5 simple stretching tips

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After a short blogging detox, I’m back! 🙂 Lately, I’ve been focusing on useful content, posts that are more than just pretty photos. On things you might find useful and would help you one way or another.

I’ll start short and sweet, with 5 stretching tips. Whether you want to improve your splits or you are just looking for a way to feel more flexible, there are some general things you should pay attention to.

  1. Don’t expect instant results. You won’t become super flexible after doing some yoga bridges and pigeon stretches. But you’ll see some results soon, so make sure you adapt the exercises to your abilities. And take some photos! Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m making progress but when I look at the photos I’m surprised by the difference!
  2. You don’t have to stretch every day. I usually do one (or sometimes two) flexibility training each week (along with pole classes and strength trainings, which all include some stretching) and I’m more flexible every week. In the beginning, I find it better to have more short stretching sessions and later make them longer.
  3. Stretch both sides of your body and always stretch in the opposite direction, too. It doesn’t matter if your right split feels more comfortable than the left one, spent the same amount of time and effort on both.
  4. Wear something comfortable. You won’t only stretch easier, but you’ll also feel better.
  5. Always warm up before a flexibility training and stretch after every training. I think I don’t need to explain this one. 🙂 And always focus on the form to prevent injuries – don’t push yourself over your limits!

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Love yourself first!

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You’ve probably heard a million times how important self love really is. And I think it’s more than just a new cheesy trend. The phrase ”Love yourself first” is so much more than just an Instagram caption, a quote, written in a nice font. It’s the most important step you have to take on your path to a fulfilling life and it’s both easy and hard to achieve. But when you do, there’s no more settling for something or someone. There’s a lot of working on yourself, finding out what makes you happy and what doesn’t, what makes you productive and what makes you feel lazy. You start reaching for you dreams, regardless of other’s expectations and you are surround yourself by people, who will encourage you, help you, believe in you. There’s no more thinking about how you should look. Instead of that, you focus on how you want to look – inside and outside, and you don’t care about the ideals in magazines and social media. You see yourself as a whole.

The path to self love is the one that never ends. You might have some wrong turns, some steps backs, some stops. Just keep going :).

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Zelenci and the trip to the emerald lake

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There are places that look magical even on a cold, cloudy winter day, such as Zelenci. That perfect emerald green colour charms everyone, regardless of the weather and is taking over Instagram :). You don’t have to walk far to get to them – it depends on the parking spot, so the walk can take 10-15 minutes or 1 hour. It’s a place to see, where you can enjoy in the beautiful sights and relax. It’s a place you have to visit, if you are near Kranjska Gora, and you won’t spend the whole day walking there, so you’ll have plenty of time to visit other sights nearby (such as Lake Jasna) and possibly risk seeing TOO MANY beautiful places in one day. It may sound cheesy, but Zelenci and so many sights nearby are a true winter wonderland. Even though I can’t wait for spring and warmer temperatures, I just love sights like this.

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Ballerina? No. Dancer? Always.

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One more post full of beautiful photos by Hristina Trajkoska. This time, I’m wearing my ballet shoes, so it won’t be a classical outfit post, but more of a ”thank you” post, dedicated to all those years of dancing. I’ve never really been good at most of the sports – I liked them, I just wasn’t s good as I wanted to be…I was never the athletic type I guess:). With dancing, it was so different – I loved it, I understood it, I was also quite good at it. So it was a sport that’s stayed me through all the years, it’s been the escape during the exams, it’s been the thing that makes a bad day good. My relationship to sports changed in the last years, as there was no pressure – I didn’t worry about the bad grade at volleyball, I didn’t feel pressured to run a kilometer in a few minutes. I just started doing the things I liked and I found out why was dancing so important to me – I never felt the pressure, I just did it. When I started, there were no grades, and when the time for the competitions and performances came, I didn’t care. I loved it. There were some nervous feelings, but they couldn’t stop me from doing what I love. I haven’t thought of dancing professionally since I was ten, but it’s more than a hobby. It’s just who I am. 

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Free Printable Valentine’s Day Card

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Since it’s Valentine’s day tomorrow, I decided to design a simple Valentine’s day card with a cute quote you can give to anyone you love – your boyfriend/girlfriend, best friends, family… A cute last minute gift :). You can download it here for free, as a small thank you for all the love, nice comments, everything that motivates me to keep writing and sharing my thoughts with you 🙂

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Getting rid of stage fright

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For a person, who has performed on stage many times in her life, I often feel nervous before stepping on the stage. Like really nervous, even though I have a background in dancing. The biggest problem for me is talking – even when I have a presentation at college in front of 5 people, I feel more nervous than when I dance in front of a full theater. I think that’s because I’m not used to situations like that and I become really aware of my voice in that moment (which sometimes leads to a shaky voice and too much concentration on the structure of the sentences, which were perfectly fine in the beginning:)). New situations also make me feel nervous. At the beginning of the year, I had my first solo performance in Mademoiselle pole dance studio, and even though the show was opened only for the dancers and almost all of us were performing in groups that night, I hadn’t felt so nervous in a while. But on the other hand, it was something I wanted to do ever since I started pole dancing, and it the end, it didn’t turned out the way I wanted to, but it still turned out good and I got a lot of compliments…so all in all, I was happy I decided to perform and will do more of similar things in the future:).

I decided to write about the stage fright and that nervous feeling because I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone a lot lately. Life doesn’t last forever and there’s so much things I want to experience…so I faced my nervous side with a question: What’s the worse that could happen?

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OOTD and my cozy little corner

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We all have that cozy part of our house or apartment we just love. Where we feel the most relaxed, the most comfortable, the most creative…and for me it’s also a part I manage to keep clean :D. And I plan on decorating it with some prints and illustrations soon :). There’s also a small #ootd included in this post. I feel so good in faux-leather leggings and knitwear. It’s comfortable, feminine, casual but not too usual. Just me.

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