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The life of a girl (woman) with small anxiety issues that keep building up (one word: annoying)

Life with anxiety

The last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about the words fear and anxiety lot. I thought that the last 10+ years my anxious feelings had kind of faded away, but in reality, they haven’t. I still let (small) fears control my life. I don’t do things because I’m scared of the outcome. I’m conflicted all the time. On the one hand, I think I can’t do things, or that I will disappoint people. I even fear that people will leave me. But on the other hand, I know it’s ridiculous and that I’m not as scared as I think I am.

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Lifestyle, Personal

5 countries I would love to move to someday (or tomorrow)

5 countries I would love to move to someday

As some of you may know, I started A pinch of Jo because last year we were sorta thinking about moving abroad. I went to look for something I could put in all my time and effort and maybe make money off of (just freelancing didn’t even cross my mind then. And of course blogging is much more fun). The time was now to finally realize my dream. Anyway, as you now might know, we put that adventure on hold. The expat life is still on our minds, though. Maybe it’ll happen this year, maybe next or maybe in five years. Where would I want to lead an expat life?

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Lifestyle

5 creative things you can do to relax offline

How to relax offline

Binge watching Netflix, playing computer games or just aimlessly scrolling through Facebook or Instagram is okay. I do these things on a regular basis. What am I saying, even? I do some of it more than on a regular basis. But sometimes we need to do other things. To break our routine. I mean, we all know how to turn on our tv’s, how our Instagram algorithm works (or do we??) or how to open a book (a nice offline activity btw). But why not do something completely different one night per week? Where you can relax offline and at the same time use your brain. Sounds pretty good to me. So here are five activities you can do to stimulate your brain and at the same time relax like a mofo (or you know, relax like crazy).

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Lifestyle, Personal

My 2018 reading challenge: these are the books I want to read

Reading challenge 2018

So much to do, so little time! But there’s always time for reading. At least, that’s what I found out the last couple of months. I always thought I didn’t have the time to read until I just did it. And well, as it turns out: we’re okay on reading time. Ah well, you learn as you go along. And other wise phrases. Last year I wanted to read 25 books. It went pretty well at the beginning of 2017 until it didn’t and then…it did (oh, this is turning out to be such a well-written story). I made it to 23 books on the 31st of December. And you know what? I’m pretty damn proud of myself. My reading hunger has totally returned, so I want to read even more books this year.

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Lifestyle, Personal

Why New Year’s resolutions don’t work for me

New year's resolutions
Eat healthier, exercise more, get more hours every night. Resolutions they’re called. ‘Small’ thing is in life we would like to do a liiitle more differently when January 1st has arrived. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m all for wanting to improve yourself and actually taking action. Yet, I’ve never been one to make new year’s resolutions. It doesn’t feel….encouraging…read more
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End of the year: best read articles on A Pinch of Jo

Best of A Pinch of Jo

Ok, I admit. It’s one of the easiest articles ever. But we all do it, right? And I was secretly very curious which of my articles were read the most this year. Was I surprised? I little, yes. I did expect my number one, but I secretly thought (or wished, maybe) that my millennial articles did a little better. It’s okay though, now I know I don’t have to worry myself about not finding inspiration for new articles on that subject ;-). So, which articles did very well this year?

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Lifestyle, Personal

Wishlist: 5x the ultimate chill outfit (+ Christmas pajamas)

Kerstpyjama Hunkemöller

I looove to come home after a long day, take off my pants and change into something more comfortable. Since I’ve been working from home I do that waaaay more often than I should. On the other hand, why not? I have nowhere else to be! In the weekends my boyfriend also loves to wear his comfiest clothes, so on Saturdays and Sundays, we’re usually both on the couch relaxing it up in our bestest (yes) chill outfits. With a book, a cup of tea, a blanket, and… the ever-present el gato (also known as the cat that makes an appearance in every blog post). But it’s time to update my ‘chill outfit closet’ because my current (and old) attire is somewhat falling apart. They’re still comfy AF, but you need to look good too, right? So here’s my wishlist with 5 ultimate Hunkemöller chill outfits. So dreamy!

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