7 May 2018


Today I felt a little lost, I spent the day in not exactly the greatest amount of productivity, I did wake up pretty early though, at around 9:00 a.m. I had the healthiest breakfast - oatmeal and bananas with coconut flakes and I thought that today would be different, but my negative thoughts arose and I chose not to put makeup on and not get dressed pretty and to not leave my house, I chose to waste a beautiful day.

Have you ever done something similar? Well, at least you know you are not the only one. But, here's a thing I've realized - I've been too hard on myself. Last month and the one before, March, I've done so many things that I should be proud of, I stepped out of my comfort zone extremely and met my goals for the first time in seven months! For the first time in seven months, I started living a productive and a healthy lifestyle.

That gives me hope, I fell off the track since last week, but it's just one and a half week, it's nothing, I can always get back on track and manage this again. I know I got this and so, do you? Whatever you are going through, it'll get better, I promise.

And yes, here I am, finishing one bad day, but one bad day doesn't equal a bad life. Do not give up, dream on, things will get better, they already are getting better, all you need to do is to add some effort. Well, no pain, no gain.

I thought this would be the worst day of my life, it isn't in my top ten that's for sure, but with the realization that I can actually overcome this since I almost did last month, courage and hope came to me again, but it's a process, it isn't linear, it has its ups and downs and the only that really matters is that we stay strong because we can do anything.

I can imagine how confused my readers are reading this post since I didn't exactly say what I'm going through, but it really doesn't matter. What matters is that I gave a subjective idea of what it is and an inspirational post for you so you can realize that no matter what you are going through and what brings you pain, that you can always win. Even if you haven't won before, it doesn't mean that you won't. I did once, you can as well and so can I.

And now last, but definitely not the least, I share this beautiful song for you:


Thank you for reading this and I hope I gave an inspiration to really dream on.

'Til the next time,
Nora xx

3 May 2018

I wasn't posting as much as usual this past month, but I decided to come back. I have some solid goals that I will talk about in future posts  and I want to use this blog for you to get inspired.

April... The month was exciting, achieveing, devastating, fun, overall, interesting. Many things happened; I had a boyfriend, I attended my cousins' first communion on 29th, I met many wonderful people and got an oppurtunity for a job, but still, I felt something was lacking - passion.

They say that happiness comes when you are passionate about something and I truly believe in that. I am passionate about this blog, I want to use it almost daily, it gives me hope and inspiration to overcome new obstacles and almost feel as if I was almost lost without writing posts for you guys.

Now that I'm back, let's focus on the current month, May. The month when the spring is in its peak and everything shining yet somehow today is exceptionally cloudy and rainy here in Dubrovnik, but let's look at the bright side as we always should; there's finally some rest from the sweaty weather.

This month my goal is to grow in my passion and I think it is photography. I am not completely sure in this since I didn't really use it in practice, but I love taking photographs of nature, sea, sky, people and everything else on my iPhone, it feels natural and I would love to try it with more professional equipement. So, this month I'll save some money to buy a professional camera. It will also motivate me to go to many places and in nature and practice this.

What is your passion? How do you even find it? Ask yourself this question; do you have something that you feel is somewhere, but you are not quite sure where and how to reach it? I know, it gets a little confusing, but it's really simple. Somewhere in your heart there is something you want to try out, something that you feel as if can improve you and make you feel inspired.

Think deeply about what attracts you, what do you like? It can be drawing, singing, knitting or something less artsy, like sports or simply running, maybe cooking? Those are all interesting hobbies to pursue, think about it truly... What do you really love? Don't waste any more energy on stuff you feel are boring or don't bring you any happiness.

Maybe you like editing videos or photos? Maybe it's acting or directing. It can be really anything as long as you are not harming other beings, of course. Your passion could be helping others as well, it's even greater because it makes you feel even more valueable to society, but any passion is valuable, remember that, think about yourself and make yourself a priority. Don't waste any more time, do it now. Do it all now. The time is now.

I hope this post inspired you at least a little bit. Go out there, show the world who you are, work hard and play harder.

'til the next time,
Nora xx

6 Apr 2018


Hey guys, I hope you are having a wonderful day. Last night I had a conversation with my best friend K about some issues I had in the past and still have in lower amounts. She was constantly asking me to explain her my problems, but I didn't feel that I was ready, it's not that I was afraid to open up to her or that she would judge me, it's just that I don't want to talk about them with anyone.

Everyone tells you to open up, to ramble, to cry out your issues, but when is it too much? When is it the time to finally stop talking and start doing? When is it time to bury the past and eventually, let it go? Why are we constantly told to never forget our issues, to always seek for answers and to always talk, talk and talk? Sometimes, it's enough with talking, sometimes we need to be the only thing that can save us - strong.

How to be strong? How to survive and live your life when past is still on your mind?

Here is a step by step process for you to finally become a strong person that I actually managed to live.
  • Let go
You must let go, we all have to, but how do we do actually it? We do it by embracing the present, by realizing (which is not so easy) that past will never come back, that past is over, repeat this, the past is will never come back, the past is over. Embrace the present by doing stuff, you will live in the past if you don't do new things constantly, work out, go out, socialize, work, drink water, just preoccupy your mind and find ways to stay busy, but not just busy, but effective. Once you actually do something well, you will be grateful and you won't have to remind yourself to let go of the past, it will just happen.
  • Tell yourself that you are strong
This one is really important, tell yourself on a daily basis that you are smart, confident, beautiful and strong. Eventually, your mind will start believing it since it believes everything you tell it. Have you ever heard of placebo? Read more here. It's a magic pill for you, you can convince yourself that you are effortlessly strong, you can finally believe it, manipulate yourself, my friends.
  • Stop being so afraid
They say that when you are anxious or scared that you living in a future, but I definitely disagree with it. You can't live in the future since you don't know what future will bring which means you are reflecting your past on the future, this is really similar to the first step, but it's much deeper since it combines the two. You have to realize with all your precious willpower that you are not afraid, that the past can't be relived, that you always have a new opportunity and the most important, your life is so freaking short! You will die soon, you have to do something!

  • Realize your potential
Perhaps this one is the most inspiring one, realize your potential. Realize that you can be great things and achieve them, too. All it takes is to combine the past three steps and you will learn to be strong with this one, too. You weren't always lame, remember? And you don't have to be!


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4 Apr 2018


Hey, guys. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Three months of 2018 had passed already and we have just entered the forth, April. I am so excited about this month since my gut is telling me it's going to be very good! 

Nevertheless, let's first reflect on the first quarter of this year - January, February, and March.

January

I celebrated New Year's Eve with some friends including H and V. First, we went to other friend's house since it was her birthday and there we ate a cake and drank some alcohol, later we went to H's house. There, for the appetizer, we ate some smoked bacon, cheese, and almonds and drank good old wine and some liquors. We got really drunk so, we danced around the tables and we welcomed the New Year by listening to iconic 2000s and early 2010s pop songs.

The rest  of the month was really challenging for me, I had some issues with my family (still, nothing too serious), I didn't have a right routine and I pretty much spent it in overthinking, but there's one good thing when it comes to overthinking - eventually, you will realize stuff and you will take action.

February

The first part of this month was very similar to January, I had some personal struggles I needed to overcome, I didn't go out much except for school and I felt lost.

But, then came the second part of February which represents a huge shift in my thinking and my life in general. The number one thing I did was starting this blog on the 19th which inspired me big time to move forward, it made me realize that I needed a routine and certain hobbies and finally, I started taking action and changing my life for the better. I started eating healthier, but still, it took me a long time to actually learn it, I quit coffee and overthinking and just started living my life more each day.

March

Last month was amazing! Not saying that there weren't some struggles going on, but it was much decreased and I learned how to manage them better. I started exercising, running and walking outside, I was going out much more often and I learned to have a good time, I started valuing my friends and family more and I stopped being so afraid which did a major thing for me! 

That month I celebrated my birthday with my close friends, we went to a Japanese restaurant and had a house party at my place and it was so much fun. March was definitely a month I started taking more action, I realized that I wasn't the smartest person so, overthinking led me to nowhere and also, after a while, I started liking someone.


Overall, this year was challenging so far, but it was also much better than the last one in many ways, I am proud of the things I have overcame and the actions I made.

Let's see what the next quarter will bring, I think it's going to be amazing!

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2 Apr 2018

Hello, guys. I hope you are having a wonderful day. April is here and with the new month comes a new start with new plans and goals or a fresh start for the old plans that need to be improved.

First thing you obviously need is a good old planner or what nowadays is called - a bullet journal.

Journalling or writing down your plans isn't only a great way to stay organized, but it's also a very fun process which I really enjoy. This new journal I got from my best friend K for my birthday, it's not an expensive gift, but it certainly means the world to me since it symbolizes the new chapter in my life which I was discussing a lot about with her.


Now, before I started planning for April, I focused on March and reviewed it. I did pretty well last month, I believe. I got out of my comfort zone, went out a lot, ate moderately healthy, I hope this month goes better when it comes to that etc.

How are you going to do it?

Simply, divide your goals into different categories: health, social, personal development, social media, business or whatever else and write under them the goals that you had and then tick the box if you had accomplished them. 


Then, I wrote down a little more; some accomplishments, things I learned, things I need to work on and other. Here I blurred some things for the sake of privacy, I hope you understand.

 How are you going to do it?

You don't need to copy exactly my questions, ask yourself questions deep down for the previous month, what you need to improve, what you actually did and you are proud of and anything that comes to your mind, be specific, write more than I did if you want, lose yourself in your thoughts for a moment.

Now that I reviewed March, I focused on April and new goals and challenges:


Basically, this month I want to increase last month's successes, work more on my blog by writing posts daily, get healthier and lose 3 kg (I said 5, but I don't know if that is too much), study more and go to a job interview for a local newspaper (we'll see how that goes).

How are you going to do this?

Just write down your to-dos for the month, some events and goals, it's really simple.

And the last, but definitely not the least, is my daily time table planner!


I have to admit, I got this idea from bulletjournal.com. It's the most simple daily log and it makes you even more productive because you are planning hourly, it's better than just writing down a few tasks. 

What happened to me is that I saw how much time in a day I actually had which I haven't realized before and how precious time really is.

I garantee you, this will make you more productive since you become more aware of hours in a day and therefore, you are able to plan smarter.

Before taking these photos I was sitting in my yard and I was reading a book while eating Alpro dark chocolate pudding (not sponsored, but I wish!), it tastes like a regular pudding, but has around 90 calories per 100 grams which is nothing! I definitely recommend for you to buy it and it's not bitter, don't worry!


And yeah, the book is great, I read about fifty pages so far. It's Crime and Punishment by Fjodor Mihajlovič Dostojevski which I believe is a must-read for anyone.


And here is a mirror selfie of today. Sorry for the mess behind, soon I'll make some changes in my room so, stay tuned because I'll definitely post it.

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1 Apr 2018

Hey guys, Happy Easter to those who celebrate it, I hope you have a wonderful day. 

Easter is the greatest Chrisitan holiday being the day of Jesus' ressurection which proved that he was a Son fo God. His death symbolizes that he died for our sins and his ressurection, at least in my opinion, that after torture and suffering, always comes a ressurection meaning a new life, fresh start and better future. Which is inspiring if you are going through tough times at the moment. 

His ressurection is the whole reason the religion even exists.

I celebrated it with my family including my parents, brother, grandparents, uncle, aunt and cousins. So, basically, everyone. We had fun at a lunch table and this photo below shows the preparations:


I totally forgot to take the photo of the whole lunch table and now, I deeply regret it because it looked so organized and good!

For the appetizer with had grandma's evergreen veil soup. Main meal consisted of roasted lamb, potatoes and a salad on the side, but the deserts were everything I was waiting for since my cheat day of the week finally arrived.

We had a poppy cake (actually, them because I didn't really like it), aunt made chocolate bomb cakes which were great, but my favorite always goes to grandma's rozata which is a Croatian (Dalmatian) version of iconic French dessert, cremme brulle.


We chatted, ate and had fun and also shared some interesting facts about Easter which I wasn't aware of before.

The reason we use eggs on this holiday is because they symbolize an empty tomb in which Jesus rested and they were also a symbol of life since Ancient Egyptian times.

Unlike in US where people go for an egg hunt, we play a game called egg tapping where two players compete in the endurance of one's egg and the winner is the one whose egg doesn't break or at least ends the last broken one.

It's a really fun tradition. Also, my grandma and mom decorated the house in a very Easter spirit.


These are "aritificial" eggs and a greeting card my little cousin gave.

And my mother got an interesting idea. She decided to make Easter more fun adn created an "Easter tree". She used olive twigs and put them into the plant we had in the house and decorated it with Easter eggs, chicks and other ornaments.


I think Easter is a very underrated holiday, it doesn't have a craze like Christmas where everyone gets gifts and celebrates in a longer period of time, but at the same time it's good it's not too comerciliazed so, people learn to appreciate the true meaning of it which at the end of the day has to do with Jesus.

I'm not a big religious person myself, but I am a Catholic and believe in God and if nothing at least this was a really good cheat day! Joke aside, I did enjoy this day.

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31 Mar 2018


Hey guys, I hope you are having a wonderful day. In today's post I'll show you how you can achieve anything you want in 30 days from now!

On March 11th, 2018 which was exactly twenty days ago, I decided to challenge myself to improve my life. I wanted to get fitter, eat less of unhealthy foods and more healthy ones and I decided to spend more time with my friends and others.

Fortunately, I've been pretty good at it, but I think I need to find that one more activity that will make me naturally want to do those things. 

The best way to pick something that I will do every day for 30 days (and you, too!) and that will change me in the best way possible is to find something called the key activity.

The key activity is an activity from which you don't only get to do one activity, but naturally, two or three more, not because you have to or want to, but because they are simply followed by them.

Here are the examples:
  • Reading - when you are reading, (the best genre would be self-improvement books, but you're free to read fiction, too) you improve your concentration, your will to do something gets bigger and also you stop being online so much which is a huge problem today, you learn to take time off social media and other websites.
  • Working out - When you work out, you get a sense of accomplishment and you immediately become more aware of the foods you are eating. Hence, you finally start valuing food and start choosing healthier and more organic versions.
  • Walking or running outside - which is similar to the previous one, but even better because it involves nature and it makes you leave your house more often, it builds your confidence because finally you are doing something on your own and just like everything above, you start eating healthier and sleeping better. 
  • Having a hobby - Of course, this differs to one or another because it really depends which hobby is yours, but try to find that something you are passionate about to spend in your free time, it's better than spending all those hours on your laptop or iPhone. Some examples are knitting, gardening, blogging or writing, but it can be any sport which automatically combines with working out.

Yesterday I started the activity of working out, today I'll do it again and one more thing to remember is that the best way to actually stick to this because we know the beginning is the hardest is to set the exact time you'll do this activity each day or at least to do it in the same part of the day (early morning, late afternoon etc.).

Don't forget to read a new post tomorrow I'll come up with a post on how to plan these things in advance and by journalling them. Stay tuned!

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27 Mar 2018

Today I decided to climb a local hill, it is 155 meters long and it was a good road!

I was walking through my hometown for an hour and a half and burned around 350-400 calories since I also ran a little bit.  

Let me tell you, it was hard and I got super sweaty, but once I climbed the hill, I couldn't be happier or more peaceful. It was a beautiful day today and I decided to use it for something good.


The sea was calm, the sunshine was in the air and being surrounded by nature made me so serene. Well, at least after I got my heart rates up and sweated off all of my frustration and stress.

I really believe that anyone should do this at least once in a while. For my case, I'll start walking and running daily, not always until the top of the hill, but on straight roads. Both fortunately and unfortunately, most streets are hilled in this town, they are not high, but still, they make you tired. 


It's fortunate for me because I'll burn more calories and get into better shape, but still unfortunate because I don't have straight roads to run on.


I think people should appreciate nature more, I believe I am lucky to live in a country where trees are gardens are a frequent thing, but in the bigger cities, it is not a regular thing to be around nature.

I am thinking of becoming more concious about global warming or maybe try veganism, but I am still not sure what I have to do. I'll keep you updated on this in my next posts!

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25 Mar 2018

As my 19th birthday is today, I thought to do this post, I've seen it on Youtube and other blogs and I think it is a great idea.

Ugh, what can I say? Already nineteen. Being eighteen was challenging, might be the most challenging year of my life, I've become an adult and it is such a funny process from being a child to an adult, but it's worth it.

You learn to be more responsible and independent, but at the same time you still have childish qualities, you just want to have fun and go out.

I've learned so many things about myself, I've realized my true wishes and plans in life and I've realized ways to overcome obstacles on my way to them, but let's go with a countdown.

By the way, this is not in a chronological order.

1. Life isn't about founding yourself

Life is about creating yourself. You don't need to limit yourself to fit into a certain aesthetic or lifestyle, you can be many things.

For example, I run this lifestyle/lowkey fitness blog and at the same time that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy going out and partying or drinking wine and eating pasta, but I have simply realized my priorities, it is also a part of growing up.

Other examples are I listen to rock n' roll, but I dress trendy and classy (at least I'm trying!). I have many acquaintances, but still, I prefer a company of close friends. 

What I'm trying to say, life is full of different things, don't be just one thing, be many things and expand yourself by experiencing different stuff.

2. Fortune favours the brave

This is a Latin quote: "Audentis fortuna iuvat."  meaning fear is unnecessary, and happiness and wealth of any kind go to the brave ones. There is no point in being afraid because life is really one and we need to learn to live it bravely.

If you get anxious or afraid just remember this, it will help you because anxiety is equal to fear. So, don't be afraid, you got this!

3. Sometimes you need to keep your goals to yourself

This doesn't mean that you are in need of doing some secret agenda, but rather that you understand your goals. Unfortunately sometimes if you share your goals and wishes with some people, they might put you down and tell you that what you want is unrealistic, but if you believe in yourself anything is possible.

4. Belief is powerful

Similar to my last few words of the sentence above, belief is very important. If you believe you are weak, lame or fearful, you will be exactly that. You need to put yourself up and tell yourself each morning that you are worthy and strong and that life is worth living because you know your goals.

5. Having daily goals is more important than having a 5-year plan

I'm not telling you that you can't have a plan for five years from now, but most people don't even know what they want to do this year.

Life can be unpredictable at times and I believe it is more important to have daily, weekly and monthly goals than those from the further future.

First, it makes you more present and content and second, you feel accomplished on a daily basis. 

Still, try to have at least a small image of what you want to be by the end of this year so, you can realize the small steps before.

For example, this autumn I want to go to college and in order to get there I need to work on my confidence and obviously, I need to study for my final exam.

Don't get me wrong, you can have a 5-year plan, but if you feel that you don't have it, don't worry, go with a flow, you will realize it sooner or later.

6. It's good to be unapologetic

Sometimes you need not care and stand up for yourself and if that makes you look rude or unapologetic, it doesn't matter because it just means that you have character.

I'm still working on this, but lately, I've been better. I don't need to agree with everything and listen to everyone.

7. Step out of your comfort zone

I know I said that everything I've stated here is important, but somehow this one combines all of them. Step out of your comfort zone and expand it! You don't need to be afraid, life is one, try new things, do that thing you are afraid of right now and when it's over, you will be thankful.

8. It's okay to open up

Stop pushing your emotions down, learn that people won't hurt you and that there are those sweet and real people that you can trust and open up to. This is a process that I'm still learning so, I didn't completely master it, but last week I had a conversation with my best friend and I've never been more honest to her and guess what, I felt such relief!

9. In healthy body is a healthy mind

We have this quote in Croatian: "U zdravom tijelu, zdrav duh." I don't know if English speakers use it, but I've heard it here million times and it's really true. 

When you take care of yourself from the outside, you are automatically taking care of your spirit. Eat healthy, workout and stretch and you'll see that your mind will be thankful.

10. Small moments matter

Laughing with your family and friends on banal things and just walking outside in nature can be the best stress relief there is so, appreciate small moments in life because they matter.

11. Laugh it off

Similar to the previous one, just laugh it off. Laughing is really the best stress relief, I'm telling you again, just go with a flow and stop being so grumpy. I know it's easier said than done, but it's possible.
Start with your body language first, once you seem open and like you are having fun, you really will start feeling that way.

12. Be grateful

Some time ago you wished for the things you have now and that is why it's important to be grateful now because you focus on positive and when you are positive, new things are coming your way.

13. Don't beat yourself up

We all made mistakes and we can almost change everything in our lifetime except the past. You had embarrassed yourself, you skipped something, you didn't eat healthy the other day, it's okay, don't worry, tomorrow is always a new day and your opportunity to fix it.

14. People will judge you no matter what

I'm sure you heard a saying that not everyone will like you and it's absolutely true. You don't need to be liked by everyone. And let's face it, you probably don't like everyone either and so what? Just don't care and do what you love.

15. You don't have control over everything

It's important to realize (just like everything else in this post, I know) that you won't always know what's going to happen. Once you accept that you have no control over everything and finally see something good in it, it gets better. Unpredictability is the beauty of life, it wouldn't be fun if we knew it all.

16. Just do it!

Whatever is in your mind at the moment and you are scared to do it, go all Shia LaBeouf on it and "JUST DO IT!"! What's the worst case scenario? Probably not so bad, then imagine the best one and then, get realistic one and then you see that nothing really bad will happen.

17. Music is the best past-time

I just love listening to music, it makes me happy, it makes me feel better, but it always relaxes me. So, listen to some music if you feel tense or unease. It'll help.

18. Write it down

No matter how you are feeling right now, write it down, own a diary, own a bullet journal. Write down your goals, your plans and your past mistakes you've learned from and it will become a good habit you'll love.

19. Never stop learning

Finally, to the last one. Honestly, I don't think I've learned anything else past 19th number. So, this one is: never stop learning. It's time to live in a new age of my life and it's time to learn even better things.

What are some things you have learned in the past years? Share your knowledge in the comments.

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22 Mar 2018

Hey guys, I hope you are having a wonderful day. Yesterday I went to a grocery store and I bought some healthy goods for this week’s breakfasts.

You must be wondering sometimes what groceries to buy for a healthy breakfast and why are they even healthy and that is why I made this post.

I absolutely adore grocery shopping, it sounds like the lamest thing, doesn’t it? But I just love the feeling of buying good foods that will benefit my mind and body later.

Just a little disclaimer first, all these products were bought at the local supermarket and most labels are Croatian or German that is why I translated for you what it says.

Different varieties of teas



I just love drinking tea and instead of choosing usual flavours such English breakfast, pomegranate or green tea, I decided to do something new and bought raspberry & mangosteen, cranberry & passion fruit and wild berries flavoured teas. 

The benefits of raspberry and mangosteen tea are fighting cancer and heart diseases, a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants, it also lowers blood sugar to keep diabetes under control and one very important for teenagers and people in early twenties, it reduces acne!

Cranberry and passion fruit tea is great for boosting immunity and preventing cancer. It is also a source of vitamin A, it's great for bloating because it aids digestion, it protects your teeth if you have gingivitis (still, visit the dentist!) and if you are stressful or have anxiety it lowers blood pressure and improves circulation. 

And the last, but not the least, wild berries tea is a mixture of cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. It helps in reducing acne, helps in stopping bloating, prevents cancer, helps in creating a healthy digestive system, protects the heart and much more!

Plant-based milk products


Alpro might be my favorite vegan-friendly manufacturer. It is a label based on plant-based alternatives for regular dairy products such as milk, yoghurts, puddings and more.

I bought Oat milk which I absolutely adore and might be my favorite plant-based milk alongside rice one which I didn't buy today.

Coconut chocolate milk isn't my favorite, to be honest, it is much thicker than other kinds of milk. Still, I will continue using it in my morning oatmeal if I feel that I want chocolate flavour.

Then, there is almond milk and I am one to blame, I still haven't tasted it! Technically, I did when I made a homemade one with blender (mix almonds and water), but not the one from the store.

Here in the photo is missing vanilla soy milk which is also thick, but I just love the vanilla taste so, I used all of it last week. 

Instant oatmeal 


Besides regular oatmeal, I still love instant oatmeal, why? Because it is fast and all the good flavours are already in it so, you don't need to bother to add anything, even though sometimes I add extra bananas or apples on top. I chose oatmeal with raspberries and chocolate from German label Dr.Oetker which I love. 

I tried multiple different instant oatmeals, but still not the ones from this label and I honestly can't wait for the next morning to try it. Also, both come with chia seeds!

Regular Oats


These oats are from German label Bruggen and they are only about $1,5 dollars which means they are the cheapest oats in the supermarket.

I like to prepare them by taking about 50-60 grams of them, then I put them into the deep plate and pour them with water until they are completely covered. Then I put them in the microwave for a minute or a minute and a half. After that, I take them out and put any fruit on them, most likely bananas and sprinkle them with cinnamon.

Benefits of oats are that they are incredibly nutritious, they lower cholesterol levels, improve blood sugar control and they make your skin clearer. Also, they are great for weight loss since they are both healthy and make you full quicker than other foods.

It really makes a perfect breakfast.

Fruit!


Definitely, the most important part of every breakfast is fruits! Since it's early spring (a happy first day of spring by the way), there were limited kinds of fruit at the supermarket so, I chose what I love the most: bananas and pears. 

One of the benefits of bananas is that they contain nutrients that moderate blood sugar which really helps anxiety and depression. Others are that they improve digestive health, help with weight loss, support heart health and much more.

The benefits of pears are that they improve digestion, help weight loss and boost immunity and help heart health. And of course, they are rich in antioxidants.

I thought to add apples, but I am so sick of them since we have a dozen of them at home.

Bonus: Healthy bars


These two snack bars just looked too good not to buy them! The first one with peanuts, brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, honey and extruded cereals is from similarly titled Nuts & Honey Slovak Quality label. I still haven't tried it, but I can't wait to do it this mid-morning.

The other one is from Tekmar, it is musli in yoghurt and honestly, I can't decide which one to eat first!

What foods do you buy for your breakfast? Tell me in the comments!

Until then follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin'. 
'Til the next time,
Nora xx

19 Mar 2018


For the past few years I’ve been promising myself that I will start running, but as life was always busy and I didn’t have much motivation because my only reasons to start running were purely physical and all I wanted was to lose weight, I never started. 

And now, life isn’t the most appealing one still, I can’t say my situation is the worst because you never know what others are going through, but it could be better.

Anyhow, my reasons today are those of mental and emotional foundation. I want to feel better, gain confidence and overall, be healthier so I finally made myself go for a run and I truly enjoyed it this afternoon.

To make it all cooler, today marks one month since I started Project Headway!

Before we start talking more about the mental part of the motivation, let's talking about the "materialistic" one.

Yes, materialistic. This weekend I went to a sport's clothing store and bought a sports bra, Nike top for running, running hoodie and the most comfortable leggings of all time:


By the way, I already had Addidas sneakers. 

What I’m trying to say in this post is; if you want to start running, working out or eating better and your main reason is only to lose or gain weight, it’s most likely that you won’t succeed. 

Don’t get discouraged though! Maybe you have such motivation to lose weight that you are willing to “sacrifice” anything to get to your goal and if by nature you are a determined person you will definitely lose it. 

But let’s face it, chances are you are not and that you need better motivation. So, here I am to help you.

Think about yourself for a minute, what was your mood lately? Was your confidence level high? Were you anxious and scared or sad and depressed, maybe angry or you simply felt a little down. Then, you have a high chance to lose or gain weight or just become a fitter person because finally, your reasons are something besides the looks. 

Stay motivated, dedicated and the results will come! 

Yes, I know that I make it sound so easy and in reality, it’s not, it takes time to get used to new things and the same thing is for fitness. 

Yet fitness is not just about working out, it's about food as well. Actually, food is almost the most important factor.

It’s all about the mindset, once you have pretty good reasons to get better at this or anything else in life in general, you can really make it happen!

Here is a trick, one simple sentence that a fitness coach said on TV today that really changed the way I was thinking about my eating: “If you can’t control your eating habits, you probably have no control over anything else.” Happy people simply don’t necessary indulge, happy healthy people. 

You see what I’m talking about? You are the one who takes the first step towards your happiness so, indeed, this is all in your mind.


You have to take your life in your hands and finally do something about it, even if it’s not a healthier lifestyle (but I still secretly hope you consider it) because we both know you are suffering and life isn’t about that.

Life is about finding love and happiness in all shapes and sizes and once you do something like this, you simply become happier and you start loving yourself more.

I hope this post inspires you, that finally you will do something about your life either it being running or studying more or whatever really because life is short and you need to make it count and I believe you can!

Are you going to start running or exercising or just simply start eating healthier?

Tell me in the comments and in the meantime follow my Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin' for more.

‘Til the next time,
Nora xx

17 Mar 2018


My blog is not yet a month old and I am fortunate enough to say that I got a few very nice comments which I appreciate so much. My first idea for this blog was to talk about my thoughts, people around me and issues inside me, but I was too afraid to write about myself and I quickly edited About me page and my first post

And here am I, almost one month later not being who I wanted to be and just writing about tips and tricks for you guys. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy writing those for you, but I feel as if my page is turning into a tinybuddha.com which I haven't nothing against, I read it almost daily.

Okay, I don't know how to put this into words so, I'll just say it this way... My blog is not me, it seems fake, it seems too official. It feels as if I am writing just for the views and comments and I don't want to be like that.

Do you know what I mean? It feels wrong. I made this blog to write about my feelings and thoughts and share it with you, but don't worry, I still want to share with you the ways I found to overcome my fears and all other great tips. I want to be a real inspiration to you, not a fake one. That is why from now on this blog will be less official and more honest and raw.

I hope you like the idea. Today's post is pretty short, but tomorrow I'll start writing about real stuff and in the meantime, I might edit the blog's template.

Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful day.

'Til the next time,
Nora xx 

15 Mar 2018

On Twitter, you voted for me to do a morning routine which makes me feel accomplished.

Since I had a lot of free time in the past few months I would wake up at 11 a.m. or noon. It made my day feel unproductive, saggy and dull. I continued that way until I've realized it was time to start truly living and quit Instagram scrolling 'til the late hours of the night.


Make sure to read the whole post to see what really makes you feel the most wonderful feeling, the feeling of accomplishment.

1. Sleep earlier

And there was my first decision, I would go to sleep before 1:00 a.m.

I know it sounds ridiculous since those hours are still late, but for me, in order to get used to something I need to take things slower. Still, don't them too slow, you will need to go to sleep earlier, but no matter, if you force yourself or if not your body will need extra rest after you apply the next step.

Before you do that, check out this bonus tip:
  • If you are going to sleep let's say at 11:15 p.m. and you really want to scroll through your Instagram, watch a Youtube video or do whatever on your phone (or tablet, laptop etc.), set an alarm at the time you want to turn off your phone and go to sleep exactly then.

2. Wake up earlier

I know you've heard these two tips thousand times, but there is simply no good morning routine if you don't wake up early. And that is why I've finally made a decision to wake up at least before 9. The same thing as above, it will take some time for me to start waking up before 8 and until then I'm happy that I had stopped eating lunch for breakfast.

So, what you need to do here? Nothing, just wake up before 9:00 a.m. and if you are a lazier person like me try to do this trick: slowly and surely get used to things.

What does this give you? First, it gives you confidence that you can accomplish whatever you want, no matter how small this might seem at a beginning, it's a big step towards your self-improvement.

3. Take a Shower and Complete the Hygene part

When you feel good, you look good, when you look good, you feel good. Complicated as it sounds, might be the realest quote out there.


Take a shower first thing in the morning, not only will you feel hydrated, but also achieved one more time. This gives you a feeling that you are not lazy, that you take of your body and that is the feeling of accomplishment.

Also if you use makeup, make yourself look pretty first thing so you gain some confidence right away.


4. Make a healthy breakfast & drink this:

The importance of healthy breakfast... I'm sure you've heard it million times, but why is it so important?

First of all, it will make you feel full and then you will eat less throughout the day, second of all it will make you feel exactly what we've been talking about in this post: accomplished. You will actually make yourself something. No matter is it oatmeal or scrambled eggs, you got yourself going.

I think you already understand how important it is for you to feel like that in order to gain confidence instantly in the morning.

One bonus tip: drink warm water either with lemons or apple cider vinegar. Those two ingredients are super alkaline and will make your digestion going on! Also, both of those liquids will make your acne go away.

5. The really most important one: Do something you hate

By this, I mean for you to do something you've been delaying for a while because it doesn't make you feel comfortable.


For example, yoga. This morning I did stress relief yoga and it made me feel so good today! I've been thinking of doing this for so long and would procrastinate, but I've found a way to motivate myself - my health.

Most likely, the thing you hate the most is an activity, maybe it's working out, maybe it's meditating, maybe it's yoga, maybe it's just walking to the store or seeing an old friend. No matter which situation is yours, do it!

Do this next or this morning if it is morning where you live.

And that's it! Thank you for reading this and I hope your morning was/is/will be wonderful always.

Follow for more on various accounts: Instagram (personal), Instagram (fashion), Twitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin'. 

With love,
Nora

12 Mar 2018


Whether or not you believe in law of attraction, a principle that says: "believe and you shall receive.", you must believe in affirmations.

What are affirmations?

Without going further about the law, in this post I will talk about pure affirmations. Affirmations are not something you say once a day, you write it on a piece of paper and say it out loud and suddenly your whole life gets better.

Sure, it helps to write it down and say it so your subconscious mind hears it, but in order for them to show some results, you need not just say them once or twice a day, but also think about them all day long.

Today, I'm not talking about affirmations such as "(name) is in love with me" or "I have million dollars". I am talking about everyday affirmations you are saying to yourself about the way you feel.

So, to finally answer, an affirmation is every word you say in your head during the day. Every single one! Now, don't get paranoid, I still think bad thoughts, but I'm working on it and a few of them won't hurt you, but the majority will.

Think about it, when you wake up in the morning and you are rushing to your school or office and you forgot the keys or your cell phone and the first thing you say to yourself is: "Ugh, you idiot! You forget everything!" And since you repeat it every single morning and unconsciously you insult yourself every single day your mind really starts believing it and once it believes it, it manifests (or if you don't want me to use these kind of words), it becomes true, you are putting yourself down and then you forever believe that you are an idiot who always forgets its things.

Now, you must be wondering... I stay the same forever? No, that is the beauty of affirmations, you can change them at any moment.

So, for a small exercise, I suggest you instead of insulting your own self, try to say: "I forgot the keys, it's okay, I'm gonna go back to the house and get them."

The same thing goes for those who are anxious or depressed, the majority of their thoughts is bad otherwise they wouldn't be neither. They would be relaxed and happy. If you are one of those people as I am (or I used to be (I'll talk about the "used to be" term in the future posts)) you must find a way to think more positive.

I know it's hard, I know you don't want to do anything let alone force yourself to think positive, but if you just try everyday to replace at least few negative sentences in your mind with positive ones, slowly, but surely you will change for better.

If you are thinking right now: "No, I can't do that or this; I am too clumsy; I am too afraid..." Just replace those thoughts with: "Yes, I can do anything; I am skilled; I want new challenges..." and by doing it more often and often, your brain will start believing it and eventually, you will be less afraid and less depressed.

One more bonus tip: Do not use negative words such as: "I am not anxious." because your brain focuses on the word "anxious" and then you picture it in your head. Instead use: "I am calm." or "I am relaxed." and your brain will see those things and it will start believing it!

Hell, I believe in you! And I believe that you can do whatever it is that you have on your mind, no matter how tough it may seem, it's easy if you believe it, but first affirm it!


And now, a little update on my Improving my life in 365 days challenge!

I started this challenge on last Thursday, but I counted last four days of the week as week 1, so I am on a day 5 of the second week.

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'Til the next time,
Nora

9 Mar 2018


On Twitter, I asked you to vote for which post should make and most votes went to "2018 goals".

My biggest question this year for myself was; What do I even want? Don't get me wrong, I sort of knew what I wanted, but I wasn't sure where to start, how to do it and most of my goals I would set too high.

Many tell you to set the biggest goals and I still think that's amazing because that is what I'm doing for myself, but if you set the goals too high you might fall at your first failed try and drown in disappointment.

Think about it, your goal was maybe to lose weight this year. Let's say 20 pounds and you set yourself that you will lose those 20 pounds in the first two months by eating healthy and exercising.

And then what happened? On January 1st you were hangovered, on January 2nd you went out again and then on January 3rd you thought that takeaway won't hurt you. You repeated the same mistakes by January 15th and now you were stuck in indecision and worry.

Why would you set the goal that you will lose 20 pounds by March 1st if you knew that tomorrow you are going to go eat out or be too lazy to cook and workout? Why didn't you say: I will lose these pounds by summer? Making it a much more realistic resolution.

We fail because we tell ourselves that this time it's going to be different, that this time you'll have more will power, that by the time clock hit midnight you immediately changed into another person.

Do you follow me? Once you realize that you probably won't change that drastically and that you need to take smaller steps, the disappointment won't exist.

Accept the fact that you're not perfect and that you can't change overnight. That is when you finally make change.

As I wrote in my journal: Don't be too hard on yourself, still don't be too easy on yourself. So, this doesn't only apply to weight loss or weight gain, this can be applied on any other goal.

The most important thing is give yourself time for goals that need it and find balance, it's all life is about.

An example here is if you want to get better at school or college. If you are lazy, you probably won't study a week before the next exam. So, for your next assignment study two days ahead or at least study twice in a same day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon or evening, give yourself breaks, just tell yourself that you can do it and eventually you will create a habit of studying smarter.

And the other most important thing is motivation. We as humans are jealous by nature and therefore jealousy drives us in certain ways, but if we want to take the veil and turn jealousy into something good, all we have to do is to use it to motivate ourselves by using an example of more successful people, people that we're jealous of.

Use time and jealousy in your favor and you will be who you always wanted to be.

Besides all that, today is also day 2 of "Improving my life in 365 days" series meaning I have 363 days left. Yesterday on International Women's Day was my day one and it was a pretty good day.

I exercised, ate the healthiest I could considering I went to cafe and movies later with my best friend and most importantly, I stayed positive.

Still, that doesn't mean that yesterday I didn't feel off and sad, but still I managed to have a good day and I think that's great.

All I applied and all I'm still applying to make 2018 my year and beyond are those two tips, now using jealousy isn't the best thing, but to prove others wrong is almost as good as proving our own selves.

What do you think about these tips? Tell me more in the comments and in the meantime follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin'.

7 Mar 2018

A double post today since I was nominated for the sunshine blogger award.

It's also a lot - get to know me.
 


1. What do you consider to be your biggest strength? 

Most likely my ability to never give up. I've failed millions of times, but somehow I would rise up again always and currently I am in the rising part. I understand that there is no perfection, only improvement and that is what keeps me going. And also my ability to understand things, understand and come at peace with certain struggles and fears.

2.If you could pick up and master any skill in just one day, what skill would it be? (Playing an instrument, speaking a language? Etc)

Probably singing since then I would automatically know what my career path is. I do sing average, nothing extraordinary or special, but that would probably be the skill I'd love to be able to do much better. If I may add another skill it would be drawing better, still I can work on that one if I want.

3. What is the best place you have visited as a tourist and why?

I can't really answer this because I didn't travel a lot in the past eighteen years, but ask me this in the next eighteen when I see half of the world.

4. What are your three favourite films?

This is a tough question since the list is huge, but I'd say in non-particular order: Stealing Beauty (1996), Almost Famous (2000) and Cruel Intentions (1999). The reason is not just about these films, but because they represent certain eras in my life.

5. List 3 fun things you would like to do before you die. 

-Kiss under the rain
-Sleep in a castle
-Learn to dance

6. If you could go back in time to any point in history, and stay there for 24 hours, just 
observing, where would you go and why?

Italy during Renaissance. It is just the wildest, most beautiful and interesting era in human history in my opinion. Okay, maybe not "the most" in everything, but I just love the way it seemed, but of course I'd like to be under some kind of protection spell or a noblewoman because to survive 24 hours in Renaissance Rome most likely wouldn't be the easiest thing to do.

7. What is the most you have ever won or lost in one session of gambling or on a bet? 

I never gambled so, I can't answer this question.

8. What is your most prized material possession?

Without counting my parents' possessions probably my €200 watch.

9. What are your main goals (not blog related) for 2018?
To get out of my comfort zone, travel and fall in love.

10. Who is the most famous person you have met face to face? Briefly describe the encounter.

It was a Croatian singer Davor Gobac back in 2014 when he visited my grandparents' hometown for a festival. He was friendly and funny.

11. What is your favourite alcoholic beverage?

Vodka, red wine and Red Label because I can't choose.

That was my get to know me tag and I was nominated by www.aclassicgent.co.uk  and now I nominated certain bloggers on my Twitter and here are the questions for them:

  1. What’s the craziest conversation you’ve overheard? 
  2. What tips or tricks have you picked up from your job / jobs?
  3. If you were given five million dollars to open a small museum, what kind of museum would you create?
  4. How comfortable are you speaking in front of large groups of people?
  5. What was the best thing that happened to you today?
  6. What’s the most pleasant sounding accent?
  7. Who do you feel like you know even though you’ve never met them?
  8. What’s the most historic thing that has happened in your lifetime?
  9. What scientific discovery would change the course of humanity overnight if it was discovered?
  10. If you had to disappear and start a whole new life, what would you want your new life to look like?
  11. What do you think could be done to improve the media?