Make meat a treat, I dare you!

Some of you would’ve noticed on my Instagram account (@mariasvegankitchen) that I have a clear preference for plant-based meals. I love fruit and vegetables, I am fascinated by spices and herbs and clean eating is a way of life for me. I’m not perfect though, chocolate is my Achilles’ heel (isn’t everyone’s?) and will succumb…

When life gives you lemons, turn them into Easter eggs

A couple of months ago I decided I needed to book my first adventure for this new year, as 2016 was so full of new experiences, travelling and the outdoors. So I had to keep it up! And so I did. I booked a wonderful 5-day hiking trip, over the Easter weekend – to the…

5 things you can do to instantly feel happier

I entered my mid 20s with a few embedded thinking patterns that haven’t always worked in my favour: perfectionism, overachieving tendencies and a bit of anxiety. Changing your behavioural baggage, which is created by family, peers, background and education, requires some work, a lot of self-awareness, but it can be done! The great thing about the…

The power of now

And my mind kept going on and on, jumping from one subject to another, keeping me distracted…

But suddenly, it went quiet.

I didn’t hate 2016. Neither should you.

Last week I was sitting on the sofa, in my cosy Bucharest flat, savouring a post-workout treat and contemplating 2016.  Facebook was inundated with jokes and memes about how shit the year was, how many great people we’ve lost and how everything’s changing. While 2016 wasn’t the best, I didn’t hate it. I started the year…

Let’s be more and chase less

I’m 27. Some of you will say I’m so very young, and others will understand I’m basically feeling 30 (which is still young, but quite a milestone for a 20-something year-old). This is the age where you start questioning whether you’re actually going to ‘make it’. And by ‘making it’ I mean – meeting your parents/peers/society’s expectations…

10 New Year resolutions that will rock your 2016

Ah, the excitement of New Year resolutions! Who doesn’t love the opportunity of a fresh start, the promise of a new self and the anticipation of greatness? I sure do. I am the queen of planning and ‘resolutionising’.  But as fun as changing direction every three months is, I do find myself rather confused at the end…

Bake Studio

A while ago I chose to go back to Romania and start my own business. Well, actually to continue what my parents started more than 20 years ago, but run it independently. Here’s the story. I’m pretty sure that many of my friends in London didn’t quite believe I was actually quitting my perfect job to…

5 business principles I learned from babysitting a 5 year-old

In my many endeavors to live a full and happy life, I decided to also follow my old desire to work with kids, whilst organizing the first steps towards opening the bakery. While waiting for additional funding, I have enough spare time to dedicate myself to this activity as well. So one day, almost immediately after posting…