Monday, April 28, 2014

This and That

Last April I managed to write 13 posts .

In two days "this" April will be finished.

Do I have inspiration for at least 8 more posts?
Of course not.

Friday, April 25, 2014

B stays, Maya is here, I am grateful;

Talking about happy moments of life. I can count for you couple of them that had happened to me lately. 

B could renewed his visa for one year, not only 6 months. This means that he will be here in Istanbul till January of 2015. And you know, when police announced it, I just took a deep breath. I could have been fine without him, but I cannot avoid all the hard times that I was about to experience with not having him around. All those breakfasts together, all those laughs, silence and all those weekend together … again all of them are so clear in front of my eyes.

As soon as he got his visa (ikamet), it was the right time to call Ezgi, a nice cute Turkish girl who was ready to give away her cute 3-months-old American cocker spaniel puppy away.

We got her. 

She is one of the cutest things I have seen in my life. Her name is Maya, which means treasure (thanks to Niloofar for telling me the meaning) and also it’s the name of one of the oldest civilization on earth. She’s so cute with the cutest hands and feet.
B and Maya has brought the happiest moments of all for me. So excuse me if I haven’t been writing and posting any photos, because lately I am experiencing amounts of them.

Besides I am continuing my yoga class. Of course with Maya around I cannot exercise like before at home, because she’s running all the time. 

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. 


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. 



Nefess Atoliyesi


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. 

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