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Since I didn’t make any new resolutions in this new year, I am enjoying January as the month who extended into meeting with friends and continuing December celebrations of all birthdays and new endeavours that awaits us in 2019. For so many years I have struggled with expectations I have set for myself and apologizing for not having career that I forgot to appreciate myself and small things I do on a daily basis and those often matter the most.  As most of the SWAGS would understand me, for me it was never hard to accept that my husband is the “breeder” for our family and that I follow his career standing behind him, but it was more of trying to fit into what people around me expect me to be. It took years to learn and experience to gain as well as lots of self growth and therapy sessions to realize that it is just not the average lifestyle to live. In a way when I now look back, it was easy when I was in college, because when someone would ask me what is it that I do, I could respond that I am in college. As it would be something bad if I just said I am a homemaker, full time wife and mother. I worked on many project in past years, selling properties, running a Pilates studio, attended many semniras, got certificates, but nothing has made me as happy as having time to watch how my daugthers grow and learn, having time to cook meals for my family, plan, build and decorate our beautiful home, travel and work on myself growth. The breaking point for me whas when therapists said to me that I shall realise that people work most of their lives to achieve what I have: time and resources to live exactly how I want and do what I love. Then I relaised I achieved what I wanted and that I should stop comparing myself to other women, especially hard working women and stop trying to be superwoman who does it all.  I realised it is hard to have it all: carrer, family, good relationships and time for yourself.  And the more I observe, the more I realise that too often we are quick to judge other people lives, because who does have it all? It is all perception and how you see it. And it is all what matters to you. It is not about status, titles and names. It is about what makes you happy. Even now, when I am back to my blog, I decided, I will take it for fun, as my own project on my own terms, write when I feel like it and stop stressing what should grow from it or where it will go. Finally I am at peace, I can enjoy what I have been given…. Relaxed January.

New Year, 2019, New Resolutions

I count January 3rd as a New Year in Slovenia, since this is the day children are back to preschool and school and everyone and everything is back to work. On January 3rd life goes back to its normal routine and Holidays are over. End of the 2018 and enetring into 2019 in Slovenia, we had 10days long holidays. And as I had my kids at home, out of school, entertaining them, cooking, serving, cleaning and making the most of our family time, I didn’t even have time to engage into this well know all around the World tradition of setting new goals and making new resolutions of how am I going to improve myself and my life in this 2019 New Year. In December one of the books I read ,had this great questionnare made out of 77 questions that you are supposed to answer every week for few weeks in order to help you set goals and find your life prupose and I didn’t even manage to do that. I did think about questions that had been asked, but somehow didn’t sit down and do the homework. Often I am questioning is it me and maybe my poor skills of time organization or is it that days are just going by so fast that I would need that 25th hour to squeeze everything in? Then , i was wondering is it my comfort zone of life I have created that is preventing me from setting new “serious” goals? Or is it that I am just most of the time satisified with my life the way it is and I am trying to fit into these classic standards becaose of the culture I live in and of what most of the people around me do. But if I look into most common New Year’s resolutions, those are mainly eat healthier, get more exercise, lose weight, drink less and save more money  and so on. But most of that, I have already been doing for past years. And the more I contemplate of how should I improve my life, the more I realize, that I don’t need such called New Year’s  resolutions and improvements, because on majority of days I feel good and happy with how I eat, excersise, how much I drink, how I look , my financial situation, my relationships and overall how I live. And I was thinking so what if my new years resolutions would start without any resolutions and just resolution to finally accept how I live, stop apologizing for my choices, stop thinking why I didn’t write new goals and just live every day as it is to the fullest, smile a lot, spending time with my family and friends and just being happy in my comfort zone. Maybe I am the type of person who doesn’t need specific goals to push me forward or doesn’t need constant challenges to prove something to myself or the World. Over the years I proved to myself what I needed and now I can peacefully start New Year happy that I live in peace, that I am healthy and people I love are healthy and that we have warm home with food on a table and few Euros in my pocket to have fun with my friends. There is not much more I need for my happiness in 2019. If it stays as it is, I am happy. So I am starting 2019 as a Non Reolution year and hopefully I will suprise myself with new unplanned adventures.

December contemplations

Decmber is a month when most of us are looking throughtfully at our past year and re-examine all the events that took place and how they affected us. In this past year two of a very dear people to me died or as I like to say crossed over, since I believe that there is a life after death. I like to imagine that one leaves their body, but soul crosses over into other dimensions. I believe that at birth we are assigned a day when we will cross over. But what I realized when I for the first time encountered a death of a loved ones is that you leave life on Earth all alone and you can’t take anything with you but memories and experiences that you have made at a time that was given to you. What struck me most is that tea cup at the house was exactly at same place where she left it. Her notebook was at the same place. Evertyhing was the same, except she was gone. And as I remebered our deep talks over friendly lunches and coffes , i always admired her wisdom and advice to not forget to be kind to myself. To cherish every moment I have and not to stress over the actions of other people. Once can only be responisble for his/her own deed. Thought that was a confort to all that loved her, is that finally she is renutied with her fristborn duagther and that she lived her life fully as a professionall and as a wife and mother. She left us in Spring and I still think of her often.

The death of a childhood friend that left us a month ago struck me harder, since she was a young woman at the best age of her life battling a cancer for months, knowing her four year old daugther is loosing her mother. Since I have learned about her struggle with health and battling cancer, I couldn’t but daily of thinking of unfairness and why it happened to her hoping that she will miraceously beat it and stay with us. It gave me tremendous sense of gilt for being healthy and happy and enjoying my own happiness. But at the same time it gave me appreciation for my heath and it reminded me that everyday is a gift and that life shall not be taken too seriously. I tresure time I knew her. We never know when is our time, when we fullfilled our mission on Earth and that nothing is worth our stress.

Thus I decided that this December I will be first kind to myself and enjoy all the festivites of the month that I love so much. I will cherish time with my family and friends. I will do extra decorations, sing louder, dance harder and thank for ability to enjoy everything that life offers me. After all Decmber is the last one, so it shall be the best one.

Hello December

HELLO DECEMBER

It has been a year since I wrote my last blog and it amazes me how fast time flies and how rapidly a year will turn around. And not even that, but how much can happen in a life of one in just a year. And since December is my favourite month due to many celebrations it brings and since this is the month most of us contemplate on where we are from the last year celebrations, did we achieved what we wanted and was that astrology forecast for a year accurate, did I experience all I have planned; I decided it is time for me to come back to myself and my writing, the thing I love to do and that comes easy to me.

On most of my days, I have those inner mind talks with myself, all planned out what I want to say and write and then somehow I get caught up in everyday routine and just loose that extra time to put everything down on a paper or sit by the computer and just do it.

My past year was  full of unexpected surprises made of great trips, exploring my inner self and the World around me, some disappointing moments and events, new discoveries, and goodbyes to some people I loved dearly. What I have learned is that there is no right or wrong, but just experiences and that based on our own actions it will determine our direction. I finally determined that it is time to turn direction in a way I want and to put myself as the number one on my life register. When I was younger, I was afraid that putting myself first would be a selfish act that would drive people I love away, but finally I learned that people who love me, will learn to respect me and my boundaries and will love seeing me being true to myself. All others will fall away as leaves fall from trees in autumn.

I will give myself and my blog a fresh start this December and will write it as a diary of my life experiences and assessments. I will sometimes write it as a reaction, other times as a conception, then next will be notion, on other occasions judgements or speculation , but most of all it will be who I am TRUTHFUL.

May our December start with the believing that we already have it all and be filled with good thoughts and kindness that brings us happy moments.

Day at a Ziva Wellness Spa, Bled

In cold December days when nights are long and days shortest, we shall be more in tune with nature, but instead we are trying to fit in those last minute endeavours before the end of the year. In Slovenia we call it Happy December, because everyone is celebrating the year that is about to turn into new one. Companies are hosting wild Christmas parties and many events and promotions are taking place, trying to convince us, how we need to shop more, decorate more, meet with everyone to make it more festive and merrier. In this busy schedule to get away from December madness Better-lifestyle team decided that we will take day off and relax at beautiful Bled and Ziva Wellness Spa, Wellness for Body and Spirit. Betterlifestyle partner Mercedes gave us their new E class 220 beauty to make our day and drive perfect. In Ziva Wellness we got welcomed by staff that opened the door of beautiful Spa area where you can enjoy great choices of different spa treatments with Babor cosmetics or relax in steam rooms and finish saunas, after which you dip into a pool that is overlooking beautiful Bled castle, which history reaches back to 11th century.
What Betterlifestyle team learned in Ziva Wellness Spa is that days like this, getting away from your busy schedule to feed your soul are important not only for health, but can as well enhance creativity and productiveness. Staff at Sava hotels educated us about all the similar experiences they are offering in their repertoire of services. You can choose from services at Ziva Wellness Spa , to Aqua-pass that will take you to all Sava Hotels&Resort water parks: Terme 3000 – Moravske Toplice, Terme Lendava, Terme Banovci , Zdravilisce Radenci and Sava Hotels Bled. To enhance your experience you can add a relaxing massage, a beauty treatment, a visit to warm swimming pools or/and relaxation in the saunas. It is not late to gift your loved ones with great choices of surprise gift vouchers from Ziva Wellness Spa or vouchers that can be redeemed in any Sava Hotels to begin New Year relaxed and rested, ready to take on new endeavours.

We recommend https://www.sava-hotels-resorts.com/si/sava-hoteli-bled/wellness/wellness-ziva?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5Z-r3fGk2AIVcSjTCh16tQBGEAAYASAAEgI9S_D_BwE

 

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Exploring Canada, Blue Mountain Village

     Exploring Canada continued from Niagara Falls to Blue Mountain Village, where our friends own their vacation home. What amazed me about this beautiful village overlooking beautiful Georgian Bay and Lake Huron is the good vibes it spreads that instantly make you feel alive, ready to hike or dance at their beautiful square in the middle of the village.  As we were walking the streets, Elvis Presly festival was going on, and I was all of a sudden surrounded by many Elvises’ and people dancing at the melodies of never forgotten Elvis music and legacy. The positivity of people and fresh air made me realize that what is coming in this weekend will be full of positive vibes and good energy. And it really was. Activities that we were taking on this weekend included hiking beuatiful hills and forrest, going to swim at their swimming pool full of fun gadgets for children which made my daugther proclaim that this is best swimming pool in her life and dipping into lake Huron and riding with kids on a roller coaster. And this was only few things that we managed to do in our weekend getaway since there are never ending fun activities that won’t let you be bored in Blue Mountain. Local restaurants are amazing and won’t leave you disapointed, but make sure to make reservations in advance since this is the most popular winter and summer getaway for Ontario habitants. . There is even shopping that can be done and you won’t come home just full of sweet memories but as well with beautiful local hand made souvenirs.

I am attaching link where you can find all the activities, events, shops and restaurants in Blue Mountain https://www.bluemountain.ca/things-to-do

For any additional info, recommendations or reservations write us at info@betterlifestyle.si

 

 

Flirting with anti ageing procedures

My first visit to plastic surgeon happened eleven years ago when I was living in Charlotte. I was sent there by my family doctor for removal of few moles and he suggested that it shall be done by plastic surgeon for minimal scars and best outcome. Since then I have been back and forth about thinking of the pros and cons of plastic surgery and if or when to start with non invasive minimal procedures. With explosion of the products and media pressure to look beautiful by standards that are changing from season to season , the question is what shall be used for one to feel good or the way they want and not to over do it. Since my first visit to plastic surgery I have done chemical peels, but never tried botox. I never considered it, because I am too scared of needles, all side effects and possible bad outcomes.My opinion is that when I will want or need rejuvenating procedure, I would opt for brow or facial lift. I as well know if I will go for any procedure I would want to look as natural as possible, to say it as “no one can figure out” what I did it thing. I have seen to many women that at one point overdid botox it and it looked ridiculous, like a poker face…. So ten years later I again entered plastic surgery office in Ljubljana. This time I am approaching my forties, after two big babies and exhausting pregnancies, sleepless nights, I started thinking what shall keep me looking the way I want and feel, young, lively and ten years younger than my biological number. I asked my friend for doctor recommendation, that did her breast augmentation at this office few months ago and these were far the best looking breasts: just the right size and feel natural pair of breast. I found, you could say, fairly unknown doctor,Peter Zorman, that impressed me by his conservative approach, where you could feel that he is first and foremost a doctor, one that loves medicine and is not looking just for the profit that plastic surgery brings. In our conversation I realised he is not interested in being commercialised and that he wants to build his reputation with highly professional work and satisfied clients that will recommend him by word of mouth. He took time to listen and answer all my questions and even refused to do a procedure I wanted. He said I didn’t need it. Maybe in ten years, he added. Then curious as I am, I wanted to look into breast augmentation, since I am back and forth with my decision if I want to do it or not. Every summer on the beach I decide I want fuller, perfect size and shape breast and then by winter I chicken out when in my pullover I decide that I am too afraid of the surgery and painful recovery (even though all my friends who did it said that the outcome they have is worth the pain). When I looked for him to inspire me to do it, he replied that this is not what he is doing and that I need to come completely certain that I want this, not to expect from him to try to convince me to do it. Again, I didn’t decide to do it, realising this is not for me at this time. Maybe later in life.
I realised that when considering and deciding about aesthetic surgery it is very important to make the right decision who will you choose as your plastic surgeon, because you are trusting this person with your health. I believe that plastic surgery shall be used for what it was created for, to help people to recover from injuries, to change something that influence ones everyday quality of life and that looking the way you want can definitely help with someone confidence, but there should be limits. The desire for perfection should not become someone obsession. And this is how we decided our Better-lifestyle partner Zvezdana, who is in her late forties will take botox and we can see and show the procedure and how it is administered. I realised that botox shall be administered only by educated and experienced plastic surgeon if you want to reach best outcome. ….if you are considering any form of aesthetic procedure Better-lifestyle team recommends Plasticna kirurgija Zorman. For more information visit http://www.plasticna-kirurgija.si/dr-peter-zorman

My favourite Parisian restaurants

French cuisine has been admired all over the World and I am no exception. Delicious food and exploring local cusine is essential part of the trip, since it is a great way to learn about countrys culutre and customs. We do use all five senses when we eat and that is why exploring new cuisine will enhance our traveling ecperience and build stronger memories.
I will present you a list of my favourite Paris restataurants (I didn’t include Michelin star restaurants) , that I believe you should try and that still affordable but offers exceptional food and experience.

My favorite restaurant in Paris is still at Hotel Costes. I love this restaurant not only form memories it brings to me and not only because it has beuatiful terrace and beautiful interior, but because of its exceptional food and because here you can see beautifully dressed people and get the real Parisian vibe. If you re not up for eating, I recommend it at least for aperitif, before starting your night out, because here you will experience the real french cocktail hour where people come to be seen and have fun. If you decide to stay for dinner, I recommend trying Escargotes Extraordinaires for apetizer and spicy lobster pasta for entree. Don’t forget to finish your meaal with exceptional Pavlova Fruits Rouges cake. https://hotelcostes.com/en/costes/22/restaurant-bar/23/restaurant-terrace/

Chez Julien is a chic French Bistro where you can enjoy cozy atmosphere over candle lights and beautiful interior. I recommend trying duck foie gras with truffles and truffle risotto. If the weather is nice, you can enjoy sitting outside overlooking Ile Saint Louise. this restaurant is registered as Historical Monument. http://www.chezjulien.paris/en/home#en-start

Le Relais de L’Entrecote is a must try in Paris. It is known by their stake in a special “no one knows how to make it…a big secret” sauce and french fries. It basically offers only that as a main course, but it is delicious. It is fun place to go with kids as well. Great food with freat experience.
https://relaisennr.cluster011.ovh.net/?lang=en

Manko Paris is an amazing place to go out and even though it is not serving French cuisine, I recommend to try it if you’re up for a fun night. Here you can find everything at one spot: delicious Peruvian food, see the cabarete and enjoy drinks in a lounge with a beautiful bar, where you can enjoy experimanting with crazy cocktails.. A must when you are in Paris with friends, significant other or just a single person trying to meet new people and have fun.
http://www.manko-paris.com/en/restaurant-en/

L’Avenue iss known as a spot where you go to be seen and sit in a restaurant with world famous celebrities. This is where Beyoncee, Kim Kardashian, Rihana and others eat while they are in Paris. Their tuna tartare is exceptional. http://www.avenue-restaurant.com

La Duree is the chicest and world wide know French bakery eastblished in 1862. They offer delicious light salads, omlettes or sandwiches, coffee or mimosa, but what they are most known for, are their premier macroons. The alternative to La Duree would be PAUL bakery, owned by same company, but I personally prefer La Duree. https://www.laduree.com/en_int/#

Victoria Paris is a restaurant connected to the night club L’Arc. Victoria is a chic and hype restaurant with cozy velevet chairs and beautiful interior overlooking L’Arc the triomphe and amazing mediterranian menue. I ordered hummus for apetizer and veal steak for entre and it was delicious. If you prefere fish there is as well many sea food options. After midnight the restaurant turns into lounge and if you want to hit the dance floor you can go downsatirs to L’arc club, Paris ultimate hotspot. http://larc-paris.com/en/ and http://www.victoria-paris.com

 

Better Lifestyle, Maxi Market and Guerlain

 

A day before Slovenian Mothers day celebration, Better Lifestyle team organised an event with our partner Maxi Market, a department store with the longest tradition in Ljubljana city centre. Maxi Market, Guerlain and Better Lifestyle team decided to present novelties in cosmetics department and presentation of new fragrance Mon Guerlain. Group of international women, from various backgrounds gathered to a nice private event, where they learned about history of Guerlain fragrance production, ingredients of the fragrance and why Guardian chose to present its new 2017 with Angelina Jolie, one of the strongest and most influential women and humanitarian in the World. After presentation women were invited to test all the new decorative Guerlain cosmetics and learn how to apply make up with professional make up artists. This private event as well featured nice Guerlain purse size make up bag with gifts and special discount to shop in the cosmetics as well as clothing departments. What really made event special is not only presentation and personalised treatment of the invited group, but as well networking and getting to know different women from different countries and professional backgrounds. Thus, if you want to partner with Better Lifestyle team, we as well offer personalised events for our partners where you are able to network and present your products and services.


  

My selection of spring Zara shoes

Since spring and summer are here, I wanted to share with you my favorite shoes from spring/summer 2017 Zara collection. Even though I have many designer shoes, I always go back to my Zara shoes, because they are very comfortable and what I like most is that I do not care if my heel gets wrecked, because I didn’t spend fortune buying them.  

“Don’t forget that shoe shopping can be spring workout cardio and if someone tells you you do not need new shoes, stop talking to them, because you do not need that kind of negativity in your life”