Full-time traveler, trying to grasp and capture the essence of things in words — I write about life, fitness & food — auriane.alix.medium@gmail.com

It’s actually much simpler than we think.

Image for post
Image for post

I wake up every morning feeling well-rested and full of inner calm. I joyfully get out of bed. I feel centered. Balanced.

Some days are better than others, but deep down I feel stable. I have shaped the life I was craving. It has been a long process, requiring tons of self-awareness and questioning. It has sometimes been painful. I even felt completely lost from time to time.

I wanted to live according to the person I am, the person I am creating day after day. That’s what brings me real joy every day. …


Good news for cereal lovers: you don’t have to cut them out of your diet.

Image for post
Image for post

I am a real cereal lover. When I was a kid, I loved to open the cupboard, grab a bowl, pour cereal in and fill it with fresh milk. That crispy, creamy feeling, the sweet taste, the freshness of the milk, and the cereal gradually softening and melting… It was my daily breakfast and snack.

At some point, however, I began to become aware of nutrition, calories, and how my body was starting to store fat. For a little while, I removed them from my diet. But I missed them, so I replaced them with the supposedly healthy “adult cereals”…


DIGITAL NOMAD

Should you leave your things when you visit the bathroom?

Image for post
Image for post

As a full-time traveler and digital nomad, I find it much more enjoyable to work in coffee shops than at home. But to keep the experience enjoyable — and productive — a few tips and tricks can help. I’ve put together everything I can think of so that you too can enjoy your experience of working in a different environment every day.

Whether you’re a new digital nomad or a freelancer who wants to get out of the house once in a while, here’s a handy guide designed just for you.

1. Criteria of utmost importance

When I hadn’t yet established my list of criteria…


Life’s too short to miss out on the delights of food.

Image for post
Image for post

I gain weight easily, but eating is one of my favorite things on Earth. This is an eternal dilemma.

I’ve counted calories. I’ve worked out intensely. I’ve banned alcohol. I’ve experienced guilt after eating. I’ve read tons of words on the subject. And then I got tired of it all. Our stay on Earth is too short to be burdened with prohibitions and unfulfilled cravings.

But the problem remains the same: I don’t want to gain weight. Thinking about it for a few years now has led me to develop a few easy-to-follow principles that allow me to stay in…


Your body knows better than you.

Image for post
Image for post

It all started two months ago with intermittent fasting. I read a lot about it and I felt it made sense. After all, we keep eating at short intervals, so our body certainly doesn’t have enough time to use the fat that we inevitably store regularly. So I felt like giving it a try.

I started with the beginner level. 12 hours of fasting. I knew that to make a lasting change in your lifestyle, you have to do it gradually. Just like when you start exercising. Committing right away to work out for one hour a day every day…


Lost and not found. But on my way.

Image for post
Image for post

Today, the answer came to me, by itself. Proof that there’s no point in torturing your mind. All you have to do is start the process of reflection, and wait for the fruit to ripen. Our brain has a strange ability to work in the background.

I don’t know if that’s the answer I was looking for, or if it’s only one of many answers. I’d rather go for the second choice. I feel like this was not the only reason for my departure.

For a year now, I have only seen my life through travel. I felt this way…


Better master the whole paradox underneath.

Image for post
Image for post

“When we had money, we spent it. When we didn’t, we didn’t spend it. It’s as simple as that.”

That’s how my 79-year-old grandmother sees money. It seems pretty logical. Even if she acknowledges that it’s not “as simple as that,” as she puts it.

Have you ever felt guilty about spending money? Whether it was that dinner at the restaurant with your partner, that new t-shirt you could have done without but really had a crush on, or that activity you had a lot of fun doing but wondered if it was worth lightening your bank account?

When that…


Here’s the path I’ve taken to get there.

Image for post
Image for post

I live asleep. I feel like I have no total consciousness of being in the world. I dream my reality. I have been convinced of this for some time now, and I am avidly searching for that sense of being in the world. I’m trying with all my strength to wake up, to get out of this bubble that I feel like I’m in, which is similar to the bubbles people use to play on the water.

It feels like it’s all happening in my head and not in reality. And it’s terribly frustrating.

I don’t want to look at…


And how to reap the benefits if you’re already settled.

Image for post
Image for post

I got to know two types of persons. Some have never lived alone, have moved from their parents’ home to a shared or couple life. And some have lived alone for a period of time, whether it was 6 months or 6 years. The conclusion I have drawn is that the two have absolutely different perspectives on life.

Both don’t deal with obstacles and day-to-day considerations in the same way. Most often, people who have lived alone have developed certain skills that I believe are crucial to finding one’s way in life, and more importantly, to “finding” oneself.

This is…


Like in a 10m2 hotel room on the other side of the world.

Image for post
Image for post

“It’s not that I don’t want to work out, it’s just that I can’t! I don’t have the right equipment, all my outfits are in the dirty, I never know what moves to do, I’m on a trip…”

Sound familiar? For me too.

Deep down inside, you know it as well as I do. These are all EXCUSES. Nothing more. The truth is, you can train anywhere, anytime. Without any gym equipment.

I just finished a quick 25-minute session in my Airbnb studio in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, lying on my beach towel in my underwear. …

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store