Maria is a kind-hearted and beautiful soul. She shares with her readers her delicious vegan recipes, productivity, and lifestyle tips. I look up to this woman and want my life as put together as hers. She was kind enough to allow me to present her blog on mine.
Read below to get to know the author of WhatisMaria!
Where are you from?
I was born in Izhevsk, Russia but now live in England (near Brighton); I’ve been here for around ten years.
What are you most passionate about?
History, among the other subjects I am intrigued by, stands out as my main passion and is also my prospective university degree. I adore the complexity of the past and the way in which we, as both individuals and societies, can learn lessons from key figures, groups and events while familiarizing ourselves with the nuances of human behaviour. Writing has also always been a key interest of mine and since starting my blog, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering how something I enjoy can be channeled to help other people achieve a particular goal or learn something new.
And of course, while I’m on the subject of my blog, I enjoy talking about and exploring all aspects of health and fitness because I believe these topics to be multidimensional, encompassing not only what we put in our bodies, but also factors like emotional wellbeing, productivity and finding a healthy equilibrium in all aspects of our lives.
What makes you feel the most empowered?
I’m empowered by the passage of time: the past, the present and the future. Hindsight is a window into how far I’ve come, reacting to an exponentially changing world and always staying true to who I am, my values and my vision. The present evokes gratitude: for the unique resources and opportunities allowing us to aspire to improve ourselves, for each individual moment, for our ability to contribute to a greater cause. And the future in particular has never failed to empower me because while unpredictable, it is shaped by our actions and decisions in the present day – I believe that this is something to be embraced, not feared.
People, in particular those who overcame adverse circumstances to find their place in the world, also act as a source of inspiration for me as they do for most of us. Hence, I love listening to people’s stories and distilling lessons I can apply to my own life, my day-to-day pursuits.
To read more, check out her latest blog post: Find What Empowers You
What are your biggest dreams for yourself and how will you use your dreams to help others achieve theirs?
If we are looking beyond the immediate future, I see myself in a role that brings me enjoyment, opportunity for growth and a possibility to help other people in one way or another. As well as pursuing my own career (whatever that turns out to be – at the moment, I’m still undecided between several directions), I wish to contribute to society at large either through altruism or using my online platform to champion the causes and values which are dear to my heart because each one of us has the power to make an impact, especially with the advent of the internet and social media.
In the pursuit of my dreams, I want others to learn from my experiences and the way in which mistakes, while inevitable, serve as reminders not to follow the same course of action in the future. I want to advocate the value of intuition and positive thinking. Moreover, we should simultaneously look past the incorrect judgements and the discouragement of those who don’t wish to see us succeed, recognising that we have the final say in our decisions, and keep an open mind by taking on board the advice of people with good intentions and experience beyond our own.
What has been one of your challenges/ struggles that you go through or had to overcome in order to achieve your dream?
What jumps to mind straight away is my experience with several eating disorders in my early teens, which severely interfered with the other aspects of my life, spoiled my health and destabilized my relationships. However, the fear of not being able to achieve my dreams while suffering through a short, miserable existence drove me to make the decision to wholeheartedly pursue recovery and cooperate with doctors. I have been recovered for several years at this stage, and only look back to appreciate how I rebelled against the illness telling me to do otherwise. And while I’ve never experienced discrimination to the same extent as other immigrants, I had to adjust to life in a new country at a young age, and understand that xenophobia and bullying did not reflect neither my value as a person, nor my ability to pursue my goals with energy and resilience.
What has led you to be most passionate about ______?
It’s very difficult to pinpoint an exact reason, because a multitude of things have contributed to not only who I am as a person, but also my passions. Much of it has to do with my upbringing and experiencing two very different cultures, which sharpened my fascination with history and with the reasons behind why certain places are the way they are, and why certain things happen the way they do. Secondly, as far as I can remember I’ve been intrigued by writing and the way in which it can have an enormous impact on us, so when recovering from an eating disorder exposed me to the value of well being, I decided to create a space on the internet to help others trying to lead a productive, wholesome lifestyle.
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