WHAT'S REAL WITH IVANA THIES
What’s your favourite color?
Very hard question, I like different colors for different things I figured..... I mostly get excited from soft colors like blue, green or pink.
What’s your favourite ‘go-to’ recipe?
Sweet potato!!! Obsessed.
What self-care habits do you intertwine into your daily routine?
Meditation and a good skin/body care. I really like scents and I like to play with them. Mixing for example; a sweet body cream and a nature scent of parfum and a honey mist in my hair-which makes it like a mood board of smells! Just some time for me!! Mind or body.
What's your favourite book and what book had the largest impact on you?
What are you doing with your life, Not because I was looking, but I think it is a question you must ask yourself everyday for it to make sense. The book taught me to understand, accept and most importantly it felt like a guide helping me step by step and it was really nice to read!
Who can you talk to when you need to get something off your chest?
I have one dear friend who is more like my second half, we speak the same language (as in way of thinking/ understanding) and I always felt misunderstood until I met her.
Where’s your safe place?
I'm trying to make myself my safe space so I can bring her everywhere, but for now I feel safe around nature.
Have you ever dealt with anxiety? If so, what triggers it and how do you calm your mind?
I have for a long time and I still do sometimes, I had a really bad self-perspective because I was too busy trying to understand other things that I forgot that it was me who was thinking all that. So after a while I lost myself because I had no clue who I was and it was really a difficult time for me. I was around a lot of people as a distraction, so now when I'm in a big group I get really anxious because they are strangers to me as I am to them and I think unconsciously it reminds me of that specific phase that I am still working on. The not knowing of the self and to also not know the other. But I have found my peace by thanking my body for giving me signs I'm not feeling comfortable, I listen to her and leave the place.
Have you or someone you love ever been in a dark place? If so, what were the steps taken to get out?
I have and I could write books about how, what and so on. Although it is so important to reflect, be honest to yourself and get to know yourself. Ask yourself questions. Why am I feeling this way? Not to constantly remind yourself but to understand where it came from and next time something happens, that can make you feel a certain way. You are aware and you have little information to work with, so you can step by step see progress by self reflecting (recommend to do with loved ones.)
Do you think social media affects your mental health or has any other negative impacts on you? If so, how do you best deal with it?
It can a 100%, I believe everything you do or see or what so ever creates your own reality, so if you are a fan of social media but it's also hard for you to see some things you can not repair for, it can trigger your " negative emotions' in some way. I'd say again ; ask yourself why you want to use social media and even if the answer is ' because I like it' work with that and don't be too hard on yourself and don't take the virtual life too serious! Learn how to put boundaries to what matters to you and no one can tell you different! You have to believe yourself a 100% in order to make it work because social media is a tricky world.
What’s the biggest change you can identify within yourself in the past year?
I can say for myself, that as long as I remembered I had questions, the biggest questions, and I have found my answers and it flipped me over 4 times- it was the biggest and smallest change at the same time.
What changes do you want to see within yourself in the coming year?
I want to be more structured I want to be more balanced between my 'what I like to do and what I have to do.'
What’s one of the hardest things you’ve had to go through in life? How did you get through it?
This is actually a very hard question for me and there was a period of time where I couldn't see the use of life and I couldn't handle the confusion and questions in my life. Till this day, I am very happy that I am still alive and that it worked out this way. It took me almost 7 years and I want to say so much about this topic but I recommend to look into dualism, it gave me a lot of peace and understanding of why I had to go through all that. If there is room for the question there if capacity for the answer. or else you wouldn't acknowledge the question. There is no good without bad, Ying and Yang.
What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
I would say this is your path it will make sense, everything will.
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt?
Hmm I think a good answer would be : myself. I got to know myself, I got forced to ask questions. I had moments where I was so confused but with what? Everything is unsure if the self is. I got to learn to get to know myself like I am not myself if that makes sense.
If you could change one thing within society, what would that be?
I would love to see unity, I would love to see humans as a whole, no separation. I'd love to see one family, one human race in its purest form ; love and light.