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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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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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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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How To Overcome The Fear Of Change And Improve Your Life

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could overcome your fear of change? And not only that you won’t be afraid of change anymore but, you’ll also use it 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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July 14, 2014
by Cristina
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Learn How To Let Go And Move On Easily

You know that feeling when it’s time to let go and move on but you just don’t want to? When instead of letting go you keep holding on to the past?

There comes a time when you realize that nothing is like it used to be and 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 the new situation, maybe you don’t like 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. And it’s OK. That’s how things work. They change, they evolve. Even you and your body change all the time. If you can change something, do it. If not, just let it go. Learn the lesson and move on.

Time goes by, things change, people change, life moves 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 that hold you back. Let go and move on.

Let Go And Move On

Stop living in the past and waste so much time thinking ” what if…”. 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.

Understand that the past can’t be changed, learn from it and find the strength to move on!

Life can be really amazing if only we could just try to see things a little different! Letting go and moving on can be the best thing for you. Don’t shut the door.

Embrace the new! Just be open to new opportunities, take a chance…it might be nothing, it might be something or it might be the ride of your life!

It’s not easy but time flies! 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 to each situation! 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.

March 26, 2014
by Cristina
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Be Yourself And Be Happy

Don’t you just get sick and tired of trying to fit in? It’s not hard to be yourself and be happy. It’s easier than you think.

Looking around I see so many people who are trying  so hard to be someone they’re not just to fit in! Have you lost yourself?

You’re 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. You just want to be happy.

And guess what? Only you have the power to make that happen.

I’ve always admired my dance teacher. When she enters the room, the way she walks, the way she looks and her attitude 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, she loves herself, she’s confident and shows all of these in everything she does.

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.

And this is the most important thing. By trying to look more confident some will try to copy and transform into another person. Why would you do that? Be yourself!

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.

Accept your mistakes. Nobody’s perfect, we all make mistakes 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.

Be Yourself

September 9, 2013
by Cristina
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How To Motivate People In 7 Simple Ways

How do you feel when you’re inspired and motivated? Great feeling right? How about YOU being that person who inspires and motivates people? How will that make you feel? Do you want to learn how to easily motivate people?

I hear these questions all the time “ But how can I do that? I’m just a normal person! Who will I inspire? Who will look at me? “ Well how about your family? Your friends. People around you. You can be a great model for your children. You can motivate them to become the best in what they do and live the life they dream of.

My friend’s daughter had to write an essay at school this year about a role model in her life. I wasn’t surprised to see so many children writing about their parents. How amazing is to hear your kid say “ My mom and dad are my role model in life. They support and encourage me to stand up for what I believe in and follow my dreams”

You can be an inspiration to everyone around you!

Be the one people look up to !

You can’t teach people things that you don’t do. Let me say it like this…you can’t make someone healthy as long as you’re sick! In order to inspire and motivate people around, you need to become what you say.

You can’t teach someone to think positive if you’re negative all that time can you?  People like and look up at those who are a lovely, fun and positive person to be around.

Say the right words

Words have an enormous impact on people lives. I had a boss a few years ago which had a very bad idea for motivating people. She used to say to us at every meeting  “ I want you to eat your liver for this project !”

In her mind she thought she’s motivating us to work hard for that project and do our best. But the words were awful! Every time I heard her say those words I was disgusted. And I was like “What? You want us to ruin our health for this project?! No way!”

Do you think we were motivated? Not a chance! It would have been more productive if instead of those bad words she would have said “I have faith in you so let’s finish this project and make our team the best !”

This way you show people you trust them to do the job. You make them feel they are part of a team and you motivate them! Who wouldn’t want to be in the best team? So choose your words carefully because they can make a lot of difference.

Positive environment

How do you feel when you’re in a creative and harmonious place? Creating that healthy environment is necessary.

At home, at work… you must have it. How about a motivating wall? I once was at this company and everywhere you looked you could see “ Think Positive” written in white on black paper.

Now, I do agree that white on black has a big impact in some cases but in this one was a negative one. How about “Think Positive”  with a bright, full of energy color and some cool images to get you in that positive mood? Or a funny but motivational image. It sure makes a difference. So at home or at office, for you, your family or for who ever you want, you can create a motivational space.

Challenge people

You can’t bring out the best in people by doing nothing right? Make people take action. Set goals and give awards if you can. Don’t lie, if you make a promise, keep it.  Would you trust someone who says something and does the opposite?

Be open and friendly

Listen what people have to say and treat them with respect. I’m not saying to be friends with everybody but don’t shut the door in the face if someone has a suggestion or wants to say something. Your kid, your friend, a coworker, one of your employees…listen what it has to say.

Think positive

Positive thinking doesn’t mean ignoring reality and problems. It’s just a better way of managing them in a healthier and productive way.

Attitude is everything

The way you react to situations in your life and the choices you make every day can have a big difference on your life.

Look, I know you hear this a lot but just think for a moment. A negative attitude can easily bring you down. Truth is… a great attitude is a skill you should work on every day. Attitude is an effective tool in reaching your goals. Don’t let negativity ruin your life.
The result of your actions is the way you react to them!

There are many ways to motivate and inspire others and I would love to hear your opinion on this subject so don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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

May 8, 2013
by Cristina
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Every Day Is An Opportunity To A Fresh Start. Never give up !

There are days when you just feel like giving up. Days when you feel like nothing is working right. Days when you can’t find a way, you get lost and lose hope that things will get better.

Days when the pain is so hard to take that you just can’t even stay on your feet. You just want to run away as far and as fast as you can or you feel you want to give up on everything. Don’t ! Don’t ever let go! Never give up!

You feel like you can’t do it anymore but you can! You didn’t come here  to give up! You came here to live and do something with your life.

Life is not always pink! It’s not easy and sometimes it’s not even fair!

Maybe it’s your stressful job, you worked so much but you have nothing in return. Maybe it’s your partner, your children, some kind of illness you are fighting with or you are suffering from the loss of someone dear. Or maybe you just want that hand to hold on.

There can be so much emotional pain in someone’s life that they feel overwhelmed and think of giving up.

Do you really want to give up? To be defeated and just throw everything away? Life is a gift given to you so you need to hold on to it!

There are people in this world who are living and enjoying life as much as they can. People who are happy and successful and you…YOU can be one of those people!

Life is short so don’t give up just because you are afraid to try. Don’t dwell on past failures. Learn from your past and your mistakes.

Sometimes there are moments when you are down and nobody notices. Some people are indifferent. Some don’t realize or care. Don’t think of them…you have all you need to move on.  With time you will find good friends who will stay by your side.

Each day is a chance!…an opportunity to a fresh start ! So pick yourself up because you didn’t come here to give up! You try, you fail, you try again! And when you hit bottom…the only way is UP! So stay strong and live your life to the fullest. Never give up!

Get out in the world, do what you love, screw up, try again, screw up again, don’t let go, don’t give up, try again and succeed! Live and love each and every moment of your life!

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