What “happiness” means to you? For me, it’s in the small things that makes me smile. One of those things is running outside when it’s raining. 🙂 So I made this today …
My life had been a roller coaster lately (just work, it’s nothing tragical) but I am a mess. My smile vanished, I feel tired all the time, I don’t have the energy to get up in the morning … and I know one thing – this is not me! I am an optimistic person with curiosity of a child and I love to live! Adventure is always around the corner. So, I had to do something about it.
I put my phone away
Technology is a complicated thing – it helps us on one hand, but enslaves us on the other hand. We have Wi-Fi connections almost everywhere – work, home … And I have that thing turned on all the time! “What if I get an important e-mail? It’s about work, I have to look at this now because it’s important! No, I can’t play cards right now, I’m reading something for work.” Sounds familiar? Well, turn off that WiFi, It can wait. If you are with your loved ones, be with them! One email really CAN wait. If it would be an emergency, they would call, right?
2. If I’m sick, I’m not going to work
I’m one of those who don’t stay at home just like that – even I feel sick, I took a pill and get my ass to work. Sure, everyone is asking what’s wrong with me and I am useless there! Last time I did that was in november 2016 and at the end I got pneumonia. Than, I had to stay at home for 14 days… So I made a decision – when I’ll feel really bad, I’ll stay at home. It’s hard because world doesn’t except it sometimes, but my own health should be on a first place.
3. I get into – sports
I try to make the time for that. When I am stressed, I feel tired all the time. But I kick my ass out there – walk, do yoga, run, cycle, go nuts with my roller blades, jump, whatever. Just do something that keeps your body busy and your mind calm – or just so determined you are thinking only about the mucle work.
4. I am learning how to say “NO”
I am kind of person that would do anything for others and sometimes it happens that I am all worn out from other people’s problems because I listen to them, talk to them in the middle of the night and forget about me completely. I’m always giving someone something and it’s tiring. Sure, if someone is really in some bad situation I will always help but sometimes we should say NO to the grumpy ones that have the same problems as we do – it’s not normal that someone is waking you up just because his boss yelled at him today. I mean, really? And learn to say NO if you don’t have time to do some extra work. I always say yes – I have time. Why? Because I never wrote “me time” or “relax time” in my planner. I’m still working on that one, but it’s a progress. 🙂
4. I meditate – in my own way.
Well, I read a few books about meditation and it really sounds great. But I didn’t get far with “real” meditation for now. I don’t meditate for an hour or more, I don’t levitate and I don’t have any spiritual visions or something. But I think that meditation is everything that calms the mind, bring us some peace in quiet in our head. My meditation is a long warm shower in winter, the end of yoga practice in shavasana, sitting in silence for a moment and notice my breath and body or drinking my cup of tea without doing anything else at the moment. What are your types of meditation? 🙂
5. I do something that makes my soul happy
That is the best motivation ever! Paint, photograph, go out, sing, dance, get creative, read books or motivational quotes … What is your thing?
It’s not easy to de-stress in those times. In the past, I realized I was stressed just in case I got sick of it. And then it was too late. Now, I’m thinking about it earlier. It is not great yet, but hey, I’m making some progress! I’m working on my stress relief systems earlier. If you know some other ways to de- stress I will be happy to hear about it! 🙂
It’s ordinary wednesday and my work day wasn’t so good. My last two weeekends was filled with tons of work so today i really feel … wanderlust! I found this amazing book in the library the other day and we (my boyfriend… and a cat ofcourse 😂) have this evening planned just for a daydream about travel. This book is full of great ideas! It’s like bucket list you don’t have to wright.😊 I recommend it to all travelers, adventurers and explorers! It’s called 1000 places to see before you die- Patricia Schults.
I travelled a bit before, but I was younger and it was with my family or I made some touristic trips with my friends. So, Madagascar was the first »responsible« travel for me. I was a co-leader of a 10 people group and we went there to work with kids. In Slovenia, we have that amazing program of international volunteering, it is called POTA. Random people gather together to do something good in the summer, prepare for the journey for 6 months before (working on communication, relationships in the group, good values, researching and gathering money with charity events for those in need; in our case Madagascar people). So our journey began in January 2014. We flew to Madagascar in July 2014 and we spent 5 amazing weeks there. I was finishing college (preschool education) and I had to write a diploma. I combined the volunteering and work, so beside working with kids I was doing a small reasearch on Malagasy educational values and practices.
I REALLY recommend you to volunteer. Anywhere. Anyhow. Why?
- It broadens your mind.
- You develop a sense of empathy.
- You don’t complain about unimportant stuff anymore. You change your priorities.
- You get a new meaning of happiness. It’s not about the things you own, it’s about beauty you see in the world. Malagasy people have nothing (talking about material welfare), but they are happy; they are dancing, singing, laughing every time they can. They know that being alive is a gift. We often forget that.
- You realize some things about your life – it is actually luxurious.
And the most important – you become GRATEFUL for everything!
- Hungry? Look at those people who eat once a day if they are lucky. How can I say i am hungry if i had a meal two hours ago?
- Warm water to shower? Shower? It is something that they don’t have.
- Shoes? Nope, you can walk barefoot; in forest, on rocks, everywhere.
- Washing machine? Nope, you have to wash your clothes in the river and be careful that the crocodile doesn’t have you for lunch. They have a saying: »Mamba noana ka tsy tam-panafody.« – There is no cure or potion to protect you from a hungry crocodile.
- Various food? No, just rice or manioc. And just in case you are lucky.
- Clean and warm home? Nope, there are malarial mosquitoes and rats everywhere.
- Hospital with cooked meals and proper disinfection? Ambulance car to drive you? Nope. Just a house with no disinfection, with your own family living and cooking on the floor next to you.
- Pharmacy with variety of pills? Nope, nothing. Maybe a local doctor a few kilometers away with one box of painkillers, that’s all.
- Vaccine? None, you can easily get hepatitis A, B or C and die from it. Malaria, Tifus, tetanus … When we were in village called “Befutaka” (it means a lot of mud, by the way :)) there was a girl who died of hepatitis B and she was only 17 years old.
- Safety? Oh, the police is taking gangs side to earn extra money or just because. They will hunt you down with rocks or machetes if they want to. Or they have a believe that they need a white man’s arm for a magic potion. I know the burglaries and murders happens in Europe, too. But if somebody gets hurt in Europe that is all over the news, the police is searching for a criminal everywhere, if they find him he gets in jail etc. There? If you steal an ox, it’s their »right« to kill you. The people believe in a saying: eye for eye, head for head.
- School? Only if you are lucky enough to live in a place of missionary. Malagasy have their own schools to, but can be very far and it all depends on a teacher.
- Finding a job as a teacher? Just finish your primary school and in some places you can teach in a wooden little house all year and get paid with a rice.
Nature is just amazing. Stars are so low, you have a feeling you could take one down if you stretch your arm high enough. There are tons a stars you see in the jungle, because there are no lights.
(All of the pictures are from us – 10 Slovenian volunteers and I didn’t edit them, so maybe they aren’t the best, but they have a story to tell. :)) After that kind of experience you aren’t the same ever again. I’m so grateful for it!
So, todays after work project was a gift for my dear friend. She loves blue color and the night sky, so I decided I will give my quoteart a touch of a fine night sky with a full moon. This is beginner painting so everyone can do it. Just follow those simple steps:
1. Pick your colors.
- Ocean blue (aqua)
- Black (lamp black)
- Blue (primary cyan)
2. Choose your canvas, brushes and a sponge.
I chose big canvas – 60 x 80 cm. And here is a funny thing – I used ordinary kitchen sponge. 🙂 If you have painting ones, use those instead, but the kitchen sponge can do the magic too. 🙂
3. Let’s get to work – background and the moon.
First, choose a circle where your moon it will be. I chose the right corner, because i need some space for long quote. Now get your sponge and draw some circles around the moon – you need to create 3D effect of a space. Than blend the colours together, so you can’t see the borders between them.
Now, take the white color mixed with water, put it on a bruch and shake it around the canvas so you get the illusion of stars. With swirling motion you can paint the moon too.
4. How to transfer any inscription you want from paper to canvas or wood.
Now, it’s time for you to find a quote on the internet and print it out. Or make your own design. 🙂 You will need a piece of chalk for next step, too. First, use chalk to cover the BACK SIDE of the paper, turn it around and use a pencil to outline the letters. When you remove the paper, the chalk marks will remain or canvas or wood. Then, just use your brush to make the words perfect! 🙂
5… The end!
So, here is the final work. If you find this useful, please leave a comment. 🙂
Ladies, did you ever wondered what today is about? It’s the international Women’s day, the day where all around the world men buy flowers for ladies, true. You can find some cool history facts here: International women’s day
But what this day really mean to you? Is it a D-day to focus on your ideas? To belive in yourself? To remember you ARE capable of doing anything you want? To think of your path? To remember your goals? To be strong?
Even if we say that man and women are equal now, they aren’t. I’m working in kindergarten and I am sick of tired of “poor little princesses” in children books who needs “their prince charming” to rescue them because they can’t take care of themselves and they can’t contribute to society. The only have to look pretty. Bullshit! I found this great video online and i would really like to read that book once: THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT BOOKS FOR KIDS
And because I think the women’s life on earth is so much more than be pretty and useless, rescued by a prince on white horse, I want all the ladies to read this:
- You are capable of making our own choices.
- You are strong.
- You are unique.
- You don’t need to be rescued by prince charming. You know who you want to be with and why.
- You don’t have to settle down with the one who is not good enough for you.
- You have dreams and the courage to pursue them.
- You are loving, kind and hard-working.
- You are who you want to be.
- You are your only limit.
- You are in charge of your own happiness.
- You have the courage.
- You CAN say NO.
- You know that no one has the right to judge you, because they didn’t walk in your shoes.
- You are beautiful in your own way.
- You have mistakes and you realize them – you try harder but you know that no one is perfect, right?
- You are sexy (Yeah, with the cake in our mouth too. And in sportswear after long run. And in pajamas. And in sexy lingerie. And in XXXXL T-shirt in bed with your period.)
- Your power is endless.
- Your kindness is the key to a better world.
- Your empathy is the key to better society.
- You, my dear, are a woman. If they break your wings, you will fly on – on your broomstick!
Happy international Women’s day everyone! 🙂