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.
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.
Even though I was moving with my husband, what I remember most while relocating, is feeling anxious how will I accommodate to new environment and meet new people. I knew I will have to form new friendships, if I didn’t want to spend my days without friends and support group. I didn’t want to stay home all day and wait for my husband to come home from his work.
So when you are moving to a new country or new town, after settling in, it is beneficial to subscribe yourself to local gym, yoga or pilates class, because that way you can meet new people, that are not involved in your workplace or your husband workplace. Not only will you meet people, you will get into regular exercise routine with benefits of social life, support group and stress relief. Not to mention being guilt-free for eating chocolate while being overstressed by unpacking or settling your child into new daycare or school.
I know how hard it is for a woman to take her own time out of family time (I have been there), but it will benefit everyone in household if a mother and wife takes her workout class. Do something for yourself. Taking care of YOU will make your lifestyle better no matter where you life.
When I first moved to the United States, my husband subscribed me to gym, because he was worried I will be lonely when he is at work. When I lived in Indianapolis, for the first month, I only knew how to drive to gym and groceries. That made me feel savage. Later, whenever we moved, that was my habit, to first subscribe to pilates classes. I have met amazing women and formed life-lasting friendships through my workout classes. We had so many funny stories and moments that we shared at our classes. My girls and me resolved many broken hearts, children tantrums, husband issues and discussed new fashion trends while sweating. Not only I got my body in shape after two pregnancies, I as well achieved inner peace and clear mind.
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I stopped counting how many times I moved, after my ninth moving. To make my life easier, I started looking at movings as a way of jet-setting. It is all in how we perceive things and see it. The glass can be half empty or half full. I decided long time ago, I will live easier if I pour champagne in my glass. So movings can get easier if you decide so. And I would say that first and most important thing is to learn that it is ok if you ask for help. Hire help if you can and let the professionals do the work for you. Educate yourself before going to a new place about local options regarding best schools, best neighbourhood to live in, health care option, banking option and afterwards you will want to know best places to dine, entertain kids, work out and free time options. If you are relocating to Slovenia, you will find all this services at betterlifestyle.eu. You can hire personal assistant to take care of all the listed above. Tell BetterLifesyle team what you need and consider it done.
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I was introduced to Pilates 13 years ago while I was living in Indianapolis. Since then pilates has been my favorite work out routine. Not only did I train at pilates studios, but I also made many friendship through my workouts. One of those is my long time friendship with Spela Perc (I will write separate blog on how I introduced her to her husband:). From our client-instructor relationship, we became friends and later business partners.
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