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book of the week: the land of green plums

book of the week: the land of green plums

Before we take this astonishing novel called The Land of Green Plums, I have to admit something first. When I started this blog, all I wanted to write about was food and books and maybe the lessons I learned in the past. But now more […]

youth: a movie about the incredible details

youth: a movie about the incredible details

I’m stunned. It has been 4 days since I saw the movie ‘Youth’ by Paolo Sorrentino. And I can’t get it out of my head. It happens sometimes that I just can’t go on with life after reading a book or watching a film, but […]

7 reasons why it’s awesome to have a sister

7 reasons why it’s awesome to have a sister

I’ve always wanted to have a sister. I wanted it so hard that I announced in the kindergarten that soon our family would grow – the funny thing was that at the time it wasn’t true. My parents didn’t even plan it yet. So when the teachers congratulated my mother she was a bit surprised. I told Gerda a few years later that she wouldn’t have been born if it wasn’t for me, because after my announcement our parents were forced to have a second child. 😀

I was already 6 years old, when my sister was born. Since then life hasn’t been the same: we have our ups and downs, but I still think her existence and our relationship is one of the best things in my life.

This list will be a little different from the usual ones where obvious things are recorded like ‘I can always count on her’ or ‘I can steel her clothes’. I wanted to create a list which represents our unique and twisted life together.

  1. She puts chocolate and sweets in my pockets, drawers, bags – basically everywhere. Maybe she is training my willpower, or just wants me to get fat. I’m not sure yet. But still, I’m always smiling when I find one of her treats.
  2. We have our own language. For example ‘I have painted my nails on my left hand’ means you have something sticking out of your left nostril and it’s gross. Pretty useful, right?
  3. She is the perfect partner in crime. We had a bunny named Samu when we were children, but he had to stay in the garden and wasn’t allowed to be inside our house. When our parents weren’t at home, we would bring him in our room and teach him tricks or feed him with biscuits he liked. Naturally he would always leave some dirt behind, so when our mum or dad got home, one of us would entertain them while the other cleans the evidences.
  4. She has pretty clothes. And yes, we are almost the same size… It’s okay to borrow each other’s stuff, but first we have to go through our ritual which is the following. She offers me clothes one by one and I refuse them while complaining how strange they look or something like that. At the end when she gets pissed off I pick one of the offered ones and realize how great it is. We do this every time and it works perfectly 🙂
  5. She understands my (secret) affection towards stuffed animals. And bought me Pjotr, the rat from IKEA I was too embarrassed to buy myself at the age of 25.
  6. I can truly be myself beside her, she doesn’t judge me. Even if I eat 4 cookies in a row at night and make a hysterical monologue about my figure right after that.
  7. My sister is just as messed up as me. Yesterday when we walked down the road we got so scared because of a strange noise behind our backs that we screamed like two piglets. This strange noise came from a four year old boy who was playing around with his basketball.

Thank you for all the amazing moments together <3 Cheers for our sisters! 🙂

my sister, our mom and I
damn, it feels good to be a gangsta

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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 […]

ski holiday in the high tatras

ski holiday in the high tatras

High mountains, long ski runs, friendly people and fair prices: yes, we were in the High Tatras! The only thing missing was snow… Most of the time it was raining, but we were lucky enough to experience one really beautiful and snowy day before the […]

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.

Picture

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 😉