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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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Hello 2020!


I would like to welcome this fantastic year in my life. I have a feeling that the year that has just passed wasn’t as powerful as 2020 will be. You know, us, women we have that sixth sense, so better trust us.

Since we stepped into a new year, a new me, I don’t want to dig too much into 2019, it’s already a closed chapter, but I would like to emphasize on making sure that you have all done your annul review and you know what to leave behind and what to bring with you in this new year.

I went through my list and my writings for the beginning of 2019 and throughout the year and I have realized that most of what I have wished for became the reality I am living today.

And there is little left undone, which doesn’t upset me, because I will keep working on it and finding a better strategy to get things done this year.

Fortunately, I was blessed enough to get to spend the Christmas holidays, back home, in Romania with my family and my friends.

It was a joyful Christmas for us, specially because of my godson, Alexandru, who has shared with us, the excitement of waiting for Santa Claus and I can’t even put in words how special this little human being is.

He taught us (at almost 3 years old) valuable lessons which I would like to share with you.

  • A “Thank you” goes a long way
  • Don’t forget to play, it keeps you young and takes your worries away
  • Wake up early and go to bed early, take a nap in the afternoon
  • Don’t skip breakfast
  • Stay hydrated
  • Make sure you surprise someone throughout the day, even with something as little as a Kinder Surprise 🙂
  • Apologize when wrong
  • Learn how to listen (and memorize everything, I am still shocked)
  • Dance and sing along the way

These are very small things the kids are doing effortless, however looking at us, the grownup ones, we kind of struggle to even drink enough water during the day and that says it all.

But pause here.

Think about it. Do you really enjoy living in your busy world? Feeling always tired? Coming home from work and staying on a phone? Forgetting to eat or worse, overeating? Making a habit out of overthinking?

The last might be the favorite activity between adults.

I strongly believe that you need a break.

You need to slow down and breathe.

And that is all I wish for you in this miraculous 2020, that you take a deep breath, thank God for it, because nothing would be possible without Him and don’t forget to play.

Keep yourself young, surround yourself with people that inspire you, lift you and encourage you to become better.

Be kind to the ones around you. Help and don’t forget to give back to the ones in need.

Only focus to achieve spiritual values and not material ones. You don’t want to fall in the trap of a temporary happiness but an eternal one instead.

Nothing will make you feel more safe and secure than having a partner, family or friends that love you, care for you, check on you and have your back regardless.

The rest is all up to you. The number of kilograms you lose, the money you save, the places you travel to, if you quit smoking or not, if you sleep until 1pm or get up at 6 am, it’s all up to you.

And if you fail at any of these there is no one you can blame, but you.

So, my darling, put yourself first, give yourself everything you have and be ready to prove them wrong to all those who thought you are not gonna make it!

Much love,

A

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Romania, you rock my world!


Romania, you have the most beautiful face!

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I know Romanians celebrate Dragobete on the 24th, I know, we are very traditional.

However, Valentine’s took over the world and it looks like people are more loving and caring on the 14th of February and they don’t know how to express their love better on this particular day. I’m sure you already know what I would like to suggest you my dear love birds,  make this day happen every day for the rest of your life, be open to love and do your best to show the love you have for your special one every single moment.

Moving on, since that’s not the point here, I want to tell the whole world that Romanians are the most loving people on Earth. Why? Because over 500.000 people gathered together around Romania these days to express their love for the country! Isn’t that magnificient?

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They lighten up Romania like never before!

We are all awake and alive and we love this country with our hearts, minds and frozen bodies walking and singing the national anthem on the streets of Bucharest and not only, so that you can all hear that we do have a VOICE.

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I live abroad for few years now,but if I could make a wish, it would be to take the first flight home and go there and do what is right to do, what our parents did in ’89 for us and what is right for us to do for our future.

I won’t go deeper into the topic, I don’t want to get involved into politics right now, I let the experts do their job, but living far from my country has never made me happier than now, seeing what a beautiful nation we are!

Romania, we are one! Together we will win!

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“When injustice becomes law, justice becomes duty!”

 

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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