Pregnancy / Mental Health / Parenting / Family

When you tell your parents you’re pregnant at a very young age.

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I wore my red shirt, my belly grew, and often I wore my grey Oxford sweater my partner gave me when I was pregnant, one size bigger from being pregnant and wanted to wear it a million times during pregnancy.

I walked into the kitchen in our new house, I couldn’t cook properly, but I had to learn this within just six months. This time, after four months, I could cook a proper meal: Indonesian from my father’s homeland.

When I walked into that kitchen, I almost fell on the floor because of a mis-step, still, something bothered me: I…


Parenting must be more rewarded than it is now.

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I said it to him: “I didn’t get my period last month. I think I am pregnant.” We did the dishes together when I spoke those words. We were a little bit silent. We didn’t know what to say to each other. “I keep the baby,” I said to break the silence. “I want the baby to know his or her father,” I continued.

I wore my red shirt on my blue jeans. I sat there, on a green chair in front of the TV. After doing the dishes we realized ‘we will be parents soon’. We looked at each…


I have to live with it. Or do I have to do something about it?

The photo is taken by the author on her holiday in Austria. Up in the mountains, I am not afraid.

With the pandemic still going on, Germany would be the best option to go on holiday. Germany is also one of my ultimate countries to go on holidays. The decision I made: I booked two holiday destinations in Germany. I booked holiday homes in the Eiffel, Germany. In the mountain, I could walk there. The mountains here are not high enough as my husband wants. Also, I could walk through small villages to see their beauty. I love that. I was beyond excited to go on holiday.

I am excited. Yes, I was. There got a bumper.

At the beginning…


Medium Writers Challenge

When re-entry into the music world made me the happiest woman on earth.

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I took my bike, and I put my violin on my back. I also put my music stand in the basket of my bike. I was a little bit nervous when I closed the gate of the garden. Somehow I felt like having butterflies in my belly. I started smiling when I closed the door of my garden. I was beyond excited to play the violin with others again. I stayed smiling during the first part of my cycling trip to the outbuilding of the church.

The path that leads to the street was very dark, and I am scared…


What do you think when people talk badly about each other?

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I stepped onto the second train — with my oldest descendant — to pick up her two youngest siblings. We had to transfer the train to Utrecht, The Netherlands, to travel to Zwolle. The first train stopped at all train stations. The second train we needed in Zwolle was an intercity — which stopped only at the main cities and big towns. We had a few minutes of transfer time. It was not occupied, on the train.

I heard people communicate a lot with each other. …


Newbie-writers and readers-wannabe-writers are the most precious to have here in this community.

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hello fellow writer! yeah i am talk to you.

Do you read the sentence above? That is how I started out as a writer three years ago. I didn’t know how to start. Full of mistakes. I wrote more and more, and the more I write, the more I got the confidence to write better and learn from my mistakes.

I have had an account on Medium since 2016. I didn’t know what to do with this account until I decided to write on Medium regularly. What shall I talk about? I read hundreds of articles about writing and how…


PROSE / MUSIC / TALENT / SKILLS / HISTORY

This prose is a sequel to the previous prose that was inspired by one of the greatest violinists of these times when he was a little boy!

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Slowly he opened his eyes. Turning around in his bed, looking outside: ‘Still dark’, he thought. Then his head turned towards his new digital clock: ‘2 am.’ He closes his eyes, but he can’t sleep. He is so restless, turning around in bed and playing Mozart No3 in his mind repeatedly.

Suddenly The Little Boy heard a cracking door. There is a dark voice whispering: “You’re going to fail at your concert.” Shaking his head, The Little Boy sits on his bed and sees a shadow passing through right in front of him. …


Editorial Gems

My featured stories collection.

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One of the greatest things about being a writer on Medium is being featured by other passionate fellow writers on this great platform. I love to feature your stories. As an editor for ILLUMINATION, I have found lots of great gems that need more attention.

In no particular order, are the gems I found in the past that I think needs more reads then it has now. Enjoy reading.

Inspiration is What You Need — About Any Topic

Poetry on Illumination — My Favourites

Stories On ILLUMINATION

Must-Reads on ILLUMINATION-Curated

My Favourites — ILLUMINATION-Curated Edition

My Favourite Reads Today

Monthly Gems Discovered by Agnes Laurens

Monthly Gems by Agnes Laurens — Edition of August 2020

My own stories collection:

About the writer

Agnes Laurens is a writer. She writes for the local newspaper. Agnes lives in The Netherlands, with her husband and three daughters.

You can find her on…


Collections of stories.

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I finally made this file for you, so you can find back all the stories I wrote. It will be updated now and then. Check them out to read what you want to read.

Poetry

Essays

About the writer

Agnes Laurens is a writer. She writes for the local newspaper. Agnes lives in The Netherlands, with her husband and three daughters.

You can find her on Vocal, Medium, Elephant Journal, HubPages, Music List.

Writing is — aside from playing the violin — one of her passions since childhood. She is on Twitter and Instagram.

You can subscribe to my mailing list, and you can subscribe…


Essays that matter.

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For a short time, I love writing essays and learning how to write them. Here is my collection so far. Enjoy.

I Was 18 When I Got Pregnant — I Was Terrified To Tell My Parents

Sorry Music That I haven’t Been Nicer To You — You’re More Than Worth It

Parents Don’t Get Paid — it is the Biggest Job in the World

Does My Fear for Death Exist? — Fear for Death Is My Psyche

Ego Is The New Humanity and Taking Over Personal Space. Is It?

About the writer

Agnes Laurens is a writer. She writes for the local newspaper. Agnes lives in The Netherlands, with her husband and three daughters.

You can find her on Vocal, Medium, Elephant Journal, HubPages, Music List.

Writing is — aside from playing the violin — one of her passions since childhood. She is on Twitter and Instagram.

You can subscribe to my mailing list, and you can subscribe to my Thoughts.

Check out her books.

She has an online web store

Agnes Laurens

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