10 solo date ideas that will cheer you up this Valentine’s day.

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Hello, dear readers! Now, when this post is going live, it’s Valentine’s day already and, as we know, there are two types of people on Valentine’s day – couples and singles. Also, it’s widely known that singles must hate this day. We are brainwashed with the idea that our self worth depends only other people opinions about us and the amount of attention they give to us which is completely wrong and unhealthy. I am currently single, even though with a possibility of dating someone in a near future, and I’m not filled with joy on Valentine’s day either. To make the situation better, I decided to come up with few great solo date ideas for you and me to try. Admit it – doing these will be way better than drinking wine, eating ice cream and crying in front of a TV while watching “Titanic”. It’s time to stop feeling bad about your relationship status and enjoy the day like you deserve. So here are some of the best solo date ideas.

  1. Solo movie night with your favorite home-cooked food. Pick a movie or few from any genre except romance and cook something. Nothing quite tastes like self-made pizza, tomatoe soup or any other healthy version of a food you truly enjoy. Just stay away from junk food, don’t punish your body with that crap.
  2. Try out new restaurant you’ve neve been to. If you live in a city, this is a great opportunity to explore it. You don’t have to go to the fanciest restaurant nearby, just find a place you have never been to. Even better, if it has some foreign cousine and a dish you haven’t tried before.
  3. Buy yourself a nice piece of clothing, maybe even whole outfit. When was the last time you have felt like a godess in your clothes? Now is the right time to get that feeling back.
  4. Go to a movie or theatre play alone. Who said you always need someone to come with you? Looking from the bright side, this activity can be even more enjoyable without someone sitting next to you and commenting on everything that happens on the screen or on the stage. Side note: Try to avoid anything romantic, if you can.
  5. Go to a pilates, yoga or zumba class. Or anything else that makes your heart beat faster. Most likely you won’t see any couples there and, as you already know, phisical activity makes you release endorphins and that makes you feel great. Isn’t this option way better than eating whole tub of ice cream while watching “Titanic”?
  6. Create at home spa day (or evening). Buy yourself a nice bath bomb, face mask, scrub, body cream or anything else your heart desires. Then treat your body with all of those things, paint your nails, maybe try out new make-up look. Why drown in self pity, if you can get busy with self care?
  7. Plan a date with your single besties. I know that I have said “single date” ideas. While you can’t make this idea come true on your own, at least you don’t need a lover for that. And there’s not greater way to rebel against Valentine’s day than to embrace your single life with your single friends.
  8. Go for a walk in parts of your city you don’t usually go to. I have lived in my city for almost four years but even I don’t know all the nice coffee shops, cafes, shops and bookstores it hides. It easy to think your city has nothing to offer, if you’ve lived there for years and walked the same road thousands of times. Get out of your comfort zone and explore. Who knows, what you might find!
  9. Go for a walk with your camera and take photos of everything you find interesting and beautiful. It does not matter, if you are an amateur or pro – enjoy your walk and perpetuate all the amazing moments.
  10. Get in touch with your inner child. I know we are adults now but do you remember what you enjoyed the most when you were seven years old? Maybe twelve? Did you used to enjoy jumping rope, learning dances from tutorials or singing? Maybe drawing, coulouring books or trying out different DIY’s? Try doing that now and don’t be ashamed – no one is watching. Sometimes it feels good to bring back certain childhood memories.

That’s all I can offer you today. 🙂 What are your plans for Valentine’s day? Let me know it the comments. Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts!

Love, Porcelain Doll.

5 amazing tips that will increase your productivity instantly.

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Hello, dear readers! If you are anything like me, you have had big goals as long as you can remember. However, there might be times when you feel tired, unmotivated and just want to procrastinate. Well, you are not the only one, I tend to struggle with this, too. So I decided to take some time to observe and analyze my own behaviour during those times and figure out, how to get out of it. Here are 5 amazing tips I came up with that increased my productivity instantly and can increase yours, too!

  1. Make sure your room / workspace is warm enough. One odd thing I noticed – if it’s too cold in my room, all I want to do is sit under comfy blankets, watch TV series and procrastinate. For a while I didn’t even notice that this is a problem but when I finally did, I realized it’s time to turn that heater on, get out of my bed and get stuff done.
  2. Make sure you don’t have lowered blood pressure. If you do, get some coffee. This is a huge one for me. I used to feel tired almost every day for years and couldn’t figure out why. One day my doctor told me that it might be because most of the time I have lowered blood pressure. That turned out to be the reason why I wanted to sleep most of the time and felt exhausted. How did I fight this? Simple, with coffee. I know that some people are pretty skeptical about it, mostly because of the thing called “caffeine hangover” which tends to have similar effects as alcohol hangover. I experienced only once in my life, after about 5 or 6 cups of coffee when I really wanted to be creative & productive. So, friendly advice – don’t drink more than 3 cups of coffee a day.
  3. Make a to do list. This might be such a cliché but it actually helps me. Every morning I make to do list and try to cross out aismany things as possible that day. Somehow it us super fun for me. And, as someone, who used to struggle with depression, this is a great thing for me. Now I can realistically look back at what I have done that day and say: “Wow, I was very productive today!”Create a Girlboss (or Guyboss) playlist. It’s crazy how much music can affect your mood. If I have some sad, calm songs in the background, I honestly feel like crying instead of getting stuff done. Sad music might be acceptable only when I’m painting or drawing (sometimes). In case you need some ideas about songs that will make you feel pumped, check out my “Playlist of a Girlboss” on Spotify here:
  4. Stop over thinking and complaining, just start doing it. It’s crazy, how much time we spend wondering, if we should really do something and trying to find reasons for procrastination or not doing it at all. The best way, how to do something is just to get up and do it. Turn off all the thoughts that make you want to procrastinate or doubt yourself and just get to work!
  5. Plan a day or few every month for relaxation or a quick getaway. It doesn’t matter, if you go to school, work or do both – this routine can be exhausting. Every week is pretty much the same and, especially if you have to do something on weekends, burnout can become a real threat when you don’t plan some time for recharging. Only since September I planned some “off days” in my monthly schedule and it has been very helpful. My stress levels are not as high anymore and I don’t get ill as often.

Those are all the productivity tips I have for you today, that I have tried myself. It would be easy just to look something up on the internet but sharing my experience seems way more genuine. Have you tried any of these productivity tips? Or maybe you have your own favorite productivity tips? Share in the comment section!

Until next time on dollshavehearts.com !

Love, Porcelain Doll.

#GirlbossSeries: How to create kickass morning routine.

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Hello, dear readers! Have you ever dreamed about living happy and organized life? Most likely you have. But have you ever tried to plan everything and just live the life you want? I bet there will be two types of answers to this question: “No, not really.” and “Yes, but it didn’t work out for me.” No matter which answer did you pick, you still have a chance to take one step closer to living your dream life. At the beginning we will be starting out small, so that’s why today I decided to talk about creating a morning routine.

“But what’s a morning routine? Don’t I already have one?” Those are the questions you may ask. Well, if your morning routine includes snoozing the alarm at least five times, hoping out of bed the very last minute and skipping breakfast, then no – you don’t. To have an amazing life, you need to start with making your day awesome. Firsyou have to start it the right way. Morning routine isn’t only about getting dressed and making coffee. It’s way more than that. To give you an insight into this, I will share some things that you could include in your own morning routine.

  • Write. If you’re a blogger or a writer like me, morning is the best time to write. Your mind isn’t cluttered with daily worries yet and you’re just one coffee cup away from getting into your “getting shit done” mode. So try to set aside at least 15 minutes in the morning to get some writing done.
  • Exercise. You have probably heard a lot about morning yoga, running in the morning etc. Pick any type of physical activity that makes your heart beat faster and body move. If you don’t want to include exercising in your morning, you can make it a part of evening routine.
  • Write something in your journal. This one is very similar to the first idea, however, you don’t have to be a writer to write in a journal. This is for your personal well-being. Just reserve some time in the morning to write everything that is on your mind, things that you are thankful for etc.
  • Make some coffee or tea to take with you. It seems like no-brainer to some people but have you ever thought how much money you spend when you buy coffee or tea in a coffee shop? Just make a hot drink in the morning, pour it into you thermos and you are good to go.
  • Make your bed. Another no-brainer but it is nice to do it right away, so when you come home, you don’t return to messy rat’s nest.
  • Read few pages of a book. Just few months ago I unpleasantly surprised myself with the fact that I could not find a time to read. At all. I used to be such a bookworm in elementary school, I barely could put a book away but then high school happened. Most evenings I was too tired after school that I went straight to bed. However, I missed reading too much, so I created a morning routine in a form of a checklist and included reading in it, too.
  • Wash your face. Especially, if you are a teenager and have a problematic skin like I do. I never had a time for some complicated skin care routine but as soon as I started washing my face every morning with some face cleansing gel, my skin got way better.
  • Plan your day. It’s your choice, if you decide to plan your day in the morning or in the evening before but I highly suggest you to do it. Planning not only makes you get more stuff done but also makes you feel better about yourself when you have completed the tasks and seen, how much you have done.
  • Take a shower. For some people it helps to feel more refreshed and ready for a new day. For me it only puts in my “I am ready to go back to sleep” mode. Take a risk – maybe morning shower is all you need to be the best version of yourself for the rest of the day.
  • Have a cup of coffee. This is a suggestion for those poor people just like me, who have low blood pressure all the time and, if they don’t get their daily dose of caffeine, they might as well cast in Walking Dead.
  • Watch Girlboss series type of video on Youtube. Just one video can inspire you for the whole day if not longer. My favorite Youtubers, who post a lot of girlboss aka boss babe related stuff are Hannah Ashton , Kalyn Nicholson  and Nika Erculj . Just don’t get caught up, they are pretty addicting!

Now that I have shared the most popular ideas for your morning routine, it’s time to make it. You don’t have to include everything I mentioned in this post, just pick whatever is closer to your heart. The main goal of a morning routine is to prepare you emotionally and physically for a productive day. Stay awesome and see you on my next post on dollshavehearts.com !

Love, Porcelain Doll.

5 steps to becoming your real, authentic self.

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Hello, dear readers! Today I wanted to talk about something that has been sitting on my mind for a long time, which is being yourself.  You probably want to ask: “What is there to talk about? I already know, who I am and what I want to be.” The truth is – you probably don’t. You just think you do. A little more than year ago I thought that my dream is to study classical guitar in Royal Academy of Music in London. Strange, wasn’t it? I couldn’t and still can’t imagine myself on the stage, earning living by playing in concerts. It took me some time to realize that all the years I heard my mother constantly talking about how nice it would be, if I would become a successful classical guitarist, for a while made me believe that it is my own idea. Of course, it wasn’t. I realized that even though my view to the future is not completely clear, I don’t see myself becoming a musician – performer. Performing on the stage often just isn’t what I picture for myself.

Maybe you, just like I was, from early childhood were influenced by different opinions and are taught lots of rules. Everyone – from parents and friends to media is responsible for how we see ourselves, what we believe in and, eventually, who we become. Sadly, often influence is too overwhelming and it is easier than ever to silence the inner voice everyone naturally has and blindly follow the norm. And let’s be honest – norm is boring. Besides – no great artist, musician, blogger or (insert any profession other here) has succeed by following the crowd. If you are reading this post, I am pretty sure you don’t want to be one of the crowd – boring and plain just like everyone else. However, you still don’t know, how to stand out and become a successful individual with amazing life. (Side note: when I say amazing, I don’t mean that you won’t face any hardships. You will but that’s okay.) Let me introduce you to 5 steps to becoming your real, authentic self.

  1. Stop and take a moment to ask yourself: “Where do I see myself in few years, if I keep living like this? Am I happy? Do I lack something in this future life? If so, that might be the sign that you have been taking the path others wanted you to take instead of following the real you. In the past I could picture myself as a musician on stage. I could even imagine, how happy my parents and teachers would be. But there was one thing I couldn’t visualize in the future – myself being happy in a life like this.
  2. Try to remember what you have enjoyed doing in your childhood. What was it? Did people around you encouraged you or thought it was a waste or time or outside the norm? Maybe you liked to paint but you mother told you that you won’t be able to get into art school so often that you even didn’t try? Maybe you liked to play football but your teacher or friends said that you’re just another average football player and you will never make it to the team in your country? Just think about what were you passionate back then and don’t skip the things that weren’t approved by others. Do you still enjoy any of these activities? If yes, that is a good sign.
  3. Think about all the things that differ you from others. Do you have weird laugh that you’re trying to hide? Do you never wear shorts because you think that your thighs are thicker than other girls’? Do you never speak up in class or in a meeting because you think that your voice sounds weird? Now, when you have made your list, it’s time to switch things up. Stop worrying about the opinion of others. Laugh like nobody could hear you, wear those cute shorts and speak up in class. And, for the sake of God, stop judging yourself. We all have quite a few haters, there’s no need to join the club and start hating yourself. Better be confident and fake it at the beginning, if you have to. As they say – fake it until you make it.
  4. Start doubting your limits. You probably think that you will never get rid of your shyness, clumsiness, never become successful in our dream niche and never get that dream job. What if I told you it’s not true? What if you’re listening to your inner negative voice and opinion of others way too much? A lot of famous and successful people were doubted before they made it. Take for an example Lady GaGa, Elvis Presley, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Marylin Monroe and many more. It’s time to become your own biggest supporter, start believing yourself and make your dreams come true.
  5. Split big goals into smaller steps. Knowing what you want and believing yourself is good but you will fail, if you won’t split big goals into small steps that will gradually help you accomplish what you wanted. Having a concrete plan will make you stay more motivated and not so overwhelmed by quantity of the work you will have to get done. For example, if your dream is to have blog with 10000 followers and have at least 3000 views daily, your smaller steps might be “polish your Pinterest profile” , “learn how to engage your Pinterest followers and turn them into your blog followers”, “find sites in your niche that accept guest posts” etc. You get the point.

I really hope that this post will inspire you a lot and make you want to change your life for the best. I might not be an expert in this area of life because I am in improvement process myself but sharing my tips and experience is great – now we can walk this path together!

However, before I go, I want to know: Does your future life vision satisfies you? Do you follow your inner voice or suggestions from family members and friends? Let me know in the comments!

Love, Porcelain Doll.

Striving for a better life.

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Striving for a better life. | It's time to get my life together, start planning and start living the life of my dreams.

Hello, my dear readers! Last week has been pretty crazy to me. After chilling all summer and mostly taking my time to rest and improve my mental health, I just realized that school is going to start soon. It feels like just yesterday I returned from summer exchange program, just few days ago I got a tattoo… but it’s a false feeling and I have little time to get my life together. Even though this school year will be free from some subjects that I used to hate (*cough* math *cough*), I will be busier than ever because crazy inner me decided that she can keep studying, get normal grades, manage blogging and teach kids to play the guitar 22 lessons a week. I went from having no students to having 16 at once. It’s funny to remember how boring my life was at the age of fifteen when I was too scared to step out of my comfort zone but now I’m doing it a lot more, yet wondering – isn’t it too much?

However, I’m determined to make this work and even more – feel happy while living like this. After getting off meds I have slowly realized how strong I am mentally and how much I am capable of doing which amazed me. Of course, it might not be a lot in eyes of some people but for me it is something. I went from trance-like state and not caring about anything to realizing my current goals and learning to believe that I can achieve them. Nevertheless, to live the life I want to live, I will have to do something I have barely done in my life and when I did – I hated it. If you have not guessed what am I talking about – it is planning. I am that chaotic person, who loves to stay up until 4 a.m., if I suddenly get inspired to write or paint and who is often running late to somewhere I have to be. Now it is time to stop this messy lifestyle and plan out everything, which is what I am doing these past few days and I still keep doing it. So far I have created my morning routine (Who knew these are so important! Mine always consisted on hitting snooze about 10 times and skipping breakfast.), got 3 planners (2 for both schools I will be teaching in and 1 for general daily tasks) and created blogging daily task list.

Also, I have figured out 7 big mistakes why planning never worked out for me in a long term.

  1. Too much daily tasks.
  2. Tasks are too huge.
  3. All of the tasks are unpleasant.
  4. No rewards.
  5. No long-term goals.
  6. I’m waiting for inspiration or enough energy to do something.
  7. Following fake goals aka goals that others have set for myself.

Now, when I know what I have done wrong in the past and how to do it the right way now, I feel much more motivated and the future just seems brighter in general.

One more thing I have been doing to change my life for the best is uncluttering my closet and my apartment. Even though I’ve been doing some closet cleaning less than a year ago, I still found myself having clothes that do not represent me or in which ones I feel unattractive. However, for a while I did not realize that the closet was not the only thing, full of old, unuseful, broken and ugly things. It was the whole apartment. For example, just few days I threw out 3 or 4 trash bags, full of old school notes that I am not going to use again. Turns out that all those small things I put somewhere away from my eyes and kept “just in case” all together created a lot of trash that I have not used for months or even years. Also – throwing out the stuff you do not need is just a part one. The second thing you need to do is stop making spontaneous purchases. This goes especially about clothes and make up. Buy something only if you need it, not because you fell in love from the first sight with it.

So that’s what I am doing to make my life better. In case you are thinking about getting your life together, too, I will leave few useful links that might inspire you to do so.

That’s all for now and see you in next week when I will hopefully have everything planned out and I start diving into this new routine.

Stay awesome, Porcelain Doll.

 

10 inspiring Tumblr tags you will love.

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Hello, dear readers! I, just like a very big part of the population, have been using Tumblr for years. have had several accounts and have taken few breaks from the site. However, I have to admit that this blogging platform is incredibly great because it takes very little effort to create your blog, it’s easy to promote it and even more – your blog does not have to be made mainly for other people’s eyes like WordPress, Blogger and other blogging platform blogs are. Tumblr blog can be like your online diary, it can be your safe place, if you are trying to lose weight (I’m not talking about thinspo, bonespo and skinspo here, those tags are way too dark.), find friends while battling a mental illness or just simply get inspired. This is why Tumblr has been my most favorite place on the internet. No matter, who you are, you can find friends there. Today I wanted to show you that Tumblr consists of more than pro ana personal blogs and a lot of teenage blogs, who are reblogging #grunge , #pale , #couple pictures. I am sharing those 10 tags to show you, why I am so obsessed with Tumblr in a good way.

10 inspiring Tumblr tags you will love

  1. #studyblr / #studyspo It is no secret that a lot of students are using Tumblr and yes, college students, too. Under these tags you can find pictures of neat, beautiful notebooks, bullet journals and aesthetically pleasing study spaces. Even if you do not really like school, this will make you hyped up and motivated enough to finish that homework as good as possible.
  2. #artjournaling / #artjournal You do not even have to be super creative and artsy to look up this tag and start creating your own art journal. The point in journaling is getting all your emotions and thoughts out. Do not worry about the result, enjoy the process! I consider art journaling very useful to everyone, especially from people, who suffer from mental illnesses. This will make you feel better and maybe you will want to look back at your old journals few months or years later.
  3. #booklr / #bibliophile / #bookblr If you are a book worm like me, you will love this. Under these tags you can find ideas of book to read next, some quotes from books and really beautiful pictures that will make you close the site and pick up a book again.
  4. #bulletjournal / #bujo If you love planning your day or would like to get started with it in a journal not an app, this tag will be for you. You planner does not have to be plain and boring. Get some inspiration under these tags!
  5. #fitspo / #fitfam / #fitblr If you are a fitness junkie, this will take you to all the motivation you need to push harder and get healthier. Motivational quotes, healthy recipes, before and after pics, exercise ideas and pictures that describe your dream body.
  6. #langblr / #langspo If you are a poliglot or simply decided to learn a new language, get some inspiration here, find some pretty notes and vocabularies. Who knows – maybe starting from tomorrow you will start learning Italian!
  7. #journalclub I have mentioned bullet journals and art journals before but there are even more types of journals out there: movie journals, travel journals and more. Under this tag you can find all of these and chose which type you want to start.
  8. #motivation / #inspiration / #quotes Yes, sometimes tags are that simple. Need inspiration? Look for it on Tumblr!
  9. #tumblrroom I do not know a place where to find better room decoration ideas than on Tumblr. A lot of these might be feasible in your own dorm room. Some fairy lights, photos. fluffy pillows and done! Your room is cozier than ever.
  10. #spilledink / #spilledthoughts / #spilledwords / #writersontumblr Are you a blogger or writer, who lacks inspiration? Say no more. These tags will get your mind running again.

There you go – now you know where to look for inspiration when you do not have any. I mentioned more tags here because there were many similar and related to each other. I wish you a happy Tumblr journey but beware – it can get a little addicting! 🙂

Love, Porcelain Doll.