How my father died a peaceful suicide in front of my eyes.

This isn’t clickbait. This actually happened.

It was scary, yet it wasn’t weird.

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All my life death has somewhat scared me. Not for myself but for those around me. There are so many wonderful humans in my life and I cannot imagine a world in which they aren’t around. So if a year ago you would’ve told me that I would’ve lied down next to my dad’s dead body for an hour, holding him for as long as possible, for as long as time allowed, I wouldn’t have…


How finally getting time with myself has shifted me into a whole new person.*

The past nine months haven’t been easy for many people, but I’m not here to tell you about that which you already know. Somehow amidst this strange period there has been the pressure to create, the pressure to get fit, and even the pressure to catch up on sleep and relax. But all this pressure on how we should organise and live our lives during COVID is honestly no different from the “regular” day-to-day. In life before COVID everything was always about doing everything all at…


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Remaining conscious of your health while stuck inside.

The past few weeks haven’t been easy for a lot of people. There is a pandemic going on. While now might be the first time in a long time where you actually have free time at home, it does not mean you are responsible for producing anything out of that free time. Some of us have responsibilities we have to care for, others might be experiencing more intense anxiety, and yet others might just feel unmotivated and inspired.

You don’t have to do anything at all right now except for just exist. …


What to consider before and after getting permanent art on your body.

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Tattoos can be absolutely great. Whether you want one and which kind you like depends strongly from person to person, but if you like and have them, they are awesome. I got my first tattoo three years ago, and since then I have added five more, with a new one scheduled for next month.

But before you get a beautiful piece of art or text permanently placed on your body, there are some factors to consider. …


One of the three Pyramids of Giza, with the city of Cairo in the background. Image credit: Leona Caanen

A mix of culture and vacation: exploring Egypt

Four years too late, I finally “cashed-in” my overdue father-daughter trip. Since graduating High School, life was being lived to its fullest extent and therefore my dad and I had been unable to find an appropriate time for our trip. Now, as we are both in a more time-flexible stage of life, we got organised: eight days of exploring Egypt.

I like to write about traveling. What to do and where to go; and this travel adventure that my dad and I shared definitely had some good tip-worthy experiences.

This will be a mix of culture and vacation. When traveling…


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Why you don’t have to do a master degree right after your bachelor

There it is again. That familiar pressure of applying. The same one you experienced your senior year of high school when applying to universities for the first time.

This time it’s not a bachelors degree your aiming for, it’s a masters. An important diploma with a hefty price tag. But why wouldn’t you? Half your graduating class is applying for a masters degree at some expensive, high-end univeristy. The other half has somehow already found a job to fill their 9 to 5.

But what about you? You don’t really know yet what you’d like to master in. You have…


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Balancing work to leave time for pleasure.

As the world becomes more digitalized and meetings can be organized as a video-conference, it seems more and more people are working remotely. I am lucky to include myself in that group.

While working from home is a fairly recent development in my life (circa 5 months), I have full on experienced the challenges of balancing work and pleasure in the same space.

Working from home, while sounding fabulous (as it can be) has its challenges. In the morning there is no specific time you have to get started. …


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Smartphones are considered a constant distraction from our day-to-day lives. The constant “ping” of a new notification or the lighting up of a phone screen has the ability to stop us in our tracks to respond to a message, check our amount of likes, or play your daily challenge on your favourite game (mine is “Subway Surf”).

There is the possibility of putting your phone on silent or turning off your notifications. But what if someone important calls or texts? What if someone needs me urgently. What if I miss something important on Twitter or Instagram? …


Early morning sunrise in Paris, 18 December 2018. Image credit: Leona Caanen.

Reinventing myself after university.

University seems to be the three or four years in which you can experiment with who you want to be without too many serious repercussions. You can try all the things you never could or had time for during highschool.

So, after graduating university last May, I assumed I knew who I was and what would be next for me. That I had tried everything I wanted to and had become a wholesome individual. Except I wasn’t. I didn’t know who I was. Not at all.

I only knew who I wasn’t. Not that that’s a bad thing. It helps…


Bryce Canyon, Utah. Image credits: Leona Caanen

Some of the most amazing natural sights the West Coast has to offer.

The United States is a huge country. That in itself is an understatement. Coming from a very small, flat country (the Netherlands), driving for hours through the same state is amazing. Especially when those hours of driving entail deserts, trees, mountains, and lakes.

I had the opportunity to travel along the West Coast. Traveling by car meant the possibility to see both the ocean and more in-land areas. …

Leona Françoise

International human being, spend my 22 years of life over 4 countries. I adore interacting with other beings, learning new things, traveling & a great read.

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