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5 Christmas Decoration Ideas You Don’t Want to Miss This Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like… Black Friday! And what better time to go ahead and invest in some very nice Christmas candles and decorations to get the holiday spirit started? Let’s discover some ideas that will turn your home into Santa’s workshop👇🏻

As an example, in today’s post, I’m going to show you how I’ve decorated my chimney for Christmas. You can of course use these ideas for your kitchen table, living room coffee table, your bedroom or your own chimney. Let’s GO!

Pick Up Your Crackle Wick Candles

crackle wick candles Christmas decorations 5 Christmas Decoration Ideas You Don't Want to Miss

AHHH, what a difference do these make! It’s like they sing to me. They do make such a great duet with Frank Sinatra to be fair. I love curling up my sofa, listening to carols, drinking mulled wine and hearing the crackle wick candles in the background. Christmas Eve will be so complete: wood crackling, family cheer, love and laughter. What more can I ask for?

They might be more on the pricy side, but the great news is that this Black Friday, you can find them at a more discounted price on Notino. Also, they really go a long way because they smell quite strong, so perhaps after 30 minutes you’d want to blow it off and allow the scent to fill up your room.

Decorate your Chimney with Small Yankee Candles and Christmas lights

yankee candles christmas eve 5 Christmas Decoration Ideas You Don't Want to Miss

I adore small Christmas candles, especially the ones that Yankee Candle launch every season. This time I went for: Christmas Cookie, Warm & Cosy and Christmas Eve. Needless to say, they smell divine. The best part is that I can light one up at a time and enjoy a different scent for an hour or two. I can’t really commit to one scent per season, so this gives me more options.

5 Christmas Decoration Ideas You Don't Want to Miss

Besides displaying these cuties on your chimney or coffee table, ensure that you put on some Christmas lights in proximity as well. They’ll create that cosy ambiance. Also, here I placed them behind the candles for extra light warmth.

Christmas Decoration DYI Idea: Create Decorations for the Small Candles

5 Christmas Decoration Ideas You Don't Want to Miss

Furthermore, I love to find new ways of displaying these scented candles. You can even create small decorations out of plastic branches and add on some candies. I’ve found these in a cute Christmas shop, however they’re quite easy to make. It can be a fun DYI project for the whole family.

Remember your Wood Decorations

Wood decorations will make your room feel extremely Christmassy. They’ll give it an authentic vibe and cheer up the empty corners. Although, in my opinion no corner should be empty during Christmas haha! See that nutcracker behind me? There’s no Christmas without it.

Have you considered chocolate as decorations?

As weird as it might sound, you’ll have to trust me on this one. Go to your supermarket’s chocolate isle and turn on your designer vision. All the candy, confectionery and chocolate come into an extra special packaging for Christmas. Why not get some and put them under your Christmas tree? They make a nice decoration and a yummy treat!

These were my 5 Christmas Decoration Ideas You Don’t Want to Miss. Which one are you going to try?

If you’ve started your Christmas shopping, there some great Black Friday perfume deals on Notino that you don’t want to miss out on.

This post is kindly sponsored by Notino, all opinions are my own as always*

Have a wonderful Christmas,

Andrada

How to wear Winter perfume? It might be just a little different than how you would wear a Summer or Spring fragrance. A stronger scent requires you to wear a certain outfit. Plus, it definitely calls for a change in the way that you spray it. Stay until the end to find out how to enter my EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY. Get the chance to win a Calvin Klein Everyone Eau de Toilette. Share it with someone you love or keep it for yourself this Christmas.

Winter perfumes tend to be stronger and have a better longevity than floral fragrances for instance. Also, you might want to consider your outfit choices when you’re wearing them. The scent of fabrics such as wool combine in a very interesting way with the various elements of your perfume.

Choosing fragrances in Winter

As the weather gets colder, your skin will not reach a high temperature. Therefore, considering fragrances which have musk, bergamot, oud or vanilla as top or middle notes might be your best bet. Furthermore, these notes are a few of my favourites as well; gorgeous choices that include them would be: Tom Ford, Kenzo, Givenchy, Chanel or Amouage.

Considering fragrances which have musk, bergamot, oud or vanilla as top or middle notes might be your best bet.

Also, a very interesting observation is that different fabrics have a smell of their own. Have you noticed how wool smells like? Now, pick a wool jumper and spray perfume on your wrist. Do you notice any difference in how the perfume wears?

Where to apply your winter perfume?

First of all, since the scent would be stronger, you’d have to limit yourself to just a few spots on your body when applying your winter perfume. With this in mind, I’ve noticed that my fragrance lasts longer when I spray it on my neck (where my pulse it), wrists and behind my neck. Under no circumstance you should spray perfume on your clothes. Chances are that your garments would get stained (usually a yellow stain) and look greasy. Also, that’s not a great look and you won’t want to throw clothes away.

Winter Perfume – Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s

1. Invest in quality fragrances.

2. Consider your attitude when wearing stronger scents.

3. Wear your perfume in perfect harmony with your look.

Dont’s

1. Don’t spray perfume on your clothes.

2. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new fragrances in winter.

3. Don’t let the perfume wear you.

About the Calvin Klein Everyone GIVEAWAY

As part of my ‘Jet Set Lifestyle’ Giveaway I’m giving away one Calvin Klein Everyone Eau de Toilette to one lucky winner. It might be YOU 👀

All you have to do is enter on my Instagram post here.

About the fragrance.

Citric, pure and clear , the Eau de Toilette Spray CK Everyone by Calvin Klein is a multifaceted ode to pure joie de vivre. The fragrance was explicitly designed as a unisex version and is therefore equally suitable for men and women. The top note of organic orange oil and spicy ginger paves the way for the fascinating heart note. Unique chords of blue tea are combined with fresh aquatic notes. Finally, the base of patchouli, ambergris and cedar wood sets new accents and perfectly rounds off the wonderfully fresh fragrance experience.

Lots of love,

Andrada

This Autumn, I’m really trying to make an effort with the way I accessorise my outfits. After all, they can take any outfit to the next level, right? Give me a beautiful Danish design watch and a simple turtle neck shirt and we have an elegant vibe going on. I’ve recently came across this sustainable Danish brand which crafts delicate time pieces that go really well with the colour palette of this season and layered outfits. Let’s have a look at their story & giving back program and how I’ve styled one of their beautiful watches. 

Nordgreen’s story – Danish Design Watch

To me, the story behind the brand is equally important and interesting. In my view, a brand is sustainable not only because it uses friendly materials, but also because it treats employees fairly. Also, when it comes to Nordgreen, the well-being of their employees is at their core as they make efforts to ensure everyone involved in the brand works in a fair environment. 

Sustainable materials

What I really like about Nordgreen is that they choose sustainable and environmentally friendly materials that last. For instance, the packaging is made out of FSC-certified cardboard and up-cycled felt. Also, all straps are produced with environmentally friendly methods to reduce chemical pollutions. 

Gold watch

My golden mesh is very high quality and goes perfectly with my nude outfit. It really stands out and I feel that I don’t even need to be wearing different accessories to make my outfit stand out. If you love the look of this, I have a 15% off discount code for you that you can use on the entire website: MISS.

Giving back programme 

Besides, their sustainable practices, Nordgreen are engaged in an impressive giving back programme. Furthermore, they support three great causes with each watch purchased by customers. You can choose one of the three causes: Health, Education and Rainforest Preservation and Nordgreen make sure the fund is used for tangible projects through their partnered NGOs. How interesting is that? Thus, you’re not only wearing a stylish time piece, but you are also supporting a cause. They have all my respect for that. 

Styling the Infinity time-piece – Danish Design Watch

I went for the Infinity time piece – sized 32 mm. Also, it’s the first watch I ever buy that doesn’t need adjustment – not that I bothered in the past to be fair. Moreover, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this Danish Design Watch fits me so well. It’s my favourite to wear at the moment and I’m sure it will stay that way. You can now enjoy 15% off the entire website by using my code: MISS.

Let’s have a look at my quick tips on styling it, shall we?

Styling the time piece is very easy actually. Think about wearing a mono-chrome outfit – it will make the whole look so elegant. For instance, I chose to wear a nude outfit – a simple turtle neck paired with a pair of bold shorts. In regards to the shoes, I chose a pair of nude over the knee boots to make the look more interesting. 

Growing up, I realised that it’s so important to adhere to a minimalist style because everything looks just so much better. I’m very glad to have found a brand like Nordgreen that understands that and design minimalist pieces for women just like myself.

I hope you’ve enjoyed their story and that you’re going to love my discount code: MISS to enjoy 15% off the entire website.

This post is kindly sponsored by Nordgreen – as always views and opinions are my own.

Lots of love,

Andrada

Finding ways to stay happy during this pandemic has been my number one activity. I’m not even joking. This whole situation has had impacts on all of us, but I feel that the ultimate test we’re here to take is the test of patience. Like how more can we resist? Or better yet, how can we find ways to be happy while the situation will not change too soon? We gathered here today to explore my tested activities and tips that will help you stay or be more happy.

Spend time with your loved ones

Might be your mum and dad, your nan or grandfather, your auntie or your sister. Your loved ones are probably the most important people in your life. Spending time with them, especially if you haven’t seen them in a while, will make you both feel happier. If time or circumstances don’t allow, make sure you guys are just hanging out together at home. Watch a movie, have a shisha ‘party’ for you in the garden or cook dinner together. There are so many ways to spend time in a fun way with your family, why not take some time to explore them?

Revamp your style

It might look shallow to you at first, but think about it. When did you have so much time on your hands to spend time with yourself at home? I truly believe that this is the perfect opportunity to revamp your style. Go through your wardrobe, select what you’re currently wearing and donate what you don’t. Decluttering will make you feel more relaxed, calm and happy. Come up with new ways of wearing your clothes – perhaps now you’ll see combos that you haven’t tried in the past. You will also be able to clearly see what you’re missing in your wardrobe and will be less inclined to impulse buy everything that’s on sale online. Win, win! Stay happy during this pandemic.

Indulge in your passions

We all have passions, but do we have the time to explore them? Usually not, but now maybe there’s an hour or two we can spare for what makes us truly happy. Some people love photography, others might like painting or playing the guitar. Allowing yourself to not feel pressured by time will make you so happy and relaxed. Maybe, you’ll create a habit out of it and you’ll become the next expert in your field. 

Allow yourself to just be

My personal opinion is that we’re all so stressed about this situation also because we’re not used to just doing the simple things. Society is always in a rush, therefore we are always in a hurry too. If anyone would have asked me to read a fiction book three months ago, I would have said ‘pass’ as I was only focusing on non-fiction. All I wanted was to be productive and EVEN more productive, until I burnt out. Allow yourself to just be: read that romance book, go on that weekend away in the countryside away from everyone, take that longer bath (if you don’t get borded after 20 minutes like I do). Appreciate the moments you have in your life.

Keep your mind open to new opportunities 

I know that some people might have been made redundant, others are bored in their jobs while others might have been trying to get a new job in the middle of this pandemic. If you’re in one of these situations, keeping positive is even more challenging. Always know that opportunities can arise from unexpected places and circumstances. Just keep your mind open and don’t be afraid to take on new challenges. In the same time, keep patient and practice the tips I’ve gave you above. You’ve GOT this!

And that’s how to stay happy during this pandemic. How do you cope? Is there anything specific that you’re doing? Just let us know in the comment section below, we’d love to find out your ways as well. 

P.S: Don’t forget that I launched my book ‘Create a life you love’ to give you an extra push and motivate you to be ambitious enough to chase your dreams.

Lots of love,

Andrada

How to follow your passions? I’ve been on a journey of working full-time whilst trying to figure out what fuels me. Then, I started thinking about what I would like to do with my life next. Join me in today’s article as I will be sharing my story and the techniques that are proven to work. Furthermore, get ready to follow your passions and start your own journey.

How to Follow Your Passions | My Journey

List Your Passions

Firstly, to be perfectly honest with you, it all starts with your deep interests. Actually, I would recommend that you come up with at least 20-25 interests on a piece of paper. Then, ask yourself this:

‘If I were to choose my favourite ten, which would these be?’.

So, go ahead make the list even shorter. Also, you will start to notice that these interests are not always monetisable. From these ten, choose two that you can one day live off. Also, they will need to cover at least your living costs to begin with. Ask yourself:

‘Which of these two have a business potential?’

Next step, make Google your best friend. I use Google a lot and there’s so much information on there for everything and anything. Furthermore, there are so many business ideas online and places where you can take inspiration from.

How to Follow Your Passions | My Journey

When it comes to me for example, I decided that I love marketing, fashion and travelling. Therefore, I launched my own marketing agency and still run this blog, these are my current sources of income. Additionally, I’m passionate about travelling, so I will be soon launching my experience city break business, Glam Away. So, I’m very excited and can’t wait to make some travellers happy!

Find a profitable business idea

As mentioned, it’s highly important for your business to cover your costs. It will be your passion yes, but it needs to make financial sense for you. Also, in your search for business ideas based on your passion, make sure that this business has been done before in one way or another. Moreover, this means is profitable.

It’s not the time to reinvent the wheel. Moreover, do your own research for profitability, but if there are various similar businesses of that type is good. Competition is great in this case. Just ensure you find a point of difference for your business when you launch.

How to Follow Your Passions | My Journey

Get into the entrepreneurial mindset

Get ready to feel discomfort. Great things happen out of comfort zones. Also, get to understand that this new territory and that you will feel challenged. I guess it does take a little bit of guts to be able to go into business.

Feel the fear and do it anyway

Besides the discomfort you will feel, you will also feel fear. Furthermore, it’s IMPORTANT that you don’t stay in that same spot of worries. Sometimes, you just need to feel the fear and do it anyway. Moreover, I’ve included so much more of this topic in my latest book ‘Create a life you love’.

Get ready to follow your passions and be very patient. Everything will work out in the end. Lastly, keep believing.

How to Follow Your Passions | My Journey

Lots of love,

Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

Successful people’s habits can seem a little bit extreme to the rest of the population. However, that doesn’t mean that these don’t work for them. Also, if these habits got them to be where they are now, well, all of us should inspire ourselves from them.

It still amazes me how we all have 24 hours to do something, but it’s what we do with them that matters. Some people manage to fit so many things in their day. While others prefer to be unproductive. Will you take on a new challenge or will you go back to your old ways?

Tony Robbins’ Morning Ritual

The legend! Besides the fact that he doesn’t sleep too much, Tony Robbins is fitter than ever. His morning ritual is very thorough. Firstly, he performs a breathing exercise – about three sets of 30 breaths. In addition, he lifts his hands up in a shoulder press motion. Then, he practices three minutes of gratitude – remembering and reliving three moments in his life. Following this, he visualises a light entering in his body. This light will connect him to the Universe, his loved ones and even with people who’s never met. In particular, I’m a big supporter of this following routine. Tony visualises success: he imagines achieving three of his goals. He visualises how much this will help him, but also others.

Also, I recently started to visualise my success as well. I was VERY SURPRISED to witness amazing results – just like how I’ve envisioned them.

Maria Hazistefani’s Liquid Ambition

Maria is one of the most successful founders from the beauty industry. Also, she is the founder and CEO of her own company, Rodial. Moreover, her other brand, NIP + FAB is equally successful, targeting a younger market.

Successful People's Habits: Top 10 Routines

Over the years, she developed a very productive daily routine. One of the things she loves to do is to wake up early. In effect, that will offer her time for herself. In particular, I love that she is drinking hot water with lemon and a shot of organic espresso first thing in the morning. With this in mind, I started doing the exact same thing! I feel peaceful and super ready to action my day. You should definitely try it for yourself.

Gary Vee’s 3-4 minute meetings

Yes, you’ve read that right. Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder of Vayner Media, holds three-four minute meetings. In fact, he runs a very busy daily schedule. No wonder he needs to be productive. If three minute meetings sound a bit extreme for you, try to reduce your 1h meetings to 30 minutes and your 30 minutes ones to 15 minutes.

Nevertheless, your time is money. Your time is precious. Don’t allow others to waste it in endless meetings or other circumstances. Focus on increasing your productivity.

Focus on being productive instead of busy

This one’s from the master of productivity, Tim Ferris. He recommends that you measure the results of your actions – time and money. Handling e-mails for countless hours does not make you productive. Although, you might feel like it. Instead, he is checking emails once every few days and came to realise that his business CAN run without him. Also, he did build a business that can survive without his immediate input by giving more ownership to his employees.

Successful People's Habits: Top 10 Routines

Nevertheless, try to trust people more at work. If you’re not a business owner, even as a manager, trust your colleagues more. Great leaders empower others and let them take their own decisions. You will enjoy time to focus on being more productive and creative while sharing the workload.

There is a lot to be learned from successful people’s habits, so keep on reading to get more inspired ✨

Successful people don’t give others the opportunity to say ‘No’

They are their biggest supporters. They would not take no for an answer. Furthermore, they will do everything they can to influence people’s answers and turn them in their favour. Or they will try again another time.

That means creating more opportunity for themselves. If a door slams now, successful people will not give up. They will try again, again and again. Until they succeed.

Yes

Avoid things in excess

These people avoid anything in excess, including the fun things. Excesses are just going to bring you down. Furthermore, they will make you lose sight of the things you already have. Some people associate success with excess buying or excess working – none of these are healthy for you.

Instead, focus on having a good balance in your life. Eat healthy, but have your cheat days as well. Exercise, but rest when your muscles require you to do so. More importantly, work but know when you need to take breaks. You will feel so empowered and ready to action your day.

They are open to criticism

Successful people created a habit of being open to criticism from qualified individuals. I don’t believe that everyone has the entitlement to criticise someone’s work, contrary to the popular opinion. Also, taking opinions from everyone will only confuse you. Instead, take feedback from people who’ve already made it or from people who have knowledge in your industry. It will help you so much more! We all have an opinionated friend. But, that doesn’t mean we should listed to him – most of the times these people have no clue about what we’re doing in our work anyway.

They work when they’re most effective

This is one of the most important successful people’s habits. They work when they’re most effective. This links to the tip above about focusing on being productive instead of being busy.

Furthermore, working when you’re most effective will improve your performance and will make you happier. Although, this might not be applicable while in the office, it is to your side projects.

They throw themselves out there

Successful people don’t spend time questioning themselves. They feel the fear and do it anyway. Also, there’s something so powerful in this statement. Focus on your end goal and try to not spend too much time thinking why you can’t do it.

Successful People's Habits: Top 10 Routines

They have multiple incomes

Remember this: most successful people have multiple income streams. Besides running their own businesses or being employed by huge companies, successful people might be involved in Real Estate, investments, online courses and many other streams.

I would highly recommend to start thinking about your options. What are you good at, besides your day job / career?

These were successful people’s habits that I find super inspiring. I hope these will help you achieve your dreams and create a life you love.

P.S: Don’t forget to check-out my new e-book, ‘Create a life you love’. 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?

Love,

Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

Career Motivation is on everyone’s lips right now. It’s absolutely normal not to feel as driven during this time. However, it’s highly important that you keep going and don’t feel deflated. These are five smart tips that you need to keep moving, even when the world is somehow stuck.

5 Smart Ways to Successfully Motivate Yourself

There are certain times in your career when you might feel down or not driven enough. Most people do change jobs when that happens. At any rate, I personally don’t find that to be the solution. It might work for the short term. Also, it seems just another way of running away from the problem. Career motivation is key when battling these feelings. But, how do you tackle it?

Career Motivation | 5 Smart Tips You Need

Get the head space you need

When you’re working full-time, there is not too much time for yourself. Create an early morning routine (I know, I said EARLY) that will get you valuable time to plan. Also, World leaders, CEOs, Founders – they all have early morning routines.

During this time, before you start work, you can either: learn something new, meditate, workout and plan your day ahead. Equally, it’s important to have some time for yourself to bring yourself back to your motivated self. After all, you will feel that you’ve accomplished something for yourself as well. A great start to your day will already make it more interesting.

Moreover, especially if you learn something new maybe about skill improvements at your day job or other technical skills, you’ll want to apply them straightaway. It will make your workload more fun because you’re learning something new that can be tested at your company. No company will refuse you doing more things, so just go ahead and ask if you can implement some tweaks here and there. They’ll really like it because it will benefit them as well.

Subsequently, finding this valuable time for yourself will do wonders to your career motivation. As a result, you’ll be more creative, more willing to try out new things and assess your career journey.

Make room for amazing resources

Here, I’m both referring to physical room and ‘room’ in your own life. Keep on reading to find out what I’m talking about.

Generally, they say that ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’. I remember sitting in this giant conference call at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. Tai Lopez was the next guest speaker. If there’s one thing that I took away from his keynote is how important reading books is. At any stage of your career or life. He reads everything online, but his main focus are books. As a matter of fact, reading entrepreneurial books or career oriented ones really inspire me. It stayed with me because I’ve had completed reading seven books in one month (January), so it reminded me of my habit.

Therefore, make room in your life to read. Squeeze in a chapter during that quiet time in the morning or before you go to bed. Put your phone on the side and focus on reading. However, if you prefer physical books, ensure you already have the space to store them.

In addition, there are so many motivational resources that you can use to lift your spirits up. I personally love podcasts! Two of my favourites are The Audio Experience by Gary Vee and the Overnight Success by Maria Hatzistefanis.

Career Motivation | 5 Smart Tips You Need

Follow your favourite mentors EVERYWHERE

In today’s World, it might be challenging to find and have a mentor that you’ve personally met. I’ve been lucky enough to look up to someone at my workplace, but now I have to use digital resources that my online mentors produce.

Nevertheless, looking up to someone who ‘has made’ it is such an easy way to motivate yourself. However, remember this, if he can do it, you can do it too. It’s all in the mindset.

Furthermore, search everything that they’ve produced: YouTube Videos and interviews, podcasts, their own websites, follow their content on social media.

Curious to know who inspires me?

@mrsrodial

@garyvee

@tonyrobbins

@marinadegiovanni

@tailopez

@grantcardone

@therealkiyosaki

Just go out there and do it

At the same time, I know it may be hard and it may feel very challenging to get your career motivation back. Not to mention motivation doesn’t happen overnight. So, you might feel like giving up. It’s important to acknowledge that.

But, being in that state of mind all the time will tremendously impact you. However, what can you do about it?

Firstly, you need to realise that this state does not define you. Therefore, acting upon it should become easier. So, don’t identify with this. It’s just a phase and with your help it shall pass.

Secondly, after you’ve identified your mentors and came up with a plan of action to boost your daily activities, don’t give up. Nevertheless, continue to educate yourself, to read and network with others.

Career Motivation | 5 Smart Tips You Need

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Lots of love,

Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

Self-isolation shouldn’t get you all bored. In fact, some of you might not have the working from home habit or are used to being on the go very often. But, being stuck at home can be quite entertaining and productive, if you know how to make the best out of it. I’m sharing with you some easy ways to make self-isolation enjoyable that will change the way you do it.

Self-Isolation at Home – The New Norm?

Who would have thought that in 2020, when the world is at its speediest rate we would have to stay at home? Well, definitely not myself and perhaps not yourself either. Since this situation is becoming quite the norm, we all have to adapt. How you want to view this situation, it’s entirely up to you. One of my favourite quotes says that life is a sum of how we react to things. So, how will you react to this?

If you’re doing this, then stop

If you’re thinking that your current situation is painful and you’re staring to lose your ‘sanity’, then think again. The truth is, your situation is really not that awful. The whole thing can be flipped. What you get is: more time for yourself, more time to be productive, save money on transportation, moments to breathe, a positive change in your life and a moment to assess your life situation – were you truly happy before this happened? Be ambitious.

Easy ways to make self isolation actually enjoyable

Self-isolation can be quite enjoyable if you know how to approach it. I’m sharing some easy ways to make self isolation actually enjoyable that work for me.

Have a clear agenda for each day

Having no plan of action can get you stressed and bored in the same time. Keeping yourself busy with your daily plans is a great way of both being productive and entertained. Include different categories here: your side project (eg. blog, content creation), your skills building (re-creation of yourself), your mindfulness plans (eg. meditation, yoga, painting). I keep a weekly & monthly planner – a more organised agenda to plan out everything I want to achieve daily. When I used to go to the office, I would even have these tasks planned by time, but now I can be more flexible, so I’m really grateful for being able to feel less pressure. Get yourself a smart planner, it makes a huge difference.

Wake up one hour before starting work

You might love your sleep, but there’s research showing that getting straight into working after you’ve woken up, it’s harmful for your wellbeing. Instead, wake up one hour before starting work and get ready for the day ahead.

Drink hot water with lemon & propolis

That’s the first thing that I do in the morning. I drink about half a cup of hot water with lemon & propolis to wake my body up. It’s a great source of vitamin C as well. It became a ritual for me. Trust me, you’ll love it.

Prepare a healthy breakfast to kick off the day

Forget having breakfast on the go or eating late at the office. You have all the means to prepare a healthy breakfast at home to kick off the day and actual time to sit down and have breakfast. Isn’t that wonderful? Prepare a healthy breakfast rich in protein and kick off the day. I like to have protein cereal with fruit (banana, strawberry, pomegranate, blueberries), or avocado toast.

Take time to prepare for the day

Take time to prepare for the day. Do 5-10 minutes of guided meditation, do some stretching or yoga and get your day to a great start. See? You’re busy (good busy) already!

Design your perfect, most flourishing environment

Even though you might be working the most part of your day, creating a flourishing environment is key. Scientifically, aromatherapy is the art of utilising plant based essences to harmonise and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It has a deep connection with our spirit, so why not take opportunity to work from home next to a melting wax candle that will lift your mood? Whenever I want to give my living room an uplifting smell, I either choose a Sand & Driftwood scent (Woodwick) or Vanilla Cupcake (Country Candle). I wish you could smell these right now.

Lighting up a scented candle can have the same effect, however if you want to change the smell quite often, wax melts or essential oil might be the ones for you. I would usually light up a candle when I read or meditate before bed, my favourite ones being manufactured by DW or Yankee Candle.

Take useful breaks

Taking breaks while working is key. You can either enjoy a cup of coffee / tea (I vow for my coffee), apply a relaxing face mask, listen to a podcast or read. I’m absolutely obsessed with skin care and masks, so for me, a break looks something like this: face mask, coffee & magazine in my hand! Some people enjoy colouring too, so choose something that works for you.

Exercise or practice yoga

Make sure to include a form of exercising while staying at home for at least 30 minutes every other day. Open the windows wide (who cares about what your neighbours think?) and get on with it. I have some favourite trainers I follow on YouTube for both working out & yoga. Better yet, if you have a back garden you can give that a go.

Avoid scrolling on your phone for hours

Obviously, avoid being glued on your screen for no reason what so ever. Use your time wisely 😉

Hobbies exploration

Now it’s the perfect time to explore some hobbies, who knows maybe you will enjoy new activities that you didn’t know you would before? Come up with some exciting things that you could be doing at home: English / Italian afternoon tea ‘party’, build an indoors den, have an Italian food night and so on. On the hobbies side of things, I decided to explore video making & editing while I have more time on my hands and actually love watching good quality videos. So, expect something fresh & different on my Instagram channel.

Easy Ways to Make Self-Isolation Enjoyable

Invest in your skills

Take this time to invest in your skills. Work won’t look like this anymore, with the work – life line becoming even thiner. Be prepared for the change and become even better at what you do, regardless of your career path.

Be grateful

Be grateful for the life you have. You have a home, loving family and loads of opportunities ahead of you. Remember how lucky you are to be alive and enjoy life.

Plan for the future

Although we might not know how the future looks like, it’s important that we prepare for a new economy, in a way or another. Some will win and some will lose. Use this time to brainstorm how you plan to use it to your advantage.

So, how to make the best out of your self-isolation situation?

Make the best out of your self-isolation by practising some of the tips I’ve shared in this article today. These are 100% working for me at the moment and if some of these will work for you too, then you can call me a very happy person.

Enjoy your time during this uncertain period and never forget how lucky we all are to be alive.

Sending lots of love,

Andrada (NotAGirlyGal)

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