Celebrating Life

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“If you need to get news about you dying [every moment of your life] from someone else, how firmly planted in the life are you?” ~Stephen Jenkinson The mind imagines that it has time. Snap out of it mind! Do you really need to be surprised when you finally realize that time has passed? Each moment of this deception is … Read More

When we take a chance…

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Are you mostly stuck in a rut wishing things were different? Are you obsessed with planning out your life and finding it upsetting when most of the time your plan does not happen exactly the way you wanted it? My answer to both of these questions until recently was a vehement ‘yes’. So here is another question: How often do … Read More

Salty Sardines

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By now it is likely more than clear to all of you reading my blog that I have a conflicting relationship with my home country, Croatia. I hope some day something good will at last come out of it. According to a movie I recently saw in which a senior writer shared a nugget of his wisdom with a budding … Read More

So You Are Unemployed, or What?

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You know how I quit my regular job and this time didn’t want to get another one lest that put me back on the hamster wheel? The kicker is that by putting myself out of the wheel and getting myself off the single career track, I’ve also placed myself outside of most recognizable boxes Croatian bureaucracy and a large part … Read More

Croatia the Beautiful

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Growing up I resented my home country. I thought that having been born in Croatia, the world saw me as an end-of-the-rope, pathetic, never-going-to-make-it-in-life loser. I felt sorry for myself. I felt angry. Why couldn’t I have been born with a passport that meant something in this world? I left Croatia wanting to never go back. Ironically though, it seems … Read More

Snake Dreams

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Last October I dreamed about a snake. It wasn’t just an ordinary snake. It was a sly snake carrying a message. She bit me on my index finger. I jumped in surprise and grew angry. How dares she bite me? She made camp on my parents’ balcony and feasted on leftover food my parents kept there. She seemed to enjoy … Read More

Best, Tough Decisions

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I honestly cannot remember when I’ve made the decision to quit my job. It was a process, of course, and one that went on for some time. Like everyone else I weighted my options. I wanted to know for sure what the future would bring. How would I live? Where would my income come from? What would all this mean … Read More

The Hamster Wheel of Life

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I have been writing for years, but never actually thought I have something to say that people may want to read about. How could I follow in the footsteps of one Julie Powell, the blogger featured in the movie Julie & Julia, or any other writer for that matter? But then something happened. Not that all of a sudden I … Read More