There is nothing wrong

Few hours ago, I was invited to a meeting about an opportunity, that “might yield some business”. The more I listened about this meeting, the more I realized that it would be a waste of my time. You see, some time ago, I started a business, since I was unable to finish my studies and get a job in the area which I loved. So, I gathered people, brought ideas to the table, did few events and organized activities and it went great….for few months. The ideas were still there, but the fire [that is crucial for a self-employed person] was loosing its spark. 

I returned to my previous passion, which had nothing to do with this business, and planned how to finish what I loved and get on top of my field at the same time. So far, so good. 

But sometimes, people doubt my abilities and my willingness to finish what I’ve started. I understand that, I did stop before. But my point is, I stopped, I tried something completely different and realized what I love! I realized that I was completely in-love with my “ex”! 

There is nothing wrong with trying something and realizing that it is not for you! It is wrong if you just sit around and wait for something to happen to you. It’s wrong if you do not try! If you just fall and do not get back up. You don’t have to force yourself to doing something that you repeatedly do not enjoy! Actually, it’s not that you do not have to, but you should not and must not force yourself to something you hate! 

Try things you enjoy, see if you can enjoy that your entire life and dedicate your time and energy to that. But if you don’t feel that you can produce art every day of your life, or design cars, or proof-read texts, then by all means- DON’T DO IT! But do try other things and don’t stop until you are certain of your choices. 

So swim into the business and try it out. It’s not a bad thing if you do not find yourself in that particular river. It’s wrong if you don’t find your own river that can lead you to the perfect sea. 

Call for HELP!

As many of you know, there are disastrous floods still happening in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. People from the neighboring countries are helping as much as they can, but also many foundations are giving money, donating food and clothes, helping in any way they can to everyone who lost their home and belongings.

Please help, as much as you can, to all the children who became homeless, without food, water, warm and dry clothes. These are the heaviest rains and floods ever recorded in 120 years. Entire towns are cut off and the slow-moving cyclone is said to last until the weekend. Serbia has already declared a nationwide flood emergency on Thursday. Several people have already drowned and the numbers are only growing.

http://floodrelief.gov.rs/

http://blog.novakdjokovicfoundation.org/good-news/inspirational-stories/call-for-help-help-the-people-and-children-suffering-in-floods-together-we-are-stronger/

http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/News/2014/May/Balkans-flooding

http://www.fondacijadivac.org/Projects/956/Flood-Relief.shtml

http://en.itar-tass.com/world/732040

http://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/eu-committed-helping-flooded-serbia-bosnia-and-herzegovina-302236

 

 

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#BeYourself

Scripting Happiness:

Great reminder for starting this day off! Be yourself!

Originally posted on :

I have learned that when people have a problem with something about me, it’s usually because they are not comfortable with some aspect of themselves.  Love yourself despite what others don’t love about themselves.  Always be true to yourself, regardless of how uncomfortable others feel about their own “truths”.

#BeYourself

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Missed Birthdays

For one day in a year, I become selfish. I want to have everyone call me, think of me, send me the warmest of wishes and love. I want my friends and family to make effort when choosing their words (and gifts) around me, and I want to be the happiest person in the world. Yes, it’s my birthday and I want to be the center of attention!

Every year I say that I will not make a big deal out of it. I’m not that young anymore, I don’t have that extra money to spend on one party, I just don’t feel like making a big fuss. But than the day comes and my best friends are the first to call and ask “So where is the party?”…and I have to have an answer. This year, it was so impromptu, that I just bought couple of bottles of gin and fresh mint and made the best mojito party there is! 

Yet, the next day you start thinking who did not came/call/wished(singed) “Happy Birthday”. Did they forgot? Have I forgot to call them? Should I have had invited them anyway? Should I call them now? Eventually, time goes by and you forget about these questions.

However, the time comes when they have their own special day. These days, with the notifications, Facebook or Skype is hard to forget or ignore someone’s birthday, but when you are doing a huge project, thoroughly immersed in the work,  or are out of the country, or life(and it counter part) just halts you in your every-day tasks,  these things happen!

I wished so many belated birthdays to friends and family members in the past few months, people start to wonder if I’ve become forgetful or ignorant! And the birthdays I miss the most are the ones of the great people of the history of the world, when I read a book by a famous writer (Victor Hugo, 26th of Feb- Les Misérables or Charles Dickens, 7th of Feb- Oliver Twist) or listen to great music (Mozart-27th January, Bob Marley-6th Feb, Norah Jones- 30th March, Marvin Gaye- 2nd April) or watched a great movie or documentary for an artist, scientists, sportist etc. 

I’ve missed so many events, birthdays, celebrations and moments of leisure and fun. Just now , looking back, I can see the sacrifice I have made. Sometimes you have to ask yourself if it is worth it. But for this…for now…I think it is.

Something unusual

My daily routine is something I have been working on for years. I have made for myself morning and evening rituals, periods of the day when I would drink tea, or drink coffee, when I would eat lunch, call my parents and grandparents, walk my dog etc. Incorporating the time spent on work and study would fit always, as I have plan B and C for anything.

But this year I’ve decided to finish my studies as a transfer student, far faaar away from home. It took great deal of building up confidence, facing challenges and ex-professors, admin, people who said it was a waste of time, but I got through it all and stick with my idea for quite some time. So, my routine got a bit different since the beginning of this year. I wrote essays, edited, rewrote, searched scholarships, translated the documents and worked.

The last deadline for the last application was March 1st. I have worked so hard right until the deadline that I got lost the next week! Suddenly I had too much time on my hands and no to do lists for the day, the week even the month! And what happens when you have no to dos? You become depressed, you get stuck in your head, you make up the stories for the up-come of your work, your future, your past work, “What could I have done more? Should I have done this differently? Would they notice? Would they like me? “…. And the circle goes round and round.

But then, one day, you get an email telling you have your first acceptance! Unbelievable that is so soon, that much, that I forwarded the email to my family and my closes friends to ask them what it means! You see, my biggest problem is my lack of self-confidence. But once I get some recognition, I strive and reach higher then I would ever imagine before.

It was unusual to fall back from my routines and rituals for a whole month, but now it’s incredible unusual how easy it is for me to get back on track because of a motivation as little as an email!

Thank you University of San Francisco! You made my day, my week, my month and perhaps my year :) I can now go to sleep knowing that I have many things to finish on my to-do list tomorrow :) Good night everyone, thanks for reading :)  

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10 Phrases Women Need to Live By

Scripting Happiness:

Love the phrases, lovely reminder of the power of words!

Originally posted on ALAian Life:

1. Flawless: I woke up like this.

Learn to love your body and appearance as much as you love your favourite junk food. Wake up in the morning and tell yourself that you’re flawless. Literally, say it to the mirror and watch your self-esteem skyrocket.

2. Respect.

Set high standards for yourself and decide which people to let in, run over and wipe them out with your pride.

3. Miss Independent.

Learning to have this characteristic doesn’t come easily because it takes time to let yourself get used to the ways that are new. Strive to love yourself and those around you while still “doing you.” Do your own thing, follow your own dreams and don’t be dependent on other people — it’s sexy.

4. Don’t test me.

Pushovers are completely miserable. So, figure out what gets under your skin most and then develop strategic ways in which you can…

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Naomi Campbell’s advice from Shape Magazine

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I was just reading SHAPE magazine and I love the advice Naomi is sharing in it. She gives her “best beauty secrets” which really are great advice for everyone! There are some that are not so secret to the world like “find your passion” or “eat clean”, but the second one : BREAK DOWN BARRIERS really intrigued me. 

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She talks about the starting off in the fashion world as one of the first few black models. Of course it was a world she had to break into, in order to be successful. So her lesson learned from that time:

“I learned if you don’t accept no for an answer, you often get a yes…. Every cover I got, I fought for. No’s don’t deter me- they make me more determined”

is what every person should understand and do, every day! Fight for what you know you should have: the freedom for everyone, the promotion or the job you want, the human and animal rights, the vacation days you need to spend with your family, the perfect health you know you deserve! 

I would definitely listen to this girl- hard to believe almost 44-year old woman with that face and body- as she clearly has succeeded in her professional life and from what I’ve read from her interview in the magazine, her inner, personal life as well. 

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Images from Shape Magazine : http://www.shape.com/

Belief lifts your talent

This morning I started reading John C. Maxwell’s Beyond Talent and instantly I felt the urge to share an idea from the first chapter. Here it is:

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“The first and greatest obstacle to success for most people is their belief in themselves…It’s lack of trust in themselves, which is self-imposed limitation. However, when people believe in themselves, they unleash power in themselves and resources around them that almost immediately take them to higher level. Your potential is a picture of what you can become. “

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It’s amazing what people can do when they believe in themselves and their abilities. So today, I urge you: Believe in what you can do: because you can do amazing things! 

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Images taken from Google search. 

 

 

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71/365

Originally posted on year of creative habits:

71/365 | year of creative habits

I’m currently readying Dani Shapiro‘s Still Writing. I first saw the book in a instagram photo by Tammy Strobel. It has a cute watercolored cover and Tammy highly recommended it so I reserved it from my local library and then promptly forgot about it. When the book came in I looked it over wondering why I got it. I’m not a writer nor do I really want to be one. I started reading it anyway and quickly found it worthwhile. I began to substitute ‘artist’ for ‘writer’ and ‘create’ for ‘write’ and then it totally made sense for me. There’s a little section on HABIT that fits in so well here.

“I sit down every day at around the same time and put myself in the path of inspiration…”

“It’s hard to overestimate the importance of habit. Of routine.”

“So much can be accomplished in one focused…

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Say thank you more often

Say thank you more often

Last week I had so much work, that I had to ask help from my friends. I could not believe the feedback I got! I usually never ask for help, as I don’t want to take anyone’s precious time, but I always offer my help to everyone. This time, I understood the importance of asking for help, as I could not have finished the amount of work on time, if it wasn’t for my friends! As soon as I completely finished the work and sent it, I send thank you notes to everyone who helped me.
Of course people will say “Oh, come on! It was nothing!” But always be grateful for their help and always ALWAYS tell them!
I would not have done it without you! Thank you!

Satisfying instant cravings

I was looking for some quick and easy recipe to satisfy my appetite for sweet and junk food, but to make sure it’s not junk! Browsing through the internet is actually daunting sometimes, because there are just so many recipes! During the time I was searching I could have baked an entire cake and eat it! Luckily I didn’t :) After all, I’m sure I would have overload it with sugar. And that was not the point in the first place. 

5 Minute espresso walnut brownies | via minimalistbaker

So, after a while, I stumbled upon this awesome website : http://minimalistbaker.com/ where I found lots of “express” recipes, that are clean and healthy!

I loved (and made) the 5-minute-espresso-walnut-brownies, only substitute the walnuts with hazelnuts (as that was what I had at home). They are going to be made over and over in the next few weeks and months. 

1. I loved that there is no need for baking!

2. I love that it takes only 5 min to make them

3. Even though it says to put them in the freezer, I LOVE  that you can EAT THEM AT ONCE!

Let me know if you love them too!

Here is the recipe:

5 MINUTE ESPRESSO WALNUT BROWNIES {NO BAKE}
 
Prep time
5 mins
Total time
5 mins
 
A no bake, fudgy brownie that’s refined sugar-, gluten-, and dairy-free. Rich, moist, dense and full of chocolate espresso flavor.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: ~ 20
INGREDIENTS
  • 1.5 cups raw walnuts, divided
  • 1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 
2 – 2 1/2 cups Medjool or Deglet Nour dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder OR raw cacao if you have it
  • 1-2 tsp espresso powder or finely ground coffee (depending on preference)
  • pinch sea salt
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup almonds in food processor and process until finely ground.
  2. Add the cocoa powder or cacao, espresso powder and sea salt. Pulse to combine and then transfer to bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the dates to the food processor and process until small bits remain. Remove from bowl and set aside.
  4. Add nut and cocoa mixture back into food processor and while processing, drop small handfuls of the date pieces down into the food processor spout. Process until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand.
  5. Add the brownie mixture to a small parchment lined cake pan or loaf pan and add remaining 1/2 cup roughly roughly chopped walnuts. Toss to combine and evenly distribute, and then press down with you hands until it is flat and firm.
  6. Place in freezer or fridge to chill before cutting. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh. Will keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks and in the freezer for at least 2 months.
 
NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving size: 1 brownie Calories: 173 Fat: 8 g Saturated fat: 0.8 g Carbohydrates: 25 g Sugar: 18 g Sodium: 13 mg Fiber: 5.2 g Protein: 5 g

 

Have a great day and KEEP SHINING!

Don’t date a girl who travels

I’ve read this and loved it! So I had to share it! Hope you’ll enjoy!

Happy girl that is scripting her happiness!

 

Don’t date a girl who travels

She’s the one with the messy unkempt hair colored by the sun. Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun kissed. It’s burnt with multiple tan lines, wounds and bites here and there. But for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. Her soul craves for new experiences and adventures. She will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. She would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about it.

Don’t date a girl who travels because she will bug you to book a flight every time there’s an airline seat sale. She wont party at Republiq. And she will never pay over $100 for Avicii because she knows that one weekend of clubbing is equivalent to one week somewhere far more exciting.

Chances are, she can’t hold a steady job. Or she’s probably daydreaming about quitting. She doesn’t want to keep working her ass off for someone else’s dream. She has her own and is working towards it. She is a freelancer. She makes money from designing, writing, photography or something that requires creativity and imagination. Don’t waste her time complaining about your boring job.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She might have wasted her college degree and switched careers entirely. She is now a dive instructor or a yoga teacher. She’s not sure when the next paycheck is coming. But she doesn’t work like a robot all day, she goes out and takes what life has to offer and challenges you to do the same.

Don’t date a girl who travels for she has chosen a life of uncertainty. She doesn’t have a plan or a permanent address. She goes with the flow and follows her heart. She dances to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t wear a watch. Her days are ruled by the sun and the moon. When the waves are calling, life stops and she will be oblivious to everything else for a moment. But she has learned that the most important thing in life isn’t surfing.

Don’t date a girl who travels as she tends to speak her mind. She will never try to impress your parents or friends. She knows respect, but isn’t afraid to hold a debate about global issues or social responsibility.

She will never need you. She knows how to pitch a tent and screw her own fins without your help. She cooks well and doesn’t need you to pay for her meals. She is too independent and wont care whether you travel with her or not. She will forget to check in with you when she arrives at her destination. She’s busy living in the present. She talks to strangers. She will meet many interesting, like-minded people from around the world who share her passion and dreams. She will be bored with you.

So never date a girl who travels unless you can keep up with her. And if you unintentionally fall in love with one, don’t you dare keep her. Let her go. 

 

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Rise and shine [video]

Scripting Happiness:

Great motivation!

Originally posted on Motivatingdaily - Your source for daily motivation:

This sports motivation video contains great advice for anybody and speaks directly out of my soul. There are burning reasons within everyone to get up early, to train hard, work hard, do whatever one loves. You just have to find them and trust your gut.

Even more important is to mute your inner voice of automated excuses. Yes, your brain will find excuses for everything, always. Yes, they seem plausible on the first glance. No, they are not. They are distractions, obstacles that you have to overcome in order to get where you want to go!

The choice between the comfortable and the right thing to do is not always easy, but it gets easier with time. You can train discipline. No more excuses, start your training today!

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