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TAG Project Positive: for a happy friday

TAG Project Positive: for a happy friday

When I published my last article, I realized that it wasn’t the most positive I’ve ever been. I’m a positive girl, but sometimes you just can’t. Sometimes it’s impossible to see the good in things, however small your problems may be. No, it wasn’t that bad. No, it wasn’t that negative. But still, I felt a little bit sad about it. By accident, I found this TAG on a Dutch girl’s blog, TAG Project Positive. So, to change things up a little here’s an awesomely positive TAG. Fun and good questions to think about.

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A vacation, a move, a change: I’m gonna do things a little different

A vacation, a move, a change: I'm gonna do things a little different this month

Yay, our summer holiday is almost here! I hope you all have the chance to get out and really celebrate summer. This year we wanted to go on a two-week vacation. One week to my family in law in Galicia and the other to Gran Canaria. But there are some changes coming up, so we have to dial it back to one week. The thing is, we’re moving. And as much as I need a good long holiday, we need to move first. I’m a little stressed because we had to hurry up with finding a house. And because this move is time-consuming, I will dial it a down a little here on A Pinch of Jo. Let’s call it a summer planning.

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Learning Spanish: my four-step plan that needs your help

Learning Spanish my four-step plan that needs your help

Since about a year I’ve been trying to learn a new language. Spanish to be exact. Someday when we live in Spain, I have to be able to talk to the people there and especially with my family in law. And right now, I really suck at it. It feels so strange to me that I’m not able to do this because I love languages. Dutch, English, French, and German (ok French a little less) were my favorite subjects in school. Just because I was good at them. And now? I can’t. It’s so bad that I’ve even wasted 40 euro’s per month on a course for six months because I wasn’t able to finish it. So, time is ticking and I have to pick it back up again. Because Rome wasn’t built in a day and sayings like that. How am I going to handle this?

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Lifestyle, Personal

8 things you should do to make your dreams come true

8 things you should to to make your dreams come true

We millennials tend to not know what we want. And we love complaining about that too. That’s ok, but it is keeping us from becoming who we want to be. Or even starting the search. But sometimes, and only sometimes, we do know what we want and we’re willing to work hard to get what we want. But how do you actually get there? Now, I’m no specialist in this matter, but I do know that working hard alone doesn’t get you where you need te be. I mean, I do believe that this will definitely get you far, but it’s not everything. It’s an attitude adjustment you have to make to really get to where you want to be. Right?

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Four lifestyle blogs I love waking up with

Four lifestyleblogs I love waking up with

This sounds wrong, doesn’t it? The title, I mean. It’s not what you think it is, though. What I mean is that I’m not someone who jumps out of bed as soon as my alarm goes off. I need time to wake up, and I do that by – as a real millennial should – grabbing my phone and checking Instagram. The second thing I do is open Bloglovin’ to read new posts from all my favorite bloggers. I say all because I follow quite a few bloggers, but there are a few that really jump out. Maybe they don’t post every day, but I do go to their blog every day. That’s what I mean.

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What would you do if the world was going to end tomorrow?

What would you do if the world was going to end tomorrow?

Imagine this: at exactly  12 o clock at night you hear the world is ending in 24 hours. What do you do? Do you panic and spend the rest of that day hiding underneath your bed, hoping it’s some kind of mistake? Or do you decide to make it your best day ever? Honestly, this is a difficult one. I think I would cry forever first, call everyone I love and ask them if it’s really true and then I would crawl under the bed. Or in my imaginary bomb shelter. Yes, I am that person. But what if I actually decided to do it differently. What if I did everything I wanted and needed to do on my last day on earth. What would that be?

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Lifestyle, Personal, Travel

Summer is coming: seven countries to add to your travel bucket list

travel bucket list

We’re probably all thinking about our upcoming vacation now that summer really is coming. Some of you might stay at home and hope for good weather, others will probably pick a country in Europe or even further away. My boyfriend and I love to travel, but our holiday this summer won’t be too exciting. We’ll be staying with my boyfriend’s parents in Galicia in Spain for a week. They live in a gorgeous area with lots of green and sea right outside their doorstep. Not bad at all (put this one on your bucket list too)! If we had some more time (and money) this summer, we probably would’ve done something else and further away. Or we would’ve gone to a country we both have never been to before. What are our travel plans for the next five years? Actually, I say our plans, but I mean my plans. My boyfriend doesn’t know anything yet.

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Dare, laugh, be: three things my brothers unknowingly taught me

Things my brothers taught me

I have three younger brothers. Little brothers are stinkers, right? So yes, I used to think they were super annoying. Not that we didn’t get along, but we all know that at a young age we have to fight sometimes. My oldest (younger) brother and I are a year and a half apart. Because we’re so close in age, we used to fight a lot. My other brothers and me fought a little less, but I still had to be that wiser, annoying older sister with all of them.  As a big sister, I always thought I was the smartest, so I acted like miss smarty pants too. I was bossy and I didn’t realize that until I heard a tape of myself a couple of years ago. Yikes. But that’s all in the past. We’re all grown up now, and I am starting to see that I learned some things from them too. I wasn’t just giving (that’s how it went down in my mind), but I was also taking.

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Food is life: 10 foods that make me lose all self-control

Food is life: 10x why I have no self control

Yep, here she is again with a post about food. I can’t help myself! I love food too darn much. There are so many yummy things on this planet, that sometimes I completely lose myself. But you know what they say right? Food is life. And in my case, that’s definitely the truth. It makes eating healthy rather difficult though. Because secretly I really want to eat more healthy. No, I’m not fat. Yes, it could be a little tighter. I know, I know, to achieve that I have to exercise too. One thing at a time! So first I’ll have to start eating healthy and then hopefully I’ll find the energy (and excitement) to start exercising again. But what are my greatest food temptations?

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