Welcome to my blog. It’s Esra Frank.

I’m twenty four and I live İstanbul, Turkey.

I’m obsessed with discovering, thinking and learning.

I’m interested in philosophy. I simply want to understand myself, human being and life. I don’t know any greater pleasure than learning about these. I have been asking the question of how to live for years and perhaps I will continue to ask this question throughout my life.

I love reading, thinking and writing. But I don’t do them in a hurry. When I want to think of something, I close the cover of my book and take my time. I believe that learning and generating ideas can happen this way. I try to think critically, broaden my horizons, understand information in integrity, find its connection with life and apply what I have learned to my life. While reading, I usually write down my thoughts. Especially if I believe I caught a good point or discovered something.

What I am currently doing?

I’m studying cinema. I got a full ride scholarship. The 2020-2010 academic year is my seventh year at university. There are several reasons why my education has been prolonged.

Why am I blogging?

Actually, I wish to be storyteller. I think both story and the storyteller are sacred. I admire the magic and power of the stories. But although I love stories, I’m not sure I can be a good storyteller. What I’m looking for in the literature, cinema, photography, painting i.e. art is a universal message about life.

My goal with this blog is to produce something like this. It would be more valuable to use a literary style, but I guess it is not possible for me. However, I will still be telling a story here.

About my blog address and my name:

Frank is not my real last name. I chose it to reference Anne Frank. The world has seen how effective a girl’s diary can be. Although the content of my posts isn’t in diary format, I can still say that this is my diary. Here I want to document and archive my thoughts.

What’s the point of this blog?

There are people I draw inspiration from. They’re not very knowledgeable or super intelligent ones -just ordinary people. Still, I learn a lot from them. I believe that we all need each other’s knowledge and experiences. We have a lot to learn from each other.

I think, what each of us produces is very valuable. Neither one is superior than the other. It is these unique motifs that make our works so precious. It’s important for everyone to convey their own story, life, environment, thoughts and knowledge. I wish everyone had an instrument that they shared their own without hesitation. I believe our world has gradually become such a place. We now increasingly care about what we say to each other rather than what experts, “important people” or “chosen people” tell us.

Additionally, there is a large heritage of wisdom where I live. I’d like to document them also. The individuals of the modern world have a lot of problems, as you know. I think we can benefit a lot from the Anatolian wisdom while looking for solutions.

What do I value?

To have physical and mental health. Eating natural and local foods, using natural products, wearing clothes made of natural materials. Not to waste, not to get more than need. To protect the environment from the damage of the modern capitalist world. Supporting local producers and small businesses. To be humble. To be a good person. To be wise. To be useful to society and fulfill responsibilities in a good way. To use time efficiently.

My Story

I have experienced many different lifestyles since I’m trying to find how should I live.

Mainly, I considered what is harmful and what is beneficial for both me and the earth. I got rid of the things that are damaging myself and the environment, while I continue with the things that seem to me good and useful. Mostly, I experienced anti-capitalist and healthy ways of living.

Every time, I accepted that I was only exploring. None of my journeys was “exactly the best”. Even today, after living accordingly a lot of different movements/ideologies, I can’t say that any of them was the correct way to follow. 

When I was at high school I used to have too many possessions like most of us. After starting collage, I ended up being a minimalist, gave away almost all my possessions till feeling myself floating in space.  I lived as a minimalist roughly for five years (now I call it “The Capitalist-Minimalism”).

To achieve my goals I focused on time management. Eliminating distractions, I quit social media in 2014. I removed messaging apps from my phone. I radically reduced using all electronic devices. I was checking out my mobile phone once a week and I used my PC even less frequently. I don’t remember how long, but I kept my phone off for months. Also, I stopped using internet for six months. In the end, I found myself almost never using electricity. I know how crazy it sounds.

Besides, to be healthy I tried veganism for a hundred days. Also, I tried raw-food diet. I quit sugar, followed gluten-free diet, avoided any food additives. Moreover, I stopped wearing makeup for years and didn’t buy any kind of packed self-care products even including shampoo or moisturizers.

I used eco-friendly products for house cleaning. I wore clothing made by natural and local materials. I stopped doing shopping from well-known brands and from malls.

And so on… 

I have learned so many and I keep questioning, searching and exploring. I’m still open for new discoveries. That’s what I want to document here also. 

What is my expectation from my life?

  • I want to live a calm and simple life.
  • I’d like to educate myself well.
  • I want to travel a lot.
  • I want to learn many foreign languages.

You may rather prefer sending me an email: esrafrank@imjournaling.com