in Breakfasts, Healthy Recipes

Overnight oats that you will love for its simplicity and goodness

Overnight oats has had an important place in my morning routine. Its goodness and simplicity allows to prepare them very quickly in the evening.

It takes like five minutes. Honestly!

so  you can enjoy them the next morning, particularly when you are running out of time because your alarm clock did not wake you up on time. It has happened to me recently on few occasions.

I do not feel guilty at all. It looks like my body needed more sleep. That’s all ūüôā

What will you need to make them:

*1/2 cup of oats (I went for spelt ones)

*3 tbsp of chia seeds

*1 tbsp of cocoa powder

*3/4 cup of plant milk of your choice (I chose rice milk)

*1tsp of maple syrup (optionally)

*1 sliced banana

 

Directions:

Simply add oats and chia seeds to a bowl, then cocoa powder and pour the plant milk. Throw some banana slices and  add maple syrup and Voila!  Throw the bowl in the fridge and indulge in its goodness in the morning!

 

What a treat! Your body will be grateful.

Have you ever tried overnight oats? What is your favourite recipe? Share so we can all learn from each other how to be healthier.

Lights and Hugs From Me

Monika

in Healthy Recipes, Snacks

Guilt free dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth

Have you ever tried to make a guilt free dessert that would completely satisfy your sweet tooth whenever you wished?  I sometimes crave something sweet like out of the blue and I am so happy that I can now create easy and sugar free yummies.

That one is super easy and sugar free.

All you need is:

1x ripe mango

1/2 cup of ground almonds

1/2 of rice milk

 

What to do?¬† Super easy: blend all above ingredients with a blender and voila ūüôā

I sprinkled it with some cocoa

Enjoy this wonderful and guilt free sweet goodness

 

what are yours quick and guilt free creations? Share some as I would love to hear from you as I may steal some to satisfy my sweet tooth again with a different one.

 

Lights and Hugs From Me

Monika

in Inspiration, Last news

My top six tips to colour the world around you good

Want some tips to colour the world in and around you good?¬† Let’s get started.

Now, I am not a fairy. I do not hold a magic wand and walk around enchanting the world. Well, I sort of do.  Over the years I discovered my own ways to be in the world and here they are:

A LIKE AWARENESS

And by that I mean self awareness. I reckon Daniel Goleman’s words will be the best here to describe it:

Self-awareness means the ability to monitor our inner world ‚Äď our thoughts and feelings

It is only when we take a look at our inner world, see what has been going on there, admit we made a mistake, we hurt somebody, we f*ked up, we said something hurtful, make peace with that and accept it as an indispensable part of our human existance and move on. You no longer need to feed yourself with: I should have done that or I shouldn’t/I could have done it the other way. Personally, I think that being self aware is equal to being an active participator in your life rather than a passive observer.

 Once I began to stop and be conscious and reallign, things started to shift.

 

I no longer was reacting to issues in the same way. I was able to pause, see what was not working for me, I was able to see patterns through which I was sabotaging my life. It definitely paid off.

 

B LIKE BLESSING

Blessings rock. I wholeheartedly recommend to bless everyone you pass, every person you talk to. WHY? the answer is simple: Blessings raise both your vibe and the other person too. I remember walking many times, particularly in the morning and saying : ‘I bless you” to every single person I saw. I blessed a dog, birds, I blessed tha passing cars, a bus driver,¬† It felt good. If felt warm on my heart. And blessings have really high frequency¬† thus why not make it your daily thing? I assure it does make you feel great. Try it for a day and see how your day goes. After my morning blessing ritual, I am still buzzing and I am basking in that feeling. Today as my day unfolds I will do the blessings as I go, because:

they freaking rock!

 

C LIKE COMPLIMENT

This is another amazing tool to raise your vibrations and others too. I remember having really hard time accepting compliments. It felt like they never belonged to me.

I felt awkward!

and my very first response was: Who? Me? Рno, do not say that. Look at my hair, disaster!  You have lovely shoes Рmy repsonse was: my mum bought them, I do not really like them. To be honest, I was not even keen on receiving them, forget about giving ones to other people. A huge shift came from Louise Hay books Рshe was a true gem of promoting self love ( my post here about her rules for loving yourself). I remember when I first started doing mirror work and say things like: You are pretty, You have beautiful eyes, Your smile is lovely, You are the sunshine, you rock Monika.

It felt uncomfortable and bizzare even.

However, with practice it has become easier. I receive and give compliments and the smile I see on other people faces is the greatest reward and I am sure they feel the same way too.

 

D LIKE DREAM

Dream whatever you like and I mean it. Dream daily about your desires like they are alredy in your life. while you do it, start thinking how you feel having the love of your life, how you feel driving your car, how you feel being a writer, how you feel being a singer, how you feel living the life you desire. Dreams when accompanied by emotions manifest easier. Do not forget to take action though. That helps! ūüôā

 

E LIKE EASE

I love the word and it was my 2017 word. Hey do you guys have your 2018 word by the way?? No, not yet? Then think about it as it is great have a focus word for the full year. Things are happening amazingly right now for me as I deliberately concentrate on my 2018 word. Now, EASE is my favourite one and I always add it to my day when I dream it or bless it. My mentor Lana is the queen of ease and manifesting and she was the one that instgated that in me even before I joined MYLA.

Wonderful experiences began to appear once I added the feeling of ease to whatever I was doing and I can surely say that 2017 was the year of  ease for me.

Ease is easy.

Wherever you go, whatever you do every day, make sure you add pinch of ease for smoother paths, harmonious relationships, uplifting conversations, great sales, prompt completion of projects. for me it is like adding that extra ingredient to your favourite dish just to make it taste better. Ahhhhh… what a feeling ūüôā

F LIKE FLOWER POWER

I love flowers, I mean I simply can not imagine life without them. Flowers make me feel happy, make me smile. Every week, I buy a bunch of them because I feel like it. no occasion. just a wish. It has been my ritual for quite a while . Do you have your favuorite ones? I do and it depends on the season too. Nowadays I go for tulips and daisies. I can not wait for summer and sunflowers. There is something magical when it comes to being surronded by flowers. I feel free. I feel connected. My soul sings. And I guess the feelings of connection and joy I have inside start expanding to the outside world too.

High Five for flower vibes

And you? Do you colour the world good? what are your ways? I would love to know. Comment below and share with friends. Let’s raise the vibartions together.

 

Light and hugs From Me

 

Monika

in Inspiration

It is never too late … to start over

I have heard it million, if not¬†gazillion times : “It is too late, I can not do it, if it’s meant for me then it will happen”.¬† Well I say: It is never ever too late to start over your life.

But hey, I can not simply rewind my life.

Nop, indeed. However, you can easily let go of stuff that does not serve your highest good anymore, you can easily regroup and start charging ahead in the wanted direction. I sometimes sing when I feel like I am going upstream. It is one of the ways that allow me to stop and realign within.¬† Here is the link to my past article about music as it does make me feel alive and makes me feel like I can do stuff again. Choose your power song and sing¬†“It is too late to¬†do this or that” away. Frozen song fits perfectly into that mood:

Let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymore

I often hear from clients and friends: ” I am stuck, I feel like wherever I turn to, I see blocks”. And it feels like you can not figure it out or you feel like you are not good enough and everything around is just bla blah blah. The truth is that you are never stuck, My Dear, you are evolving. The ‘feeling stuck’ thing is just your fear of moving towards what you truly desire. Because I am telling you: YOU ARE GREAT. YOU WERE CREATED GREAT and you can do amazing things if you choose to see your light inside.¬† On many occasions, we feel stuck because we can not yet see our ability to shine, we turn to dark place and once we are there, we hide. Because it is easier to sit in¬† the comfort of darkness. At least, it is the darkness we know. And then it takes one little spark to see the light, to see our greatness.¬† Why do we not want to see our greatness?

‚ÄúOur deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure” – Marianne Williamson

 

We tend to be so hard on ourselves, we fail and we scold ourselves for not doing great. We drag on things we did wrong years ago and thus we carry that energy around us.  That baggage in the form of failure, heartbreaks, negative work experiences, rejections, arguments and the list could go on and on, is truly our treasure as these were merely lessons for us. I get it, at first it is hard enough to see all of that with a positive eye. However, if we allow ourselves to look at those from a different angle, or perhaps allow a mentor, a coach or a good friend to encourage us to stop and ponder for a while what exactly went wrong, why it happened, why we reacted that way etc, only then we can twist all those negative experiences into the ones we would like to have.

 It is never a one stop job.

At least once a year, I will take a piece of paper and do the exercise called Wheel of Life. I bet you have heard about it like many times yet you just either did the exercise half way or simply skipped doing it. And you know what: that is ok as you can do it now. It is never too late.  I do it because I wish to assess where I am in my life to see what is going great for me and what needs more balance or upgrade.  I love the exercise as it clearly shows the areas of your life that could do with some clearing and polishing. And some areas will need a good scrub too. So go ahead grab a piece of paper and draw a fine circle and divide it into the  following:

 

 

Once that is done, simple spend some time over each area and pu a dot on the line in each of them. Imagine each line is a scale 1 to 10 and simply choose the place on the line you feel it is.  The below questions can be helpful:

LOVE       РDo you easily give and receive love? Do you feel loved?

HEALTH – Are you happy with your diet? How fit are you? How often do you exercise?

MONEY  РAre you happy with your current income? Is your money mindset doing fine?

CAREER – Are you going into right direction? Is your job the one?

FUN¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬† How much fun is in your life right now? Can you be playful?

FAMILY& FRIENDS РDo you feel supported by friends and family? Do you spend quality time with  them?

PERSONAL GROWTH –¬† Are you aware of your growth? Do you look for ways to develop yourself?

SPIRITUALITY¬† –¬† How connected are you to your inner self?

Finished? Great job! Now join up the dots around the circle. what do you see? Does your circle look balanced? Imagine a bike, and look at your circle. Do you think you could ride your bike on circle like that? That exercise gives you a visual representation of your life right now.  Does it make you feel great and joyful or worried and anxious?

If the first ones, then congratulations. If the latter ones, ask yourself: what area could I work on first and what one action step could I take right now to change it?

We all are moving either upstream or downstream. Learning about yourself is an¬†ongoing process and only those who are willing to look within, assess and take lessons and¬†make¬†new approaches toward them,¬† can¬†shift¬†mindset so it guides them to flow downstream. The path of ease.¬† what about you? Have you ever felt stuck? If so, how did you deal with that feeling? What made you move forward? Share some insights below in comments. You never know what benefit and impact it may have on somebody’s else life.

And remember and remind yourself this:

it is never ever too late to start over!

 

Light and Hugs from Me

Monika

 

 

 

 

in Dinners, Healthy Recipes

Eggless and milk free pasta carbonara that you will love

I have never thought I could make pasta carbonara that is eggless and milk free. If you have some tofu nearby, you will love that dish. It could not been simple to make. This recipe is so delish  and takes little time to prepare.

Are you ready to start the culinary adventure?

Did I hear YES?

Great. Let’s start.

Here is what you will need:

*as much as you like pasta of your choice ( I used gluten free brown rice pasta)

*500g of chestnut mushrooms

*handful of kale

*1 big onion

*300g of silken tofu

*3 gloves of garlic

*vegan yeast flakes

*juice of 1/2 lemon

*pepper and salt to season

*fresh parsely

How to make it:

  1. Wash and slice mushrooms. Chop the onion and garlic.
  2. Wash and tear kale.
  3. Throw mushrooms and chopped onion in them frying pan and let them dance together for few minutes.
  4. Throw torn kale. Optionally you can go for spinach here.
  5. Prepare the sauce by putting tofu, yeast flakes, chopped garlic, nutmeg, salt and pepper and lemon juice into a bowl.
  6. Blend it with a blender until you reach smooth texture. Taste it and add more salt or pepper. Now I forgot to add nutmeg when I was making it and it still was amazing.
  7. Put the sauce into the pan with mushrooms, onion and kale and cook it for a short while
  8. Boil water in a pot and throw pasta of your choice
  9. Put boiled pasta in the frying pan and mix it with sauce.

When you are serving it, throw some fresh parsley on the top and serve it straight away. Ahh and add some love too.

Bon Appetite!

Light and Hugs from Me

Monika

in Inspiration

Tips that helped me shift my limiting beliefs and live more joyful life

Want some of my tips that helped me shift my limiting beliefs to live more joyful life ? So many of us walk around, carrying heavy baggage in the form of limiting beliefs forgetting that we could all live happier life  if we intended to.  I mean, how many times have you been in a situation that you kept going on the repetition mode and asking:

How the hell I ended up doing the same thing again? 

and saying:

I am not good enough. I quit. I can’t. what a mess!

I have been there for sure. Countless times questioning and doubting myself and it was not the lightest state of mind. It made me feel unworthy, unheard. It made me feel like I was failing.

I was spinning like a hamster in a wheel. It was a vicious circle.

Here is my shortcut tips to twist your mind so it encourages you to live in more joyful and mindful state of mind.

DECLUTERRING  Look around you, inspect your wardrobe and your bedside lockers for old clothes, check your cupboards for any expired products. I mean like give it a thorough check because whatever is piling up in those niches, is piling up in your life too. I remember having so many clothes yet every time I opened my wardrobe, I kept saying: I have nothing to wear.  I recall days when I would open my fridge or cupboard and said: What am I going to cook?  I felt disappointed and I was struggling with organising all of that mess. I felt discouraged. And then I discovered one book and the author encourged me warmly to get rid of unwanted and not needed clutter. I felt like she gave me a helping hand in arranging my life.  Check out  this  book. I think it is life changing.

Out of sight out of mind – they say.

And I agree.  Clear what is no longer serving you and  mean it. Be firm when you throw  worn out clothes. We tend to hold on a sentimental chain and that chain keeps us locked in the clutter.  My tips on clothes declutter:

Prepare three bags or cardboxes and label them:¬†¬†¬†¬† YES¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬†¬† NO¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† I DON’T KNOW

Take each item and ask those questions:  Do I need it? and Do I feel good about it?

I would encourage you to spend no more than 30 seconds thinking about the answers. Why? Because during those 30 seconds you listen to you intuition. Afterwards, your brain steps in protecting you with suggestions: I will need it for sure. Oh that is my favourite cardigan I got from Ann etc. Do the above with all products in your kitchen, your bathroom and your books. I am telling you, your mind will be extremely thankful to you.

JOURNALLING  Say what? writing?  Yes, do yourself a favour and start writing a journal. My suggestion is to buy the one that makes you smile every time you look at it. It makes it easier to reach for items that evoke good feelings.

So many thoughts were written here:

Start with one page a day. Do not overhwelm yourself at the start and commit to three or more. I guarantee you there will be days when you do not feel like writing anything and having 3 or more pages in mind Рthe task  can be quite daunting at the beginning.  write about anything. whatever your mind whispers. I have been journaling now for years with breaks yet I feel it is one of the simplest ways to see our true thoughts, our beliefs about world, about ourselves. It allows us to look inside of our souls  and take a thorough inventory of stuff no longer serving our highest good.

MEDITATING Make it your daily routine. Be it a 1 minute or 5 minute meditation. Set aside time for being with yourself.  Close your eyes. Breathe slowly. At the beginning, I started with a five minute meditations where I would sit and repeat the two words:

LOVE and PEACE

I gradually moved to guided mediations and mantra meditations. Was it challenging? Yes, 100%. I felt so much resistance, I could find distarction easily.  I found many other things way more interesting than sitting still by myself. Yes practice makes perfect and within weeks it began to be easier. I made meditation my ally and we have had a wonderful relationship so far. Give it a go. You have nothing to loose!

FORGIVING  Now that was the hardest one I embarked on. I realised that  it was not that easy peasy task to perform. I hesitated. I struggled and to be honest I did not want to.

I was clinging to past experiences because I felt hurt by others.

And when I heard that forgivness was our key to  having more joyful and fulfilling life, that it really meant returning to love, I did not want to believe it. I was in a victim mode and forgiving the other person meant I was the one to be blamed.

It was my ego talking through me.

After listening to Louise Hay, I become more open to being forgiving. And the first person I granted that forgivness was myself.  I started to write small notes of forgiveness to myself and then longer letters to those who hurt me and who I hurt too. It was painful.

Many tears were shed.

Yet it was liberating of all the pain and resentment I was holding to. It became my daily habit to forgive myself by simply saying: I forgive you –¬† to myself in mirror.¬† Yes, it sucks at the beginning, it feels uncomfortable and yes you do not want to look into your eyes. Once you become your best friend it changes. Forgiveness is returing to loving yourself.

 

I must say it is still a journey for me, I catch myself from  holding back from time to time. I sometimes will throw stuff  in one corner of the  room and do not  organise it for a week. I may skip my morning meditation and journaling because I am running late. However, thanks to the above tips I once learnt about, my self awareness has grown. Now I have tools that help me embrace my negative feelings knowing that those low energies will pass. Now I hold the keys to decluttering my physical and mental space.

And it feels lighter. It feels like joy.

What about you? Are you living your life to your most joyful capacity? Have you practiced any of the above or perhaps you developed your own habits that make you wake up in joy? I would love to hear them.

 

Light and Hugs From Me

Monika

in Dinners, Healthy Recipes

Buckwheat and beetroot – leading stars


Two days ago I made buckwheat and beetroot to be the leading stars of my dish.  Have you ever made a recipe with whatever you had available at home in a given moment?  I have. Countless times and buckwheat was the main ingredient quite frquently.

   I have always loved buckwheat even as a child.

The recipe is simple and super fast to make. That is the way I have liked my food to be prepared, fast and healthy. Buckwheat and beetroot are perfect combo to me and the dish is just what I needed on that day: blissfully tasty and colourful.
What will you need to make it:

  • 1 cup of buckwheat ( I used pretoasted one)¬†
  • 2x medium size beetroots with leaves – f you do not find beetroots with leaves, you can add spinach. Anything green really will be good. I would recommend to add kale as well.
  • 1 bigger onion
  • 2x tsp of coconut oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† oh and the most vital ingredient: some LOVE ūüôā¬†

 

Directions:
In the medium size pan, combine 1 cup of buckwheat and 1 and 1/2 cup of water. Bring it to simmer and then put lid on and allow the buckwheat to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash and chop two beetroots and boil them.
Chop the onion and put two teaspoons of coconut oil and fry it slightly in a separate frying pan. Once the onion is translucent, add chopped beetroot leaves and stir it with onion for 3 minutes. Add boiled beetroots and then add buckwheat. Throw some sea salt and pepper to season and Voila ūüôā Oh and remember to sprinkle with love.

I think buckwheat has been underappreciated for a long time.

And it really should not be as your dose of fibre, potassium, vitamin B6 and iron is served with it. Not to mention that it facilitates your immune system with zinc and magnesium.  What is your cooking experience with buckwheat? Are you a fan or not? Comment below if you have your recipe to share . Bon appetite!

Enjoy!

 

Light and hugs from me

Monika

in Inspiration

Four reasons why unwinding by the sea is good for your mental health

Unwinding By The Sea By Zesty-Life.com

When I was a little girl I used to spend my summer holidays either on summer camps in the mountains or at my grandparents’ house in the country. I loved the smell of freshly cut grass, ripe fruit easily picked from the trees and the taste of the fresh veggies straight from the garden. I felt such freedom while running around the house or climbing the trees (I loved that part mostly). Unwinding there was my little haven.

Sea was hardly ever my option.

 

From the age of fifteen, I began to enjoy almost every summer at my mum’s parents place near the sea. When I look back, I recall sitting on the beach in the evening, watching the sunset meeting the horizon to eventually melt with the sea surface.

I loved that view. And I loved the sound of waves.

 

It always made me feel serene and safe. (Check this beautiful sound here ) The love for the sea remained and I am very grateful that I have been living in Galway as I always have a chance to go to the beach and bask in the view and sound of the sea. Seaside has been my happy place for a long time and these are my four reasons why I reckon it is great for our mental health:

Humans tend to connect more often
I think being near water has made me more joyful and more connected to people as whenever I go for a swim I always attract amazing conversations with strangers and they have been very interesting ones as I always learn something new.  For instance, this week I got to hear about life in Ireland in 1947. Sea prompts me to be more open with people and share some stories with them too. It is a great way to either take whatever a person is telling you about or leave it at the ocean doorstep. You never know the impact a person may have on you.
 

Ocean makes our worries lessen and clearer decisions emerge
I realised that staring at the vast surface of the ocean allowed me to put whatever was on my mind, into a different perspective. I actually could look at my issues with a kinder eye and a lighter heart.  Grasping the abundance of water in front of me makes me surrender and give all my worries and doubt away and the funny thing is that it does not ask you for anything in exchange.
So many of small and big decisions were made here…: ¬†

Sea evokes the urge to  embrace your physical condition
Dipping my toes or swimming in the sea (I try to swim as often as I can all year round Рcheck my post about All year round swimming)  makes happy hormones Рendorphins appear and I always feel like a brand new human and the smile does not leave my face.  I can no stress enough how much swimming impacted my physicality, I feel like I can climb the mountains.

Thus my the feeling in my body always changes for better.

Being at the sea vents our emotions
Stress level decreased. Every time I was experiencing some unpleasant circumstances I would try to be as close as possible to the sea. Not only has it been facilitating my breathing in those moments, it was gently rubbing the sadness and anger off my mind and soul as well. Imagine the sea as your best buddy whom you met for cuppa and give all your doubts, worries and cries. What a great place to leave all that no longer serves you. Each of us needs a downtime place Рour bliss place where worries fade, mind quietens and soul gets nourished.

I found it at the seaside.
I found it in the warmth or coldness of the sand.
I found it in the depth of blue water.
I found it in the ocean breeze.

And you? What is your bliss place? Do you find the above at the sea or would you rather find it in the mountains or forest? What is your WHY when you decide? Is a matter of having thus internal guide telling you exactly where to go or do you have  its proximity in mind? Perhaps it is a situation or person  that brings back the memories.

Comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts. As always,

 

in Healthy Recipes, Inspiration

Zesty Waffles my culinary 2018 thing

I got a beautiful waffle maker as a Christmas gift. Kudos to my sista Inese! Waffles have been on my mind for quite a while. Perhaps it was due to my fond memories of my auntie who passed many years ago, and she used to make lovely heart shaped waffles for me and my siblings every time we were visiting her during summer.  I always remember the smell of waffles and the delish apple sauce she used to put on the top of them. Yummy! It feels like I have attracted the waffle  maker so once it made its place on the counter, the process of waffles making has begun.

Here is my latest recipe:    

* 3 tbsp. of oats flour

* 3 tbsp of spelt flour

*5 tbsp of rice flour

*1 tbsp of maple syrup

*2 tbsp of coconut oil

*1/2 tsp of gluten free baking soda

* 1 tsp of cinammon

*1 cup of plant milk of your choice ( I used rice milk in that recipe)

Mix all the ingredients together. If the consistency is too thick, then go ahead and add more rice milk.

Waffle maker should be ready by now to welcome new waffles. I spread some coconut oil inside and pour the cake . Some waffles will take a bit longer if you wish them to be more ‘crispy’. use your own judgement when it comes to how long you should keep them in the maker. I just keep on taking a peek if they are ready. ūüėÄ

those ones are topped with berries smoothie and dark chocolate spread and almond flakes . and voila!

 

Enjoy!

 

Light and hugs from me

Monika

in Inspiration

Assess Me Not

When I was in school, I was told that good grades would get me a successful life. That was the secret, I thought. I was a good student in primary school, quite good in high school too, however that was the time when I started to believe the idea was completely false. How could a grade determine whether I was going to succeed or not? I was quick to understand that education goes way beyond any classroom.¬† As I¬†was growing up, I always¬†knew I wanted to be a teacher and I was looking forward to becoming one. So, I did. I got to teach in high school and I enjoyed it thoroughly. My students made every day¬†different and funny. I never knew what I would experience during the class and I liked that. What I did not like was the old foundations of the educational system itself. Back then, I was a young teacher, still studying and I began to question what I was taught in college, my work and school curriculum. At college, I saw my classmates being determined to get the best grades because they were noticed and put on pedestal. I felt abandoned in a way as by getting 58% in a descriptive grammar test (subject I have no use now whatsoever) made me feel like I was not going to be a good teacher. I was studying late at night to meet all expectations of a good student. I did not like all subjects, some of them were boring and some lecturers were not making the effort to create classes more interesting. My motivation and interest were fading and subsequently my grades too. On numerous occasions, I was told both indirectly and directly that I was failing. I felt miserable as not getting to a certain percentage level, I was being treated like a loser. It was an internal fight foe me as I knew I was meant to teach yet my marks were showing that I was not good enough.¬† Then at school, I saw restrictions of the system itself. The amount of paperwork kept increasing, leaving less potential for teaching. it felt daunting and annoying. Moreover, my students were reporting that that are bored during other classes and that was the moment when I realised that the school curriculum was operating on a quite old system that let’s be honest, was not serving students. I began to steer away from curriculum a bit as I really wanted to keep my peeps engaged. So, I had to come up with new ideas. How on earth I could base my teaching on system that was eighty years old that time? Once I started to apply some new projects¬†and classroom activities, my students began to be more willing to participate, they were given a chance to express themselves, their uniqueness was noticed, and they helped one another. I enjoyed seeing them progress.

¬†In my opinion, I owe that to the education system that is old, rigid and lacks flexibility. The same system got me question my abilities, my strengths and till today it leaves so many “average” students unnoticed. the system encourages to have good grades, graduate, get a secure job (because it is too scary to go for a job you really want) and not to consider your potential. Loads of stuff taught in school, has no practicality when we step into the real life.¬† Why there is no room for subjects like: dealing with stress, creative writing, find your calling, discover your strengths?¬† Why students are forced to read texts, books that quite frequently, they find hard to understand (coz they were written millions of years ago)? The system that perhaps was working¬†100 years ago, keeps failing students and I feel it failed me too. My passion for teaching was succumbed by the system that was telling me that according to my grades I was not doing well. It hurt so much as you know when you have that desire in your heart, you can hear your calling and it is so strong and you know that this is the only profession you can see yourself in. I can only think of one teacher in college who taught methodology and I adored her. Not only was she like a fresh air to the dull classroom teaching yet she also encouraged¬†us to show her who we were. She listened to us and she accepted our ways of acquiring information during class. We were talking a lot, and everyone could choose the place to sit. I chose the desk and I kept moving. I loved that freedom and guess what: I thrived during the classes. Why? I guess my teacher was willing to test new waters and we went for¬†a dive with her. Yeah, every class was like a diving board- a beautiful tool to delve¬†into our potential. I am thankful for those classes – they made me believe I could aspire to be a great teacher.

I reckon that current education has instigated fear based learning. Students are paralysed to fail. I was one of them in college. I had late night learning. I saw number of my classmates cheating on tests, I heard number of students getting into colleges just to get a degree (coz you know it is a guarantee of a good job (security). I saw numerous teachers putting labels on students¬†because they kept getting lower grades. Instead of adopting a mindset of a seeker, many of us have been living in a survival mode nowadays. Conditional learning + Good grades = good secure job = success. That is a common equation where ‘cans’ and cant‚Äôs’ are still prevailing. Grades do not determine our success. It’s about time the system was altered. Education is to be enlightening, challenging, inspiring, fun. It is to help us uncover our passions, potential, focus on developing our strengths. Personally, I think this is the equation of a good education: passions+ curiosity + commitment + positive mindset = success. My message to all students: Once you get a lower grade, please do not beat yourself up, do not criticise. Instead, look at that grade and say out loud: You will not define me

 

Light and Hugs from Me

Monika