‘Tis the season..

With the hustle and bustle of Holiday season and the fact that I am way behind on my holiday shopping (so not like me) surprisingly, I feel at peace.
I’m at peace with the fact that consciously, I’ll make time to bake, cook my first turkey and host an amazing orphan Christmas dinner. All with pleasure and plenty of gratitude.
This Holiday is different from any other. I have decided to continue the theme of 2013 and embrace; more gratitude and less material things/possessions.

My spouse and I turned 30 this year. It’s huge for both of us!  So this decade we are concentrating on gratitude, happiness and bigger than ever accomplishments! And hosting an orphan Christmas dinner is the first.
We are grateful for our health, little family that we created over the years, good and loyal people in our lives, those who wished they had them and the ones that are far away from family and friends during this cozy, holiday season and the ones we get to see once in few years.
The rest of the year is all about us and the people we surround ourselves with during this Holiday season.
So I’m asking you, to make this Christmas special… do something different: invite a lonely friend for a dinner, make a sandwich for a homeless guy you pass by everyday to the coffee shop, create a random act of kindness. Do something that will make your soul smile – it’s that time of year!

 

‘Learn more, read more, be more – always!’ -DariaImage

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..Colder, darker days

Last night millions of people turned back the clock in preparation for colder, darker days – known as winter.

First time in my life I welcomed winter with open arms and a little excitement.  There is something about this cozy season that makes my heart smile. I’m excited!
I’m excited for the new beginnings of this season. Excited for crispy morning runs followed by soul warming soups for lunch. Slow cooker meals for dinner and knitting, reading, baking filled weekends. At this time of year I find myself digging in into the projects that have been put on hold in the sunny summer months. And committing to those challenges I was hoping to forget 🙂
It’s the perfect time to feed your soul!

There are few things I’ll be part of. May I suggest you give them a try? or perhaps create your own?

+ Soup Exchange (get together with girlfriends and share your favourite soup dishes with each other)
+ Swimming (to me, it’s a life skill to master) to you it might be a way to relax, exercise or both
+ Knitting (to be exact, learning how. Along with creating a piece to wear)
+ Craft workshops (love me some DIY)
+ Make my goals come true. Project. (do you have something you’d always wanted to achieve? well, this is the time)
+ Post holiday 7 day ‘Ready, Set, Glow’ detox program (who else is in?)
+ Daily gratitude (work in progress) “Sometimes the little things in life mean the most.”
+ Read more, learn more, be more – always!

What are you going to do differently this time around? Share!
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