Markus Naerheim
Markus Naerheim

Life Alchemy
How to Live an Elegant Life

I have titled my new blog Life Alchemy to highlight the process of changing your state of being from one phase to another, just as the alchemists endeavoured to change base metals into gold and discover the elixir of life. I believe I have developed the mindset and discovered some of the methods and practices to living an elegant life.

It is possible to change your life, and not just talk about it, no matter who you are, where you live, what phase of life you’re in, or your personal circumstances. Change is the only constant, yet if you want that change to be a good one, you must plan it. You can’t change your life overnight, just by hoping and dreaming. Instead, you must take active steps over time to live the life of your dreams. 

I am writing to share some advice, anecdotes, and information to help you also live your best life. In my posts, I will write on a wide variety of topics, including food, health and wellness, travel, practical lifehacks, beautiful and useful things, cool art, culture, and daily life. I want to inspire you, my readers, while at the same time giving you practical advice on how to live more simply and elegantly, so you have more time to focus on what you enjoy.

Thanks for reading,



In our daily lives, we establish routines to shape our day and make it both manageable and understandable. We also develop habits, both bad and good, to cope with and enjoy life.

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If something can’t grab and maintain your attention within five minutes, then it isn’t worth your time. It requires taste, skepticism, and discernment to know quality when you see it.

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Everyone shops but many people don’t know how. Shopping well is an essential skill to have.

Good shopping is about living within your means, buying only what you need, not getting fooled by advertising, not trying to please others, or competing with your peers; and keeping track of your expenses so that you can save for a rainy day. The benefits of not overconsuming are manifold. You will be psychologically healthier if you don’t base your self-worth on what you own, as opposed to what you achieve. 

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In order to achieve something in life, you need a plan. In order to make a plan, you must have a goal. To achieve larger goals, you must set milestones, which you can reach step by step.

It is the struggle that improves our performance and production. Without struggle there is no meaning in what we do.

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