#WEEKENDCOFFEESHARE 2

If we were having coffee…

I would tell you a story about a young guy who came to the beach one day after the storm and saw hundreds of thousands of starfish on the shore. There was also an old man who was trying to save them by picking them up and throwing them back into the sea as fast as he could. But there were so many of them that it was impossible for him to save them all! So the young guy came to the old man and said: “What are you doing, old man? Can’t you see that you’re wasting your time? You are never going to save them all, it doesn’t make any sense, it doesn’t make any difference!” And the old man said: “It does to the ones I save.”

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to ask yourself what little things you can do today to make a positive impact on the world that we live in. We were born to make the world a better and more joyful place than it was before us and people around us happier. We didn’t come here to get a job, pay bills and spend our lives waiting for Friday, summer or better days. We came here to lead meaningful lives, to make a positive change, raise awareness and be used for the greater good. To be of use. If we were having coffee, I would tell you to never underestimate the power of “little people” like you and me and that every little thing counts, no matter how small. Like leaving your car at home once a week and walking or riding a bike instead. Like eating less animal products, at least one day a week (Meatless Mondays 😊). Did you know that food industry, especially meat industry, is the number one cause of pollution and climate changes in the world? It is literally destroying our planet and very little people are aware of it. For example, not eating a pound of meat saves more water than not showering for six months. Imagine how much you would do for the planet if you ate less meat! Like taking a garbage bag and a pair of gloves and picking up the trash in a public place, like a park or a beach. Like organising a charity or gathering a group of people who would collect money or donations for people in need on a monthly basis. Like donating books that you don’t want to your local library. Like going to a retirement home and talking to people there, reading them books or playing chess with them. We are more powerful than we know and the world needs us. Our communities are counting on us and there is no more time for ignorance. So what are you going to do today to change the world?

Bisous,
Fée


Da pijemo kavu…

Ispričala bih ti priču o mladiću koji je jednog dana nakon oluje došao na plažu i ondje ugledao stotine tisuća morskih zvijezda kako leže duž cijele obale. Jedan ih je starac, kako bi ih spasio, skupljao i bacao natrag u more što je brže mogao. Medjutim, toliko ih je bilo, da je bilo jednostavno nemoguće spasiti ih sve. Mladić je prišao starcu i rekao mu: “Što radis, starče? Zar ne vidiš da gubiš vrijeme? Nećeš ih moći sve spasiti. Tvoj trud ne znači nista!” Starac mu odgovori: “Znači onima koje ću spasiti.”

Da pijemo kavu, rekla bih ti da se zapitaš što danas možeš učiniti kako bi na pozitivan način utjecao na svijet u kojem živimo. Rekla bih ti da nikad ne zaboraviš da je svaka, i najmanja sitnica vrijedna, jer na ovaj smo svijet došli kako bismo ga učinili boljim i ljepšim negoli je bio prije nas, te ljude oko nas sretnijima. Naša misija na ovom svijetu nije raditi, plaćati račune i čekati vikend, godišnji odmor ili bolja vremena. Ne, došli smo mijenjati svijet, podizati svijest i služiti za veće dobro. Biti od koristi. Na primjer, jedan dan u tjednu nemoj koristiti auto, nego hodaj ili vozi bicikl. Ili na primjer, jedan dan u tjednu nemoj konzumirati proizvode životinjskog porijekla. Znaš li da je industrija hrane, a posebno mesa, najveći zagadjivač okoliša i uzrok klimatskih promjena? Industrija mesa doslovno uništava naš planet, a vrlo je malo ljudi svjesno toga. Svakom polovicom kilograma mesa koju ne pojedeš, sačuvao si zalihu vode koja ti je potrebna za šest mjeseci tuširanja. Zamisli koliko možeš učiniti za planet ako odlučiš jesti manje mesa! Uzmi vreću za smeće i par rukavica, te očisti neku javnu površinu poput parka ili plaže. Organiziraj dobrotvornu akciju ili okupi oko sebe grupu ljudi koja je voljna pomagati potrebitima na mjesečnoj bazi. Doniraj knjige koje više ne želiš mjesnoj knjižnici. Idi u starački dom i razgovaraj s ljudima koji ondje borave, čitaj im knjige, igrajte društvene igre. Budi od koristi i nikad ne podcjenjuj moć “malih ljudi” poput mene i tebe. Moćniji smo nego što mislimo, a svijet nas očajnicki treba. Nemamo više vremena za okretanje glave od problema. Dakle, što ćeš danas učiniti da promijeniš svijet?

Bisous,
Fée

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HAPPY WEEKEND

I’ve read that most people spend their weekends watching TV, shopping, worrying about not having money and dreading the week ahead. I’m not surprised, because not so long ago, I was one of those people. At one point in my life I was doing three jobs, I had no days off, I was really depressed, living in a vicious circle, ruining my health, my relationships and not enjoying my life at all. That’s how I learned (the hard way) the importance of taking at least one day off and dedicating it to yourself, your mental and physical health, your family, friends and generally people and things you love. So I decided to write weekend posts on how you can spend your weekend. Most ideas will be totally free or inexpensive, but powerful and life changing. They changed mine. Really, guys, it’s the little things in life. I hope you get inspired. ❤

This weekend you should really…

  • Wake up before everybody else, make a yummy breakfast, set the table (napkins, flowers, nice plates and cups) and enjoy the happy faces of your loved ones while you’re enjoying delicious food. I promise you, it’s my favourite thing in the world. Plus, you will be the hero of the day and I guarantee, when you start your morning like this, you will set the tone for the rest of the day and it’s going to be the best ever.  Click here for a breakfast idea.
  • Hit the road. Seriously. Pack up some food, a camera, a blanket and a ball and go somewhere you’ve never been before. A near-by village, a forest, a park, a beach… Leave all your worries and your watch at home and just be, breathe, lie on the grass, walk barefoot, laugh and take a lot of pictures. Try to capture the most random moments, genuine smiles and happy faces.
  • Think of somebody you haven’t heard from in a while, somebody that you miss. Maybe somebody you had a fight with. Be the bigger person and forget the disagreement. Call them or send them a message to let them know you are thinking about them. But even if you don’t get the reaction you expected, be fine with it and feel good about yourself, because the first step is the hardest and it takes a lot of courage to make it.

Happy weekend!

Bisous,
Fée


 

Pročitala sam negdje da većina ljudi vikende provodi gledajući televiziju, kupujući stvari koje im ne trebaju, brinuci se zbog novca i uzasavajuci se tjedna koji slijedi. Ne cudim se, jer nekoć sam i ja bila jedna od tih ljudi. Zapravo, bila sam i gora, jer sam vikende provodila radeci. U jednom sam periodu radila tri posla, sto znači da nisam niti jedan dan bila slobodna, bila sam u teskoj depresiji, zivjela u začaranom krugu, unistavala svoje zdravlje, odnose s ljudima oko sebe i uopće nisam uzivala u zivotu. Ne tezi sam način naucila koliko je vazno barem jedan dan u tjednu uzeti predah od svega, posvetiti se sebi, svojem mentalnom i fizičkom zdravlju, obitelji i prijateljima. To me potaknulo da započnem seriju vikend-postova u kojima ću vam davati ideje kako kvalitetno provesti slobodno vrijeme. Nece vam biti potrebno nista osim malo volje i vremena, a nekad je i jedno popodne dovoljno da vam cijeli tjedan bude bolji. Ja sam vam dokaz da takve sitnice mijenjaju zivot.

Ovaj biste vikend mogli…

  • Probuditi se pola sata prije ostalih ukućana, pripremiti fini doručak, postaviti stol malo ljepse nego obicno (ubrusi, cvijece, fini tanjuri i salice) i uzivati u odusevljenju koje će nastati kad se svi probude i vide sto ih čeka. Meni je to najvece zadovoljstvo. Obecavam da ćete biti junak dana i da će vam zahvajujući divnom jutru, cijeli dan biti ljepsi. Po jutru se dan poznaje, zar ne? Ako trebate zgodan recept za dorucak, kliknite ovdje.
  •  Spakirati sendviče, uzeti fotoaparat, deku i loptu i uputiti se nekamo gdje dugo niste bili. Obliznje selo, suma, park, plaza… Sve brige i sat ostavite kod kuće i jednostavno bivajte, disite, lezite na travi, hodajte bosi, smijte se i puno fotografirajte. Pokusajte uhvatiti spontane trenutke, iskrene osmjehe i sretna lica i neka vas te fotografije cijeli tjedan griju – do sljedećeg vikenda.
  • Sjetite se nekoga koga dugo niste čuli, nekoga tko vam nedostaje. Mozda nekoga s kime ste se posvadili. Budite zreliji i pametniji i prijedjite preko svega. Nazovite tu osobu ili joj posaljite poruku i dajte joj do znanja da vam je zao i da mislite na nju. No ako i ne dobijete reakciju kakvu ste očekivali, prihvatite to i odajte si priznanje, jer prvi je korak najtezi i iziskuje puno hrabrosti.

Uzivajte u vikendu!

Bisous,
Fée

#WEEKENDCOFFEESHARE

 

There is a beautiful community of bloggers who participate in #weekendcoffeeshare, which means that every weekend they publish posts about what they would say to their readers if they were sitting down and having coffee. A lot of bloggers reflect on their week, while some of them share their random thoughts, worries, emotional burdens, etc. It’s a beautiful way to carve out space for more intimate and personal posts, especially for bloggers with topical, specific blogs. As soon as I’ve learned about #weekendcoffeeshare, I decided to join the community, because I find sharing personal thoughts very healing and powerful. I cannot tell you what I will be writing about, but I presume there will be some inspiring thoughts, plans for the week ahead or maybe even parts of my book that I have been writing for years. I will do my best to be consistent and do this every Sunday, starting from today. So prepare your cup of coffee or tea and let’s start.

If we were having coffee…

I would tell you not to mind the boxes lying around the house, waiting to be filled with our stuff and shipped to our new home. I would even suggest you to drink the coffee outside, because on a beautiful day like this, it’s a shame to be inside. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I haven’t been sleeping a lot lately and it’s not because I am stressed or worried about something, but because I feel I have too much creative energy stored inside that keeps me up at night. I’m a strong believer in the power of both positive and negative energy and that it should always change form and never be held back. You are probably wondering what I do at night. When Kiara falls asleep, I usually make myself coffee, put on some music and listen to it attentively and ponder upon lyrics. Then I read poetry or articles on things like co-sleeping and breastfeeding, bilingual children, French bulldogs, feng shui and other random things that I’m curious about. And I write a lot. Sometimes just paragraphs that someday, I imagine, are going to be put together into a book, blog posts ideas or things and people I am grateful for at the moment. I have been enjoying myself so much that I’m sorry that I don’t have my piano with me to play a little. I have even been thinking about buying some canvas to paint, and I have never painted in my life! Imagine that! I know that this may sound crazy, but I’m not tired at all. Sleep deprivation is probably going to catch up with me eventually, but for now, I’m enjoying myself so much that I feel like I have more energy throughout the day, like I’m so excited about life that I don’t want to waste time sleeping.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I think people don’t know how to enjoy their time anymore and that everything is revolving around TV and social media. Try to get creative sometimes and make something. It does’t have to include writing or painting. Make a cake, plant a flower, reorganise your kitchen cabinets, but whatever you do, do it with no distractions (so preferably when you’re home alone) and let yourself fall into the meditative state, focus on what you’re doing and don’t think about anything else. I promise, you will feel amazing.

It’s 5.40, Sunday morning. The Sun is rising, birds are chirping and I can tell it’s going to be a beautiful day. I feel so alive and happy. It’s going to be a beautiful day.

Bisous,
Fée


Postoji divna zajednica blogera koji sudjeluju u izazovu pod nazivom #weekendcoffeeshare (ispijanje kave vikendom). To znaci da svaki vikend objavljuju postove u kojima pisu sve ono sto bi svojim citateljima rekli da sjede i zajedno piju kavu. U tim se postovima neki blogeri osvrcu na protekli tjedan, drugi pak pisu o svojim mislima, brigama, emocionalnim teretima, itd. Na taj nacin stvaraju prostor za osobnije tekstove, posebno blogeri koji se bavi tocno odredjenim, neosobnim temama. Cim sam saznala za #weekendcoffeeshare izazov, odlucila sam u njemu sudjelovati, zato sto vjerujem da je izrazavanje osobnih misli vrlo iscjeljujuce i blagotvorno. Nemam tocno odredjeni plan o cemu cu pisati, jer cu jednostavno pustiti da me misli vode, ali naci ce se sigurno inspirirajucih misli, planova za naredni tjedan, a mozda i dijelova knjige koju vec godinama pisem. Trudit cu se biti redovita i pisati svake nedjelje, pocevsi od danas. Natocite si kavu ili caj i krenimo…

Da upravo sjedimo i pijemo kavu…

Rekla bih ti da se ne obazires na kutije po cijeloj kuci koje cekaju da ih napunimo stvarima i posaljemo u novi dom. Predlozila bih ti da sjednemo van, jer za ovako lijepog dana, steta je biti zatvoren u kuci. Rekla bih ti da u posljednje vrijeme jako malo spavam, ali ne zato sto me nesto opterecuje ili brine, nego zato sto osjecam da sam puna kreativne energije koju sam predugo drzala u sebi i koja mi sada ne da spavati. Duboko vjerujem u moc i pozitivne i negativne energije, te da, kakva god bila, energija uvijek treba mijenjati svoj oblik. Sigurno se pitas sto radim nocu ako ne spavam. Kad Kiara zaspi, skuham si kavu, pustim glazbu, pozorno je slusam i duboko razmisljam o rijecima. Potom citam poeziju ili clanke o co-sleepingu i dojenju, o dvojezicnim obiteljima, francuskim buldozima i feng shuiju, odnosno o svemu sto me trenutno zanima. Puno pisem. Ponekad nepovezane odlomke koji ce jednog dana biti spojeni u knjigu (barem tako zamisljam), ideje za blog ili stvari i ljude na kojima sam zahvalna. Toliko uzivam u tom stvaranju, da mi je zao sto moj klavir nije ovdje da malo zasviram. Iako nikad u zivotu nisam slikala, razmisljam o kupnji pribora za slikanje! Zamisli to! Znam da zvuci ludo, ali uopce nisam umorna. Iako znam da cu uskoro osjetiti manjak sna, trenutno maksimalno uzivam, zbog cega se ta energija prelijeva u dan pa zbog te silne srece i uzbudjenja ne zelim trositi vrijeme na spavanje.

Da upravo sjedimo i pijemo kavu, rekla bih ti da mislim da ljudi vise ne znaju uzivati u slobodnom vremenu i da se sve vrti oko televizora i drustvenih mreza. Rekla bih ti da i ti pokusas ponekad biti kreativan/a. Ne moras pisati ili slikati. Napravi tortu, posadi cvijet, preslozi kuhinjske elemente. Potpuno je nevazno sto ces raditi, vazno je samo da te nista ne ometa i da padnes u to predivno meditativno stanje, da se fokusiras na ono sto radis i ne mislis ni na sto drugo. Osjecat ces se sjajno.

5.40 sati, nedjelja ujutro. Sunce izlazi, ptice pjevaju i po svemu sudeci, bit ce ovo divan dan. Puna sam energije i sretna. Bit ce ovo divan dan.

Bisous
Fée