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Simple Rules and tools to create a professional look if you don’t know anything about design

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For some time now, Medium writers have been able to personalize their profile page, which is terrific!

Before that, your profile page didn’t matter because everybody had the same. The only way to see how professional you are was in your writing. But now that writers differentiate themselves from others with brand new visuals, it can be an inconvenience if you don’t do the same.

Having a custom profile is slowly becoming the norm on Medium. In the near future, not having taken the time to work on your visual identity might take a toll on how viewers see you…


A read for when you still doubt the equality between men and women

Scandinavian Hunter-Gatherer Reconstruction by Oscar Nillson — 1 October 2019 (modified in black and white)

Until now, it was generally agreed by the scientific and historical communities that early male hunter-gatherers hunted animals and the women gathered herbs, fruits, vegetables, and reared the children.

However, in 2018, the discovery of the burial site of a 9000-year-old woman in the Andes Mountains, Peru, by Dr. Randall Haas and his team started to shed some doubt on that hypothesis. Indeed, the woman was buried with an impressive array of twenty-four stone tools that an ancient hunter would need to take down big prey.

The grave goods (items buried with the dead) were to be used by the…


Followed by my three parts healing process

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It is never easy to share personal moments of our lives publicly. I don’t know if publishing this story on Medium is going to help me. I guess this is something that I’m gonna have to live with.

But, I think that if someone experienced something similar, they could find solace in knowing that they are not alone.

“Don’t focus on what others will think. Focus on what others can gain from a story like this” — Tim Denning

The tale

The first wave of COVID was ending, and, for the first time in three months, people in Belgium were allowed to…


Everything there is to know and ideas on how to improve yours

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Empathy: the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation.

Forget about his big dark brown eyes, her exemplary career, or their hilarious humor. Empathy is what you should aim for.

Empathetic people have the full package.

You can talk about anything, and they will always bring waves of goodness, respect, love, and emotional intelligence in a world that seems to socially go back to the Middle Ages.

When looking at what happens globally, it feels like people are even more afraid of others than before. We…


Who said art didn’t have anything to do with politics?

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Can a drawing reveal how you feel about the soon to be ex-president Donald Trump? That is what a study from Data for Progress has found (in partnership with YouGov).

The question they asked people was simple: do you consider this drawing from Sam Gilliam called “Coffee Thyme” as a genuine artwork?

If the answer was no, they were most likely to agree with Trump.

What do a colorful abstract drawing and politics have anything to do with each other? It’s simple. The study unveils an element that can link them together: open-mindedness.

Openminded people are globally more tolerant, curious…


What our one-year relationship taught me

Red and white flowers on the ground — picture taken from above
Red and white flowers on the ground — picture taken from above
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For the last time, I need to confide in you.

I don’t need to lie; you probably already know what I’m writing about. We argued about it before, but now, I need to tell you everything that is on my mind so that I can move on.

This time, it’s not me. It’s you.

It might seem selfish of me to only think about my feelings but, after what I’ve had to go through with you, I’m not going to apologize for it.

Ninety percent of our year together was wrong, immoral, and filled with hardships. …


A simple trick for healthier and more enjoyable relationships

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Recently, I remembered a story that I had heard two years ago or so. Don’t ask me where or from whom; my memory is not that good.

It came back into my mind right after I realized that, for years, I had been experiencing the exact same story. Thanks to it, it taught me a valuable technique for creating healthy, positive, and supportive relationships.

Frankly, it’s relatively easy.

It’s all about the way you start a conversation.

In his late twenties, David is independent, good at his job, dedicated to his girlfriend, likes to travel, etc. …


Or how to gain wisdom while having a laugh

People climbing stairs
People climbing stairs
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We all have a dream, a purpose, a goal, a new resolution that we want to achieve; even several for some of us. But challenge incites conflict. Sometimes with others but most of all with ourselves. We are the main adversary against our own objectives.

1 — “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

I find it useful to read some inspiring quotes. It allows me to overcome my struggles temporarily and to get back in track towards my goals.

Anybody can be Somebody

2— “A diamond is merely a…


And what can be done

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The debates about gun control in the United States have been in everybody’s ears for decades. As Europeans, by not having almost any access to guns, we’ve been watching it all from afar.

Mmmh… Let’s see.

There were more mass shootings across the US in 2019 than there were days in the year.

44% of Americans say that they know someone who has been shot.

6 in 10 Americans fear that a mass shooting will occur in their community.

More than 342,439 people were shot to death in the United States between 2008 and 2017. …


Eight simple changes that made me retake my control of life.

Little child watching a screen at night
Little child watching a screen at night
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Before solving a problem, the first thing to do is to acknowledge there is one.

— Will McAvoy, The Newsroom

Have you done that? Yes?

Good. Let’s begin.

Almost two years ago, I decided to do a full social media fast. I deleted everything for six months. Now, I can say that it was one of the most eye-opening moments of my life.

But after that long purge, I slowly started going back on it. I had a tedious office job, not much to do, and a big 27 inches screen in front of me. I had to find a…

Oliver Pines

Graphic Designer, bartender wanna be and new writer from Belgium — One word at a time.

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