There is this proverb which one hears more and more often how older one gets:

You are as young as you feel!

This is the kind version, usually it's 'you are as old as you feel'. Yeah well, but if I'm feeling old, what can I do to make myself feel younger?

A lot of this site is about looks because that is what I was after. I wanted to look better. What I actually got in the end was VITALITY. And it appeared to me that this is what I mean with feeling younger.

You will read here again and again about 'dealing with yourself' and doing 'selfish/self centred things'. I felt guilty at first, that all of a sudden I've put myself in the centre of the world. But something interesting happened. It sort of made me go back to my roots, and I didn't even notice until I started writing this. All my adult life I thought I couldn't be without people around me, having to be available for others, and when I had a bit of time for myself I got rather bored and watched the telly, although feeling a bit guilty about the time wasted.

Now I'm comfortable again with my own company just as I was as a child. I have this recollection of sheer happiness when I was walking the family dogs in the fields around my village. I felt safe and in control, I could stick with the paths I knew, or I could get adventurous and explore new ones. It was my choice and whatever I chose was right. The dogs were my trusted followers and enjoyed the ride.

In the end it seems that my 'Project New Rika' found the Rika of the old days, and the circle is closing.

As I said before, a lot of the things here are about looks. That is because I found that changes on the outside are done rather easily. And it's this dealing with your outside that sneakily starts doing some things to your inside as well. The Body & Mind section will deal with this quite a bit.

Here in the lifestyle section it all comes together. It's the simpe issues that make changes so difficult. It's easily said: Eat healthily and go to the gym twice a week! But where is the advice on how to find the time for this little bit of selfishness? How to save up the money to make the 'New You' affordable. How to convince the family that these changes are beneficial for them as well? We will try and find some answers.

It is here where the dreaming stops and where reality starts. You will have to loose the fear, that if you would try to make your dream come true and it would turn out bland you would be feeling rather empty. That you would have lost the dream but wouldn't have gained anything in reality either. You know? The trick is to dream up something new. That's the thing with the frogs and the kisses - sometimes you have to kiss a lot of them to find a princess!

So, that's sorted! Now it's time to find the determination! To make this silent promise to yourself that you will succeed! However long it takes, how many ways you will have to explore - you will succeed! It is a contract with yourself. Remember the place, remember what you are feeling at that moment, and never forget it again. This is your most secret and most honnest moment with yourself. Enjoy it - And then go for it girl!

And now we have a YouTube playlist Live & Let Live (LLL) for more inspiration.

This is what it is all about!

January 2010

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