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…


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…


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…


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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…


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…


Medium | Writing | Creativity | Art | Business

Longer stories needed on Medium?

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Writing on Medium is fun to do. I love writing here on Medium. To me, it is a fulfilling job. The community is amazing: there are so many people commenting on my stories and supporting me. Something I admire and I love a lot.

Medium made a lot of changes…


Tanka | Poetry | Nature | Autumn | Hiking

Mushrooms grow through the sand coming above the ground.

This photo was taken by the author. This was during a walk through the Teutoburger Wald, Lower Saxony, Germany. I was here for a few hours. My friend lives near the German border in The Netherlands and we too have the chance to go here by car on Monday the 18th of October 2021.

Grow through the black sand
be high, to see from above,
having a better
look, what happens when color
change — to brown, red, or orange.

Do you love mushrooms in your garden, or during the walk through the forest? …


Quote | Life Lessons | Humanity | Mental Health | Psychology

Take the sun, wherever you are, from whom you're with.

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So many people live their life like a train. They live like a machine. They continue like they don’t have a life at all. Did they have a burst of sunshine in their life? Were they being a ray of sunshine?

When you help an elderly man crossing a busy…


Quote | Tea | Life | Psychology | Humanity

Tea quote

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Tea is something that gives you a kick, whether it is starting your day or drinking it before heading to bed. When you drink tea, no matter the time of the day, it is fresh and warm. Slide it through the body!

What do you feel and think when drinking…


Parenting | Children | Life | Humanity | Psychology

When is it sleep time for your child?

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As a mother of three daughters, I struggled with when my daughters needed to go to bed when they were little children. When you become a parent, the baby “tells” you when it wants to sleep, but the older the child becomes, the more they are aware of their existence…

Agnes Laurens

Agnes Laurens is a writer. She writes for the local newspaper. Agnes lives in The Netherlands, with her husband and three daughters. https://linktr.ee/alaurens

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