January 6, 2011

Have a Bright and Peaceful 2011

Although the new year didn’t start as I expected, I believe 2011 is going to be another awesome time of my life. 

Moving to Canada after almost 30 years in Sofia, Bulgaria with a Master's degree in Education and tangible experience as a teacher and lecturer, I have been facing a lot of changes and challenges… 

However, the greatest lesson this transition has thought me is learning to accept life as it is, and live in the NOW, because there are no ordinary moments. 

How do you do that? 

If life happens to deliver a situation that you cannot handle or doesn’t depend on you, do NOT attempt to resolve it yourself! 

I swear, all situations will be solved, but not in your time, and not always the way you want it. Instead of worrying or complaining, you can have a different approach – simply, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life. Be grateful for the little things and find joy in the simple moments.

Come on! Let us together open our eyes and look around... and think that "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye".




This is certainly what I am trying to do every single minute of my life; it’s difficult, though, but possible!

Now, having  all the time in the world, 

I  am watching how my twelve-year old son is turning in front of my eyes into a handsome, smart, kind and funny young man. And I am proud and happy that I have been THERE, the entire time, since the beginning of this fascinating metamorphosis.



Now, having all the time in the world, 

each morning while I am walking our dog, Charlie, the chocolate lab, I am coming in contact with this vibrant Living Nature. There is a Spiritual World out there… I don’t even need my yoga classes because there has been nothing more refreshing and a measure of personal peace and calm .

 Now, having all the time in the world, 

I allow myself to immerse in the marvellous world of books, music and art. Every day I try to create something beautiful that I know it comes out of my hands, mind and soul. Thus, my present is not only delightful, but meaningful as well.

I have learned that sharing experiences and emotions is the best way we can help ourselves and others, so I decided to share my simple life with you through my new blog. It is a entirely new experience for me and English is not my first language. Please, excuse any mistakes I may have made in my writing.)



Let’s see … 

Yesterday I got inspired by Ina Garden’s new book “How Easy Is That? “and made my version of  her Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe. 

How about making our days more sweet with this simple recipe:    

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder,
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, room temperature

Take delight in the simple joys of life!

Thank you to all who will visit my blog and take time to write nice words. It would mean the world to me.


  1. Welcome to your new blog, Sylvia! You're off to a wonderful start. The cake looks fabulous! I hope you have marvelous fun, and a great year!

  2. Thank you , dear Jacqueline. Frankly , I have been visiting your blog for quite some time and been inspired by it ! It's so warm and lovely "there "... Happy 2011 , again !

  3. Sylvia

    I am starting to read your posts from the beginning. I am entranced. LOVE your take on life, your home looks stunning. As you say I think we have found a kindred spirit.

    Have a great weekend.

    Sue x


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