The time has come. 50 Years ago the seeds have been planted and now the new world wants to be born. So, my sisters, can we please stand up? Forget to work on our image and get some birthing blood on our hands?
We live in a broken world. We see it, don’t we? Everybody is fighting. Everybody knows better. Everybody is addicted to fake and forgot how to live life. Life matters! And life sucks for so many people!
It’s time to get into action and join the wave of change.
Grab your power, feel your strength, and help us birth this new world. Let’s be midwives. Tell the stories that matter. And show that it can be done by walking our talk. …
Do you want to be paid $1 for every Medium-tweet you make? It’ll only take you a minute. You can report breaking news. You can enlighten your audience with an old story. Or you can put another writer in the spotlight. And Medium pays you for the trouble when it’s being read.
It’s a short form. You start with a bold sentence. No picture. Limit your words to 150, so it’ll fit without ‘read more’. Imagine being paid for every tweet-sized snippet you put out there.
Many of my sister and fellow writers here have commented on the new profiles Medium gave us. I did the same when I was part of the beta group and thought I could have a little influence.
But no. Their mind was made up. And many of us don’t like the outcome. We’re lacking in skills to make the new profile work for us. So, let me shine some light on what I think Medium is trying to do (and they mean well for all of us, honestly!) and what they might consider instead.
And let me end with 2 tips on how to make the new profile work for us anyway if Medium does not change anything soon. …
“Recall that whatever lofty things you might accomplish today, you will do them only because you first ate something that grew out of the dirt”
— Barbara Kingsolver, poet/writer
Our planet is feeding our mouths with fuel, our feet with magic energy, and our lungs with healthy air.
It might be time to return the favor.
Today is World Soil Day. And it would be so great to spend a minute of your time realizing what soil does for us.
These are the ecosystem functions. Please, become enlightened in how many of these functions we benefit from every day. …
Life is hard for most of us. So, we want to improve ourselves to create a better life. And social media are telling us all the time that it’s just one click away. One change of habit. One startup. One big love.
Well, let me tell you, the route of self-improvement goes haywire if you approach it like this. The only people getting rich are the self-appointed gurus who photograph themselves in their pajamas in front of their Maseratis. And then tell you that you should just change a tiny habit to get rich too.
They’ll sell you some superficial flatliners. Some psychological babble that you could have thought of yourself. And in the end, nothing has changed for you. Apart from the fact that they are richer and you are poorer. …
Hey, writers, you have come here for a reason. You want to write. You want to be read. You want to make a difference in the world. Be your best you. You want your voice to develop in your own unique, wonderful whisper. And you want to shine.
Well, that’s what we all want, here on Illumination. So, let me tell you a few secrets on how we make it work. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m an editor for Illumination and we’re here to help you find your voice and shine too.
Illumination was started by Dr Mehmet Yildiz in March of this year. By now, the publication has 5.8K+ writers and 49K+ readers. Illumination-Curated, the sister pub, has 10K+ readers. …
What might have been the most enlightening realization in my environmental studies is the fact that fashion can be possible. In our future world, we can satisfy the desire for personal expression. For change with the seasons. For wearing beautiful clothes that bring out the best in us. So, how can we do that without ruining Gaia?
The fashion industry is a terribly polluting industry. Business Insider reports that the fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions. It is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply and pollutes the ocean with millions of microplastics every year.
I thought it could never be repaired! So I changed my ways to second-hand clothes and leasing jeans. At least the fibers would be used again for new jeans. And because I know that with the washing of synthetics micro-fibers, the rivers are being polluted, I use a Guppyfriend. …
“Even writers like Stephen King have to face their doubts. In On Writing, he says, “Writing fiction, especially a long work of fiction can be a difficult, lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt.” …
Typing fast and furious with four fingers. Or am I using three? Or five? It won’t be many more. My mum (85) is having breakfast while I’m writing.
She says: “You type fast, D. I remember when you were a young professional, you often used the derogatory term ‘typing goat’ (‘tikgeit’ in my mother tongue Dutch). And now you have become one yourself.”
I feel the hurt in her words. So I rise and give her a hug. Sometimes loving silence is better than words. They can sting.
Because it’s cold in our caravan in winter, we’re staying more often with my mum now. 100 km to the north, but at least it has warmth. I can write there as much as I can write anywhere. And much of my other work happens online as well. So I type, and I Zoom and I enjoy the company of my mum and Mike. …
NO is a clear path.
Saying no is Gaia’s key
to feel your longing.
Untangling clutter in life.
She‘ll grasp your YES and fulfill.
© Désirée Driesenaar