Sunday, October 25, 2015

#zentime Sunday coffee

For some people, it may seem natural to get their friends, family, partners on Sunday morning and have coffee somewhere nice.
In my country this happens a lot, not only on Sundays, but every day.
Well, me... I never have time...
I never have time because I always have to work (at the office, lessons, studying, housework, work with kid) and I usually have lessons or translations on the weekends, so Sunday coffee bye bye!!!
Being a 5-day-"weekend" in my hometown  and since most of my students are on trips with their families, gave me the chance to unwind in my favourite cafe...
I even got a newspaper (Yes, they still exist!!!)
Strolling on the seafront with views like these... you can help but feel calm... (no matter what)

Have a nice Sunday everybody!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Day off

When you say to somebody that you are taking the day off, they think that you just wake up late, relax, spend endless hours having coffee not having a care in the world!
When I usually take a day off, this is because I have to do something that cannot be done outside office hours, like a doctor's appointment or stuff with public services. And I really can't understand why public services work the hours they do, since all the people who actually need something from them are actually working, so they have to take the day of to do something for work although the day off is meant to be "not work"... But anyway...
What I usually do on my days off?
  • Clean, laundry, iron, bake, cook (things that I usually do after midnight)
  • Spend as much time I want in the bathroom (nobody's home in the morning anyway)
  • Go to the gym (not #afterhours for a change)
  • Write on my blog (that's what I'm doing right now)
  • Buy groceries (food in general). If I don't go, fridge remains empty - the other people in the house do not do that and prefer to order junk food every single day.
  • Prepare lessons, read blogs, get new ideas.
  • Teach (because this is considered free time activity by certain people!!!!)
All in all I would like to say that I am glad that I don't get many days off. I might get tired at the office and teaching afterwards, but my day is full with things I want to to.
I don't understand the people who just stay on the couch doing nothing. I really don't know what I would do to keep my sanity if I were like this!!!
Have a nice week people!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

#zen time : bodyART

Day off today and no lessons last night.
I devoted some time for a "yogish" class. bodyArt is based on Yoga - reminds Power Yoga and Body Balance (Les Mills). It has to do with balance, strength and concentration.
I have to say that I really enjoy it. The exercises are not so simple and you need a lot of coordination and strength and concentration and still I don't think I have managed the right technique, yet, although I have been taking part in yoga and Body Balance classes and private lessons for more than 7 years now.

But it's not only about the exercise. The magic effect of this class is that it actually clears your head. You use your negative energy to find the power to do the exercises and than on the cool down phase, you just feel lighter. (and really sore the next day, but anyway!! LOL)
My Greek blog with interviews about bodyArt over here.

More #zentime coming up!

Sunday, October 11, 2015


It's been a while.
It seems that when this time comes, I never have time to write.
I never have time for myself as it is.
I am not going to complain.
Other people don't have jobs, other people can't survive.
I have the luck to be able to support my home. I am the only one to support my home btw.
I have the luck to work at a successful company. One of the few in Greece.
I have the luck to still have students who trust me.
But I can't help wondering...
When do I get time for myself?
I have started to get tired.
I did not go on holiday this summer. All I did was a couple of weekends.
I really love these little getaways, but still, this is not enough.

On the other hand, having a lot of days off brings a very negative effect on me.
After a good day of sleep and the frenzy of housework (yes when on holiday I have to clean and wash everything!!). Then I get swallowed by the couch doing nothing in a state of a semi-coma until the time comes back to get to work.
I guess this is the definition for the term "work-o-holic"!!!!

But I feel that I am burning out. And it's not my job, it's not my teaching.... it's the fact that don't actually "live" lately. I need balance.

Last year I created a "small-goal- list" with things I wanted to do, mostly professionally. I was lucky enough to fulfill most of my goals.
This year I'm gonna try and do things that have a real meaning and make me feel good and blog about them.
It doesn't have to be every day. Just another goal.
#feelgood #selfcompassion #be me