I do not know how to ride a bike. It is embarrassing. I am 32, and the only bike I have ever truly mastered was a tricycle when I was 5. I always feel ashamed to admit I cannot ride a bicycle. By my age, you are supposed to know that. It is like one … Continue reading Two-wheel friend or enemy…
Today after watching and reading news on coronavirus for hours and feeling more and more anxious about the pandemic, I thought: when was the last time I felt complete peace in my body and mind? Not just a 5-minute relief or a fleeting sense of excitement, but a feeling of absolute happiness, stillness, and inner … Continue reading Covid-19 and Caves?
Do you dream a lot? I never daydream, but almost every single night I have a dream. I know we all have dreams at night, but if our sleep is deep enough, we won't remember our dreams in the morning. I remember every single dream I have. I do not sleep well. It all started … Continue reading D+r+e+a+m+s
It was September, about 10 am, when I got a Whatsapp message from my mom. I was at the university, getting ready to teach my English class to Engineering students. For the past 6 years, I have been living and teaching in Canada, but all my immediate family lives in Russia. I got a message … Continue reading Sharing is healing
I have recently started my own YouTube channel, a Booktube (natable books) - yes, it is all about books, reading, and reviewing the new releases in literature! I am both excited and terrified. I have never thought I could have the courage to talk in front of camera and then put myself on display for … Continue reading My first experience with YouTubing
The semester is over. Exams are marked, and lecture rooms are empty. I am sitting inside the cafeteria and looking at my student's card. She gave me it as a thank you for a wonderful semester. The card says one sentence: "I find you to be very humble and for that I thank you!" I … Continue reading Stay humble
Can we try to live a month or week of YES? Instead of jumping to refusal, denial or negative answer, can we react positively to everything that happens to us? Can we say YES to an early beeping sound of our alarm clock and agreeing to wake up right away without hitting the snooze button? … Continue reading saying YES
We (my boyfriend and I) have been living in our new house for a month now. It is both an exciting and weird experience. It feels as if we went back to school times - dorm lives with all the hardships and almost puritan moderation. The house is empty for the most part: we left … Continue reading What we’ve learned living in a new house
Are you familiar with this type of fear? Do you remember how it feels every time? You wake up in the morning, and it is right there already. You think about it, and your palms become hot and sweaty. Your heart starts pounding like a hammer inside the body. Every beat resonates in your mind. … Continue reading Hello, Fear
All things come to an end at some point. So did my summer internship as a research analyst with the municipality. It is a bit sad to leave the company and great people I’ve been working with, so I will try to add a light and funny tone to my message. Here are a few … Continue reading Corporate Skills?!