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5 Things you should start Doing to Be (Seriously) Happy

“Live life like I never have, live life through the good and bad, I’m gonna live life like it’s the only one we have.” Zayde Wolf

No matter how old we are, what we do, where we live, we are always after happiness. Well, I found out that happiness is not in a place or in a person. Happiness is the moments that we don’t want to be gone, the ones we wish it could last forever. So if you want to be happy everyday, you have to do out best to chase moments like these in our life.

If you are not living so many moments like that in your life, don’t give up, because it is never too late. And your attitudes and choices will make all the difference.

And you can ask me: but how about the moments that the things didn’t work out? Well, they brought you here right?! So I think it was not as bad as you thought. The things we did, the things we left undone, the heartbreaks, the tears, the scars, everything made who you are now, made you wiser and stronger to choose now better then yesterday. Being happy is not about having a perfect life, but it is about stop being a victim of the problems and create your own story.

And you can start the change today! I want to inspire you and your daily happiness with 5 things that you could add in your routine.

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1. MAKE A PLAYLIST WITH YOUR FAVORITES MOOD BOOSTER SONGS
Listening to the right song is the perfect remedy to heal every bad mood. So make a list of songs that make you instantly happy, that make you want to dance and jump, songs that make you feel alive. And begin you day listening to it. I am sure it will be the perfect way to start your new happy everyday week.

2. MAKE SOMEONE SMILE
I dare to say that smile is the most contagious thing in life. And this may happens for a reason, and an awesome one: when we make people smile, we smile. So don’t spare smiles, they are your most precious gift for the ones you love and even for the ones you don’t even know. If we all make each other smile, everyone will be happy.

3. DO SOMETHING NEW
To achieve what you have never had, you have to do what you have never done. So don’t be afraid to try new things, like a new food, a new sport, a new destination, a new adventure. Having a routine is the easiest way to live but the most boring too.

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4. WRITE DOWN THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPENED
Our memory can fail us. Sometimes is easier to remember what he haven’t achieved, what we haven’t done than remember the good that already happened to us. So write done in a notebook the good things that happened to you every day. In the end of the week you can take it and see how happy you were. Life is good and simple, we just have to choose the right perspective. Words are a beautiful tool to use too!

5. GO AFTER THAT BIG DREAM, YES, THAT ONE!
Remember the dream that make you smile, that makes you wonder, that gives you hope, that lives in your hear? Now is time to do something about. Everyday do something that moves you closer to this dream. It doesn’t matter if the steps are going to be small ones, as long as you are moving in the right direction.

So, as Zayde Wolf sang: live life like is the only one you’ve got ♥

Amanda.

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Running across Angkor Wat temples? Check!

Angkor Bat Marathon - Feedbacks on OrganicIsBeautiful
Angkor Bat Marathon – Feedbacks on OrganicIsBeautiful

1380 participants has signed up for the Angkor Marathon last August. And I was one of them! And today, I share with you my runner experience. Because, to say the least, it has always been in my must-do marathon since a while!

Imagine yourself running in the heart of an world heritage, the 8th World Wonder? The site has something mystical. Its stone carved creatures, its enormous size, and its aged temples are definitely a marvel worth visiting. And it is captivating enough to dare running along ancient temples sprinked with ancient trees.

The before

A 6am race start meant an early wake-up call.

Alarm set at 4:30am, quick breakfast and ready to go at 5am sharp. My tutuk was ready to pick me up at my hotel entrance.

My tutuk car that drove me to the marathon starting line
My tutuk car that drove me to the marathon starting line

After my 20min tutuk journey to the site, we arrived: it was still dark, quiet yet vibrant.  It didn’t seem like there were too many participants – until we got to the start. There is was: the others! The crowd! Very calm and mild athmosphere, I knew it would start to heat up when the race starts.

I was nervous at the start, relaxing was not on the road. As a runner, I get very results-oriented, it was unfortunately not the first time I found myself guilty of losing the perspective of what running is really about, and how lucky I am to be able to do this. It is my own Achille heels I need to overcome I hope to overcome by experience.

In an epic lapse in reasoning, I decided it would be better to deviate from my pre-race warming plan and find a quiet area away the crowds to breath and free my mind.

The beginning: 1-10km

On August 9th, I run 21km in 2hrs35min. Out of 2hrs35min running were a deep and one-way a 1hrs30 of mental talk.

What I love about marathon is that it basically forces you to confront weaknesses head on, exposing your limitations as well as your strengths.

There is no short cut.

The first 10km took me under 55min. I do not recall any particular pain or mental crackdown. My only distraction was the sightseeing I was deeply amazed by. I was running at a conversational path. A few words exchanged with fellows running, the usual “Where are you from?”, or “Good shoes”, and I was back on my solo run.

An amazing scenery

I love the sounds of my feet hitting the road, and the peace and quiet and solitude. It is here that I do some of my best creative thinking 😉

While running, it was simply impossible to be bored, I felt like a kid, astonished by the beauty of the nature. They were so much to see: the botanical surroundings, details the old temples. Trees, monkeys, dogs, local Cambodians were all part of the scenery. And monks.

The moment was brief. At km 12, the distance caught up to me. I realized how much my legs hurt and how badly I wanted to walk. I had been running nearly continuously up until then, minus a taking the few odds picture.

12 to 17km, that’s 5km.

One word: the humidity.

It sounds like a forgettable value now that I write this post, but at that time, it felt endless. Crossing the finish line was everything I dreamed about.

Dreaming of crossing the finish line
Dreaming of crossing the finish line

Those “5km” represents represents a slow and painful phase that I love to call “Keep running”. Do not think about:

  • The humidity
  • The humidity
  • The humidity
I dreamt of jumping in the Siem Reap River to cool down.
I dreamt of jumping in the Siem Reap River to cool down.

Even when wearing the appropriate high tech sweat running clothing everyone tolerates high heat and humidity differently.

Any runner will now about this situation. I had one of those moments where you see someone coming back to you and although sprinting hard already, wondered if I gave it EVERYTHING I could get past him, and indeed, if I really cared about giving it everything.

I got angry with myself for thinking about it.

Straight to the finish line

What made the difference? The crowd support. The scenery too. I gave it all. I am fully aware that I often grimace with effort during the race. Can’t help it! I can get a smile (or what I like to believe looks like a smile) when I see kids smiling at me along the way.

It took me 2hrs33min to run 21km. The result was amazing yet disappointing considering my past result. The Bali Marathon ended with a kicking 2h15min. That’s in 15min difference. A small and huge difference.


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The end

As soon as I crossed THAT finished line, I genuinely felt on holidays, just the sand beach and the coconut juice missing.

I was exhausted, but I could not stop smiling 😉 It was done, over and to be repeated soon. The big plus of the marathon, the after-care of participant. You could receive a massage (that they call “Therapy”?!), grab some coconuts, beers or even buy yourself some new sunglasses 😉 Why not?

I took one last picture of the temples and headed over to my tutuk, who was patiently chatting over with other drivers like today was just an ordinary day in both our life.

Thank you for stopping by, I wish you enjoy this article as much as I enjoyed sharing my amazing experience in Cambodia with you

Amanda

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