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Have you ever met someone who seemed that they were completely at peace?

Maybe they were super easy-going, and it made you want to be around them just to get a glimpse of what it feels like. Maybe you could just sense that nothing in this world or beyond it was gnawing at them inside.

That’s what it feels like to not be at peace — it’s like something is constantly gnawing at you. And until you come to terms with it, that incessant and bothersome feeling will continue until it eventually consumes you.

The thing about peace is that achieving it does not typically happen via a linear process. In contrast, it’s often something to be maintained. Inner peace can be found and then lost, and then found again. …

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Lockdown number two has begun in the UK, and I wasn’t ready. I. Was. Not. Ready.

Yet, here we are. And so far, I’m surviving. By surviving I mean not totally losing my shit. I’d say that’s going above and beyond by today’s standards, so I’ll take the win (and gladly bestow my success upon anyone else in need of a win, too).

This pandemic has been tough on the mental health of so many people around the world. …

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While not much feels safe anymore, I think it is safe to say that 2020 has been a year filled with anxiety, fear, and loneliness for so many people.

Depending on where you live in the world, lots of us still can’t mix with other households. This means a huge limitation on socializing with both friends and family, plus dating and trying to find love for the single population.

Our interaction with others has become so seldom and sparing that it almost hurts, and this is coming from an introvert here. …

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I know this isn’t the first time you’ve heard that you should take a break from social media, and it won’t be the last. I also know every excuse in the book for not embarking on this oh-so-daring adventure that such an idea has become, because I’ve made them all.

I used to be someone who depended on social media for my livelihood. I’d advertise both my yoga classes and writing services on Insta and Facebook, and I found clients that way. When you’re someone who does use the platforms for such activities, social media can be a necessary evil. This can make it difficult to simply remove them from your life. …

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This is coming from someone who’s been stuck at home at least as much as everyone else, but who has also been revamping the whole of my fiancé’s — and now, my flat. I moved in with him almost four months ago, and it was the epitome of a bachelor pad. Seriously.

The flat doesn’t have much access to light, and the décor was pretty dark all around. Needless to say, we both started feeling the effects of the COVID lockdown pretty quickly.

It had already been an agreement of ours that I’d start putting my feminine touch into the place. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t mess with things if they’re still functional and practical, but the style and organization were in need of a serious cleanse. We also both wanted a minimalist and clean living space. Four months later, I can say for certain this gradual evolution (of both our doing) has had a positive impact on both our mental states. …

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According to ENotes, the word humility comes from the Latin word humulis, meaning ‘low’ or ‘close to the ground’.

Aren’t people attracted to power, though? Why would seeing someone humble themselves attract anyone? you might ask.

Power, along with intelligence and popularity, are completely separate traits from humility. The person who has those first two or three traits AND humility is…somewhat of a unicorn. We’ll talk about that extreme case first, just to demonstrate.

Humility is actually what makes someone with power and popularity attractive as a person. If you’ve ever known someone who lots of other people also knew, but everyone kind of talked about them behind their back, chances are there was something not genuine about them. People can sense that in others. …

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The Medium articles you click on with those titles that just reel you in…they seem to always be written by someone with a PhD, don’t they?

This can feel like such a blow to one’s confidence, especially when you’ve only got a bachelor’s degree, a 200 hour yoga certification, and are a self-taught writer who loves traveling, cooks for fun, and has been trying to learn the guitar for a slow and gradual year.

See? I, like you, am all over the place. If you’ve clicked on this article, maybe you’re one of the few like me who has become an expert at nothing. …

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An unpopular opinion these days, I know. Us millennials have shone a light on the importance of self. Self-love, self-care, self-everything.

I used to think that self-love was the key to happiness, and to learning how to love someone else in the future. Plus, if you can’t love yourself, how can you expect someone else to love you? Etc.

And it seems like it would make sense, doesn’t it? Or at least it did when I was living out my single years — being selfish, focusing on bettering myself, rebelling against all the bad relationships I’d been in. I did what I wanted when I wanted, comforted by the fact that there was no one there to hurt me. …

“Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.” — George Sand

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You know the type — the happy-go-lucky, heart on their sleeve-wearing person which we all have at least one of in our lives.

That rare adult with such child-like energy and minimal ego.

The young soul usually has a sensitive nature, finding themselves quite easily hurt. However, they also seem to have an infinity pool full of love pouring out from their hearts at all times.

The problem though, is that that infinity pool of love isn’t in fact infinite. It can dry up. …

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I believe there are multiple versions of how our lives can turn out, and that our decisions determine which version we get to live.

In other words, one choice can lead to different circumstances which allow new doors to open, until so many opportunities have opened up for you that you now have the chance at a whole different life than the one you were previously headed for.

That’s exactly what happened for me.

Let me tell you — I’m still whirl-winded. It’s coming up on a year since I met my significant other, and I still have moments where I’m in disbelief that this is my life. …


Kim Michelle Renner

Born writer + passionate traveler + yoga instructor = content on travel & adventure, mental health & mindfulness, goals & motivation, love & magic ✨

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