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About Me

Hello,

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

I write about everything that makes life worth living: our souls, the past, and how we communicate. My column No-fluff Self talks about everyday life without productivity hacks and quick happiness tips because life doesn’t work that way.

I also wrote a bilingual children’s book: Just a Blackbird — The Story About Growing Up. You can find it on Amazon and Kobo.

My Skills and Contact

  • Content creation (HubSpot…


And inspired Elon Musk and Larry Page

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…


The German study on basic income says you’re not so crazy after all.

A woman lying on the stairs in Berlin, Germany | Photo by JOYUMA on Unsplash

How much do you worry about your existence? Would you take $1,200 a month if the government gave it to you for free? What about $1,400? It’s not a loan, you don’t have to do anything, and it’s up to you what you do with the pay. There’s no catch. It’s a German study that tracks how little it takes you to be happier, healthier, and more adaptable to change. After all, everyone is afraid of it.

The only reason you want money is to feel secure. By his nature, a man wants consistency and stability. Money gives you a…


#1 You see your friendships as a grind

Photo by Mathilde Langevin on Unsplash

Yesterday I heard a story about a guy who works for a President of a Southern European country. He’s 38, loaded, and still gets up at 5 to chase the next big thing.

This eager beaver was married but the wife couldn’t keep up with his lifestyle, so they divorced after a year. His stressful lifestyle took its toll and our hustler gained weight. Then came problems with the pituitary gland and diabetes. In the end, he got cancer.

Now that he’s been through the treatment, he wants to bring back healthy habits. He tries to relax during weekends and…


“Pura Vida”

Nicoya, Costa Rica | Image by Sebastian Corrales on Unsplash

Costa Rica often evokes sunny beaches, sea turtles, and macaws, but there’s much more to this Central American country.

Nicoya, its small community on the dry land on the Pacific, is home to many 100-year-olds. Because of them, National Geographic journalist Dan Buettner called this region a Blue Zone (a place where people live much longer than the rest of the world).

When Michelin Chef Niklas Ekstedt went to Nicoya to discover why these people live so long, he saw poor rural areas, a lot of manual work, and big families under one roof. …


Elizabeth Feodorovna didn’t deserve her atrocious death

Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, later Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fedorovna of Russia (1887) | Image by
H. S. Mendelssohn on Wikimedia is in the public domain

Every year on July 5 millions of Russians celebrate her as Holy Martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna — a healer near whose relics miracles happen. She spent her life helping the sick and poor but died as a scapegoat.

She was born with an awesome pedigree as Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine on November 1, 1864. Her father was Ludwig IV, German Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, and mother — British Princess Alice, Queen Victoria’s daughter.

Here’s the picture from Elisabeth’s childhood: She’s the one on the far left. BTW, take a look at how jaded her mom…


It’s not your fault you look for the improper things

Image by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash

I live in Southeastern Europe and I’d never change my life for the American dream.

The solutions to all American problems go down to “grit & grind, hustle, scare your anxiety away, be more productive/mindful, rehydrate.” And you feel ridiculous, even sick because you don’t feel well between yoga and 10-hours-a-day work.

But these solutions are like colorful lollipops that are supposed to cure you of a serious disease. And the wound is real.

Many people are fed up with “the obstacle is the way to success.” In Southeastern Europe an obstacle is often a barrier you can’t do anything…


Your diet can change your genes.

Photo by Xie Lipton on Unsplash

Life expectancy had been growing steadily for the last 100 years until… We started to get obese kids and diseases that show up in middle age. Why not look up to those healthier than us? Strangely enough, a majority of them don’t live in the most developed places.

In Okinawa, people live much longer than in the rest of Japan. The women there have the longest life expectancy in the world — 86 years! Michelin chef Niklas Ekstedt went to this Blue Zone to see why there are so many centenarians. This is what he found.

Okinawans Eat Nutrient-Dense Food That Is Calorically Poor

If you’re stuck with…


The cartoon isn’t the problem

Actress as Snow White at Disney’s California Adventure (2007) | Source — Bryan Gosline on Wikimedia is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”

Some people have a problem with Snow White. The vain queen is so jealous she wants to commit a murder. The prince’s kiss that saves the beauty from death is “non-consented” because she’s unconscious.

Why doesn’t the queen count her blessings and make peace with the girl? Why doesn’t the prince wake her up and ask: “Excuse me, would you be so kind as to let me kiss you?”

Have we gone too far? Damn, yes.

We all know the 1937 Disney animated movie Snow White and the Seven…


Strong solidarity and natural self.

Ikaria, Greece | Image by Christian Burri on Unsplash

A decade ago I saw a story on TV about a guy who was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors gave him six months to a year to live. Struck by the bad news, he dropped all the grind in the US and went to spend his last days on his home island Ikaria, Greece.

He went to his native village and started to live in the old Greek way. Six months went by and he was still alive. A whole year passed but he didn’t die yet. Life was good and he never wanted to return to the US until…

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