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This is who I am


Today I have decided to share with you a little bit of my journey throughout these years.

Many of you might be new on my page and if you wish to know me better this is a great chance.

You will find out (a lot) about myself, the place I am coming from, how did I grow up, my values and how life used to care for me.

I hope I can keep it short and sweet! (People love to talk about themselves)

I would go back to my childhood, I remember I was always a happy child, I would get involved in all the activities, sometimes more than I could handle, but I simply loved to keep myself busy, finding new hobbies and I must admit I was quite competitive, but in the same time I would always give my best and I was never a greedy child, I think the desire of helping and giving that I now have is there since I was a child. I don’t have brothers or sisters, but I wish I had, so I could share with them all the good and the bad. Cause life has always two sides and I had to live them both. At age fourteen I found myself surrounded by an angel, my mother, Angela, has now become my Angel. I still think that her name was somehow well chosen.

I feel like I am now going into too many details about my personal life which I never spoke about, but since I decided to share moments of it with you, you might as well know that we all go through unfortunate moments in life and those are meant to strengthen us and discover our most powerful sides. And that has happened to me as well.

Ever since I wanted to excel in everything I was getting involved. I felt like I wanted to make both my parents proud, but all I was doing I was actually doing it for myself. I enjoyed it. It would keep me going!

And that’s in terms of relationships, school, being a daughter, a good friend, going to a good University, getting a job. I earned my own money since I was in school. I remember when I was in high school I rarely needed pocket money from my father because I would earn mine. When I went to University, I started to work as well right away, I had couple of jobs mostly in retail and hospitality.

All of that while studying as well. School was always a priority so I always had to study hard just to catch up with all the information because I was missing a lot while working to earn my money (during my University years). I was already an independent girl let’s say. I would manage to pay my own rent, bills and take care of myself.

Ever since that unfortunate event happened in my life, I have evolved so much, I became more mature comparing to kids my age, I was seeing life differently and I knew I had to get out there and make my own path in life because no one else would do it for me. As said, this is what I kept doing until the present moment. I graduated high school with honors, graduated the University with honors again, so in terms of studies I was fulfilled and so was my family.

Something was missing though and that was my personal desire to succeed in life, a quite difficult move at those times of financial crises in Romania and not only.

I have never thought I would build a career or a life out of my own country far from my family. But sooner or later the day I packed my suitcase and moved to Dubai has come.

I still remember the day I landed here, in Dubai, I was so impressed, a girl from a small city in Transylvania being mesmerized by a city as Dubai. It was so impressive to me and I still love it as much as the day I first landed here.

It was a risk that I took and not many would have done it if they were in my place. But that risk played a big role in my life.

Everything that happened afterwards it’s a more familiar picture to you already, since I have spoken about it in a previous article where I mention about my first job in Dubai and how did I end up becoming a cabin crew for Emirates.

Now, why did I share all of those quite personal stories with you?

The reason is quite clear and simple and that’s to, basically, show you that, whatever you dream of, you can achieve, to show you that in life you don’t need anyone else but yourself. Don’t rely on your parents money or your parents connections, don’t let the circumstances of your life decide for yourself, but take your own decisions and turn your whole life around.

This is an honest personal experience, that your background, your money or your social life, does not determine who you can become and if that means to be the one that does things differently and takes a risk, then go for it!

Choose for yourself and choose wisely, be aware of your unlimited possibilities and chances that life shows you and be open to welcome them! You should always make the best with what you have, be proud and happy about it, make it special!

Despite everything else I want you to know that I have always felt loved and fortunate to be surrounded by amazing friends, great communities and people who trust me. I still believe that when God takes something from you, although nothing and by that I mean NOTHING belongs to us, He always makes sure to give us so much more in return.

So yes, I feel truly blessed, very fortunate about everything in my life, very proud of who I am as a person and I know that the best is yet to come.

And when you can’t find the sunshine, BE the sunshine, and that sums up pretty much how my journey in life went, I was my own sunshine when I couldn’t find one!

Love,

Andra

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10 random facts about me


Hello pretty or hello handsome!

You might or you might be not that new to my page anymore, but regardless, today, I’d like to share with you little bit about myself.

I know we all picture ourselves in the best light, either here on the blog or on Instagram, but how about talking about some randomness?

I am trying to get to know you better, but for that you should also know a bit more about myself, that’s the only way we can deepen our relationship…even a virtual one.

Therefore, let me tell you 10 random facts about me, that random that I have to think about it. Lol.

1. I am afraid of heights. I’m not sure that’s the right way to put it, since I’m always in the air, or on rooftops, even my home in Dubai is on the 54th floor, but still if you ask me to jump out of a plane, that’s a NO NO. I believe it all started when I was little and I had a dream of falling or nearly falling out of the edge of a tall building. Weird, but I still feel that when I think about it.

2. When I was a child I wanted to be a pharmacist, my aunt is a pharmacist so I thought that’s such a cool and interesting job. I ended up applying for Police Academy, Law University and Food Engineering. Graduated the last one.

3. I know nothing about politics. Or almost nothing and I live so well with that.

4. I can’t watch horror movies. They traumatize me for life. I mean it!

5. I would watch a movie and then I won’t remember in the future if I have ever watched it before, I don’t understand how can I forget it. Like people could tell you the whole plot, the actors, their name in the movies…hello, who are you?

6. This year I discovered how much I enjoy reading, truly. My mind is full of information, plans, dreams, strategies. And what I enjoy more is sharing that knowledge with people who need it.

7. I believe that my purpose in life is to share, to give, to make people happy. I do treat people with respect and kindness, and add a smile to that. It’s the biggest gift you can offer anyone.

8. I love The Weeknd’s music, in case you didn’t know. I bet you knew that.

9. I don’t have a “favorite car.” My favorite car should be red and elegant, if that’s how you define good cars.

10. I might be rolling my eyes when people don’t listen, I mean that moment when you are talking and the other person starts talking over you, completely ignoring what you were saying. Thank you, next.

11. Ah, I said 10. Ok, that’s it for today. My list is so much longer though.

I hope you enjoyed knowing a little more about myself. Slowly, but surely, we’ll get to know each other.

Sending you much love, positive thoughts and courage to stay strong, sane and active!

XOXO,

Andra

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This day will never come again


It seems that this spring allows us to only watch the trees blooming from our balconies, we listen to the birds singing every morning while sipping our coffee and we watch the sky day and night. I would emphasize on the last part since I simply adore watching the sunrise and the sunset. The energy you get while you observe this phenomenon is simply mesmerizing and if you ask, I would so much love to do that by the beach having the sound of the waves as a background music with my eyes closed and feeling the wind on my skin, which doesn’t even bother me, because the sun is so warm and gentle at these times of the day that makes the whole experience so much more relaxing.

Oh, what kind of dreams we now have, while #stayinghome all of us and patiently, or impatiently, waiting for this virus to somehow dissipate and let us enjoy the beauty of the nature. The beauty that we once used to be so busy to observe. Isn’t this ironic in some ways?

Not so long ago, we were all going to work, going outside, attending events, meeting friends and yet we were complaining we have no time for ourselves and that life is so busy, that time is flying.

Look at us now, we are all safe at home, surrounded by our loved ones, by a family member or a partner, maybe a roommate, we are not running around like crazy, life isn’t as busy as it once used to be and guess what? We now HAVE THE TIME.

But the downside is that we still love to complain about this too. We find it boring, we don’t know what to do to make the time pass quicker, we have applied all the masks our face needed, we read so many books, watched so many movies, caught up with all our friends and family members, discovered the undiscovered about the one you live with, learnt to cook, tried new things at home, like exercising efficiently without having to pay lots of money, cleaned the whole house perfectly, decluttered your wardrobes, got to sleep as much as you once wanted to and tell me, what else was on your list?

Ok, you haven’t learnt a new language yet, you might have not finished any course or perhaps you are far from even starting one, you didn’t lose those extra kg either and from my experience that’s the hardest part of them all, but hey, we are all #inthistogether.

Now, allow me to tell you something that will be music to your ears.

Don’t desperate!

Everything is perfectly fine! You have done all you wanted to do, all you were able of doing, you have done it your way. You are not supposed to be finishing your 1 year of studies while staying a month at home, you are not meant to come out of this a self educate doctor either.

The only think you should keep in mind is that this will pass, we are strong and we will win this battle, all together, but the time that we have now we might not have it soon again.

The time that you were crying so much about in the past that you desperately need, yes yes, that time for yourself, the time to take a bath, to finish a movie or a book, to eat a homemade meal, to spend some quality time with your loved ones, this time is yours NOW only.

Do embrace it, do look at it positively, treat it as an opportunity, because we should always look at every obstacle in life as a new opportunity for something better and brighter to come our way.

And also, my friend, don’t forget that you can only be truly happy if you live in the present. So, treat every single day as new opportunity to make love with yourself and spread that love all around the house, send it even miles away to your family and friends and remember that, while there are people out there fighting a battle with their life, you just won that battle.

And when the well rested you (because you slept so well), the fresh/hydrated/glowing you, (because of all the treatments you have applied and tried on your skin since staying home), the wiser you (the books you read or documentaries you watched have watered those seeds in your brain), the more relaxed you (the movies you’ve seen) and the NEW you (because you had time to focus on yourself, to know what truly matters and to self develop), when this new you gets back his/her freedom, trust me, YOU will live life differently.

Until then, make sure you nurture yourself and live in harmony and blessings, that you cultivate positivity and joy, because this time will not come again to you. And I hope it won’t.

The lessons have been learnt!

Sending you love,

Andra

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If you only do these two things, you’re doing enough


In this blog article I am going to share with you my two most important tasks of the day and please, let me tell you that, if this is ALL you do for yourself on a daily basis, trust me, this is THE BEST you can do.

Yes, it has a huge impact on you, I can’t even say this enough, but feeding the mind and training the body are the two best things one can do in this life.

We sometimes tend to focus so much on one goal that we want to achieve that we completely neglect anything else. How many of you are so much focused on losing weight right now? I am! So if you are like me, you’re probably exercising daily or at least three good workouts per week. You must be on a very healthy lifestyle, you have a nutritionist looking after your diet and you’re watching closely your sleep and the quantity of water you must drink every day.

If you are not on the same page with me, probably it’s the right time to revise what you are doing and work smarter on that diet.

By the way, for me it’s not a diet anymore, it became a lifestyle. I love it so much, I love the way it makes me feel, the daily exercises, the fact that I have a good sleep in the night ( I finally go to bed early), the fact that whatever I give my body it’s not a love & hate situation anymore but a love & love one. We learnt to love each other.

That all sounds perfect until now! But then let me ask you, and now we reach to the point I was looking so much forward to, how many of you are still focused on training your mind as well?

In a world that is so preoccupied with the physical aspect, are you the exception that is working on both? Are you training your mind as hard as you’re training your body?

Ask yourself this question, balance the situation and make sure it’s all in your favor. I love and admire a healthy body, I know how much hard work is behind that, the motivation and the dedication of exercising and sticking to healthy habits, but what is a healthy body without a healthy mind?

So my only advice I would like to offer to all of you, it’s like a small virtual gift and I do it because I would like to share with you all the beneficial changes I am going through, is this: do not neglect your mind and where you are right now in your life, it’s important to train your mind every day, do it at least for 20 minutes, read all the books you have at home, if you only have one, read it ten times, I guarantee that you’ll still learn something new after you read it for the tenth time. If you don’t like reading or you don’t have the time, there are so many audio books, you can listen to one while you’re driving or while you’re exercising. You can perhaps listen to a podcast or watch a Ted Talk. Maybe you want to invest 20 minutes for your business and start to explore and read what is new in the market or what can bring you an advantage.

Whatever it is, don’t find excuses and take twenty minutes every day for yourself, for your mind and invest in developing your knowledge. Twenty minutes is something we all have and why not doing something that adds value to who we are and to who we are about to become?

Being stuck at home, doesn’t necessarily have to mean being stuck in life or being stuck in your thoughts, but we can turn that into growing at home or self-developing at home, becoming better, becoming wiser, being more focused and feeding our brains with the right information, to be more precise.

Let’s all take a break from negativity, panic and stress. We can overcome the situation we are ALL in, by first, accepting it and then trying to act on it. How? If we all focus on ourselves and our growth, together we can add more value to this Planet, together we can share great ideas and this is, honestly, the best time to connect, to give and not to expect anything in return.

My dear darling, offer yourself forty minutes a day. Twenty to train your body and twenty to train your mind. Trust me. It’s a process that will answer so many of your questions and it will calm so many anxious thoughts. Turn this situation in your favor and offer yourself this gift. You deserve it! Life is meant to be lived at your fullest potential!

So much love,

Andra

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Stop checking your phone in the morning


That’s right! Although the title of the article might sound like a command, I couldn’t have said it any better!

Checking your phone, first thing in the morning is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Just imagine, you have barely opened your eyes and before you even get up, your phone is in your hands, God knows in which position you are now laying down, eyes half opened, phone above your face, lucky enough not to drop it on your nose and then the process of getting distracted and becoming reactive to all the news you see gets started.

Before you even know, 30 minutes have already passed (the best scenario), cause sometimes people lay down in their beds for another few hours doing nothing, but checking their phones. If that brings you money, I have nothing more to add, although that should never be the case of anyone, to wake up and check the phone first thing in the morning.

When you create such a habit, before you even have time to wash your face, say a prayer or show some sort of gratitude, perhaps say a thank you for the fact that you opened your eyes in the morning, you must be aware of how your mind is affected.

First of all, you get distracted from your own thoughts, from your own mood, you don’t know in which state you’ve woken up or how you feel, because before you take time to check on yourself, you step in other people’s life and see how they are doing. You check what they ate, what they usually do in the morning, where they are right now and so on.

Stop here.

Can you put yourself first for once? Can you just take at least 5 minutes for yourself to breathe and wake up properly before you do all of the above? You are the most important person in your life, no one else.

So why would you allow yourself to be influenced by other people’s opinions when you have barely opened your eyes?

Without knowing, they have an emotional impact on yourself and that’s the reason why so many times after waking up, you’re already feeling tired and your mood is not one of the best, so you’re starting to be irritated by the smallest things around.

You feel overwhelmed and you feel you ran out of time. Why? Because you’ve just spent the first hour of the morning on your phone checking your emails, replying to your messages or checking other people’s Instagram stories while you have neglected yourself, your own need and your well-being.

Remember, every morning when you grab your phone as a first thing that you do in the beginning of the day, you simply give up your power! You allow everyone to take your creativity, to take your first breath and suck all your energy before you even got up, because that’s how it feels.

I know all of that because this habit used to be part of my every day life too. I am not here to point fingers but just to tell you that I know how it feels, but I also got to experience the opposite.

I learnt how to keep my phone far away from me in the morning. I don’t open social media, I don’t check emails or messages and by doing so I make sure that my mind and my attention is fully allocated to me and my priorities for the day.

I allow myself to take a deep breath and prepare a cup of coffee and then I can at least control what goes in through my brain. I can filter that information and those emotions. Because before anything, I gave myself some time and now I am ready for the rest of the world.

And always keep in mind, that if you want to have a bad day look at what everyone else is doing/having the moment you open your eyes and your bad day is guaranteed.

Stay safe and stay far from your phone in the first minutes of the glorious morning!

Love,

Andra

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