Exhale And Enjoy Life

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!

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.

July 3, 2014
by Cristina
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10 Ways To Relieve Stress Fast

You want to know how to relieve stress fast? Here are 10 easy ways for you to do it.

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.

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 together.

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!

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.

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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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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

June 26, 2013
by Cristina
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Keep Your Body Healthy And Enjoy Life

Keep your body healthy! It’s your home where you have to live in.

Today, people are so busy running from one place to another, having stressful days, sitting for hours at the desk, grabbing something to eat on their way and ignoring the most important thing. Health! Take care of your body every single day.

You have this body to live in for the rest of your life so you better keep it healthy. If you are healthy you can do everything you want. Think of it this way…imagine your body as a crystal ball. Once it has a scratch, a crack or it’s broken there’s no way back!

An unhealthy body has limited actions. Sure, our body is an amazing thing and can heal itself. Like a small injury.

But, if you don’t pay attention to that injury it may develop into a serious problem that your body won’t be able to heal by itself. And even if it does you may remain with problems for the rest of your life.

“God gave me a great body and it’s my duty to take care of my physical temple” – Jean-Claude Van Damme

This is one of my favorite quotes …and you know why? Because Van Damme is right. You have this body you live in and it’s up to you to take care of it. And exercising it’s a good way to do it.

Want to know how exercise can make you better, happier and healthier? Keep reading and you’ll find out.

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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!

Check out this article for more inspiration
How To Be Happy And Enjoy Life The Easy Way

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.