Magic does happen outside of your comfort zone



“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.” Rumi


Today is the day of my return flight back home. I have been in Bali for 2 months. But I am not boarding my flight. I somehow knew from the beginning that I wouldn’t be on that plane. My heart is yearning for more freedom. More adventures. More of that free spirit that I have been experiencing in the past 2 months. I know deep down that I need to listen to that voice whispering to me to keep going, to trust life, to trust the Universe. To keep flying in the direction of my dreams and see the beauty and gift of the present moment.

I have not much of a plan. To be honest, it’s a bit overwhelming. At least that’s how I feel today. I think I’m just starting to process this whole Yoga Teacher Training that ended a few weeks ago. The bubble. The amazing souls united in the rice fields, all here for the same reason. To find our purpose, to live a life in alignment with our heart, and spread the love of yoga, of life. It’s hard to find the right words to describe the connection, the inner work, the magic, the life transformation that we’ve all been through together. Everyone has been a teacher. They’ve all enriched my life immensely and I couldn’t be more thankful. I will always cherish this time. I look back and can finally connect the dots, the life events in the past few years, the people who showed up in my life. Everything makes sense. It’all coming together. They all brought me here, to this moment right now. I am grateful for all of them. I feel like the Universe sprinkled fairy dust over me and that magic is happening in my life. I guess that’s the feeling you get when your dreams come true, when you step outside of your comfort zone. I’ve dreamt of this moment, where I would have the courage to do what I love, to fly out of the cage and breathe and live my freedom. To trust that my heart knows the way, even when my mind is trying to take control. I’m living each day fully, not knowing which day of the week it is, not knowing where I’ll be in a month, in a week or even tomorrow. Experiencing the beauty of life, just as it is. No filter. No expectations.

This yoga experience has been a wild heart opening made of magical moments, where people you just met becomes family. Understanding each other without even saying a word. A smile, a hug, a look, a shared experience will do.

I’ve set the bird free, I’ve welcomed the lion in me. I recognized and welcomed my free spirit. Now it’s time to spread my wings and fly.

“You have escaped the cage. Your wings are stretched out. Now fly.” Rumi

Now time to watch the sunset, to live the present moment.


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Follow your heart

Book a ticket and just leave


Yep. I did it. I quit my job. I bought a ticket. To Bali. Enrolled to a Yoga Teacher Training. Taking off in a week. I’m following my heart, my intuition. Hard to believe it’s actually happening. Seems like I’m telling someone else’s story. After dreaming and talking about it for months, I’m finally on the road to my Sunshine path. It took me a while, but here I am, sitting in a cafe, music in my ears, writing this post, my heart beating, I can’t help but smile. Oh Bliss! Oh Life!

I’m making the big jump into the unknown.

Scary? Yes.

Excited? Oh yes!

Feeling an intense feeling of freedom running through my body, mind & soul? Hell yeah!

Oh Freedom, you are so precious, so wanted, so present, how good it is to be reunited in your presence.  I dreamed and imagined this moment for quite some time now, but it wasn’t an easy road to get there, specially for someone who’s not great at decisions making.

All the big decisions I made in my life, I made them while connecting to my heart and following my intuition. To be honest, I often struggle for weeks or months if it is life-changing decisions. I don’t work well on setting deadlines, I’d rather go through the different phases- desires, doubts, dreams, fears, confusion, excitement and all the thoughts and feelings in between until clarity appears. It always does. There’s always signs that come along the way and confirm the “Yes” you so desperately want to shout. So many questions, so many doubts. I think the biggest barrier I put for myself is fear of my own capacity to rebound no matter what happens. To trust that when you follow your heart and intuition, your life unfolds perfectly and how it should be. I don’t believe in failures. It’s always a learning experience. Better to take risks to try and reach for your dream then stay in a place where you feel comfortable but far from happy.

Every time I took the leap- when I enrolled in my nutrition coaching courses at IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) and a few months ago when I decided to leave my job to make space for the next chapter-  certainty arise and it feels like it’s meant to be, I am not even sure how I could even doubt for a minute that I wouldn’t go for it, this feeling of being aligned with your heart and your true purpose. That’s when I know I’m on my sunshine path.

I hope it will inspire some of you to take that leap of faith, jump into the unknown and listen to your calling. It doesn’t necessary have to be a big thing like changing career or moving to a new city. It could simply be taking the guitar lessons you always wanted to do, showing up to that dance class, putting your feet back on the ski slopes or start that creative project you always talk about. That thing that is calling you, that when you start thinking about it, your whole body goes into butterfly mode.


As Wayne Dyer said it, “Don’t die with the music still in you“. There are so many possibilities, so many dreams to realize and passions to find. Life is a beautiful gift. We should treasure it and make the most of it.


I just wanna go on more adventures Be around good energy Connect with people Learn new things Grow


Follow your heart. Follow your intuition. Go do the things you always wanted to do. Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Just take the first step and the rest will follow.

I leave you with Preston Smiles and his inspirational video that hopefully will shake you up and lead you to take action! 🙂

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Sail Away. Go Explore. Enjoy Your Freedom.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain


Even though I love sharing fun memories on the road with friends, I have to say there is a a sense of freedom that you get to live when you travel alone that is worth experience it, at least once in your life. Here’s a few reasons to take the leap and just do it!

Discover the magic outside your comfort zone

It can be scary to pack your bags and go solo on the road. Fear of the unknown is often what blocks us to go after our dreams & desires because we don’t know what will happen. We make up stories in our heads of how our decisions could turn out. It’s one way of seeing it. You could also instead appreciate the unknown as a new adventure, as a way to spice up your life. We can plan things but in the end we never know for sure if it will go the way we want to, so let go of the need to control and try to just be and live in the present moment. And before you know it, fear changes into excitement. Savor the bliss of not knowing where you’ll be the next day or what you’ll be doing. You will have to rely on yourself, and this will bring an enormous sense of confidence, courage and trust – that you can indeed do it on your own.

Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost


Oh it’s such a special kind of freedom. An overwhelming sense of wanderlust, of  happiness, of being yourself. You’re free to go wherever you feel like it. Fly like a bird. Be spontaneous. Go where the wind takes you. Get lost at the market, lose track of time while listening to the sound of waves, spend the day in a hammock while reading a great book, enjoy your company while eating a delicious meal at a cozy cafe with live music.

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jawaharial Nehru

Be your own best friend

If you’re lonely when you’re alone. You’re in bad company.” Jean-Paul Sartre. This quote has always resonated with me. Become your own very best friend. Friends or family aren’t always available to travel with you, or maybe they just aren’t interested in the same places as you. Don’t wait to find someone to do the things you want to do. There are so many amazing things to see in this world. Just go and do it! You will regret not having done them. You will be happily surprised that you can have fun by yourself and it will bring you great joy.

If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.” Maxwell Maltz

Meet the adventurers

By traveling alone, you’ll be more open to meet people on the road with you and start a conversation with a stranger- hopefully you’ll choose a friendly one! Lot of people are traveling solo and you’ll cross paths with the globetrotters, the wanderers, the dreamers, the gypsies. I always like hearing about their stories. Watch the stars while talking about life and giggle of excitement while making a wish on a shooting star. I had one of the best time with 2 adventurers in Bali where we laughed until our belly hurts. It’s these moments.. made out of magic dust.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore” Andre Gide

Find your self

Discovering hidden paths, experiencing new things, following your heart and intuition can lead to a deeper understanding of who you are and in the midst of your travel, you can find yourself and fall in love with your life. It happened to me and it lead me to find my passion. While traveling, you let your mind wander, you let your soul speak and serendipity leads you exactly where you need to be. Breathe and sit in stillness while it happens.

Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.” Unknown

A story that inspire me and makes me want to jump on the next plane… or boat 😉

I’ll leave you with this beautiful creative work of art that brings sparkles to my heart & soul.


Happy Freedom!

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Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone. Now.

magic happens

I’ve been reflecting on fears lately. As I took the decision to change quite a few things in my life and stop listening to my inner critic voice. That voice who wants to keep me safe. Safe in my bird’s cage while the door is open.

Your comfort zone is that comfy place where you feel protected, where you know how things will turn out. You feel safe. But it’s also a place where you can feel stuck, where things are not moving forward and quite boring sometimes, right?

Stepping out of your comfort zone will create amazing things I believe. You will learn about yourself- no matter what the result is. I strongly believe there are no mistakes, nor failures in life, only new opportunities to do things better and learn along the way.

For me yoga is one of the places where I try that extra push. Staying longer in an asana, trying a headstand without the wall behind me, go to workshops with more advanced yogis. A few weeks ago, I attended a 108 Sun Salutations event at one of the yoga studio I go to. I had planned to go to a class a few days before I saw that this special class would take place instead of the normal one. My first reaction was “oh my…I’m not sure I can do this”. 108 Surya Namaskar sounds like a lot! Will I be able to do it? Will my body handle so many suns salutations in a row? I never did this before! I hesitated again even an hour before the class. “Oh but Maris, do you really want to do it, it’s your weekend, do something relaxing instead.” But then I realized that it was my inner mean voice talking, my ego, my fear. So I said no and decided to ignore her. I went. I shared my practice with a room full of other yoginis and I did it. It felt great. I let go of what was no longer serving me, the changing of seasons and transition to winter was the perfect time and opportunity to do so.

I’ve made a promise to myself to keep stepping out of my comfort zone, to gently push myself. As much as possible. It can be small things, as long as you start. Just keep stepping out and believe you can do it, trust yourself. The more you experience overcoming your fears, the more it’ll make you stronger and expand your circle of comfort zone. I can see that I’m keeping the spirit of trying new things and activities, things that intimidated me. Slowly I can see my confidence increasing and believe I can do anything. There’s a feeling of freedom that comes with it and it is priceless. You will never know what your are capable of doing if you don’t try. You might be surprised of how well it turns out!

What small steps can you take to get out of your comfort zone? What’s the worse that could happen if you decide to try that new sport, go on a solo trip, sign up for that theater courses? Where can you go the extra mile and gently push yourself?

Start today. It’s time to fly! 🙂

Happy day Sunshines!


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5 Ways To Add Some Bliss To Your Day!


Do you have the sunday evening syndrome? Not feeling very excited to leave the weekend behind and say hi to monday? If there is no doubt that a weekend filled with fun activities brings more joy than a day spent inside an office, sometimes life happens and we have to take jobs we’re not so passionate about while working on achieving our dreams. That’s kind of where I am at the moment. My days are not my ideal days yet but I am working on it and I believe that I will be enjoying my own schedule and freedom soon. In the meantime, I have a job that helps me get there. I really believe in making the most of each day and try to add some happy vibes along the way.

Here are 5 ways to add some Bliss into your day:

  • Take time for yourself

Find a moment each day for yourself and do something that makes you happy. Even if it’s only 5 minutes. You could wake up 30 minutes earlier to meditate, enjoy your breakfast, go for a run, do some sun salutations or just simply take time to get ready for your day instead of rushing out the door with a cup of coffee in your hand and being stressed out because you are late again. My wellness morning routine is an essential part of my day as I need that time for myself before a day spent sitting at a desk. It definitely brings some good vibes to have some “me” time.

  • Act like you are on vacation. 

Yes. You read right. It’s all about finding some fun during the day and if you have to wait for your 2-3 weeks a year to unwind and enjoy yourself, than it would be pretty depressing. At least for me. So what I came up with, or I should say my mom, as she joked one day after a work day, “oh so you’re on holiday now” and I said while laughing, yes until tomorrow morning, how great is that! 😉 Since then we often keep joking about the vacation thing on week nights or weekends.  But I realized that it actually gives you another perspective of your day. The attitude changes and just thinking for a second that this time off after your office hours could be spent as a vacation time makes it more fun! It’s all about changing your mindset.

  • Get moving, get some air

Go out on your lunch break, breathe some fresh air, meet some friends, go for a walk/run. It will disconnect you from your office and will give you more energy for the afternoon or after a busy day. Doing a sport you love will release endorphins- the feel good hormone, which will boost your mood and energy!

  • Have some fun & laugh!

Charlie Chaplin said “A day without laughter is a day wasted“. Yep, couldn’t agree more! Don’t take yourself so seriously. Laugh at awkward situations, sing while listening to your iPod on your way to work, enjoy the pouring rain, be a kid, connect with friends, talk to strangers, do something new, be creative.

  • Be grateful

Being grateful brings happiness. Studies have shown that being grateful and showing love  increases your level of happiness. List 5 things before going to bed that you are grateful for each day. You will start to pay more attention to the little things that put a smile on your face and think about what will be on your daily grateful list.

What brings happy vibes to your day?

Happy fun day!


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It’s Wellness & Avocado Time!

This sunday morning was rainy and grey. Autumn is definitely around the corner, so the perfect time for some wellness time I say! Candles, music, and a natural homemade hair & face mask to feel good and boost your hair after the summer sun and salty water, what’s not to like! I made an avocado hair mask with natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. Nothing beats homemade beauty products. It’s so much healthier, cheaper, smells better, fun to make it yourself, and better for the planet as well. “If you can’t eat, don’t put it on your skin”. I’m trying to apply this saying as often as I can and changing little by little my products. The skin is the body’s largest organ and everything you put on your skin is absorbed in your body, so that means all the chemicals found in your lotion, shampoo, face cream, and make up. Yep! Not very glamorous, right?!

Avocados are not only delicious & healthy but also rich in nutrients that nourish and hydrate your skin and hair. They contain monounsaturated fat that makes your hair shine and provide vitamin C and E.  They help against pollution and strengthen damaged hair. Pretty much the same for olive oil, where the omega 6 helps grow hair.

Honey is a moisturizer and egg yolk is full of protein that helps build and grow your hair.

Coconut oil has so many health benefits and is also the perfect moisturizer for your skin. That’s what I use mainly on my body as lotion. It doesn’t leave your skin oily at all and it smells delicious- island smell! It’s been used for years in the tropics as a skin and hair product. It repairs and strengthen damaged hair and helps your hair grow thanks to the vitamin E and lauric acid.

Avocado Hair Mask:


All you need:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (for those of you who have highlights, its better to use almond or jojoba oil as the olive oil lightens your hair)

Mix all the ingredients together to have a smooth consistence like a hair conditioner. Apply the mask on your hair (easier when wet) and make sure to massage your scalp. Try not to splash your bathroom walls with greens! 😉 Leave it for 30 minutes. Put a shower cap on. Rinse well with cold water and then apply your usual shampoo. It works wonders and makes super smooth soft shiny hair.

Don’t throw away your egg white! You can use it for a face mask. That’s what I love with fresh real food, every ingredient has a healthy purpose! 😉 Egg whites are good for blackheads and to tighten the skin.

Do you have any homemade beauty recipe?

Happy Wellness Day!


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Gratitude & Happiness

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

Denis Waitley

Full of good vibes and gratitude, I am writing this blog post thanks to my new friend Méia Jacobs, a lovely girl who nominated me for the Liebster Award. Méia has a very creative & beautiful blog called “Love Who You Are” that you definitely need to check out. She has a natural talent with words.

So, the Liebster Award, which I just discovered, is a blog award. Bloggers nominate blogs they like, so it’s a nice way to encourage and support others and spread the good vibes! 🙂 I also love connecting with people around the world that I would have never “met” if it wasn’t for the blogosphere!


The rules are:

– Thank the awesome blogger who nominated you.

– Post the award badge on your blog.

– Answer the questions your nominator has left for you.

– Nominate some other awesome bloggers.

– Make up 10 questions for them to answer.

As I love photography I thought I would answer the questions with photos.

1.  Do you have any pets?

“Beeboop” is the family dog- a funny jack russell who’s my running buddy and who loves to cuddle and is also often smiling!!haha true! She’s the sweetest!


2.  What is your favorite travel destination?

It’s definitely a hard one to answer as I’m a traveler & gypsy at heart and discovering new places makes me feel free like a bird. I had the chance to travel quite a bit around the world and saw a lot of beautiful countries but I would pick Bali as I went on a solo trip and had a magical time over there.


3.  If you had to have the same lunch every day, what would it be?

A summer salad packed with a rainbow of colors!


4.  Do you have a favorite flower?

I love flower’s from the market, but don’t have a specific favorite.


5.  What is your favorite day of the week?

Saturday 🙂

6.  What kind of wine do you enjoy?

Red (even though it’s a Rosé on the picture! )


7.  Do you have a journal you write your thoughts on?

I do. I have a gratitude journal where I write my daily or weekly gratitude moments and also another one where I write my goals, dreams, and ideas.IMG_4496

8.  Have you ever gone sky-diving?

Yep! Australia 2003- one big shot of adrenaline!


9.  What was your favorite cartoon as a child?

Oh how I loved my sunday morning cartoons when I was a kid! hehe good memories! I would say all the Disney’s and Babar The Elephant!

10.  Why did you decide to write a blog?

As a creative outlet and to share what gave me good vibes and to spread them around! 🙂


A big thank you to Méia to let me take part of this fun challenge. Loved going through my photo albums!

Now it’s my turn to nominate some awesome bloggers for this award and I choose:

♥ Erika from

♥ Christine from 

Two lovely ladies with a big glowing smile and inspiring blogs, who are travelers at heart as well! I met them through the 90 Day Transformation Project, a soulful project created by another beautiful & inspiring lady, Connie Chapman.

Here are the questions, ready girls?

1) If your life was a movie, which title would it be?

2) What smell do you love?

3) Which season do you adore?

4) What is your wildest dream?

5) What is your best childhood memory?

6) What is your favorite book?

7) Share one of your healthy tip.

8) What is your favorite quote?

9) List one thing on your bucket list!

10) What makes you shine?

Happy Happy Day!


Gratitude is one of the most medicinal emotions we can feel. It elevates our moods and fills us with joy.” Sara Avant Stover
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It’s Quinoa Summer Salad Time!


As I’m writing this post, the thunder, lightning and rain is slowly coming after a very hot few days filled with music festivals, friends & fun. I love stormy summer nights and the freshness it brings.

This is my favorite salad for summertime, and the one I usually make for potlucks and picnics. That’s what I brought yesterday to a summer night at a friend’s place chillin’ by the pool with a great sunset. This super fresh, healthy, full of flavors salad with a crunchy taste is perfect for vegetarians or as a side dish. I’m a huge fan of  quinoa, a seed (looks like a grain but is actually a seed from South America in the Andes region- a very ancient seed once called “The Gold of The Incas”). It’s a complete protein, which contains all the 9 amino acids, it is very high in fibers, iron, magnesium and with lots of nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties. Very refreshing for a summer night.

All you need:

  • 1/2 english cucumber
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • 5-10 Cherry tomatoes
  • Mint leaves
  • Herbs
  • Extra Virgin Olive or walnut oil
  • Lemon juice


  • Pre-heat your oven to 200°C/400°F, place your red peppers cut in half (remove the stem and seeds) on a baking sheet with a little olive oil on top, the skin side up,  roast them for 20-25 minutes or when ready with dark spots. Then, you can take the skin off (better to digest), and cut in slices. (You can also put them in a ziploc bag for 10 minutes, which will make it even easier to take the skin off). Set aside in a dish. You can add some olive oil and herbs to marinate. It will bring more flavor to your salad.
  • Rinse well your quinoa before cooking. Cook it in water for 12 minutes. When ready, put it in the fridge to cool down while preparing the rest of the salad.
  • Crumble your feta cheese in a bowl.
  • Peel & dice the cucumber. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
  • Add herbs & mint leaves
  • Drizzle with olive/walnut oil and lemon juice


Happy summer (heatwave) day!

IMG_20130727_202059Sunset from last night.

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It’s Asparagus Time!


It’s asparagus time baby! Yes I won’t lie that I’ve been waiting for them for a few months! 😉 One of the many wonderful things that Spring brings! I just love them! And you won’t believe all the incredible health benefits it brings! It’s truly an amazing vegetable and one of the most alkaline and anti-inflammatory food.

Here’s some of its magic:

  • They’re one of the highest in glutathione- an antioxidant which boost the immune system. Studies have shown that it can even help with HIV treatments.
  • Lot’s of fibers for a good digestion and a good source of protein.
  • A good source of potassium, folic acid, vitamins A for your eyes.
  • Vitamin B which helps regulate blood sugar levels, Vitamins C & K.
  • Prevents bladder and urinary track infections.
  • They contains folate, lots of it, which is good for pre-natal and early pregnancy stages.
  • Super good for your heart, it lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Packed with anti cancer properties which neutralize free radicals.
  • And last but not the least, it fights depression and puts you in a great mood! I can only testify that I’ve had quite a few good laughs when on an asparagus weekend marathon! 😉

It’s a very versatile vegetable and can be cooked and eaten in many different ways- roasted, steamed, in salads, as a side dish…I’ll let you explore!


Recipe: Asparagus, yellow bell pepper and tomatoes in the oven with olive oil and herbs with some quinoa. Delish! I love when my plate is full of colors!

How do you eat your asparagus?? Please share!

Happy Asparagus Day!



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Get Moving! Get Juicing! Get Happy!

Source: The Green on Pinterest


It’s time to start moving! Yes, Spring is here- well only in the calendar because it still feels much like winter. But this morning I decided to put on my trainers and go for a run- in the rain! Yes after a few months without running due to a knee injury, I kept delaying my running sessions as I was waiting for sunnier days…but guess what, as the little poster above- you can always wait for the perfect time, but then you won’t get much done, right?! So no more excuses for me and did my 6k in the rain and I felt great! Getting your body moving in the fresh air makes it all worth it.

When the sun is hiding like today, you really owe it to yourself to be your own sunshine. Find the joy within you, do things that will make you smile. It’s all about the everyday little things like singing while driving, dancing in your kitchen (I’m a big fan of this one! 😉 ), reading a good book and just be grateful for what you have!

I made my morning Green Sunshine Juice to get plenty of nutrients and vitamins and give my digestive system a little rest.


All you need:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 5-6 stalks of celery
  • 3 carrots
  • half a lemon
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 4-5 stalks of broccoli
  • 1 green apple
  • 5-6 swiss chard leaves

Put everything in a juicer and voilà!

Welcome to healthy heaven! 😉


Self care is the base for a healthy & happy life. You need plenty of energy to keep up with your busy life and finding little moments in the day for some wellness and taking care of yourself is essential. It can be a 15 minutes meditation in the morning, to your fitness training session or even just putting lotion on your body in the morning before running through your day. It’s about feeling good in your skin and body and taking care of the most precious treasure you will ever own.


So I will spend the rest of my day enjoying this day off, all cozy at home while taking care of my body, mind & spirit. I wish you all the same.

What makes you smile? What self care rituals do you add to your day?

Happy Easter Break!


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