Kala reads – Mindfulness Plain & Simple

Lifelong peace and happiness are available now, and they’re closer than you think. By taking just a few minutes out of your day and making the simple but dramatic shift into the present moment, you will find more focus, effectiveness and clarity than you ever thought possible. There is no jargon, religion or new age vision quest, just simple steps to be happier and more confident straight away.

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Mindfulness has always been something I gravitated towards. To learn how to live in the present moment without worrying about the past or the future has been a struggle of mine for the past while. Not because I want to worry about all of these things, but my anxiety has pushed my mind to ridiculous thoughts.

To start my journey to deeper self-growth of the thought process itself, I picked up “Mindfulness – Plain & Simple”. Because I was slacking on reading physical books, I figured this would be the perfect choice as it was relatively short and seemed to be easy to read from day one.

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My running beginnings

First of all, let’s agree no one is born Usain Bolt! Anyone who begins the adventure of running, needs to suffer at the beginning. I am writing ‘everyone’ because yes, anyone can run, even if you don’t believe it right now.

A year ago I was only running when a train was almost leaving the platform from in front of my nose. I was never crazy about this form of activity and I always associated it with shortness of breath and a blur before my eyes. I never imagined that I would ever be able to defeat even a half-hour run. However I succeeded, even better than I thought…

I returned to run for good last month when I caught the bug to exercise. This happened after about three months of very irregular, casual training. With the intention of checking my running capabilities, I hesitated for a few weeks, but was always afraid that I just won’t be able to make it. Eventually my curiosity and determination prevailed and I so proudly ventured on my first run.

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10 Reasons To Cycle Up Your Life!

My love for biking started because of my ambition to stay active throughout my time at university. As soon as I got my paycheck at the end of the month, I researched all the possibilities and bought my first ride – a Traditional Viking Belgravia ♥. It was love at first sight. 

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Due to my love for the design of the actual bike AND my new lifestyle, I’d like to share ten reasons you should drop your car/bus and hop on your bike TODAY!

… and yet again, enjoy the ride!

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Where have you been girl?

Phew… you don’t even know how much time I had to take to come back here, at last. It was really hard. You know why? Because really, I would not even know what to write. But in the end eventually you need to collect it all and get back. So – here I am – I return and I hope that I never disappear again 🙂

As you know – I – a girl called Karolina, small town girl with big city dreams, started this blog to motivate people through sharing my honest thoughts, the good and the bad, and bring a little light to your day. One day I caught inspiration and I knew that I could not live without it.

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In these four months, I incorporated my practice with great pleasure – it was my private remedy for a bad mood, problems, depression, any failure in life… I knew that writing and sharing my progress and thoughts can make every day better. That’s why I practiced it – and I loved it.

This gave me a certain distance to everything, but also a lot of mental strength – because it goes together, in spite of everything, in hand. My friends wondered how it is that this baby is in itself such a reserve of strength. Oh, I could do it! – I, myself was surprised that I could do more and more. I was involved in so many things all at once. For the person who has always had a lazy character, it was a big deal.

I felt great! I didn’t even know how much I could like the feeling of being so strong and independent, juggling so many things at once!

So what happened?

I think I can sum it up just so – life happened.

I remember New Year’s Eve at around midnight. I went outside to watch the fireworks, alone staring at the sky, thinking of things… I said to myself, “Kala, this will be your year! In the end, you’ll show what you can do! Damn… “. Everything was going good, with regular revision, pretty healthy diet and ambitious plans associated with it. I always dreamed of working with people, showing them that keeping on your feet – busy is a natural antidepressant. And what? Karolina started to slack – because it just so happens that I took too much onto my plate. I promised myself that I will not waste what I achieved and I will continue to exercise and stick to my (many) resolutions. So I did, but over time it became terribly difficult. It was not about a lack of motivation. Rather, lack of strength. It was about the fact that nothing was relaxing anymore. It’s not about that sitting in the library (studying) is agony, but the responsibility with which every move I took involved. Continuous stress eventually hit me.

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The beauty of life

For the most part of my life I didn’t know the real beauty of it. Up until the age of ten, living in Poland without an internet connection – I can honestly say these were the best days of my life. Not to say moving to the UK is my biggest regret, because the universe had this in plan for me, and I wholeheartedly accepted it. It gave me strength and beautiful memories, as well as some great life experience.

What I wanted to share with you today is the REAL beauty of life – life beyond internet connection, smartphones and money.

No matter if you are going through tough times, trust me, it gets better with time ♥ I never knew how strong I was until being strong was my only option, and guess what? I love myself for that. The human mind is beautiful. What lead to my constant complaining about how my life wasn’t great, how I’ve got so much going on or how much someone has hurt me – I was only fooling myself. You have power over your emotions and thoughts, no matter what others say or do to you, it’s all in your hands.

And because we are all developing our souls constantly, we can only try to be perfect. But the thing is, perfection doesn’t mean happiness. Does it? Does having amazing and expensive possessions make you feel grateful for simply BEING ALIVE?

I don’t have all these things. I don’t have a great car, the most expensive phone or designer clothes, but what I do have, is an attitude to life most people lack. I wish everyone the state of mind I currently hold (and I hope it is not going anywhere anytime soon!). I learned to appreciate the crisp air, the sun peaking from in between the trees, my beautiful dreams and even the little chit chats with customers at work. When someone crushes you to the point you start to think life does no longer make sense without them, pick yourself up. Look at all the things around you. Look where you are now. You’re an independent woman, who decided to move from her hometown to become successful. After all the years of bullying and people doubting you, you managed to work hard, with all the obstacles around you, just to prove you’re worthy. And here you are. You’ve became an amazing and confident human being, who never quits. When was the last time you called in sick to work? When have you told yourself to quit and just live a mediocre life? You never have.

Don’t all these things you’ve been through, show you, that you can conquer anything if you only wish?

That’s the real beauty of life.

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How to deal with stress?

We live in such generation in which stress is present in almost every aspect of our lives. At work as well as outside of it. Either from necessary reasons, or sometimes just by trivialities – It exists. It can be annoying. Recently, I started to get a lot of experience about this matter…

Since I can remember I was always the person who panicked before each test, an exam (not to mention the A level exams – horror of horrors!). Over time, I got a little used to it, but not enough to completely eliminate it. It’s weird, because some situations, colloquially all stressful don’t affect me as much. Even a job interview – with them, for example, I have no major problems. If, however, take into account the actual duties of the same job – here is the point of a start of steep stairs.

More recently (since only 2 months) I started working at a retail store in Guildford. Well, yes, I am a novice sales assistant who only gets to know this area from the backstage. Few people realize at first, the responsibility in the profession until they begin to practice it. Cooperation with customers (who are totally different), is terribly stressful. It requires great concentration, precision and accuracy. And above all, it requires self-control and ability to work under pressure and stress.

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