And you should, too

It might seem like we are living in an age designed mostly for extroverts. In the era of constant connection, networking as an extreme sport, and appearances being more important than actual actions, it’s hard to believe that the world actually needs introverts. But it does, more than ever.

There is not such thing as being clearly one or another, we all carry a fascinating mixture of both inside of us. According to Carl Jung, everyone has an introverted side and an extroverted side, with one more dominant than the other. Those on the more extroverted side tend to be…


At Least From Time to Time

Asturias, Spain

“Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.” ―Albert Einstein

Being a loner, although encouraged by Albert Einstein himself, is not really something our modern society would regard as worth doing. We live in a world that praises extroverted practices and where we are connected to literally everything except ourselves.

I usually make a longer trip just by myself at least once a year. It helps me to put things into perspective, to gather distance and re-order everything in my head. This year I will head…


There are a whole lot of ways to be perfect, and not one of them is attained through punishment.

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If you are alive at this very moment, chances are you have participated or regularly participate in the beauty game. The beauty game, just like every game, has its rules. Be thin, eat healthy for your skin, straighten your hair, wave your hair, eliminate every hair that is not on your head, make sure you don’t lose the ones on your head, get yourself some freckles, eliminate cellulitis, wear heels to make your legs longer, use anti-wrinkle cream, look natural, look healthy, look sexy, don’t eat sugar … I could go on and on. …


Solvitur Ambulando

This is me walking along the Portuguese coast on the Camino de Santiago. Practicing the Art of Walking.

Walking has been for me, for the longest time, a means of transport, a medicine, a meditation since I cannot do so otherwise, a place for conversation… It has been a huge part of my daily life and my identity since I can remember.

“I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of walking, that is, of taking walks — who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering.” — Henry David Thoreau.

Thoreau also said that “every walk is a sort of crusade”. He found it a sin…


Are you sure you want to know everything?

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We live in a culture obsessed with certainty. We are in love with round and plain answers. We are a generation looking for clear solutions, devouring self-improvement books, pushing science to its limits, and always wanting to know more. We pump into our veins the best practices and the productivity hacks from wherever we can find them. We want to know everything. Many of my peers would identify with a statement that goes something like this: I hunt everywhere for a life worth living and a knowledge worth knowing.

Obviously, it is not only us. If there is one common…


A Collection of My Favourite First Lines

Every person who has ever tried to write something, no matter if a book or a blog article, has faced the one great question: How do I start?

Writing the first sentence often seems so overwhelming that we’d rather stare at the blinking cursor on a terribly white page. Looking for inspiration, I collected my absolute favourite first sentences from different novels. Ready to dive in?

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1. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Number one is an endless classic. But you won’t be able to…


Especially If You Are Writing or Creating

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Perfectionism is a personality trait characterised by a person’s striving for flawlessness and setting high performance standards, accompanied by critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others’ evaluations. Does this ring a bell for you?

For me it surely does. I am a perfectionist, I like things to be nice, smooth, and perfect. I have hilariously high expectations of myself (and others, but I am much tougher on myself). I always think that I am not doing enough, or that I could surely be doing more. Right?

The problem with perfectionism is that it is not human. Human beings are imperfect. …


How to become consistent in what you do as a dreamer

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It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for — and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool — for love — for your dreams — for the adventure of being alive.

I am a dreamer. My personality naturally pushes me to follow my heart more often than not. Sometimes I fear that a dose of realism will kill my dreams. As a result, I avoid overthinking opportunities…


It’s one thing avoiding social contact. It’s another thing entirely being told you can’t leave your house.


How to recognise it and deal with a feeling that prevents you from being yourself

Honestly, I have never considered myself a jealous person. Not at all. I always thought that jealousy only destroys beautiful things and mostly it destroys yourself. (I was right with this one.) This is my story about falling into the vicious cycle of jealousy and trying to get out of it, before it is too late.

“Welcome to the wonderful world of jealousy, he thought. For the price of admission, you get a splitting headache, a nearly irresistable urge to commit murder, and an inferiority complex. Yippee.”
J.R. Ward

I thought I was immune to this terrible problem because…

Daria Krauzo

I love books, carrots and (very) long walks. I write to make sense of being human. / www.dariakrauzo.com

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