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Lifestyle, Personal Growth

5 benefits of growing up gracefully

‘’Maturity comes when you stop making excuses and you start making changes’’


As a child the part of growing up that always excited me, was the freedom. The freedom to do what you want, and go wherever you want to go, and to be free to make your own choices. We all know this is true to an extent but as an adult we may reverse back into childhood obeying whatever cultural ‘shoulds’ of the culture, family and country we live in without even questioning if we even believe them to be part of who we are.  And as a child we are often blissfully unaware of the responsibilities and challenges  that come with the freedom we so eagerly seek. And while we will all grow older every year that does not mean that we will all grow up in the full sense of the word.

Lifestyle, Personal Growth

Gratitude: the true antidote to any rejection

We have all felt rejection at some point in our lives and I guess we can all agree it is not a great emotion to feel. There are studies that show that the areas that activate in the brain when we feel emotional pain are the same than when we receive physical pain. From an evolutionary perspective we needed this pain to avoid being ostracised as the chances to survive were better when you were part of a group.

But nowadays we still feel this social pain even when our survival does not depend on it.  What to do when this happens?

Lifestyle, Personal Growth

The challenge of being yourself in a foreign country

Who are we? This is a question that seems easy for each one of us. But at the end of the day, and for some of us who have spent a decade abroad, the question of who we are is not as simple to answer as it was when we left our country of origin, almost a decade ago.
We try to adapt, we want to speak more fluently, and yet we have this whole personality and cultural identity dormant waiting to be awakened somehow. We are bicultural.

healthy living, Lifestyle

Walking & nature: the latest trend to improve our well-being

We all know that exercise can improve our mood and our health. That is why most of us go to a particular gym or sign up for a class like Pilates, Spinning, Box fit, you name it. Mine is swimming, I love to disconnect from everything and spend an hour swimming non-stop to quiet my mind. Yes, 90 times out of a 100 I do it more for my mental health that for my physical health.

I like the gym, and going is a great way to recharge the batteries especially if your job is to do something for a few hours in front of a computer. But since I started running a few years ago, I discovered the joys of just walking/jogging/running outdoors or even better in nature.