◑ HELLO ◓
I’m glad you’re here.
My name is Magdalena and I’m a global nomad, nature lover, theatre maker and writer currently living in London. Migratory Habits is my blog about conscious living as a citizen of the world. Because that’s what we all are: Citizens of the world. Global citizens. A few years ago I embarked on a journey in Ethical Fashion, Zero Waste and Minimalism. I’m still on that journey and I want to share what I’ve learned and what I’m learning.
The name Migratory Habits reflects who I am. I had a very migratory childhood and grew up feeling that the whole world was my home. Moving around a lot gave me a global perspective and I’ve always been interested in understanding the bigger picture.
◓ WE ARE ALL CONNECTED ◓
I strongly believe in the interconnectedness of everything and everyone, and that we are all responsible for what happens to our planet. Just as migratory birds don’t recognise borders, we too should remember that borders are imaginary. We breathe the same air, drink the same water and walk on the same earth.
Through our choices, and by staying informed, aware and critical, we can influence change and stand up for a better, healthier world. I am passionate about Slow Living, Ethical Fashion, Yoga, Education and the Performing Arts. All of these things are woven together into the evolving fabric of my identity.
◐ MY STORY ◐
I have been a global nomad ever since I can remember. A global nomad is a person who isn’t firmly rooted to one particular place, and lives an international lifestyle. Glamorous as it may sound, it isn’t about jetting around the world or staying in swanky hotels. It’s less a lifestyle and more of a mentality shaped by experience.
Growing up, I was a Third Culture Kid*. My family moved around a lot and I didn’t stay in my passport country long enough to form roots there. I went to international schools around the world, had friends from all kinds of cultural backgrounds, and studied for the IB Diploma in high school. These experiences have had a huge impact on who I am today. I developed an open mind, a global, “big picture” perspective, and, of course, an insatiable need to travel. My identity is not linked to a geographical location or a specific culture. Rather, it is an identity of in-betweenness and restlessness — and tolerance and empathy. It’s a privilege that comes with its own set of challenges, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
*”A Third Culture Kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The third culture kid builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any.” (Ruth Van Reken)
By the way, I’ve never been completely comfortable with the name “third culture kid” because it implies that it’s something that only children experience. The truth is that it’s something that stays with you forever. I sometimes refer to myself as a Third Culture Person. Adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK) is another one I’ve seen used.