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About Me


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

I write about everything that makes life worth living: our souls, the past, and how we communicate. The only things I don’t write about are productivity and self-improvement hacks because life doesn’t work that way.

My column in the Big Self is called The No-fluff Self. It talks about everyday life by…

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…

It’s not all about power

Queen Victoria © by unknown, Credit: Library and Archives Canada, C-008133 is licensed under CC BY 2.0, altered by the author

Queen Victoria ruled half the world including Australia, Canada, and India. They tried to assassinate her at least seven times. During 63 years of her reign, Britain went through industrialization and urbanization. The British Empire doubled in size. Also, the wise Queen managed to keep the peace as her children married into royal families across Europe.

But at the time she was born, no one thought Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent would become a queen. There were three uncles and five cousins in line for the throne before her. Also, her mother imposed many restraints on her.

Victoria was the…

Hedy Lamarr didn’t get the appreciation she deserved

Hedy Lamarr in 1944 as Vicky Whitley in The Heavenly Body (left) and the copy of U.S. patent for her “Secret Communication System” (right) | Source — Wikipedia

In the 1930s she was among the top actresses in Hollywood. She filmed blockbusters that earned millions.

But no role was as interesting as her life. This femme fatale got married six times. The press followed her around for juicy gossip. And no one managed to see through the facade of “the most beautiful woman in the world”.

We didn’t even know how big her invention was until 50 years after the patent. Hedy Lamarr was a woman too beautiful and too self-sufficient for the beginning of the 20th century.

Born in the Wrong Country

She was born in November 1914 in Vienna, Austria as…

Don’t forget to live while struggling and waiting

Image by Nikola Cirkovic on Unsplash

I’ve cut my daughter’s hair in layers. I’d never done it before but I simply had to, so she could have a better hairstyle. Now it’s too short and she looks like a mushroom.

Smart move, Edward Scissorhands.

When I saw what I’d done, I told her she looked adorable. Poor girl, I didn’t want to break her heart. Then I scattered five hairpins onto her head and sent her to preschool. That day she came back proud because her best friend wanted the same haircut.

Come to mama.

No one told me to mess with what I don’t know…

And how she ended up in the Führer’s bunker

Adolf Hitler, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, and his first daughter Helga | Image by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183–2004–1202–500 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, altered by the author

“Unfortunately, it has been a girl, but my heart is full of happiness. We may name her Helga.” — Joseph Goebbels’s diary on 1st September 1932, the day his first daughter was born

Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels had the perfect German family. And he gave it to Hitler as a present.

At the time, Adolf Hitler used hundreds of children in his photographs for Nazi propaganda. But no family hung out with him in the privacy of their own home except the Goebbelses.

This was more than strange since the Führer wasn’t a big father figure. Officially, he didn’t…

Meat — yes. Gym — no.

A typical Scandinavian house | Image by Georgy Rudakov on Unsplash

I’m going to become a farmer on my balcony! We live next to a highway and are moving soon but I still plan to buy an IKEA vertical garden. This idea had been simmering in my mind like fish stew for a while. Now I just saw a cooking show and that was it. Let’s diversify those aloe pots!

I’ve watched the lifestyle series The Art of Living. When Famous Michelin star chef Niklas Ekstedt turned 40, he started searching for the secret of living beyond 100. …

From a psychologist and a recovered trauma survivor

image by freestocks on Unsplash

An anxiety disorder is curable. Social psychologist Dr. Amy Johnson, Ph.D. is living proof you don’t have to endure it for the rest of your life.

She started suffering from anxiety at five when her parents got divorced. Later, her condition worsened with panic attacks and bulimia. It all continued for several years until her life was finally settled. She had a family, a house, and her own business. But she was still apprehensive her old demons would come back. It was too good to last forever.

Then, in her late thirties, Dr. Amy came to a spiritual explanation that…

She dropped from Number One to lost

Runner-up Monica Seles at the 1991 U.S. Women’s Hard Court Championships in San Antonio | Source C Thomas on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0, altered by the author

At the age of 19, Monica Seles was the best female tennis player in the world. But that same year her career was already over.

The Guardian’s journalist Tim Adams claimed Seles was “the greatest female tennis player ever to pick up a racket.” Czech-born American player Martina Navratilova said that if Seles had been luckier, she’d also have more Grand Slam titles than Australian Margaret Court and German Steffi Graf. But Monica's professional career lasted just a few years.

Monica Seles (b. Szeles Mónika) was born in 1973 in a Hungarian family in Novi Sad, former Yugoslavia. …

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