How to make roses from maple leaves

•03/20/2012 • Leave a Comment

I have noticed that flowers in the US seems to be way more expensive than what I was used to from Germany. This shouldn’t be an excuse for anyone to not give that special someone flowers. Money isn’t an excuse anymore after this tutorial on how to make roses from maple leaves. They are free:))

 

And if you want to take it to the next level, go ahead:

Thank you in 200 languages

•03/18/2012 • Leave a Comment

Since I found out how international my blog is and that people from literally all over the world look at it, I just wanted to express my great thanks for all the love.

I feel really blessed being able to share my interests with people from everywhere. I really appreciate it!

So thank you all:)

I hope the languages are accurate:)

Afrikaans South Africa Baie Dankie (thanks very much – “Buyer Dung-Key”)
Afrikaans South Africa Dankie  (“Dung-Key”)
Albanian Albania Faleminderit
Alsatian Alsace merci
Arabic Algeria saha
Arabic Middle East, North Africa Shukran
Arabic Middle East, North Africa Shukran Gazillan (Thank you very much)
Arabic Middle East, North Africa chokrane
Arabic Oman Shakkran
Arabic Qatar Shakkran
Arabic Tunisia Barak Allahu fiik
Arabic Yemen Shakkran
Armenian Armenia shur-nur-ah-gah-lem
Australian Australia Thoinks Moite!
Azeri Azerbaijan & Iran çox sag olun / tesekkur edirem
Bamanankan Mali a ni kié
Basque Basque (Between Spain & France) Eskerrik asko (Thank you very much)
Belarusian Belarus dziakuju
Bengali India,Bangledesh Dhannyabad
Bishlama Vanuatu tangio tumas
Bobo Burkina Faso a ni kié
Bosnian Bosnia, Herzegovina Hvala
Breton France (Brittany) trugéré / trugaré / trugarez
Bulgarian Bulgaria Blagodaria
Burmese Burma (thint ko) kyay tzu tin pa te
Cantonese China Do jeh (tou yeh) (formal: thanks)
Cantonese China Do jey (sp? — thank you for the gift)
Cantonese China M’goy (sp? — thank you for the service)
Cantonese China Mh goi (m-ghoh-ee) (informal: thanks)
Catalan Andorra, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia gràcies [grah'-si-es] estandard
Catalan Andorra, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia merci [mer'-si] very colloquial
Catalan Andorra, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Valencia moltes gràcies [many thanks]
Cebuano Philippines salamat
Chechen Chechnya barkal
Cherokee USA Wado
Cherokee (Eastern) USA Skee
Chichewa Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique & Zimbabwe zikomo
Chuukese Chuuk (formerly Truk), Micronesia Kinisou (kee-nee-SO) (thank you) and Kinisou chapur (kee-nee-SO jah-brrr [brrr as if you're cold]) ( thank you very much)
Cook Islander Cook Islands Kia Manuia
Corsican Corsica & Sardinia grazie
Croatian Croatia Hvala
Czech Czech Republic Dekuji (deh’-ku-yih)
Danish Denmark tak (tahg)
Dari Afghanistan tashakor
Dogon Mali gha-ana / birepo
Duala Cameroon Na som (thanks)
Duala Cameroon Na som djita (Thank you very much)
Dutch Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname bedankt / dank je wel (dahnk ye well) (informal: thanks) – WEL is ‘good’, like “I wish you well”
Dutch Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname dank U wel (dahnk you well) (formal: thank you very much)
Dutch Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname Dank U zeer / duizend maal dank (thank you VERY much) – a superlative and used when you get stuck in a thunderstorm, then lost, mugged, robbed, etc. And someone helps you. Only then. ZEER is ‘very’. JE and U are ‘you’, but informal and formal. (still alive in old english like in ‘ye olde’). “Duizend maal” means a ‘thousand times’.
Dutch Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname hartelijk dank (thanks from the heart) Another formal form used in contexts like: “thanks for coming/inviting” (to a wedding, birthday party) or when receiving a formal present.
English Canada Thank you
English England Thanks awfully, old boy
English New Zealand Cheers – LOL
English USA & Canada Thank you
English USA (Southern) Thanks y’all
Esperanto Eastern & Northern Europe, Eastern Asia, Brazil, Iran Dankegon (thank you very much)
Esperanto Eastern & Northern Europe, Eastern Asia, Brazil, Iran Dankon (thank you)
Estonian Estonia tänan / tänan väga (thank you very much); suur tänu or suur aitäh (Thanks a lot)
Estonian Estonia Aitäh
Ewé Togo,Ghana Akpé (Appé)
Ewé Togo,Ghana Apké na wo (Thanks to you)
Fang Gabon, Cameroon & Equatorial Guinea akiba
Faroese Faroe Islands (Denmark) takk fyri
Fijian Fiji Vinaka
Fijian Fiji Vinaka vaka levu (Thank you very much)
Finnish Finland kiitos (kee’-toas)
Fon Benin Benin (Africa) Kpè nu wé
French France, Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Ontario), Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg merci (mehr-see’)
French France, Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Ontario), Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg Merci Madame – Thanks (to a woman)
French France, Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Ontario), Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg Merci Mademoiselle – Thanks (to a young girl)
French France, Canada (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Ontario), Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg Merci Monsieur – Thanks (to a man)
Frisian Denmark, Netherlands & Germany dankewol
Friulan Italy (northeast Friuli) gracie
Gallo Upper Brittany & Normandy merkzi
Georgian Georgia(Sakartvelo) didi madloba (thank you very much)
Georgian Georgia(Sakartvelo) madlobt (thank you)
German Germany, Austria. Switzerland Danke (dahn’-kuh)
German Germany, Austria. Switzerland Danke schoen (literally: nicely thank you)
German Germany, Austria. Switzerland Danke sehr (Thank you very much)
German Germany, Austria. Switzerland Vielen Dank (Many Thanks)
Greek Greece Efharisto (ef-har-ris-tou’)
Greek Greece Efkaristo poly
Guarani Paraguay and Western Brazil Aguije (ah-we-JAY)
Guaraní Ñandeva Paraguay  Aguije (ah-we-JAY)
Gujarathi India Aabar
Haitian Haitia mèsi
Hawaiian USA (Hawai) Mahalo
Hebrew Jewish People Toda (toh-dah’)
Hebrew Jewish People Toda raba (thank you very much)
Hindi India Dhanyavaad
Hindi India Shukriyaa
Hunguan Philippines Köszönöm (kuh’-suh-nuhm)
Iban Malaysia Terima Kasih (“Tay ree ma Kaa seh”)
Icelandic Iceland Takk (informal)
Icelandic Iceland Þakka þér fyrir
Indonesian Indonesia Terima kasih (teh-ri-mah kah-sih)
Indonesian Indonesia Terima Kasih Banjak/Banyak (Both pronounced bunyuk – Thank you very much)
Inupiat USA (Alaska) taiku
Irish Ireland Go raibh mile maith agat ( Thank you very much “Go – Rev – Meela – Mah – Agut”) (literally, may you have a thousand good things)
Irish (Northern) Ireland (Northern) Nice one bro’r, or Cheers mucker!
Italian Italy, Malta, San Marino, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia grazie
Japanese Japan Arigato (ah-ree-gah’-toh) or A_Ree_Ga_Tou_Go_Zai_Ma_Su
Japanese Japan Domo arrigato
Japanese Japan Matur nuwun
Jive African American Vernacular English (AAVE) Thanks mon – Appropriate only if directed to a male
Kabylian Algeria tanemirt
Kannada India Dhan-ya-vaadaa (spoken in S India, in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India.)
Khmer Cambodia akun
Kikongo Congo & Angola matondo
Kinyarwanda Rwanda murakoze
Kirundi Burundi, Tanzania, Congo-Kinshasa & Uganda murakoze
Konkani India:(West coast – Konkan coast of India – It also is the state official language of Goa) Dev boren koru (thank you – literally means ” May God do good to you” as that is the way we thank people. )
Korean Korea Kamsa hamaida (kam’-sah hum-nee-dah’ )
Kotokoli Togo sobodi
Krio Sierra Leone tenki
Kurdish Kurdistan supas (thank you);zor supas (thankyou very much)
Kurdish Turkey, Iraq, Iran & Syria spas
Lao Laos khob chai (deu)
Latin Latium & Ancient Rome gratias agimus (from more than one person)
Latin Latium & Ancient Rome gratias ago (from one person)
Latvian Latvia Paldies
Ligurian Liguria (northern Italy) grassie
Lingala Congo-Kinshasa, Congo-Brazzaville, Angola & Central African Republic matondi
Lithuanian Lithuania Ačiū – Pronounced like „Ah“ (like „a“ in „last“) and „chew“ told together with stress on „Ah“
Lithuanian Lithuania Dėkoju – Pronounced like „deh“, „kOh“ (like „ca“ in „call“) and short „you“ told together with stress on „kOh“
Low saxon Germany & Netherlands bedankt / dank ju wel
Luganda Uganda Waybale (Thank you)
Luganda Uganda Waybale Nyo (Thank you very much)
Luxembourgeois Luxembourg merci
Macedonian FYROM (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) Hvala
Macedonian FYROM (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) Blagodaram
Malagasy Madagascar misaotra
Malayalam India Nandri (“Nun-dry”
Malayalam India terima kasih
Maltese Malta niżżik ħajr / grazzi / nirringrazzjak
Mandarin China, Hong Kong Xie_Xie (shieh shieh)
Mandinka Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Chad, Abarka
Maori New Zealand Kiaora Koe
Maori New Zealand Kiaora Korua
Maori New Zealand Kiaora Koto
Maori New Zealand Kiaora Tatou
Maori New Zealand Kia Manuia
Marathi India (Maharashtra) aabhari aahe / aabhar / dhanyavaad
Marshallese Marshall Islands, Micronesia omol (koh-mohl) (thank you) and Komol Tata (koh-mohl dada) (thank you very much)
Mbalangwe Namibia Nali tumela (colloquial – also singular) – Twali tumela (formal .. also plural)
Micmac Canada & United States (Algonquian) welalin
Mongolian Mongolia bayarlalaa (Баярлалаа)
Myanmar Burma Jae Zu Din Pa De (Thank you)
Nepali Nepal Dhan-ya-vaad
Nigeria Hausa Na gode
Norwegian Norway Takk (tahkk)
Occitan Occitani (Southern France, Occitan Valleys of Italy, Monaco, and in Val d’Aran in Catalonia, Spain) mercé / grandmercé
Ojibwe Canada & United States (Chippewa) miigwetch
Ossetian Ossetia (Caucasus Mountains) buznyg
Palauan Palau soolong
Papiamento Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao danki
Pascuan Rapa Nui (a/k/a Easter Island) mauruuru
Pashto Afghanistan & Pakistan Manana
Persian/Farsi Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Mam’noon or Mo’teshake’ram
Persian/Farsi Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Moteshakeram (formal)
Persian/Farsi Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Merci (informal – just like french but r in this word is pronounced as /r/ )
Pohnpeian Pohnpei, Micronesia Menlau (men-low [as in loud]) (thank you)
Polish Poland Dziekuje (dsyehn-koo-yeh)
Portuguese Portugal Muito Obrigado (Thank you very much)
Portuguese Portugal Muito Obrigado com Voce (have my personal thanks)
Portuguese Portugal Obrigada (Female)
Portuguese Portugal Obrigado (Male) (oh-bree-gah’-doh)
Punjabi Pakistan & India Bhala Hove
Quechua South America sulpáy
Romani (Gypsy) Europe najis tuke
Romanian Romania, Moldova, Vojvodina (Serbia), Mount Athos (Greece) Multumesc (phonetic: mooltzoomeask)
Romanian Romania, Moldova, Vojvodina (Serbia), Mount Athos (Greece) Va multumim frumos (great thanks)
Russian Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia Blagodaryu (a little official)
Russian Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia Premnogo blagodaren (my greater thanks – words said to bosses by workers)
Russian Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia Spasiba (spah-see’-boh)
Russian Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia Spasibo balshoye (big thanks)
Samoan Samoa Fa’afetai (fah-ah-feh-ta-e – thank you)
Samoan Samoa Fa’afetai tele lava (Thank you very much)
Samoan Samoa Talofa
Sardinian Italy (Sardinia) gratzias
Saulteaux Indians Canada (Manitoba) Miigwech (meegweech)
Scottish Scotland Cheers
Scottish Gaelic Scotland Moran Taing (Many Thanks)
Scottish gaelic Scotland tapadh leibh (plural, respectful)
Scottish Gaelic Scotland Tapadh Leat (tah-puh let) (Informal)
Scottish Gaelic Scotland Tapadh Leibh  (tah-puh lave) (Formal)
Serbo-Croatian Serbia, Croatia Hvala
Sesotho South Africa ke ya leboha
Shimaore Comorian islands of Mayotte Marahaba
Shona Zimbabwe & Mozambique waita (plural: maita)
SiLozi Namibia Ni itumezi (colloquial – also singular) – Luitumezi (formal .. also plural)
Sindhi Pakistan meharbani
Sinhala Sri Lanka stuutiyi
Slovakian Slovakia Dakujem (deh’-ku-yem)
Sobota Slovenia Hvala
Somali Somalia waad mahadsantahay
Spanish Latin America (formal) Se pasó. (formal) Which means “You went over the line”, or “thanks for going out of your way to help me”. When used, it will get you a smile, guaranteed.
Spanish Latin America (informal) Te pasastes. (informal)
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Gracias (grah’-syas)
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Gracias a todos (Thank you all)
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Muchisimas gracias (thank you VERY much) – to someone who was useful to you.
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America un millón de gracias (a million thanks) – for when someone saves your life.
Spanish Spain, Mexico, Latin America, South America Muchas gracias (thank you very much, literally: many thanks)
Sundanese Indonesia (Sunda) Hatur Nuhun
Sundanese Indonesia (Sunda) Nuhun
Swahili Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda Ahsante (ah-sahn’-teh)
Swahili Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda Ahsante Sana (Thank you very much)
Swedish Sweden Tack (tahkk)
Tagalog Philippines Maraming Salamat (thank you very much)
Tagalog Philippines Salamat
Tahitian Tahiti Maururu
Tajik Tajikistan & Uzbekistan rahmat
Tamazight North Africa tanmirt
Tamil India , Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia Nandri (“Nun-dry”
Tatar Russia, Central Asia, Ukraine, Poland, China, Finland & Turkey rahmat
Telugu India dhanyavadalu
Telungu India (South) Manjuthe
Thai Thailand Khob Khun Kha (Feminine)
Thai Thailand Khob Khun Krab (Masculine)
Thai Thailand Khob Khun Mak Krab (Masculine)
Thai Thailand Khob Pra Khun Kha (Formal feminine)
Thai Thailand Khob Pra Khun Krab (Formal masculine)
Thai Thailand Khop Khun Mak (Thank you very much)
Thai Thailand Khop Khun Mak Kha (Feminine)
Tibetan Tibet Thuk Ji Chhe
Tigrinya Eritrea yekeniele
Tohono o’odham USA (Arizona) & Mexico (Sonora) m-sapo
Tok Pisin Papua New Guinea Tenkyu (thank you); Tenkyu tru (Thank you very much)
Toraja Indonesia kurre sumanga
Turkish Turkey Çok tesekkur ederim (big thanks)
Turkish Turkey Saðol (thank you)
Turkish Turkey Saðolun (thank you – “saol”)
Turkish Turkey Tesekkurler ( teh-sheh-keur eh-deh-rim)
Udmurt Udmurtia (Russia) tau
Ukrainian Ukraine Dyakuyu
Urdu India Bahut Bahut Shukriyaa
Urdu Pakistan & India Bahut Shukria ( Thank you very much)
Urdu Pakistan & India Shukria
Urdu Pakistan, India & Bangla Desh Maherbani
Uyghur Xinjiang Uyghur, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan rahmat
Uzbek Uzbekistan Katta Rahmat (Thanks a lot)
Uzbek Uzbekistan Rahmat (Thanks)
Vietnamese Vietnam Kam ouen
Welsh Wales/Cymru Diloch yn fawr (thank you very much)
Welsh Wales/Cymru Diolch (thanks)
West indian creole Carribean mèsi
Wolof Senegal, Gambia & Mauritania djiere dieuf
Xhosa South Africa Nkosi
Yaqui USA (Arizona) & Mexico (Sonora) kettu’i
Yiddish Israel, Germany, Eastern Europe A dank
Yiddish Israel, Germany, Eastern Europe Yasher Koach (KOY-ACH)
Yoruba Nigeria, Benin, Togo Modupe
Yugoslavian Yugoslavia Hvala
Zulu South Africa Ngiyabonga
Zulu South Africa ngiyabonga kakhulu (thanks very much)

 

 

Hungarian Goulash

•03/18/2012 • Leave a Comment

Weekends are usually my cooking days, when I prepare food for the week (Saves a lot of money and is healthier:)) I just made Hungarian Goulash and I just love it, so I thought I share it here real quick. It is pretty simple to make and you don’t need so many ingredients. Enjoy!

  • 2 lb. beef chuck
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 onions, white or yellow
  • 2 Tbsp. lard or shortening
  • 2 Tbsp. imported sweet paprika (most important to use real hungarian paprika for ultimate flavor)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Qt. water
  • 4 peeled and diced potatoes
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Cut beef into 1 inch squares, add 1/2 tsp. salt. Chop onions and brown in shortening, add beef and paprika. Let beef simmer in its own juice along with salt and paprika for 1 hr. on low heat. Add water, diced potatoes and remaining salt. Cover and simmer until potatoes are done and meat is tender. Prepare egg dumpling batter:

  • 1 egg
  • 6 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Add flour to unbeaten egg and salt. Mix well. Let stand for 1/2 hour for flour to mellow. Drop by teaspoonful into Goulash. Cover and simmer 5 minutes after dumplings rise to surface.

Serve hot with dollops of sour cream.

Serves 6.

Street Art

•03/18/2012 • 1 Comment

Art doesn’t always have to be super expensive and in museums, like these street art pictures proof. All you need is imagination and talent:)

It Is All About Loving Yourself

•03/18/2012 • Leave a Comment

Everybody knows these days when even the most confident person has his or her moment and tends to be very self-conscious (and don’t anybody tell me they don’t have that because they would be a lie). Even a Kim Kardashian or Britney Spears have these moment and that is totally okay because it is human. Ever wondered how to get over it though? There are simple things you can do to build a better self-esteem without any big trick. People nowadays are so busy with trying to please everyone around them and we often forget to please ourselves and make ourselves feel better. These tips have nothing to do with being arrogant or anything, it’s all about loving yourself, the essence of being able to love others!

Check it out!

Understand It’s Not (Usually) About You

How often has this happened: You text a friend and she doesn’t respond. Your boss was brusque, or maybe you get a cool reception from a playground Mom. Your first thought is: “Uh-oh, what’d I do wrong?” Probably nothing. Though we tend to assume that others’ behavior is a direct response to some inadvertent thing we’ve done (or not done), it’s actually rarely about us. “We’re good at creating these fictions in our minds, but they’re often based on emotions, not facts,” explains Didi Zahariades, a personal coach in Portland, Oregon. “When someone’s really confident, she can run into a crabby person and just say, ‘Wow, they’re having a bad day,’” says Zahariades. “And then she goes on with her own day.”

Strike Out On Your Own

“Most people would rather have oral surgery without anesthesia than go to a fancy restaurant or an amusement park or the movies by themselves because they feel self-conscious,” says Jennifer Hancock, author of The Humanist’s Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom. But forcing yourself to fly solo every now and again actually gives you the confidence to hold your own when you’re back at work or in a moms group where Queen Bees can dominate less confident women. “You get to know yourself better when you spend time by yourself, and you’re more confident in who you are,” says Hancock. “Then when these freaky dynamics come up in a group situation, you’re better able to brush them off.”

Make a Personal Brag List

We’re so ready to shine a spotlight on all of our screw-ups, taking stock of our accomplishments balances the scale a bit, says psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription For Happiness. Start by jotting down 30 “victories.” It doesn’t need to be save-the-world, rocket-science stuff. Just consider the positive things you’ve done, big or small: Graduated college. Scored a promotion. Adopted a stray cat. Paid off a credit card. Shaved seconds off your run time. Cooked a great dinner. If you’re really reaching, “Got out of bed today” counts too, says Lombardo. “Sure, you’ve done things wrong, but there are a gazillion things you’ve done right. Focusing on those makes you say, “I’m not so bad. I’ve overcome some big challenges.”

Blow Your Reflection a Kiss

Giving yourself a little air kiss is “an affirmation that you’re beautiful,” says Alexandra Glumac, who lectures on psychology and communications at Governor’s State University, University of St. Francis and South Suburban College in Chicago. “Women are so nitpicky about their looks. [Blowing a kiss to ourselves] affirms our beauty regardless of whether we feel our hair isn’t right, our tummies aren’t right, we’re carrying too much or too little up on top, we’re wearing sweats or dressed for a night on the town.” The first few times you might feel a little self-conscious, but hang in, says Glumac. “The more you do it, the more you start to believe in it and you start to behave that way.”

Change Your Tone of Voice

Put more energy into your voice and you’ll sound and feel more confident, says Lombardo. “Talking in a small voice can make you feel weak. But when you’re energetic, passionate and excited, you exude more confidence.” Pay attention to your tone as well. Women tend to end their sentences on a high note, like a question. “Doing that makes it sound like you’re unsure, as if you’re asking if what you’re saying is true, rather than making a statement,” says Lombardo. Instead, make an effort to lower your voice when you complete a sentence. “When you speak with authority, you’re perceived as confident and you feel that way, too.”

 

Stand Tall

Your body language can change the way you view yourself, says Lombardo. “Acting confident by smiling, standing tall with your shoulders back and head up and walking with a bit of a swagger can help you feel confident even when you don’t,” explains Lombardo. “When your body plays the role of being confident, your mind starts to take cues from it and the result is you do feel more confident.”

 

Wear the Sexy Underwear

No need to wait for date night. Ditch those granny panties and dress up down under! Slipping on some R-rated lingerie beneath your work clothes makes you walk a little taller, says Glumac. “That helps create the mindset that you are really sexy, and that makes you feel good about yourself.”

Be Outrageously Positive

(One I personally definitely try to remember everyday:))

Think how many times you’re asked “How are you doing?” Instead of groaning, “I’m so exhausted” or “I’m so stressed,” try responding “I’m phenomenal!” Or “I feel amazing!” “Launching into all of your complaints just makes you feel worse,” says Glumac. “But when we focus on the positive things in our lives, our mood is more upbeat and optimistic and that can’t help but boost our confidence.”

Copy a Good Role Model

If you don’t feel particularly confident, look around your circle of friends for someone who is, then mimic their behavior, suggests Allison Cohen, a Beverly Hills marriage and family therapist. “There’s a body posture, a way of speaking and making eye contact, all kinds of cues that you completely miss because you’re not used to experiencing them.” Initially this exercise will feel like an ongoing game of Make Believe, says Cohen. But that’s the point: You’re pretending to be self-confident by modeling your friends’ behavior, until you actually feel confident. “When you stop noticing that you’re pretending to be confident, you’ll have become more self-confident.”

Remember What You Are Good At

Everyone is good at something. Maybe you’re fluent in several languages, or know how to tango or write a really funny blog or make amazing home-baked bread. In the moments when you feel your confidence slipping, it helps to recall that you have a talent that others don’t, says Cohen. Pretty cool, huh?

 

Take 10 Minutes to Exercise

Doing a quick morning workout before you hop in the shower helps you start your day with confidence, says Chicago health and fitness coach Stephanie Mansour of Step It Up with Steph. “Even if you don’t physically see a difference, you feel different and your body image improves,” she says. Try sprinting up and down your stairs, jogging in place to your favorite song, doing 40 squats, 50 crunches or 20 push-ups. “These quick moves take no time to do and leave you feeling stronger and more confident throughout the day.” Plus, there’s a feeling of accomplishment that goes with fitting in even 10 minutes of exercise. And that makes it more likely you’ll work out again the next day.

Post Sticky Notes

Reading is believing, says Mansour. So scribble some positive reminders to yourself, like “I am great at my job!” “I’m an awesome mom!” “My body is strong!” “I love my sharp wit!” “I’m outgoing and friendly!” Then scatter them where you’ll see them regularly. You can even program calendar reminders to pop up every few hours on your smart phone or computer screen. Why does this help? “Your subconscious doesn’t know the difference between what you experience and what you tell yourself is true,” explains Mansour. “So if you look at the mirror and read ‘I’m fabulous!’ how you think and feel about yourself improves.”

 

Sort Out the “Shoulds”

This here is an important one for me too….grrr.:)

We all get caught up in Shoulds: I should lose 10 pounds, call my mother-in-law, get more exercise, accept that promotion, and on and on. But, there is a difference between the things we truly want to take on and those we take on because we feel they’re expected of us. “That tug of war between your authentic wants and others’ expectations can really drain your confidence, according to Alice Chan, Ph.D., author of Reach Your Dreams: 5 Steps To Be A Conscious Creator In Your Life. For every “Should” that pops up, Chan says, ask yourself Why? Is it something you’re doing for yourself because you want to… or because someone else — your mother, your husband, your friends — thinks you should? “Sort out whose rules you’re following,” says Chan. “Disregard the ‘Shoulds’ that don’t serve you, and then change the ones that do into ‘Wants.’ When you make conscious choices, you feel confident in your decisions.”

Push Yourself Physically

And this one is sooo true:)

Test the limits of your endurance and you’ll really see what you’re made of — and that you can probably accomplish a lot more than you thought you could. “When I run, I feel physically and mentally strong, like I can do and handle anything that comes my way,” says Lori Buswell, a nanny in San Diego. “Afterward, I still feel that confidence boost because I’ve done something that wasn’t easy, but worth it.”

Remove Can’t From Your Vocabulary

Team Obama, “Yes we can”:)

The word “can’t” is defeatist, says Tisa Mendoza, creator of the grassroots self-empowerment campaign Be You: Love Your Self; Love Your Life. Using more positive phrases, she says, even when you’re saying “No,” actually helps to promote self-esteem. “Phrases like ‘I can’ and ‘I will’ are essential to boosting self-confidence,” she explains. “People who lack self-confidence think they can’t do anything. But by consciously changing your language, you change the way you think about yourself.” So the next time you’re about to respond “I can’t” to a request, project or invitation, put a more positive spin on your response. I can’t bake cookies for the bake sale becomes I can get some cookies from the bakery. I can’t make the party becomes I’ve got another commitment, let’s do it another time. “You never want to declare that you’re not able to do anything,” says Mendoza.

Farmer’s Soup San Francisco Style

•03/18/2012 • 1 Comment

 

I am always looking for yummy, healthy recipes to make ahead, so I have good food during the week even with a super busy schedule. This time I came across a super healthy recipe, that I think is very San Francisco Style;organic and healthy:)

This Farmer’s Soup definitely does take some prep time, but in the end it is so worth it and simply delicious, assuming you like legumes and veggies:) It is easy to make though and living healthy can be so easy all of a sudden:)

Recipe for 4 people:

  • 400g Farmers soup legumes mix (this you can by as one dry mix at organic food stores that includes: borlotti beans, lentils, chickpeas, canellini beans, red azuk, beans, yellow soy, occhio beans, broken green peas, San Matteo red beans, peeled broad beans)
  • 100 g peeled tomatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic glove
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 carrot, salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Soak legumes in cold water for about 12 hours
  • drain and cook in abundant salted water for about 35 minutes
  • meanwhile, peel and finely chop the garlic, onion, celery and carrot and saute in oil
  • drain and add the legumes, add salt and pepper to taste
  • leave to season for a few minutes, then add the tomatoes passed through a sieve or crushed and enough water so the soup becomes fairly liquid
  • continue cooking for about 20 minutes
  • finally add a drop of olive oil and serve very hot with croutons or sprinkle of cheese to taste

 

Tip: You can add whatever veggies you like or even mushrooms. I added more carrots and celery because I loves veggies, but that is all up to your taste:)

Punching Bag Workout

•03/17/2012 • 2 Comments

 

Boxing is my favorite sport to do and I have probably said more than once how much I enjoy boxing and what a great workout it is!

Here are a few tips for a successful punching bag workout:)

When performing a punching bag workout, start with your stance at arms length to the heavy bag or whatever type of bag being used.  Keep knees bent, elbows touching the rib cage, on the balls of both feet, and hands at face level.  If right handed, the jab is thrown with the left hand, the cross is thrown with the right hand, and the left foot should be pointed at the bag.  The opposite is true for left handed boxers.  The left hand is at eye level in front of the left eye.  Now throw consecutive punches on the punching bag with both hands alternatively. Always concentrate on the center of the bag with your eyes, which should be at shoulder level of the bag.  Use the whole bag, meaning throw punches hi and low.  Move from side to side and circle around the bag.  The goal is to become comfortable throwing punches from all angles and distance from the bag.  Also, get use to moving the head from side to side and up and down using the legs between punches.

Combinations to consider:

Jab, jab, cross

Jab, cross, left hook

Jab, jab, cross, left hook

Cross, left hook

Cross, left hook, cross

Jab, right uppercut, left hook

Jab, left uppercut, left hook

Jab, cross, jab, cross

Jab, cross, jab, cross, left hook

 

Workout

Warm up:  5-10 minutes of jumping rope, followed by 3-5 minutes of shadow boxing with emphasis on technique (hands up, maintaining balance, and after each punch thrown, returning that hand back to the chin or face) and movement.

Rounds:  Do 8-10 consecutive rounds.  Rounds should be three minutes on with 1 minute of rest.  Start each round with 20-30 seconds of throwing only jabs, hi, lo and multiple jabs at a time.  Follow this with any of the above combinations.   Stay busy throwing punches concentrating of technique and movement.  Don’t stand in one place.  Repeat this for 8-10 rounds or as many as necessary to obtain the conditioning desired.

Conditioning:

25 push-ups, 25 sit-ups, repeat 4 times

20 jump squats, 50 crunches, repeat 4 times

Cool down and stretch for 10 minutes.  Try to do this workout four times a week.  Good luck.

Types of bags

There are different types of punching bags, with different names based on their size, use and mounting method. Almost all punching bags are covered in leather or synthetic materials such as vinyl, which resist abrasion and mildew. Canvas is also used as a bag material where there is lower use and humidity.

Speed bags are small, air-filled bags anchored at the top to a rebound platform parallel to the ground. Speed bags help a fighter learn to keep his hands up, improve hand-eye coordination and learn to shift weight between feet when punching. They are also known as Speedballs or Speed Ball Bags. Generally you will find that again, they are filled with air (mostly) and fitted around a tight PU based or other leather material.

 

Swerve balls / floor to ceiling balls are almost the same as speedballs. Swerve balls – or floor to ceiling balls, these are almost the same as Speed balls with the only difference that the bag size shape and material may be different and that the cable system is attached to the ceiling and a clip on the floor – when the boxer places any motion on the ball, it tightly reacts by swinging fast towards them, the object is to swerve, punch, dodge and learn about co-ordination. The harder and faster they are hit – the more they rebound and react in different motions of angles, thus giving greater practice to the fighter.

 
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