Every time someone tells me they’re considering giving up meat, I ask them: why? Why would you do that? Is it because you haven’t been feeling well after consuming it? Is it because of your blood test results? Do you feel morally wrong for eating animals? Or is it just because it’s a trend in your bubble? Without defining the main reason why you’re doing this, I don’t think you should stop eating meat.

This is an unexpected reaction, since I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 7 years and never felt so good before in my life. People expect me to encourage them when they mention they want to stop consuming meat and, instead, I make them question themselves. Read more…

As you probably already know, six months ago I decided to close my personal Facebook account. It was December 2017, right before Christmas – a day that also marked my 10-year anniversary on the social network. What started as a one-week experiment turned into the best decision I’ve made for my mental health, so I never went back to reactivate the account.

It so happens that DoR, my favorite Romanian magazine, challenged me to write a few words on the subject – which I gladly accepted. My thoughts were published in #32, their latest issue (you can find them at page 24). Read more…

Every time I travel I take my running shoes with me. I don’t always have time for a run, but, just in case I do, I’d rather pack my gear than regret afterwards. Last week, in Sibiu, I took with me a new, ultra light pair of shoes, that I feel it ‘propulses’ me when training on short distances. Read more…

As you probably know by now, every week I’m sending a huge newsletter to 1,000 subscribers, where I write about all sorts of big ideas and thoughts related to personal development, plus extra resources that I recommend to go even deeper – articles, books, podcasts and the likes.

While at first it may seem as if I’m talking about them with the confidence of someone who’s some sort of expert that masters them and decided to help others in the process, the reality is exactly the opposite. Read more…

Back home, in Bucharest, I follow the same routine: my days are split into two big parts, one dedicated to work, and one for fun.

I work from the minute I wake up – that usually happens between 6 and 7 AM, perhaps later during winters, but never using an alarm clock. After working hard until late afternoon, I have the rest of the day blocked for the fun activities.

Work is also further divided into two separate chunks of time: thinking – early in the morning (that’s the creative part, where I need to focus) and communicating – at noon (team management, emails, meetings, and so on).

By ‘fun activities” I’m referring to long conversations with close friends and/or sports training – I have running (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and spinning classes (Monday and Thursday evenings).

My guess is that this works for me for several reasons: Read more…

Today (Sunday) I’ve taken over FITS Instagram account – go follow @fitSIBIU & check out the stories to see what I’m up to!

You’ll find out what dance & theatre performances I’ll attend & recommend, book exhibitions and other interesting things going on in Sibiu.

Until midnight I’ll be in charge of everything that’s posted on the instastories of Sibiu International Theatre Festival.

P.S. while you’re there, you can also follow my account as well, of course.

As you probably already know, I’ll be spending the next days in Sibiu, attending the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. It’s a week-long dose of culture, arts and creativity in all its forms, from theatre to dance performances, modern circus, book exhibitions, workshops and many others. Overall, it’s a great pretext to meet interesting people gathered from all corners of the world, in a beautiful city.

The festival is now at its 25th edition, but this is only the second year I’m attending.

Here’s a quick glance into how my first 24 hours at the festival looked like – perhaps these experiences will inspire you as well, if you happen to travel to Sibiu. happy

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The following list is a token of appreciation to all the awesome thinkers who write newsletters I highly recommend. These are content sources that I’ve been closely following for a few years, learned from them and applied their lessons in my own personal and business life.

I’m trying to keep a zero inbox (“try” being the key word here – I’ll often procrastinate replying to an email for an unpermitted long time), but, at the end of the week, the odds are I won’t leave unread any single one of the following newsletters.

If you happen to know any more similar mailing lists, please drop the links in the comments below. Read more…

It’s been almost two weeks since I stopped drinking coffee – a painful process that ruins my morning ritual. I loved waking up to a mug of coffee that was freshly ground and prepared by my better half. I loved its smell and the habit of slowly drinking it for the first four or so hours of the day. It was my way of telling my brain that it needs to wake up and start working on whatever task I had planned for that morning (usually something that involves writing).

From time to time, at least once per year, I’ve been taking breaks from caffeine. These usually come right after a period when I’ve exaggerated with the dose and switched from one cup per day (half of which is actually milk) to two or even three. It’s an old exercise of mine, probably weird and hard to explain to others, but I’ll give it a try.

I do this for a couple of reasons: Read more…