Kaya Olsen

October 7, 2021

Letting go of right and wrong

I've always had a strong sense of what felt right and what felt wrong. Throughout my life I let that guide me blindly, trusting my inner voice to know what I was meant to do. Making big life decisions was a lot easier this way – at least something was there to guide me, although it wasn't always easy to listen within. However, there wa...
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August 17, 2021

A Scary Decision

I'm a radical sort of person, or rather, a person with no sense of moderation. Once I've made up my mind on something, I don't compromise or go for it half-heartedly. I take the plunge and see what happens. That's how I left everything I knew behind and moved to Vienna. That's how I left everything I knew behind and moved from Vienna. ...
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July 13, 2021

Between Dreams & Reality

I'm a girl with big aspirations. I don't just want to live; I want to actively take part in life, co-create it, unfold it, help evolution along. I'm a Dreamer. With capital D. Yet, I'm also a Doer. I walk the steps, acknowledge the facts and navigate between possibilities, opportunities and fallacies. Today is the closest we get to tom...
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July 5, 2021

We'll be alright

Today is one of those days where I have to look back on my life, back on all the shit I've gone through, all of those challenges I've mastered, and where I have to say to myself: Goddamnit girl, you made it, be proud of yourself. I'm sharing this because it's been a tough week. I've been murderously angry, deeply sorrowful, and endless...
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June 7, 2021

On Confidence

I've always understood confidence as extroversion; if you were outgoing, talkative and enjoyed being the center of attention, you were confident, you had self-esteem, you felt comfortable in your own skin. As a consequence, confidence has always seemed outside my reach. I'm naturally introverted in my approach of experiencing the world...
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May 25, 2021

White is the presence of all color

I love black/white photography. There is something beautifully simple about breaking an image down into a color palette of grays. Add a little contrast, turn up the highlight a bit, accentuate a certain shade of gray and you have a picture that's beautiful and simple. Interestingly enough, however, nothing in life is black and white li...
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May 19, 2021

The 4-Hour Workday

I want to try out a little experiment: What might happen if I only work 4 hours a day? Too often I walk home with my brain absolutely fried and no capacity to do much more than eat and sleep. Self-preservation, and nothing else. It sucks. I'm a side project enthusiast; my projects give me energy, develop me, and fuel the work I do at m...
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May 6, 2021

Heiliges Fernweh

For the first time in my life, I feel Fernweh. I've always been an explorer of worlds – of my inner worlds, that is. I've always wondered, reflected, been curious about my inner landscapes, and I would said that I've become a very self-aware person as a result of it. I know my inner motives, my weaknesses, my strengths. I know what I'm...
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April 21, 2021

Patterns & Presence

Returning home after 16 months abroad feels like a dream. Not in the sense of it being a goal, but more in the sense of it being surreal. Everything has changed, yet nothing has. What has been, still is – the same patterns, the same routines, the same personalities. It's suffocating. Being confronted to starkly with my past life has gi...
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April 5, 2021

Obituary

Throughout all her life, Kaya reached for the stars. Today she took the final leap and became a new star in the night sky. A great loss for everyone who knew her, and a great gift too. Her light will be there for many centuries to shine for those who seek guidance. She lived a long and full life. Colorful, courageous, contagious. She s...
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