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thoughts about being on a diet

thoughts about being on a diet

I’m deeply in love with food. Basically food is my hobby. If it would be an Olympic sport – to eat it, smell it, take pictures of it, experiment with it or discuss it – I would make my country proud. I know many of […]

book of the week: dina’s book

book of the week: dina’s book

In today’s post I’ll show you another inspiring novel from Scandinavia: Dina’s Book by the best-selling Norwegian author Herbjørg Wassmo. When I was reading it, I just couldn’t put it down and was forced to go to work like a zombie afterwards. It made a […]

how to survive a bad haircut

how to survive a bad haircut

Last week I made a terrible mistake and trusted the randomly picked stylist and thought it was okay to accept her “revolutionary idea”. She told me she would make my hair look thicker. Well, it’s thick as hell now and too short to be true. After crying my eyes out I decided gathering survival tips was a better step to make than quitting my job to be able to hide in my bedroom all day until my hair grew back. Now I’m gonna share the most useful tips with you on how to survive a bad haircut which really worked for me while recovering from the shock of loss.

Embrace the facts

If it’s still not so short, you can try to experiment with a new stylist, maybe he or she can correct the worst part of it. But eventually you’ll get to the point where you have to face it: it’s done. And here are the facts:

How long will it take to grow back? Our hair grows quite fast, about 1 cm every month. Which means 0.3-0.5 mm each day, which is surprisingly good I think 😉

Can I make it grow faster? Yes: a scalp massage can do wonders. It improves blood circulation to hair follicles and helps remove dead skin cells too. Do it 1-2 times a week.

What about vitamins? They help to prevent hair loss, but won’t affect the speed of growth. So if you take them, you’ll have more hair, because they won’t fall out as fast as they usually do, but for this result you’ll have to wait 6-12 weeks.

Hair masks, lotions, serums, shampoos – do they aid in hair growth? Nope. Sorry.

Get to know the new you

Go and stand in front of the mirror. Observe the details and the whole impression of your new look and do this until you get familiar with it. This way you won’t get shocked every time you spot your reflection in a window or while brushing your teeth. It can totally turn your mood upside down if you are not prepared to see what you’ll see.

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Style it up

You left already your comfort zone, so it’s time to enjoy it! Experiment with new looks, textures, colors and accessories. See it as an adventure or an absolute legitimate reason to get to buy new earrings and styling products. For example I’ve never tried sea salt sprays before, but they turned out to be a hit for me: my bad haircut evolved to a sexy and wild new style for a couple of days. And I’m looking forward to further experimentation. 🙂

Your Royal Awesomeness

It’ll be a very long series of bad hair days if you won’t accept the fact your bad haircut is now a part of you. Both Gerda and Peter said it’s time to realize it’s not the looks that really matter, it’s our personality, our self-confidence and happiness which we’ll be noticed by everyone who looks at us. It’s a cliche which everyone knows, but only a few live by. But you are perfect. It’s a fact. And it’s time to you to accept is as well. I’m on my way to do that – it’s difficult, but worth it. I keep on reminding myself on this every day and every day it gets easier.

Say goodbye to your previous style and celebrate this new phase in your life. Because you’re awesome anyway.

how to win arguments and improve your relationship

how to win arguments and improve your relationship

Arguing is like doing karate. Both are misinterpreted as something aggressive where one party defeats the other. However the philosophy behind karate teaches its followers to be “inwardly humble and outwardly gentle”, because only this way can anyone stay focused and be open to a real […]

3+1 tips for those who hate Valentine’s day

3+1 tips for those who hate Valentine’s day

I have lot of friends who – openly or secretly, but – hate Valentine’s day. On my negative days I can totally understand them. This day of the year can be a burden for not only singles, but for those who live in a relationship […]

bulletproof new year’s resolutions

bulletproof new year’s resolutions

Last year I did not make a list. It seemed like the right thing to do, because I could never keep the promises I made for myself and therefore every year started and ended with a glimpse of disappointment. I failed again. Not a great mindset to start a new phase with, isn’t it?

But I missed the wonderful feeling of a fresh start. While I’m making plans for the future, plans about becoming a better person, I can sense energy running through my veins. So this year I decided to think out of the box so I can make a list of New Year’s resolution that really fits me and my life situation.

Reflect

The first step was to take a look at the previous year and try to find an honest answer for the following questions:

What am I grateful for?

Which bad things turned out to be good in the end?

What am I proud of?

Wow! Look at your answers and enjoy the moment of success. You had quite a year, didn’t you?

By answering these question each of us can find the „hidden treasures” of last year. This helps us to focus on the goals which really matter and on the bright side of life, because think about it: you are not a failure! You just made a list of amazing things from last year and a list of your achievements. You already did it – sometimes without realizing it! Nobody can stop you from being amazing this year as well.

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How do you picture yourself in 10 years? You are slim, healthy and happy, right? Wiser from all of the courses you wanted to take – or something like that.

How does you look like one year from now? Hmmm… Slim, healthy and happy. Maybe you want the same thing – and you want to reach it in 12 months. We tend to be impatient with ourselves and try to accomplish all at once despite of the fact that we know our limits. The lesson I learned from this: be realistic, even when you are dreaming. And make a realistic, detailed plan.

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celebrating a fresh start

 

Plan

First of all: define and test your goals. For example let us imagine you want to have a bright career. Is it something you can achieve during this year? Not likely. But you can take the first steps toward it, you just need to specify these steps and determine which one of these you want and can carry out this year. Take that course, quit that boring job – and be proud of yourself!

The second rule is: take it slow. Literally. This way the new behavior will become a habit easily, without suffering. Take baby steps and you will reach you goal.

Detail

To have a month by month calendar for your goals and steps helps you track your results. Go into detail – as exhaustively as you can. This way you can see the small victories and at the end of the year you won’t be able to say „I failed”, you can say „I accomplished 70%” instead. Much better, right?

I made the following schedule for myself – in order to become more active:

January

  • New:
    • Take a quick walk after lunch or in the afternoon break
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 2×20 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • Bike to work when possible

February

  • New:
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 3×20 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • Bike to work when possible
    • Take a quick walk after lunch or in the afternoon break

March

  • New:
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 3×30 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • Bike to work when possible
    • Take a quick walk after lunch or in the afternoon break

April

  • New:
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 2×30 minutes a week
    • TRX workout, 1×50 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • The usual

May

  • New:
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 3×40 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • Bike to work when possible
    • Take a quick walk after lunch or in the afternoon break
    • TRX workout, 1×50 minutes a week

June

  • New:
    • Swimming, 1×50 minutes a week
  • Maintain:
    • Bike to work when possible
    • Take a quick walk after lunch or in the afternoon break
    • TRX workout, 1×50 minutes a week
    • Pilates or yoga workout, 2×40 minutes a week

At the end of June I will make a new plan for the second part of the year – based on my achievements. The planning procedure itself was already absolutely motivating, so grab a pen, experience the same exitement and start to work on improving your life 😉