How to Live like a European – Stateside

Americans often have a romanticized view of Europe Рand for good reason. The beautiful architecture, the history, the food.

When I was in college I was fortunate enough to study abroad for four months and live in York, England. York is a lovely Northern England city with castle walls, and a quaint shopping district. Smaller than London, it was a manageable city where I felt very at home. I knew I had acclimated when British tourists starting asking me for direction in town – and I could give them accurately. Imagine their surprise when I responded with my American accent!

Even though I only lived there for a few months, I miss York, much like I missed my hometown when I was in college. What I primarily miss is the lifestyle I lived there. But with a little effort I’ve discovered I can live a little bit of European lifestyle here at home.

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Overcoming fear of uncertainty: Words from a recovering worry wart.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a worry wart. Not like I have an anxiety disorder kind, but worry wart none the less. When I was in grade school I was type-casted in the role of Tessie in Annie, the little girl forever going, “Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!”

I think my worrying is rooted in my ability to see the big picture. I look at every choice, every decision as sending me on some sort of far-reaching trajectory. Ripple effect and all that. Thus I’m a planner. I used to be the sort of 1 year, 3 year, 10 year planner.

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