How my Morning Pages evolved over 3 years

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Morning Pages can revolutionise your life. True story. They can reduce stress & anxiety levels and inspire you to do things you thought were impossible for you.

Morning Pages are not a 5-minute task, but the amount of time they can free up in your day can surprise you.

Do they really work and are they worth the time, though?

I’ve let my Morning Pages speak for themselves. …

Blue mouse (Photo credit: Karolina Kulach)

In times of Covid-19, travellers may not be going places, but through some tough times instead. However, born explorers can still have fun by rediscovering their nearest surroundings and adding more colour to their houses, flats and rooms.

If you’re tired of waiting for BIG changes and miracles (like the end of the pandemic) that will change your life in one fell swoop, I recommend you start small today. As they say, it is slow but steady who wins the race.

The ideas that you’ll find in this post are easy and quick to implement. They also cost little to…

City of London (Photo credit: Karolina Kulach)

This is London: nobody’s judging and nobody cares. This statement may sound familiar to many Londoners.

You can wear whatever you want and people won’t probably give you strange looks. You can cry on the Tube and people won’t probably give you strange looks. However, when you trip over when you’re in a rush to catch your train, people may not care or notice, either.

This is both liberating and scary. This is both hopeful and hopeless.

Do people in London care about others? Is there hope in the city of strangers?

London: anonymous city

In London there’s a lot going on. There…

Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge, London (photo credit: Karolina Kulach)

In London EVERYTHING can change overnight: this is a city where job hopping and flat hunting are more regular than breakfast. Change is always possible: for better or for worse.

It’s not uncommon for people living in London to be in a love-and-hate relationship with this city. This was my experience, too. I saw London as a place of contradiction: a place that can break your heart, draining you of energy and money, and the next moment it can make it sing.

Living in London was never easy for me, but loving London definitely was. …

Gergeti, Georgia (photo credit: Karolina Kulach)

This article is for long-term expats who may find it hard to return to their home countries. In the coronavirus times and on the brink of Brexit, the urge to return can be stronger than ever: many expats want to be closer to their families in these uncertain times.

However, returning home may not be straightforward. First, relocating abroad can have an enormous impact on one’s sense of identity. Second, exposure to different cultures, lifestyles and viewpoints may wreak havoc on a person’s life as they knew it. Third, adapting to the new (old) reality can be distressing.

Many people…

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Coronavirus & going back to ‘normal’

I sincerely hope we won’t go back to ‘normal’. What is today considered ‘normal’ is what has brought us here (the NOVEL combination of pandemia AND infodemia, two dangerous viruses attacking us SIMULTANEOUSLY).

The inevitable is happening. Making insane choices like producing tons of unnecessary waste, mistreating animals, destroying ecosystems/wildlife and forests as well as promoting consumerism and an “insta-life” have all contributed to Nature’s intervention.

It’s also proven that our civilisation cannot win. Nature is a powerful force. I’ve seen the evidence of it in many places in the world, e.g. the Ocean in Eastern Australia (luckily I managed…

Sunset in Negombo, Sri Lanka: photo by Karolina Kulach

Mindful, conscious, present, aware, awaken, self-observing, meditative. Different yet synonymous concepts and buzzwords are here to keep the world sane. The mind that is in its very nature a wonderful, practical and creative tool can also be obsessive, compulsive and unnecessarily intrusive.

Insanity is the state of extreme irrationality. Synonyms for insanity include lunacy, madness, senselessness, illogicality, absurdity and many other self-explanatory words.

Interestingly, in Western culture pure cases of insanity are often not perceived as such.

The Power of NOW

Below a few selected fragments from Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 2005, p. 62–63).

Carl Jung recounts a…

For international students, expats & compulsive travellers

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Pack a suitcase and relocate to a different country. Your international adventure is on. Easy, right?

It may be, but, interestingly, the real challenge can begin when it’s time to unpack the same suitcase back in one’s home country or … never pack it back to return.

Currently tens of my internationally-relocated friends are wondering about how to pull their lives together and settle down to a normal life. They have been dragging their suitcases around for years, living their lives as foreign exchange students, economic migrants, expat workers or compulsive travellers.


Turn stress into excitement

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If you plan to study abroad, you may fret about your first day at a university in a foreign country. The unfamiliar may seem scary, but take a few deep breaths and enjoy one of the most exciting periods of your life.

If you’ve studied abroad already, you must remember your very first day in a foreign country. It may be one of the most vivid memories from your life.

Let me tell you about my first day experience as an Erasmus student in Germany.

Study abroad: what to expect in the first few days

One particular September morning has now a symbolic significance to me…

The curse & blessing of living and travelling abroad

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Bamboo trees can grow up to one metre within a 24-hour period. To a large extent, they grow underground, which means that the extensive root system is hidden from the eye of the beholder.

It usually takes years for a bamboo to push through the surface of the ground. Before the shooting time starts, nothing seems to be happening.

In fact, a perfect creation is coming into being. Patience is key.

If you’re a global vagabond and you feel stuck, confused and/or displaced, remember bamboo trees.

Living and travelling abroad is a mind-opening experience and your investment in the future

Expanded horizons, good language skills…

Karolina Kulach

Non-fiction writer & content manager. Author of “The power of displacement”. Keen reality and people observer. Loves writing catchy, rhyming poems.

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