January can be quite a sluggish month. Yes, we've just turned over a new leaf aka 2017 which means it's high time to get cracking and start ticking off those to-do's and goals off your list. Well, guess what? It's perfectly fine if that hasn't happened to you yet or that you've already broken half of your resolutions. Ease that pressure on yourself. It's a massive challenge on its own to dive head first into the routine after the holiday season. To be honest, it has been tough for me to do the most elementary things on certain days (hello, motivation?). I tried to crack the code as to what is wrong with January but Google would be able to tell you more about the "winter blues". There's one thing I know that works 100% without an error when it comes to surviving the "post-festive winter" - a perfect escape. Planning for it can be a daunting experience so I decided to share these 5 easy-breezy tips to help you organise that much needed getaway.
6 January 2017
There are basically two types of people in the world. Those who dunk their biscuits into the tea and those who eat them the right way (just kidding!). Same applies to resolutions. There are those who swear off setting any kind of plans/goals/aspirations while the rest of the world is on a mission to change their lives once the new year rolls in. I definitely belong to the goal-setting portion of people but comes 2017 I realized I have been doing so many things wrong when it came to actually STICKING to those plans. This year I am going to work on changing the way I view my goals and start taking baby steps towards those summits I want to achieve. It's true that 2k16 was a tough one. Nevertheless, it's great to look back and find the good in it, get those valuable lessons on board and step into the new year stronger and happier than ever. So here are my reflections of 2016 and goals for 2017.
29 December 2016
2016 has been quite a tough year but it was absolutely incredible in the travel department. We have visited 3 most immense destinations of the world: Norway, Dubai and the USA. I can't complain - traveling was at the top of our charts. As for "cruising", it has always been on my list when it comes to a good ol' travel bucket list. While we are still deciding where to go in 2017 (so far we just know it will be something big!), cruise trips are always in the back on my mind. My sister-is-law in currently on one in the Caribbeans exploring CocoCay's turquoise waters and enjoying the quaintness of this beautiful private island. There are just so many out-of-this-world destinations on our planet and my bucket list is already miles long. So when Planet Cruise* got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in writing a post about my very own dream cruise destinations, I was given "green light" in letting my imagination run wild. I spend a few days browsing through multiple cruise lines and researching different voyage options until I was ready to share these breathtaking 5 cruise destinations worth the pickiest bucket list owner. You'd never regret these nor would you ever be able to forget them.
18 December 2016
We've all been there. Every year it's the same ol' story. We "start over" in December, January, September or today! There is that oh-I-am-actually-working-towards-my-goal time frame and then poof, and your zeal is gone, progress is forgotten, goals are transferred into "resolutions" or that "some day" list. How can I do it differently so I can get where I want? Is there some kind of a special trick or a magical fix when it comes to actually achieving your goals? No, not really. It's hard work, big changes and a whole lot of happiness that comes as a result and a big lovely bonus. Here are 6 steps which will make you stick to your goals in the new year. If one of your goals is to have the prettiest planner in town, you might want to 'stick to the end'. There's a very special giveaway that will make you fall in love and improve your life thousandfold.
13 December 2016
A few weeks ago I took part in a Twitter chat dedicated to all things Christmas. Boy, was I surprised when I read that about 45% of fellow bloggers have already got their presents all done and dusted before December. Superhumans. It's not that I like to get my Christmas shopping done last minute (it's a nightmare!) but I'll admit, this year I am a bit behind. And guess what, it's OK. Even if you're in a mini panic mode at the moment thinking you've got nothing, use this guide to give you those last minute killer ideas which will save the day. From stocking stuffers to luxury gifts, my beauty, fashion & home/misc. ideas might come in handy this holiday season. Without further ado, let's jump in. Make it an 'add-to-basket' kind of day to get those last-min presents sorted out so even Santa would be impressed by your skills.
4 December 2016
Things get busy way too often, and we end up forgetting to relax or let ourselves actually enjoy some lazy time. What's even worse is the guilt when the day is over and you feel like you've done nothing but watched a gazillion YouTube videos. By the way, there's nothing wrong at all with having days like that from time to time (if you have the sheer luxury of having those). If you're anything like me, when you know that "down time" is coming up, most likely you'd want to plan it and keep more or less productive. If your big plan of the day is to binge watch Christmas movies, you do you. If your day off is your only chance to catch up with work, go for it. There's that fine line between the two, that perfect forever sought-after balance. So here are 7 things you can do which, in my opinion, will help you achieve that sweet work & play ratio.
29 November 2016
This post is so due it's unreal. Before we roll into December, let me take you all the way back to October. It was such a great month filled with warmth, quality family time, multiple cups of hot chocolate and my first Christmas movie of the season (yes, I start early!). Excuse the late arrival but it comes bearing gifts. I just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to every single one of you who supports me on my blogging journey and is just plain nice to me. Many thanks for following me on Twitter and making it possible to say I have 5000+ friends there now! Wow! What better way is there to celebrate it than running a lovely giveaway. Beauty and makeup goodies won in the poll I ran. I'm sure you've all been nice this year so one of your will enjoy a super lovely beauty. So let's jump into my October Favourites without any more delay.