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    Lockdown #2 Day 6: If you’re not well…

    Advice for this 6th day in lockdown: “Se não estás bem, põe-te bem.”* *Portuguese proverb (not really, it was just created 5 min ago) meaning: if you don’t feel like yourself, do something to fix it! I found that this is the philosophy I’ve been following for the last decade. If I’m not ok, I just search how to fix it. Especially, when I feel lost, confused, tired, overwhelmed. If you feel like that right now, not like your used self: do something about it. Just one little step. Look for help. It may be something so easy as searching what you feel on Google (but remember, Google is not…

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    Lockdown #2 Day 5: Make a Quarantine To-Do List

    First lockdown weekend has come and go and I almost published this post. But then I have the realization: no, I’m not going to work on anything this weekend. I’m going to take a real, true, relax break. (One idea to post about later.) So, I drafted the idea and left it for today. Here it is: Even if you feel like you’re stuck at home, thinking about it in a different way will make you feel so much better. Even if you’re stuck in your little apartment, room, alone, with your kids homeschooling… Having something to look forward to is key in these times. I started by creating a…

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    Lockdown #2 Day 1: celebrate your wins

    Friday. January 15th. Portugal goes into its 2nd Coronavirus Lockdown. I’m just finishing one more workweek. So, let’s forget we are in Lockdown. Not forget, forget, because we still need to remember to #StaytheFuckHome, but I decided to write, create content, share useful information during this Lockdown. And get back on the blog. So, today I decided to share something I’m very bad at doing and that I found it very helpful to do on a Friday… even more on a lockdown Friday. That thing is: celebrate your wins. I found across an article today that reminded me of ending the week strong by writing down my 3 greatest accomplishments…

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    What to do on your summer holidays to recharge (even at home)

    We had some pretty intense months. You may have been challenged to start working from home, have your kids 24/7, homeschooling, forbidden to go out for your usual relax outings, or working as a necessary front line worker while everyone was safe at home. Whatever was your reality on the first part of this year, there wasn’t a time where you deserve these tips more than this moment: One thing I always enjoyed at the end of the summer was the planning of getting back to school, to a new year of hustling, adventures, new things. Do you remember that sensation? A few years ago I found myself asking: why…

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    Birth story: what you really need in postpartum during a pandemic

    Having a baby during a pandemic is not easy, but I got you, mama. We welcomed our baby boy on March 12th, one day after Covid-19 was characterized as a pandemic and just a few days before the emergency state was activated in our country, Portugal. We left the hospital to this quarantined world where we all still are now. But we got through it and you will too. Here are our top tips and things you need to get through postpartum during this coronavirus pandemic: The first time I talked with my gramma, just a few days after we came home, she asked: “how are you getting through this…

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    Birth story: bringing our baby home in the middle of a pandemic

    Having a baby during the coronavírus pandemic was not easy but we got through. With the best medical stuff we could ask for, our family at a distance of a FaceTime or WhatsApp, and most crucially, each other, we survived and got our free pass to go home. Then the real stuff started. Usually, when parents are discharged to go home they say they feel scared or even anxious about how they are taking a thing so little home: “what if we are not ready? What if we break them?”. Well, I can say that neither myself or André thought that, we had a very different experience which will make…

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    Birth story: having a baby during a pandemic

    Baby T was born on March 12th, one day after Covid-19 was characterized as a pandemic and just a few days before the emergency state was activated in Portugal. There were 78 confirmed cases in the country and things were starting to feel more serious all over Europe. And there we were, preparing ourselves to meet the love of our life, in the middle of all that chaos. When we dreamed about bringing our baby home we never imagined it to be like this. This was the phrase we said more times in the weeks following taking our baby boy home. The experience was itself so difficult to comprehend and…

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    #Liveyourdreamlife: How to change your mindset to have the life you truly desire

    You know you want that life. You know what are your true dreams. You see that motivation video or read that book and go for the life you want only to find yourself falling for the same procrastination loop by the end of the year where you end up looking behind and realize that nothing has changed? I had the same problem. And you know what? I'm going to tell you how to kick that loop in the ass.