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Niksen is not a form of meditation, nor is it a state of laziness or boredom. It’s not scrolling through social media, or wondering what you’re going to cook for dinner. Rather, to niks is to make a conscious choice to sit back, let go, and do nothing at all.
With this book, learn how to do nothing in the most important areas of your life, such as:
- AT HOME: Find a comfy nook and sit. No technology or other distractions.
- AT WORK: Stare at your computer. Take in the view from your office. Close your eyes.
- IN PUBLIC: Forget waiting for the bus, enjoy some relaxing niksen time.
Pregnant in another country?
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Lana Ankarcrona, Jannecke Balys, Erin Boeck Motum, Candice Cabutihan-Cipullo, Mirren Childs, Michelle Estekantchi, Ersatz Expat, Cathy Ferland, Lisa Ferland, Jonathan Ferland, Naomi Hattaway, Sherah Haustein, Katarina Holm-DiDio, Chantelle Howell, Demi Jones, Olga Mecking, Sarah Metzker Erdemir, Sarah Murdock, Penelope Stanley, Ember Swift, Sten-Ove Tullberg, Meika Weiss, Clara Wiggins, Jackie Wilson
There is one thing we can guarantee about this book. If you have ever lived in the Netherlands, at least one story in it will resonate with you. In all likelihood, there are a lot of stories that will sound familiar and have you nodding your head in agreement or shaking it in shared frustration. This book will help you appreciate the many moments of beauty, learning and growing.
Dutched Up! is a collection of tales by some pretty amazing women who have learned to rock their clogs, expat style.
There are the extraordinary one-liners: When you get to be my age, you’ll understand. Because I said so, that’s why. And the hilarious side-pokers: Always wear clean underwear. Don’t eat yellow snow. Then there are those unusual “momisms” that totally mess with the offspring mind. This is especially true if you were told to only remove the fuzz from one-half of your legs when you were just thirteen years old.
Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee: The Crazy, Brilliant, and Unforgettable Lessons We’ve Learned from Our Mothers blends more than forty heart-warming, funny, and authentically told stories about the craziness of being reared and raised with the hard-hitting anecdotes that kept our mothers sane. Some of the tales will make you laugh; some will make you cry; and a few will leave you questioning how we ever survived our childhoods, let alone learn a few lessons. Although they may at times seem a little faulty, our mothers (and motherly figures) could drive like Andretti, cook like Julia Child, and shake someone up like an Italian mobster. We’ve survived and thrived, and never forgotten their enlightening words. We were listening after all.
Now sit up straight!
Le stress et le burn out sont les maux de notre siècle... L'antidote ? Le niksen, concept néerlandais qui a fait ses preuves : les habitants des Pays-Bas comptent parmi les plus heureux du monde.
Mais comment faire pour " ne rien faire ", en toute conscience et sans culpabiliser, alors que notre besoin de travailler et d'être actif peut entraîner plus de stress, une diminution du bien-être mental et, paradoxalement, une baisse de productivité ?
Il est scientifiquement prouvé que, même quand nous sommes inactifs, notre cerveau traite toujours des informations. Pratiquer l'oisiveté, pour le laisser " travailler ", a de nombreux bénéfices émotionnels et physiques.
Dans ce livre plein d'esprit, Olga Mecking propose des conseils pour adopter le niksen au travail, à la maison et dans les loisirs. Elle y partage le résultat de ses échanges nourris avec des experts internationaux et nous révèle comment l'oisiveté peut nous rendre plus heureux, plus productifs et plus créatifs.
These stories will transport you to the streets of Libya, boulangeries in France, a hospital in Kazakhstan, and a strange situation in a Saudi Arabian security office. Through the pages of this book, laugh your way through crazy family adventures in a tropical jungle and share in the sorrow of grieving from afar. Discover how to get a perfect Brazilian body, go falconing in the Middle East, and take away insight on being raised abroad from a Dutch doctor born in an African bush camp.
Join us on this journey and along the way meet a tribe of global souls who together make up this heartwarming and at times hilarious anthology.
These tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF?! share a little glimpse into the lives of other moms, who are a lot like you. Through their tales, we’re reminded to savour the little things (like capturing extra morning snuggles), to let go of the stresses (they won’t be in that unfortunate phase forever), and to be grateful for the laughs that the unexpected brings (because laughing is better than crying and it may be the only workout our abs get!).
So shake up an easy-to-make martini, put your feet up (quickly, before the kids find you) and join us on our journey as we toast to the many clink-worthy moments that motherhood brings.
Shannon Day is a former bartender-turned-teacher. She’s now a story-maker, martini-shaker, and fun-times project undertaker. Find her at MartinisAndMotherhood.com.
Tara Wilson writes about autism and ADHD in between knocking things over at the grocery store and chasing the squirrels in her head. Find her at DontLickTheDeck.com.
But Olga is also an avid traveler (or used to be before she had kids) and she also shares her best tips and experiences on seeing the world.
Based on Olga Mecking's popular blog, The European Mama, this four-part book covers all the topics covered in the blog. The first part deals with living abroad and travel, the second - with parenting, the third - with writing and language and the fourth complies Olga's favorite recipes into an easy to read format.
In her signature style which ranges from snarky and funny to heartfelt and informative, Olga describe her life as an expat from her unique point of view.