5 Tips to Live a Simple and Happy Life

If you’re living in a simple, straight forward life, then we already have something in common!

This is not a Naif way of living and perceiving life, this is going back to the basics, and giving the value to the essence of life.

I just could never relate with people they think highly of themselves, that strange glance of superiority, like they’re lives were so much important and valuable than mine. So, stepping away from that type of personality wasn’t a difficult decision!

I learn to give value and importance to the things and people that I can make that beautiful symbiosis of love and care. They add to my life as much as I add to their lives!

I made some positive changes, and started acting accordingly to my thoughts and believes, with the respect that every human being deserves. I started to live a happier and socially healthier life!

Here are five tips that I start to live by, to simplify my life, and I hope it will help you to simplify yours as well!

1-Stop worrying about outside opinions

People tend to talk about other people, even when they have no clew of what is going on in there lives. I stopped worrying about what other people think or say. It’s just a waste of time and energy!

2-Live by your own personal judgment

Just because there are a million people doing the same thing, it doesn’t mean they are all right, and that there is only one resolution. If you have a different point of view, opinion or a better resolution, don’t second guess yourself and choose your way, start a different path. Their several roads to achieve a positive result!

3-Stop comparing other people’s lives to yours

Don’t measure your steps through other men’s shoes.

Stop wasting your time wondering why others have more than you, or travel more, and that it’s unfair. Our lives aren’t better or worst, then anybody else, our lives are different from one another, and that is the reality.

Appreciate what you have, who you are, what you achieved so far, how grateful you are for the life you have, for the loved ones that are sharing this amazing journey with you!

4-Surround yourself with your true friends

I make sure to nurture my true friends, they are my real family!

I decided to step away from the kind of people that are constantly criticizing everybody, making mean comments and remarks, I just felt stressed just by listening to them.

As they say, through other people’s back, I see mine.

So I only meet them on social occasions, and for a short period of time!

5-Don’t take yourself so seriously

Learn to laugh at your mistakes, allow yourself to learn something new every day.

We are all alike! Don’t feel superior or inferior to anyone. We share the same basic needs, both physically and emotionally.

The real reason we appear to be different from one another is that we all use different masks, and the reason we use them is quite humbling: we use it to protect our feelings!

If pass among others the image of a senseless, superior being, it will intimidate others from a more personal, human approach, right?

I would like you to consider this: when you’re protecting your feelings, by keeping a distance, have you ever thought that you might have lost the opportunity of a long and lovely friendship pass by?

Don’t sabotage your happiness!

Thank you for meeting me halfway.

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Types of Savings every mum Should have

One of the main stressing issues that all parents have is about money. We want to make sure that we raise our children with all the comfort and care that they deserve.

Here are some money saving tips that will help you raise your baby with some financial stress relief:

1.Emergency fund

Create an emergency fund. Every month put some money aside. This will help you to cope if you have any unexpected situation. You should have 6 to 12 months of monthly expenses (bills, groceries, rent, etc) saved.

2. Baby Savings

When expecting a baby all our priorities change, everything circles around this beautiful life that is about to join us in this amazing world and we often forget how much we are going to need to spend on the first stages. So, during the pregnancy make sure to gather all that you’ll need for the baby’s daily care.

See among your friends and family if they have any baby’s furniture that they no longer use, to lend you.

Make a list of all the items you’ll need and start purchasing them now. Look for sales, make choices and you’ll be able to save money and have quality products.

3. Create activities/holiday funds

On your financial budget make sure to put some money aside for weekend activities and holidays with your children. Plan ahead where you’re going and save money monthly so that, within your budget, you can enjoy to the fullest these amazing moments with your family, Look for fun free activities and create great memories at a low cost.

4 .University fund

Start to save small amounts of money per week. If you start doing this on a regular basis you’ll be amazed at the savings you made through the years. Start when you’re children are young and, by the time they turn 18, you’ll have a comfortable university fund for them.

I hope these tips will help you.

Thank you for meeting me halfway.

How to keep Good Vibes all day!

Monday! The beginning of a new week and the mind is still trying to grab the laziness of the weekend. Well, it’s gone!

So face this new day, this amazing new week, as new chances, new opportunities in the path to achieving your goals.

As always, keep a positive mindset, stay focused, be persistent, be resilient, you’ve got this!

Today I’m giving you an odd tip to keep you always in a good mood!! Please indulge me and try it…

Pick a sentence, a positive affirmation, for example, I’m amazing! Whatever I want, I have! It’s a wonderful day! I fell great! I’m unstoppable! I am the best!

Find a sentence that gives you that boost!

Now think of a song, that type of song that makes you want to dance, the one that brings a smile right through your soul!

You now have the melody and your positive affirmations, you just have to join them, and there you have it, the tune that you’ll keep singing in your mind, throughout your day!!

Believe me, it works!!

That song won’t stop playing in your mind, and what you think is what you attract, so positive thoughts attract a positive life!

Every day is amazing, do you know why? Because you’re in it!!

You deserve the best, you work for it and you achieve it. The world is yours!

I wish you a beautiful day!

Thank you for meeting me halfway.

How to leave your fears behind

Picture this:

You and a 10-year-old child are going on a roller coaster ride.

You’re in line waiting for your turn, but you’re with a totally different mindset. This 10-year-old child is absolutely excited with this experience, for him it’s an amazing adventure, with high adrenaline, he is just thrilled. You are on the opposite side! All you’re thinking about is what if….. a zillion negative thoughts are running through your mind, are you are just panicking.

You’re both finally riding the roller coaster, but while this child is having the time of his life, you are so scared that you’re missing out this experience, this adventure. Why does this happen? Irrational fear takes over!

Have you ever took the time to think about what have you been missing out on, just because you let irrational fear take over your life?

So, it’s time to change!

Baby steps lead to a great journey. You can do this!

How?

With these steps:

1.Mindset

When fear takes over our minds, we feel numb, unable to react. So, you need to make this effort to gain control of your thoughts, of your mind. When we start to train our mind into positive thoughts only when we do this consistently, it’s like we’re feeling this amazing energy running all over our bodies, we gain life. We set new goals, overcome obstacles, and start living again. The numbness is gone.

2. Goal

Nothing like setting new purposes, new goals, to engage ourselves into a new journey. That one thing that is going to add so much joy in your life, something to be excited about.

3. Strategy

After setting a goal, make a list of things to do to get you there.

Have a strategy. Write down in order. This list must make sense to you. When you write it down, you’re creating steps to reach your goal, and as you achieve each step, it’s a victory that will give a boost to carry on with even more enthusiasm. When you visualize it the effect is even greater.

4. Don’t overthink

Once you’ve set your goals, your strategy, everything makes sense, it’s achievable, just do it. Don’t let irrational fear get in the way. You are not allowed to be second-guessing or start having doubts. Trust yourself, your intuition. It’s very important to have feedback, but only from someone that you absolutely trust, that loves you, that gives you a straight honest opinion, otherwise, keep it to yourself. Learn to trust your intuition. You’ve got this!

5. Improve yourself

Do your homework to achieve your goal. Study, practice, learn, re-adjust, go through everything to get it done.

Be persistent, if you don’t make it at first, try again, overcome, try through another way, be resilient, challenge yourself, stay focused, and, most of all, always keep in mind and in your heart: you deserve all the success in the world!

Thank you for meeting me halfway.

Create your Tribe

We don’t choose our blood family, that is a given fact. How we relate with each other within the family, it’s a totally different story.

If you have that amazing kind of relationship with all of your family members, when you all have each other’s back, I congratulate you!

If you don’t, welcome to the group.

My daughter and I have that connection, and it’s amazing but that was it. So we created our own tribe, our (no blood-related) family!

If you are feeling that there is no connection with your blood family, it ‘s time for you to take action and do something positive about it.

This is how we did it.

1.Mindset

This is the first step. Understand that you can change the current situation, you have the ability to change that feeling of loneliness, of not being protected, into a mindset of knowing how to handle your blood-related family, and focusing on finding you’re own tribe.

2. Take action 

Among your friends, have the wisdom to separate the ones that like you, but aren’t too thrilled when you accomplish something positive. Or the ones that like to make a joke about someone else, with no regard what so ever about people’s feelings.

Keep close to your heart that group of friends that never left you when you were feeling down or going through a hard time. The numbers will be small, but those are your friends for life!

3. Nurture relationships

Be humble to acknowledge that, looking back, you might have left some good friends behind. Take the initiative to reach out to them, their friendship is too precious to be wasted.

Nurturer your relationships, create new bonds with people that have the same priorities in life! True friendship, being there for each other first and far most, creating memories, stories, creating a long life tribe!

My tribe is small, but believe, they are my wonderful family!

Don’t you ever give up on your happiness, there is always a way. Fight for it, change it, get out of your comfort zone, and make your happiness your priority! You got this!

Thank you for meeting me halfway.

Money saving tips for parents

This is a constant worry, always in the back of our minds: having that financial security so that we can raise our children with all that they are entitled to have and experience in their lives. Proper education, health care, clothes, sports, activities, all of it.

Here are some smart choices that I’ve may, that I hope will help you as well.

1.Putting money aside.  

For me this tip was gold!

From the moment my daughter was born, I started to put aside 2$ per day. This was such a small amount, that I felt no impact on my daily expenses. So, on my daughter’s first birthday I had saved 728$! For me, being the only family provider, this was amazing!

In 52 weeks I saved this! With no impact on my weekly budget. So I just continued to do this for 18 years. I was a very proud mum when I gave my daughter, on her 18th birthday, 13,104$ in savings! This made a huge impact on her life! She started her own business, her dream job!

No matter how old your children are, if you start doing this now, it will make a world of difference in your children’s lives.

The more you can put aside per week, without affecting your weekly budget, the more you’ll save in the long run:

So, if you can save $5 per day, at the end of the week you’ll have $35, that means $1.820 in a year’s savings. In 18 years you’ll have $32.760, very good right?

2. Teach your child to spend wisely

Something that was always my concern was to show my daughter the importance of spending her own money on what made her happy but in a responsible way.

3. Teach them since they’re little to manage money

Help to manage their savings. You can teach them how to put aside one part and still buy what they want. They start, by practicing how to save and manage money in a positive way. Learning how to deal with money, will give your children managing skills that will make their lives easier.

Thank you for meeting me halfway.

Why are you looking back? The rainbow is just ahead!

Today I dare you!

I dare you to get up and face one of your fears. Just a small one.

Don’t over think, just acknowledge it, positive mindset, focused on that goal and go!

Once you overcome that fear, you will realize that you can do anything, and that is an amazing feeling!

Even if you don’t make it at first, keep going, keep trying, focus even more, and you will make it!

Be sure of this: the rainbow is just ahead of you!

Thank you for meeting me halfway.

Learn How to Let Go

When experiencing a reality that is just not happening the way that we anticipated, we find it hard to accept and just move on with our lives. Instead, we hold on to all the negative emotions and frustrations around it, and we feel stuck.

We lose perspective. We need to let go of the past in order to start over and have new beginnings.

Once you let go of that numbness, self-pity state, you’ll gain this amazing power of changing your path into a new beautiful direction. So, why do you keep on looking back when the rainbow is just ahead of you?

We want to move on, but sometimes we don’t even know how.

Well, here are some tips to guide you:

1.Stop resisting

This is the first step that you must set into our mind in order to move on. Accept your reality. It is happing, period.

There mustn’t be any emotion attached to your current reality, no negativity, nothing. From this point on it’s a neutral reality.

Don’t resist, accept it.

2. Focus

Now that you acknowledge your current situation and you’re no longer being clouded by all the negativity around it, you can finally look at it and take action!

It’s time to look at this current state as new opportunities, new beginnings. It’s time for you to focus on what you want.

Make a plan. Write down all the steps you want to make to change that area of your life. Stay focused, be resilient, be consistent, you can achieve whatever you want, work for it.

3. Move forward

New perspectives mean new actions, and new actions translate into new results!

You had the courage to get out of your comfort zone! You had the bravery to stop feeling sorry for yourself and do something amazing about your life! You had the wisdom to understand that small steps lead you into a wonderful journey! You were humble enough to understand that we are always learning and re-adjusting! You should be proud of yourself! You’ve got this!

Thank you for meeting me halfway.

How to increase your Self-Esteem

When we have a setback in our lives, either emotionally or professionally it takes a tow in our being. We can’t help but question our decisions, our beliefs, it shakes us. We cry, and it’s okay to cry, we are acknowledging and processing our feelings and that is actually a good thing because then we can move on, with no anxiety or frustration weighting on us.

Next step is moving on with our lives!

Regain confidence and conquer your happiness!

How? Changing!

So, to boost your self-esteem, and make you conquer all your goals and dreams, this is what you should do:

1.Think positive

First and the most important thing to do is to change your mindset. A positive mind is a peaceful mind. You are capable to achieve anything that your mindsets you to do, you can do it! You are important, you matter and you deserve all the good things that life has to offer. You have the ability to be focused, resilient and positive! You have the ability to achieve your goals without hurting or stepping on anyone else.

2. Learn to say “no”

Learn to say “no” without feeling guilty about it. Sometimes people tend to say “yes” to everything others ask, even when it’s harmful to themselves. They have this big urge to please others in order to be accepted. You don’t have to prove yourself to others.

You matter you deserve to be treated with the same respect that you give to others. You are as worthy as everybody else. You only allow in your life what is good, positive, and worthy.

3. Have it your own way

Don’t compare other people’s lives to yours. Be in harmony with yourself, find your purpose, your place and focus on your goals.

Everybody has their own path, focus on yours and how to achieve it.

What other people think about you is irrelevant and make sure the only people that matter in your life are the ones that are there for you all along, not questioning you, just supporting you all the way!

4. Broom yourself

Take the time to create routines and take care of yourself. When we shower in the morning, choose nice clothes, put on some make-up, even if your a man, put some nice hydrant cream after shaving! After pampering ourselves we feel motivated, ready for an amazing day, for new challenges! It boosts our confidence.

5. Follow your intuition

If you think about, you’ll realize that, along this amazing journey, you felt instantly drawn to a certain path, something inside was just screaming to go that way, right? That was your intuition.

Start to trust yourself more, gain confidence in your analyses, interpretations, resolutions, knowledgeable, and follow your intuition, because it will lead you through your life goals.

Be consistent in every step, be resilient, overcome the obstacles, the setbacks, keep positive. You’ve got this!

Thank you for meeting me halfway.

What your child should know before starting School

Where we live, children start going to school at the age of 6, and that is when they start to learn how to read and write.

When my daughter turned 6, everybody (me included), started to talk about it!

I was so excited about this new milestone in her life, that I forgot the essential, explain the whole process. The result? When she returned home from her first day at school, she was so disappointed, why? She thought she was going to learn how to read and write on that day! Of course, only then I realized that I had to make a plan to prepare my sweet child to school.

So, here are some tips that helped me to get everything back on track! I hope it will make this process easier for you.

1. Learning is an ongoing process

It is important to explain to our children that their lives are going to change, for the better, that they are going to school every day of the week, and they are going to learn step-by-step how to read and write. It is a process, it takes time, but it is so worth it.

2. Behavior

Although they already know from kinder garden, when it is time to play and when it is time to sit down, be quiet, it is important for them to create this habit, so that they are able to behave properly, to be focused and get better learning results.

3. Study habit

It’s very important to create study habits. You are creating your children’s minds into a very important living habit. Throughout their student’s lives, they will already have that mindset, that habit that will re-enforce what they learned during that they, and it will make their life so much easier.

4. Adjust weekly schedules

My daughter was having 3 swimming lessons per week before school started. Her school started at 8.30 a.m. and finished at 3:30 p.m. With homework that she had every day, the swimming lessons were no longer bringing her joy. She was tired. So, we change the swimming lessons for the weekend and it worked! The extra school activities are very important in our children’s lives, but it can be overwhelming sometimes. We just have to re-adjust

5. Constant positive re-enforcement

This is very important. Giving school, the whole learning process a positive experience. Showing them the importance of knowledge, the impact on their daily lives, and where it can take them.

I hope these tips helped you.

Thank you for meeting me halfway.