How’s your self-care time? 👌 Do you put yourself first? 💅 Do you allow yourself to say ‘no’ to others and ‘yes’ to you and your needs? 🤗
I gotta say that I have finally learned to do that this year 😊 I started planning my days off and by planning I mean writing in my calendar “REST TIME – DO NOT PLAN/DO ANYTHING!” haha 😅.
But I’ve really started putting myself first too. I don’t feel bad rejecting some other plans if, e.g. a friend calls me on my day off to do something/party and I say “sorry, it’s me-time and I want and need to rest and spend some time by myself” 😉. If you say that to your friend and he/she doesn’t understand it then he/she is not a friend! 😉
I really cherish me-time and I try to have such a day at least once a month 😊
How about you? Do you have enough of me-time? Do you spend some time alone just chilling and having some quality time with yourself? 🤩
Scroll down to see an amazing excercise for a self-love time!
🎄Smiley Advent Calendar 🎄
I changed my Instagram Feed into 1 big Advent Calendar! 🤩
There already were 2 surprises including a tutorial for a homemade Xmas gift!
Check it out on my Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/smileysociety/
New Zealand couple gift pristine land worth millions to the nation 🌳
Couple who cancelled wedding due to Covid uses catering deposit to give Thanksgiving meals to needy 🍜
Scotland Becomes 1st Country To Make Period Products Free 💸
Marked improvement in Europe’s air quality over past decade, fewer deaths linked to pollution 😇
Downtown Phoenix apartment complex waived December rent for residents 💸
Swipe left to read more!
Come back next Monday for more! 🤗
Only 1 day left to:
🎄Smiley Advent Calendar 🎄
Starting Dec 1st for the next 24 days my Instagram Feed will change into 1 big Advent Calendar! 🤩
Visit my profile every day for a special surprise! 🎁
I’ll be posting a special carousel post each day and as you swipe left you’ll get a special surprise, just like in an Advent Calendar box! 😁🎁
In the Smiley Advent Calendar you’ll find:
➡️ 6 ideas for homemade Xmas presents
➡️ 6 ideas for homemade Xmas decorations
➡️ 3 ideas for self-love time
➡️ 3 positive Xmas movies recommendations and recipes for a Xmassy snack
➡️ and more useful and positive surprises!
Follow me on Instagram to see what I have prepared for all of you! 🙂
Look deep into my eyes. What do you see? Confidence! 😎
I’ve learned a lot this year and I feel that I’ve grown as a person.
This year I finally accepted myself as I am 👍 I stopped feeling sorry for being the way I am and I’ve been encouraging people to understand that we are all different and you can’t meassure or judge everything with same standards/meassurements 🤷🏼♀️
For example, I am an analytical kind of person 🧐. I analyze lots of things, I plan lots of things, I need to have an order in everything and have everything organized 🤪. I feel calm when I have everything written down and everything planned 😇.
But e.g. my husband is not like that 🤷🏼♀️. So whenever he wanted to do something spontaneous together or plan some evening for me I felt nervous (Don’t get me wrong, I do get spontaneous from time to time but not when I have a busy week – e.g. preparing everything for an Advent Calendar 😜)
It took some time but he now understands that this is how I want things 🤗
But it works both ways! I used to be mad at him for not planning ahead or for not being orgnized. But that’s just how he is 🤷🏼♀️. He doesn’t need unnatural order in everything as I do. I used to be mad that he doesn’t remember me telling him something but his memory just isn’t as good as mine or, actually, it is as good but he just remembers different things 🤷🏼♀️ – I have good memory for facts, plans, for details and he remembers every movie and a last name of pretty much every person he’s ever met! 😅 We’re just different!
We are all different and we all want different things. Don’t judge somebody for not wanting something you want or for having something you find unappealing 🤷🏼♀️
Don’t feel sorry for a woman that has been single her whole life, maybe she wants to be alone? 😉 Talk, listen. Stop looking weird at a married couple that doesn’t have kids – maybe they don’t want traditional Graduate-Get Married-Have Kids lifestyle. Talk, listen. 😉
Stop looking at people through your own opinions and your own character. Maybe something that drives you crazy is good for another person? 🤷🏼♀️
DIY Gingerbread Sugar Scrub 🤤
This Gingerbread Sugar Scrub smells so delicious that you’ll want to eat it! 🤤 Double or triple the recipe for an easy homemade gift idea 🤩🎁
The great thing about this Gingerbread Sugar Scrub is that it’s all-natural, using ingredients you probably have on hand in your kitchen 🤗
+ Great for Xmas season!
1 cup sugar 🍚
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup coconut oil or other carrier oil 🥥
¼ cup almond oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg 🌰
Mason-style jar with lid
How to Make Gingerbread Sugar Scrub:
➡️ In a medium-sized bowl combine all ingredients except oils.
➡️ Gradually add coconut & almond oil until scrub reaches desired consistency (you may use more or less of stated amount).
➡️ Scoop Gingerbread Scrub into mason jar.
To Use: Gently apply a scoopful of scrub to wet skin in a circular motion, concentrating on dry patches and rough areas 🧖♀️. Rinse with warm water 💦
P.s. Only 5 days left till our Smiley Advent Calendar on my Instagram! Will you be joining? Follow me on Instagram for a surprise everyday for 24 days starting on Dec 1st!
Have you managed to notice your sabotaging thoughts? 🧐 If yes – great! I hope you’ve written them down because today we’re gonna look for a way to fight them! 👊🏻
Task for today: for each sabotaging thought create a supporting thouht or helpful recreation 🤗. Now you’ll be able to not only notice a sabotaging thought but to stop and choose how you wanna react❗. Will you accept what the sabotaging thought is telling you or will you, thanks to previously prepared supporting thought or helpful recreation, choose another solution? 🤩
Working on sabotaging thoughts makes you aware of your choices and you no longer will work or react automatically. 🤗
Take a pen, piece of paper and write down your sabotaging thoughts and some helpful answer to them! 📝
Next week: Defeat your sabotaging thoughts
Source: @chodakowskaewa‘s new book “90 days – design your tomorrow”
Time for positive news!
An endangered white rhino was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park 🦏
12-Year-Old Boy Makes More Than 100 Baseball Bats from Fallen Branches of Derecho Storm, Raising Money for Victims 💰
Jeff Bezos Created $10 Billion ‘Earth Fund’ to Meet Climate Crisis, First Grants of $800M Go to Iconic Environmental Groups 🤩
Filipino wins sustainability award for solar panel made from waste crop 🏆
COVID-hit mother wakes up from coma to find she has given birth to twins 👶👶
Come back next Monday for more!
Do you feel tired all the time lately? 😴
You lack energy for anything?
It is quite normal in the autumn especially when the days are getting shorter and shorter but you can change it! ☺
Here are 5 reasons why you may feel tired all the time:
➡️ Bad lifestyle – you don’t eat healthy food 🥦 (if you lack ideas for it check out my Healthy Food stories highlights! I share 1-2 healthy recipes in stories every week 😉), you don’t sleep enough (you should sleep 7-8h every night) 😴
➡️ You don’t drink enough water 💦 – you should drink 2-2,5l of water everyday (not liquids, water!). If you somehow forget to drink (some people do) there are plenty apps for that now that will remind you every hour to drink a glass of water 😅 just have some water nearby – e.g. I always have my Brita bottle (0,7l) standing next to me when I’m working and I’m reaching for it even subconciously now
➡️ You’re not moving 🏃♂️– physical activity is VERY important both for your body and for your mind! 🧠 I know it’s not best time now for some outside activity but you can still go for a walk to a forest or even work out inside! 😉 There’s plenty fitness programs online that you can watch and workout in front of TV – I workout with @chodakowskaewa and on my stationary bike 🚴♀️
➡️ You’re stressed – I am aware that those are very stressful times but try to stay calm 🧘🏼♀️. Stop watching news if that makes you anxious 🤯, take up yoga or meditation, write down your thoughts and questions that bother you or simply call a friend and tell what’s on your mind (you can always DM me! 😘)
➡️ You won’t let yourself relax – remember about rest! No matter how much work you’ve got, always plan some rest time too! I work A LOT both at my full time job and on my private projects but I always plan the work this way so I’d have an evening off to chill with my husband and at least 1 day a week completely off to recharge 🤗
Does some of the points above apply to you? Share in the comments!
P.s. BIG NEWS – There will be Smiley Advent Calendar on my Instagram with a special surprise everyday from Dec 1st to 24th!
As you my remember from last week’s step sabotaging thoughts are on a subconscious level and are often irrational 🤔. Don’t judge them but also don’t ignore them – take them seriously. Even if they seem silly, weird or without any sense to you carefully look into them 🧐
Why is it worth to do it? Here are couple reasons:
🔶️Sabotaging thoughts can:
➡️ Bring down your self-confidence
➡️ Let you reject knowledge, good advices or hints from others
➡️ Increase general stress level (and that weakens your strong will! Remember step 17?)
That’s why task for today is: keep observing your sabotaging thoughts (and when you notice them, write them down! 📝) while remembering to be good to yourself! 😉
Next week: Create your helpful recreation
Source: @chodakowskaewa‘s new book “90 days – design your tomorrow”
Fall means pumpkins, and that means a lot of baked goods and other treats loaded up with it everywhere 😋. But you don’t have to stop there! You can make a Pumpkin Hair Mask! 🧖♀️🎃
Pumpkin has wonderful benefits for your hair and skin, not to mention the aromatherapy of smelling pumpkin pie while you relax during your homemade beauty treatment 😍.
Pumpkin is moisturizing. The vitamin A it contains is great for your scalp, and it encourages hair growth. Some people use cinnamon for dry brittle hair, to treat some forms of dandruff, and as a natural stimulant for hair growth 🤗. Finally, the coconut oil adds a conditioning layer to your hair, infusing it with softness and moisturizing your scal 🤩 Try this quick and simple hair mask this fall.
½ cup Pumpkin Puree 🎃
2 tsp. Coconut oil (unrefined)🥥
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 Vitamin E capsule
➡️ Mix pumpkin puree, cinnamon, vitamin E capsule, and coconut oil in a small bowl until thoroughly combined.
➡️ If your coconut oil is a solid, you may want to warm it in the microwave in 20 second increments until melted before mixing.