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Summer Saturday

24 Jun

It’s official: it’s Summer Time…
Few days ago we celebrate the Summer Solstice… and in this period I like to do things to re-charge my mind (and also my body), the summer is notorious for slowing us down especially at work. It’s a great time to take advantage of the slow season and refuel our senses. To clear away the busy work and focus on tasks that will build us up and sharpen our skills, like listen podcast. Or it’s just the perfect time to revisit your goals. Time to check in on them. Evaluate your progress, re-examine and re-align to stay on track.
But it’s important to remember to have fun. We forget the most important ingredient of life is to always have fun. Take a craft class, go bike riding, or in my case going out for a run. Making time for joy clears your mind and energizes you so that when you return to work Monday (or to study) you are focused and replenished.
Indeed I started my Saturday morning with an early run (only six k but it’s ok) after that we decided to going out for random shopping… And because I’m a big fan of breakfast we went to a magic cafeteria named Le Maison des delices and we ordered soy Cappuccino grande and a slice of orange cake and just few biscuits.
The cake was terrific! I’ll link the recipe here
orange cake
After that we went to an huge stationary market, there I found new items to use with my Passion Planner and to study/ working (notice the summery pastel colors they are wonderful…)
In the afternoon we went out for a walk with Camilla and I baked a Wild Berries Crostata, is a free-form pie with the crust folded around the filling. You don’t need a special pie dish and it’s easy to made, let me know if you are interest and I’ll post the recipe.
wild berries
We finish the evening with an homemade happy hour with vegan bitter (alcohol free) and some rustic chips.
vegan bitter
If you want to prepare the chips at home I’ll suggest you this recipe by Olivia’s Cuisine.

The summer solstice is a time for strength and vitality for action and movement.
(Carole Carlton from Mrs Darley’s Pagan Whispers: A Celebration of Pagan Festivals, Sacred Days, Spirituality and Traditions of the Year).

Happy week end


New Year resolution 2018

1 Jan

“Our brain is trained to develop habits,” says psychoanalyst Hans-Werner Rückert and I find that it’s true, it’s work for me!
I recently finished the book Better Than Before  and I learned a lot about habits and personality (I don’t want to spoiler nothing about this amazing book that I vividly recommend). Why is it so hard to stick to a New Year’s resolution? Because we don’t now ourselves very best like Gretchen write “We won’t make ourselves more creative and productive by copying other people’s habits, even the habits of geniuses; we must know our own nature, and what habits serve us best.” (sometimes we pretend to know exactly what we are…but I think it’s a continuous discovery) and we set up top high expectation about us and we need to set a goal that is actually achievable in the time frame we set for ourselves.
This also means being realistic with yourself and taking a hard, long look in the mirror. “Resolutions require changes in behavior, and most of us don’t want to face that there is often a laundry list of changes to make,” says Alabama-based clinical psychologist Josh Klapow. “So pick one you have confidence in and stick with it. It is far better to succeed at a smaller, more manageable resolution than to fail at a larger, loftier one.”
Sometimes it’s lack of honesty: are we truly committed to running a marathon, losing weight, or whatever else we are committing to do? Be honest with ourselves it’s the first step!! Oftentimes we find ourselves committing to things because we think we should or friends and family want. My suggestion) Don’t waste your time with that. You will only be disappointed in yourself. Make resolutions you actually want to achieve because you really want to and are actually going to put a plan of action towards.
I used this strategy:
1) I set myself goals to be reached within a specific period of time.
2) I imagined the best possible results these goals will bring to me.
3) I considered all the things which might deter myself from attaining these results.
4) I written down my goals on a piece of paper
new year resolution
I will suggest you this audio program from ABC and remember “The most important step is the first step. All those old sayings are really true. Well begun is half done. Don’t get it perfect, get it going. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Nothing is more exhausting than the task that’s never started, and strangely, starting is often far harder than continuing.” like Gretchen said.

Happy New Year to everyone!!!!




Why I choose Passion Planner…

25 Nov

A little disclaimer: this post isn’t sponsored! I’m writing this post because I’d like to share my experience with all of you.

Start from the beginning: It was an hot August and I was in the “September mood” or “fresh start mood”. The month of September for me it’s like a new white page like I was in school: new notebooks, new pencils, new pencil case and all sort of things… nw life, new ideas! Now that I’m working I’m feeling always the same when September starts!

Then I was looking for a new agenda/bullet journal/planner and suddenly after few minutes of research appeared on my pc a message like this “Passion Planner: the one place for all your thoughts“. I was intrigued by the idea to have a new way to look at my agenda filled of work to do list, study to do list, appointment, deadline, tips, idea and more… An appointment calendar, goal setting guide, journal, sketchbook, gratitude log & personal and work to-do lists all in one notebook: Epic!
I wrote in few post that I was using the Bullet Journal method and don’t get my wrong: it was a great great great way to see my progress and have everything in control. If you are like me that I didn’t do nothing fancy in my bullet journal (none of one to the beautiful doodle, decorations, colorful pages you can find on Pinterest: I stayed light and simple using few color, few key code etc) because I’m bad at drawing and I don’t have much time, the Bujo method was, for me, a different way to look ad my work/study/sport time and understand the tendency… It was great…I didn’t regret to use that but I don’t know … I was looking for something different and I found a distinctive trait in this planner.
I decide to participate and support the idea of Angelia Trinidad and I pledged for my Passion Planner. Suddenly I received an email thank me to support the project and with all of the instruction since then until the moment the project was fully supported  and Kickstarter was over ( and It was suddenly over!!!). They sent me an email every time they had news o special message and after the shipping they gave me two code to track my Planner: one in the US territory and the other for my country… I knew everyday where my planner was..another great point to this project!
P_20171125_152527And finally I received my planner!!! Yeahhhhh….. And first of all the package was clever: a black box named Box (so cute!) totally reusable to keep my precious things inside  and secondly two nice stickers. I opened the box and my Planner was exactly like the photos you can find all over the web and also It was exactly what I needed. it’ s printed on 100% recycled paper, with a no leather cover (perfect for my vegan lifestyle) and the best part is the for one planner you buy another planner will be give to another individual, organization or school  around the world and for one planner you buy a trees is planted: it isn’t great?!!! I had a lot or reasons to support Angelia and is project and in the same time give me the opportunity to use a great planner and test my ability to change tracking method and why not habits?! I highly recommend to give an eye to the website, just to know the entire project and see yourself the beauty and functionality of this planner. I don’t want to describe the way I intend to use my planner o talking about the layout/pages etc…the intent of my post it’s just to give you some tips, new idea and the curiosity to surf the web and search also other Kickstarter’s idea…the world is full of clever and sensible people!!!

Have a nice week end!

The meaning of injures

9 Apr

Last two weeks I was very low in terms of energy and vital state… I had a flu, a headache and last a terrible back pain that stopped me into the bed for two days and make me miserable.  I tried to think positive and see this moment of “no action” an occasion to reflect about my life, my goals and my daily living. Probably it was the time to change something, probably the universe it sending me a message….

I found that low back pain is the most common health complaint in the age group of 35-50 years in both the sexes and it is usually characterized by dull or sharp aching pain in lower part of the back (spine). This causes restriction in the activity and work capacity. Thus it ultimately reduces the day to day joy, and life becomes miserable.
Ayurveda refers this condition as Kati shoola. Kati refers to ‘low back’ (hip) and shoola refers ‘pain’. The description of this condition is available in some other conditions like ‘katigraha’, ‘prishtagraha ’etc, which are included under Vata Dosha imbalance disorders.
Causative factors: intake of dry, light, bitter, pungent and cold food, less food intake,  fasting or less nutritive food, improper lying, suppression of the urges, work exhaustion, stress, grief, fear and dissatisfaction… Some of this things had happening right away in my life. I realized that was time to make some changes.
I planned to introduce new healthy practices in my daily routine: first of all drinking warm water with lemon when I wake up. Warm water and lemon is a natural energizer. It hydrates and oxygenates the body, leaving it feeling refreshed and revitalized for quite some time. As opposed to coffee, whose effects are short lived. Perhaps the biggest benefit of drinking warm water and lemon is that it helps to maintain your body in an alkaline state. Interestingly, while lemon juice itself is acidic, it’s actually one of the most alkaline foods available (if you are curious check this page).

Also I introduce more fresh homemade juice with lemon, orange, grapefruit

Secondly find new types of “gentle” activities for my body like walking in the early morningP_20170406_063852 and doing some yoga poses like sun salutation.
9509e5faab3ce94f2c362589da58e78eI found a lot of interesting board on Pinterest check this out!
I tried in this week to find more time for me, for my passions and y needs: i bought some kindle ebooks, visit friends, stay calm and find the peace of mind.
I started reading ” The Happiness Project” from Gretchen Rubin and she wrote that it’s important to look for happiness under your own roof…  Commonly we tried to find happiness somewhere, far away from us..the real truth it’s the happiness is in our hands: “happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”. I’m in love with this book!!!

Today after a tough week I’m feeling ready to star a new week on my life, more confident, more peacefully and balanced.

Sometimes you need to stop and change a point of view to see your real you!!!

See you soon folks!

The Glory of Reaching the Goal

26 Feb

On few posts I mentioned about my big goal, my degree in law…
corona alloroThen finally I reached the goal!!!

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding.
To accomplish your goals,  you need to know how to set them.
You can’t simply say, “I want” and expect it to happen.
Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. In between there are some very well defined steps that transcend the specifics of each goal. Knowing these steps will allow you to formulate goals that you can accomplish.

to do listI set my goals a lot of time, changes and ri-arranged them time to time accordingly to my work, my free time, my stuff in general. I set ten rules to stay focus and five golden rules to don’t despair that I’d like to share.

Ten good habits to have to reach your goals:

  1.  Pay attention to your energy level: if your vital state is low, none of your action will be productive. That means that you need to stay fueled in your body but also in your mind: eating to boost your energy.
  2. Adequate sleep: seven hours of sleep it’s the best you can do. Don’t be lazy in the morning and don’t indulge with technologies before bedtime. More benefits of sleep here.
  3. Healthy food: like you know I have a vegan-raw lifestyle and I assure you that eat more than 5/6 portions of fruit and vegetables par day it’s the best way to nourish your body and your mind in an healthy way.. trust me!
  4. Exercise regularly: 3/4 times a week for 45/50 minutes a day… choose what you like: walking, swimming, running, biking, doing yoga, pilates…whatever you want but Move Your Body.
  5. Regular routine: plan your day and writing down your goals for the day. Use the bullet journal method or write your day in a calendar. It’s important that you have clearly in your mind what to do in your day and what you need to prioritize.
  6. Stay properly hydrate: bring with you a bottle of water, track down how many glass of water you had, use spray facial water. The results of lack of water are spleepiness, craving food, fatigue etc…See more here
  7. Take frequents breaks: I use the “Pomodoro Technique“. I set my 45 minutes of intense work and 15 minutes of relax where I go out, eat something, check internet, listen some music. Don’t stay at your desk o work station, you need to break and tell you mind Now you’re free to recharge!
  8.  Keep distractions to a minimum: of you’re engaged in a hard project or work or study time, please please please keep away every tools that distract you until you get your work done. Here some tips!
  9. Focus on your goals: if you cannot remain focused on your goals, you will lose momentum and fail to make the progress you desire. This soon leads to a loss of confidence and motivation. Create a vision board: a collage of pictures and images that represent your goals and dreams. It helps you to visualize your end goals more clearly, which inevitably inspires you to take consistent action. Not only that, it also serves to remind you of your goals every day when you see the board. Also stay focus on your plan.
  10. Keep stress to a minimum: when those stressful feelings start creeping up, sometimes the best thing you can do is to just step away from the source of the issues. To make this more effective, figure out what helps you de-stress. It’s different for everyone. You may get relief from a yoga session, meditating, listening to upbeat music, or taking a few minutes to write in your journal. Whatever it is, take a break from what’s stressing you out and do your favorite de-stressing activity, even it’s just for a few minutes. Try to walk and smile people you encounter!

And now my five golden rules to don’t panic and despair

  1. Set Goals That Motivate You: when you set goals for yourself, it is important that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim. Motivation is key to achieving goals. Set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life. Without this type of focus, you can end up with far too many goals, leaving you too little time to devote to each one. Goal achievement requires commitment, so to maximize the likelihood of success, you need to feel a sense of urgency and have an “I must do this” attitude.

  2. Set SMART Goals: you have probably read my post of SMART goals already. But do you always apply the rule? The simple fact is that for goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be SMART.

  3. Set Goals in Writing: the physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. You have no excuse for forgetting about it. As you write, use the word “will” instead of “would like to” or “might.” The first goal statement has power and you can “see” yourself reducing expenses, the second lacks passion and gives you an excuse if you get sidetracked.

  4. Make an Action Plan: this step is often missed in the process of goal setting. Writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal.

  5. Stick With It! Goal setting is an ongoing activity not just a means to an end. Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Make sure the relevance, value, and necessity remain high.

A list of book that I read to stay motivated and productive:

  • The Discipline Manifesto: Conquering Procrastination and Harnessing Willpower in 5 Steps by Julio Lara
  • How to Organize Yourself (Creating Success) by John Caunt
  • Setting Goals Worksheet with 7 Goal Setting Templates! by Paul Maxwell
  • The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo
  • Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series)
  • Raw Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body Kindle Edition by Stephanie L. Tourles
  • How To Set Goals: Ultimate Goal Setting Guide to Having Your Best Year Ever by Craig Ballantyne
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

More inspiration from Seth Godin, Leo Babauta, Gretchen Rubin and Sheryl Sandberg and TEDTalks!

See you soon…



Embarrassing bravery

22 Dec

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

― Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever


Find a way: run!

5 Jun

“Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys…It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. Its the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road and running like a champion even when there’s not a single soul in sight to cheer you on. Running is all about having the desire to train and persevere until every fiber in your legs, mind, and heart is turned to steel. And when you’ve finally forged hard enough, you will have become the best runner you can be. And that’s all that you can ask for.”
(P.Maurer quote from The Gift – A Runner’s Story)

In the past I usually literally run away from problem and from me… For years I didn’t accept what I was or what I felt…then I started to run…My best track 13 KM near the beach… When I stopped to escape and focusing on my troubles I also stopped running…I’ve hang up my running shoes…Two years ago I found the right motive to run…improve my health, empty my mind and achieve my goals…
And then something changed. I started looking forward to my daily jaunts around the village. I discovered scenic routes I never knew existed. I was not only losing weight, I also felt better able to cope mentally with what was an extremely difficult time. After two months I ran nine miles straight (Sandra Kirley).
I run my first night race Run For Live By Mizuno team…It was amazing and fun!  They gace us a shirt and starlight’s bracelet.
After that I run my first 10k non competitive race
chia Chia Half Marathon: follow your passion was the motto of the race…and it really means that for me… I started to training my self for more race and my soulmate was there for me. He also is a runner and he run a lot oh half marathon and exactly know the struggles there, the pain and the joy.

Actually I run three/four times a week in the very first morning when the rest of the city is hanging with dreams… I make dreams real, I feel my body alive and strong, mi mind is lucid, mi ideas flows…and I feel the courage to believe in me another time…
Find a way, redetermine your vision, be present and put your shoes on: it’s time to go, to kick out you fear of failure!

I read this book The Runners Guide to the Meaning of Life by Amby Burfoot: despite being an excellent runner, he met with some failures. He was unable to get into the Olympics twice, and “I learned that losing isn’t contagious. It’s not a fatal condition, and it’s not forever. It’s more like a cold that makes you miserable for a week but then goes away, and quickly discovered that my 10-year Olympic quest hadn’t taught me failure. Indeed, the discipline and training goal setting had prepared me for success in other areas.”
I really enjoyed reading it and found inspiration in many parts of the book especially because it’s a vegan runner! If you want to read more about this topic I’d like to suggest this article Eat Vegan & Run and if you want some ideas about vegan snack for athlete read this….

Ok now…I think I’ve overwhelmed you with those link..Sorry guys…! I hope you’ll enjoy my post..yet…!

See you soon!

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