Today I want to share with you an app that I´m in love with, Elokenz.
Today I want to share with you an app that I´m in love with, Elokenz.
I´m sure you´re expecting my usual daily quote but today is going to be a little bit different.
Have you ever heard the expression “stop and smell the roses”, right? Well, the original quote belongs to Mr. Walter Hagen (a major figure in golf in the first half of the 20th century), and his exact words were: “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way”.
I started blogging in September 2015 and I have not taken a break since then. I´ve enjoyed every single day, I have met many wonderful people and made some good friends. I have learned a lot from you and I have grown more as a person than as a blogger. I feel nothing but gratitude: thanks for your support that you have shown all this time, but also thanks for all the inspiration, help, advice and pearls of wisdom you share from your blogs! Keep writing because I´m not going anywhere!!
It´s just that my daily (hopefully) motivational quote series ends today: 532 quotes. I had no specific number in mind when I started but lately, I´ve been feeling it´s time to make some changes. I have more quotes than exercises or post about fitness. When I think about it, a voice in my head tells me something is not right… and I agree 🙂
Back in September 2015, I knew nothing about blogging. In November 2017 I know that more than two thousand followers deserve better than a daily motivational quote, weekly recipes, and occasional fitness post.
After my come back, I plan to post just three times per week, things I think you´d like to see again: playlists, exercises, recipes, fitness tips… and some new stuff. My goal is to deliver twelve worth reading posts every month, starting in December.
This month, after two years, I´m going to press the Pause button instead of Publish. No hurries, no worries, I´ll be smelling the flowers 😉
This morning my computer passed away so I guess I will be missing in action a few days. I’ll be back as soon as possible 😉
Sitting for long periods can definitely cause lower back pain or worsen an existing back problem. The main reason behind this is that sitting is a static posture that increases stress in the back, shoulders, arms, and legs, and in particular, can add large amounts of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs.
I have an old injury and over the years I´ve been trying and adjusting exercises to relief my back pain. This is an easy and quick routine that never fails. It takes 5 minutes and you need no equipment.
I do this routine almost every day, some days twice, after two or three hours in front of the screen. I bet most of you sit for longer than I do, so I think you should save this routine and perform it regularly.
Taking a little time during the day to stretch and relax has an extra benefit: your productivity will increase when you feel your body free of stress. Think about it this way, you take a break when you finish a task to do the next even better. Read more about movement and productivity on Forbes, these guys really care about productivity, right?
Take your lower back seriously and start stretching, often. Remember that stretches should never be forced or cause any pain.
Click on exercise´s name to watch the video. Also, a description on how to perform each exercise is just below the image. Here´s a screenshot.
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Do you want to meet new bloggers? Would you like to promote your blog? Good!
Here´s our meet and greet 😀
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I hope you had a great week. It´s time to take a break, promote your blog and meet new amazing bloggers. Please, visit and comment in the original post, here.
Are you ready? Promote your blog, have fun, and meet new amazing bloggers. Please, visit and comment the original post, here.
Last month, a good number of great bloggers stopped by. Make sure to visit and follow them, if you haven´t done it yet.
Element: Sharon does a daily Tarot post and writes about personal growth and healing with a bit of poetry.
Yadadarcyyada: Donna blogs about life, the universe, and everything, with a lot of humour.
Mostly blogging: Janice offers blogging tips and I hosts 10 blog parties a month!
Simplyme SMC: She writes about her travel experiences and personal thoughts.
Jolies attic: Jolie writes about whatever pops into her head,
Penny for your thots blog: She blogs about her life and fitness journey.
Simple dimple: Stella writes on a variety of subjects. Her blog is all about motivation and inspiration expressed in diverse ways, through Prose-poems, Pictorials, quotes etc.
Big And Pinky Toes: Lacey blogs about food, family, and other good stuff.
Artsy crystal: Crystal is a passionate graphic designer and I blog about my designs.
Poet Rummager: Rose loves to create art and poetry.
Yummy cookbook blog: Dilna blogs about cooking recipes.
Bikurgurl: She blogs about her experiences, children, photography, etc.
The World is Bigger Than Me: Kalee writes about sustainability & adventure.
Zorba the Buddha: Vikram talks about spiritualism and meditation. once in a while he expresses his views on randoms topics too.
Zavi Fashion: Zharia blogs about fashion and beauty.
Informatic Cool Stuff: Abhijit blogs about creative DIYs (Do It Yourself), Science, technology, and Gadgets.
A Yenny for my thoughts: Yen takes stunning photos and shares them along with beautiful stories.
Do you want to join us this month? Get new followers? Discover new blogs? Plese, follow these steps:
As we have been “enjoying” unusually high temperatures in Galicia, lately I´ve been dreaming of a flash trip to Antarctica. Come with me, the views are mind blowing!
Today I´m very excited about this post. This is my first collaboration post, ever! I´m collaborating with my friend Sareena, the awesome blogger behind The all of it blog. Fortunately, she has more experience than me in this sort of post, and working with her was an absolute pleasure.
She showed up with a lot of topics and we choose happiness. Happiness is a familiar topic for me, not because I am a very happy person, but because I studied philosophy. Back in the day, I decided to study philosophy because I needed to understand what it is needed to be happy. Happiness is a fundamental concept in philosophy and I already had to write about it for several teachers. I never imagined that I would write about happiness again. I really enjoyed writing this post, revisiting old Greek authors, old pieces of advice, realizing which ones worked for me… A million thanks, Sareena!
In philosophy, happiness translates the Greek concept of eudaimonia, and refers to the good life, or flourishing. Aristotle stated that the happy life is the good life, that is, a life in which a person fulfills human nature in an excellent way. Since man is a rational animal, human happiness depends on the exercise of his reason. Happiness is not pleasure, nor is it virtue. It is the exercise of virtue. Happiness depends on acquiring a moral character, where one displays the virtues of courage, generosity, justice, friendship, and citizenship in one’s life. These virtues involve striking a balance or “Mean” between an excess and a deficiency.
From Tales to Adorno, all philosophers have reflected on happiness and good life, so we have a wide variety of opinions on what´s happiness and how to be happy. Exploring philosophical, cultural and historical variation in concepts of happiness is the best way to realize that happiness is a fuzzy concept.
Psychology reduces happiness to a mental or emotional state of well-being which can be defined by, among others, positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Since the 1960s, happiness research has been conducted in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including gerontology, social psychology, clinical and medical research and happiness economics. In my opinion, it´s pretty interesting how science tries to probe and translate to cold scientific language things that philosophers and poets said thousands of years ago.
Spend time outdoors. Recent studies show we spend too much time enclosed in buildings and vehicles. Up to 90% of the time, we´re inside. This is not just unhealthy but unnatural.
By definition, a jail is a place for the confinement of people accused or convicted of a crime. If you haven´t committed a crime, why do you confine yourself? How are you going to be happy if you´re punishing yourself by locking yourself? Happiness is outdoors!
Go outside and enjoy nature, earth and sky, lakes and rivers, beach and mountain. Time outdoors will improve your mood, self-esteem, creativity as well as your vitamin D levels. Also, many studies have found that regular exposure to nature helps to reduce mental fatigue and relieve stress reducing cortisol levels.
Make being outside a ritual, try gardening, find a trail, go to a local park or just sit outside quietly and appreciate the natural beauty around you! Notice the scents, sights, and sounds as you sit quietly and focus on the moment.
Exercise. Science can´t explain how it works yet, but exercise brings feelings of euphoria and general well-being. Endorphins, Serotonin, Norepinephrine, it´s not clear what causes these feelings.
A recent research shows that while many people started an exercise program to lose weight and improve their appearance, they continued to exercise because of the benefits to their well-being. Physical activity is an elixir of life, not a punishment for bad numbers on the scale. Give yourself 30 minutes a day to take care of your body, and you´ll see awesome improvements in your mood.
Enjoy time with friends. There is no better way to spend our time in this world than doing activities that we like with people we like. Recent studies about friendship and happiness have found:
Not just music, but arts in general. Make more art. In 2010, researchers analyzed more than 100 studies about the impact of art on your health and your ability to heal yourself and published the results in the American Journal of Public Health.
From five visual arts studies mentioned in that review (visual arts includes things like painting, drawing, photography, pottery, and textiles), the researchers described the impact that visual art activities had on the patients:
The impact of art, music, and writing can be seen in your physical body as well. In fact, this study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine used writing as a treatment for HIV patients found that writing resulted in “improvements of CD4+ lymphocyte counts.” In other words, writing actually impacted the cells and improved their immune system.Build something. Share something. Craft something. Make more art. Your health and happiness will improve!
Build something. Share something. Craft something. Make more art. Your health and happiness will improve!
For many, formal education ends after secondary school or university. Of course, adults learn things outside of formal education such as how to manage their finances and make a success of their personal lives. Many will learn new skills in the workplace, and some do courses as part of their professional development. Continuing to learn well into adulthood is beneficial to health and happiness. Never stop learning!
These are my tips for you: enjoy time outdoors, with friends, take care of your body, express your creativity, and never stop learning. What are Sareena’s?
It´s Friday! So, it´s time to remind you to take a break from work. Breathe, relax, and get ready to enjoy your weekend. But there is one last thing you can do to promote your blog! Leave your comment with a link to your blog, here.
Have a great weekend 😉
It´s exciting and I feel honored that so many people follow my blog. We are 2000! Thanks to everyone following this blog. If you think about it, millions of towns around the world have less population! 😀
As I owe you this milestone, I thought a Q&A post would be a good idea. Well, here are your questions and my answers.