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Don’t judge by the chapter you walked into.
It’s a new year, so I want you to change one thing. I would say “we,” but I’ve already been working on it the last two years (not that I’ve mastered it yet). Don’...

Why Some Women Don’t Want to Have Kids (And Why the Reason Is Not What You Think It Is)
Yes, I want to write about it (again), because it bothers me. I recently realized I don’t want to have kids (now and maybe ever). And I realized how difficult it is for a woman not only to adm...

You’re Fine
2018 has been a very successful year for me, because I finally understand that I’m completely fine. I just look at myself and I finally see myself. It took me half my life to understand it, bu...

It’s Profound to Be Understood
As Whoopi Goldberg said in her book „If He Says: ‚You complete me’ — Run!”, which I’ve already written about on JLNY some time ago, people tend to mistake love fo...

You’re Always Becoming
Michelle Obama released her book memoir, „Becoming”, and I keep seeing it everywhere in NYC. I haven’t read it yet and now I really want to. Not because I consider Barack Obam...

Drop This Attitude
I just had my best friend Gosia visited me from Chicago a few weeks ago. We spent the whole weekend together excited about each other. We did a few activities, but what was the most important was th...

Is Your Partner’s Skin Color or Country of Origin Relevant At All?
I will answer the titular question right away: „I don’t think so”. And I’m pretty sure I am right. I honestly don’t understand this whole theory about having a partner ...

How To Get the Body You Want
Have you ever said to yourself: “I’m so fat”…? Or “I can’t even look at myself”…?. Or “I will never lose all this weight”…? Or &l...

Accept the challenge
Until now, my favorite sentence was always: “Hope he’ll change after we get married.” (Yeah,  sure, into a pumpkin…) But there is a new contender that I find equally ...

NY Love Story A.D. 2019
I don’t like romantic comedies. And I can tell you why. Once, it used to be my favorite genre, but I grew up since then (a bit). Also — I moved to NY. Romantic comedies just don’t ...

When Was the Last Time Your Journal Embarrassed You?
When was the last time you said to yourself: “This is embarrassing”, and you actually meant yourself…? Well, it just happened to me. I sat down to write about something else and I...

Why It’s Important To Not Look Like Shit
Here is my question: Why do you think it’s a good idea to look like shit at home? Some people put on their worst clothes at home - clothes with holes, stretched out, worn out, old and ugly. (B...
2013-08-21 Living in NY

Don’t Fear Being Yourself


There are many reasons to visit New York – practically every post on my website discusses why it is worthy to come over and spend some time here. Still, if I had to say what is the chief advantage of living in New York City, I’d point to the feeling of freedom that I first experienced here. What is the reason for it? Since there are millions of people living here, it’s easy to
2013-07-23 Living in NY

A Quarter, or 25 cents


In Poland, the most popular of coins is the single grosz („Can I owe you a ‘grosik’…?”), while here it’s definitely 25 cents, or a quarter (which Polish people nicknamed, transcribing it to Polish letters as „kłodra”). It allows you to make a phone call (yes, payphones are still popular here) and is indispensible at the laundromat – washi
2013-07-23 Living in NY

Beware of trash!


Mercer street (2009) Since Manhattan is full of exclusive boutiques, richest folks and most beautiful cars, you’d think everything here is top-notch. Wrong! The greatest shock you may experience during your first visit here is the scary amount of trash laying around every corner. It often happens that it’s difficult to cross the sidewalk because of huge plastic bags filled
2013-07-23 Living in NY

Yes, yes, no... I don't understand


If you’re afraid to come to New York for fear of your English not being sufficiently fluent (“It was a long time since I had a conversation in English, no one will understand me”), I have some advice: forget the fear. What’s more: the less you try to speak correctly – the way you were taught by your mostly British teachers – the better off you are. Straining y
2013-07-23 Living in NY

Freaks, or New Yorkers


The charm of NYC relies on the fact that you never know whom you’re going to meet just around the corner; who will smile at you; who will wish you a good day and who will call you a bitch. You can never know who will surprise you with their eccentric / happy / hysterical / reckless / kind behavior. Do you remember the Benetton ads? That’s nothing compared to what you’re going
2013-07-23 Living in NY

You Are What You Wear


You are likely to hear more than once that, according to popular wisdom, „Americans like to dress comfortably”. It is true that the preferred feature of what they wear is not getting in the way of how they function in their everyday lives. New Yorkers are a different story, though. It’s true that they like comfort and prize it highly, but it’s far more important to them t
2013-06-27 Living in NY

Strictly Paper-Cup Coffee


What’s the deal with the coffee? Some of you may wonder why New Yorkers cannot afford a coffee machine and instead get their coffee on the run and flaunt their paper cups in the street. Of course they can afford a coffee machine; that’s not the issue at all.  New Yorkers don’t have the time to drink coffee at home. New York is a gigantic metropolis, and it makes you move
2013-06-27 Living in NY

A Real Feast: Cream Cheese bagel


You’ve landed in NYC, you won the battle with your jet lag and you go “on the town” as soon as the sun rises. You’re hungry and giddy when you think of the feast that awaits you. Yes, you’ll find cuisine from all over the world here – and possibly get dizzy from the variety of choice. But before you try out something exotic like sushi (already popular in Pola

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