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Valerie Thornewell  CEO, Swimmer, Frisbee Player, and American Expat living in the Netherlands, trying to travel the world. Currently: πŸ‡³πŸ‡± Next: πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

Rolling hills and champagne vibes πŸ₯‚πŸΎ



Champagne, Oysters, and biking through the Champagne region of France! Bubbles and bikes 2018.

Album dropping soon. #bevrijdingsdag #bevrijdingspop

Today is the day that I lost my best friend... πŸ’”

Krisy was an international jet-setter, a professional food thief, an attention seeker extraordinaire, a belly rub queen, and the loudest snorer in the house. She was always there to welcome us home with a wagging tail and a big kiss every single day. She was always there to clean up food we dropped on the floor without hesitation. She was always there to watch movies with me and cuddle when I was sick. She was always there. I consider myself lucky to have been her mom. There are no words to truly describe how having a dog changes your life, so I won't try. All I can say is: She was my best friend and I will miss her every single day for the rest of my life. Nothing can prepare you for this moment. Rest in peace, old gal. I love you.

The definition of cool. 😎


Date night with my love on the Spaarne to enjoy this lovely spring weather. There's nothing like tapas and wine on the water in the sunshine.

Today is a very special day to me for two reasons: First, it marks the day I moved to the Netherlands two years ago. Second, it is the day I am officially and finally debt free. .
I have given people many different answers over the past two years regarding the reason I moved to the Netherlands. But one answer sums it up perfectly: it's just easier to live here... It's just easier to LIVE here, emotionally, progressively, and financially. In the past two years, I have been able to build a better life than any version that was ever promised to me regarding "The American Dream", which to me means living in debt, working yourself into the grave, and prioritizing work over everyone and everything only to achieve mediocrity and lose your health care. Living abroad has taught me so many things about the important things in life and I just want to express my gratitude to everyone who helped me achieve this great feat. I officially declare that I am debt free and I'm never going back.

About this weekend: we played sports and spent time being our weird selves. So, it was awesome. 😍 #frozen #frozencherries #utrecht #ultimatefrisbee #mixed #amsterdamultimate

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