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GOLUB-DOBRZYŃ CASTLE AND THE PUNISHMENT OF THE KNIGHT

There is something truly magical about castles. For years I have been drawn to them, I love the way they look, the way they transport me back into the past, even the way they smell, giving its chambers a unique, raw atmosphere with old furniture and the light sneaking through the little windows. No wonder last summer I had to visit my local castle in Golub Dobrzyń again, on a warm summer day when one could truly relax and take in all the beauty.

The castle is picturesquely situated on the riverside hill and it was built by Teutonic knights after 1293. The brick fortress was originally both the Komtur’s office and a bastion protecting the border between the Teutonic Land and Poland. In the seventeenth century it was a home for princess Anna Wazówna who turned it into a renaissance residence.

Before you even enter the castle grounds you cannot miss the fact that it used to be a military fortress. Long rows of cannons remind you of the simple fact that it wasn’t built and used for fun.

This year I was so happy to have visited it again as I had finally found true love, right at the castle’s doorsteps. I had finally found my brave knight. He was tall, handsome, made of wood and he had a very long sword 😉 I thought we looked pretty spectacular together!

Unfortunately, my happiness didn’t last long. It turned out he was a Teutonic knight, so not exactly my friend but rather an enemy to the Polish nation so as soon as I had told him what I thought about him (being a brave outspoken Polish girl as I am :), he punished me severely. I spent 10 minutes in this torture device before he set me free after I had threatened to call for my friend in England, the brave Lancelot! 🙂

I was then able to enjoy the rest of the day and I even touched the biggest cannon I have ever seen in my life! It was even used in one of our Polish movies and it was, well, huuuuge! I wouldn’t want to be at the receiving end of it. But I wouldn’t mind firing it, especially at some online trolls, lying on sofas all day, eating crisps in PJs, trolling around the internet and pissing people off with nastiness and hatred..oh how I would make a good use f this cannon… I may be an advocate of spreading love but I also know how to fight for justice and what’s right 😉

Golub Dobrzyń town center has a quaint, colourful square with a fountain, gushing water with a refreshing veil of mist. There are delicious cakes in the cake shop on the corner and the whole town seemed to be sleeping bathed in the afternoon sun. I always try to stop there on the way back from the castle and think to myself; ‘There is something very tempting about such a cute, small town living with no stress, no worries, just a mellow atmosphere of living in the present moment.”

If you ever find yourself in the area, I recommend it 😉 Bydgoszcz is probably the closest airport.

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POLISH WINTER WONDERLAND INSPIRATION

When was the last time you had a fun day in the snow? When was the last time you had a fun day at all? Snow has finally fallen upon my gorgeous little hometown Chełmża and I decided it was time to just… enjoy it. Snow gave me some inspiration and I hope you will find it refreshingly motivational too, to be able to just enjoy days like this, no matter what weather, no matter where you are, there can always be a happy snow day if make it so, enjoying fresh air, stunning views, fun with a dog or just on your own. It gave me some time to reflect and clear my mind, prepare for another wonderful year, 2019. And maybe, just maybe if you do the same, you will get inspired to write a book? I think I know where I am getting my inspiration from for my new book ‘Finding Tree Love’ 😉 and I am sharing some naughty little secrets here with you.

Chełmża covered in a delicate blanket of freshly fallen snow Yesss;)

Snow- or just frozen water, falling gently from the sky, covering us in the most unique veil made up from flakes, each irrepeatable, each irresistable. When we are children we scream and jump high in the air every time we see it. But when we grow up we think it’s something inappropriate and we try to behave…big mistake. Why not wake up this inner child in us every time we get too serious about life, forgetting about our worries and just enjoy having fun? And simply get inspired on life?

Maybe it’s good that life doesn’t always go our way, without it we wouldn’t learn so many other ways to live it. The key is to see each change as an opportunity to grow as a person. What do you think?

When was the last time you had a snow day like this? A day to sit back, relax, take in all the beauty surrounding you and feeling warm sun rays on your face, even on a frosty, winter day? Exactly. Maybe it’s time for one or two or three?

Meet Runo, Amara’s superwolf. More to come in my upcoming book in 2019 ‘Finding Tree Love’

When was the last time you touched the snow to your face? So cold, so sensory, so fun, so.. Deliciously making you feel alive kind of thing. If you don’t remember, it’s a sign you don’t have enough fun..ot maybe you live where snow never falls…it’s ok, rain is just as good. I love all types of weather now, ever since I felt a huge appreciation for myslef, life and the whole world. You can feel it too, only if you want to…

‘I closed my eyes to finally see’ – Monika Wisniewska, ‘Polish Girl In Pursuit of the English dream’ Yess, I actually wrote that and I referred to the moments of meditation when I felt at one with the universe..it’s so easy, so simple, so powerful, try it.

When you are Snow Queen and call upon your biggest forest helper… Runo, the superwolf! Soon to be featured in my new book ‘Finding Tree Love’ …ups 🙂

Our heart can only be filled with one prevalent emotion at a time. We either fill it with unconditional love for ourselves and the world or hatred for our imperfections and miseries of the world. Which one will you choose? It is…a choice.

It’s cold outside my love, but it’s still beautiful.., don’t you think? See with your heart and all will be crystal clear…

Love starts withing you, as You #loveyourself

Can a dog be your best friend? I think Bruno is mine..I mean Runo 😉

You are so perfect in being imperfect. Accepting yourself for who you truly are is the first step to unconditional self-love. No judging, no criticising, no blaming or hating yourself. Only pure love from God for yourself.

We as human beings can break down more times than we can count, but what matters is how we deal with these meltdowns and bring ourselves back up. Never give up. You are strong. Remember that!

Thank you for this amazing day, trees around me standing tall, snowflakes resting on my nose. Thank you. Now, what are you thankful for today?  And every day?

We are only stuck between Heaven and Earth for a short moment after which we go back to who we truly are.. Eternal loving spirits..,

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the New Year, I would like to share my intention I have set out with all of you, to continue working on a mind, body and spirit balance and to live a joyful, blissful life, inspiring others to do the same. Let’s all make it the best year yet, filled with unconditional self-love that overflows to everyone and everything around us. Let’s all become better human beings one day at a time, more loving, compassionate, tolerant and less critical, judgemental, hateful and immature. Let’s all make 2019 the best year yet. Let’s all fall in love with ourselves and life.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! LET’S MAKE IT THE BEST ONE YET!

Love,

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Monika Wisniewska