Well-being

How to deal with criticism & improve positive thinking

January 20, 2017

How to deal with criticism & improve positive thinkingOur family is going through some interesting, positive changes since Christmas.

It started when my sister mentioned EFT tapping, a form of psychological acupressure based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture and which allows you to tap away limiting beliefs about yourself and others and change the way you think without the needles used in acupuncture.

The other thing she mentioned was the positive affirmations and meditative teachings of Louise Hay which I have been listening daily on Youtube since then.

Three weeks down the road, I have noticed several obvious things that improved my health and well-being: I sleep better, I feel less stressed, less anxious. READ MORE...

5 feel-good things to do in 2017

January 5, 2017

5 feel-good things to do this yearI read my post from January 2016 a couple of days ago and my excitement for the year ahead, back then made me smile.
Considering, we had lost our dad two months before, my eagerness to move on as quickly as I could from the pain and grief, was a bit naive to say the least :-)

2016 was indeed a year of grief, acceptance and gratitude as we lost more loved ones and so did the rest of the world.

I can feel this year has changed me though.
I’m not sure if I have changed in a good or bad way but I certainly feel different with regular siesmic kicks from my inner child who seems keen to get out and live her life to the full.
How about you!? How are you feeling a few days in 2017?

Business wise, 2016 was a big transitional year too. Closing the chapter on 10 years of my life when I sold the e-shop, was a big thing but I’m glad to say that it remains one of my best decisions ever. First, not taking care of all things shop-related, has considerably reduced my stress level and freed me so much time that I have been able to rekindle with a big passion of mine: photography.
I also started surfing at 40+ (how cool is this!? ) and opened a new Instagram account in the process, which has given me a great deal of happiness (and it’s important to have little things that make you happy). It had also allowed me to take the time to see what I wanted to do in the years ahead work wise (i.e. taking nice portraits of people like Mathilde above).

Last year, there were four things I wanted to achieve on the personal level and they worked well for me. This year, I want to fine tune these and add a fifth, important one.

BE FIT & HEALTHY

This one is probably on everyone’s wish list and it’s a year on year work in progress for me but I deeply believe it’s important you and I keep trying to make it happen until it happens. Let’s not focused on the things we didn’t manage, how many times we fell off the wagon but instead let’s look at all these small changes we make year after year which eventually add up.
I’m still building healthy habits and make small, manageable changes each time I get the chance and so can you. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
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Happy New Year 2017

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year 20172016 was a challenging, painful year for many people worldwide and close to us and sadly it’s not over for some but I’m absolutely convinced that we are turning a corner and here is what I wish for every single of you:

* PEACE: To the risk of sounding like Miss World 😄, I wish this world, our world…peace, love, understanding and gratitude and decent, honest, kind people in control of government matters.

* HEALTH: To take care of yourself inside out by eating healthy whole foods and start exercising if you haven’t done it yet.
Nobody is asking you to run a marathon but everyone can walk to work and it matters, you matter!

* LOVE: To love yourself just the way you are because YOU are unique and beautiful.

* COURAGE: to make your your dream comes true because believe me, you really can do this!

* FORGIVENESS: To let go of things that hurt you & leave them where they belong…in the past.

* RESPECT: To honour this planet we live on & make daily small changes to reduce waste, over consumption, pollution and protect our environment for the future of our children.

* TRAVELS: To meet new people, live new experiences & see how simply magnificent the world is.

* HAPPINESS: to be surrounded by people who love you, appreciate you and make you laugh and let go of toxic people once for all.

Thank you for a year of laughters, inspiration, support, compassion and understanding.
We had some fun times and others that were a bit more more painful but we are still there standing and I’m looking forward to an amazing 2017.

#KIAKAHA #staystrong 🙌 Happy New Year my friends, you’ve got this.

Photo credits: Satellite Island (Tasmania) photographed by Brett Stevens for Condé Nast Traveler 

How to make a healthy winter soup for the week?

November 19, 2016

How to make a healthy winter soup for the whole weekI have meant to share this recipe with you for ages because it’s super easy, quick and inexpensive but I wanted to use one of my photos rather than one from my food styling board on Pinterest. The ones I have pinned are a lot nicer but since food styling & photography is something I want to improve, I have to start somewhere…

I have to admit that, while this soup only takes 5 min prep, getting my shot ready took waaayy much longer time. Anyway, here are a few shots I’m finally ‘happy’ with…

I still see a lot of them out of focus (and they may well be) but until I work out how to use my new glasses properly, I have to make do with what I have. It’s a real pain not to see things in focus and a reminder that one should not take our health for granted…
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