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Personal projects, exercises in discipline, for the mind.

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Why am I anxious?

Moving abroad to have a peaceful mind but dealing with panic attacks instead. Because also in Portugal the whole world enters through Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, notifications,… And they are unstoppable. Fuck me, I’m screwed.

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Money is fake

Money, cash, capital, sterling, dinheiro. Davy & I we are rich. How come? Not because we have enough of it on our bank account but because we don’t take it as a starting point, we rather let it flow.

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marriage isn’t about compromise

We are renovating. And anyone who (re)built a house will know that it entails a whole catalogue of discussions. We are mentally & physically exhausted but this Portuguese project needs to triumph. So does our marriage.

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Resolutions: act normal (at a steady pace)

  We tend to set the bar too high for ourselves. We reach for the stars and forget to keep both feet on the ground… With we, I obviously mean myself. 

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Where has my food gone?

My first job in Espinho was cooking for a bunch of yogi’s. It was actually more of a favour but people liked what I cooked that day and offered to pay. At this point, I spend much more time in the kitchen here than expected.

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Ten years together: about time & future

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Africa with a toddler

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What Belgians can learn from Portuguese and vice verse

Now that I live on the sideline of Belgium & Portugal it’s not difficult to see the particularities of each country. When it comes to environmental & school policy or emancipation in Portugal, we still live in the eighties. But life is like in the good old days. In Belgium, over-efficiency gets in the way […]

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A large one without opinion please!

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What I learned from turning bad habits into good ones.

How to deal with nasty & new habits   While writing a manuscript I told another writer that it was hard for me to focus: that my writing process continued in a very slow, irregular pace. “Do you drink alcohol?” she asked. Well, yes I do. “Try not to drink while writing,” she replied.