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Happy Moments 2014!

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Why should we wait to the end of the year to put our happy moments toghether? What about this!?!

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It goes like this: everythime something good happens to you, you have a happy moment, happy thought or nice experience you write it down in a piece of paper and you leave it in the pot. As simple as that! If you do it regularly, imagine how many happy moment you will have at the end of the year! Plus, when you write something down you it remains longer, so you will feel happier longer :PComing back home! ♥

See here my last happy moment! :)

Big big hug and much love,

Sara

P.S. I also write things I am grateful for! ;-)

Beautiful things take time to grow…

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Are you a bit impatient some times? Do you lose your nerves easily when things don’t go as expected? Well, maybe there is a reason why! Following our dreams is great, but sometimes it takes a bit more time than we would like it to… So breathe in, breathe out and take this as your new mantra! “Beautiful things take time to grow”

Beautiful things take time to grow

Have a great week and keep up!

Big hug and much love,

Sara

Thank You, Than You, Thank You… & …Happy New Year! ♥

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After 3 weeks of some sort of holidays, I am back to wish you all the best for 2014! What are your plans to make your dreams come true? Have you already written your goals? I have revised mine and I am already working to get them with a lot of gratitude! So this is how I want to star this first post of the year, giving thanks for everything I have in my life!

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Thank you, than you, thank you mum and dad for being so supportive, caring and loving me so much, I love you! Thank you, than you, thank you to the rest of my family for becoming closer to us the last year :)

Thank you, than you, thank you my dear and closest friends Laura, Sara, Sandra, Marga, Camilla, Olga, Jeroen, Marina & Katrien. You were ALWAYS there when I needed you the most, to share, relax, cry or laugh together. You made me feel special & loved. Thank you for your time, messages, talks, support, shoulder, big hugs… You are all GREAT!

Thank you, than you, thank you to everyone on the net following me, liking my contents and encouraging me to keep on making people’s life easier and happier through healthier habits and specially food! It would not make any sense without you guys!

Thank you, than you, thank you to all the people I know in Ghent that make me feel this is my second home. Thank you, than you, thank you  roomies, friends, colleagues… My life in Ghent would not be the same without you

Thank you, than you, thank you  to my little big family in Brussels for all the support and encouragement. You really make my life easier and fun! I’d love to see you more often and share more wonderful moments together. Special thanks to Estefanía & Juande and David & Irene for hosting me, giving me so much and being so nice to me! Love you guys!

Thank you, than you, thank you  to all the visits I had this year, specially the ones who came from far away: Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, Spain… Thank you, than you, thank you  Laura, Camilla & Daan, Olga, Rosa & Luis. Hope to see you very soon!

Thank you, than you, thank you for the trips that I could finally enjoy in Poland, Belgium, Spain & Germany. Hopefully there will be many more next year! :)

Thank you, than you, thank you for all the people who are not that close to me anymore but meant a lot to me in the past.

Thank you, than you, thank you for all my job opportunities as a freelance and working for De Natuur Frituur. It was awesome to work in the health coaching and tourism field! Thank you, than you, thank you, this year I enjoyed very much working and while earning enough money to pay my bills   :)

And last, but not least, thank you, than you, thank you to my dearest body for giving me right signs at the right moment to teach me how to take care of myself and keep up with a healthy lifestyle :) Thank you, than you, thank you for healing and letting go. Thank you, than you, thank you for being strong and keep up! ♥

I am truly grateful for all this and for the great people and things to come in 2014. I give thanks in advance for more health, love, joy,  feeling good moments, great relationships, beautiful experiences,  healthy food, interesting jobs, nice clients, outstanding trips, money, free time, holidays, big hugs, smiles, laughs, freedom, commitment, more love, more health and more happiness… ♥

What are you grateful for?

Big big hug and many blessings,

Sara

My Christmas Gift to YOU ALL!

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I used to like buying presents to everyone I love for Christmas and special occasions. However the past years I am very much against buying “whatever” just because… Nowadays we have everything we need, we buy it all the time, so why not to be original and offer more alternative presents thinking about the person we want to give something to? What would they like to do with you? What about:

  • Your time
  • Cooking a healthy tasty meal for someone special
  • Go to a nice restaurant together
  • Walk in the nature
  • Visiting an old friend
  • Take a day off together
  • Wellness day (sauna, jacuzzi…)
  • DIY presents
  • Love
  • Smiles
  • Hugs
  • ……

Which one would you like to receive the most? Which one could you add to the list? 

Because I am an unconditional dreamer and we are in crisis, here you have my present for you this year, it personalised because you can ask for what you want, isn’t it great? Plus it is re-usable and you can give to those who you love the most! Share it!! :)

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And because I like you and it is also free, I am gonna send you an extra-gift… A Big fat hug!! Yesssss, you know I love them and I want you to share them, so please do!

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Merry Christmas!! I wish all your dreams come true next year (well, leave some for the rest of your life, otherwise it would not be exciting anymore, hehehe), lots of love and a health!

Thanks a lot for having supported me this year, you are AWESOME!

Another big hug and much love,

Sara.es ♥

 

Yesssss! We did it!!

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Sometimes in life you just have to show up and the Universe will do the rest for you! After a month with a lot of ups and downs specially health wise, I am happy to say that everything is fine in possible if you believe you can do it! Marina and I  had decided to take part in the WinterLoop in Ghent long time ago. Our first plan was to run 10k, but after listening to our common sense and bodies we thought that it would be better to go for 5k instead. And here they come the great news, we managed to finish in 43:10 minutes without having trained! Yessssss!!! Thank you for the organisation, all the random supporters, my roommates and friends to make it possible! Special thanks to Marina for running with me, I am very proud of both of us, we are doing great!

We are already looking forward to RE-START training again and to go for the 10k sometime in 2014!

What is your challenge for 2014?

Big hug and much love,

Sara.es

The power of a hug – Have you hugged anyone today?

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Giving (and receiving) hugs is one of the most powerful tools in life! It can be very effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress. Moreover it is a very beautiful act to show your love or appreciation towards other people.
According to an article from Marcus Julian Felicetti found in MindBodyGreen, this is what research shows :)
A proper deep hug, where the hearts are pressing together, can benefit you in these ways:
1. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication.
2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.
4. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.
5. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.
6. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.
7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.
8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.
9. Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter. They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.
10. The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And, it’s synergistic, which means the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1 1 = 3 or more! This synergy is more likely to result in win-win outcomes.
There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” 
I don’t you guys, but I don’t miss a single chance to give a good hug… What about starting a “FREE HUG” campaign soon? :) I’m in!!
Who wants a hug!! I DO! Send virtual hugs this year by sharing this post with your beloved ones ;-)
Big big hug and much love to you all,
Sara.es

 

☆ Magic Sunday afternoon with Marina! It’s all in the air… :) ☆

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I would love to share with you the recipe we followed for this delicious juice*, but I can’t… Not because I don’t want to, but because it was the outcome of the flow of the moment… Marina started playing the piano, I started juicing what we had found and agreed at home and mAgIc just happened :)

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Because life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, and when the time is right and we let ourselves go, then everything is possible! Thank YOU Marina (check her blog here) for so many unexpected lovely moments together, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we inspire each other and shine!

Let’s keep on connecting and creating more beautiful projects, this is just the beginning and we are already making it happen! There is a reason why we are here… ;-)

Big hug, much love and many thanks mi querida amiga!

Sara.es

*When the nice weather will come, I will start posting some green juices recipes! 

Happy World Vegan Day!

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I didn’t know that, but apparently November is the vegan month! the fact that you are reading thins doesn’t imply that you are a vegan (neither am I 100%) or that I want you to “convert”. However, have you ever given it a chance? Do you know what it all is about? Why do people become vegans? Is it healthy? Is it tasty? … Sooooo many questions…

Here you have a link with a few videos and all the answers to these questions from the Vegan society! Click here

 

There is no need to be strict on it, but what we would all turn our diets into a plant-based diet? What about being conscious about it and trying to “veganize” our diet once a week? In Belgium you can already find great initiatives like “veggie donderdag”. It means that in every restaurant on Thursday there is at least one vegetarian option, isn’t it cool? I think so… Many families try to follow it also at home :) Congrats!

So, are you in for the challenge? Do you need any ideas? Stay tuned or ask me for specific recipes ;-)

Big hug and have a great vegan day!

Sara

 

If I can do it, you can do it… ;-) Just dare to try!

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2013-10-20 13.18.48Today I have accomplished one of my biggest challenges and goals before I turn 30, I have run a 5km race! :) Yesssssssss! For some people it might not mean much, but for me it means EVERyTHiNG!

I admit it, I never liked running, and although I had tried to start several times in the last 6 years, I never managed to run more than 20′ without stopping… Today, for the first time in my life and after 42min I achieved one of my dreams!

Although I knew I was ready for the challenge, I freaked out when we were about to start… I started to stare at all the participants, they all looked soooo professional… :( Fortunately my friend, flatmate and run-buddy Tim was there to remind that I should not compare myself to others. What a big true! :)

I panicked for a second…: “what if I am the last one?” Well, someone has to be, right… ?

3, 2, 1, GO! We start running and everybody passes my by… There is just one thing that crosses my mind: “You are going to do this, you can do this… don’t think of the others, you can go slow, it’s fine, but you are going to make it! Everyone has its own rhythm, just make sure you can follow yours so that you don’t have to stop or go walking. Keep your head up, breath and keep running, you are AwEsOmE!“.

When I realised I had run my first 20′ I was already alone, hehe. Even the 80 years old man had passed me… I felt the energy to keep on running, I felt powerful, but I suddenly began to cry… At that moment I was going to make it, like everything else in my life I could dream about… I was there, thanks to my inner force and the support of many people. At that very moment it was not about the race anymore, it was about my whole life and all the challenges I have faced and that are on my way! It was not about me anymore, it was about everyone’s dreams! If I could do it, everyone could do it! Everything is possible, you just have to train, trust and dare to try it! :)

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When I finished I waited for Tim, who went for the 10k. He did amazingly great, he crossed the end of race just 6′ after me!! :) He could not believe it, we were both supper happy of our performances! :) Congrats Tim, and thank you VERY, VERY MUCH! You know I will never ever forget you, “we wrote history… :P”

Now, we will keep on training and go for the next step, but if I could do this, I have no doubt that in december I will be able to run my first 10k! I will tell you more about it then!

Which has been your biggest challenge so far?

Big, big hug and much ♥,

Sara.es

P.D. I did finish the last one from the 5k, but you know what? I am very happy and super proud of myself that I dared to try and I made it! :D