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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).
runforlife
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!

Some news…

5 May

I admitted sometimes we get lost..truly lost and it’s no easy to find the way…but TIME it’s your only Master.
He helps you to calm down, to put everything in the right prospective and then here we are!
I haven’t write for months just because I was in a kind of crazy-busy-lonely time… kinda weird…sound familiar?!
I was re’thinking about my plans and my future… I started a news job or a sort of a the same company that I worked in the past…more responsibility, more decisions to make not only for me but for all my colleagues, less free time for me…and meantime I prepared two exams (for my university) that I Passed…. and prepared my first 10K race..truly amazing! I didn’t win but I had a great time and I proved my self that nothing it’s impossible…

I collected photos for all this moments that I want to show you my friends, not for exhibition but just to know that even if I wasn’t there to write this stories, I was still collecting them for this community (probably for me in a sort of selfish way, just to mark my progress or to not forget what I did…)

I’d like to start whit some salads tasted this winter
quinoasaladquinoa salad… I’m practically obsessed with quinoa…On this salad I used fresh baby spinach’s leaves, arugula, pomegranate, olive oil and a lot of quinoa…just a pinch of white pepper.
orangefennelorange/fennel/pepper salad…easy and ready to eat..I used organic fennel, one organic orange and olive oil mixed with lemon juice and pepper..soooo tasty!
cucumberwinter cucumber: it’s important to stay properly  hydrated then why not to eat some cucumber salad with carrots , basil’s leaf, raw mushroom? Done! Add some oliev oil mixed  whit lemon juice and ginger…good for your gut!

During the winter I  had less smoothie’s addiction but thank you to Vegan Tuck Box I prepared a lot of green smoothies like this
blending winter green smoothie

I’ve a lot of adventures to share with you…and I promise I will!

Stay tuned!

question of aging

2 Nov

Troy Alexander: Appearance is the gateway to one’s personal brand

it is the first thing someone sees, and right or wrong, one of the first things we judge (and are judged on).

Just as we grow and change in our romantic partnerships, our family and our career, so too should we evolve within that personal style as we age.

But there is a bigger issue here.

As a society we need to value women as they age, and not push them to feel that they have to go under the knife to look younger.

And at the same time, we have to stop criticizing those same women for doing just what we have pressured them to do.

It is up to each of us to embrace the changes that come with time or do something about them.

That is where the magic lies — in being O.K. with who we choose to be.

Cindy Joseph writes: Plastic surgery is simply a symptom. Ageism in our country, specifically against women, has gone too far.

…Women are judged on their looks and then told their “looks” fade over time, which leads them to believe they will be less valued as they age.

No wonder women spend billions of dollars every year on Botox, wrinkle creams and cosmetic surgery to stave off the signs of life as time moves on.

Moving on

5 Oct

Happy Sunday morning Folks!
How nice it’s this season?!Everything around us change color and it’s time to moving on and change things…and I’m doing exactly a really big change: my boyfriend it’s moving to our house 🙂
What best occasion to try something new in my vegan raw diet?! Time is perfect!
Firstly we change the way to do breakfast in the week end: we choose to do everything slowly and tasting every bite of food.
For an happy coincidence I received my monthly vegan cuts box and we had the chance to try Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter
peanut butterWe spread the butter in a slice of organic bread with banana and some berries on the side. We choose to different kind of bread: white flour for him, whole grain for me.. and this is the result
white flourhole grain
For lunch we choose to eat Earth Balance Mac and Cheese: Oh my Gosh Cheesy flavored deliciousness never tasted so good, even without dairy. That’s right, nothing but melt-in-your-mouth amazing taste that will keep you coming back for more. With one bite, you’ll see.
Mac and cheesee20141004You’ll find calories in Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Mac & cheese on this link.
happy saladOn the side we had a very big salad with green leaves, carrots, cucumber mushroom, mixed seeds, organic olive oil and vinegar…

Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy.
It’s not about nutrients and calories.
It’s about sharing.
It’s about honesty.
It’s about identity.
(Louise Fresco)

 

 

 

Best friends are formed by time

30 Aug

imagesFriends are a strange, volatile, contradictory, yet sticky phenomenon. They are made, crafted, shaped, molded, created by focused effort and intent. And yet, true friendship, once recognized, in its essence is effortless.

Best friends are formed by time.

Everyone is someone’s friend, even when they think they are all alone.

If the friendship is not working, your heart will know. It’s when you start being less than perfectly honest and perfectly earnest in your dealings. And it’s when the things you do together no longer feel right.

However, sometimes it takes more effort to make it work after all.

Stick around long enough to become someone’s best friend.

Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

For All the ‘Happily’ Single Women

3 Jun

We are intelligent, goal-oriented and determined. We are attractive enough, involved in numerous activities and not too shy. We like to think we have our lives together, that we are people worth knowing, worth being invested in.

Yet we are also single.

Whether this status is of our own doing has yet to be determined.

However, I need to believe I’m not the only one, so this is a post for all the strong, independent, single, 20-something women out there — the women who are OK with being single, content even, but at the same time can’t help but wonder why they haven’t found someone.

This is a post I have been sitting on for a long time because it has taken me that long to figure out how I feel. I’ve finally reached a conclusion — I, among many other women, am never going to have a clear-cut explanation for how I feel about broad concepts such as love, relationships, independence or self-worth.

We may as well accept that now.

We like to claim that we are happily single, that we are independent people and only need ourselves in order to feel successful. This is true, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t wish we had someone to share life’s triumphs and failures with. We are the farthest thing from alone in life, and yet sometimes we feel lonely because we are missing that one significant relationship.

Sure, we have flings here and there. Something that starts off with a bit of potential, but inevitably ends in, “I’m just not looking for something serious” from ourselves or the other person. A.k.a., “You’re attractive and fun to spend time with, but I don’t want to date you and limit my options lest I find someone else more attractive and more fun to spend time with.” We’re guilty of delivering and receiving that line.

When we fall, we fall hard. And when we don’t, we try to convince ourselves that we have. We’ll be the first to admit monogamy freaks us out, but more hesitant to admit that we crave it simultaneously. We often express disdain for clingy, codependent couples, but envy them at the same time.

But to clarify, we don’t envy them in the sense of literally wanting what they have. We mean it more in the sense of we want someone to want to have that with us. We want someone to be content with us being their world, but not actually allow us to be their world.

We tend to be our own biggest critics and often fail to see ourselves in the light that others do. It is so easy to think of everything we are not, rather than everything we are. Flaws are so much more evident than strengths.

We often find ourselves wondering what someone could possibly see in us, why they would want to date us, to commit themselves to being in our lives. Because we can’t see ourselves as worthy, we are convinced that others don’t either.

But this is where we have to realize we are wrong.

We are worthy. We have so much to offer, and just because we have no one to offer it to romantically does not make it any less valuable. In fact, it makes it more valuable because it is not easily-given-away affection. Not just anyone can maneuver their way into our hearts and earn that affection — it takes time and trust.

Because we don’t always see ourselves in the light that others do, it makes it more meaningful when someone convinces us to step back and reevaluate. It means we value their opinion and actually trust their viewpoint.

When we find someone who makes us see in ourselves what they see in us, that is when it all will have been worth it. That is when we will know there was a reason for the delay.

But in the meantime, we need to remember that it doesn’t make us weak to admit that once in a blue moon, we despise being single. It simply makes us human.

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