TO ALL THE WOMEN OUT THERE

Today's post is for all the gorgeous women out there!

Lately I have been pondering about about my role in the society. Although gender equality issues have been a hot topic for the past few years in Estonia, I personally feel like the social discussion has reached the other side of the spectrum. There is more and more talk about getting young moms back to the labour market as soon as possible, and that fathers should stay at home with the baby instead. Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing opportunity and fathers should be as involved in raising a child as mothers are, but encouraging women to choose a career over bonding with their newborn children is not right. The system could instead be used to stay at home with the whole family - at least for the first few months. The first few years - especially the first few months - of a baby's life are crucial for developing a loving bond between the parents and the baby. 

Women are superhuman. They can do it all. And I admire working moms. But today's social discussion is talking about stay at home moms like they're a social burden. It's so sad that often the worth of someone is only measured in numbers. Underestimating the so-called soft values. But at the end of the day raising healthy, compassionate and considerate human beings is the biggest gift women are giving to the society. It's something that can't be measured. 

Of course this is only one issue, but I chose to touch on the topic because I myself have felt touched by it. My heart aches for all the single moms out there. And I truly respect them and understand that in those cases going back into the job market as soon as possible is inevitable. Nor am I talking about families who are forced to go back to work due to financial issues. My point is that no one should be discriminated or made feel less worthy. Working moms, stay at home moms, single women or women who don't want to have children. We all are worthy, and our worth comes from within, not from some ridiculous social standards. So today I wanted to encourage you to be the woman who you truly want to be. To align with your inner self.

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And I also wanted to share with you a empowering smoothie recipe for two:

GREEN MACA SMOOTHIE

  • 3 bananas
  • fistful of fresh mint
  • 1 tsp Maca powder
  • 2 tsp ground flax seeds
  • 100g spinach
  • 200ml apple juice
  • juice of half a lime
  • a bit of ice

This is the perfect smoothie to start your women's day. A healthy green smoothie that tastes a bit like mojito!  Maca is a root plant that is usually consumed in powder form. Maca is a superfood that contains vitamins B1, B2, C, and E and also calcium, zinc, iron, and a bunch of essential amino acids. The reason I decided to talk about maca powder today is because of its health benefits. Maca powder is said to improve female sexual health by boosting libido, balancing hormones and increasing fertility. And Maca is not only beneficial for women, it is also said to boost men's fertility. So whatever type your relationship may be - make sure to share this smoothie with your partner!

So, start the day with this gorgeous superfood smoothie and take a moment to appreciate yourself.

Happy International Women's Day! 

DREAM PLANNER FOR PLANNING DREAMS

I have always loved to write things down on paper. Already the sensation of it- words flowing through your hand, physically leaving a mark on the paper, eventually coming true. I believe that words have power, and even more when they are written down on paper. So I think it's very important not only to talk and think about your wishes, plans, and desires, but also to write them down on black and white. 

In today's world when all possible calendar apps and gadgets are available on your phone, using a paper planner fells less relevant. But for me it's an essential. I truly believe that taking time for yourself once in a day, writing a diary or arranging a daily planner is a somewhat meditative act. Writing down your daily goals and plans really helps you stick to them and think your actions through.  

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If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.
— Mark Spitz

So you can only imagine how happy I am to finally own a great, functional planner over many years. I got this Estonian designed planner for Valentine's day and it has been my good friend ever since. You can find it from Fashion notes by Triinu. This beautiful planner has everything. Motivational quotes, monthly goals planners and to do list's for every day. In addition to all the functionality, it really does have a great design. You just want to use a planner so beautiful. 

I also use the extra space for writing down what I am grateful for every day. It's so important to remind yourself from time to time how wonderful life is. Even the simplest of things. When we are grateful for what we have today, we attract more happiness and abundance into our lives. Even though it may sound cliche, trust me - it works. Love attracts love. So love your life and yourself today, regardless of everything. And you will see that the universe will deal with the rest.