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Monday, 27 April 2015

MORNING MANAGEMENT. Diet

Last night I had a hard time falling asleep, my brain just wouldn't shut up, not because of regrets or anxiety, surprisingly – it was ready to explode with creative ideas. I had to make new lists of projects, goals and post ideas in my Wunderlist app at 2 a.m. Pain in the ass, I tell ya, but so inspiring, I fell asleep feeling almighty. Is this what inspiration is about? It'd better be.
bedding sheets flower pattern
bedtime sheets flower pillow and blanket
So one of the ideas my "almighty" brain came up with is Morning Management. Yes, it's about managing my morning routine. No, it's not a morning to-do list – it's more complex than that. In short, Morning Management is an extensive range of activities I need to incorporate in my life in order to start my every day off just right. Those activities and new habits include certain changes in diet, physical activity, proper rest and a hell of a lot of mental work – all to achieve a simple goal: wake up early and be a fully functional being from the beginning of each day.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

MY IDEA OF BETTER

My mum always asks me to make her coffee, because it tastes better when I make it for her. It got me thinking what better stands for.
Coffee is better when it’s made by someone else. The dinner is served nicer when served by someone else. The pictures look cooler when taken by someone else. Dreams are real when achieved by someone else. Life is better when lived by someone else. Are we missing something? Shouldn’t we value our own accomplishments more than that?

So I tried serving the table nicely the other day and it didn’t look like a picture from a home décor magazine, yet it looked good and it felt even better to know I made it look pretty instead of bringing a bowl of all-in-one meal to my desk and not even look at it while scrolling down my bloglovin’ feed.

Again, I love taking and editing photos. I suck at it and knowing that makes me feel bad. But putting my pics out on the internet? Boy does it feel good. So I grab my camera every once in a while, take some shots, process them and take a moment to soak in the fleeting feeling of contentment and wish for myself to do that more often, because those little accomplishments make us enjoy life and be proud of ourselves, even if only for a sec.



PS: Remember how satisfied and strong you feel after a workout or a bike-ride or dancing? You should do that more often.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

HABITS. READING TIME: DOUBLED

Speaking a foreign language with ease has its perks, like watching movies or reading books a) in the original and b) translated into your mother tongue – at the same time. Cool, right? Proved. At least things have changed since my last post on reading. But here’s the bummer – decisions. You can’t decide which version you like most, having to spend twice as much time reading/watching than you normally would. You do realize you’re getting the same information twice, but… is it really the same?
Reading a piece of work in the language it was initially written in can be a luxury for some, so it kind of makes every word count by default. On the other hand, the same idea expressed in the language you’ve known for, like, ever can speak to you on a whole new level. It typically happens like this (at least for me): open a book, read a few sentences, then switch to the other version wondering, “which is more interestingly written?” If it sounds familiar, ask me, I’ve figured it out for you. The answer is, none of them. Or both – as luck would have it. They are clearly different with their unique charm and sense of humor making you want to absorb it all in any and every form, but keep this in mind: they adapt to the realities specific to the particular area where the language is spoken. Thus, you don’t only get more text – you get more context. Which context exactly you need is the question you should ask yourself if you want to opt for one version of the book to save yourself a few hours.
So here’s the bottom line. Understanding your purpose of reading a particular book (watching a film) in the first place makes all the difference: concentrate on what you want to get from it, and the charming wording of a remake blends into the background.
Decisions. I should probably go make those. Most definitely. Maybe.