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Each morning we are born again


Embrace those mornings.

7 am. You wake up with no alarm feeling well rested and full of energy. You get up and prepare yourself a big cup of coffee and then you start planning your day, your month or perhaps your life…
Oh, such a great feeling!

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Choose to shine!

I am not a morning bird, I admit it, however I am always trying to set an alarm on my day off too, just to make sure I am not wasting any time, plus isn’t the morning the most efficient part of the day? When all the world is silent, when all humans are sleeping or trying to get out of bed and you are already working on your goals and making clear plans for your future.
Or simply, the fact that this is your time! This is the time that no one will bother you, no one will call you or text you and you can just do whatever you want, read, sing, watch movies, write, cook or climb rooftops like we did. 🙂

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When you start each day with a grateful heart, light illuminates from within…

I love this kind of mornings, even more when it involves little sunshine in my eyes…that warm light that steps in your room. The light that brings in passion, hope and enthusiasm. Such a blessing! But how many we are able to see it?

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Every morning is a new day and another chance of living your life

How many of us we are thankful every day for all we have since the moment we open our eyes? For what we see, what we hear, what we feel…for all of it, we shouldn’t be taking anything for granted. It is a gift given by God and we have to cherish it day by day.

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“When you arise in the morningthink of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -to breatheto thinkto enjoyto love.”

Be thankful for all you have and all you are and start the day with positive thoughts!
Don’t miss to tell yourself how wonderful you are and how nothing will stop you from achieving all those big dreams that seem farther than ever. They are closer than you think. Just take the step towards them!

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Wondering how to have a better day?

  1. Smile, smile, smile!
  2. Slow down, take the time to admire or to appreciate.
  3. Say thank you. We all expect a little thank you, right? Say it!
  4. Give compliments. Lots of them. If you love them, they’ll love them too.
  5. Dress nicely! Oh, I love this.
  6. Wear perfume. You know the consequences, it turns heads, ladies…and gents! 🙂
  7. Listen! Such a good advice. We all have something to say, but we are not all good listeners.
  8. Laugh! It will make your day even better! 🙂IMG_5268

Now, go, set yourself free and fly higher than you ever did. 

 

Dress: Zara
Accessories: Aldo
Location: Dubai
Photographer: Wonderful Beate 


Love,
Andra

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Drops of happiness


February showers bring March flowers.

I have not seen anyone loving the rain more, anywhere in the world, than the way they love it in UAE.

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I mean, let’s be honest, I am from Europe and I know very well how Europeans behave when it starts raining, we get all moody and comfy in our beds and we start complaining about how bad the weather is and then we go to sleep, cause nothing beats the sleep with the music of the rain on.

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Well, the opposite happens in Dubai and you must experience this! Rain comes with happiness! When the first drops are seen we all jump out of beds and we go out. Go out to feel the touch of the warm rain drops on our bodies, to walk in the rain, to drive in the rain, to dance in the rain, anything, but we don’t stay indoors! We simply don’t! For instance, we’d rather go and take some cool pictures! 🙂

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Staying fashionable regardless the weather?!

We all know how hard that is, no one feels like making any effort to dress up on a wet weather, but it shouldn’t be that difficult!

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First, make sure you stay warm at all times and you’ve got the right boots on! How else would you be able to jump around and splash water all over?

No umbrella? Nothing to worry about! 

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Put on a hat, I guarantee it will protect you from the rain as much as it does it from the sun!

There you go! All set, ready to Click, Click, Click, ohhh wait,  Taxiii!!!

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Now tell me…

When was the last time you fell in love with the rainy weather? Come on, if not the drops of the rain, then what brings out the romantic side in you?

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Grab his hand and swim in laughter, 

Dance together and he’ll be your lover. 

 

Love,

Andra

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What is your obsession?


” I wanted to examine the single dot that was my own life. One polka dot: a single particle between billion.”

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I’m thinking for a while now, if I actually have any obsession and most probably not. I don’t even know if that is a good or a bad thing. I believe it depends on the type of obsession or the intensity of it.

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It might be good if you think about the fact you are not addicted to anyone and anything. But when you turn your dream and your passion into an obsession, I believe you are 100% focused on success. It will bring the success! You will make it! Just because everything revolves around your obsession!

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That’s what Yayoi Kusama (87 years old!) Japanese artist, did!
Her Dots obsession turned out to be a success and took her work all over the world!

This is when the love is transformed into dots! Nothing makes more sense to her, but dots. She sees dots everywhere. There is no life around without the polka dots.

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I know, many of you will find it silly, you will say the same as I did, yeah, right, everyone can do it, just some dots hanging from the wall or laying on the ground and here is the art, there you are, a successful artist. But she start working on her project back in the 1990s. It takes perseverance, it takes motivation, it takes strong belief in what you are doing, she was basically breathing dots for 26 years now and today everyone knows about her.

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I have seen her work currently in Sharjah Art foundation, it might be looking simplistic but it brings happiness! So again, she knew exactly what her purpose was.

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Here are some of our fun pictures taken on the day, around Kusama’s dots. She makes you breath those dots, I’m telling you!

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Xenia Gazi tasting dots. 🙂

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Based on her words I dare to say that we must be living in a colorful polka world.

Therefore I want you all to examine your polka dot. Examine your own life.

Let today be the magical beginning of an enchanted life.

Love,

Andra

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2016 My year to shine


 

Last day of 2016 is over. I don’t know about you, but I still can’t believe this year is gone. Is the time passing differently lately? Or is it us who just can’t get enough and we are never satisfied, we don’t know how to value every second in the right way.

Regardless the reason that time seems to pass at different speeds I just want to tell you all that 2016 was an absolutely unforgettable year and YES, it was my year to shine! This is what I wrote exactly a year ago on a piece of paper… 2016 will be my year to shine!

Many things have happened, had million reasons to smile, to be grateful for, to be thankful for, to be happy for!

I have done my retrospective for this year, I know all the goals  I have accomplished, some of them are in progress and some might have been delayed, not because I have not worked for them, but sometimes we are very demanding with ourselves, which could be in the same good and less good, cause we might not reach all our targets, but, please, please, focus on the good! Always!

Life is too hard not to make it fun!

Rewarding yourself is an important part of success! It is absolutely essential that you make self reward an integral part of your routine. Don’t leave it like that. Talk to yourself! Trust yourself and believe you can do it! You can do it all! Rewarding yourself for victories, big and small, will make a world of difference!

What are your personal plans/goals for 2017?

Have you written your resolutions for the New Year? If not, do it today, don’t postpone it, oh, this could be one, don’t postpone anymore!:)  Take an hour, make yourself a cup of coffee or dare for some bubbles since the New Year is right at your door and visualize your year; once you put everything down on a notebook, you’ll feel better about yourself. If you still don’t trust me, give it a try and you’ll see that this will be the first step in knowing where to start from.

Your goals must be very clear and if you want my advice, this is how I do it all the time , I split my goals and plans across the various categories: self-development, financial, spiritual, professional, health, etc.

This way, by the end of the year you’ll know exactly your progress and I’m sure that will put another big smile on your face.

Be bold in your goal setting!

Don’t worry if you have never done it before! Don’t let anything and anyone hold you back, we are all capable of more than we think.

Find a role model. This will help a lot, surround yourself with succesful people, people who are good at what you want to achieve. Do what they did, do it your way. Look for inspiration! I love doing that!

2017 will be my year to shine!

Write this down and remember every day how lucky and loved you are, you special soul.

Have a wonderful celebration, wishing you a successful year, value yourself and don’t forget to shine!

Take your dreams seriously! If not YOU, then who? If not NOW, then when? 

Love,

Andra 

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National Achievers Congress Dubai


“Your Network is your NetWorth.”

I have always had a high interest in reading self-development books or attending events like National Achievers Congress, brought for the first time in UAE, only because I find inspiration in people’s stories, in their life experiences, their success or the failures they have been through in time.

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Robert Kiyosaki is the one who captured my attention and made me attend this event. For those who don’t know about him, I would recommend you to read “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, the New York Times bestseller,  sold in over 26 million copies, that teaches you all about the financial independence and building wealth through investments.

 Saving is for losers.

Let me just start all over again. I find out about this event that I really want to attend and I’m already planning to book my ticket with my good friend, Xenia. All set and the tickets bought. Meanwhile, I’m doing my research about the guests, the event itself and while browsing on Facebook and Instagram, I go on Ali’s Al Saloom page and I see this contest about sharing the ad and having a chance to win 2 GOLD tickets worth 1600$!!! I don’t think much, I said let me just share it, I mean we all have a chance in this life, even though I don’t really ever participate in any contests like this one,  thinking that there are too many people trying their luck so my chance is kind of small, I’d rather let it for the others.

How many of you are thinking the same?

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This time though, I’m sharing Ali’s post all over social media, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and in my mind I’m already wondering what will I do with the tickets that I have just bought if this turns to be my luck. I knew it!
Few days later I get an email: Dear Andrada Contiu,  Congratulations! You have won 2 Gold Tickets…

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Wow! I’m in Munich, my eyes half-open, this lady calls me and I’m wondering who could be, shall I pick up the phone? I did. “Andrada, did you get my email? I’m calling from the Najahi.” Uhm, which email was she talking about? Well, I don’t really check my email, but from now I’ll definitely do it more often. I was one of the 5 winners in UAE! Isn’t this great?
Everyone has a chance you only have to try, try, try!

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Two full days of inspiration, education and motivation.

Feel to plan, plan to feel. Go out there and look for opportunities! Think big and big things will happen!
I can not put together  all the precious information I got in those two days, but I can say that it was totally an event worth attending.

First of all, I was happy to see Khalid Al Ameri as a host, since I couldn’t see him last year at the Emirates Literature Festival. He is such an inspiration for all the men around and not only. You must read his posts when he speaks about his wife and his family. This kind of stories you don’t see them around every corner anymore, so you appreciate it more and I believe there is still a tiny hope within all of us that the power of love could take over anytime soon.

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Robert Kiyosaki is a person I have always wanted to meet, since I read his book some years ago. I truly believe that we must work for our future, we must take opportunities, we must build dreams and fly higher than we’ve ever been. Financial independence is important and Robert was sharing with us how can we get there before the world will be replaced by robots. Yes, technology is taking over and soon humans will have no major role anymore in serving the community.

There were many other speakers that captivated my attention such as Andrew Matthews as a bestselling author about happiness, success and prosperity; Ali Al Saloom, one of the fastest rising media stars in the Gulf, totally loved him;  Lady Michelle Mone as a leading entrepreneurs inspiring women all over the world; Peng Joon who was telling us all about the online wealth creation and how to make big money by selling digital products online; Kevin Green, UK’s “Secret millionaire”, Business Coach and Property Investor encouraging people to invest in properties and teaching us how to make money out of it.

Overall, it was a fantastic event, I took lots of notes and I got a boost of energy and motivation for my personal and professional life, so it will hopefully be a SELF development and not a SHELF development, putting all my notes on the shelf. 🙂

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I would like to end here not before asking you to sit with yourself for a bit and reflect about where do you see yourself in 5 years from now, how about in 10 years? What will you do to make it happen? Take one hour per day just for yourself and do anything that makes you happy, because it’s us who choose happiness and don’t forget that all the joy in life comes from creation, STAND OUT, be OUTSTANDING! Inspire, impact, influence, set achievements, do your things, the results will speak and people will follow!

Upgrade yourself, dear friend.

 “A ship is the safest in a harbour but that’s not what  ships were built for.”

Learn in style,
Andra

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