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When I was 22, I was the kind of youngster who buys an iPhone just because the other people in the office have one and I needed to fit in. The kind of person who spends their weekend shopping at the mall for things they don’t need. That has a maxed out credit card to get designer clothes. I had nightmares and worries that I can’t repay my debts. I’ll be 30 in a week. I have no debt; I live on a boat that I bought with cash and this year I’m spending my holidays in Hawaii. I invest for my retirement, and I considerRead More →

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This is an adidas sponsored post. However, all ideas, images, and content are mine, and I’m being compensated to share my best tips on fitness and healthy living. This year the UK had the best summer in many years. Almost 2 months of hot, sunny days. We enjoyed long walks, nature, and a fabulous time on the boat ever since we moved in June. Half marathon training If you’re a runner, you know that summer is also training season for any autumn race. Alin and I are preparing for the Kauai Half Marathon that will take place in September, and this week we reached theRead More →

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Here on Green Zen Fit, I’m usually the one that gives advice or offers inspiration. But have you ever wondered who inspires me?! I decided to share with you what I listen to, what YouTube channels I follow, what blogs I read and the books that changed my life in a mini-series called “Meet my heroes”. I’ll start with podcasts. I love them. Whether you’re commuting to work, doing a long easy run or just chilling at the beach, podcasts are one of the best ways to consume information. They are hands-free and don’t require you to look at a screen. And they can beRead More →

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This is part 3 of the work-life balance series on the blog. If you missed the previous ones, go here for week 1 and here for week 2. After making sure you’re happy with your job and then setting some boundaries to make space for the most important things in your life, there’s one more piece of the puzzle. Being productive helps you not only deliver faster but gives you a sense of accomplishment. Have you ever felt that you’re working and working and it’s still not going anywhere? Lacking results can make you enjoy your work less and add frustration that can bleed intoRead More →

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This is a 3 part series on work-life balance. Welcome to Week 2! In week 1 (go here if you haven’t had the chance to read it yet), I talked about how to make sure you have the right job for you. If you’re so unhappy that every Monday morning you need to be pushed out the door (I’ve been there!), go ahead and check it out. Not everyone gets to do something that they’re passionate about or a job that can be considered meaningful and full of purpose; but if it’s sucking the life out of you, it’s wrong! Work-life balance on your terms.Read More →

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Here’s something about work-life balance: you don’t talk about work-life balance unless you don’t have it. So if you ever mention it to your partner, friend or manager, this post is for you. Hi. I’m Andreea. I haven’t been stressed at work since 2013. Six years ago I was doing what any 24y old does – climbing the ladder. I had a lead position in a big corporation, working around 10 hours a day and taking meetings in my pyjamas at 5 am. But I had no other responsibilities, so working my ass off was ok, even if I was stressed and crying a lot. MyRead More →

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We finally reached a point in history when we realized that recycling doesn’t work. If it did, we wouldn’t have oceans full of plastic and turtles with straws up their noses (we’ve all seen the video, I suppose). It’s time for you and me to act and start a journey to a plastic free life. Because there is no other way. If you don’t know where to start, I have 3 simple steps for you. 1. Start with what you have In the beginning, there’s the temptation to get rid of all your plastic and start from scratch with hipster tote bags and cool waterRead More →

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On the fence about buying a FitBit Alta HR? Or any type of fitness tracker? Then this blog post is for you. I still remember my first fitness watch. It was a warm summer morning, I was wearing a bright green t-shirt and my new stylish pixie haircut. I was ready for a morning run and started the activity on my also brand new Microsoft Band. And then I waited… and waited… and then left the house and waited a bit more. Finding the satellites on that tracker was a pain, and it got worse over time. Other than that, the watch was a beautifulRead More →

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At the beginning of this year, Andreea and I have pinned down a big dream of running a race in Hawaii. We found the perfect marathon and half-marathon combo on the Kauai Island on 2 September. Perfect, because we could make it the celebration of Andreea’s 30th birthday. Where to climb? If you don’t know already, the Kauai marathon has a particular challenge for the average runner: elevation. Even though it’s a road marathon, the course climbs to some of the island’s peaks. With over 2100 ft total climb, it takes the marathon runner to some impressive views. However, this race is “only” the finalRead More →

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Happy International Yoga Day and Summer Solstice! If you’re already a Yogi, high five! And if you want to celebrate the longest day of the year the Yoga way, 102 Sun Salutations is one option. Yeah, 102. However, if you’re not yet convinced, this blog post is for you. Any excuse you might have for not practising Yoga, I’m going to crush it! You might already know my story, but if you don’t, here’s the short version. Back in the day, I thought Yoga was weird, mainly because media had painted a different picture than what it actually is. But when I started doing moreRead More →