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I’ve found this to be a pretty useful site for all my calculations with dates.

If I want to know, for example, how many days it has been since I got married or when our 10000 days anniversary is :), I use this site. Or how many days/months ago some event took place. And so on.

However, to find out current time somewhere in another part of the world, one can simply google ‘current time X‘ – and it’ll be there. 🙂


Organised Family Archive

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I’m so glad to share that I’ve finally found a way to organise my family’s photos, videos and stories… Besides having all the family archive available on an external hard drive + on my mum’s hard drive (there’s not enough space for this on my computer), it is very convenient to have all the family photos and videos available with several clicks of a mouse anywhere in the world in order to easily share special events with family and friends.

WordPress is my solution! 🙂

I have considered and tried other sites like Facebook / Google + (sharing only with close “Friends” of course) or Tumblr (having a site protected by a password). But  having gained a lot of experience in working with WordPress, I have realised this is the best option for me and returned to it.

Because what is important for me in such a website is that:

  • the website can be made private – I’m not ready yet to share all my family history with the world 🙂
  • everything can be organised in a chronological way
  • one can create galleries
  • one can ‘backdate’ – post something as if it was posted years ago (Tumblr, for example, makes it a bit messy on the back end – where one edits the site..)
  • one can make drafts in advance or schedule posts
  • videos can be embedded
  • the design can be adjusted
  • there is a tagging option
  • there is a calendar
  • visitors can leave comments

WordPress has all these functions and more…

So, what I’ve done is – I have:

  • signed up for ‘another WordPress site’
  • made the site private
  • chose a sleek minimal theme – ‘Forever’ 🙂
  • adjusted the functionality of the site to my preferences
  • created posts for all the family events or photo collections
  • created galleries (in those posts) with photos from our trips or with our guests, or from events and so on.. – uploaded lots of pictures on the wordpress server (still a lot left to upload to be up-to-date, but still lots of free space left)
  • started to upload all the family videos to youtube (making them private too, so that only people who I choose can view them) and embed the videos into the posts on the WordPress site
  • been in the process of creating login details for my family members and friends, so that they can access the website

The only problem I’m having with WordPress is that there is no way to protect the website just with one password, like on Tumblr, so that anyone who has it can access the site without usernames or creating accounts… (In that case I would use Disquis to add a comments function..)

Other than that I’m very happy with how I’ve organised our family archive! 🙂

I plan to use the information from the website for my son Carl’s 1st year baby book: it should be much easier to create a physical book using the materials from the site, for everything will be already organised when the time comes to prepare the book.

My other plan is to do the same for my parents… They say they like the idea! 🙂 And I like doing nice things for them. ) I just need time…

Books I Recommend

Do It Tomorrow by Mark Forster: so far (after reading 1/3 of the book), I think this is the best book I’ve read about ‘time-management’… Read a review by The Simple Dollar. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com | Ozon.ru | Market.Yandex.ru

* Getting Things Done by David Allen: the book helps people create an effective system for managing their tasks and todos. I’m working with it now. Read a review by The Simple Dollar. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com | Market.Yandex: En / Ru

Focus by Leo Babauta: Leo helps us understand what distracts us and how we can overcome those distractions in order to focus on what’s important for us. Get it on Focusmanifesto.com (2 versions are available: free and premium – check it out!) 😉 – check out more books by Leo: Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Read a review by The Simple Dollar. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com

Drive by Daniel Pink. See the promo video. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

The Caucasus by Thomas de Waal: the book about the history of Caucasus. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman & Rod A. Beckstrom. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com

The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferris: there are lots of tips on how to lose, maintain or not to gain weight and how to be a ‘super human’. Tim’s approach to fitness is based on tons of experiments and makes a lot of sense. Some ‘common sense’ things are questioned and argued: for example, jogging for one hour is less effective for weight loss than other types of short exercises combined with a particular diet or just foods or cold showers… Generally there are a lot of approaches to fitness in the book – it might take several months to fully explore them as well as to meet one’s fitness needs. Get it on Amazon.co.uk: Book / eBook / Audiobook | Amazon.de | Amazon.com | Market.Yandex.ru

The Art of Systems Thinking by Joseph O’Connor & Ian McDermott: a good book that explains why sometimes something doesn’t go as planned or expected, although logically it should: more hard work should bring more positive results, for instance. But usually it’s not so, for the systems are everywhere, and their logic is  different. When we understand the logic of systems, we can correctly adjust our actions to get desired outcomes or better understand what to expect from our actions. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

* 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey: this is a very good book. I think it is actually the only book that one has to read about family and parenting. It makes so much sense. 🙂 I think I’ll keep it as a reference forever. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com

Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson: backed by extensive research of how people get new ideas, the author spells out the following principles to encourage idea-generating environment: go for a walk, cultivate hunches, write everything down, keep folders messy, embrace serendipity, make generative mistakes, take on multiple hobbies, network, follow the links, let others build on your ideas, borrow, recycle, reinvent, build a tangled bank. Once you read this book, you won’t have any problems of coming up with ideas… You’ll need to work on execution though.. See the promo video. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

* What’s Your Bright Idea by Paul Humphries & Tim Campbell: this is a guide for a first-time entrepreneur. The steps for starting a new business are all laid out. All one needs to do to succeed is to do all the stuff ‘prescribed’ here. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com: Kindle

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner: the authors explain very well how economic laws can be applied in real life. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com

Superfreakonomics: Freakonomics 2. Get in on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

* How to Eat, Move and be Healthy by Paul Chek: all you need to know about healthy lifestyle. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

* Clutterfree by Leo Babauta & Courtney Carver: very helpful when you’d like to get rid of clutter not only physical but also electronic and mental – there are a lot of tips and ideas. Get it on Clutterfreecourse.com

* The New Book Of Yoga by Sivananda Yoga Centre: basics of yoga poses, recommended diet and breathing exercises. A good book for yoga beginners. Get it on Amazon.co.uk| Amazon.de | Amazon.com

Beyond Chocolate by Sophie & Aubrey Boss: a new approach to ‘dieting’. Get it on Amazon.co.uk |  Amazon.com

* Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray: read it together with your partner if you’d like to better understand the differences and the reasons behind the behaviour of men or women. There are some things that women and men do fundamentally different just because they are of different gender, so it’s good to be aware of them.. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

* Make Every Man Want You by Marie Forleo: this is a great guide for a woman, it’s packed with tips and ideas on how to remain feminine and real at all times. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers: if you ever had some fear to do something or made excuses not to do something, reading this book might help you go for anything that you set out to go for. I wasn’t too fearful in the first place, but now I’m totally relaxed and not afraid to mess up cause I know that it’s better to try to do something and mess it up than to back off and miss an opportunity. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson: if you only want to read one book on self-improvement, read this one. The concepts presented here are easy to grasp, and it gives a lot of ideas about how to improve oneself. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: Kindle En | Amazon.com

* Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr: beauty and gratitude guide for girls and women. Miranda is very much influenced by Louise L. Hay and advocates the lifestyle of appreciation and self-healing. The book is very inspiring and encouraging. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com

* The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss. Ever dreamed of being a mobile entrepreneur? Then this book is for you. Lots of ideas of how to start and manage a mobile business, especially useful when you already know what you’d do when you have more time to relax and don’t have to spend that much time on earning money. Review by The Simple Dollar. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com | Market.Yandex: EnRu

* The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau: this is a very inspiring book. It makes one think of what one really wants from their life. And it encourages to go for it whatever others may think. Also it led me to rethink my personal values. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

* Heal Your Body by Louise L. Hay: Louise believes that one can heal their body or some illness symptoms with the help of affirmations. This book is a list of symptoms and affirmations. Good to have one as an alternative to medicine, sometimes it helps. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

BOOK SHOPS – Simply Sophisticated

MY WISH LISTS (not only books) 🙂

That was a hell of a week…

How easy was that to get used to living on my own…

For 2 months the whole house belonged only to me, whenever I needed a car it was there, I needed to prepare food only for one person (sometimes even when I was not that into cooking, I just didn’t do anything)…

Well OK, there were times when either Paul or my parents paid a visit, or I went somewhere myself – that was nice. However, having Paul, mum and Adrian (my brother), all coming at the same time, made me lose my mind a bit.

They all need something from me constantly. In fact that’s not such a bad thing, right? =)

I want to be needed… I’ve just become so not used to that.

There is a story about one man who wasn’t satisfied with a situation at his home, for it was a total mess. He couldn’t deal with his wife and children any longer because everyone required attention, and the whole life was absolutely disorganised. So he went to a wise man to ask him for help. The old man advised him to let the chickens into his house… The day later the man came back totally dissatisfied: his life has become even more miserable with chickens by his side.. The wise man told him to let in the pigs. Although this idea was absolutely crazy, the man did what he was advised to do. The next day he complained even more about the mess in his house because of those different animals there. Well… Next thing were the cows. After that the man came back to the sage who finally advised the man to let out the chickens, the pigs and the cows. The following day that man came to thank the wise man for the best piece of advice that he had ever received in his life: he finally found peace and harmony at home.

The funniest thing was that in fact nothing has changed.

Therefore, our lives depend so much on the perspective from which we’re looking at them…

My life is actually not that crazy! =)

I am happy!

However, I still find it difficult to manage everything that my closest people want from me…

What do you guys think I should do? How do you organise your lives? How do you deal with your families? =)

All the best to YOU!