Early birds?

I l o v e getting up early during summer holidays. No that I always manage to do that, because it very often happens that I give up in the morning and sleep longer. But it’s just very motivating when you get up at let’s say 7:00 a.m. and then at 11:00 a.m. you feel like you’ve done so much already and it’s still the beginning of the day and you have so much time left!

So now I’m trying to build up three new, good habits at once:

-Waking up early in the morning!
– Eating healthy
– Blogging regularly.

I was thinking about what to write in today’s post, and I guess because of that I came up with this idea: good habits.

Pretty much everyone these days wants to change something in his or her life, be it eating less sweets or stop saying weird things because of not thinking before. So today I decided to write about how to start building up a new habit.

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#1 First things first – set a starting date – be it in two minutes, or tomorrow morning – and stick toit!!!Β You don’t want to begin building up your new, shiny, fantastic habit with a failure. Let it not be the case of eternally saying “I’m starting the diet tomorrow” – and then tomorrow never comes. πŸ˜‰

#2 Plan.You want to be all ready when the starting date comes, so make yourself a cup of good tea, garb a piece of paper and a pen (or a laptop), sit down and think. Write down your thoughts and turn them into a plan. Personally, I like creating tables – I write “NOW” on one side, with a date, and goals that I want to achieve on the other. And when I achieve them, I write down a date next to the goal, so that I know how much time that took me.

#3 Go with the plan. You don’t have to go fast, you just have to be consequent. What’s more to say here? πŸ™‚

#4 Celebrate your success! Not only the final, big succeses, but also the smaller ones that come along the way. Tell your friends, throw a party, or just have a well-deserved break or a cookie. But celebrate – it’s very important, because it gives you the sense of having achieved something and the motivation to go further and set up new, more challenging goals for yourself.

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I know, another set of rules. But believe me, it’s not something I found on the net or somewhere. I made these up basing on my experience, on what helped me, what works for me. It doesn’t mean it has to work for you.

I just wanted to share these ideas – hopefully someone finds them useful! πŸ™‚

The story behind my pointe shoes

I guess it all begun when I was five. My Mum bought me a book in which the main character’s cousin was attending ballet school. The book was showing different ballet accessories and positions being explained by the previously mentioned cousin.
I became so fascinated with ballet that I started trying out different positions and kept asking my Mum to enrol me on a ballet class. Unfortunately she didn’t. There were no ballet classes close by. So I just kept practicing by myself.
A year or so later she took me to the theatre, to see “The Nutcracker”. It was amazing to see ballet on stage for the first time! Sometime later I’ve seen “Barbie and the Swan Lake” on TV and became obsessed with Tchaikovsky’s music. I kept humming it all the time and even made up bits of my own choreography for Odette!
My love for ballet grew bigger, and when I changed school when I was nine I started attending ballet classes once a week, and then twice. Unfortunately when I became 12 I couldn’t attend them anymore – I was in a different age group and the classes discontinued.
Because of that, for some years the only things I could do was read an internet ballet forum, search the net for ballet shops and sigh when I saw a cute leotard or beautiful pointe shoes which I thought I would never own and never will be able to dance in. And that was my ballet passion at the time. Plus going to the theatre to watch ballet performances.
And then, when I was 15 I guess, I thought I could try out different types of dance. So I tried out jazz, modern, ballroom, historical, and even took part in a little amateur musical.
Ballet faded out a little.
But it was still somewhere inside me and three years later I came back to my beloved classical dance. I started taking body ballet classes – they combine fitness with ballet, which is perfect.
Wait: what about the pointe shoes?
Right. I bought them before I started attending body ballet. I knew I still wouldn’t be ready to dance on the tip of my toes for a long time, but I just wanted to make a statement to myself – that I’m going to commit myself to the classes and one day I’ll be able to wear them and dance. And that day is getting closer and closer!

So basically what I wanted to say through this post is that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. I will never have a professional ballet career, which was always one of my greatest dreams, but I may be able to dance as an amateur. It’s the same with any other dreams – one just has to alter them a little as the years fly by; but the main goal remains the same.

For me it’s dancing in my pretty pink pointes. πŸ™‚

Thoughts on books.

Books are wonderful. They are like doors to different worlds; we flip through the pages and suddenly we’re not on this Earth anymore. At least not on the Earth we know. We either see it from someone else’s perspective, or find ourselves in totally different worlds. Different universes! We meet elves, dwarves, hobbits, people, monsters, wizards, gods, vikings, kings, peasants, good men, bad men, women, children…

Through the diversity of the worlds pictured in books we can learn about the diverse world that surrounds us and understand it better. Also, we develop our minds, our imagination. Eventually we become storytellers ourselves. Everyone is a storyteller in one manner or another – some people write their own masterpieces, some tell only bedtime stories that are so unique that they will never be heard again.

Every story is precious. Even if the only person that treasures it is the author. Every story is important, but sometimes they gain their importance after many, many years. Every story is worth preserving, because it’s someone’s story – even if not true, it contains authors’ thoughts and feelings, and represents a part of their souls.

I can’t understand really why people prefer listening to audiobooks or reading e-books instead of actual paper ones. I couldn’t live without at least one book. The sound of flipping the pages, the smell of a newly bought book, the feel of characters nerly jumping out of the book… No, I wouldn’t change that for any e-book, iBook, audiobook or whatever else might there exist.

In my opinion, reading is something far more engaging, interesting and enriching than watching TV. Especially when one is watching a novel-based film or series.
I find it somewhat restricting when I first watch something, and then read the thing that it’s based on. It’s because I can’t imagine the characters and surroundings – when reading, I’m picturing places and people already seen on the screen. But when I read the book first, I can imagine whatever I want. And that’s beautiful and amazing.

Dear Readers, please! Grab the nearest book and start reading it now! And then open it on page, let’s say, 33, take the third word on the page, create a sentence with it and post it in a comment. Let’s have some fun πŸ™‚

A bit about names.

Well HELLO wordpressians, or whatever you people who read these blogs call yourselves!

Do not get me wrong, by no means am I implying that you have to have a special name. I just like naming stuff, and people. Giving names is what I’m good at…

There was this situation once during holidays some four years ago, when literally every day when I went outside, provided it was sunny, the same butterfly would fly around me! I called him (okay,Β it) Louis (after the French kings, because it was a Monarch butterfly). By the end of the week everyone on the camp knew I “owned” a butterfly. And Louis would come back to me every day for a week and a half until the end of the camp. I take it as a proof that butterflies can develop feelings too. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, this blog is going to be about stuff that I find funny, or interesting, or worth sharing with you. Let’s hope you’ll enjoy scrolling through it when I write more posts.

A bientΓ΄t!

 

P.S. I’m not French. I just enjoy using french expressions sometimes, because I totally love the language!