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Happiness, Inspiration

Why September is the best month to start over

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There is something so charming about September. On the one hand, summer is not yet over and you can still enjoy the one or the other day/week at the beach, without the crowds and burning summer sun. On the other hand, the weather is cooling off, which, after the couple of months of living in shorts, makes me enjoy layering clothes and crave cosy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. But despite the charm and colourful fairytale-like tree leaves and all, there is something that for me really makes September the best month to start things over, whether it is a new work project, a new job, a business, a workout plan or diet or even.

It’s back to school time! OK, I know you’re probably not going to school anymore. Anyways, whether you’re going back to school, university or work after a nice summer vacation, don’t we all keep that back to school feeling pretty much for the rest of our lives when September hits? Temperatures drop and the mornings start smelling like wet fall leaves. Some kind of melancholy for earlier days wakes up in me at that time every year, but also the inner motivation to be better, to work harder, to tirelessly pursue my passion. That’s why I like setting new goals at this time of the year. Because let’s face it, those new year’s resolutions are so overrated and the whole year ahead is such a long time period, that we never actually get them done and they are super hard to track. That’s why 90-day-goals have proven to be much more effective and trackable. So what better time to set goals that you want to accomplish until the rest of the year than now 😀

So, if you are reading this, and there is something you think about every day, go and start working towards that dream, start working on the new project, find the job you love or create it yourself, and get rid of the negative in your life. And even though I am in no way some sort of a guru, I do have a recipe for achieving that goal, which I borrowed from Jordan Belfort 😀 I sincerely hope this is not plagiarism in some way but the recipe is as follows: Write down your goal on a piece of paper, write exactly what you want to achieve and describe it. Then write down how you are going to feel when you do achieve your goal, to really be able to visualise your success. Next step is pick a person that is more important to you than yourself, and write down what you would do for them when you achieve your goal. Only thing that you have left is putting your goal in a bag/pocket to carry it around everywhere with you and take a picture of it to put it on your phone’s screensaver. Et voila! – bulletproof. This way it’s gonna be in front of your eyes at all times. Now you are unstoppable towards achieving your 90-day goal 🙂

 

Outfit, Places, Travels

Mamma Mia, here we go again

 

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Here are some more photos from out Greece trip, which went on in Skiathos Island, one of the places on earth me and my mom have been wanting to go for ages, mainly because of the movie Mamma Mia, which has been filmed there. Many people would say that’s very lame, I know 😀 Nevertheless, we love this movie and seriously there are so many reasons to love it (I guess if you are a woman haha), the beautiful locations, the great ABBA songs that never get old, the wonderful play of  Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried and most of all the beautifully pictured bond between a mother and a daughter. In fact, most parts of the movie have been filmed on the neigbouring island Skopelos, so of course, we didn’t miss to visit both 🙂 Both islands are really authentic and even though they have for sure changed after filming the movie there in 2008, read, a lot more tourists, but they have still managed to preserve their authentic feel and beauty. Skiathos is super lively and the main town is full of tiny streets, where you can get wonderfully lost among white-blue painted houses and tiny little restaurants. The island is not very big but offers some really beautiful sand beaches such as Koukounaries. Some of them, which are located on the northern shore, are not accessible by ground transport, so you can only go there by boat, they are really worth visiting though. The town is also famous for its night life and offers some pretty cool bars on the seaside, for whom it may interest 🙂 One if the boat cruises took us to the close islands Skopelos and Alonisos, where we spent a great day exploring Skopelos town and some beautiful beaches. One of my favourite places though will stay the old port of Skiathos, which had something really magical about it and looked pretty like a movie location (despite actually being one 😀 – that is the place where Pierce Brosnan’s yacht leaves from to go to the wedding). Enough said haha. Well one more thing. I don’t know if it’s an age thing, but you just really start appreciating those moments spent with family so much more with time 🙂 It was really a blast spending that time with them <3

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Places, Travels

Greece as you don’t know it

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Imagine the little houses painted in white and blue, little shops full of traditional pastry and souvenirs, crowds of tourists walking down the steep stone streets. Greece – that’s the image we all have in our heads when we think about it. Well this summer, together  with my family we went on a bit different but just as exciting adventure to the little village of Karitsa near the Olympus mountain, where peaks meet the Agean sea and it seems as if the time has stopped. When we were laying near the infinity pool of our hotel, sometimes you could hear no sound at all, even during the day, other than the noise of a man cutting grass somewhere in the fields. That was the region of Karitsa – it indeed seems that time has stopped. In the village itself we hardly met a person understanding a word of english, and the only restaurant on the main square did not have a menu, neither prices of the meals. It was such a real and authentic experience and of course I did my favourite thing to get to know the place I’m in – went running, which was even more fun – greeting the few people I met on the road and seeing the old ladies and gents, coming out in the late afternoon hours with a coffee in their hand, speaking loudly in this language I don’t understand 🙂

I have to say that the place we stayed at – Dohos hotel, was absolutely lovely, and  I have rarely stayed at a place where there is not a single thing to criticise. The decor of the rooms was beautiful and full of details, every single one of them overlooking the infinity pool and Agean sea. They have their own garden where they pick herbs and veggies for the delicious food, and make their own marmalades, including one from vanilla fruit, which they serve at breakfast. On Sunday evening there was a delicious barbeque for all guests with awesome music, which made it a night we won’t forget. 🙂 What stayed in my mind most, though, was everyone’s genuine friendliness – people were just super nice and made sure we felt great at all times. As they say, people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel 🙂

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