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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!

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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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May 3, 2016
by Cristina
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Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams ! Better Late Than Never

I saw this lovely daffodil standing alone in the garden and I just had to take a picture 🙂
And it got me thinking there is a lot to learn from this gorgeous flower.

Look how beautifully it stands in all that green! Never give up and never lose hope. You may bloom later than others but later doesn’t mean never. Stay true and believe in your dreams. The road might be bumpy and slow but keep going…you can make it!

February 17, 2016
by Cristina
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Lights On Purple Sky

Nature is such an amazing thing…and sunrises and sunsets are some of my favorite moments. Each sunrise and sunset has its uniqueness, something different, something warm, something wild, new, bold and spectacular.

Something that… as simple as it might be it mesmerizes me every time.

Stop and make sure you’re reserving yourself some good time every single day. Wonderful things are happening around you all the time.

Give yourself a chance to notice them…and let them enrich your life in ways you never knew they exist! Treasure each and every moment of your life …you’ll never live the same moment twice!

January 26, 2016
by Cristina
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Hold On ! Storm won’t last forever

That moment when the sky clears up after the storm and you get to see that clear blue sky. When the atmosphere feels cleaner than ever and the sun shines.

Never give up no matter what hard times come to you. Hold on ! Storm won’t last forever. Instead of fighting it…learn from it. Let it shape you and make you stronger.

January 14, 2016
by Cristina
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Take A Moment Just For You

When was the last time you stopped for a moment from all that everyday craziness ? Just to sit on a bench in the park? Doing nothing but admiring and enjoying everything around you.

Like the morning sun peeking through the trees or to listen the birds singing. Take a moment today to just LIVE. Free your mind and feel the sunshine on your skin.

Look what I stopped to admire 🙂

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

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 2016 !

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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.

December 10, 2014
by Cristina
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Where’s The Sun?

It’s been more than a month since I last saw the sun. Everybody keeps talking lately everywhere I go about this. Some say it’s the longest period in the last 30 years without seeing the sun. It’s all dark, cold, cloudy and rainy. It looks like evening in the middle of the day.

And it’s true that this can affect your mood, your energy, some get depressed and feel tired, sad and lonely. The lack of sun can also seriously affect your health. The sun gives us energy and a feeling of joy and wellbeing.

I asked a friend a few days ago what’s her favorite season…she said ” my favorite season it’s when it rains a lot because I love the rain”.  Some people love the sun and all it brings and some love the rain.

We’re all different but… keep in mind and never forget that whatever the weather may be, the sun is still there.

You can’t always see the sun, the moon or the stars but, you know they are always there. And the bad weather won’t last forever! Soon, sunny days will come. The same happens in our everyday life…no matter how bad it gets, keep your head up, don’t stop and never give up. Brighter days will come !

Trust that somehow things will work out. Life’s too short to worry about little things.
It can’t be dark and cloudy forever ! The sun will shine again and just imagine what a gorgeous day will be ! 🙂

Live, love and enjoy each moment, cloudy, rainy or sunny…it’s part of your life.

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo