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136 km hike along the coastline

That was a useful and magnificent experience! I would describe it as well as self-torturous adventure with a pinch of pleasant and fun moments. When you feel like crap and you want to fall on your knees and start to cry what would you do? Stop? Cry? Surrender? No, you swallow your sh*t, put your mind on the right wave and you keep on going…at least if you want to get from that point A to point Z. That’s what I did.

136 km in 55h, those were the rules. As usual, I broke some rules a bit, so I didn’t fit in those 55h but I made it in 58 h. But, heck, I made it till the end even with half-destroyed feet, painful knee and swollen ankle and stomachache, and no purpose whatsoever except to go till the end. As well quite late starts after a sleepover under pine trees and long breaks. In beginning, I wanted to just chill and enjoy the ability to feed the creature that lives in me, who is always craving for walking journeys, but it got harsher than I thought because of the trauma but power wise I was doing OK. Good to know.

And here it began…

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Definitely, it was useful experience from the perspective of self-growth. In this kind of a challenge, you can see yourself from a different angle. I don’t mind it, I wasn’t too surprised about how I dealt with certain situations but still, I got to know me more and the person that I went together on this adventure.

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Ok. 100 km is done. Last 36 km to go…and man, I can tell you, it was like going through hell! At least my feet felt like I was walking through hot coals hahaha. Hiking shoes you disappointed me. Oh, well. Next year I will try some other shoes, all though, I always have problems no matter what shoes I choose. So I’m looking for a miracle. Do you have one? Or at least a recommendation?

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Walking never ends…day or night…sunshine or moonlight. Breathe in deep the fresh air. Know your surroundings. Enjoy what you can.

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First time as well for sleeping under the clear sky without a tent. Just some invention to not get killed or at least annoyed till death because of all those million mosquitoes who tried to get to every single inch of my body. I love animals and all living beings but these little insects…oh, may! They are evil bloodsuckers!

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Let’s not forget about the backpack, at some point I felt like it would have been anchored and I still needed to drag it with me hahaha

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Normally I don’t drink coke too often but at this point, I seriously needed some sugar intake.

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Some nice spots along the way…this is in Latvia. From the point where is the open sea (Baltic sea) at the place called Kolka. Along the gulf coastline till the place called Dubulti.

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Mmmm…that cold, refreshing feeling. After this kind of experience, people learn to appreciate even more the small things in life. Shower, nourishing food, clean clothes, etc. Thumbs up for all this! It was rough but worth it. I would recommend you to go for a long hike if you haven’t done that already. Alone or with someone. You can see yourself and partner from a different viewpoint and you can learn a lot from this experience. Would I do it again? I would say more yes than no, but I would change some things here and there to get a disparate experience.

This blog post may sound quite whiny and negative but I can mention that during this hike I had around 80% positive emotions and attitude. I had a good dose of laughter, I smiled a lot, spent some time with great people, had calmness within me etc. So it was all well most of the times.

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Some tips and tricks

You should take:

! don’t take too much stuff

  • hiking shoes are ok, but the ground surface in this area is quite soft most of the times, so good, breathable running shoes would do.
  • adequate clothing for weather conditions
  • extra socks
  • mat and sleeping bag. Good sleep and rest for your body will be useful.
  • a hat that covers as much as possible and protects from sun
  • sunglasses
  • flashlight
  • anti-insect spray
  • take some medicine if you know that you could have some issues. Plasters, etc. And cross your fingers that you won’t have to use them and everything will go smooth like silk thread.
  • snacks
  • water

Tips:

  • If you aren’t an active person on a daily basis, do some cardio training already sometime before you go

Some more tips:

Try this kind of experience!

What about your hiking experiences? What did you gain from it?

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3 quick and healthy breakfast ideas for a ​busy schedule​

There is a saying – eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. There is also an argument about if skipping breakfast really leads to weight gain if having breakfast really is healthier and so on. I think everyone should listen to their body, by saying this, I mean listening with a healthy state of mind, not to your cravings and urges and the unhealthy routines, and do what feels good for your own body and mind.

For me, I love breakfast, it is my favorite meal of the day because mostly I eat my favorite foods like overnight oats, oatmeal, porridge topped with some berries and fruits, seeds or nuts and preferably also nut butter or tahini.  Love it! Sometimes, if I feel that I  want something different, I make pancakes, toast or whatever else comes to my mind. Occasionally I can have a piece of cake or a muffin or a cupcake and so on.  I love sweets but I try not to have them too often, but those times when I do, mostly it’s in morning or until midday, at least I try and prefer like that. Lunch and dinner I prefer lighter. This way of eating just makes sense for me. In morning I need energy throughout whole day but in evening I will go to sleep, so I don’t see the point to have a big meal, it’s just more work for my digestive system and whole body. During sleep our body and mind can rest but if we had a big meal and even worst, if it wasn’t the healthiest one, then the body can’t get proper rest during the night because of its work to process that food. I prefer not to eat 3 to 4 hours before going to bed. And if in the morning I have something not as healthy, I can still burn those unnecessary calories throughout the day.  Then again, I have used to this a while ago already, if you haven’t it can take a bit of time and effort to change this habit but it’s not impossible. In the beginning, the main key is to replace the big, saturated dinner with something lighter and to have your dinner at least couple hours before going to sleep. It is normal that you don’t feel like having breakfast if you had a big meal just before you went to bed! It needs a bit of willpower and patience but I believe that you can do it! 

A lot of people tell that they don’t have time for breakfast, well, it’s about prioritizing. If you want to feel better, lose a bit of weight, be healthier you have to choose between spending a short amount of time (5 – 15 min) in the previous evening or in the morning for breakfast preparation or go on like you did before, just if you chose the second one, don’t complain and expect a different result. It’s up to you, I know you can do better. If you are reading this, it means you have the interest to change something and that is already your first step. Well done!  

So here are 3 of my favorite healthy breakfast ideas:

I won’t write precise amounts because I usually don’t measure anything (in time I will try to create more precise recipes). In any case, need to keep in mind that everyone has their own amount of food they need to have for the best well being and performance for their own body. So try to figure out what is the best for you. 

Overnight oats:

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You will need:  

Main:

  • oats – you can choose which you prefer, I use rolled oats
  • chia seeds or flax seeds
  • pitted dates or apricots
  • cinnamon
  • plant based milk (mostly I use oat milk or almond milk)

Topping:

  • frozen berries – choose your favorite ones or seasonal ones (it’s better for the environment and your wallet as well) My faves are blueberries and raspberries.
  • a fruit – mostly I use banana or apple but I like to change every now and then, then I go for kiwi, persimmon, melon, pear, peach, pineapple etc. 
  • shredded coconut or coconut flakes
  • nut butter or tahini – most of the times I use peanut butter or tahini, yeah, I love it and I can put it almost on everything haha. There are various kinds of nut butter.
  • granola

What you have to do:

Take your main ingredients, put them all in a mason jar, glass or a bowl and mix everything, then pour plant-based milk on top, stir once more and put it in the fridge. In morning put toppings, it literally takes maximum 2 minutes unless you’re not trying to win a prize for the best-looking breakfast meal or something like that. If you use a mason jar, you can put your toppings already the night before, put the lid on, place it in the fridge and voila! In morning you can eat it straight out of the jar. If you don’t have time to eat at home, I would recommend this, because you can take it with you to work, university, etc.

Warm oatmeal bowl:

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You will need:  

Main:

  • oats 
  • chia seeds or flax seeds
  • pitted dates or apricots
  • cinnamon
  • hot water – if you prefer, instead of water, you can warm up plant-based milk. It takes a bit longer time, but it makes the oatmeal more creamy.

Topping:

  • frozen berries
  • fruits 
  • pumpkin seeds – you can choose any other seeds you like or you can use coconut flakes.
  • nut butter or tahini
  • granola

What you have to do:

Basically, it is almost the same ingredients as for overnight oats, the method is a bit different. This recipe is better if you feel like having a warm meal. Take your main ingredients, put them all in a bowl and mix everything, then pour hot water on top, stir once more and put a lid or a dish on top of the bowl. Wait for at least 10 – 15 min, at the same time you can do your things, I usually meditate, write in my gratitude journal etc. If you use quick oats, those can be just 5 minutes. After the time passed put on your toppings and it’s done!

Avocado toast:

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You will need:  

  • sliced whole grain bread 
  • ripe avocado
  • cherry tomatoes
  • pumpkin seeds
  • oregano
  • dill
  • black pepper 
  • sea salt

What you have to do:

This one is good if you prefer savory meal over a sweet one. Toast the bread (you can use a toaster if you have one or non-stick pan), mash the avocado (you can slice it but I prefer when it’s mashed then it is more creamy), cut into half cherry tomatoes, put your mashed avocado and tomatoes on top of the toast, add oregano, dill, pepper and salt and your meal is ready. Yummy, healthy and quick to make! Because I am not a lover of gluten (or more likely my stomach), instead of whole grain bread more often I use whole grain rice cakes, like that it is even faster because I don’t need to toast anything.

Bon appétit! 

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25 life lessons in 25 years

Couple days ago I had my 26th birthday. One step closer to 30, I have dual feelings about this. One part is quite scared of getting older (Quite common fear. No one wants to get older, that means closer to the end of this life. Mainly, all fears, in the end, lead to one – fear of death, but this can be another subject and I am not going into it at the moment), but the other part has this indescribable feeling that the best moments are just ahead. All thought, I have to mention that I look forward to my future, but I am not “living in it”, I try to live my life like it goes. At this moment, because it is really the only time we have. We can be joyful and happy if we have a sensation of consciousness for the present moment.

So here I am my new age, I welcome you with an open mind, arms and heart.

In the list below you can see some of the things I have learned. I have stories and experiences behind all of them and I could continue this list for a while, but let’s stick to 25 for now. Maybe you will find associations with yourself and your life path or you may find something useful even without your own experience. If you wish, in the comment section, you can share your life lessons, would be interesting and useful to hear from you, dear reader.

So, here are my 26 life lessons:

  • Health is the most precious “thing” you can have. Without that, nothing else really matters.
  • Be yourself. It is your life and you live by your rules. Don’t let anyone or anything to take over. Some may like you, some won’t, but in the end…you are the one who tells your own story, others can choose to listen or to skip it. You should be happy and proud, so write and tell the best damn story you can imagine!
  • Life really is too short to try to please everyone. Just be you, do what you love with your best intention. The right people will come along the way and will accept and like you as you are.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others. But if you want to do that, compare to yourself. You are the only person you should compete with.
  • Don’t be too self-critical and perfectionist, in this way your mind-blowing ideas will go down the toilet even before they will have the opportunity to get out your head and rise. Have an idea, go for it, work for it, afterward you can let your criticism and perfectionism to take over a bit and smooth out unevenness.
  • Listen to constructive criticism. Listen. Analyse. Learn from it. Do better.
  • Your family are the closest people you will ever have, don’t let some small issues get in the way and destroy those close ties. Spend some quality time with your parents, you are not the only one who is getting older.
  • Your childhood friends, after you all have “grown up”, won’t have as much time as before. New duties, responsibilities and generally speaking – life. But even if you’ll meet quite rare, if it’s from the heart, you all will manage to maintain that wonderful friendship. Just need to put a bit of effort from both sides, same as in a romantic relationship.
  • Spend your time with people with whom you have useful, interesting, positive and fun times. People that help your own growth (consciously and unconsciously).
  • When you meet people, be more interested in who they are, not what they have or what they do. Pay attention not only to what they are saying but as well how they are telling their stories, sometimes it may say more about them than their words. (body language, etc.)
  • You shouldn’t feel guilty if someone loves you but you don’t feel the same. You can give earned respect, kindness, affection…but you can’t require your heart to love someone and you shouldn’t even try. It knows better.
  • Don’t sign anything if you haven’t read it properly. Twice. Always get your duplicate.
  • Don’t buy things at unknown, “fishy” online shops. Possibilities are – it’s a fraud.
  • Save some money. Life is unpredictable, there can come times when you will need some extra money, so it’s always good if you have your savings and no need to borrow or stress yourself till bones to figure out how to get it.
  • Learn from your mistakes. First time – can happen, we are human beings, errors happen. The second time, well, you should take it into consideration that you’re doing something in the way that’s not suitable for the thing you’re trying to do. Third time – defenatly, seems like you won’t go far doing that same sh*t all over again. Try out a different way. Now!
  • Don’t “play with fire” unless you know that you will manage to deal and live with “burned parts” if something goes wrong.
  • Nothing comes for free, everything has a price in one way or another. You have the choice and the challenge to figure out what are you willing to pay.
  • Don’t fu*k up your mind and body with million diets and unreasonable fasting. It is not worth it. But if you do it – do it wisely and healthy. Make it as your lifestyle choice, not a short-term campaign.
  • Learn to love yourself even more. Take care of your body, mind, and soul. No one else will do that for you. You will need all three to live thriving and fulfilling life.
  • Do what you like and love. That will give you the power to keep on going even in though and rough times.
  • Traveling on your own and living abroad is one of the best ways how to step out of your comfort zone, get to know different cultures, people, learn some useful lifehacks and new things, expand your horizons, it leads to self-growth, etc.
  • More useful, pleasurable and meaningful are the amazing moments you have throughout the years and the people you spent that time with, not the things you own or crave for.
  • Listen more to your intuition and inner self. It knows better.
  • Stay positive and kind. At least most of the time. There can’t be too much positivity and kindness because there is already enough of negativity, cruelty, sadness, and anger.
  • You have the choice and power. This is your life. Live the best of it by being the best of you. But keep as well in mind that there is something higher, we can’t control our lives to a 100%, so at moments, let it be, accept it, be spontaneous, go with the flow. Enjoy! The worst and the best – it’s all life.
  • And just one more, because I’m already with one foot into 26. Spend your time wisely. Learn new things. Read books. Do regular physical activities. Go to courses, classes. Study. Have your hobbies. Take long walks in nature. Watch interesting and instructive movies. Listen to great podcasts. Learn how to play a musical instrument. Learn languages. So on and on. Sometimes it is OK to watch a dumb comedy, get drunk with friends (right place, right time) or lay in bed, watching TV or listening to music and doing nothing all day long, just don’t make these things as your daily (weekend) routine. You’ll thank yourself later.

What are your life lessons?

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