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March 17, 2021 34 min
Kristina Naydonova is hands down the youngest guest I’ve had on the show. Aged 13, she’s already published a novel, The Black Sisterhood Files, and writes for Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. She’s also a Sunday Times bestselling mystery author, regular podcast speaker, and occasional contributor for Buzzfeed-Books – all while she’s at middle school.  This episode is sponsored by NuCalm. It’s the only stress management system of its kind, clinically proven in over 1 million sessions to improve your sleep, reduce your stress and boost your recovery without drugs and side effects. It’s imperative to your health and happiness to be able to manage stress and not be managed by it. This is why it’s part of my daily routine, and their programmes leave me feeling recharged and energised. As a listener, check out the exclusive link ( and get 50% off your 30-day subscription of NuCalm and their money-back guarantee.This episode is brought to you by The New Yorker. In print and online, The New Yorker stands apart for its commitment to truth and accuracy, quality writing, and compelling reporting and storytelling. I love reading their time and productivity thought pieces. And there’s something for everyone: politics, news, international affairs, climate change and the environment, popular culture, the arts, fiction, food, humor and cartoons. It’s the daily digital destination for news and cultural coverage, publishing 10 to 15 exclusive site-only stories every day. You can also read from the online archive dating all the way back to 1925! For a limited time get 12 weeks of The New Yorker for just $6 – saving you 50%. Plus, listeners of my show will receive an exclusive tote bag for free. Go to ( and use the promo code TIMECRAFTING at the checkout.  I’ve put together a FREE challenge that will forge the future that you want. It’s called the Forge Your Future Challenge. Hosted by me and I’ll be livestreaming the event with a wide variety of activities leading up to the challenge. Simply go to ( and sign up to this free challenge today. I’ve always had a passion for reading and writing from a young age, so it was great to connect with this kindred spirit and fellow night owl. Join our conversation as we explore bullet journaling, handling peer pressure, and how she’s achieved so much success from such a young age.  Talking Points Setting time aside to write whilst still being a kid (3:26) Handling peer pressure (4:27) Simple ways to practise mindfulness (7:18) Navigating social media and leveraging its strengths (8:48) Mastering TikTok (11:13) Kristina’s daily routines that balances her education and writing (19:54) Kristina’s long-term to-do lists (21:37) Her favourite book genres (26:45) Seeking inspiration from the likes of Stephen King and Gretha Thunberg (30:14) Quote "Take time to experiment and figure out what you really want in life." Helpful Links (Thrive Global) (‘The Black Sisterhood Files’ by Kristina Naydonova) (5 Easy Ways to Implement Mindfulness Into Your Daily Life) (Kristina’s Twitter) (Kristina’s Instagram) (#bookstagram) (Episode 213: The Bullet Journal Method with Ryder Carroll) ( Want to discover some of the books mentioned on the podcast?...
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