1 year of blogging: reflections, questions and more coffee

Hello, guys! How are you doing? Myself, I’ve been caught up in how fast time slips out of my hands. It’s been almost a month since I turned 20, and adulting is tiring. Yeah, I know, it’s been known since Peter Pan refused to leave the Neverland, but now I know it first hand. I’d rather prefer Peter Pan had lied! In a few days, I will have been blogging for a year. Pretty long,  right? To be honest, I’ve never been committed to anything or anyone for so long.

1 year of blogging

Thank you for the internet! Thank you, my dear readers! Thanks, music! Thanks my fellow bloggers! Thank you internet sink for letting my words come into shape. It’s been an amazing year of blogging. I’ve learnt so much about life, kindness, and marketing and I know there’s still so much ahead of me. The blogging community’s truly very supportive, and there are many bloggers, whose online presences in my news or Instagram feed became the part of my week.  Blogging teaches patience and consistency, helps you network and meet wonderful people from all around the world, but mostly empowers you to be inspired. This is what I like the most about blogging: it reminds me of all opportunities life can offer. Dear blogging world, thank you for existing. You make it all better. Since it’s been a year, I’m trying to give the blog a direction. Frankly speaking, I’ve always been bad at directions. I’ve always wanted to be everything, and couldn’t really focus on anything, so I’m yet to be sure of my niche. What I’ve realized, though, is that I’m really passionate about self-improvement. I struggle with anxiety and mood swings, so I would like to show you my journey in coming to peace with myself, instead of being in pieces. Maybe together we could build a tribe, which would stand strong during storms and droughts. The formula I was thinking of goes like that:

  1. Favorites of the month: Books, movies, music and apps
  2. Smarter every day: new hacks on how to get smarter
  3. Language zone: language learning progress and tips
  4. Mind zone: training your mind to have your back

What do you think about it? What would you like to see from me? I would love to hear your feedback. I really want my writing to be useful to you, even just a little bit. Thank you for all your support. It means a lot to me, and I mean it. 🙂

Have a lovely day,

Jessie

 

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Smarter every day: podcast your way up easily!

Hello, guys! As you might have already discovered my main purpose of life is self-improvement. Aside from fangirling over things and reading too much or not enough, of course! I like feeling smart and every way to indulge some kind of smartnesses into my little stubborn brain makes me go “YESSSSSSSSSSSS!”.  Since I also like listening – to people, music and anything listenable actually – I’ve downloaded Podcast Addict a long time ago. (You can find my post about 10 apps I can’t live without, including Podcast Addict here. 🙂 ) I’ve used it from time to time, but I wasn’t really serious about it. Things have changed now. I subscribe to 28 podcasts – half of them are language podcasts. I think they deserve their own post, so French and Spanish learners – stay tuned! Anyway – podcasts I like are all about making you smarter academically or emotionally and sometimes both. Ladies and gentlemen…  May I present you my list of 6 podcasts to podcast your way up easily and boost your self-improvement statistics. 😉

Blog title - podcast your way up easily!

 

1. BBC discovery

I think that anyone interested in discoveries and wide-defined science would like this one. The 27 -minute podcasts are long enough to get you informed on the subject, but still perfect length for the busy ones. Plus – you won’t get bored. Recently I listened to their “Benefits of Bilingualism” podcast and I loved it. They covered the subject by consulting experts and exploring interesting research. Not to give too much away – bilingualism can really boost your ability to focus and multitask! Awesome, isn’t it? ❤

2. The College Info Geek Podcast: Study tips & Advice for students

As I mentioned in my blog post called “Productivity heroes: Thomas Frank” I really find his work helpful. As soon as I found out about his podcast I hit the subscribe button. He covers a variety of subjects: from these strictly college-related to those career-related.  Every week he invites somebody knowledgeable of the episode’s theme and they chat about the subject for about an hour.  The one called “How exercise improves your brain”made me more motivated to workout more. As they say… you have to suffer to be smart. 😉 Oops, this went another way! Shhhh…

3. BBC: The documentary

Probably my favorite podcast channel. 27-minute documentaries about people, places, and problems that need to be talked about.  They talk about the entire world, so there is no omitting of non-English speaking countries. “Poems from Syria”, “Paraguay’s Schoolgirl Mothers”, “The drug mules of the Andes” and “The forgotten girls of Dhaka” have probably made the biggest emotional impact on my mind, but each and every documentary holds a unique, often painful story of people all around the world. A+ isn’t enough to rate it! 

4. The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins

Jeff is a writer and online influencer who helps other writers make their dreams come true and make some money along the way, too. I find his tips very useful, so if you want to publish a book or just improve your writing skills and boost your business’s status – Jeff is a good person to start with! 

5. This I believe: Podcast

Each episode of “This I believe” is an essay written by ordinary people. They share their thoughts and experiences in these short, under 7 minutes podcasts. Their words are touching and beautiful and honestly… they teach empathy. “Remembering all the boys” is the episode narrated by a girl, who lost her 16-year-old brother because of gang fights and believes everyone deserves to be remembered. Her essay is truly touching, so give it a listen if you look for something amazing.

6. Witness

BBC describes it as “the story of our times told by the people who were there“. Indeed, that’s an extremely accurate description. Each episode is around 9 minutes so it’s busy-people-friendly, yet still very informative. “Ernest Hemingway in Cuba” gives us the portrait of this famous writer made by his cook. “Virginia Woolf” is full of words of the author’s friends, and her niece too. These are just two of many other wonderful podcasts in the series! To say I’m a fan… wouldn’t be strong enough. 10/10!

That would be all for today. May Force be with you and podcasts too! 

“The purpose of a good education is to show you that there are three sides to a two-sided story.”

― Stanley Fish

Have a lovely day,

Jessie