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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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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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The art of self


“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

What is the most important relationship that you have? You may think is the one with your boyfriend, parents, friends.

Let me tell you it is NOT.

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The most important relationship you should have is the one with yourself.
Self love should be a priority, you must love yourself first before being able to send your love to the world. And how would the others be able to love you if you don’t release this love to yourself before anything?

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To love yourself is nothing but to accept the good parts and the bad parts, to accept your dark mood as well as the bright one, to accept yourself as you really are! To be able to receive as much as you are willing to give and to always do both!
The art of self-love will tell you to be kind to yourself, to treat everyone the way you would like to be treated and it will teach you every day what your boundaries are, as well as, what your values are  and to be able to honour them each moment.

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You are worth it! You are worth all the love, as long as you give it to you first.
And that should be given to your mind, to your spirit and your body. Never settle for less.

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Say HELLO to the new you.

Recognize your strengths, write down things that the others admire you for, cut out all the negativity from your life, even if that includes cutting out “friends”, do more of what you love, put yourself first, but not in selfish way.

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When you do that, when you start loving yourself, when you feel good in your own body, your own mind, the inner happiness you will achieve and the peace of mind, the confidence will not compare to anything else in the world, trust me.

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Shirt: Boyfriend’s wardrobe
Skirt and shoes: Zara
Accessories: Somewhere in Japan
Location: NY
Photographer: Sinziana Dobos

 

Have a wonderful week!
Andra

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