Rock The Winter Vibe!

A WINTER WELLNESS GUIDE

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Winter is definitely here and in full force with freezing winds and snow that make you think twice about leaving your comfy home. It's a season that is often seen as depressing with its grey skies and coldness that last forever. After the holidays are long gone, the cold and dark days can definitely bring the winter blues and make you yearn for spring.

 

How to rock the winter vibe:

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Embrace the season

It's about living in the now and surrendering to what is. Winter (if you live in the northern hemisphere) usually lasts for months, so changing your perspective might be the best answer to embrace it. You can choose to complain and feel down about it or you can choose to see the goodness of it.  It's like everything in life - the moment you stop resisting something, it starts to flow with ease. Go for pleasure and find ways to warm up your soul. Chase the sun when it makes a shy appearance to soak in the light and recharge your vitamin D levels. Blue sky and sunshine will do wonders for your mood and good vibes. You may have a better chance to catch them above the sea of clouds, if you're lucky to live close to the mountains.

 

Release those endorphins

Move your body and sweat. Even better, do it outdoors! Snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, playing in the snow - be wild & free. Embrace new adventures. Nothing feels as good as breathing fresh air and moving your body while enjoying winter natural beauty. Another great option is yoga- at home or in a cozy candlelit yoga class, or bring out your wild child with some rebounding- you don't even have to leave your house- 10 minutes on your trampoline will already bring you good vibes.

 

 

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Make it cozy

One of my favorite reason to love winter is the coziness it brings. The magic of a snowy day, a fireplace, candles & blankets, keeping warm with a good cup of herbal tea or hot chocolate, and snuggle time with your love make a cold winter night simply delightful. It's always about the simple things in life. Arrange your home with warm lights and create a little nest where you feel good about spending time there.

 

 

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Nourish yourself

From heart warming food to self-care and doing activities that makes you happy, find what nourishes your body & soul. Eating locally and seasonally will boost your immune system, keep your energy high and give you all the nutrients and minerals needed to stay healthy and happy. Winter calls for heavier and warming food like soups, stews, rooted veggies- they're full of goodness to keep you grounded and warm. Hydrate and preferably drink warm water to flush the toxins out. Think about what lights you up- maybe a dinner with friends or creative activities to do in group.

 

 

Dress for snow

Winter doesn't have to be all grey and dark. Add some color to give you a glow and boost your vibe, a cute beanie, a big comfy sweater, warm socks and boots. It will keep you warm and comfy.

 

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Winter Wellness

It's the perfect time of year to go for saunas or steam baths, to enjoy a massage and take time for your body & soul. Moisturize your skin that needs more attention during dryer months and make your own homemade hair & face mask. Find pleasure in keeping your body healthy and glowing.

 

Do less

Surrender to the season. Winter is made for a little hibernation and invites for less activities and more rest. It's a time to go within- doing some journalling, finding stillness in meditation, watching the snow fall, going early to bed, reading a good book. Spring and summer will come soon enough where the energy will be higher and you will need to be well rested for longer days and new projects coming up, so enjoy that quieter time.

 

 

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"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

Edith Sitwell

Tell me, are you a winter lover? How do you cheer up during this time of year? Share in the comments below! I would love to hear other ways to keep the happy vibes going.

*Happy Winter*

Gratitude & Happiness

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."

Denis Waitley

 

Full of good vibes and gratitude, I am writing this blog post thanks to my new friend Méia Jacobs, a lovely girl who nominated me for the Liebster Award. Méia has a very creative & beautiful blog called "Love Who You Are" that you definitely need to check out. She has a natural talent with words.

So, the Liebster Award, which I just discovered, is a blog award. Bloggers nominate blogs they like, so it's a nice way to encourage and support others and spread the good vibes! :) I also love connecting with people around the world that I would have never "met" if it wasn't for the blogosphere!

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The rules are:

- Thank the awesome blogger who nominated you.

- Post the award badge on your blog.

- Answer the questions your nominator has left for you.

- Nominate some other awesome bloggers.

- Make up 10 questions for them to answer.

As I love photography I thought I would answer the questions with photos.

1.  Do you have any pets?

"Beeboop" is the family dog- a funny jack russell who's my running buddy and who loves to cuddle and is also often smiling!!haha true! She's the sweetest!

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2.  What is your favorite travel destination?

It's definitely a hard one to answer as I'm a traveler & gypsy at heart and discovering new places makes me feel free like a bird. I had the chance to travel quite a bit around the world and saw a lot of beautiful countries but I would pick Bali as I went on a solo trip and had a magical time over there.

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3.  If you had to have the same lunch every day, what would it be?

A summer salad packed with a rainbow of colors!

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4.  Do you have a favorite flower?

I love flower's from the market, but don't have a specific favorite.

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5.  What is your favorite day of the week?

Saturday :)

6.  What kind of wine do you enjoy?

Red (even though it's a Rosé on the picture! )

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7.  Do you have a journal you write your thoughts on?

I do. I have a gratitude journal where I write my daily or weekly gratitude moments and also another one where I write my goals, dreams, and ideas.IMG_4496

8.  Have you ever gone sky-diving?

Yep! Australia 2003- one big shot of adrenaline!

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9.  What was your favorite cartoon as a child?

Oh how I loved my sunday morning cartoons when I was a kid! hehe good memories! I would say all the Disney's and Babar The Elephant!

10.  Why did you decide to write a blog?

As a creative outlet and to share what gave me good vibes and to spread them around! :)

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A big thank you to Méia to let me take part of this fun challenge. Loved going through my photo albums!

Now it's my turn to nominate some awesome bloggers for this award and I choose:

♥ Erika from www.chimerikal.com

♥ Christine from www.happycamperproject.com 

Two lovely ladies with a big glowing smile and inspiring blogs, who are travelers at heart as well! I met them through the 90 Day Transformation Project, a soulful project created by another beautiful & inspiring lady, Connie Chapman.

Here are the questions, ready girls?

1) If your life was a movie, which title would it be?

2) What smell do you love?

3) Which season do you adore?

4) What is your wildest dream?

5) What is your best childhood memory?

6) What is your favorite book?

7) Share one of your healthy tip.

8) What is your favorite quote?

9) List one thing on your bucket list!

10) What makes you shine?

Happy Happy Day!

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"Gratitude is one of the most medicinal emotions we can feel. It elevates our moods and fills us with joy." Sara Avant Stover

Hugs are good for you!

As I am a big fan of *HUGS*, I couldn't resist to write about the benefits of hugging as I read about it! Not only it's a good feeling but it's been proven to have good effects on your health. How awesome! ;) And I'm talking about the real, meaningful deep hug! Think of babies! They need nurturing and physical touch to grow and be healthy. Human touch is important but a lot of people lack of it as we grow older.

How not to feel loved, happy and in connection with the other person after a warm hug?!

So here are some good reasons (if you need any!) to hug someone you love today!

  • It reduces stress and tensions
  • It boosts your immune system
  • It lowers blood pressure
  • It creates a bond with the other person and brings people closer- as the two hearts touch each other
  • It can boost your oxytocin levels - the bounding hormone-which helps with loneliness & sadness
  • It brings Good Vibes, Happiness & Love!

Like Virginia Satir, a family therapist, said:

  • We need 4 hugs a day for survival.
  • We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.
  • We need 12 hugs a day for growth.

Happy Hugging Day! ;)

Sources:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5756/10-Reasons-Why-We-Need-at-Least-8-Hugs-a-Day.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6586/10-Reasons-to-Give-More-Hugs.html

Gratitude brings happiness!

Have you heard about a gratitude journal?

It's a great way to shift your day, energy and add some rays of positivity and happy thoughts to your routine. I discovered this a few months ago and love the energy and good vibes it brings. You basically write 3 to 5 things in a journal that you are grateful for in your day or week. You will wake up and go through your day more conscious of looking for the good things that happen instead of going through your daily duties without much thoughts. You will start to appreciate all the little things that come up on your way and be thankful for them instead of taking them for granted. The nice walk on your way to work, a postcard you received, a magical talk with a friend. When you start paying more attention, you really appreciate those moments even more and it's much better than focusing on all the things that go wrong or negative vibes. As Oprah said: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

 

"We think we have something to be grateful or something has to be done in order for us to be grateful, when gratitude is a state of being." Iyanla Vanzant

"The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see." Dr. Robert Holden

"Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it's important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level." Shakti Gawain

"Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.Jack Canfield

Happy positive day!