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My Late 2016 Happy plans

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Ok, it’s almost February, but thinking about my new year took time. 2015 was a year of meaningful changes – In one year, I had my rhinoplasty surgery (which I had documented only on my Instagram account – roll back there…), I lost 14 kilos, and finally said goodbye to my post pregnancy, stubborn fat. I Broke up from my husband (July). We’ve been together for the past 9 years, and it was terrifying. As the result of this decision, I learn how to be by myself again, read more books, and focused on my own professional and personal goals. Having more alone time with my son, made me a better mother, too. Unfortunately, I fell into smoking again (after 4 clean years), and quit. I’m now smoke clean since 1.1.2016 (Hooray!).

So, what now? 2016 is waiting for me, with some new goals, hopes and dreams. Here are some of the things I try to keep in mind:

Taking care of my body & soul

Losing weight made me feel incredibly good. I eat well, and not starving myself. It’s important not to stick to the calorie plan, but to also think carefully about the food I’m eating. For example – one apple or two cookies, for 16:00 snack? It’s a daily struggle.

My smoking and quitting experience taught me a lesson. When I quit smoking four years ago, it was easy. I wanted to have a baby and the goal itself was enough – I quit “cold turkey” and didn’t look back. Except for… Weddings, and other occasions, where I took one cigarette or two. It didn’t make me an addict again, so I left this one door open. But when I faced the divorce, this door was the problem. And it was so hard to quit. I felt so stupid for falling back to this trap.

Another thing I’ve done this year is a lot of reading. Not romances, but books of inspiration. Books that help me involve and become a better person, better partner, and a better life planner.

Books I enjoyed reading this year:

The 7 Levels of Intimacy by Matthew Kelly

Tobais Vab Schneider (newsletter)

The 4-Hours Workweek  by Timothy Ferriss

Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life

Make my dreams come true

I’m 36, and I realize the time is now. I can’t dream about my future without doing something about it. If I don’t, there will be no one else to blame. 15 years ago, when I was young and not very confident, I took the wrong career path. I wanted to be a graphic designer, but my ex boyfriend somehow persuaded out of it. “You need a degree”, he told me. But me, I’m an autodidact person and a short term course is much more suitable for me, with better chances to succeed. I don’t blame him. It was my own responsibility and I failed.

Today, my job includes photo editing too, but not enough. I decided to take the plunge and learn graphic design. The course begins in February and I’m very excited. Honestly, I couldn’t wait for the course to begin and I already started designing for Society6 (What do you think about this one?). I have two designs and I’m hoping to grow the collection.

Cook my own food

I’m on my own now. I’m a single mother and I have to take care of my budget carefully. As a part of keeping an eye on my budget, the first thing I wanted to reduce is the eating outside habit. In the past few years I didn’t cook at all (microwave rice?). I think it was the result of feeling bad about my body. I felt more comfortable with “staying away from the kitchen” attitude. But now, after losing weight and having full control of my menu, it’s actually easier to cook my own food. And as a vegan, I don’t have to double check any menu, nor ingredients.

Break the rules

Being at the office at the same time, every day, never late… Well, I am not a robot. What if I stay in bed for a few more moments? Just hit that snooze button for once. What if I make plans for the weekend and decide to decline? I might be nicer to myself, and maybe, do something unexpected.

Listen to ME

People have their opinions about everything. These opinions rely on their own life experiences. They don’t know everything about the problems I deal with. They just don’t. No one could ever walk in my shoes, feel what I feel and know what I know. Therefore, I’m the only one who can solve my own problems. The worst part of taking advices is losing my inner voice, and the connection to my intuition. And more – forgetting my dreams. Everyone has it’s right to think whatever he or she wants about my stuff, but me, I have to stay loyal to my own way. That is what makes me – me.

B Happy

I discovered how cynicism is bad. It really is. I always felt like my cynicism is a sort of humor (which I still have…), but it had a negative impact on my soul, and my relationships. In 2016, I want to be authentic, and reflect my real emotions.

1 In Blogging

5 Free Online marketing e-courses for people who have no time

5 free online e-courses for people who has no time

Today, we all know that The importance of social media marketing is no longer questioned. If you want to join the worldwide trend and help your business and / or your blog connects with the right audience – It’s about time you master these essential skills: Social media, Email marketing, and SEO. Luckily, we have it all, and for FREE. Dedicate one hour a week, and grab these e-courses:

1. Social Media 101, Buffer

7 emails, 7 days, 2 minutes a day – That’s all you need to learn the basics of social media with Buffer’s week-long email class. How to establish the right tone for social media posts, and understanding online marketing analytics.

You get: 14 minutes / 7 lessons

2. Diploma in Social Media Marketing, ALISON

want to know how email marketing, blogging, and Facebook can get you being noticed by the right audience? This course will help you understand how affiliate marketing works and the different methods that help increase traffic.

You get: 15-20 hours / 11 lessons

3. Advanced SEO: Tactics and Strategy, Udemy

In this course you’ll learn a broad range of SEO subjects and an understanding of some of the deepest SEO concepts and strategies. it provides an easy to understand information for all levels of knowledge, from users just beginning to learn SEO to advanced SEOs.

You get: 1 hour / 7 lessons

4. Internet Marketing for Smart People, Copyblogger

Copyblogeger offers you an Internet Marketing Education in 16 Ebooks and 20 Emails. No Charge. Want to discover the smartest ways to mix social media, content marketing, and SEO for lead generation, and convert those leads to customers and clients? Take it.

You get: 20 lessons

5. Marketing in a Digital World, Coursera

Created by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, This course will examine how digital tools, such as the Internet, smartphones, and 3D printing, are revolutionizing the world of marketing by shifting the balance of power from firms to consumers.

You get: 32 hours / 24 lessons

Photo: Kaboompics

6 In Blogging/ Graphic Design

5 Free graphic design e-courses for absolute beginners

5 Free graphic design e-courses for absolute beginners

If I could invest in my professional skills, I would definitely improve my graphic design skills. It’s something I really love, and helps me work and blog better. And the things is, it’s not a matter of money anymore – the opportunities are out there, and it’s FREE. The only thing a person needs these days is a dedication and a commitment. Have a look at these 5 totally free graphic design courses. You can thank me later (-:

1. Beginners Adobe Photoshop, Adobe KnowHow

This Photoshop CS5 tutorial for beginners will teach you the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop with easy to follow, practical examples. Starting with the basics, in this You will learn how to set up your work environment, open files, and perform various editing functions that Photoshop has to offer.

You get: 14 hours / 26 lessons

2. Learn Adobe Illustrator From Scratch, Udemy

Give wings to your creativity with this comprehensive and unique course in Adobe Illustrator. Learn to create amazing graphics for Web, Video and Film. In this course of over 10 hours you will learn expert tips and tricks and will learn to do advance design and graphics work.

You get: 11 hours / 41 lessons

3. Adobe InDesign for Beginners, Adobe KnowHow

This Adobe InDesign training course from Infinite Skills teaches you how to use this powerful digital and print layout software. With the introduction of amazing new digital layout features, InDesign really is the industry standard when it comes to not only traditional media layouts, but also EPUB and other digital standards.

You get: 11 hours / 21 lessons

4. Introduction to Graphic Design, Udemy

Are you tired of learning Photoshop tricks without understanding how to apply the software to real design? Or maybe you just want to understand what really is design and how can you become a real designer?
Design goes way beyond software and there is a lot of theory behind it. In this introductory course, you’ll learn the basics needed to create an amazing and real design.

You get: 1 hour / 12 lessons

5. Adobe Photoshop CS6 Essential Tools, ALISON

This free online Adobe Photoshop CS6 tutorial video-based course is ideal for photographers and graphic designers who would like to learn more about image manipulation using the range of tools found in Adobe Photoshop CS6. It will help you to develop image production skills and build a web presence using content created and produced independently.

You get: 2 hours / 8 lessons

Read More: Society6 Has Wall Tapestries, and they’re totally badass

Photo Source: Kaboom Pics

6 In Blogging

5 practical ways to beat the TIME challenge in blogging

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So, you decided to run your own blog. That’s nice. At the beginning, you had a reason that motivated you. But over time, you had more important things to do, like working, taking care of your daily tasks, etc.… and guess what? A month had passed without a single post on your blog. Sounds familiar? You are probably HUMAN.

There is no way to get MORE time. The only thing in this world you can’t buy, is time. But still, the main difference between successful people to others is how they USE their time.

How can you beat the biggest challenge of blogging, when it’s NOT your full time job? Try these 5 creative ways to beat the time challenge, and boost your way back!

1. Plan your future posts

It’s nice to have a will to write and do, but without planning, it’s just your will. And you know how unfulfilled dreams can bite us the most. Therefore, we must plan. One way to do it is by creating a list of your future posts. If you are still not sure about the whole content of the post, it’s ok – the headline would be enough for that stage.

2. Use editorial calendar

Planning is good, but real commitment is much more important. If you could estimate the time you have for your blog and decide how many times you could post per week or per month – you can use an editorial calendar and really commit yourself to do it.
An editorial calendar could be Google calendar, WordPress plugins (if you use WP), a simple excel table, or just a chalk board!

3. Post about your life

If you have absolutely no time for posting something new, how about posting on the go? I mean, you do have a life. If you invite friends for dinner, prepare a table, and cook a meal that you know everybody likes – you could take pictures of everything and post about it later. It’s just an example, want more? Post about your holiday, favorite market, decor changes around the house – These are all blog materials!

4. Write down your ideas

Great ideas come to us when we least expect them. When we walk down the street, while driving, or even a minute before we fall asleep. We feel creative and promise to ourselves – “tomorrow”. But tomorrow comes, and we remember we had a fantastic idea about a new post… and it’s gone. Always write down your ideas, because it may never come back. You could do it by carrying a notebook or even by sending yourself an email. Find what works for you, and DO IT.

5. Remember WHY you are doing this

There is a famous quote of Friedrich Nietzsche I really like: “He who has a way to live for can bear almost any how.”
When you truly want something, and you have the reason to do so, you will do anything to achieve it. So remember this when you are exhausted, after a hard day, trying to reach the remote control, or your phone – you have a reason. It will help you get up, and write. If you can’t write an entire post, start a draft. Continue tomorrow.

1 In Blogging

Meet The Blogger Amsterdam 2015 (In Photos)

Hello all you bloggers out there! So, after a long wait – I went to meet the bloggers in Amsterdam. I managed to combine a short family reunion with my younger sister who lives in London, with the conference, so it was really worth the travel.

Meeting new people, and listening to the interesting speakers was so much fun. I finished the day with new ideas, encouragement and drive to do more. I was so excited meeting famous bloggers, such as Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess and Yvonne Eijkenduijn from Yvestown blog – I have been following these blogs since 2009 and watched them grow gradually to what they are today.
I took some nice photos of the event, and I’m happy to share it with you.

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4 In Blogging/ Me

Going to meet the blogger 2015 (Amsterdam)

Are you a blogger? Most bloggers I know are heavy readers… Of blogs (surprise!). It’s just something we do.

I never went to any blogger’s conference, At least, not until Emma Chapman from A Beautiful mess announced that she, and her sister Elsie will be speaking on Meet the Blogger, in Amsterdam, this October.

Wait a minute. Amsterdam? (That’s my favorite city, so far), and a blogging event? And a chance to see and listen to famous bloggers such as Emma and Elsie. Yay! I’m in!

 

1. Colorful Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2. Emma Chapman & Elsie Larson from ABM

3. Me, at Amsterdam – 2007, 4. And Before that – 2006

Would you like to see photos from the event? Here!

10 In Blogging/ Photography

10 sites to get free photos for websites and blogs

 

10 sites to get free photos for websites and blogs

Stock photos, aka image bank photos suffer from a justified bad reputation. Well, just a few years ago these photos were bad. Really bad. But, as times goes by I can tell you that stock photos had changed, Tremendously. And if you are a blogger, you don’t have to rely only on your own shoots anymore.

These 10 sites, are my top free stock photo sites that that offers free, high quality, and most importantly- with a natural feel, photos.

1.Death to the Stock Photo

Subscribe via email and receive a free image pack each month directly in your inbox.

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2.Unsplash

Unsplash is a collection of free high-resolution photos – 10 inspired hi-res photos every 10 days.

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3.IM FREE

A curated collection of free web design resources, all for commercial use. Great source for portraits.

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4.Picjumbo

Totally free photos for commercial and personal works.

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5.SplitShire

Free Stock photos with real look for commercial and personal use.

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6.Kaboompics

Great place to get breathtaking Free Pictures for business or personal projects. Use the easy search box, click #Tag under the photo or choose Category to see images what you looking for. Everyday new pictures. Enjoy!

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7.Libre Stock

These days, Libre Stock is my favorite – it collects great photos from 43 free stock photo websites.

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8.Life Of Pix

Free high-resolution photos, no copyright restrictions. The images are for personal commercial use.

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9.New Old Stock

This site contains amazing vintage images from public archives.

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10.Gratisography

New awesome pictures added weekly, and free of copyright restrictions.

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0 In Instagram/ Photography

Morrissey Sticker Project and a new Interview

Yesterday, Morrissey gave a rare in-person interview in Lary King’s show. In this interview, he talked about his health (Aww), about being vegan, politics and more. He made me really laugh when he said about Donald Trump “Yhea, in the dark, he looks like everybody else…”

This interview reminds me how I wanted to post about a great Instagram project I’ve been following in the past years. The Morrissey sticker project is an amazing photography / music project that would easily melt any Morrissey fan’s heart. How does it work? You order your stickers here (I know, it’s empty now, but patience my dear). Then, you post it on your Instagram account with the tag #morrisseystickerproject. You could, then appear at @morrisseystickerproject on Instagram, and the fan page on Facebook.

Here are some photos of the project:

I ordered my own stickers about a year ago, but I must admit I can’t give it away to the streets, which I’m not sure how much appreciate it the way I do…

 

4 In Blogging/ Me/ Photography

My new life through the “eyes” of a new Canon Rebel camera

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It’s probably the first week I hadn’t posted anything. I had things I wanted to post about, I had time, too, but I just couldn’t. Things happened. Or, to be precise – I made things happen. New decisions I had in mind for such a long time just went up my throat, through my mouth, becoming actual words. This is it – I’m going through a break up. Nine years of relationship is about to end, leaving me without clear plans for the future to come.

This blog is not that, personal. It’s about the things I like, but not about ME. Till now, I guess. Well, there’s more to life then interiors, you know (but not much more…).

A month ago I bought my first DSLR camera – Canon Rebel T5i. I love this camera, because it is so easy to understand and can be used even by a the hands of a total rookie like me. The lack of words made me think about posting my favorite photos instead of another pretty house. It’s my everyday life with my son, and sweet dog Emily.

 

 

Will get back to my content plan soon (-:

 

2 In Photography

This Artist Will Help You See The World In Pantones

Pantone cards help us decide which color to paint our walls or even furniture when we’re doing a makeover. People with artistic minds also see the world and everything in it in colors. People who work with colors on a daily basis, often see things not just as colors, but as specific Pantone codes.

Joshua Nissen King is an artist that has a special eye for colors. On his Instagram account he detects the exact Pantone in everyday objects – From vintage cars, to an old man’s pants.

Take a look at these amazing photos:

More info: http://www.joshuanissenking.com, Instagram
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“I typically pick three potential matches before I approach the object in sight. I number my guess 1, 2, and 3 in order of the strength of the match.”

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“The lighting often effects the search even if my eyes see it match it changes through a camera as it interprets light differently. Many variables to consider.”

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“I am obsessed with color in the everyday, I plan to do a similar project where I mix a paint on the spot and make my own swatches to match any color! It acts as an exercise for me, to see the colors within a color.”

 

INSTAGRAM LOVE: PANTONES MATCHING GAME