Exhale And Enjoy Life

January 16, 2017
by Cristina
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Best Valentine’s Day Gift Is Your Time

Valentine’s Day is coming in and fast! February 14 is just around the corner. Of course you don’t need a certain day to show your partner how much you love them. But, view it this way…how many of you are sooo busy and stressed out with your every day life that, you not only forget about your own person but, you ignore or postpone the ones you should always make time for?

If you’re someone who always finds time for you and your love ones you’re AWESOME! But, if you find yourself having trouble about what to do on Valentine’s Day, it’s OK! Here are some great and easy Valentine’s Day ideas for you, to celebrate a wonderful day and make your partner feel on top of the world!

Time

We live in such a fast life these days that we rarely find time for the people we love and enjoy spending time with. We’re always in a rush! The best gift for Valentine’s Day that you can give is your TIME! Give your time to the one you love as much as you can.

Everything in the comfort of your home!

Everyone’s usually going out for a romantic dinner but, this also means lots of people, crowded places and… a lot of noise. So why not move that romantic dinner at home?

If you’re not into those romantic stuff, get creative and find some fun things you can do together. Something you’ll both enjoy. Cook together, dance, play games! Throw a party for the two of you! Valentine’s Day cookies and cakes, don’t forget the wine or champagne! Watch your favorite movies together, cuddle and stay in each other’s arms.

Handmade gifts

A unique Valentine’s Day gift. Something made with love. Try a special photo album, more like a book with you two. A collage of favorite moments together, with some hand writings and drawings. If you make a collage you can put it on the wall. Make a heart shape collage with the most wonderful and happy moments of you two! If you’re seeing someone new find out what he/she likes.

It doesn’t cost you much. All you need is a printer, paper, glue and colors. Be creative and different. Make a scrapbook of you two!

Make a short movie

Or a long one if you want. Like from the first day you two met.  If you don’t have any videos about you two try to make one with pictures.

Same stuff, different day?

Get out of your normal routine, do something different. Get outside! Try something different, something you never did before. Surprise your partner with something new.

Go skating. Go dancing. Go painting! How about a photo shoot of you two? Go stargazing. How about diving? Buy some tickets to a show you think your partner will enjoy and have fun.

Matching jewelry

How cute is this? You can find so many models and you can even create one if you want.

A relaxing day at the spa

Taking care of yourselves and enjoying a day of rejuvenating. You’ll feel like new! Make him, her feel on top of the world. You’ll look younger, feel refreshed and full of life.

No money for spa? That’s ok. Re-spark that fire with a spa at home! Bubble bath, candles, wine, champagne, flowers… whatever you both enjoy. Don’t forget the music!

Escape to paradise

If money’s not a problem for you, plan a magical gateway for the two of you. Somewhere you’ll both love and enjoy spending time! Far away from the craziness and everyday stress! Just the two of you.

Valentine’s Day cookies with a lot of love

Instead of buying, try to make them yourself, put lots of love in them. You can find plenty of recipes online. Just pick an easy one you can do and surprise your partner. But do have a backup plan in case your baking skills fail 🙂

Flowers

Who doesn’t love them? They are always welcomed and a beautiful and romantic Valentine’s Day gift.

14 things I love about you

Ok this one sounds easy but you might be amazed how hard it is for some people to say these things! Make a list with 14 things you love about your partner…make it as a gift. An easy, awesome and cheap Valentine’s Day gift but, priceless! And hey…don’t limit to 14. If you can write more than 14 please DO!

A box of ideas

Write some notes with ideas or things you’d love to do, ask you lover to do the same, put them in a box and both of you extract as many as you like. And do those things!

Go where you first met or where you had your first date!

Write a song or a poem

You can even write a love letter if you want! And you can put it in a mail box! But, do make sure he/she receives it.

No matter how you choose to spend Valentine’s Day, don’t put too much pressure on yourself and remember that you don’t need a certain day to show your love. Just spend time with the one you love and have fun.

If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, don’t be sad! I’m sure you have some single friends. Call them and organize something together and just have some fun. Instead of worrying and feeling sad that you don’t have a partner for Valentine’s Day, reach out to the people in your life and touch them with your love, care and compassion. Brighten their day up! Make it a day well spent with your friends, your family or simply enjoy it all by yourself.

Cherish the time you spend with your lover, friends and family and have an amazing day!

December 5, 2016
by Cristina
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How To Spend Christmas Alone And Be Happy

Alone on Christmas Day? There could be many reasons why you’re spending Christmas alone and no matter what reason you have I know one thing. Being alone on Christmas can be really frustrating. Seeing others really enjoying Christmas with the family, friends and love ones can easily get you depressed.

You are not alone! This time of year can be difficult for so many people. You’re not the only one who’s alone on Christmas Day.

Listen, spending Christmas alone it’s not easy! Sometimes, even if you’re not that lonely, things can be so overwhelming that you just can’t hold your tears any more. So let them go. Let it all out. It’s OK!  Believe it or not it will make you feel better.

But, here’s the thing…feeling lonely, wallowing in sadness and freaking out about those Christmas Days won’t make them any better. Come on, you’re smart enough to know it won’t change things.

Want to know who can change things? Here it is… YOU! Instead of crying out and being sad because you feel lonely why not make it a goal to make it different this year. Set a goal of making the best of that wonderful Christmas Day.

Make it a challenge to have a magnificent Christmas Day and be happy even if you’re alone! And here’s how you can do it:

 

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Volunteer

When I was in high school, one of out teacher asked us to bring whatever we could ( toys, money, clothes ) for an orphanage in our town. We went with our teacher to that orphanage.

The smallest child at that orphanage was only a few months old, just a baby. When I saw that baby I realised that even if our gesture was small, that small gesture made a big difference for those kids that day. They were all so happy to see us.

There are plenty of ways you could help. Putting a smile on someone’s face on Christmas Day will make you feel awesome! Your effort, no matter how small, won’t be a waste of time.

Reach out to people who need you and offer your help.

Some churches organize different events for lonely or homeless people. Whether you’re religious or not, offer your help, you’ll feel great being part of a team, helping people and brighten their day.

Volunteer to foster animals

Those lovely souls need so much love and care and you’ll bring them so much joy by giving them a home and taking care of them. And guess what? They’re alone and just like you, would love to spend time with someone dear. Your love and care could save that little soul.

Open your heart and your home for a dog or a cat or…whatever animal you like. You might end up loving it so much that you’ll adopt it! You’ll make such a big difference in that animal’s life!  Just make sure you do some research before to know exactly what fostering an animal means.

Most organizations provide free training programs and enough resources for you to be able to care for whatever animal you’ll choose. You’ll learn new things, have great memories, meet new people, make new friends and help animals have a chance to a life…a happy life!

Adopt a pet

Want a wonderful present for life? It will not only brighten your Christmas Day but your whole life. There are so many beautiful souls that would love to have a home. Your lonely days will be gone and you’ll have a true friend for life who will enrich your life in ways you never thought were possible.

Give your time, love and care and in return you’ll receive unconditional love, true friendship and lots of happy days! Just imagine that puppy, dog, kitten, parrot or whatever animal you like greeting you happily when you come home!

A Christmas vacation just for YOU!

If you have some money in your pocket you could go on a Christmas vacation. There are so many to choose from. Pick the one you’ll like the most and have fun!

There are so many events during Christmas so why not go? Concerts, Christmas fairs, parties.

Even better if you live somewhere near the mountains or the sea, ocean…you won’t have to spend too much. A lot of people go to the mountains to spend Christmas. Some cities organize city lights tours.

You’ll have plenty of things to photograph, a panoramic view of the city under Christmas lights, the snow, the Christmas trees, meet new people, drink hot wine with cinnamon, sing songs, maybe make new friends and…you’ll have fun !

A vacation at home

If you can’t go on a vacation, have one home. Give yourself a new look! Something fresh and new will boost your mood. Just do whatever makes you happy! Spend a quiet day at home enjoying whatever you like. Or…have a party all for you. All your favorite food and drinks just for you. Don’t forget your favorite cake! ( But don’t overdo it ! Keep your heath in mind ).

Watch funny movies all day. Put your favorite music on and just enjoy the day! Do whatever makes you happy.

Decorate the house and make it as wonderful as you can!

Buy some presents for yourself and put them under your Christmas tree. If you have any pets, buy presents for them too! Just imagine how happy they will be.

Make a photo album of the year with your best and happiest moments!

Christmas cards

Send Christmas cards to people you know or simply call them to wish happy holidays. Some of those people could send you an invitation to spend Christmas with them.

Make new friends

On Christmas Day there are many organizations that offer Christmas dinner for who ever wants to come. So why not go and have a lovely time meeting new people and making new friends. Some even give free meals and presents! You could help organizing and taking part of everything or simply go and enjoy. Whatever makes you happy.

Explore the stores

Go shopping and get yourself something nice. Even if it’s just a small thing…do it! Some malls and stores even fairs are open on Christmas Day. They also organize different events so you’ll have a great time.

Go to a concert

There are so many during Christmas Days…find one that you like and enjoy it.

A party at work

Not everyone it’s free on Christmas Day…lots of people are working. I know this might sound sad but instead of staying all alone home, being with your co-workers might be what you need. Bring some food and drinks and party at work. Obviously you won’t work like a normal day. You might end up having a fantastic day!

No matter how you choose to spend your Christmas, focus on making your winter holidays as wonderful as you can. Just keep in mind that you’re not alone. You can always offer your help and share the joy with others.

 

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas!

 

P.S. If you have any other tips to share, just write them in the comment section below. You never know…it might help someone!

September 6, 2016
by Cristina
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10 Great Ideas For A Fantastic Autumn

Looking for some fun autumn activities? Each season has its own beauty. So why not enjoy it? Here are 10 great ideas for a fantastic autumn season.

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Go For Long Walks

Long walks during the autumn season are such a lovely thing to do. Everything changes and you get to see it. Beautiful views, spectacular, colorful trees, flowers and grass. The cool chilly autumn air and the golden sunlight.

A simple walk will distress you, relax you and overall make you feel great. A walk in the morning through the grass full of dew can be such a refreshing experience. Take a friend, your family, your dog and enjoy the walk.

Paint

With autumn here and all those gorgeous colors you’ll find plenty of inspiration and lovely things to paint. Paint a house, a tree, the leaves, a forest, whatever you like. Paint alone or with someone dear. If you have kids even better. They will love it!

It will relax you, help you take your mind off your problems and it’s a great way to spend some time with yourself or with the ones you love. Get creative, grab some colorful leaves and make something with them. You can even frame it and put it on the wall.

Fall Festivals

Grab some friends or simply take your family to a festival. There are so many during autumn season and so beautiful. You’ll have fun, good food, music and drinks. Just enjoy your time and have fun.

Barbecue Evenings With The Family

Why not invite all your family or friends to a barbecue? Or anyone dear to you who you love spending time with. We often get lost in our day to day activities that we forget to spend time with the people we love and simply live!

So get them all together and have some great time.

Wine Tasting

C’mon…who would not like this? Or even better help making the wine. You can even buy grapes and do it yourself!

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May 30, 2016
by Cristina
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Change Freaks You Out? Use It To Your Advantage

Scared of change? What if you could overcome your fear of change and use the challenges you go through to improve your life? Sounds good? Yes? Then let’s see how you can do it.

Has it ever happened to you to wake up one day and realize your whole world is upside down? In a second your life can change. Just like that. Even a small change can make you feel uncomfortable.

Soon, anxiety and worries jump in. You keep on thinking that if you wouldn’t have taken that decision, that road, that bus, that call, that maybe things would be different, that if…
Thing is… it happened. Dwelling on it won’t change much.

Maybe it was a result of your past actions and it was predictable or it just happened. Unexpectedly! You had no control over it.

So how do you deal with it?

You freak out, get angry, sad, depression soon takes over and you find yourself stuck in that mood. Going through a change in your life can be overwhelming, stressful and hard to accept.

You have a choice in life, you can control your actions and reactions to different things and situations. Our attitude towards problems and difficult situations it’s extremely important because it defines our future.

Change is normal even if you may not want it or like it. Everything changes, the world, nature, technology, you… nothing stays the same. You change over the years, your body, your life, your hopes and dreams, even your mood changes throughout the day.

When something happens that requires us to accept a change we find ourselves having a hard time realizing what happened, why it happened and overcoming that situation.

The cool thing is that you can use change to evolve and improve your life. Here’s how:

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January 4, 2016
by Cristina
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You Choose The First Monday Of The Year !

What a great day and  time it is! It’s snowing so much that I can’t wait to post this and go out and enjoy the snow! Just like those children making angels in the fresh snow 🙂

I was thinking how different this day can be.

  1. For some people it might be the worst day…finishing the party and vacation, going back to work for another year. All those colleagues, the bad boss and crazy stuff, the stress, the work, the unhappiness, the struggle, the empty space, the old 9 to 17 or the new 24/7/365 , the not living life, the not knowing what the heck you’re doing ! The missing out ! The not knowing where you’re going. The not having a chance and just suck it up and deal with it. And in the end blaming all on the day of Monday.

Then, there are people who live the Monday in a different way.

  1. Some are still on a longer vacation and then they’ll go back to no 1. As soon as the vacation is over but still, something will be different for some …just because they had this longer vacation time. They had some time to  think. To see what is really important. And maybe, just maybe… they’ll make a change.
  1. The ones for who the vacation is NEVER over !!! The ones that live to the fullest, having fun no matter what they do, doing things they like and enjoy, that makes them alive and happy, getting the satisfaction they need, having the motivation and courage to pursue their life purpose and their dreams ! Do you think these people hate Mondays? Neahhh… They love Mondays !

 

Stop blaming it on Mondays. Monday it’s just a day. And it’s all up to you of how great the Monday can be !

 

Here’s to an amazing year ! Of making dreams come true, of doing only and solely what you want, like and love. Of touching the untouchable !

Have a wonderful year !

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January 1, 2015
by Cristina
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You Want It? It’s All Up To You

It’s January the 1 of 2015 and right now you’re probably recovering after all that party ! Good. I’m probably doing the same thing. But you can’t really help thinking about 2015 can you? You did this in the last days of 2014 too…you know those thoughts about what you did in 2014 and how is 2015 going to be?

Things you want to do? All those hopes and dreams you wish they will come true? Whether it’s achieving something you want, making changes you’re afraid of, getting in the best shape of your life or starting your own business, you can’t really help not thinking about them.

Well the question  you should be asking yourself it’s not  “will it happen?”, the right question is “are you ready to put the effort needed to achieve it?” We all want so many things but become so lazy when we have to work for them. So you postpone it ….sometimes forever. The thing is no one will come and do things for you.

Procrastinating won’t get you results. You need to do it. It’s simple. If you want to achieve something…work for it. You choose how your 2015 it’s going to be and how much you will accomplish.

It’s all up to you. If you don’t take action, sitting and dreaming won’t get you very far. Yes it’s ok to dream, it’s actually great to have dreams but they won’t  turn to reality if you don’t put a little effort. If you want to have that great body in 2015 don’t just sit and wish…go work for it.  Stick with it , workout out every week and eat healthy and you will see results. Whatever dream you have…seriously work for it!

Yes it’s not easy, if it were easy, everyone would do it. There will be bumps on the road, there will be people trying to drag you down, people who will think you’re insane and  try to make you change your mind, or think you won’t make it  but… where will you be and what will you accomplish if you listen to all those people trying to drag you down? Certainly not what you wish!

Think about it. So how bad do you want it? Are you ready to reach your goals? If so…well you have 365 days to make them real.

July 14, 2014
by Cristina
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Life’s Too Short ! It’s Time To Move On

There comes a time when you realize that nothing is like it used to be.

Time goes by and things change, people change but, even though you know deep inside that things will never be the same again…instead of moving on, you hold on to those things like crazy.

You don’t want things to change, it scares you because you’re not used to it and it feels safe where you are. But here’s the thing… some things will never be the same no matter how hard you try and how much you hope and wish for them to stay the same or go back to the way they used to be.

It’s not your fault, it’s just life. Things change, people move on and there is nothing you can do about it. You need to understand that there are things you can’t control in life. You need to detach emotionally from all those things. Let go and move on.

Stop living in the past. If everything around you moved on why are you still there? Holding on to things that don’t exist anymore it’s not the way to live.

It’s not easy but life’s short! What are you going to do about it? Sit in a corner, stuck in the past and all alone wishing and hoping while life goes by? Or move on to the life you deserve to live? It’s all up to you!

You can’t control everything in your life but you can choose the way you react! And each choice you make shapes your life.
Learn from your past! Be thankful for everything in your life. Cherish the wonderful memories, forgive if you need to and move on.

Take this day, take this moment, feel it, live it! It will never come back. Enjoy each and every moment of your life.

July 3, 2014
by Cristina
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10 Ways to Reduce Stress And Enjoy Life More

Reduce stress and enjoy life more? Here are 10 simple and effective ways to help you relieve stress !

1. Music

Go in your room, shut the door and turn up the music! What kind of music? Well many recommend calm music but I say play whatever music works for you. Really…just listen to anything you like… pop, rock, house, classic, nature sounds…if it makes you feel better. One thing that goes great for me with music is housework or gardening . It makes me focus on other things and relax.

2. Friends

A friendly voice makes wonders when you really need to 🙂 2 friends even better. Talk, go out,  have some fun or just stay home and watch a film.

3. You

Yes you! Let me say that again… YOU! You are the only person who has the real power. You are what you think. You know all those moments when your mind won’t shut up? All those bad thoughts keep coming and driving you crazy? You have the power to stop it! Focus your mind on something else, it doesn’t matter what just do it! It will take your mind off the problem. And this is very important…each time the thought comes back to your mind…ignore it. Don’t think about it!

4. Learn to let go and move on 

Ask yourself if there it’s something you can do about it. Will that matter in 1 week, 1 month? 1 year? If it doesn’t depend on you, don’t worry about it. Accept things you can’t change. Some things just are the way they are.

5. Solve problems.

Identify those things that stresses you out and eliminate them ! Think about the solutions and not the problems. Don’t amplify. Most of the time things are more simple than we think.

6. Breath

Just stop from what you’re doing and focus your attention on breathing. Ignore and block everything around you that may disturb you. Do that for a few minutes. It will help you relax and clear your mind.

7. Children and Pets

Go and play with your children. Not only will that help you but your children will be happy you spend some time with them. Be spontaneous and let your inner child be free for a while. Don’t have children? Play with your pet. Each time I see my dogs so happy running towards me and jumping I instantly feel better. They are wonderful and faithful friends close to my heart and they always put a big smile on my face.

8. Workout

Why not transform all that bad energy into something positive? Good for the body and good for the mind 🙂 If working out it’s not your thing how about a relaxing massage ? It will loosen up your muscles, relieve tension and improve your mood.

9. Go for a walk

It’s one of the things I love to do. Go alone, with a friend or your pet. A simple walk can help you calm down, free your mind and bring back the good energy.

10. Laugh

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June 24, 2014
by Cristina
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Treasure The People Who Care About You. Nobody Is Here Forever

Isn’t it funny when sometimes you think of someone or you really miss that person and the same day somehow that person calls you or you coincidentally meet? How seeing that person or hearing his/her voice can make everything look better? You’re instantly happier and everything gets easier.

Always treasure people who care about you and who will stay by your side no matter what happens good or bad ! Those are people who really love you, people who you really have a connection with and deserve to be in your life.
For those who have such a wonderful person in their life…treasure them, tell them how much they mean to you and do the same for them.
For those who don’t have… I wish you all to find that person who will encourage and support you, the person you can rely on when you need to, who won’t judge what you do and will respect and believe in you.

March 26, 2014
by Cristina
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Stay true to yourself

Are you sick and tired of trying to fit in? Looking around I see many people who are trying  so hard to be someone they’re not just to fit in!

You’re walking shy and looking down like you’ve lost your hope but what you really want to do is walk like the whole world is yours and you’re in control.
And only you have the power to make that happen.

Accept your mistakes. Nobody’s perfect and today is a new day! Perfect for a fresh start.

Focus on positive things and move on. And most important… don’t let anyone define you.

Surround yourself with the right people and dismiss the ones who try to limit you. Don’t let criticisms bring you down. It’s your life, your destiny. Take control of your life and spend it the way you want not how others tell you.

I’ve always admired my dance teacher. When she enters the room she doesn’t have to say anything but the way she walks and looks instantly makes everyone look at her. When she smiles and starts talking the atmosphere in the room gets so positive and full of life.

What’s her secret? …well she’s just being herself. She loves what she’s doing and it shows in everything she does. And this is the most important thing. By trying to look more confident some will try to copy and transform into another person.

You know what people say? that attitude is everything? Well they are right. And this includes posture. The way you walk, the way you talk and pretty much every gesture you do… body language.

Having a great attitude and being confident doesn’t mean transforming in something you are not. You don’t just press the confidence button when you need it.

Fake it till you make it works most of the times but if it makes you someone you’re not… it’s not ok. It’s like wearing some clothes you don’t feel good in, but you wear them because you think they will make you look better in the eyes of other people.

You are unique! Stand up tall, stay true to yourself. Be spontaneous do what you love and enjoy every day. If you’re feeling happy with who you really are people will see that.