beauty, dream, experience, friends, happiness, inspiration, learning, motivation, music, pets, self help, Uncategorized, wellness

Back to school

September 1 is the day I have always been looking forward to as a kid and now as an adult. How come I am always a minority? My peers used to hate school and now seems like nothing has changed. Art school, music school, sports school… If I had three more lives I would have spend each one of them in a different school, oh well.

If every person we ever meet is a teacher than the learning curve will always be there. Sometimes our teachers are strangers on a bus or canine/feline friends of ours. For me my students are usually doing this job the best. The lesson I learned today is pick your dreams carefully, they might come true faster than you think. Make a list of all the things you want to do, see how many months / years you need to make it happen and than divide them into long-term and short-term ones. Act! Make it happen, friend 🙂

I need to learn to play the piano, I want to do it so much that I started daydreaming about it. I am making a list of all the songs I want to play, majority of them is rock ballads. I feel like I have to think of something else, something more optimistic in a major key. What a great skill some of us have! Sharing the music with others is like sharing the food. If I could play a song every day during my lunch break I would be the happiest person in the world.

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beauty, happiness, health, inspiration, self help, Uncategorized, wellness

Beauty will save the what?

Today I realized I am not getting any younger, surprise-surprise! But the good news is that I am not alone 😉 Looking for the ways of preserving beauty you will find a lot of sponsored links and life hacks which are not bad at all. I decided to take care of my nails and hair first, bought triple power multivitamins and a bunch of seasonal fruits. I read somewhere you need to soak feet and hands in water with sea salt if not going to the seaside any time soon which is the case for me. So I started doing that as well since I want to look young and fresh.

Now, what is beauty? It’s a gift that will wear off with time like anything else really. We worship it and will do anything to make it last. Plastic surgery, hair removal, silicon injections, you name it. I want to be good-looking but more than that I want to be happy, don’t you?

I keep wondering what people need for happiness, it is believed that you have to be gorgeous to be content with your social and personal life. I don’t quite agree with that, in fact, it often creates problems for folks we all look up to. I used to work with show biz stars and they do look awesome with or without makeup, although it’s hard to tell the level of happiness they experience in every day life.

Beauty is skin deep but it will save the world. I want to ask Dostoevsky how would it be possible but unfortunately he is not around any more. Like most of those beautiful people trying to save the world… Saving the world is a great mission, only Bruce Willis can do it. 😀 And by the way, he is not worried about his hair or nails.

inspiration, learning, motivation, self help, Uncategorized

Design your life

What makes up your day? Mine consists of so many little things that I can hardly keep all of them in mind. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which one is a game changer. Think about

  • Food and exercise
  • People you deal with
  • Music, books and movies
  • Social networks
  • Living conditions

To make your life better you need to grab the bull by the horns and be responsible for your own happiness. Give up your fears and start living the dream!

  1. Buy / make decent food, plan a week in advance
  2. Walk / run 30-40 minutes a day, do other fitness activities if you like
  3. Minimize time with irritating people, maximize positive exposure
  4. Be selective with the books / movies you enjoy, pick the inspirational ones
  5. Hide / unfollow negative posts / people online. Time yourself while in cyberspace
  6. Make your home comfy: clean, fix and declutter as much as you can
  7. Love what you get, get what you love

The process of designing your life can take longer than you think. I started 2-3 years ago, some changes are obvious and some are still in progress, I wish it could be done overnight but it’s a process.

inspiration, meditation, morning, motivation, self help, Uncategorized

Good morning!

How to make your day better? Start with a winner morning. I am pretty sure you have heard this before. Well, summer is here which is honestly a perfect timing for kicking off a new habit. Here is a few things I plan to do myself cause you never know… It might actually work 🙂

  1. Mind your head before minding your feet. It’s Buddhist advice which makes you look in the mirror, comb your hair, smile at yourself and put your thoughts together before you run somewhere doing something.
  2. Meditate / pray or just sit quietly practicing Zazen for 20-30 minutes. Stay away from watching TV or checking your social media accounts at this point.
  3. Drink water before you have coffee or anything else. Play some music if you like.
  4. Have breakfast outside or inside. If you are not hungry in the morning, try to eat half of your meal the previous night saving the other half for the next day. Light dinner will help you sleep better and be hungry  the next morning.
  5. Keep your diary. Look back on what went well on a previous day, what could be done better next time, note lessons learned, plan and prioritize.

If you can do at least three of those every morning you will feel like a champion. Add sports/yoga activities if you like. Be good to yourself, life is too short to skip the best part of your day. Good morning!

depression, experience, inspiration, self help, Uncategorized

How to cope

Yesterday at one of my art classes somebody asked me how to cope with depression. I looked at them going How did you know? Back in the days of college, oh my… I was so excited they asked me, so happy to help and so glad I am not there any more.

Just in case you were wondering how to cope with depression

  1. Eat. Seriously eat something real, not just doughnuts and ice-cream.
  2. Go outside, get some vitamin D while the sun is still shining. No gadgets, please.
  3. Ask for help. Don’t just suffer in silence. It can be a friend or a stranger, up to you.
  4. Engage yourself in art of drawing, cooking, singing, dancing or knitting.
  5. Find a Meetup group for something you always wanted to do but never got a chance to actually try.
  6. Write a letter or card to somebody who deserves it, an old friend or relative.
  7. Go to public library or city park to people/dog watch. It can be real fun!

Happiness is inside us but we do need contact with others to be our better selves.

I wish you the best of luck in your daily battles!

experience, inspiration

Love it

What do you do if inspiration doesn’t come when you need it most? Go to Google images looking for a nice pic or browse through the galleries of Santa Fe… all this sounds boring… really. You somehow have to feel it to be able to create. You know what I mean? Sometimes people show up to my classes looking for an unusual experience and motivation which is totally cool except that all these wonderful things are inside every one of us. The hardest thing though is to discover them.

If you can stop thinking of what others will think about you and just do what you feel is right, you will find happiness and inspiration. Even if your idea is the strangest thing you have ever considered, at least it might become a great learning experience for you. You never know unless you try. Love it, embrace it, live it…