Life is a mirror

Life is a mirror. Everything in your mind will be reflected back at you. So watch out what is going on in your mind and what you are thinking.

Once you understand this concept, this is a life changer. If you are being negative, you send out negative energy vibrations and guess what? You will receive negative results. Once you learn how to shift your thinking and being positive, your energy level will increase and you will harvest your fruits. However, it is not as easy as it sounds like.

Unfortunately just having a desire does not necessarily give you what you want. That’s why lots of people who tried the law of attraction are failing and blaming this not to be true. The problem is your energy in your body. Everything is made of energy. I believe everybody has some sort of issues and baggage to deal with and if you believe in past lives, some of the problems might even stam from there. Subconsciously we might hang on to a certain belief system which can be triggered by some negative experiences from this or past lives if you believe so. You can think as positively as you want, you won’t get it because subconsciously you are blocking yourself. The best way to deal with this is to acknowledge your problems and to let go. For some people yoga or meditation is the way to get aware of all the little issues and false belief systems we have. Once you realise, let it go and write down your true new believe. You can feel a shift in your energy and will notice how suddenly the law of attraction is working.

“Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.”
― William Makepeace Thackeray –

I love the photos below which reflect the beauty of the world we live in and everybody can see. The only thing we need to do is to open our mind and heart. The second photo reflects the mirror of our life.

What a dramatic sky. I was at home being sick when the light in my living room turned into a golden pink, I looked out of the window and could not believe what I saw. I quickly grabbed my camera and took a photo of the trees in Gunnamatta Bay, Cronulla, from my balcony. The colours blew me away.
What a dramatic sky. I was at home being sick when the light in my living room turned into a golden pink, I looked out of the window and could not believe what I saw. I quickly grabbed my camera and took a photo of the trees in Gunnamatta Bay, Cronulla, from my balcony. The colours blew me away.

First I was disappointed not being able to go down to the bay to take photos but I was saying to myself to be creative instead. In the end I loved the result, different and not a typical sunset photo.

I was playing around with that photo in the Macphun softwares. The result of my creativity is the following photo:

Playing with the sunset photo in Intensify CK from Macphun and going a bit creative.
Playing with the sunset photo in Intensify CK from Macphun and going a bit creative.

“Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.” 
― William Makepeace Thackeray – 

The trees mirroring to each side of the picture. I found that to be an interesting creative result which I want to share with you.

If you like it and can imagine to hang it up on your wall, go and check out the link to my website. You can order a variety of artwork from canvas, metallic prints to postcards and the list goes on. Simply click on the buy button and check out the different options and sizes.

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Photos that make you want to visit Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica

If you appreciate pure nature, are interested in observing wildlife and love relaxing on beautiful beaches watching an incredible sunset, then Costa Rica should be on your travel bucket list.

Manuel Antonio National Park faces the Pacific Ocean in central Costa Rica. This part of Costa Rica encompasses rugged rainforests, white sandy beaches and coral reefs. Costa Rica is known for its vast diversity of tropical flowers and animals. The National Park is roughly 680 hectares huge and has a variety of different hiking trails, which lead you from the coast up into the mountains.

If you are keen on hiking through the rain forest, you want to make sure you can see all the wildlife and not missing out on anything. I, therefore, recommend booking a guided tour through the rain forest. The guides use a large telescope and know the forest and their inhabitants inside out. They spot tiny little animals you would have never guessed finding on your own.

Enjoy the journey through the rainforest in Manuel Antonio National Park:

You have the beach for yourself midin the National park of Manual Antonio. On the way to the beach you can observe the Costa Rican wildlife.
You have the beach for yourself mid in the National Park of Manual Antonio. On the way to the beach, you can observe the Costa Rican wildlife.

Costa Rica has some fascinating wildlife to see in the rainforests:

The Montezuma is a New World tropical icterid bird. It is a resident breeder in the Caribbean coastal lowlands from southeastern Mexico to central Panama.
The Montezuma is a New World tropical icterid bird. It is a resident breeder in the Caribbean coastal lowlands from southeastern Mexico to central Panama.

 

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The great Kiskadee is one of the tyrant flycatchers which can be between 21 to 27cm in length.

 

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Without the tour guide in the Manuel Antonio National Park, I would not have been able to spot this caterpillar.

 

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Who would have found this tiny grasshopper in the middle of the rainforest without the local guides and their telescopes?

 

Know when to bite your tongue.
You can see the white-faced capuchin monkeys when strolling through the rain forest. Unfortunately, this species is endangered. These two guys in that photo were fighting and chasing each other.

 

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The three-toed sloths are one of the Costa Rican locals. They are very slow in moving from one spot to another. Their faces seem to smile all day long. When you walk through the rain forest, take your time and see if you can spot them in the trees.

 

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The Black Spiny-tailed Iguana is a lizard in Central America and Mexico. It is the largest species in the genus Ctenosaura and has been recorded as the fastest-running species of lizard.They have distinctive black, keeled scales on their long tails, which gives them their common name. The males are capable of growing up to 1.3 meters in length, and the females are slightly shorter, at 0.8–1 meter.

Besides the tropical animals you will notice the most beautiful colourful flowers in the rainforest:

It was raining in the rainforest near Cachi in Costa Rica. The flowers were covered with rain drops which made it so much more interesting to photograph.
It was raining in the rainforest near Cachi in Costa Rica. The flowers were covered with rain drops which made it so much more interesting to photograph.

 

walking through the rain forest in Costa Rica is paradise for flower lovers
Walking through the rain forest in Costa Rica is paradise for flower lovers.

 

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Lots of you will notice this beautiful orchid, however, to see it growing in the wild rainforest is fascinating.

Costa Rica has also plenty of options to go on boat trips for snorkelling in the coral reef. On the way you might be lucky to see dolphins and whales:

I was on a snorkelling trip in Costa Rica and was lucky to being able to see a dolphin jumping out and back into the ocean.
I was on a snorkelling trip in Costa Rica and was lucky to being able to see a dolphin jumping out and back into the ocean.

 

Being on a snorkelling trip and seeing some dolphins is what I have expected but then getting to see a humpback whale was not on my list and made the trip so much more exciting.
Being on a snorkelling trip and seeing some dolphins is what I have expected but then getting to see a humpback whale was not on my list and made the trip so much more exciting.

Now you have seen so much from this wonderful region of Costa Rica, the beautiful colourful flowers and cute, exotic wildlife. It is time to relax on the beach in Manuel Antonio National Park enjoying the sunset.

Watching the sunset in Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica.
Relax and watch the sunset in Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica.

Did the photos inspire you to travel to Costa Rica? Enjoy your trip.

Decide what to do with the time given to us

I love this quote from J.R.R. Tolkien. Make the most of every opportunity because life can be short. You never know what will happen tomorrow. So enjoy and be grateful for every day.

We cannot choose to live in other times or jump into the future immediately if we don’t like a current situation. However, you do have a choice about what to do in the here and now. It is your decision of how you want to live and what you want to do. Be grateful for the gift of life.

What is it you always wanted to do? Why are you still dreaming about it? Write down what you want and the reasons why you haven’t pursued it yet. Now read it again and be honest with yourself. Are your reasons excuses? If your answer is yes, then forget about the excuses and just do it. Do not waste any time.

Are you still not sure? Is fear holding you back? Now, that can be a serious issue. I recently wrote an article about it: “How to overcome your fears”: click here to read more about it. Are you scared of failure? You most likely will not fail if your mindset is positive and if you do experience unpleasant things, take it as a lesson learned. You have nothing to lose.

Still not sure? Ask yourself if you would horribly miss out if there wouldn’t be a tomorrow? If the answer is yes, go for it and don’t hold back.

It is your life; you make the decisions of what to do in the time given to you.

For me, it was to fulfil my dream travelling to South America. It was the best decision I have ever made. The photo below is me after the hike to the Fitz Roy mountain glacier lake; it was an 8 hours hike return, exhausting but rewarding.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 
―J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring   

Hiking in Fitzroy National park, Argentina. Exhausting but so rewarding.
Hiking in Fitzroy National park, Argentina. Exhausting but so rewarding.

One Love, one heart, one destiny

What a beautiful quote from Bob Marley. What does this mean? I guess everybody has their interpretation. I can only tell you what I believe.

One Love: I think you can be in love more than once, but there will only be one person you truly love and feel connected to. This person is meant to stay in your life forever. If you have found that special someone, hold onto him or her.

One Heart: You only have one heart. Your heart is your personality, what you love doing and what makes you. It is simply you. Treat yourself well. You can give your heart away to the ones you love but always remember to love yourself and treat yourself well and with respect. You only have one life.

One Destiny: Events are happening in your life which you don’t have control over. It is the hidden power believed to control what will happen; it is fate. However, you also have a choice to create your destiny to a certain extent. Believe in the good things in life and believe in everything will work out in the end. Your actions will pick your fate. The destiny is yours and is for nobody else. Only you will meet certain people in your life, walked that particular path and chose the roads ahead of you. You made mistakes, you were successful, and the relationships you had or still have been only yours. Nobody else will have the same destiny like you.

Everybody is very special.

“One love, one heart, one destiny.” – Bob Marley

Can you also see the love heart shape in the wave crashing at the rocks? I always see myself looking at the sky or things in nature and try to recognise a shape. It is definitely fun to do.
Can you also see the love heart shape in the wave crashing on the rocks? I always see myself looking at the sky or things in nature and try to recognise a form. It is fun to do.

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Where there is love there is life

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Life is not worth living without love. Love doesn’t just mean between partners; it also means loving family, friends and animals.

Love starts with accepting and loving yourself first. Only when you love yourself, you will be able to give love to others. If you hate yourself, why would somebody else like you? So start from there. Be confident, look into the mirror each morning when you get up and every night before you go to bed and say out loud how awesome and beautiful you are. Sounds silly but helps with your confidence. Nobody is perfect, not even the fashion models. Their photographer knows how to fix things in Photoshop – believe me:) Beauty comes from your inside and your smile.

Love and live your life to its fullest potential. Loving yourself helps you attracting the right people into your life. Your life starts to improve. Try it, you have nothing to lose.

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Dolphins are one of my favourite animals. That photo has been taken during a dolphin show in the Loro park in Tenerife. The dolphin kiss is so adorable.

Change to create a different tomorrow

Why are most people afraid of change? Is it because you feel comfortable in the situation you are in or you are unsure how something different will be like? You probably think it will be hard work or you don’t get the things you have at the moment or whatever excuses you come up with. Sorry but I call it excuses to stay where you are and not wanting to change. So, to summarise, you rather stay unhappy with yourself and keep doing the things you currently do just to avoid change? I will be a bit harsh now: then stop being unhappy. It is your life made up of your choices. If you don’t like it you need to change it or stop complaining about it. This is being negative and being afraid to embrace new chances in life.

Some of us might be thrown into a change, thinking of redundancies in companies. You might have ever hated it there anyways but you felt comfortable and were scared of change.

Have you ever thought of a change being something positive? Continue reading “Change to create a different tomorrow”

Think big, dream big

MCA building at vivid

In my opinion you can achieve anything you put your mindset to.

If that is the case why do some people fail?

It depends on your mindset and belief in yourself. If you think you won’t be able to do whatever it is you desire, you won’t be able to find a way to get what you want. If you believe you will only get little, you get little. Your subconscious is telling you, well, you haven’t ask for more, so why would I find ways of getting more than you want.

So what is the solution for being successful and fulfilling your desires? Continue reading “Think big, dream big”

When beautiful things come into our lives have faith and stop questioning it

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Sure we all experienced it at one stage that out of the nowhere something wonderful is happening to us. We cannot believe what is going on. You might find the partner you were looking for, the job opportunity you always dreamed of comes up or you find the house or apartment you always wanted. Take it. It is an opportunity given to you. The only thing you have to do is to accept it. It is meant to be.

Stop questioning if you have deserved it or not or any other excuses you might come up with. That’s what it is an ‘excuse’ only.  Are you afraid of changes or scared that you could lose it as quickly as you have found it? No you won’t; it is in your mindset only. Everything happens for a reason, so have faith and enjoy the beautiful things given to you. Believe in yourself and that you are a wonderful person who deserves the best in your life.

“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.” 
― Lauren Kate, Torment

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When beautiful things come into our lives have faith and stop questioning it. Trust and follow the path given to you by God.

How do you know it is true love?

true love

Have you ever experienced true love? Isn’t true love everybody wants in life? The problem is that people want it but not everybody is prepared for it and run away because they are scared. The feeling of true love can be overwhelming and you don’t know how to deal with it.

The psychologist Robert Sternberg came up with the following three parts of when you know you experience true love:

1: Passion

Have you ever had the feeling of an instant connection with someone because you are physically and sexually attracted to each other. It is the ‘wow’ factor when you are in a different world for moments. It is an overwhelming feeling, electricity and a chemistry you cannot describe. You feel almost obsessed with the other person.

2: Intimacy
Intimacy creates closeness and connectedness. You bond with each other. It grows with spending much time with each other. It goes deeper by sharing everything about your life with each other. It is built on trust, you feel safe. However, intimacy takes patience to develop, lots of us are not prepared for it. You are required to talk about everything even things you might not want to disclose to everybody. Continue reading “How do you know it is true love?”

Happiness guaranteed when following your heart and do things you believe in

We all have our own core values we stand for. Some of us might not be aware of it but your subconscious will know. People follow their believes and values. Doing what we believe in brings a sense of contentment and happiness.

The minute we do the opposite makes us feel sad and unhappy, maybe even angry at ourselves. So, why do we do that then?

It depends on your situation. In a job you might be forced to do something which is against your values you stand for. It might make you upset and unhappy in your job environment and you may think you don’t have any other choice. Well, you do have a choice. Life is made of the choices you make. You are responsible for your life.

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