About

Hi! My name is Urszula Humienik and I am a broccoli addict (and basically anything green 💚).

Welcome.

About this blog

This blog began as a vegan cooking blog in 2011 (if you go back far enough, you can find my recipes). Then in 2014, I decided to switch to a more personal blog about writing — my own as well as others. I started gaining momentum by joining online writing challenges. This blog grew and transformed until it became something much greater than I could have imagined. In 2016, I decided to move to my own domain and was there for a while. I was also occasionally but regularly publishing on Medium.

In March 2023, I decided to return to this blog for various reasons.

  1. I love the name
  2. I want a place to just write whatever I feel like writing at the moment without pressure for it to be “something.” This feels like the right place for that.
  3. I miss the community I built around this blog, and I hope to rebuild it.

So about me

I grew up in Chicago, a beautiful but tough city I love. I went to St. Hyacinth Catholic Grade School in the Avondale neighborhood, where I grew up. I graduated from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, where Michelle Obama is also an alumni. Then, I went to The School of the Art Instititue of Chicago, receiving a BFA in studio art. Can you tell I love Chicago?

Although Chicago will always have a special place in my heart, in 2006 I decided to follow my dream and move to Poland. I wrote about that here. My family’s Polish-American, some living in the US and some distant relatives in Poland. I now have a husband and son, and live in a town called Białystok in northeastern Poland.

I also studied and received a diploma in art therapy. I taught it for a while at the Medical University of Bialystok. A few years ago I also became a certified yoga and meditation teacher. I teach yoga some mornings and evenings. In that aspect, I’ve started to further my knowledge of polyvagal theory and being trauma-informed. My next step in my yoga teaching is to become certified in trauma-informed yoga teaching within the next few years.

I mainly make my living through editing, proofreading, and writing. I specialize in health, wellness, and medicine. I supplement this with yoga teaching.

Of course, this isn’t everything about me. Read my blog to learn more.

Want to get in touch? Email me at uhumienik (at) gmail.com

44 responses to “About”

  1. Sophie33 Avatar

    Greets from a foodie from Belgium! You have a very lovely & cool blog over here! I am not a vegan but do cook, bake & eat vegan 5x/week & I blog about it too! 🙂

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  2. Lisa Womble Avatar

    Love the Thomas Mann quote – makes me feel better about my struggles with writing. Also, love the way you seem to approach life. Nice “about” section. I look forward to reading more from you.

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  3. TanGental Avatar

    Thank you for the follow. One day I may need you services in connection with a novel I’m writing that has a Polish component – set in London but with flash backs and Polish expats. If you’re interested you can reply here or drop me a mail at Glepard@saqnet.co.uk sometime. Oh and while I’m not vegan I’m with you on broccoli.

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    1. Ula Avatar
      Ula

      I’d love to help out in any way that I can. My email: art.factory.bialystok [at] gmail.com

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      1. TanGental Avatar

        Thanks Ula; I will save the email address and when I finish the current work (that is sucking up all my time) I will come back to you.

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  4. KleesButterfly Avatar

    hi, thanks for the follow. Thomas Mann is one of my favourite authors (as a German), even if I’ve distanced myself a little bit from him during the last 10 years (hint: never read an author’s diaries).
    And finally I got to know what NaNoWriMo is. I’ve seen this so often, but I didn’t know exactly what it was.
    But broccoli??? Oh my.

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    1. Ula Avatar
      Ula

      What’s wrong with broccoli?

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      1. KleesButterfly Avatar

        Nothing, I was just joking 🙂 l love vegetables, but Broccoli is not my favourite. But maybe I haven’t found a good recipe yet. Have you got one?

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      2. Ula Avatar
        Ula

        My favorite ways of eating broccoli are raw or steamed. I know, boring. I just love its taste.

        Have you tried cream of broccoli soup or a nice rich sauce on top of broccoli?

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      3. KleesButterfly Avatar

        Soup is not a bad idea. I sometimes make a soup out of different vegetables. I could try to add Broccoli for a start. 🙂

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  5. Jessie Martinovic Avatar
    Jessie Martinovic

    what a lovely blog title, and a warm welcome in green hues, looking forward to reading more 🙂

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    1. Ula Avatar
      Ula

      Thank you and welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy.

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  6. Elissaveta Avatar

    What a beautiful bio and an impressive one at that. I’m glad you stopped by and followed my blog, thank you for that. Hope to see you around in the virtual world!

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    1. Ula Avatar
      Ula

      Thank you and thank you for stopping by, Ellie. Your blog is beautiful so I’ll be sure to visit often. Your novel sounds fascinating.

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  7. Elissaveta Avatar

    Thank you so much, glad you liked it! I look forward to seeing you around.

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  8. emilia m. Avatar
    emilia m.

    Hi 🙂 I just nominated your blog for two awards : https://bookbug2012.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/awards-wow-i-did-not-see-that-coming/

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    1. Ula Avatar
      Ula

      Thank you, Emilia. I’ll post my answers on Friday.

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  9. Z is for . . . Zelena | Part Time Monster Avatar

    […] Sisters!, Crystal of The Qwiet Muse, Melissa Barker-Simpson, Allison of Eclectic Alli, Urszula of Confessions of a Broccoli Addict and Alex Hurst. What an amazing group so far! And of course, those interested in guest posts are […]

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  10. roweeee Avatar

    Hi Ula,
    It’s been great going through the A-Z Challenge with you. I am going to catch up on the posts I missed and I suspect probably do the whole A-Z journey tonight. It’s been interesting reading the whole lot in one go and also to visit my own posts. Sure, of course, I’m writing about the more sensational or newsworthy aspects of my life but I really do come across as being quite out there throughout the challenge. Every day life is not as exciting although never dull. ONce this never-ending rain clears, I’m off to the local Japanese gardens xx Rowena

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  11. Monster Monday: An A to Z Reflection and an Introduction | Part Time Monster Avatar

    […] Sisters!, Crystal of The Qwiet Muse, Melissa Barker-Simpson, Allison of Eclectic Alli, Urszula of Confessions of a Broccoli Addict and Alex Hurst. What an amazing group so far! And of course, those interested in guest posts are […]

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  12. Solveig Avatar

    Dear Ula,
    I just wanted to let you know that I very much enjoyed your newsletter. The story at the end was amazing!!

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    1. Ula Avatar
      Ula

      Thank you so much for the feedback. I’m glad you liked the story.

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      1. Solveig Avatar

        It was definitely lovely. And I think that I’ll write you an email soon, because you mentioned a few other things in the newsletter that really appeal to me 🙂

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      2. Ula Avatar
        Ula

        I welcome all comments, questions, and suggestions.

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  13. 20/20 Hines Sight Avatar

    Thanks Ula for the follow. I’ve never met a broccoli addict before. You’re absolutely right that one needs life experiences to write. And by the way we have your first three experiences in common, except I taught English to uninterested high school students. Romeo and Juliet was not a hit. 🙂

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    1. Ula Avatar
      Ula

      You’ve working in banking, fashion, and education? What are the odds?! High school students are tough. I was fortunate enough to teach university students and adults. I was one of those English nerds that loved pretty much everything we had to read in high school. I may have been an English teacher’s dream. (I don’t know for sure, I never asked.)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. emilia m. Avatar
    emilia m.

    Hi, I just nominated your blog for Liebster Award 🙂
    Should you like to accept it – here it is : https://bookbug2012.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/the-liebster-award/

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    1. Ula Avatar
      Ula

      Thank you, Emilia. I feel very honored. You are too kind.

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      1. emilia m. Avatar
        emilia m.

        You deserve it Ula, I love reading your blog 🙂

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      2. Ula Avatar
        Ula

        Thank you so much, Emilia. I love when people like reading my work.

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  15. Five Photos Five Stories – day four | TanGental Avatar

    […] takes the most beautiful images and always has a story to tell about them. I would like to nominate Ula at Confessions of a Broccoli Addict, to take up this photo challenge […]

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  16. #WeekendCoffeeShare: In Which I Plan to Do Nothing | Part Time Monster Avatar

    […] week on the blog I’ll have the regular features on Tuesday-Saturday. On Monday, you can find Urszula here talking about Dola for Monster Monday. And, coincidentally, you can find me at her place for […]

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  17. Belinda Crane Avatar
    Belinda Crane

    Hi there Urszula! Did you know that your Gravatar/Avatar/Profile is not linked to your website? So when you like or comment on a post we can’t just click on your profile pic to go straight to your website. I actually wrote a post about this on Sunday on how to fix it if you would like to. 🙂

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    1. Ula Avatar
      Ula

      Thanks for the tip, but please check again because I have my blog site as well as Facebook and Twitter linked up on there, and have had those linked up for a while.

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      1. Belinda Crane Avatar
        Belinda Crane

        lol! Sorry I was just adding you to a writing list and it wouldn’t let me add you?!? Done now 🙂

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  18. Underwater – Freestyle Writing Challenge | Solveig Werner Avatar

    […] is a very inspirational blogger. Ula who hosts a great series called “Monday Inspirations”, every Monday. Mel who needs an […]

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  19. Eric Klingenberg Avatar

    Gosh that was one of the most detailed about I have read so far. I’m looking forward to reading more of your work.

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    1. Ula Avatar

      Thank you, Eric. I will actually be changing this about page to something shorter soon, but you do feel like you know me at least a little after reading it. Don’t you?

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      1. Eric Klingenberg Avatar

        I do feel I know you it’s far Better than mine.

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  20. rogershipp Avatar

    I just wanted to wish you an early Happy New Year. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement this past year. May you find renewed fulfillments in your blogs this New Year and may your blogging families ever increase. Blessings. Roger

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  21. kotersey Avatar
    kotersey

    This is fascinating. I went to Bialystok for the first time this past summer, I was there only briefly, but it seems like a wonderful city (despite being on the very Eastern border). Whereabouts in Poland do you live now? I live in Torun (studying in Edinburgh but currently all is remote). Chicago is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go to, and North America is my dream living destination, and technically I’ve been to Chicago, but only because I had a layover flight there on my way from London to South Carolina. All the best to you and I hope I get to read one of your books one day.

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    1. Ula Avatar

      Hi! I just returned to this blog and saw your comment. Are you still in Poland?

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      1. kotersey Avatar
        kotersey

        Hey, yes, I am in Poland now – I returned just about two weeks ago. I graduated from Edinburgh Uni and afterwards spent the last year and a half in Brighton in England but now I’m back in Torun. 🙂

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      2. Ula Avatar

        Toruń is a great city. I’ve only been there once but I really liked it. Oh, and congratulations on graduating. That’s a pretty big deal.

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