J and I, getting ready to go get married!


I am a Russian-born, USA-raised 20-something who moved from DC to London in 2013 to get my Master’s degree, but stayed, got a job, and ended up marrying a Brit (J) a few years later! This blog mostly documents my efforts to create an awesome life (as defined by me, of course). One full of growth, adventure, inspiration, creativity, creation, travel, learning, and health (both physical and mental). And one that has the least possible amount of conformity, 9-5, limits, closed mindedness, routine, monotony, boredom, unhealthy habits…you get the idea. This, most importantly, means pursuing life and growth over stability and money.

I am looking forward to documenting my weekend travels around Europe, writing about the planning process for a year-long trip around Asia with my new husband in 2018, reflecting on working abroad, finding meaning in a career, and the early years of our marriage.

What I’m after, actually, is very well summarised by George Monbiot, an environmental journalist and writer:

“Whenever you are faced with a choice between liberty and security, choose liberty. Otherwise you will end up with neither. People who sell their souls for the promise of a secure job and a secure salary are spat out as soon as they become dispensable. The more loyal to an institution you are, the more exploitable, and ultimately expendable, you become.

When faced with the choice between engaging with reality or engaging with what Erich Fromm calls the “necrophiliac” world of wealth and power, choose life, whatever the apparent costs may be. Your peers might at first look down on you: poor Nina, she’s twenty-six and she still doesn’t own a car. But those who have put wealth and power above life are living in the world of death, in which the living put their tombstones – their framed certificates signifying acceptance to that world – on their walls. Remember that even the editor of the Times, for all his income and prestige, is still a functionary, who must still take orders from his boss. He has less freedom than we do, and being the editor of the Times is as good as it gets.

You know you have only one life. You know it is a precious, extraordinary, unrepeatable thing: the product of billions of years of serendipity and evolution. So why waste it by handing it over to the living dead?”





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