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Happy Birthday Diaries!

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This very day in 2011, one of my dreams became real. I finally had a blog of my own and was able to share my stories and thoughts with the world. And even though there might have been months at a time without even writing a post, I’m still here.

This is what makes this day very special, that I’m still here to celebrate my blog’s birthday with all of you. So…

Happy birthday, blog! Happy birthday, Lady Nina’s Diaries!

P.S.: Hey, you out there, stay tuned cause many exciting things will happen in the following days (and weeks)!

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17+1 ways to learn Spanish in 2017

“Two thousand seventeen” was missing from one of my previous posts, but not from this one. After all, seventeen is one of my favourite numbers and when it came to write down some simple ways of practicing Spanish daily (one of my dog resolutions) it seemed about right.

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Below are a few such ways and I’ll keep them short and simple. Continue reading

Resolutions

Reading the title of this post, you might very well think that something is missing. The number “2017” maybe. And you would be right; except that I decided something else this year.

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Time is continuous; years are only units which help us count it and maybe help us set goals and achieve them at certain time frames. This is why there is not going to be a “Resolutions 2017” post. Resolutions for this year will only be continued from those that I set last year. Remember them?

Now you do, don’t you? Well then, let me update you about all of them. Continue reading

Under my (new) skin!

A really short post to let you know how excited I am -how obsessed!– about the new appearance of Lady Nina’s Diaries blog and Facebook page. Yes, I admit it, it has gotten under my skin. Not the irritating kind, but in the fascinating way.

And yes, you are very observant; my blog is now linked to my goodreads account, so you can see what I’m up to (reading) at any time!

I’d like to add here something I’ve observed, now that Diaries’ birthday approaches again. It seems that this period of the year is the time that inspires me the most; to make changes, read more and write more… And even organize events! Soon you’ll find out more about the latter, I promise!

Until then, get yourself a cup of coffee or tea or a glass of wine, grab a book and travel inside its pages. ‘Cause…

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A book is a gate to worlds unexplored,
a ticket to lives unlived,
a spark that ignites emotions and thoughts.

And once in a while browse this blog for new book (and other) ideas, and visit the Facebook page.

Cheers!

There is something you didn’t know about St. Valentine’s!

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Photo by Lady Nina

Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s Day. Everybody knows that. However, there is something you don’t know. You don’t have to bring chocolates or flowers to your Valentine. Or rather you don’t need to, in some cases . Maybe what your partner needs in order to feel loved is some quality time, or to spend the whole Sunday hugging under the blanket, or to compliment him about his new hair style, or to keep your promise to her that you would fix that leaking faucet.

For there is not only one love language, but five. Yes, five. Five kinds of ways to show your loved ones that you love them. The problem is, not all of us speak the same language. At least, that is the conclusion Dr. Gary Chapman reached after years of study. And it is all summed up in his book, ‘The 5 love languages’. I was lucky to receive this book as a gift, as I would possibly not have known about it otherwise. And I read it straight away (you can find it listed in the Books of 2015, although I haven’t written a review – and you now know why).

As I said before, there are five love languages: the words of affirmation, the acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch. So, in order to understand which of these is your primary love language or the primary love language of the person you love, you can simply make the test provided in ‘The 5 Love Languages’ website.

St. Valentine’s Day, the official day of love, is only a day away. So, what are you waiting for? Do the test, give it to your partner too, and organize an event which combines both of your love languages! And if you need some help, remember that I am here to help you !

A treasured moment

You know how it is when you live a special moment, which you want to treasure? You want to hide it some place where it shall stay intact by the passing of time. You want it to stay alive, you want to remember it with all your senses, just like you experienced it when it happened.

And so it might seem that you have forgotten it for a while, when you’ve put it aside, protecting your memories from everyday routine’s corrosive power. But then there comes a time when you want to open the box and release this memory and let it conquer you.

That’s what happened today. Two months after their wonderful concert in Prague, which I attended with my Other Half, I listened to Nightwish again. And the magic of that night visited my again!

And I want to share some magic with you, and in the same time keep a promise I made last year. So here are some photos I took during the concert. Continue reading