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First things first: a (not too) formal presentation

For the first post of my blog, “Healthy Words”, I want to introduce myself and let you know a bit more about myself. Not professional stuff, just personal ones.

Who am I?

I’m Natalia, a 34-year-old woman, born in Madrid with Andalusian roots. With a passion for travel and languages, after University, life (and my profession) took me to Paris (Yes, the “Oh la la!” one) for more than twelve years. Now, I’m back in Spain, but close to the Mediterranean, in the Málaga region.

What I like

One of my passions is traveling, which I've enjoyed since I was a little kid, and I've explored various destinations in so many different ways. One of the most incredible experiences of my life was my almost-year-long backpacking adventure in South America.

I have a bit of an obsession with making lists. Post-its, stickers, and notepads are my constant companions, even though sometimes I struggle to recall where I've scribbled something down. Over the past three years, I've embraced online tools for organization, but I must admit I still have a soft spot for putting pencil to paper.

I also enjoy series, like really good and really bad ones…depending on the mood of the day. The same goes for reading: I really enjoy taking time for myself.

I’m really into personal development, not just professionally, but also personally. I believe in the great power of self-exploration, through different techniques and methodologies. I have my own religion, beliefs, or whatever you want to call it, that I kept private.

Dancing is one of my lifelong hobbies, something I've pursued since childhood. I adore various dance styles like flamenco, bachata, salsa, merengue, kizomba, but typically, I prefer dancing solo or with a group.

Art, in all its diverse forms and from every historical period, deeply resonates with me. Aesthetics matter to me a lot; I'm quite sensitive to it. My heart and soul come alive when I'm in an art gallery, at an exhibition, surrounded by nature, or wandering through bustling cities or small villages.

Enjoying music, and discovering new songs and artists, and deciding when to listen to them during the day, is also a pleasure for me.

Handcrafted creations hold a special place in my heart. My summers spent in Córdoba with my grandmothers and aunts nurtured my appreciation for sewing. During my teenage years, I dedicated several years to a painting class. Currently, I'm enrolled in pottery classes to continue nurturing my creative side.

Balancing social interactions with my private time is something I've found great joy in. I value sociability as much as I cherish my moments of solitude. Achieving this balance was a pivotal discovery for me, and I cherish both aspects of life.

For me, freedom is the most important value, followed closely by fun, empathy, honesty, and creativity.

What I like less

I cannot stand being told what to do, as I'm a bit independent. It also depends on who is giving the orders (oh, yeah, we all have our "special" triggers), but it's definitely something I don't tolerate. It's not just about the act of being told what to do; it's more about preserving my sense of autonomy and making decisions for myself.

Negativity and bad vibes are aspects of life that I find particularly challenging. It's not about pursuing perpetual positivity or avoiding conflict; it's primarily about maintaining a positive attitude and seeking constructive solutions. To me, it's all about attitude in life - trying to do our best, with the resources we have, at the present moment.

I'm not a fan of self-proclaimed gurus and so-called Illuminati who sell the idea that there's one magic solution to all problems. I have the same feeling when I see cultural and intellectual appropriation without giving proper credit to the source for a product, a service, or a concept. Respecting the origins and creators of ideas and innovations is what’s right.

People's resistance to change, in any sense, really doesn't resonate with me. A fixed mindset, to me, feels limiting and counterproductive. I've learned that embracing change can lead to personal growth and new opportunities, and it's something I value.

People hurting other people, animals, or the environment—and also those who remain silent when witnessing such actions—truly troubles me. Empathy and compassion are values that guide my perspective on these matters.

Wrapping it Up

In conclusion, I’m just a human being, trying to live according to my principles on this crazily amazing planet.

Now that you know a bit more about me (presentation first), I would love to know more about you. I’m reading your comments!!

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