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Want to get unstuck? Have you ever felt that you just can’t get through a challenging period in your life? Do you feel overwhelmed and perhaps confused? Do you feel like you can’t focus your attention on the things that matter to you the most?

Well, everyone has been here at least once in their lifetime and staying STUCK is not a solution. You’ll have to look inward, find your ambition and don’t allow these moments to define your life. But, don’t worry, I’m here for you! Let’s go through my five ways of getting unstuck right now.

Also, stay until the end to download my FREE worksheet for an exclusive exercise that will make you answer all the questions you have for yourself and make you see the light at the end of the tunnel again. Let’s get unstuck together!

1. Forget the past

Maybe the past is keeping you stuck. Therefore, you’ll have to let go of it. Whatever mistake you made that keeps you up at night, it’s not worth it. You still have time to change your future. Living in the present not only brings joy and happiness for the moment, but it will also improve your future self. If a bad choice is keeping you from your happiness now, imagine how much healthier and better decisions can improve your future. Makes sense, right?

2. Fully believe in yourself

Being confident can be a challenge, but once achieved you can never go back to how you used to be. A boost of confidence will help you improve most of your skills, from social to professional ones. Even though the road to success can be paved with challenges, you’ll have to believe in yourself. A good exercise in starting to improve your confidence is looking in the mirror and repeating affirmations such as : “I am enough!”, “I am powerful”. You will start believing in them sooner than you think because guess what? You truly are enough and powerful 😉

Ready to start actioning? Remember to download my FREE worksheet at the end for an exclusive exercise.

3. Remember your ‘WHY’

Always remember your ‘WHY’! In order to pass this point in your life you can focus on the positive aspects of your journey. Try counterattacking every negative thought in your mind with a positive one or a beautiful memory. Being able to control your mind is key. It’s kind of impossible to succeed in life if you’re always thinking about failure. The law of attraction really works. If you’d like to try an exercise, you can write down positive affirmations on post-its and place them somewhere you can always see them. It truly helped me 🙂

4. Find your purpose

How could you ever succeed if you don’t have a well defined purpose? It’s crucial to find out what you want to achieve in life. Rearrange your thoughts and start focusing on your goals. If you find your big aspiration, it will become easier to stay motivated and keep moving forward. Once you’ve got your purpose, you can spend your time finding a successful way to achieve it.

5. It’s okay to ask for help

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the situation you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. Either from a professional or from your loved ones, there’s no shame in admitting you got stuck. It can happen to anyone. After you’ve started to open up, you’ll feel much more relieved.

Download my FREE worksheet ‘How to get unstuck in 5 easy steps‘ and start changing your life today. Go from negative thinking to positive in under 10 minutes with this powerful exercise.

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

Did anyone say Women Empowerment? I’ve written this article for all the women out there who want to improve their self-discipline and go after their GOALS!

Self-discipline is key in achieving any task, so I felt the need to share my best and most effective simple habits for you to improve it.

Firstly, there are some days when you might feel incredibly dissatisfied because you couldn’t finish even half of the chores you had planned out. And that’s OK. To be honest, we we all go through this once in a while, you just have to keep up with your greatest goals and don’t let it become a habit. Therefore, considering how important women empowerment is for me, I’m here to shout from the rooftops: YOU’VE GOT THIS, GIRL!

I truly believe that with good self-discipline you can do anything you plan in life. It’s about knowing how to control your actions, feelings and emotions and the ability to stick to your plans. An improved self discipline positively impacts your state of mind and your well-being, helping with your motivation and productivity.

I’m telling you this from my own experience, the best way to overcome your obstacles is to improve your self-discipline, and these are my best 7 habits that you definitely have to try:

1. Create an inspiring vision board

While I enjoyed a talk with my besties on how to improve women empowerment I discovered this amazing exercise. Putting your objectives wherever you can see them first thing in the morning and last thing at night can help you stay motivated and inspired to wake up and do the things you need to do to achieve your highest ambitions. You simply need to print some photographs that reflect what you want to be, achieve, and obtain, such as a car, a job, or job title. Also, sprinkle in some quotes to keep you on track 😉

2. Practice prioritisation of tasks

When you have to do some things that put you off, you should better do those things first! You’ll feel more relieved and satisfied at the end of the day, I promise you!

Planning your days and determining which tasks are worth allocating the most work to can help you be more productive and effective throughout the day and less prone to postpone things. I also love the 80-20 rule which makes you put 20% effort into something that will bring you 80% results. Organise your daily tasks by date and time on Sunday evenings – it will also help you sleep better knowing that you’ll know exactly what you have to do on a Monday morning.

3. Your diet is important!

Make sure you’re fuelled throughout the day with nutritious snacks and meals every few hours. Eating frequently aids with blood sugar control and it also boosts your concentration and decision-making abilities. In the same time, try to stay away from snacking on crisps or chocolate – they’ll make you feel more sleepy and more likely to procrastinate.

4. Embrace the ‘wrong’

Developing self-discipline requires a departure from your usual pattern, which can be frightening and strange. It will feel wrong to quit a habit and begin a fresh one. Your brain will fight the change because it is trained to do so. What’s the remedy? Accept the unfavourable. Remember that women empowerment exits and that you’ll be accredited by all your besties out there.

5. Reward your efforts

Self-discipline does not imply that your new life must be completely demanding. In fact, denying yourself empathy frequently leads to disappointments and reverting to old habits. Schedule specific breaks, snacks, and prizes for yourself while practicing self-control. Are you on a diet? Saturday can be designated as ice cream sundae day. Are you trying to lose weight? After a month of hard work and gym visits, reward yourself with a massage. Are you trying to save some money? On Sunday, treat yourself to a day at the mall. Self-discipline can be difficult. Reward yourself for your efforts!

6. Don’t get tempted

“Out of sight, out of mind.”Right?

When attempting to increase your self-discipline, removing all temptations and distractions from your environment is a critical first step. If you want to be more in control of your eating, stay away from junk food. Turn off your phone and clean up your desk if you want to boost your focus while working. Get rid of the negative influences in your life to set yourself up for success.

7. Learn how to forgive yourself

It might be difficult to adapt to a new way of life. Remember that things don’t always go as planned, not just physically, but also mentally.

You’ll experience peaks, tremendous successes and utter failures. The most important thing is to keep trying. Accept responsibility for your failure and move on. It’s easy to get caught up in feelings of guilt, rage, or irritation, but these feelings will not aid in the development or improvement of self-control.

Alternatively, see the flaws in your approach as opportunities to improve your strategy in the future. Pardon yourself and return to the game as quickly as possible. It’s more difficult to get back on track the longer you’ve been off your game.

As I mentioned previously, self-discipline is incredibly complicated and essential to cultivate and grow because it involves deciding to change various aspects of your life and getting yourself up when you stumble. You’ll surely reach your true potential with enough time, dedication, and persistence.

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

Are you looking to invest more time in your self-development? I’m a massive fan of self-help books and since 2017 I haven’t been reading any novels and instead I’ve been focusing on business, personal development or financial books. Trust me when I say this, books have MASSIVELY help me get to where I am today. From reading about entrepreneurship on a double decker bus at 8am in Central London to owning my own business in 2020 and living my dream. Let’s get into my top five books to read for your own self-development.

One’s biggest goal in life should be to achieve the best version of himself / herself. Growing, learning and improving your skills on the way is one of the most beautiful journeys in life. Therefore, the achievement of knowing how much you’ve evolved and changed over the time is incredibly satisfying.

How can books help you with your self development?

You may ask yourself this question whilst heading to my list below. Well, books are one of the oldest ways of providing and receiving information. Not only reading is a beautiful and relaxing exercise for the brain, but being able to reflect on what you’ve just read makes you better understand the concepts you’re diving into.

1. Feel the Fear and Do it Anyways, Susan Jeffers

Every time you encounter something that forces you to “handle it,” your self-esteem is raised considerably. You learn to trust that you will survive, no matter what happens. And in this way your fears are diminished immeasurably.

Susan Jeffers has seriously updated the game with this book. I remember reading this in 2018 on the Piccadilly Line whilst going to work and all I wanted was to sit there for the whole day to soak all this information in. The author teaches you how to focus on the positive aspects of life and how to control your negative thoughts and emotions. Moreover, she explained the psychology behind people’s actions in such a wonderful way. Turn passivity into assertiveness while beginning another chapter not only in the book, but also in your life! I truly believe that this book has changed my life.

2. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers , Tim Ferris

The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It’s just like building muscles.

Tim Ferris interviewed more than 100 world-class performers and made a professional and beautiful guide of habits. The book itself presents advice in order to reach success provided by extremely successful people. Find out how routines and habits can help you accomplish your goals and start your journey of self development with Tim Ferris. This is a must have book for anyone who thrives for being better and more successful.

3. How to Be an Overnight Success, Maria Hatzistefanis

Success is about the relentless pursuit of what you want and hard work is an essential ingredient.

How to be a success overnight is one of the best books to read if you’re feeling unmotivated. The author will make you realise everything is possible and will for sure give you a boost of confidence from the first pages.

Maris Hatzistefanis (owner of Rodial) teaches us how to dream big and still achieve success. With a company built from scratch in her bedroom, she didn’t let anything come between her passion for beauty and her. She wished it, worked hard and in the end, she accomplished her goal. The book tells her story and also includes her advice in order to become a successful entrepreneur. Go ahead and make it work!

4. #GIRLBOSS , Sophia Amoruso

Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.

Sophia Amoruso made from her book #GIRLBOSS a guide to success. It’s all about sharing her journey to launching Nasty Gal, a fashion retailer company. She proves that being successful actually has nothing to do with how popular or liked you are, the power is in your hands!

5. Create a life you love, Andrada Cirjeu

The fifth book from my 5 books to read list is actually written by me. This book will show you how to create a life you love. Will give you brand new reasons to get up in the morning and feel extremely ready to action all of your dreams. You’re capable of wonderful things! Why not shape your life in the way you want it to be? Get the book right now whilst it’s on sale.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my 5 books to read for your self-development recommendation and that you’re going to absolutely smash all of your goals this year! If you decide to get one of them for yourself, DM me @notagirlygal on Instagram and let’s start discussing it.

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

There are so many stoic life lessons worth living by. But before going into them, I’d love introducing you to Stoicism.

Stoicism teaches how to keep calm no matter the circumstances. It makes you focus on what you can control and accept the many things you can’t actually directly control. The main idea is that your mind will never leave you, the more you can work with it and train it, the wiser & happier you’re going to become.

This philosophy reflects on enjoying all the aspects of life and living worry-free. Moreover, being able to acknowledge and be grateful for whatever life throws at you is an incredible practice. If you start living your life by stoic lessons, you will be able to always keep your head up, look and feel confident and achieve a positive mindset.

Let’s get straight to the point and find out which 10 stoic life lessons are worth living by!

1. Prepare for future failures

For by foreseeing anything that can happen as though it will happen he will soften the onslaught of all his troubles.

Seneca wrote this statement in order to explain that everyone should expect failures in life – it’s just the way life is. However, once these storms appear in your journey, you should be able to overcome them strategically to maintain your life at peace. You should be brave enough to endure the thought of failure or disappointment. If you’re well prepared for the worst, then you won’t feel like you have no choice; you’ll get to apply plan B or C. Think about it, if you already know that it’s going to rain today and decide to take an umbrella with you JUST IN CASE, you’ve already seen the worse that can happen and prepared for it. Apply this type of thinking to everyday events and you’ll live more peacefully.

2. Face your fears

He who fears death will never do anything worthy of a living man.

In this saying, Seneca brings something very powerful to our attention. He explains that a man who fears everything in life, including death will never be able to enjoy his / her presence on earth. Moreover, the ones who live in fear won’t get the chance to do something remarkable in their lives. Being able to take risks and to enjoy every moment at its highest potential will only bring you positivity, success and happiness. Face your fears and start living in order to be truly ALIVE.

3. Stop waiting

How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?

Epictetus said it better than everyone could! In life, you should know exactly how worthy you are. Therefore, why staying in the darkness, waiting for the light to come when you can demand it yourself? Only you have the power to change your life and to make it as good as possible. Only accept the best for yourself – you only have one life. If you don’t believe you truly deserve it, than why anyone would?

4. Don’t take anything for granted

You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.

Marcus Aurelius wanted to make everyone understand that life shouldn’t be taken for granted. Maybe tomorrow you won’t have the possibility to say to that one person how much you actually love them. Maybe tomorrow you won’t get the chance to go running, to say that joke, to make a tattoo, to even say sorry. Start living your life like there is no tomorrow and enjoy every single second of it.

5. Past, present and future

Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.

You will never be able to enjoy your life at its fullest if you “forget the past, neglect the present and fear the future”. Why so? Well, Seneca believed that if you forget your roots and where you come from, if you don’t take responsibility of your present actions and you always live with the fear of the future you’ll not be able to be truly be alive. It is important for a human being to comprehend time at its true value. Therefore, if you don’t start realising the difference between past, present and future and you live with continuous fear, you are not living life at its fullest.

6. Life is a bumpy ride

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

Through this quote Seneca wanted to explain how a man can never achieve success without having some challenges along the way. There is no such thing as a clear road ahead because life is truly a bumpy ride. Therefore, you should face every challenge with positivity and always do your best. In the end, if you work hard and don’t stop believing you will achieve the success you’re dreaming of.

7. Keep calm

If you are easily provoked you are easily controlled.

It’s true that if a person can’t keep a clam mind, they can be “easily controlled”. If you start training your mind to stay calm and find peace, you will be able to focus on the really important aspects of life. You will understand that fighting or arguing will not get you anywhere. Being able to control your emotions is a sign of strength. Work for it and in the end claim it as one of your traits.

8. If you seek change, start with yourself

Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be, be one.

Marcus Aurelius explained the importance of always starting the change with yourself. We all have a theory of what a good man should be, but action speaks louder than words. Start living as a good person today and each time you notice a negative thought entering your mind, remember your new approach to life.

9. Enjoy life till the very end

Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.

This quote by Voltaire is one of my very favourites. It reminds me how important it is to enjoy every second of my life. Seizing the day is one of the most important secrets in life. Carpe diem, right?

10. Do it for yourself

Why should we pay so much attention to what the majority thinks?

I find this quote by Socrates so resembling to the modern society we live in. You only have one life, therefore you should do what makes YOU happy, you should follow your instincts and stop paying so much attention of outside opinions. You are the captain to your ship and the road you want to follow is your choice!

These stoic life lessons represent how I’ve decided to live my life. I found peace and happiness in them and I’m forever grateful. I hope you’ve found inspiration in this article and that we are ready to seize the day together!

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

How to discover your true potential? Sounds quite challenging. However, at some point in your life you might ask yourself this question.

Reaching your true potential comes with great self-awareness, therefore you should first decide on the goals you want to accomplish during your lifetime. Then, it’s about finding that inner drive to reach them.

You’re unique and worthy in your own special way. Achieving your real potential becomes a must if you want to live a life you’ll be proud of.

I’ve put together some steps that you can follow in order to discover your true potential. Be optimistic and never stop believing. Continue reading and let’s start this journey together.

1. Become self-aware

It’s important for you to know your value. Knowing that no one in this whole world is YOU is a total confidence booster. Right?! Take a pen and paper and write down all of your dreams and wishes. These aspirations of yours have a lot to say about your true self. After you’ve finished, turn the paper on the other side and write down all of your traits.

Now, you can better see what you desire from life and the skills you own that can help you achieve your goals.

Also, another way to become self aware is to start meditating and practicing mindfulness. Focus on yourself and on your thoughts. If you can relax and start being aware of who you really are, discovering your true potential will be much more easier.

2. Become conscious

The second step in this whole challenge is to become conscious – you are now starting your personal growth journey. Find your motivation and all of your ambition and just START. If you decide it’s the right time to discover your true potential, nothing should make you turn around and leave this challenge for later.

You can start reading inspiring articles and books, maybe you can even listen to other people’s journeys on a podcast. I recommend ‘On Purpose’ by Jay Shetty, ‘The Gary V Audio Experience’ by Gary V, ‘Love Yourself Fiercely’ by my dear friend Kelly Rolfe. Actually, you can find your inspiration everywhere, all you have to do is to start searching for it.

3. Face your fears

You should be aware that in order to discover your true potential you should also face your fears. Exploring should be part of yourself. Don’t be afraid to join a new path or even try new things. After all, how do you know you’re not good at it if you haven’t tried it? You can try new hobbies and meet new people. All of these are part of your own personal growth and there are a lot of things you will learn from these experiences.

If you start getting to know the world around you, I am 100% sure you will also start discovering your true potential. Considering that on the way you will encounter many challenges and bumps, you will start growing even more beautifully. Don’t be afraid to explore in order to discover your true potential.

4. Find out where your true potential lies

In order to discover your true potential you’ll first have to find out where it lies within you. Many times, young people don’t get to reveal their full potential because they don’t know where to look for it. That’s why you have to explore your traits and skills as much as you can. For example, you are working in vain if you are trying to achieve your full potential in music, if your potential actually lies in your business skills.

You’ll have to research a lot in order to find this treasure called “potential” but in the end, it’s all worth it.

Don’t let yourself discouraged if you can’t find it from the first tries. No one said it’s going to be easy. All you have to do is to be ambitious and to follow the steps.

5. Don’t be afraid to follow your greatest potential after you’ve discovered it

When you finally find where your true potential lies and you start exploiting it, you will feel more accomplished, more alive and more HAPPY!

Exploiting and discovering it will not do anything but good to you and to your personal growth. Some people might probably try to discourage you. Despite their intentions, you should only listen to your heart and to the positive people around you.

Think about it this way – living your potential will make you become the best version of yourself. Don’t waste time in a career that doesn’t suit you and don’t underestimate your power to succeed. Ever!

All things considered, even if the road to success is paved with struggles, doubts and uncertainties, you should believe in yourself. You can do it! Moreover, you should get up and discover your true potential on the way!

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

How to achieve your goals in 5 easy steps? Continue reading to uncover some amazing 5 tips I’ve put together for you.

Sometimes life is all about achieving your goals, either they are big or small. You can’t deny the importance of the things you thrive for and wish for you to happen. After all, having a set of goals also improves your motivation.

Having the ambition to set your goals and then to start accomplishing them is quite hard to find. However, this whole process is important in the development of a human being.

Did you achieve your goals in 2020? Don’t feel bad if you couldn’t. 2020 was a harsh year for everyone with lots of ups and downs, mostly downs to be fair. There’s no shame you didn’t get to achieve the goals you’ve set for the year, you aren’t the only one. After all, here comes my part in the equation. I wrote this blog in order to help you start achieving your goals and to increase your confidence. Are you ready to start working on the best version of yourself? Here’s for a new begging! 🙂

1. Set your goals straight

The first step in order to achieve your goals is to set them straight. Choose goals that inspire you and that will make a visible difference in your lifestyle. Take all the time you need and realise which are your aspirations in life. The goals you chose will define a noticeable part of yourself.

However, you shouldn’t follow the crowd and believe that what’s best for the people around you is also the best for yourself. As I repeatedly said, you are unique in this world. Therefore, you are the only one who has the power to establish what’s best for yourself.

The goals you are going to set don’t have to be big and crucial, for example if you’re not feeling quite happy at the moment one of your goals can be to increase this feeling of well-being. Therefore, one of your goals can be to start smiling more everyday. As unimportant as it might sound, the little things in life such as smiling are the ones that define our state of mind each day.

2. “Aim high, start low, celebrate and keep going”

I can hardly remember where I’ve first seen this quote, but I find it so inspirational. It is important for you to aim high. Perfection will always be unreachable, however you can always work on improving yourself. Therefore, aiming high will not only give you something to work for, but will help in developing yourself as well. Bold goals will help you reach your full potential and will make you upgrade at every step forward. That’s why I believe in them so much.

However, you have to take your journey step by step. Start from the lowest point of your goal and take it easy. You don’t want to rush things out and to feel like you’re running a marathon. There’s no competition in achieving your goals, that’s why you can take all the time that you need.

After you’ve reached your goal, don’t forget to celebrate. You made it and you deserve a good round of applause! But don’t stop there, set another goal and keep going! Actually, this is how life should work in order to always keep yourself motivated and excited for what’s about to happen next.

3. Confidence is key

Being confident is one big step in achieving your goals. After all, how could you ever make it if even you don’t trust yourself?

Maintaining a strong and positive mindset will help you a lot in your journey of achieving success. Believe it or not, you will never make it if you don’t trust your instincts and your skills. Therefore, confidence will help you throughout this ride you’ve got on. First of all, during this tangled adventure you’ll sometimes encounter bumps and without confidence you won’t be able to move forward.

A great tip I have for you in order to increase your confidence is to start reading at least one inspirational quote every morning. If you start your day with a positive mindset and you continue telling yourself you are good enough, you are going to increase your confidence for sure.

4. Set up your priorities

In order for you to achieve your goals you’ll have to set up your priorities. The hours in a day are limited and knowing how to plan your day will help you a lot in order to be successful. Therefore, you have to get rid of some unimportant tasks and to start focusing more on yourself. As harsh as it may sound, learning how to say no will also improve your time management through this journey.

For example, if a friend asks for a favour and you don’t feel like doing it, moreover if you could do something good for yourself at that moment, gracefully deny its proposal. As I said before, time is crucial in achieving your goals. During the daytime you’ll have to do your job right, spend time with your loved ones and also focus on your well-being.

Before you add something new to your schedule, first ask yourself if you have the time for your priorities, only after that you should accept the proposal!

5. Track your progress

It is important to always know how far you’ve come. In order to keep track of your progress you can start a diary where you can write down all of your completed steps, your ups and your downs. Therefore, the next time you might want to abandon your goal, first check how much you actually did. Keeping this type of diary is actually quite motivational and also inspiring for your future self. When you feel down, just take a look! I promise you’ll be so proud of yourself and of your hard work that you won’t give up!

Moreover, another benefit from tracking your progress is the feeling of happiness you’ll get once you write down another thing you successfully accomplished. So satisfying!

All things considered, achieving your goals isn’t hard as long as you don’t stop believing in yourself! Work for the things you thrive for and achieve success in no time! What’s your piece of advice in achieving goals?

You might be wondering how to create affirmations for self-esteem in order for them to bring you tremendous positive changes and to take you to the next level in life. Well girl, I’ve got your back!

At first, I was a little bit sceptical about this whole concept. Many unwanted thoughts used to run through my mind everyday and I had absolutely no power over them. I mean, how could I if I was only focusing on bringing myself down?

I’ve tried many exercises to boost my productivity and to improve my state of mind. They did work to some extent but the power of creating affirmations unlocked two things that I was longing for: financial independence and freedom!

Curious to create your own affirmations for self-esteem? LET’S GET STARTED 💛

“I’m better than I used to be. Better than I was yesterday. But hopefully not as good as I will be tomorrow”

What will affirmations do for you?

Actually, this concept is not as complicated as it might seem. All of your thoughts and perceptions are based on other people’s opinions. Mind blowing, right? Your mind has built itself taking into account everything you’ve once heard or seen. Also, the things you repeatedly told yourself are now the affirmations that run through your mind.

The great thing is that only YOU have the power to change them.

By constantly repeating some well thought affirmations, you will manifest exactly what you wish for. Remember those lyrics ‘remember what you wish for ’cause you just might get it’? That’s EXACTLY what is going to happen!

Being able to change your thoughts only leads you to living a better, more abundant life. My productivity started to rise and in a blink of an eye I was able to achieve my goals faster than I thought it was possible.

Let’s see how to create affirmations for self-esteem that WORK.

“All of my thoughts, feelings and emotions are in my control”

How to compose affirmations?

In order for the process to work, I usually follow some crucial steps in composing my affirmations. When you write down these phrases, you will first have to believe them. If you don’t have faith and your “wishes” are unbelievable, the power of the manifestation will never evolve.

Also, I always write my affirmations in past tense or present. ‘I loved working on this project and having achieved X, Y, Z makes me feel like I have conquered the world’.

Another important “rule” I like to follow is to use a positive language. For example, instead of saying : “I am not sick” you’ll have to write: “I am happy and healthy.”

“Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.”

The process

How many times will I have to repeat these phrases before they start to do their magic? Oh, quite a few times 🙂 I like to write them down on colourful post-its and to stick them somewhere visible.

I repeat every single one of them for about 3 to 5 times each, once a day, usually before bed!

Are you still with me, right?

The great thing about seeing them so many times is that every time you read them, your confidence and self-esteem boost. These colourful pieces of paper bring me such a great vibe when I look at them. They even started to become a little part of who I am.

Being able to control my thoughts is one of the things I am most grateful for.

“My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.”

A list with affirmations you can use

Of course, it was quite hard at first to find the inspiration to create affirmations for self-esteem. As the time passed, I created a list with the phrases that worked best for me. Actually, that usually work best for everyone because they are quite generally available.

Inspire yourself from my list:

1. I accept myself as I am right now.

2. I am at peace with where I am at the moment.

3. I am enough!

4. I achieve all of my goals!

5. I am able to follow my heart!

6. I am proud of my work and my accomplishments!

7. I choose to see the positive in every aspect of my life!

8. I nourish my body, mind and soul!

9. I add value to the world around me!

10. I love challenges and I am ready to bring out the best in me!

11. I am productive and confident!

12. I carry strength and resilience with me!

13. I am empowered to create change in my life!

14. I believe in myself and in my abilities!

15. Beneath my exterior is a soul that deserves to be honoured!

In the end, just go with the flow! What could go wrong? Start to create affirmations for self-esteem and discover a new and better version of yourself! Control your thoughts and reach success on the way! YOU are able to do anything you want to, all you have to do is to have a little faith.

What are the affirmations that worked best for yourself and how is this exercise helping you out? Let me know and let’s track our journeys together!

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

Today, I’ve prepared some well-being tips for women, as I love empowering my fellow girls who read and enjoy my articles.

Practicing gratitude is essential in order to achieve success and a positive mindset. Being able to acknowledge the little things that make your life beautiful is vital while living in our fast paced world. If you’re feeling like you’re not grateful enough for everything around you, there is a way to start paying more attention to this action. Practicing gratitude saw a boost in popularity during the past few years and has helped lots of people to get back on track.

Being grateful for your family, friends, even for waking up everyday will help you when you’re feeling down. Moreover, it will improve your motivation and productivity. You’ll get to enjoy a faster way of advancing in your personal and professional life.

Here are 5 easy steps of practicing gratitude. Continue reading for more.

1. Journaling

Journaling is a technique that you can easily find in my other posts. It’s effective, fast and easy to do. However, if you’ve never tried journaling before, you shouldn’t force your hand and take it easy.

Also, if you find it relaxing you can take your time and create a bullet journal. Make it aesthetically pleasing, this way every time you write in it will become more inspiring and pleasing.

Write down 5 things you are grateful for each morning. Your energy and inspiration will be boosted. You can write things such as : “Today I am grateful for having a job”, “I am grateful I’ve had a comfy bed to sleep in “ and so on.

Once your list is completed, just keep these 5 things in mind through the day and watch it do wonders for you.

Finding the things to be grateful isn’t hard at all, just look around and remember that everything you possess is a thing you can be grateful for. Moreover, every person that helped you and been there for you is a person you should also be grateful for.

2. Appreciate everything

Learn how to appreciate everything around you. First of all, I believe everyone in this world is surrounded by some things they should be thankful for each morning. It’s about the little things in life, not about superficiality and the obvious ones. For example: when you’re feeling down and you decide to take a walk in a park nearby, can you feel the nature? You can focus on the birds singing, the wind blowing, even on the noises of the trees. These are things you can be grateful for.

When you wake up the next day, remember how special the world you live in is.

Moreover, there are some people you can be grateful for: either your spouse or your kind neighbour. These people make your life happier and sometimes you might forget to appreciate them.

In the end, you can be grateful for how far you’ve come. You’re not being selfish if you’re acknowledging your hard work, you should even be thanking you for it. You deserve all the applauses in your head. After all, taking care of your well-being and working hard brought you this far, be grateful.

3. Thank someone

Another way of expressing your gratitude is to thank someone. Don’t let your day go without thanking at least one person. You can also include an act of kindness from time to time. It will become a reflex after some time and you’ll realise what a powerful emotion these actions can bring you.

Thanking someone will make them aware that you’re appreciating their help or their implication. Firstly, you should be grateful in your head, after that you should express it with words by thanking them.

You should be thanking people for every little thing they do to make your life happier or maybe easier. Why you might ask? Well, no one is forced to do anything. Therefore that person always had an option and chose to do a little something for you. Take that into consideration when you underestimate the little gestures people make.

Motivate yourself to become a better version and increase your awareness of how important gratitude is.

4. Thinking positive

Being able to find the positive aspects when you are in a negative situation is another one of my well-being tips for women.

Actually, this exercise will not only help you practicing gratitude, but will also help you achieve a positive mindset. As I said in the first paragraphs, gratitude also comes with a better mental health.

When you’re going through a hard time, you should always look for the better things. Every challenge that unexpectedly comes in your life is an opportunity to learn something new.

Learning to be grateful even for the bad things will help you go through life happier and much more motivated.

Moreover, you’ll become more powerful with every challenge you face. Therefore you’ll get to the point where you’ll be thankful for the experience.

Get strong and learn how important it is to maintain a positive mindset all the way.

5. Live mindfully

Live in the present. Stop worrying about the past or the future. The YOU from this time needs you. Living in the past or worrying about the future will always bring you down. Focus on what you are now and how you can improve your way of being.

You can’t change the past, but your present self can improve the future you are about to face. Therefore, next time when you’re not sure why you should ONLY live in the present, just acknowledge that this is the best way to get through life.

In the end, I hope my well-being tips for women helped you achieve the best version of yourself. THANK YOU for reading 🙂

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

How to set your meditation space might not come so natural when you’re just starting out with your practice. Think of it this way, in order to have a deep meditation session, the state of your mind in that moment is just as important as your surroundings. Today, I’m walking you through the way I am organising my own space and share with you some of my best kept secrets about having a successful meditation session. Let’s begin!

#1 Declutter your surroundings & create your meditation space

A busy space equals a busy mind. No matter what you might think right now, having a cluttered meditation space will actually negatively impact your session. Also, the more you’ll try to ignore it, the more you’ll notice it. Instead, take 15-20 minutes before you start to tidy up your surroundings. I love having a neat desk & night table when I meditate, it’s just one of those things that help me better connect with my mind. Next time you’re considering how to set up your meditation space, make sure this one is up on your list.

#2 Look for natural lighting in your room to enhance your meditation space

This one is powerful! Last Spring, whilst in my Chelsea flat, I came across Bob Proctor and his meditation practices. I was engaging in them quite often. This flat that I mentioned was a real gem for natural lighting. I remember the sun hitting my face once during visualisation. That ray of sunshine stays with me until today. It was the perfect sign for me to know that I can do whatever I envision. Since then, whenever I meditate during the morning, I ensure I get enough natural light. You should definitely try this; begin with little light until you can handle being in front of your window!

#3 Use aromatherapy to lift your mood

One of the most important things I do when I meditate is to use aromatherapy to get into a more spiritual vibe. This way, I ensure I’m offering myself every opportunity I have to make my meditation session a real success. I really enjoy using an aroma diffuser – the ones that I adore right now are by Villa Hermanos in Fig & Amber. Its fragrance makes me dream of a small villa on the Spanish coast, surrounded by pam trees and beautiful flowers. Also, it frees my mind and makes me better focus on my meditation.

Alternatively, in days when I prefer the warm light of a candle and a calm crackle sound, but still want a wonderful fragrance, I turn to my WoodWick Candle. At the moment, I’m using the Island Coconut one and trust me when I say – it smells divine. It takes me back to Punta Cana and makes me believe that everything is possible!

For wax melt lovers out there, I’ve got you covered with the WoodWick Rosewood. Who doesn’t like the smell of a fresh garden while meditating? It’s one of the most freeing scents.

Whatever your preferences are in regards to aromatherapy, on Notino, you will be sure to find your meditation scent.

#4 Adjust your body posture & find comfort

The next thing you have to consider is to adjust your body posture until you find comfort. Contrary to the popular opinion, I like to meditate in my bed – both in the morning and at night. I find that more comfortable, but others prefer a chair, sofa or their floor. Find what works for you and stick to it.

#5 Browse your favourite guided meditation sessions or guide yourself

There are so many apps you can choose from nowadays for guided meditation that with a simple search you’ll be provided with various options. I suggest you to try a few apps or videos until you find those ones that TRULY resonate with you and with what you would like to achieve.

It would be wonderful to know, how are you currently setting up your space? Is there anything you would add to my recommended things to do?

Lots of love,

Andrada

Everyone dreams of the best places to travel once the pandemic is over! Just imagine being free as a bird again, not worrying about all the restrictions we have in place right now all over Europe. Traveling is so important in order to maintain a positive state of mind. The fact that you change your environment not only does well for your well-being, but it also gives you the opportunity to explore different cultures and live differently.

Therefore, I’ve put together a list with the best places to visit once the pandemic is over. After lots of research, I’ve included places I’ve visited and recommend from the bottom of my heart, as well as places that are currently there on my bucket list waiting for me to tick them off. Let’s GO ✈️

1. Bali, Indonesia

I have to assign the first place on my list to Bali without any doubt. Bali is an Indonesian island full of mesmerising landscapes, beautiful beaches and breath taking sunsets. Besides its wonderful nature, Bali has a vast culture of religious sites that is worth exploring.

The island itself is actually well known for its mountains, wonderful beaches, coral reefs and so much more. The beauty of the island will amaze you and its many mysteries will make you thrive for more.

When to visit? The best time to visit Bali is from May to June as you’ll enjoy sunny and warm weather. Visiting Bali is so much more than just a random trip during Spring, it’s a spiritual journey. One that deserves to be taken in fully and celebrated. Personally, I cannot wait to visit at some point this year and be able to explore every corner of this beautiful island.

2. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Actually, I have just came back from Punta Cana and I had no doubt it deserved to be on this list of best places to visit. Punta Cana is a region the Dominican Republic known for its wonderful 32 kilometres stretch of beaches and clear waters. Punta Cana and its resorts will provide you the best modern beachfront living type of holiday.

During your stay, you can take boat trips in the Atlantic Ocean to explore the marine life, swim with the dolphins, visit adventure parks or swim in the beautiful ocean and get a great tan (please wear SPF 50, the sun rays are strong there).

The best period of time to visit Punta Cana is from March to May. In Summer you’ll get a more rainy weather there and it won’t be as enjoyable.

3. Mallorca, Spain

The next destination on my list of the best places to travel once the pandemic is over is Mallorca. Thanks to its sheltered coves, grand beach resorts and Roman remains, Mallorca is one of the best places to visit. It is actually the crown jewel of Spain’s many Balearic islands in the Mediterranean sea. The Spanish architecture and its beautiful coastline should make your stay dreamy.

You can chose to stay in Palma De Mallorca, the island’s capital, and let yourself amazed by the city’s vibrant nightlife and history. Or you can choose to stay on the coast like I did and get to explore more of the island’s vibe. Some places that I visited and absolutely loved: Port de Sóller, Cap de Formentor, Valldemossa. That day driving through the island will always stay in my heart.

It’s said that the best months to visit this gorgeous place are March and May, when tourists haven’t arrived on the island yet, however I visited during summer and it wasn’t too busy.

4. Transylvania, Romania

Even if Transylvania is not a tropical island or destination, its variety of landscapes and the culture will enchant you. Situated in Romania, Transylvania is best known for its medieval towns and gothic fortresses. During your visit in Romania you can discover Dracula’s legend and find out that the man behind Bram Stokers’ story is actually Vlad the Impaler – a famous Voivode of Wallachia.

Let Transylvania and its wonders transform your holiday from an ordinary one to a journey filled with magic and history everywhere you go.

5. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is an island located in French Polynesia surrounded by sand fringed islets and a magical turquoise lagoon. You can discover amazing landscapes and coral reefs at every step. One magical thing to do that can complete your trip to Bora Bora can be scuba diving. After spending so much time in your house, you deserve something that can rise your level of adrenaline. Moreover, once you try this extreme but totally safe sport, you will unleash a new world under the water. After all, Bora Bora is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving.

The best months to travel to this island are November and April, due to the fine temperatures.

6. Rome, Italy

When it comes to Rome I must admit that I believe everyone should visit it at least once in a lifetime. I have such a great connection to Rome due to its atmosphere and history. The architecture looks gorgeous in every single corner of the city and history literally flies in the air. Not only there are lots of activities you can try while visiting Rome, but this city will totally take your breath away. At least it did for me! For sure, Rome is one of the best places to travel once the pandemic is over.

Moreover, if you decide to visit Rome you should also take a day or two off for visiting the incredible Vatican. Have a lesson of history and religion and enjoy some of the greatest art pieces in the world.

7. Dubai, UAE

Dubai will unleash you an ultramodern journey. Known for its luxurious vibe, great architecture and a vibrant nightlife scenery, Dubai has everything you can wish for in a holiday.

However, I know it’s not always about the looks, so this city can also provide you with some incredible history that will show you the real face of Dubai. If local culture is something you’re interested in, I totally recommend visiting Al Fahidi – the historical neighbourhood. I’ve learnt so much about the city’s early days and how much crafts have contributed to its economical growth.

Whilst in Dubai, besides the beach, experience wise, you can enjoy a dessert safari in 4×4 cars (that was so much fun), scuba diving, sky diving over the Dubai Palm, yacht tours, the Fountain shows, the Burj Khalifa and getting lost in the Dubai Souks.

Visit this wonderful city from November to March for the best experience.

8. New York, USA

“Concrete jungle where dreams are made of”- is the perfect description for the wonderful New York. As Alicia Keys says, the streets will totally make you feel brand new and the lights that bring the city to life will inspire you. I believe there is no place in this world that can replicate the feeling that New York has to offer.

Even if the city itself is a work of art and every corner will unleash something new, the great museums, theatres and works of history really make New York what it is today.

Experience the American dream and enjoy a wonderful trip to the city of fantasies.

9. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, the 9th best place to visit on my list is located in Peru. This 15th century citadel (also named “Lost city of the Incas”) will impress you with its centuries old secrets hidden in its walls. Only the thought of how impressive the architectural design of the citadel is can bring shivers down your spine. Sounds like one of the best places to travel once the pandemic is over, right?

One of the best times you can visit Machu Picchu is from April to May.

10. Barcelona, Spain

The cosmopolitan capital of Spain, Barcelona, is actually best known for its impressive architecture and art. During your visit to Barcelona you can visit the wonderful Sagrada Familia church, the Picasso museum and many more landmarks.

Enjoy the greatness of every serene park, golden shoreline and modern art museums. Have some delicious tapas in the Gothic Quarter, hire a quad and explore the beach coast. That’s how I spent my days in Barcelona and I’ve made the best memories!

Try something new as your first trip after the pandemic is over.

In the end, I must admit that there are plenty of places to visit, but I believe these are the best ones to travel to once the pandemic is over. Which one is the best fit for you and what city you would suggest me to add on my next list?