Heads up Medium: here’s the feminist in me speaking.
For years I had viewed the greeting “hey guys” as innocent. Its Dutch variant “Hey jongens” is also normalised as a term used to address a mixed-gender group. I never thought about it twice, until I was introduced to a different way.
Choosing a specialisation in high school I was told that “the boys are usually better at maths and beta subjects, while the girls are usually better at languages”. …
I was twenty. The median age was seventeen. Many of the dancers were even younger. I had wanted to explore this sport much earlier, but I was afraid of sucking through the initial stage of picking up a new hobby.
At twenty, a classmate from one of my project groups in uni helped me muster up the courage to start taking dance lessons. Even then, I felt behind. Purely because of my age. In comparison, I did start “late”. Many dancers started years earlier, sometimes as young as six, and most of the instructors were younger than I.
As just one person, it can feel challenging to be present in many places at the same time in the glorious online landscape. Through creating a few core pieces of content, and repurposing these for different Social Media channels, post planning, batch creation, and scheduling, it can be done. I just hadn’t yet figured out how.
Drowning like a kitten that accidentally fell in the family pool and hadn’t yet learned how to swim, I scooped…
My name is Gracia Kleijnen, and I came here to write *aggressively chugs down a cup of coffee and slams it on the table while placing fingers back on the home row*.
Professionally, I freelance in copywriting. That implies I write a lot. And the production of streams of words does not end there.
I’m an introvert with a lively inner world. The results of taking the Myers-Briggs test yearly confirm this. Heck, it only got worse. Here, I retrieve past experiences, and evaluate them through the lens of the current me. …
Traveling alone is far from boring. I find it the best way to truly experience the country or city you are visiting. It makes it much easier to engage in conversations with locals without feeling pushed for time by a third-wheeler. You can move around at your own pace for as short or long as you want.
Doing this alone can make you more susceptible to unwanted encounters or situations you’d want to prevent. I also like to keep in mind the following points. They’ll make that solo trip safer and will improve the experience for anyone you come across.
One day, I got tired of being poor. So I decided to do something about it.
I started by setting a deadline. After all, a goal without a deadline is nothing more than a dream. Deadlines increase urgency and make me work harder to get what I want. Or smarter. And I am smart.
In Lillywhite's rich to richer story he explains how he binged passive income videos. He did it in a day. I don’t want to waste that…
The pandemic gave me a legit excuse to avoid social gatherings and say no to in-person events, no questions asked. Work-wise, nothing changed. I was still sitting at home in front of the screen, trying to build my future by working my butt off in the present.
The pandemic did uncover some minor mental health obstacles I had thus far been ignoring. I call them minor because I’m able to get by. I always have been. They are, however, in the way of moving past “surviving” and getting closer towards “thriving”.
The night before a scheduled call, I can barely…
People are often complaining about wanting to quit their jobs to follow their dreams. Instead of continuing to complain, I did just that in pursuit of something else.
As a freelancer, one can work from anywhere. In theory, I could apply the more wanted label “digital nomad”. In reality, I sit in front of my computer at my makeshift home office all day, where I type words in documents and spreadsheets in exchange for rent money.
I get it. Lists with such headlines tend to do well. People are always looking for ways to earn more money, whether out of ambition or necessity. I often scroll through articles with side hustles ideas myself. There might be an idea in there I could execute on right now with little effort, one I have so far overlooked.
To start a copywriting or blogging side hustle, “all” you need is your laptop. For dropshipping, “all” you need is an online store. Sell your services on Fiverr, tonight. Poof! Your side hustle magically caught up with the income you get…
I’m your typical introvert. One of those who gets overshadowed by the loudest shouter in group settings. The calm one who prefers staying in over going out. Whose idea of fun is reading a book or learning a new language in the comfort of her own home.
Some things I do as an introvert might seem abnormal to you. Unless you are one and do these things too: