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My smartphone is my demise

October 20, 2014

It starts with 5 minutes of free time. I’m checking WhatsApp. Checking my emails. Then I notice my update from Pinterest. Waste an hour looking at ‘kids bedroom’ ideas or funny movie quotes…

Or I’m playing Solitaire with one hand while rocking my daughter to sleep with the other.

It’s night, I’m going to bed. But I’m not quite ready to sleep, yet. Let me see what I could make for dinner tomorrow. I spend an hour browsing recipes. Or perhaps I should check what new restaurant we could visit next time we’re out. So I end up scrolling through Urban Moon Kuwait or Talabat listings until after midnight.

The tendons in my hands hurt from holding that stupid damn thing. My eyes strain.

Tomorrow I’ll do it again.

A bun in the oven

October 18, 2013

What happens during the last few weeks of pregnancy:

– sitting the usual way  is not comfortable as your belly gets in the way of your thighs;

– you keep discovering food stains on your top (former waist area) after meals and toothpaste foam after brushing teeth;

– not even three layers of clothing can hide your sticking out belly button;

– there is something pushing around inside of you, which makes you feel like you’re wearing ill-fitting clothes, but on the inside;

– your personal space expands even more, so that you shout at people in the queue to keep their distance;

– even small activities, like getting up in the morning or eating, make you tired;

– at night you make yourself go to sleep by doing Kegel squeezes;

– you wish you had bought that wedge pillow for your bump which you thought looked ridiculous in the picture;

– you dream about painting your toenails again.

A team player or a lone wolf

November 7, 2012

I don’t do well with disappointments, especially if I am counting on a friend for something and they turn their back on me. As a result I once again tell myself that it’s best to only count on yourself.

Another thing that’s hard for me to deal with is networking. I dislike small talk and blowing my own trumpet, and that’s what you have to do mostly when it comes to networking. It’s perceived by me almost as a necessary evil.

Then an article like this one will crop up to open my eyes a bit wider. In professional (probably as well as personal) life a loner will lose out to a team. In a perfect team each member brings in unique but complementary skills. Big success stories highlight the individual and forget to mention the team (as this makes for a better movie script) but there always is a team.

Reid Hoffman also says: “a slightly-less-competent person who gets along with others and contributes on a team can be better for the company than somebody who’s 100 percent competent but isn’t a team player” – and I understand that. In conclusion, everybody needs a ‘we’ as well as an ‘I’ to succeed at work and at home:  ” ‘I’ vs. ‘We’ is a false choice. It’s both. Your career success depends on both your individual capabilities and your network’s ability to magnify them.”

Check out the article!

Quote of the day

September 14, 2012

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”
This quote comes from an essay “What I Believe” (1925, page 20) by Bertrand Russell.

Maths is a life skill

August 30, 2012

Knowing mathematics comes in handy in life. Not only when dealing with money (e.g. shopping), but also it influences your ability to analyse situations, solve all kinds of problems,  approach things methodically, be organised, think logically and hence make sure the opinions, views, arguments you present are coherent.

I am fascinated by logic, even if it’s in a rather lay manner.

H is for hare-brained

August 8, 2012

Illustration is such a creative art. Look for example at this one, taken from Sebastien Millon (the Alphabet Series):

Isn’t it fun? It makes me smile on the outside and the inside, too.

One part of the three-part silence missing

July 28, 2012

Would it be more satisfying to start reading a trilogy when all three parts are out? Patrick Rothfuss infamously took 4 years to edit the second book of his Kingkiller Chronicle. I deeply hope it takes him much less than that to edit the third one.
I felt sad after finishing the last pages of the Wise Man’s Fear, still do a little bit.


April 30, 2012

Agustina Woodgate gives unwanted teddy bears, giraffes, ducks, lions a second life as cuddly rugs.

Photo taken from

Love new foods

March 15, 2012

This is a saying I saw printed in a magazine, that I though was wonderful:

Discovering new, tasty foods can be a devine pleasure, I agree! I just didn’t realise there were such huge additional benefits to it.

Another fan of Jon Moon’s ‘WiT’

March 3, 2012

I have been a fan of Jon Moon’s guidelines on how to create clear and impact-causing documents and of his ‘Words in Tables’ idea for years now. I’m not sure why I haven’t mentioned it before! 

His are basically smart and valuable ideas on document editing – for word editors, presentations, spread sheets and charts. Whether you create documents for office or private use, have a look at some of the available templates (they can be downloaded) and your ‘docs’ will never look the same again: Jon Moon, Clarity and Impact.