Tell me I am wrong

In a recent post on handling arguments, Ed mentioned that nobody likes being told they are wrong. I thought it was an interesting perspective because I do not mind others pointing out my mistakes. In fact, I welcome it, if not actively seek it. The input helps me improve whatever it is I am tryingContinue reading “Tell me I am wrong”

How to make sense of personality tests

Have you taken the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)? It is a simple, questionnaire-based personality tool, which uses your responses to sort you into one out of 16 personality types. In theory, you end up with a description of who you are as a person – often to a degree that can almost seem scarily apt.

How to keep your houseplants happy: simple, effective plant care tips

Most of you complement me generously on how I keep my houseplants happy and healthy, but I have to admit this is not some super power or ancient secret from the Far East. Not even a green thumb. I am just able to research plants in advance and pay attention to them once we shareContinue reading “How to keep your houseplants happy: simple, effective plant care tips”

Brave complexity

Why is it that we shy away from complexity? Understandably, clarity is nice to have. We must make assumptions, categorize things, and avoid questioning everything all the time if we want to be able to live in any functional way. Yet it seems that in doing so, we so often miss the point entirely. AssumptionsContinue reading “Brave complexity”

How to convince yourself to finally exercise

How much physical activity do you get in a day and how do you feel about it? I am just getting back on my exercise routine after being sidelined by eczema for two months – two whole months of eating a cold salad of steroids, antibiotics, and antihistamines every day!

My top 5 free resources for learning German

I am learning German using various free resources online. Thank you for your condolences. Have you also picked up a foreign language? Why did you learn it? Me, I am studying, mainly, so Markus cannot sell me on the streets of Frankfurt for two bags of potatoes. Okay, that may be a bit harsh. IContinue reading “My top 5 free resources for learning German”

The problem with the current plant craze

Much like the rest of the world, plants and houseplants are a trend here in The Philippines, too. It is nice, people are getting excited about plants and there is more green in this world. I give plenty of plants away every day and it gives me joy. But there is a problem. I noticedContinue reading “The problem with the current plant craze”

Essentialism vs Minimalism

There are many ways to live, and for us, we love to keep it simple. Micah and I try to be essentialists. This means we do not own anything that we do not need. Everything has a specific purpose. Nothing in our closets, bags or storage areas is there because “we may need it atContinue reading “Essentialism vs Minimalism”

Our evening routine for better sleep

Markus and I rise together and go to bed together. For such a small gesture, this habit does a lot to strengthen our bond. Do you practice this with your partner, too? This time I thought about sharing our evening routine for better sleep. I read that people are sleeping worse following the coronavirus crisis.Continue reading “Our evening routine for better sleep”

6 Easy care houseplants for beginners

Since our traveling came to a halt last December, I really got into houseplants and gardening. It gave me so much joy as a beginner because plants are easy and they respond so well to care. It feels so calming, being surrounded by green, too, as if I am in a forest, safe and nurturedContinue reading “6 Easy care houseplants for beginners”