Plus: What Not to Say at a Dinner Party

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Imagine this: you’re at a party with your partner’s family, or at a school reunion, or attending any other social gathering where you want to make a good impression (I know, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, but try to picture it).

At some point, the dreaded question will inevitably strike you like a thunder: “What do you do?”

Unless you’re already living your passion and can’t wait to start dazzling everyone with your countless adventures, you’ll probably hate the answer. Chances are, you’ll either:


Finding freedom in the time of social isolation.

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I am not new to the concept of minimalism, but I still have a way to go.

What is minimalism? It is probably easier to say what minimalism is not. It is not about owning less than a hundred things, and it certainly is not about depriving yourself.

Similarly, you don’t have to live in a sterile, all-white apartment to call yourself a minimalist. And your wardrobe doesn’t have to consist of only dull, neutral colors.

According to The Minimalists: “Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom.” Indeed, it’s not only finding freedom from the consumer…


Spoiler alert: it’s not what you think.

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I’m not the type to follow trends, especially the dietary ones. And while I’ve never been a big meat eater, going vegetarian was certainly not on my to-do list.

I’ll be honest with you: I found the general vegan rhetoric a bit forceful, and, quite frankly, annoying.

I have trouble accepting the black and white messaging that leaves little room for discussion, and which immediately labels me as a murderer if I don’t entirely agree.

Life is not black and white. And eating meat does not make you a murderer. …


Remaining stable is no treat while the world is in panic.

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Whenever you check your Facebook feed these days, you’re bombarded with scenes reminiscing the latest Black Mirror episode. Only this time, it’s for real. Is the world about to end? Is this the apocalypse? Probably not, but your bipolar brain does not need much to be overstimulated, and before you know it, you’re spiraling deeper and deeper into anxiety fueled paranoia.

What is bipolar disorder, for those who don’t know? According to DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), bipolar disorder is a group of brain disorders that cause extreme fluctuation in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to…


The fall of Forever 21 and the rise of shop-shaming

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YouTube binge? We’ve all been there. And if you’re into fashion, you must have come across a shopping haul video at least once. In it, a bubbly fashionista presents a bunch of stuff from Primark, Zara or Forever 21, leaving so many of us in a sudden need to own a glittery pair of shoes. Then, she casually proceeds to explain how she did not actually need any of these things as she owns multiple versions, but the spring sale is on, so how could she not? Don’t you worry…


Tropenmuseum challenges viewers in its vibrant expo

Oh, “what a genderful world!” — is not just the title of the exhibition, but a phrase that you will likely want to exclaim in awe as you immerse yourself in Tropenmuseum’s latest offering. This interactive exposition in Amsterdam takes you on a trip around the world as well as back in time, where you discover how gender has been experienced across a variety of cultures and throughout history.

What is gender, actually? Is it not the same as our physical sex, anyway? The short answer is: no. Gender as a concept is a hot topic nowadays, and one that…


Dietary dilemmas in midst of climate crisis.

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Going veggie is all the rage right now. From Beyoncé’s vegan cleanse to “meatless meat” products that could fool even the most demanding carnivores: being cruelty-free is no longer just a hippie trend. With the recent findings on climate change, even scientists can back up the many benefits of plant-based diets — not just to our health, but more importantly, to our environment. Our dietary choices may soon become more of a social responsibility than a personal preference — but can we really make a difference in the back of our kitchens?

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Martyna — Words Of Noise

I write about self-growth, mental health, and everything in between. Visit my website: martyna.blog

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