Wow! After almost 2 months of touring around Europe, I finally have time to take a breath and look back at everything that I’ve been doing. I have to say… it’s crazier than I realized. To sum everything up I made a small selection of the stuff that I’ve been doing, a compilation so to say. Let’s check it out!
Wait… is it the end of August already? What happened to summer? Am I the only one thinking this? I guess the saying ‘Time Flies when you are having Fun’ couldn’t be more true. Now that I think about it…. what did I actually do this summer? Thank god for Instagram! Let’s check out my latest posts to see what I have been up to this summer.
Who doesn’t love a good old roadtrip? You and your friends, on adventure to find beautiful new places. Since I am not going on vacation this year, I decided to do a couple of roadtrips instead. Spain is a beautiful country, and actually I haven’t seen THAT much of it yet. Sure, I’ve been to all the touristic places and cities, but what about its secret treasures? Time to explore I would say :)
Me and a couple of friends got a car and drove to a very small place in the south of Catalonia called Toll de l’Olla. After we parked the car we walked for around 30 minutes in the woods before we found a hidden waterfall… which looked beautiful!
It took us quite some climbing and jumping over rocks till we made it there, the river is beautiful but so slippery! I even got some blue spots on my feet right now… But hey, if you want a roadtrip adventure, you gotta work for it right?
Sometimes it just feels great to go back to basics and enjoy nature in its purest form. Not only did I see a bit more of the country I live in. I also got over one of my fears: jumping from big heights! #GoMe
Yep, I was definitely proud of myself, hahaha!
Are you on a staycation, or considering a roadtrip? DO IT! It’s actually so simple, but it feels like such an adventure. Search on Instagram or Google for a beautiful place that’s within 2/3 hours driving from your home, gather some friends, and GO! I promise you… it’s worth it :)
Lots of Love,
Everyone that knows me knows that I am a HUGE fan of food – and especially trying out as many recipies as possible! Earlier this week I was looking for some new inspirations for a healthy dish over at Model Workout, and I found a recipy that immediately caught my eye: Eggplant with Yogurt and Pomegranate. “Well that’s an interesting combination” was my first thought, definitely something I should give a try!
Ingredients: for 3-4 people
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 3 Eggplants
- 170 grams of Greek Yogurt
- 2 spoons of Lemon Juice
- 4 spoons of Olive Oil
- 2 spoons toasted Pine Nuts
- 100 grams of Pomegranate Seeds
- 20 fresh Basil Leaves
- 2 ts Za’Atar
- Pre-heat the oven on 200 degrees
- Half the eggplant and cut the flesh crosswise
- Sprinkle the halves generously with olive oil and add salt & pepper
- Place the eggplant on a lined baking sheet and roast approximately 30-40 minutes in the oven until golden brown.
- In the meanwhile, make the yogurt sauce. Press 2 cloves of garlic or cut them very thin.
- Mix the garlic with the yogurt, 2 spoons of olive oil and 2 spoons of lemon juice. Add extra flavor with pepper, salt and 2 tl za’atar.
- Mix everything well and taste whether the sauce has the desired flavor.
- Toast the pine nuts until they are golden brown.
- Take the eggplant out of the oven once they are golden brown. Divide the yogurt sauce over the eggplants.
- Garnish with pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and fresh basil.
I would have never thought about this combination before but I absolutely LOVE it! Do you want to see more awesome recipies? Make sure to check out Modelworkout Magazine, as well as the blog of Three Girls One Kitchen.
1. Be conscience on where you spend your energy
There is this saying… “What you Focus on, grows” and I couldn’t agree more! The 7DayRecharge program made me realize that I should spend more energy on positive experiences instead of the negative ones. I have a tendency to become disappointed in myself when I fail at something, which makes me jumpy and frustrated. Now I’ve learned to remind myself: “Grow your positive development, you don’t want to waste your energy on negativity”. Also it’s great to share this with the people around you because you will get lots of extra positive energy from them in return!
2. Bedtime Yoga is the best thing ever
Before the 7DayRecharge week, I never found Yoga something for me: I am too energetic, impatient, I can barely sit still. The morning yoga was okay, usually I don’t have time because I have to get to work, but it was a nice way to get your day started. However, I absolutely LOVE the bedtime yoga! After a long day of work and running around it felt great to give my body some well-deserved stretching and let it come to rest, my ‘cooling-down’ of the day so to say. Usually I am still too busy thinking about work and I have a hard time falling asleep, or I am too exhausted and I fall asleep immediately, but my night rest doesn’t feel that great because my body is still stressed. With bedtime yoga my body and mind get balanced out so I will be able to enjoy my sleep more, being more fresh for the next morning!
Extra tip! Something else I’ve learned regarding to bedtime yoga, in case your mind can’t stop thinking about work: Ask yourself “Do I really need this right now?” If the answer is no, it can wait till tomorrow, consciously decide to let it go and continue to focus on your breathing. Slowly but surely you will be able to ‘peel off’ your thoughts till you reach a peaceful state of mind.
3. Secret Addictions you didn’t realize existed
Before I started the 7DayRecharge I never realized how addicted I was to coffee and chocolate. It’s almost unconscious… going for coffee with friends, getting a coffee at work, grabbing a quick coffee on your way out in the morning to fresh up your mind. Without realizing I drank around 3 cups of coffee each day! I learned this the hard way the 2nd day of the Recharge Week when I got some serious withdrawal symptoms, not that fun I can tell you! I’m still having a hard time not grabbing some chocolate or candy as a small snack but I hope those cravings will soften soon. Anyway, my point is: think very well about what you are eating/ drinking. Is there something unhealthy you might be unconsciously addicted to?
4. Priority and Highlight Lists
Each night before going to bed I had to write down the highlights of my day, which made me realize I had quite some good moments and appreciate them more. It gives you a positive boost before going to bed, it’s great! Besides that, I also had to write down my priority list of ‘To-Do’s’ each night for the next day. The fact that you do it the night before gives your mind some extra peace because you don’t feel stressed you might forget something. Also during the day it’s nice to have something to hold on to in case you are feeling chaotic, it gives your day some extra structure and focus.
5. Celebrate your Success: small or big
Usually when I achieved something I don’t really celebrate it because I am already thinking about my next step. The thing we pay more attention to is when we fail in something because it makes us disappointed, which is not good! Because of this Recharge Week I learned to take some time to appreciate my success, either small or big. This way you emphasize positive energy and gain more self-confidence. After the celebration you will be all pepped-up to rock your next success even harder! “Count your Blessings” darlings