Category: Thoughts

Being gentle

Here’s a video of me talking about the importance of being gentle with yourself. I discuss the benefits of giving yourself time to simply be in the present moment, especially if you’re a person with a goal-oriented mindset. The video is part of my 1,5 months of challenges. I’m trying to learn how to be […]

“The Other Side of Paradise” by Staceyann Chin

A few days ago, I finished reading “The Other Side of Paradise” by Staceyann Chin – the poet and political activist that I previously introduced in this post. The book is a memoir of Staceyann’s early life. She grew up in 1970’s Jamaica, abandoned by her parents and then later abused by multiple people. On top […]

1,5 months of challenges

Today, I created a list of small personal challenges that I would like to accomplish in the next 1,5 months. Initially, this was meant for the month of June, as a 30-days project.  But, I couldn’t wait to start. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to make the challenge last a little longer. So, I’m starting […]

Gender, to me

Listening to kids

The other day, I discovered Staceyann Chin, a spoken-word poet and political activist. I was immediately drawn by her fearlessness, her strength and the way that she communicates her beliefs. She speaks beautifully. On her Youtube channel, Staceyann posts “living room protests”: short conversations with her daughter, Zuri. The themes are usually political but sometimes the […]

Gender, to me

Gender, to me

The notion of gender is confusing to me. Of course, there are biological differences between men and women. I am sure that if I had been born a man (in the strict sense of the word), my personality wouldn’t be the same as it is now. My appearance, obviously, wouldn’t either. But, I often forget […]

Alice De Schutter, blog post on mental models.

Broadening my set of mental models

Last month, my dad showed me an interesting article about mental models. Mental models can be seen as “the mind’s toolbox for making decisions”. The article highlights the benefits of having as many as possible. According to the author, this leads to clearer thinking. As I read the article, I realised that one of the reasons I […]

Alice Phoebe Lou

Alice Phoebe Lou

Alice Phoebe Lou has been a big inspiration for me lately. I love that she is independent and strives to use her voice in a positive way. She writes all of her lyrics, started her career by doing lots of street performances, is super sweet, open and brave and seems like a genuinely nice person! […]

blog post on silence

On Silence and Chocolate mousse

Today I spent the day without earphones. Not because I intentionally wanted to but because I couldn’t find them in my room and didn’t have time to look more thoroughly as I happened to be late for my bus. As I left, I remember thinking that my day was doomed. I was going to be away […]