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!

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.

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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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

February 28, 2013
by Cristina
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The Sun Always Comes Up After The Storm

You know how the sun always comes up after the storm? That moment when the sky clears up and you get to see that clear blue sky.

When the atmosphere feels cleaner than ever and the sun shines? Same thing happens in our life. After the storm comes the sunshine. No matter how big the storm, it never lasts forever. So hang on!

It rained every day for three weeks. It was cold, dark, stormy and sunny days seemed so far away. But today, the sun is shining and it’s a wonderful sunny day with a gorgeous blue sky! What am I saying here? Well just something that we always forget.

Life it’s a lot like the weather.

There is rain, thunder and lightning in each person’s life. No matter how cloudy it gets, never lose hope! The storm won’t last forever! The sun will shine again and a better day will come your way.

Just like nature, life sometimes gives you rainy days, storms even tornadoes.

Sometimes we bring rainy days in our life through the bad decisions that we make and sometimes the rain just comes without us doing anything. But… after the storm always comes the sun.

Maybe there are just some usual rainy days in your life or maybe you’re going through a big storm that turns everything upside down, gets you depressed, you lose hope and you feel like giving up.

DON’T! Don’t ever give up! Remember there’s always sunshine after the storm.

Learn how to manage these rainy days and storms. What do they teach you? Is there something you need to learn from the storm in your life? Are things really as bad as you think?

Even if it rains and you can’t see the sun and everything looks hopeless, be patient and don’t give up. The sun will shine again!

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.

It can’t be dark and cloudy forever! The sun will shine again and just imagine what a gorgeous day it will be!

Live, love and enjoy each moment. Cloudy, rainy or sunny…it’s part of your life. Learn the lessons and move on.

September 24, 2012
by Cristina
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That Moment

Do you remember

  • That moment when you smile with every part of your body
  • When you just can’t take that smile off your face just because you feel so great!
  • When you remember a lovely moment from your childhood
  • When you feel happy and proud of what you accomplish
  • When you finally succeed
  • That moment when you watch the sunrise with a cup of tea in your hand thinking how great that day’s going to be?
  • When you’re just YOU! Doing things you like
  • That feeling when you walk barefoot through the grass full of dew on a lovely morning
  • That moment when you hear your favorite song while you’re walking on the street
  • When you see an old friend
  • When you’re playing with your kids
  • That moment when you’re playing with your pet
  • When after the storm the sun comes up
  • That moment when you fall in love
  • That moment when you’re holding his/her hand
  • That moment when you’re feeling larger than life and you’re having fun with your friends
  • That lovely moment when you’re doing something great and you’re thinking “I’ll remember this for the rest of my life!”

Today’s all about happy moments in your life. Make sure you have special moments in every day of your life!

live-the-moment

February 24, 2012
by Cristina
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Give yourself a day off

I love waking up in the morning breathing the fresh air, looking at the sunrise, planning the day and enjoying it.
Why do you need a day off?

Well…here are a few good reasons:

  • Get away from day to day activities
  • Get away from the stress of your job
  • Have some time just for you
  • Do something you love, something you like and enjoy
  • A day off gives you time to rest and it recharges your batteries
  • An opportunity to get away and meet new people, learn new things, and why not meet new opportunities
  • Spend time with your loved ones ( friends, family, pets…)
  • Relax
  • Do all the things you can’t do while you’re working
  • Come back feeling fresh and full of energy
  • Appreciate the good things around you
  • You deserve it !

(more…)

February 3, 2012
by Cristina
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How To Be Happy And Enjoy Life The Easy Way

What is your favorite way to enjoy life? What is happiness to you? Seriously… how happy are you? Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy life more and live a happier life?

Imagine what it would be like to have more quality time in your life, to be happy and to actually feel that you are living. To live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment of it.

Sadly, today…many people have a stressful life. They lose themselves in those day to day activities and forget to live. I look at people every day and they seem to be too busy to enjoy life. Always wanting more, wishing and dreaming but, always postponing. Does this sound like you?

Some people think that they need lots of money to be happy and some don’t even know how to be happy. They are always searching for happiness in the wrong places. They don’t pay attention to the simple things in life that make them happy.

Sure, happiness means different things for different people but, what if you could bring more joy into your life through some simple steps?

Have you ever seen those people living in the country side? Have you noticed how serene and peaceful they are? They might not have many things but they know how to enjoy the simple things in life. And you know what’s even crazy? Those simple things in life turn up to be the ones that we treasure the most.

To be happy and enjoy life is actually very easy so why not try?

Here are some simple ways for you to be happy and enjoy life

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Think positive

I’m sure you’ve heard this lots of times and you probably say it’s easier said than done. But why not try? You have nothing to lose. It’s much better to be positive about things and life in general then not to be.

Look at the bright side of things and maintain a positive attitude.

If you’re angry, upset and negative about life you will never see the good things passing by. See the good part in everything you do, concentrate on the solution and not the problem. Don’t let one bad moment ruin your whole day!

Surround yourself with happiness

Negative people in your life and situations can make you feel unhappy and down. They can ruin your mood and drain your energy.

Find and surround yourself with happy, positive people who lift you up. People who make you laugh, inspire you, care for you and brighten your day.

Simple things that make you happy

You don’t need big or expensive things to be happy. The simple things you do every day can fill your heart with so much joy. Like your child laugh, a walk in the park with your dog, taking dance lessons or going out with your friends.

Play with your kids. Make a snow man if it’s winter. Think you’re too old? Think again! Play with your pet. They always want to play and can bring you so much joy.

Why not visit new places, read a book ( it keeps your mind active ), join as a volunteer …it will make you feel great! Helping others and putting a smile on their face can fill your heart with so much joy.

Learn something new

Don’t limit yourself…learn new things all the time. Is there something you always wanted to learn? Something you like? Like for example gardening. Plants and flowers can bring you so much joy! How about some dance lessons? Not only that you’ll learn new moves and improve your dancing but you’ll also make new friends.

Give yourself a break!

Go away from all that’s stressful in your life. It’s ok to take a break once in a while. Take some time…just for you. Relax, listen some great music, see a sunrise or a sunset and smile! Spend time with people you love and do things that you enjoy. Give yourself a few moments of peace and tranquility every day.

Do what you love

OK, I know what you’re thinking. But, believe it or not…it’s true. If you can do in life what you like then, you’ll be happy. If you don’t like something don’t do it!

I know it’s hard and sometimes you have to do things that you don’t like. If this is your case, try to find something that you like in what you do. At least until you’ll be able to do what you like.

For example if you don’t like your job but you like your colleagues concentrate on this part till you find a better job.

Here is a thing you can do …ask yourself what do you like to do. What makes your heart happy and puts a big smile on your face? Make a list and try to do those things.

What you do every day matters! It can make you happy or unhappy. It’s your choice how it’s going to be.

Stop postponing your happiness. Stop waiting for the perfect day, perfect moment, perfect dress, car, money, house, for summer, for someone else to make you happy. Learn to live in the moment. Start using these simple ways to enjoy life and be happy right now. Focus on the present moment and live life to the fullest.

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”  – Frederick Koenig