Motivation Monday #17

Hi, guys! Happy (hot and sunny) new week to you all.

Can you believe it’s Monday already? Like, when that happened?! You may need one extra cup of coffee to get you started today (like me), but nevertheless, it’s a GREAT day – for new beginnings, for setting new goals, for continuing improving and working on better and healthier you. How was your week? Busy or more relaxing? Have you enjoyed your weekend?

My week was super busy. AGAIN. I worked almost all Saturday. But then Sunday was SUPER relaxing (I can even say a bit lazy). Just me and my husband and my kiddo. We spend the morning outside the house (while temperatures were not so high ), and then the afternoon at home. I cooked the big healthy family lunch while boys helped me with preparing the dessert – Chocolate Cherry Brownies. Afterward, we played video games (Minecraft is kinda fun when we all play together). And the evening was reserved for the family movie – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. My kiddo loves that film. We all do, actually… ok, we are kinda family of geeks. 

Last week I published the new recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars and while I was telling my story how I recently started running with my friend Petra, it got me thinking how it’s IMPORTANT to surround yourself with people who are POSITIVE and HAPPY. The people who support you and understand healthy lifestyle you live every day, who love and respect your choices. People who lift you higher, who motivate you. It’s good to choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire. Life is too short to spend time with people who drain the happiness and life out of you.

Negativity and unhealthy habits are contagious. I see and hear that a lot. But positivity, working on self-improvement, healthy habits, and choosing happiness are contagious too.

I often ask myself – “Am I the type of person others want to be around??” Maybe you should start asking the same question. Lead by example and make the right choices.



The way we live affects everyone around us, so lead the POSITIVE way and be an example. You can improve yourself and you can help people around you be the best versions of themselves too. But it must start with you and your will to MAKE A CHANGE

Hugs and kisses. See you next Monday!



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  1. Ohh I need to go check out those oatmeal bars! Those are all of my favorite things!

  2. I love this quote! I am always trying to find ways to improve myself and be the best person I can be! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  3. I agree with you surrounding myself with positive people has made all the difference for me!

  4. What a great post. You are definitely right. We should always strive to be the positive person and encourager.

  5. I love the point in here about surrounding yourself with positive people, and putting that energy out there yourself. This is definitely something I need to work on!!

  6. That’s a beautiful reminder!
    …and yes, your surroundings have a huge impact on your well-being! Positive vibes matter and make a huge difference!

  7. I so AGREE with you Natalie. You absolutely must surround yourself with positive people that support and encourage you. Hope you’re having a great week 🙂

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