5 Humbling Lessons From My Lifelong Battle With Insomnia

It’s a harsh teacher. Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay Every few weeks, my bed becomes a place of dread and horror. I’ve struggled with insomnia ever since I was a child. Sometimes, it’s just one night of bad sleep. Sometimes, it’s weeks. Once, I didn’t sleep at all for three ...

Highlights from The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin plaque, New York City library walk: "The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings." by Heike Huslage-Koch Up until now I left all my book highlights be as they are after I finished a book. I figured, however, to ...

A Grief-Letter to 2020

Juli's Letter to 2020 This idea to write a letter to 2020 comes from Catherine Andrews, creator of the Sunday Soother - a wonderful resource for self-care and self-reflection. Catherine is a life coach and suggests to use the act of writing a letter to "process growth, heal gr...

An Interesting Look at the Social Justice Slideshows of Instagram

Despite its perceived superficiality, I learned a lot from many of Instagram's "slide-shows". Recently Vox took a thorough look at this latest form of activism. Bottom line: Generally, Instagram-slideshows advocate for legit causes. However, due to their appealing aesthetics a...

7 Powerful Essays That’ll Help Put Your Anxiety in Perspective

An exploration of fear, the most faithful human companion. I’m a natural worrier. While I enjoy the little spontaneities of everyday life, on bad days, fear gets the best of me. To not know which calamities await me further down the road and what I can do to prevent them can ...

An Introduction to Setting Boundaries

I owe a significant part of my peace of mind to one thing I exercise more and more as I get "older". I talk about boundaries. It's a topic I deem super important. At the same time, I feel a lot of people struggle with it. I hope the following paragraphs will be a good starting...

The First and Last Words of Animal Rights Documentary "Dominion"

I'll be upfront, I couldn't finish Dominion. It's gut-wrenching and just 30 minutes in, it shook me to my core. Since I'm 90% vegan I gave myself the permission to not go through with it so I skipped many parts I couldn't bear. You can watch the trailer here to get a feeling. ...

An Ode to the Word "AND"

We have to actively practice to replace the word or with and. While or creates division and stands for pigeon-holing ourselves and others, and stands for inclusivity and compassion.

FlowState: Music for Deep Work

I listen to music while I work almost all the time. It can't be too distractive, however - I can only handle few vocals if any, and it can't be too restless. FlowState solves the constant struggle for finding work-compatible music. Every weekday, they recommend a new artist wh...

Pitchfork's 50 Best Ambient Albums of All The Time

A few years ago, Pitchfork published their favorite ambient albums of all the time and since I’m in dire need of music suitable for creative and deep work, I’m happy I dug it up again. Here are my favorites: #49 Bing & Ruth’s Tomorrow Was the Golden Age #46 Edgar Froese’...

Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin - Martial Arthouse on Screen

This movie is hands down the slowest film I’ve ever seen - which is also where its magic lies. If you long to travel to a different time and space with beautiful landscapes, people who wear colorful dresses, and enigmatic music, The Assassin will do the trick. Just keep in min...

Trey Edward Shults's Waves

Waves was one of the few movies which touched me on several levels. It deals with human fallibility and what it means to make grave mistakes. It depicts the worst deeds in the most possible human light, as it shows how violence (physical or psychological) precedes violence and...