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.



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Poland Travel


Would you like to spend a day in a town where the air can make you feel reborn? Well, you will have to come to Ciechocinek, the world-famous Polish spa town in Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, around 12 miles from the city of Toruń.


I am very lucky because Ciechocinek is within an hour’s drive from my hometown, Chelmza. I try to visit it at least once a year and I always leave it refreshed, relaxed and appreciative of the incredible wooden structures which turn salty water into a mist whilst it slowly drops down the wooden sticks, creating a magical and healthy microclimate. I love breathing in the gentle mist deep into my lungs, turning the walk around these massive structures a meditative ritual.


The three long, wooden structures are called ‘saline graduation towers’.  Saline water from the natural springs in this area contains chloride, sodium, iodide, and bromide which is used in many medical treatments.  The frame towers date back to the 19th century and are the town’s greatest attractions. These three ventilators measure 1741 meters long and 16 meters high. The framework was built of large wooden timbers and the centers are filled with dry blackthorn shrub twigs and branches laid horizontally.


The saline water is pumped to the top of the structure and allowed to flow down through the branches. Natural breezes pass through the structure effectively turning them into giant ventilators. Iodine and ozone from the water are picked up by the gentle winds and released into the immediate area with proven therapeutic results.


The area of the three graduation towers is surrounded by many parks and fountains. Hundreds of people spend weeks and even months in the local health spas which offer various medical treatments.


The visit to Ciechocinek cannot be without the iconic picture with my mama where we look like a couple ( I never want to be the guy! 🙂


The town is very touristy, especially in the summer season so it’s good to visit it on a weekday to be able to appreciate the beauty of the area. It’s also much easier to find a table in restaurants offering delicious Polish meals. This time I chose the cod with potatoes and salad. But be warned, you will only know how much to pay for the fish once it’s cooked and weighed before it lands on your plate. The price in the menu when you order it can be a bit misleading. It is something I have never experienced anywhere else in the world so it must be a Polish ‘thing’ 🙂 Still very delicious though!


The summer is all about…ice cream or at least it shouldn’t be without it. And since it can be eaten whilst inhaling the healing air, it is not so naughty after all. And everyone deserves a bit of pleasure now and again, right?


There is one more temptation I need to warn you against… It’s called ‘GOFRY’ so waffle-like creations covered with a mountain of whipped cream. Yes I know it’s a lot of calories but a visit to Ciechocinek cannot be without it. My level of feeling guilty- Zero 🙂


I love my yearly visits to the tranquil and relaxing Ciechocinek and I think you might like it too. So if you ever find yourself in the area, remember about the magical healing powers of the salty air. After all, we cannot underestimate that every breath we take equals life. Without it, we will not live for long. It is an effortless process that our bodies do for us and appreciating its value for us as human beings can only make us happier and healthier. So next time you take a deep breath, think about the air that fills it and be thankful for the wonderful gift you receive with it called LIFE. Here is to every breath we take!


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Poland Travel


Spending holidays in the middle of the Polish countryside may not be on top of your bucket list but I hope that I can inspire you and maybe one day you will want to explore this real-life Arcadia as it does seem to me like this mystical, pastoral paradise of simplicity and happiness whilst being close to nature.


Over the last decade, I have been spending my summer holidays in Poland. I guess that’s the beauty of being an immigrant when you feel like you belong to two different worlds,  two countries, and two homes which are close to my heart. In the last few years, I have also travelled around Europe and I enjoyed visiting other countries, meeting new people, learning about their cultures and even learning a few words in their language. It has always been part of my English Dream- to live in England but to have the freedom and finances to travel the world. Because I have very close ties with my family, each year in England I longed for those Polish summers and the time when I could visit my hometown – Chelmza to enjoy spending time with my mum, my dog and… myself in order to relax, to reflect and enjoy some ‘me time’ before going back to the big world of climbing up the career ladder, working hard, commitments and responsibilities. Spending some time in Poland has always given me a lot of much-needed peace and time to just be ‘me’ and doing the simple things which I often forgot about whilst living the busy and fast-paced life in England.

I wanted to share with you a few things that give me a lot of joy and happiness, even though they are..nothing special. But by being so…simple, I am sure they would give everyone a fair chance to appreciate their beauty, the abundance of nature, the joy of doing..nothing and the much needed time to gather energy for facing the pressures of our daily lives whilst working, commuting, looking after families, financial commitments, lack of ‘me’ time and daily pressures.


One of the most enjoyable moments of the day for me are the mornings. I love waking up after seven, or just before eight but not because I have to, but because I want to see the sunrise or the blanket of morning fog wrapping the fields. Having a cup of coffee in my hand, I love closing my eyes and breathing in the fresh air which fills my lungs, waking me up gently for the day to come. Views like this are pure joy for my heart and the overwhelming sound of..nothing is music to my ears. How can you not get a clear focus in your head when all you hear is your thoughts and nothing else..no need for any extensive meditation, just closing your eyes for 5 mins and breathing in the fresh air is enough.


When was the last time you walked up to a tree and… picked the juiciest and tastiest, bathed in the afternoon sun apple?


Well, it is one very easy thing to do in the Polish countryside as there are so many orchards with fruit trees that even neighbors themselves often exchange them; plums for cherries or pears for apples. If you decided to stay in the area, I am sure you would be able to experience picking your own apple from a tree and..taste the difference. It’s not the same as the one packed with preservatives in a supermarket.


Walking around open fields hearing nothing but the tractors in the distance or cows mooing (I think that’s how you say it in English 🙂 is one of the best ways to spend lazy, hot afternoons. All you need with you is a little blanket, a bottle of water and some snacks, or even better, freshly picked apples of pears. You can easily find a cozy spot to have a mini picnic on ( a lot of open fields!) and enjoy the views of the neverending sky above you.


Flowers are one of the most beautiful plants created by God in our ‘world garden’.

What amazes me is that ever since I’ve started to appreciate their beauty, I now find them everywhere. By the road, on the edge of a forest, in the meadows and I love stopping for one moment and simply admire their beauty. After all, they are also here for us so that we can enjoy the way they look, pleasing our eyes and how wonderful they smell. When was the last time you were thankful for the surrounding nature around you on your way to work or while taking your dog out? Maybe tomorrow you will notice on your path the wonderful plants and trees which you had never truly noticed before? Or maybe you did notice them but took them for granted and never truly appreciated their presence? Um?


Relaxing and having a chilled beer under a fruit tree may not be your typical way to ‘chill’ in the summer but trust me, you are really missing out.

My favourite Polish beer is Karmi, the dark beer which foams a lot when I drink it but it’s so sweet and moorish that I cannot say no to that simple pleasure. Especially when stretching my body on a sunbed in the warmth of the afternoon sun.


When you think about the countryside, do you think about the sunsets or the smell of freshly cut barley? This is exactly what the countryside means to me. The big, open space and being able to walk for miles watching the sun slowly hiding on the horizon and turning the sky into the most magical spectacle of light. It is that open space that makes me feel like I am free and alive, giving me so much of the very needed positive energy and peace of mind.


When I was younger, I rarely looked at a butterfly with excitement. After all, it was always just… another butterfly. Now that I spend most of my time in towns and cities, I almost forgot what butterflies really look like. Gorgeous, gentle and so colourful. When I notice one in the middle of a field, I have to take a picture of it and keep it in my holiday memories file.

Who knows when I will be able to see the next one?


Corn fields this summer turned into..gold. It was such a hot summer, with temperatures above 30 degrees Celcius that fields turned into one unified colour of gold. It is not usually that hot and summer weather in Poland can vary each year but whatever the weather, the beauty is still there.

It all depends on how we look at it and whether we see that beauty in everything we look at.


One of my favourite things to do in the summer evenings are bike rides.

What could be better than a cool evening breeze in your hair when you zoom through windy countryside roads covered in gravel. No helmet (even though it’s recommended, I have never used one here on country roads), a loose T-shirt and a mini skirt or shorts and off I go on my sunset ride. The straw basket is always useful in case I find some flowers by the road and I want to see them later on my bedside table. These bike rides are a great way to burn off the calories from the delicious Polish food and cakes before going to sleep!


Exploring the countryside and driving through small villages you never know what you are going to see. Just like when I found My Man! From a popular TV series called ‘Rolnik szuka zony’ or ‘The Farmer is looking for a wife’ came this idea, probably from the local farmers to celebrate the end of summer and finishing the crops season. This handsome gentleman was waiting for me on the side of the road. I just knew he was the One for me and had to have a picture taken with him 😉 He even had a classic bike for me. How can you not love Polish hospitality!


There is always one more thing for me to do before going to sleep each night.

Watching the sunset.

What really strikes me is the vastness of the huge sky which just doesn’t seem so big in the city, probably because of the tall buildings blocking my view. The show of so many shades of yellow, red, orange and blue, makes each evening its own theatre spectacle of light and colour. Every evening is a new magical experience and I am never bored with it. It is the idyllic, tranquil setting of days like this that makes me want to come back to my Polish Arcadia each year.


How to experience it:

Well, come to Poland!

This particular countryside area I have described is easily accessible from Bydgoszcz airport in just one hour drive. I usually fly Ryanair from Stansted Airport and in two hours, I find myself in my own heaven on Earth. I guess this heaven can be found on every corner of our beautiful planet but also here, in the idyllic setting of the Polish countryside. We just need to be able to see the abundance that surrounds us wherever we are.

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How do we find resilience in times of hardship? Do we already have it in us? If not, can we work on building it up? 


Resilience- the capacity to recover quickly from tough situations and difficulties.

In my recently published ‘Polish Girl; In Pursuit of the English Dream’ memoir, I described many tough, negative, painful situations that I had to face during my ‘immigrant journey’ in England. The reason why I wanted to share it all is that I wanted to show how I overcame all the challenges that life threw at me; having no money, no place to live, losing the so-called friends, partners, dealing with work exploitation and sexual harassment, constantly living on the edge of being either homeless or jobless, struggling to make ends meet and at the same time dealing with huge emotional pain of missing my friends and family back in Poland, especially my mama whom I love to the moon and back, and first heartbreaks with men whom I hoped would be my soulmate.


Upon reflection, I believe I was only able to deal with constant pain and loss by being resilient. Each time a tragedy happened, I found the strength to pick myself up and move on, heal and never, ever give up on life, even though I had my darkest moments of wanting to simply do that. Resilience had always been the key to my survival as a single woman in England, very often at a mercy of landlords, work managers or partners. The internal strength I called upon to deal with constant challenges life presented me with over and over again. My life turned out to be a huge test of perseverance and spiritual growth and learning from every experience, from every human encounter and very often from the ones which hurt me. I went to England as a naive, young girl and thirteen years later I turned into a woman with a wealth of human experience and spiritual awakening. The resilience which tested my endurance from day one, grew and grew, turning me into an unstoppable Polish woman, knowing exactly what she wants from life, what makes her happy, gives her peace and with enough willpower and strength to now share it with others in my book ‘Polish Girl’. It was not something I had ever expected to happen, especially while dealing with life-threatening depression for years, broken heart and physical and emotional pain of dealing with constant loss in life which turned out to be Transformational of the deepest spiritual level.


But the key to healing and finding that strength to keep living has always been…GRATITUDE. Feeling grateful for all that I already had, even if it seemed like nothing to start with. It was not easy to do initially, to be able to feel grateful for small, insignificant things when huge, bad and painful things were happening in my life. But I somehow learnt how to do it and I can bravely say now that; You can do it too. It takes effort. It is not easy but it is worth working on, as the rewards are immense. For me, instead of wanting each day to give up on life, life suddenly seemed like the biggest gift given to me ever and a pure miracle.

‘It can always be worse’- my mama used to say and it had always been the truth I could not argue with. When you think about all the other things that can go wrong,  you will instantly  be happier and grateful for what you do have: your health, family, friends, income, a comfortable bed to sleep in, sunrise, morning mist, love for nature and animals and humankind whilst feeling joy from just being ALIVE.

If I could work on my resilience and the strength to pick myself up after each and every fall, so can you.

I believe we can all do it.

No excuses.



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