School bbq and pizza night out!

Hello my dear readers, how are you?

I’m sorry I could update my blog only now, but the past two weeks and weekends have been a bit hectic.

Weekends are usually dedicated to my family, to do errands, to our karate lesson, to the grocery shopping and to all those things that couldn’t be squeezed during the week.

Weeks are packed with work, school, basic vital activities like cooking and food prepping. On the top of it, I was also unable to sleep properly lately!

As per usual, when something needs to be cut, my personal time for writing is the first to go, but cannot complain as the karate lesson is sacred and it stays. You cannot have everything anyway, but far from me to give up!

Last weekend we went to one event Maya was waiting with excitement: the school barbecue. To be honest with you I was waiting for it myself too!

Being our first year in this school, every event and initiative is new, exciting and full of surprise. In Maya’s old school there were a couple of celebration like the sports day and the international day, but it wasn’t organised in such a nice way and, most of all, the international day in particular, was the fair of hypocrisy since the target of the school bullies were foreign kids!

Anyhow, this barbecue was amazing, also because gave us the opportunity to live some of the school life. I loved the happy murals on the main buildings, the big garden around the school, the tiny secret forest where often the kids have lessons in the open air.

Also, there was a face painting stand, a finger paint station, a stand run by parents with hamburgers and hot dogs and another one with sweets run by the kids.

Scattered on the grass there were many games kids were enjoying and with the breeze the soap bubble were making the atmosphere magical.

It was heart warming seeing my daughter getting along with basically the whole class, and I can only wish she will keep getting along with the other kids and enjoy the new school for the two years left before the secondary school!

This weekend, instead, we had a very full Sunday. In the morning we went to the dojo where we had the entire lesson dedicated to kata, something I deeply love!

Although it didn’t feel heavy as lesson at the moment, my legs gave way right before the shower…I still loved it!

In the evening we went for a dinner with friends, old and new. We went for a pizza, so also Maya was happy as she’s still pretty picky.

It was nice meeting them after so long, I missed a good night out.

Pizza followed by a walk in the slightly cold Irish breeze, amazing break for a busy mind. And loads of good talk, that’s the most important thing!

And this is me for the past two weeks, I’ll try to be more present going forward! Never give up!

How was your week?

Tell me something in the comments below!

See you next time

Good habits!

Hello my dear readers,

I hope you had an amazing week!

This time I want to talk about building good habits.

In the past few posts I’ve already shared with you some news about my life and you might understand that some of them are connected to build good habits in order to secure a healthier and more satisfying way of living.

But it’s super hard, sometimes my seat backs are so behind that I think I’m just a sneeze away from travelling back in time!

I was reading a book a while ago called “Atomic Habits” by James Clear which explains properly what a habit is and helps you to understand how to create new ones.

On paper, this practice is easier than you might think and you feel very motivate and full of good intention. It’s the practical bit that it’s a pain in the neck.

You’re put in front of a matter of fact: the habits are good, but they can also be bad! You would tell me that it’s a well known concept and I would agree with you!

The only issue here that there is a huge gap in between knowing it and realising that it’s true! More than a gap it is a slap in the face…given with a shovel…of huge proportion.

So what you thought it was just procrastination, light distraction or a temporary excuse, you realize it turns to be one of the tallest mountains you have to climb in order to live better!

Then you start to struggle to follow those advice stated in the book on how to break old habit. Something you didn’t really wanted to do when you read the chapter in the fist place.

No, even better, soon you realize that this is where you’re gonna spend the 90% of your efforts for a variable span of time. I cannot be more precise here because, although in the book it’s giving a time frame, for me it didn’t work. My bad habits are hard to kill and, most of all, they’re connected to nasty addiction like emotional eating and sugar craving and a seemingly infinite laziness!

But I won’t give up as I realize that eating better, moving during the day and doing some exercise gives me definitely a higher quality of life. I think that I will struggle a bit but I’ll get there.

How about you? Any bad habit you want to get rid of? How is it going?