Friday, April 11, 2014

#100happydays No.5

Days go by. Some are happy, some are sad.
This reminds me of the typography which says, " Today I choose joy" .


Last night I arrived home, I went to bath. Nothing is better than taking a hot bath after 10 hours sitting in front of a screen. Cozy cloths. Perfect smell. 
Together with B, we ordered our favorite noodles with sushi and we watched "Captain Corelli's Mandolin". How much I love this novel, and its movie.... who know?:D 


Of course I could post much more better pictures of this movie... sorry for that ! 

I ended my night with a cold beer, and some simple stretching. 

In the morning I woke up with B's voice. He was in a meeting. 

A new day is here. 

xoxo


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

#100happydays No. 4

What I realize is if I continue recording my happy days like this, it will be minimized in my weekends, and the rest of the days will be mostly the foods that I am having.

So I found this article on-line, on Mind Body Green. Since Spring has started I am having hard time finding proper time to think about my year which has passed. And this article showed me a different perspective of last year. Really. Please join me and take a look. Feel grateful for yourself.

Has winter been hard on you? I know; it’s been hard on me too!
It's officially the beginning of spring. Thank goodness! Our days are getting longer. The light is brighter. We hear the birds chirping louder. The air doesn’t feel so brisk anymore. And we begin to realize that there are colors other than black in our wardrobe. Sigh …
I know: your favorite place in town has become your couch, your closet looks like a battlefield, the pile of papers on your desk grows faster than your green plant, and your tax papers are still sitting there. You haven’t called your friend from college for about six months, and the list of emails that you haven’t responded to is longer than your grocery shopping list. You can’t remember when the last time you went for a walk outside was. You’ve definitely become awesome at fast-walking and avoiding snowy gray puddles, but you’ve been staring at the stain on your right shoe more often than you lifted up your head to gaze at the moon.
I feel you! And so does the friend from college you haven’t called forever, and pretty much everyone around you.
In the middle of the confusion, the cozy blankets and the heaviness of the season, there is a wonderful treasure: YOU! Let me remind you!
Let me remind you that everything you do that makes you so beautiful. Let me remind you that all the crossed-out items on your daily to-do list are not only chores and errands that you knocked down, they're the manifestations of your power and determination to take action and to live to the fullest.
Let me remind you that all the daily habits you have, all you do for others and for yourself are worth a round of applause and a celebration of YOU.
So lift up your chin and thank yourself! Thank yourself for your self-care!
Yes, maybe it was cold and gray, but you still had clean clothes to wear every day. You massaged your feet and hands with deliciously scented oils to keep your skin nourished and soft. You slept a little longer when you could.
It may seem to you that it's nothing special. Yes, it is! It is self-care and self-care is so necessary to our well-being and happiness. By taking care of ourselves, we reinforce an inner strength very important in the blossoming of our full potential.
Thank yourself for your service!
Yes, maybe at times you gave in and ordered in, but your children always had a healthy meal on the table. If you ask them, chances are that they LOVED eating Chinese noodles out of a plastic box! You kept the common space clean for your roommate; you replaced the broken zipper on your partner’s favorite winter coat. Stop beating yourself up, you did awesome!
Your every day service to your surrounding is not a given. It is a commitment that you make to show up and to take care of others. Your service is a gift. By putting ourselves in the service of others, we embrace our longing for selfless actions; we devote ourselves to the well-being of others.
Thank yourself for your self-discipline!
Just like you, I had a hard time getting on my yoga mat some days, but I made it! You went to your spin class, you ran on the treadmill, you took dance classes, you went to the gym. YOU DID IT!
When life becomes more challenging, we do the best we can.
Yoga teaches us to trust, that after the darkness comes the light, that every step along the way is part of our spiritual journey.
With the arrival of spring, we’ll find the energy to clean our closets, call our friends, get our taxes done (yikes!), and look up at the sky. We’ll be able, behind the clouds, to see the light from above reflecting our own.
You are strong, powerful, amazing and you do the best you can!
Under the darkness of this fading winter, know and trust that your light is ready to shine though!
What do you think? : ) 

Monday, April 7, 2014

#100happydays No. 3



Apparently, you think that each weekend I come by and post something about my happy days. But no, actually this week I got sick. I was in bed for 3 days. And I wanted to take a photo of my bed as three happy days in a row. Hahah. 
I slept a lot and believe me it was really good. B also prepared a soup for me and Farbod came with lots of oranges... He told me he wanted to give a vitamin C shock to me . lol. 
On Saturday, I woke up really happy. You've got to be there and see my face enlightened with joy of life. 
This yoga class has changed my whole perspective in life. Really. 

I took some photos on the way to the class as a reminder of a very happy, calm and beautiful day. 



Moda

Moda

Nefess Atoliyesi

xoxo.



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

#100happydays No.2


On Sunday, I went to yoga class. It arrived there soon. So I could find a time to sit by the calm sea for a while.
My mind was as free as a bird and I was full of good energy.


After it, Babak joined me. And we walked together, had chai and enjoyed some-olny-us-in-the-moment time. 

Istanbul can be romantic most of the times. 


Monday, March 31, 2014

#100happydays No.1



Here is starts a series of my happy days.
Waking up on a holiday morning. Nice weekend.
You too. Start a series .

http://100happydays.com/


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Last days of the year (1392)

I think now that these are the last days of this year (Persian year), I need to write about it.
This year for me was something else, although it does not feel like a whole different year. For me, it seemed like I have been living like this, in this city for hundred years now.

Hundred years of living in Istanbul.

It’s raining here. Pretty much. Days after days and it just don’t stop. My hands are cold. But I am trying to keep them warm by the fire inside my heart.
This year was about big steps for me. Living with B. Starting my full-time job at dreambox. Getting my work permit. Being in Iran for one months. Having long conversation with my mom. Seeing them managing their life without me and Elika, and how lovely they wish the best for us.

I got angry, I was depressed. I became happy, then I turned to be hopeful. It was night again. I heard the sound of protest in the streets of Istanbul. I saw angry faces. I witnessed people gathering n Gezi park.

One of the highlights was Sani. A cute little dog. My very first pet. I decided to foster her for about 2 months, till my friend takes her to America. But these two months changed to 10 months, and now that I am writing, just one day ahead she will be leaving me. I am feeling a very heavy feeling of love and lust on my heart. On one hand I am happy that finally Sani will be with her owners, but on the other hand what about me? 
Will I take a pet in this year? I hope.

I lost a friend this year. Our dear MohammadReza, who went to sleep and never woke up. I was in the office when my mom told me. I didn’t know where to burst my tears. I listen to this whenever I think about him. He really liked this music.

I was pretty much luck to have B beside me the whole year. We laughed. We were mad. We worked. We were wasted on weekends (mostly we weren’t). And at last we are continuing making history together.

I am ending my year with my first session of yoga. I know I may have a long way to go, but I assume I am on the right track. Every day I am trying to take a step forward to self-improvement.

I will add my new year resolution soon. 

xoxo

P.S . Happy birthday to Jack Kerouac
P.S. These days are full of Ray LaMontagne for me. 


Thursday, March 6, 2014

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