My little lives of 2018

Every time I come to a new place, things feel different as if I travelled into a new world. At New Year’s I honour this space travel by time traveling back to it and saying my words of gratitude.

2018 was very different from two previous years. This time I stayed mostly in one place, Ukraine, but everything inside me transformed so much I don’t always recognize myself anymore. I want to share my little lives of 2018 with you.

January

We started the year in Swargashram in Rishikesh. Angie and I meditated through midnight in our room and fell asleep. This was a powerful kickstart to everything that happened next. On January 1, I broke my phone screen and we dipped in the Ganga. Every day after yoga practice we would sit by the ganga drinking smoothies and hanging out with cows. I was obsessed with Thich Nhat Hanh and wanted to buy all of his books, and then I met someone from France who was his student for 20 years!

We met sunrise in the mountains with friends from all over the world and had an early morning party dancing and laughing. This may have been the best morning of my life.

I came back to cold Ukraine for my man’s birthday. I love him.

February

Every morning I woke up to go outside and have two little cuddly fluff balls waving their tales to me. Veronika came to visit us all the way from Zambia! Thai people say that giving something first thing in the morning creates positive energy for the whole day. I started my mornings feeding the dogs and having coffee with Andrii. Mornings would last till noon. Mornings are for observing and relaxing.

In February I went to Kiev for a journalism school and walked in this park every day enjoying snow. Snow was something new to me again, after many winters abroad.

March

My first neuro linguistic programming (NLP) practice course and I realized I had no idea what I wanted. It was scary. I also started teaching self development to kids at the village school. We ended up doing yoga, going to the cave and having a lot of fun!

April

My mom and I went to Poland for our birthday trip. It was my first time in Krakow, and I loved it. My mom is so happy when she travels, I want to send her on around the world trip for a year =)

For my 30th birthday I did a one-week Satori retreat with Kyiv Osho center. Here are my insights. Everything that happens to us is inside our cell memory. I learnt that I choose what to feel in the moment from a huge flow of what comes to me. It’s like we exist in some reality that we co-create. I practiced many Osho dynamic meditations and relived my grief pneumonia. It was very tough, but very much worth it.

May

After Satori retreat I was senseless. I was hungry, but nothing tasted well expect for baby food. I was a bit frozen. Claudi came to visit, and I remember our long walk and my feet touching the earth in a wide open field.

In May we moved to our new home! I was like “Is this real?” You can see before and after below.

In May I learnt that pushing myself will never do me any good, but deplete my willpower.

June

Andrii and I went to Yoga fest where I taught Thai massage and meditation. I was honest enough to admit I did not like yoga fests. Sometimes we lie to ourselves so much that truth sounds weird. Don’t be afraid to admit your truth. It is yours, it belongs to you. You will sigh with ease once you tell yourself everything, honestly.

In June I received Koronatsiya slova 2019 literary award! My novel, Adventures of Frenchman in Ukraine was one of the 10 finalists. This is the cover, and the publication is in progress as of today.

July

We bought a car! Shopping became so much easier, very very grateful and will learn how to drive soon, I promise =) I grew huge zucchinis in my garden, because I forgot to pick them every day. I started a 3 month long journey to recover my creativity with Artist Way by Julia Cameron. If you have never done it, do it! I learnt so much about myself, most importantly that I am the creator of my own life.

We organised Into the quiet, a meditation retreat in Carpathian mountains with beautiful people.

August

It was my first month after I quit my job. I could not let go of the feeling that I have to run somewhere and do something. We watched a lot of Games of thrones. I finished my Shine, a self development novel about inner and outer journey. I started @redlipstickpoems on Instagram, recoding my poems and the ones I like.

September

This month gave us our puppy Kotik! I started NLP Master course, which once again turned my life upside down. I completed the 3 month Artist Way journey by Julia Cameron and lost my morning pages notebook on the train the next day )

October

Dani and I organized Wake up happy challenge month. We woke up singing for the first week, dancing for the second week and laughing for the third week. I learnt that mornings could be happy.

November

I exercised and poured cold water buckets on myself every single day. I learnt that cold was not scary. I wrote a book about sex and traveling during NaNoWriMo. I am giving it some rest before editing it.

December

I taught meditation and mindfulness at Conflict: an opportunity for learning in Berlin. I remembered how much I love people, teaching and traveling.

I went back to NLP and did a powerful technique which helped me understand what was the meaning of my life. Or at least take a sneak peak. Now I know. Doing this and celebrating new year at home with the man I love and the puppy I love was the best celebration, even if we overslept a bit.

How many lives did you live in 2018 and which one was your favourite? Let me know in the comment below!

Read here about my 2019 New Year resolutions and how to set them to make sure they come true.

Move to the village, Ukraine

This is our house made of straw and clay. It was built over 50 years ago.

Traditionally mud houses were typical homes in Ukraine. If someone did not have a home, their family or sometimes everyone in the village would get together and build one quickly.

Clay houses are warm in winter and cool in summer.

We don’t have running water and the toilet is outside, but the toilet view is majestic, outlooking garden, mist and chickens. Continue reading “Move to the village, Ukraine”

Where is your safe space?

One morning in Chiang Mai I felt as if a big bouquet of yellow flowers suddenly faded inside my chest. I was sad because my good friend left Chiang Mai.
I was riding my bike looking for some happiness around the old town. In front of a temple with a golden roof I found a little shabby cafe which served bagels. Bagels with cream cheese, with peanut butter, with eggs and bacon made my mouth water. The smile of the girl who worked there was contagious. The sun was kissing my face through the window.

100 ideas for your bucket list

Live your life before you kick the bucket

100 ideas in a fun lifelong to-do list

Are you stuck in everything that’s urgent forgetting about everything that’s important? You may continue living like this until you die. Do you want to? Some people did not, and they came up with bucket lists.

A bucket list is something you wish to do in your life – big dreams, grand ambitions, small goals and something you are simply curious about. It may be something like learning to ride a bicycle or climbing mount Everest, or giving birth to 5 children.

As long as your heart asks for it, write it in your bucket list.

Kicking the bucket means dying, so your bucket list is everything you plan to do before you die.

People used to write bucket lists for life. In today’s fast-paced life we started writing lists for decades or 5-year time slots.

Let’s do it? Continue reading “100 ideas for your bucket list”

Traveling for life – #travelenjoyrespect

How traveling makes us grow, and how we grow with sustainable travel – my story

When I am asked – where do you live at the moment? I have no answer to this question. I live everywhere and nowhere at the same time, and this broadens my opportunities, at the same time making the range of responsibilities broader. I am Ukrainian, but visa policies are the only barriers that stop me from being all over the world.

We, the people, have so much in common that we often unconsciously try to separate from one another, but my biggest realisation in life is that we are one. And so, I travel the world, whenever I can, to celebrate this unity and diversity.

How do I travel?

I do not simply travel, I penetrate the lives of locals, Continue reading “Traveling for life – #travelenjoyrespect”

The only village in Moldova

Last summer I went to Moldova and wanted to visit the countryside, so my friend Anna invited me to the “only village foreigners ever go to”, where we visited a monastery and a local restaurant styled as a traditional house.

What’s up with foreigners visiting just one place in the countryside of Moldova? Continue reading “The only village in Moldova”

11 reasons to spend summer in Ukraine

 

Ukraine is an amazingly beautiful country with breathtaking natural scenery, yummy food and warmhearted people. In the recent years, it has been tough for Ukrainians to face the war and economical crisys, but we are indeed still enjoying life, even when it gets tough.

Many of my foreign friends are afraid to come here, as international media is picturing the country devastated and at war. Please know that with every downside there comes an advantage – these days Ukraine has become very cheap for visitors and only a small part of the country in the east is at war. It is the best time to come!

Here in this article, I share the reasons why you should definitely come to Ukraine this summer.  Continue reading “11 reasons to spend summer in Ukraine”