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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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November 21, 2017
by Cristina
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Stop Letting Bad Habits Ruin Your Life

How do you stop bad habits? We all have them. Some less and some more. Some people have no idea what they are doing and why, while others know exactly what they are doing.

They know how bad it is for them but they choose to ignore it. So they keep on doing it every day for various reasons thinking nothing will happen, usually until it does!

A bad habit can be anything… drinking too much alcohol, overeating, smoking, not taking care of yourself, not washing your hands, grinding teeth, eating too many sweets, being rude with someone, always being late, gossip, watching too much TV, procrastinating, overthinking, lying, criticizing everything, spending too much money, gambling, playing to many computer games, not socializing, speeding, biting your nails…and the list goes on.

Some bad habits are not really that bad. They are more annoying than bad and you can overcome them easily while others can seriously damage your health and your life.

Habits form from different reasons and it doesn’t matter the age. Check out these reasons people give me when I ask them why they’re doing a certain thing:

 

because I think I really like it

– because it makes me feel in a certain way

– because everyone is doing it

– because it didn’t hurt me so far

– you only live once so why not?

– I don’t do it very often or go over the “limit”

– because I’m sure I can quit anytime I want

– because it’s not that bad

– you just can’t live without it

– you can’t function right without it

– because of my environment

– because someone I know did it an nothing bad happened

– because I’m too stressed out

– because I get bored

– you need to do it to feel accepted

– I had no idea it was that bad

– because it gives you a break from your everyday stress

– because it calms you down and makes you feel better

– all my colleagues are doing it

– they will make fun of me if I don’t do it

– it’s the only way I can sleep at night (Sleeping pills)

– someone told me to do it

 

Do any of these reasons feel familiar to you?

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October 10, 2017
by Cristina
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Effective Ways To Get Motivated In Life

It’s not always easy to get motivated in life. Sometimes you’re on top of everything and sometimes you’re lost!

I’m tired, I’m too busy, no time, no energy, it’s cloudy, it’s raining, I have no motivation… I kind of lost hope. There’s always a reason, an excuse! We’ve all been there.

We all get sidetracked from time to time and have a hard time getting back on track. So here are some simple, yet effective ways for you to get the motivation back.

Don’t Let Fear, Disappointment Or Failure Drag You Dawn

We all have ups and downs. The key here is not letting a setback drag you down or stop you from achieving your goals.

What are you afraid of? Figuring out what freaks you out can help you get things done. Most of the the things you’re scared of are actually not so scary, not real. It’s usually you thinking all kinds of stuff in your mind, overreacting, over analyzing.

Are you afraid you’ll fail? Look…we all fail. So what? That should not hold you back. Everyone fails but failure it’s not the end. Failure it’s actually a success. How so? Well you learn from it right?  That’s how you learn what works and what doesn’t.

Best Time Of The Day For You

Are you a morning person? Maybe you like afternoons or love staying up all night? Find out when you’re most productive and use that time to get things done.

You might be productive for different things at different times of the day. Whatever time it is, morning or night, find out when’s the best time for you and do it.

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August 29, 2017
by Cristina
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Healthy Habits To Improve Life And Be Happy

Add these healthy habits to improve life and be happy to your everyday routine and watch how your life gets better.

When it comes to improving our life we all want to know how but, how many are actually willing to put some effort in? Even a little can make a big difference.

It’s your choice how you want to spend your life so choose wisely!

Sleep

We live crazy stressful lives and our sleep is way behind. You’re busy all day long at home, at work, with kids, housework and everything that needs to be done that you wish you had more hours in a day. And you do this in a sleepy hazy mood all day that you can barely see or hear clearly and… you’re happy if you can get a few hours of sleep at night only to get up in the morning to do it all again.

Sleep deprivation has a huge impact on your health. You can’t function right.

Anxiety, stress, depression, your memory and attention are affected, weak and vulnerable immune system, gaining weight, fatigue and headaches are just a few examples of what lack of sleep can do to you.

Stop losing nights and make your sleep a priority!

Fruits And Vegetables Are Your Best Friends

Start incorporating them into your everyday meals. They are full of vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy. Supplements are ok but why not get those essential nutrients the healthy way? Naturally! Straight from the source.

Meditate For A Healthy Mind, Body And Soul

It’s a great way to calm your mind and escape from everyday stress. It helps you with anxiety, recharges your batteries, helps refocusing on your goals and makes you concentrate and sleep better.

Give yourself some quiet time. Do it anytime of the day you want. In the morning, afternoon or evening, 10 minutes, half an hour…take as much time as you need and just try it.

Exercise For A Healthy Life

The benefits of exercising are so many and so wonderful for your wellbeing.  From a strong heart, bones and muscles to a healthy mind and lifestyle. Check out how Exercise Can Make You Better, Happier And Healthier.

Take Short Breaks

We often get so busy during the day that we totally forget about us. Take for example when you’re sitting for a long time at your desk. How do you feel when you get up? Pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling, swelling…not so good right?

Take short breaks no matter what you’re doing. It will help you refresh your mind and body, concentrate better, and give you a new perspective over things.

Calming Morning And Evening Walks

Take a long walk in the morning to feel that fresh, cool air and energize yourself or a relaxing and calming evening walk while watching the sunset….perfect way to end the day.

Don’t Let One Bad Moment Ruin Your Day

Things happen. We all have ups and downs! Ask yourself if it’s really that important. Will it matter in a day or two? How about a week? No? Then why let it ruin your day?

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Smile And Laugh As Often As You Can. Don’t Take Things Too Seriously

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July 17, 2017
by Cristina
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How To Be Confident And Love Yourself

Learning how to love yourself and be confident it’s not an easy thing to do. But it’s a must if you want to live the happy life you desire. How can you expect to live a happy and fulfilling life if you’re not happy with yourself?

Sometimes the image you have of yourself it’s not actually true. It’s mostly made up by your limiting beliefs you gathered over the years.

If you’re looking to gain confidence and self esteem you first have to make peace with yourself.

You keep hearing and reading everywhere that you should love yourself but you have no idea how to start? Check out these tips for gaining more confidence, build self esteem and learning to LOVE YOURSELF!

Say I Love You!

You treat others with so much care and you do anything you can to make them happy. But what happens when it comes to you?

How come you treat others so nicely but you’re always hard with yourself? Learn to love, respect and appreciate yourself. Treating your body with love and care and always taking care of yourself should become a daily habit for you.

If you don’t love yourself how can you expect others to do it? How can you expect them to do something that you’re not doing?

Go in front of the mirror, take a good look at yourself. Take as much time as you need. Forgive yourself for any mistakes you’ve made and say “I love you”. YES to yourself!

Make Peace With Yourself

Some time ago I spoke with a friend who told me “I like how I think but I don’t like myself.” When I asked him “why don’t you like yourself?” He said “because of my weaknesses”.

He’s a great guy with a lot of potential but his attitude toward himself drag him down.

The most important thing you must do in life is to be happy with who you are. And happiness won’t come by hating yourself. Focusing on your weaknesses and letting them drag you down it’s not the way to go. You’ll only amplify them.

Learn To Love Your Body

Look… you have this body you live in. A body that keeps you alive every single day. Stop hurting yourself. We all have good parts and not so good ones. Learn to love both and work on improving every day. Work on what you can change!

So you want to lose weight? Well that weight won’t just vanish over night while you’re eating unhealthy food lying down on the couch. Get active!

Stop finding reasons not to do it and limiting yourself. Pick an activity you’d like and do it. Change your eating habits too.

Switch to a healthier lifestyle. Of course it’s much easier to find reasons not to do it, blame it on others, not make a change and continue to feel depressed and miserable but… it’s your choice how you want to spend your life.

You have to want it bad enough to really put some work in. It won’t happen over night. It will take some time but YOU CAN do it!

Be Yourself, The Real YOU!

Stop trying to be someone you’re not, trying to fit in what others think, want or need.  You are unique!

Every day, every moment you keep on searching for validation from others to be something you don’t even like, just to fit in. To feel accepted.

And all of these for people you might not even like and who won’t give a damn about you.

Let your true light sparkle and surround yourself with people who like you for who you really are. And yes! Those wonderful people do exist. But you won’t find them by wasting your time with the ones who drag you down.

Love Yourself

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May 30, 2017
by Cristina
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Find Inner Peace And Happiness With Photography

I love taking photos so much that it drives my friends crazy whenever we go out! But it gives me inner peace and happiness…something that we all need. People ask me why do I take so many pictures.

I just love capturing the beauty of a moment and frame it forever.

I love taking pictures of everything but mostly nature. But it’s not just a photo. Photography is an awesome activity that, not only helps you find peace and tranquility but also makes you live a better, healthier and meaningful life.

Here’s how 🙂

Photography Is An Awesome Way To Spend Your Free Time

Just grab a camera or your phone and start taking pictures. You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy the benefits of photography. Just do it for fun. And who knows… you might start loving it so much that you’ll take it as a full-time job.

Don’t be shy and don’t worry about people looking at your awkward photographer pose while taking pictures of a flower. Who knows what masterpiece you can create? Just explore. You never know where it might take you.

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April 24, 2017
by Cristina
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How To Always Be Positive and Happy

So you want to learn how to always be positive and happy in life? Let’s face it. It’s not always easy.

Thinking positive won’t keep problems away from you. But, don’t underestimate the power of positive thinking. A positive mindset, if you know how to use it, can be a great tool for improving your life.

Positive thinking it’s not about ignoring reality or the problems and situations in your life. Having a positive mind is actually more realistic than being negative. We often get in our own way by overthinking and complicating things. Soon you lose sight of what’s really important in life.

Problems will always be around, but it’s easier and healthier to deal with them in a positive and productive way. It doesn’t do you any good if you’ll just stay negative about something, constantly thinking bad stuff over and over again and making worst case scenarios.

You’ll end up feeling bad, depressed and unhappy. Definitely not good for your health!

If your thoughts are negative your view on life will also be negative. Problems come and go for everyone. But embracing all with a positive attitude will help you manage difficult situations better.

And not only that you’ll manage things better but, it will help you keep your focus on what’s really  important and not ruin your health stressing out so much.

Positive thinking it’s a mental attitude. It doesn’t grow over night, but with patience and exercise you can manage to face your problems and difficult situations in an optimistic way.

It will help you see the hidden opportunities. You will make better decisions. It will keep you on track and help you take positive actions toward you goals. Each difficult situation you go through can teach you and help you improve and evolve in life.

Focusing on good will always bring you more good into your life.

Listen, doing this thing it’s not going to be easy. Those negative thoughts will try to come out. Especially when going through difficult situations. But you and only you can decide how much you let a difficult situation drag you down. Learn to see the successful outcome of difficult situations. If you give it a chance, positive thinking can seriously change you life!

It will take some time. It won’t happen over night, but if you really want to improve the quality of your life check out my tips for bringing more positivity into your life.

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March 15, 2017
by Cristina
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Life Lessons Learned From Dancing

If you pay attention you receive life lessons every day. Every challenge and situation you go through can be a great teacher. Here are my 10 life lessons learned from dancing that will help you live a better and joyful life.

No Matter What You Do Always Be Yourself

Have you ever seen someone dancing so beautifully and being so expressive that it literally takes you into another world?

Dancing it’s a form of expressing and also a way of connecting your mind, body and soul. It requires confidence and trust in yourself.

In life, just like dancing be yourself! Let your true personality sparkle. Show that special something that only you have. Trust yourself and enjoy life to the fullest.

Embrace The New

Be open to whatever it’s new. To the wonderful opportunities each day gives you. Embrace life.

Open your mind to see things differently. Don’t settle. Live fully, love with all your heart and always believe in yourself.

Don’t Limit Yourself

Dancing it’s an art. It can be expressed in so many forms. Same in your everyday life. You don’t have to limit yourself. Know that in order to evolve you have to be open to the new and that it’s ok to be different.

Life has its own way of doing things and sometimes that might mean taking a different direction. You might see it as a failure but it’s actually life telling you it’s time for something different.

A new chapter, a new opportunity that it will take you closer to whatever your destiny might be.

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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!

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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