More and more people are sick of being a part of the Matrix, realizing the true values in life. The happiest people have different values and money isn’t on the top.

Photo by Mairead Leto Mac of myself in Guejar Sierra, Spain

Almost three years ago, I left the Matrix life behind and chose myself as James Altucher preaches but with one exception: the hustling. I left to lead a simple sustainable life. Work much less and enjoy life more.

Slow down.

I know many people cannot do this, but I will explain why.

Our mindset is trained to stay in the Matrix, as I was one of them.

It is our current system in which we live. A system in which people must pay to survive. …


The search for an alternative lifestyle in Spain that doesn’t require money or at least requires a minimum

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My husband finally returned from the US and after 2 weeks of self-quarantine, we have decided to take a road less traveled this summer. Of course, because of the Covid-19. We decided to explore alternative lifestyles, here in the heart of Andalucia- the Alpujarras. To experience something new and to get inspired.

The Alpujarras is a mountain region with whitewashed villages, narrow roads, wild grapes, olive oil, and the famous Jamon.

We chose a place, very well known to be the capital of the hippie community of Europe: Orgiva. …


After 30 years of fighting against climate change and not better despite fighting against it

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Recently, I read an article on National Geographic about why climate change worsens despite the fact we have been talking about this for more than 30 years.

The news about Climate Change first appeared in 1988 when

“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established in late 1988 after a variety of factors had pushed the greenhouse effect into the spotlight. That year there was severe drought and heat in the United States and vast fires in the Amazon rainforest and in Yellowstone National Park. …


Most life seems unfair to you because you focus only on the rules of capitalism. Instead, start focusing on life itself.

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A few days ago, I read an article on Medium written by Thomas Oppong 7 Uncomfortable Rules of Life Everyone Knows, But Only a Few Follow and I got inspired. The reason I got inspired is that all the rules of life presented in this article described the rules of capitalism. For that reason, I decided to write an article about life excluding the rules of capitalism.

I know, many of us play by the rules of capitalism which slowly sucks our inner lives, our authentic self, and leaves us unhappy, frustrated, and angry. I was one of them.

The…


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Thank you to Chris Hedges, I got tagged in her story If I Came Into Some Money sparked by Timothy Key and Kevin Buddaeus. The idea of being rich made me think. After thorough thinking, I had a hard time coming up with answers because the truth is I am already living a rich woman’s life without the millions.

I do all day what I want, I don’t report to anyone, my last day of work was in March 2018. Since then I have traveled to 11 countries. I go on vacation whatever I please. …


My experience from traveling sustainably

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Desiree Driesenaar had tagged me in one of her thought-provoking articles on how to travel sustainably and at the same time have deeper experience as a traveler by connecting with locals. I totally agree with her. For me to travel is more about discovering and learning than about relaxing. I started to travel 22 years ago to this day.

After my graduation, my father bought me a one-way ticket to Switzerland because I got my first job in Zurich.

He told me:

“If you would like to return then you need to earn the ticket back.”

Don’t worry, he was…


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We live in times where marketing reached a new dimension of marketing. The marketing of the individual. That means you, me, us as a brand.

Over 50 or so years ago, only companies were marketing themselves through advertisements. Then not a long time ago, the companies started to use the expression branding.

Nowadays, we read everywhere how you should brand yourself like we as individuals are corporate companies. And I have a problem with this. Why? Let me explore this further.

What is the definition of branding? The whole idea about branding is to sell, sell, and sell.

“According to…


My 60-day writing journey of publishing to Illumination

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I started writing for Medium in November 2019 when I posted my first Article From Granada to Granada which got curated. I had no idea back then what curation is, but I learned along the way. After this story, I published here and there but not regularly.

Then around the end of March 2020, I started to write for the Illumination and discovered that this publication is absolutely the best fit for my stories. This is what I discovered and why I write exclusively for the Illumination.

With Illumination I feel included. Many who are new to writing on Medium…


Photo by Louise Irene permission granted Granada-Alhambra view

This article is a response to a tag by Helen Boss and Aurora Eliam, CMP and many others to answer questions about the lockdown. I am honored to answer them. Thank you guys, I appreciate this gesture. It makes me feel like I am a part of a writing community.

Here we go from Granada, Spain my answers to the questions …

What have you missed the most during this lockdown?

For myself I didn’t really miss anything. Only my husband but besides that nothing else. Actually, I felt content and at peace. I didn’t feel like I am in…


And made me emigrate and start a new life in Spain.

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Jane Doe lives in the center of the Washington DC Metro area in an affluent community and works at the Department of Justice as a consultant for the US government. Her husband works for NIH and her 8-year-old daughter goes to the school that ranks 10 out of 10 on Greatschool.com.

They have achieved all of this in spite of the fact that they are first-generation immigrants to the United States. At 38 years old, Jane has it all. …

Livia Dabs

I quit my cubicle career and was done with same-old corporate adventure. I started again by exploring a more authentic life. https://lostmediterranean.com/

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