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Maria Milojković, MA on Medium
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Hello,

I’m Maria, a Serbian-English translator, content creator, and kids’ author.

I write about everything that makes life worth living, our souls, and the past. The only thing I don’t write about is productivity hacks and quick happiness tips because life doesn’t work that way.

You can find my bilingual children’s book Just a Blackbird — The Story About Growing Up on Amazon and Kobo.

What I Can Help You With

  • Content creation (HubSpot certificate in content marketing),
  • Native ads (this is how I do it),
  • Brand journalism (like this one),
  • Serbian-English translation & localization (finance, law, foreign trade, technical),
  • ESL and Serbian teaching.

You can…


And inspired Elon Musk and Larry Page

Nikola Tesla circa 1890
Nikola Tesla circa 1890
Nikola Tesla circa 1890 | Image from Wikipedia, altered by the author

If it weren’t for Tesla Motors, the world still wouldn’t know about the man who gave us electricity (AC).

He also predicted inventions a whole century into the future. According to BigThink,

“Tesla is (…) responsible for a variety of ahead-of-their-time inventions that have stoked the public’s fancy. We are talking about wireless technology, including wireless transmission of electricity, early cellphones, self-driving, and flying vehicles, as well as thought machines and death rays.”

Nikola Tesla is the author of more than 700 patents and innovations. Here are some of them:

  • the Tesla coil — a transformer which produces high-voltage AC…


And never got to the A list.

Jessica Rabbit | Image by Nathan Rupert on Flickr

The sexy red-haired woman from the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) really existed. Some think the inspiration for Jessica was actress Veronica Lake but that isn’t true. The seductive cartoon character was created after Vikki Dougan, a 1950s actress from New York.

Vikki was a stunner: 5' 7", beautiful eyes and cheekbones, long legs, rounded bum, and breasts you’d like to say Hello to. She was well aware of her physical appearance. Why not use it to get into the movie industry? Funnily enough, she didn’t become a new Marilyn Monroe.


Hans Schmidt loved God, sex, and blood

Priest Hans Schmidt and his mistress Anna Aumüller
Priest Hans Schmidt and his mistress Anna Aumüller
Priest Hans Schmidt and his mistress Anna Aumüller | Images by Wikipedia, altered by the author

What does it take to turn a devout boy into a murderer?

Priest Hans Schmidt (1881 — February 18, 1916) got into history as a monster, not a Father. His list of crimes was long and blood-stained, so he ended up as the only clergyman electrocuted in the USA.

Schmidt didn’t have it easy as a kid. Born into a German family with a long history of mental illness, little Hans would either get beaten by his father or watch him beat his mother.

No wonder he was keen on blood and violence. The boy had a gruesome habit to…


#3 Dedicate time to your beloved who passed away.

A Buddhist Monk’s Evening Routine to Relax and Recharge Your Mind
A Buddhist Monk’s Evening Routine to Relax and Recharge Your Mind
A Buddhist monk | Image by Max Pixel

Nick Keomahavong used to have a pretty busy life as a psychotherapist and hip-hop dancer in San Diego. Then he gave it all up and went to Thailand to become a Buddhist monk.

Now he posts videos with tips on how to implement Buddhist practices in a busy western life.

In his recent video, Nick talks about how an evening routine is just as important as a morning ritual. He offers the one monks have been using for 2,600 years. It helps you stay grounded and trains the mind to be clear, happy, and even more productive. Here it is.

#1 Have a cut-off time / Shower time


The brain always likes to know

How Not to Worry Yourself Sick — two women stand facing a lake with their hands in the air
How Not to Worry Yourself Sick — two women stand facing a lake with their hands in the air
Image by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

My twins started school and I have a bad feeling. We heard the teacher is too cold toward kids. What about tolerance then?

My boy is an immature and sensitive pup who can’t sit straight. She already left the class alone in the schoolyard for half an hour. The school is in the block he doesn’t know. Will someone call him to see a kitten in his car? How not to worry yourself sick then?

I’ve already toyed with the idea of transferring them to another school. But I don’t know enough about basic conditions there.

Also in these new…


Huge ambition finds a legal way in a dirt poor society

Adolf Hitler in front of radio microphone in a radio speech the day after he became the Reichskanzler (1 February 1933)
Adolf Hitler in front of radio microphone in a radio speech the day after he became the Reichskanzler (1 February 1933)
Adolf Hitler in front of radio microphone in a radio speech the day after he became the Reichskanzler ( February 1, 1933) | Image on Wikimedia Commons by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183–1987–0703–506 / Unknown author / CC-BY-SA 3.0

The accession of a 43-year-old unemployed madman didn’t happen overnight. When Adolf Hitler seized power on January 30, 1933, he had already been in politics for 14 years. Add a pinch of fraud, a splash of conspiracy, a drizzle of blackmail, and a spoonful of dirty political games and you can go a long way.

But first, let’s go a decade backward. In 1923, Hitler’s National Socialists organized the Beer Hall Putsch emulating Mussolini’s “March on Rome” (1922). Still, the Nazis failed to take over the government in Bavaria and Hitler ended up in jail.

There he used the time…


The White House designer talks age, partnership, and passion

Five awesome life lessons by Iris Apfel, a 100-Year-Old Fashion Icon
Five awesome life lessons by Iris Apfel, a 100-Year-Old Fashion Icon
Iris Apfel at O Cinema Miami Beach to present IRIS, by Albert Maysles | Image by Wikimedia Commons is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, altered by the author

Iris Apfel is the queen of fashion and interior design who dressed Greta Garbo and worked for the White House. For Iris, the world is too grey, so better spice it up with eccentric clothes, shoes, and jewelry.

With her background, Mrs. Apfel couldn’t really end up in a grey suit working in a bank. She grew up in Queens, New York, surrounded by fancy clothes and furniture. Her mother was a fashion boutique owner and her father was in a glass and mirror business.

After studying art history at NY University, she became a copywriter for Women’s Wear Daily…


Embrace your authenticity and not knowing.

Nikola Tesla with a lightbulb and WiFi — Tesla’s quotes on life and how to see yourself in a new light
Nikola Tesla with a lightbulb and WiFi — Tesla’s quotes on life and how to see yourself in a new light
Nikola Tesla with a lightbulb and WiFi | Image by Wikimedia Commons, altered by the author

Nikola Tesla gave us electricity (AC), but he was also the father of wireless communication, X-rays, radar, and robotics. He even predicted smartphones in 1926:

“When wireless is perfectly applied, the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain (…) We shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do this will be amazingly simple (…) A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.” — January 30, 1926, the interview with…


One thousand origami cranes and only one wish

Sadako Sasaki in her funeral coffin surrounded by cranes, altered by the author
Sadako Sasaki in her funeral coffin surrounded by cranes, altered by the author
Sadako Sasaki in the coffin | Image by Wikimedia Commons, altered by the author

Sadako Sasaki (佐々木 禎子, January 7, 1943 — October 25, 1955) was just another girl living her little childhood in a peaceful city of some 350,000 souls. She had a mom, dad, and a brother who all would probably be erased from history if it hadn’t been for August 6, 1945.

The Sasaki family lived in Hiroshima near a naval base. The little girl was only two when her city was bombed by the “Little Boy” — the first atomic bomb which was ever thrown.

WWII had already lasted for nearly six years, so someone got annoyed enough to end…

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