ethnical background than most of my Dutch classmates.

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