My name’s Caroline Shimakawa-Devitt, I’m British and I live in the Netherlands. I’ve been a translator since 2004, and in February 2014 I started a chemistry degree with the Open University.

I started this blog because it seems that so many people, myself included, find it hard to live the way they want to. In the countries I’ve lived in, if you just go with the flow you end up unfit, overweight, constantly in a rush and chronically stressed – even though we have it better than pretty much anyone in human history. I’m interested in how you can live a life that’s actually fulfilling and ethical, and in how other people try to do that. Enjoy!