beauty, experience, inspiration, mindfulness, Uncategorized

Gifts and reflections

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Last weekend I had a great time hanging out with my best friend, I think this is what you have to do on your 35th birthday. We were out and about: brunch with jazz and a little hike in park around the lake. The day was sunny and windy, I am so glad my mom decided to have me in March.

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International women’s day with first flowers and lots of optimism about the coming summer is always such a pleasure after a long winter cold. And yes, spring break is a wonderful gift for a teacher. Gifts are something you don’t expect anymore but really appreciate when they magically show up. I personally prefer giving to receiving presents because most of the time I make them myself. It’s this rare occasion when my creativity meets a real need, at least I want to believe that.

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It has become popular to give experiences like a massage or workshop in the art studio, I feel like it’s a great thing to do if you know another person’s tastes really well. I can still remember those unique birthdays gifts from years ago. Good memories can last forever, sometimes it seems like they make us who we are. They are the story behind the humble cover.

 

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inspiration, lifestyle, mindfulness, nature, travel, Uncategorized, wonderlust

South Park

There is a place in Colorado called South Park, I happened to be invited there over the weekend last December. My friends own a house with a fireplace in Fairplay. I know it sounds like too good to be true but who can complain when wonderful things happen out of the blue?

The nature there is something really unique, not only for skiers and snowboarders but also for hikers like me. The sound of silence is something we all miss living in a big city.

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The snow was beautifully scattered here and there, it wasn’t cold at all so we could enjoy the fresh air and magnificent views. The walk wasn’t either hard or long, perfect weather for an easy weekend hike. The rule of thumb for this one is never leave your phone at home so you could take all those pictures you never thought about.

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The little cabin in the mountains is something I always wanted to enjoy in the middle of winter. And it happened before I died, haha. Inspired by the peace and quiet we made some art and did yoga like never before. This style in painting is something I only did once and surprisingly it turned out not bad.

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Sunny Sunday morning and a bit of snow in the middle of nowhere is the recipe for happiness here and now. Or maybe there and then…

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!