Stay curious! Never stop learning!

One of my oldest, closest, and dearest friends revealed to me that I played an important part in her attitude towards school, learning and education. She told me that one of the most striking memories she keeps until today from her first day of school involves me, and the way I tried to comfort her.... Continue Reading →

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Life is simple. Let’s not overcomplicate it!

Be happy! Create your own destiny! Look on the bright side! Stay focused! All is possible! You must believe! Keep going! Be positive! Eat healthy! Get enough sleep! Exercise! Do what you love! Follow your heart! Settle down! Start a family! Have children! Take care of yourself and of your family! Let go of the... Continue Reading →

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Escape the land of PERFECT

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it!”. Those were the words of Salvador Dali. I wish I knew them (and their meaning) in my childhood or in my adolescence years. I come from a culture where image is everything and where perfection is the norm. In all you do. Perfection is displayed in... Continue Reading →

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Embrace each other

We label. Far too easy. We attach tags to people’s foreheads. We glue classification stamps on the standard images we have predefined. We put people, just like us, in boxes. And we go even further, we classify and catalogue not only human beings, but situations as well. And please, do not get offended! We ALL... Continue Reading →

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Welcome 2019!

The beginning of a new year is the moment when we decide to take up resolutions, to write down the goals for the year ahead and make the mandatory to do lists. I did this kind of exercises for a few consecutive years. I have written elaborate lists with enthusiasm and conviction. Than I stopped.... Continue Reading →

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Why we need Santa Claus and stories

I do believe in Santa Claus and I do believe in happy ending stories. Why? Because they are symbols and reminders. Symbols and reminders of the good in the world. Symbols and reminders of the magic that never ceases to exist. The-old-white-bearded-cheerful-guy delivering gifts down the chimney and the unimaginable twists in stories remind me... Continue Reading →

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Between two Christmases

For those who celebrate Christmas, this period of the year means family time and joyful reunions, Santa Claus and gifts, plus delicious home-made meals, sweet reminders of how childhood used to taste. For me, this time of year became a bitter-sweet pill and a reminder of how life is linked to death, of how we... Continue Reading →

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Worlds and words of an introvert

I’m in my mid-thirties and I still use the “going to the toilet” excuse as a five-minutes- emergency-escape (and for a few extra seconds of deep breaths) from what I call the imposed social gatherings and events. For those of you questioning, yes! I am an introvert. And there is no way out of my... Continue Reading →

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Dreaming the Reality

What do you see when you open your eyes? Is it the dream you had in your mind, Or is a pale reproduction of something never asked in advance? Do you look at the world with fear in your gaze Or you dare to cling to the vanished dream? A long list of questions sometimes... Continue Reading →

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My dear soul, you did your best!

In the rush of the day, in the dark of the night, My dear soul, you did your best! So please, do not forget how brave you are! Do not forget how far you've got!   In times of the grief, and in times of the sad, Do not forget how brave you are! Do... Continue Reading →

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Broken: no need to be fixed

I am broken, and I do not want to be fixed, As my brokenness is my bliss.   I am broken, and I do not need to be fixed, As my brokenness is the fountain from where I drink my strength.   I am broken, and I do not want to be fixed, As fixing... Continue Reading →

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About success and leaving a trace

  I wanted to write about success. I started this post so many times, and each time I dropped the words in unfinished sentences. It wasn’t clear to me how to structure the text or how to go around this topic. Difficult? Yes. Challenging? Definitely. Media channels paint “success” in shiny colours and write the... Continue Reading →

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Winds of change

The winds of change, where do they blow? Towards you, or away from you? Do you welcome them with open arms? Or you just run? Thinking you can get away untouched, Hoping to trick them, Like a disobedient child, assuming you will get away uncaught. We pray, invoke and call for them in our heavy,... Continue Reading →

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Knotted Webs

We are all linked, and we are all tangled, In webs of human stories, In webs of human souls.   We are all linked, and we are all tangled, In invisible webs of human thoughts, In mortal webs of hopes and shared desires, In webs of sorrows, next to much stronger webs of love.  ... Continue Reading →

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Is there a recipe for life?

When we buy electronic appliances, we receive instruction manuals. To ease the use. To helps us make the best use of our new gadgets. When we try a new recipe, we look for ingredients and further we carefully follow the guidance that comes with that recipe. And at the end, we gladly enjoy a new... Continue Reading →

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Words on learning to let go

Where does the pain go after we cry it out from our souls? Does it really go away or is just us keeping it not wanting to let it go, Not being ready to move on? Where does the pain go after the wounds it caused became a mark? Do we let it go away... Continue Reading →

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Days of getting lost

We all experience those days – days when doing nothing is the best option. Those days when you start doing 50 different things, but you end up finishing none. Those days when everything you do seems a burden and everything you start lacks creative energy and meaning. Those days when you want to do more,... Continue Reading →

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Only The Moon

Dear MOON,   How many stories have you heard?!   And how many wishes have you fulfilled?   How many tears have you dried out?!   And how many nights of sorrows have you counted in?!   Do you recall how many broken promises have you seen?   And how many broken hearts have you... Continue Reading →

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Look beyond the social norms

Since early childhood, we are taught (or society pushes us) to identify ourselves by age, by gender or by our nationality. Later in life, we add to the list of identifiers our race, our job, our studies, our marital status and sometimes (to make it worst) our weight or our height. Do we really have... Continue Reading →

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Create yourself

It’s ok not knowing all the time who you are and where you’re heading to. Why?! Because we create ourselves every single day! We discover who we are by living day by day; by exposing ourselves to the unknown and by taking leaps of faith; by taking risks and by making mistakes. By discovering ourselves,... Continue Reading →

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The power of LOVE

So simple, and yet so difficult to meet. What exactly ?! Love! Love. Love to heal our hurts. Love that brings us comfort and courage to move on. Love that cures and love that transforms. I know that every single thing in our life is supposed to start from a place of self-love. I also... Continue Reading →

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Life is a TV series

Yes! I do believe that everything happens for a reason, even if the reason might be a painful one. I do also believe, that the reason, most of the times, is a lesson, even if a painful one. And I do also believe we will continue receiving the same lesson, over and over again, until... Continue Reading →

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Have faith and trust the process

In today’s society making plans IS A MUST. It is normal to make plans and to write down “to do” lists. To organise as much as possible your life, and give it some sort of direction. As long you have a plan, you know where you are heading, right?! Always looking forward, but never looking... Continue Reading →

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Birthday wishes

For the year ahead I wish to have the wisdom to see every single day as the most precious gift that I could receive.   I wish to have so much kindness that everything that I will do, and see, and speak will be only in the name of good.   I wish to have... Continue Reading →

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Happiness is not a shopping list

Statement: We all want to be happy! Simple as that! And although we all want to be happy, somehow we perfectly miss the happiness. I noticed so many book titles teaching us how to be happy, or how to reach happiness, or how to find our path to happiness, along with endless internet articles. When... Continue Reading →

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Be present

I have to admit: when I’m not in my very best state of mind, I tend to escape reality. Sometimes this trick helps. But most of the times is a trap. A trap because I become a prisoner. A prisoner of my own thoughts. And I tend to take my thoughts way too seriously. I... Continue Reading →

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Expect less. Live more.

The best things that happened in my life are the ones that I didn’t ask for. Why? Because I received them, exactly as they were. With no anticipation, with no prior expectations, with no false imagines of what might be. And today I am grateful for all the things I’ve asked for, and never happened.... Continue Reading →

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Be proud of your scars

Do you hide your scars?! Do you ever look at your scars?! Do you talk to them? Or you just pretend that they don’t exist? They DO exist. Even if we act like they didn’t left a mark. But they did. The scars are there. On our skin, on our soul, in our hearts. To... Continue Reading →

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Blessings

I have a long list of very important issues: 1. I take things way too seriously. 2. I have the feeling that I'm in a constant rush and I don’t know when and how to stop. 3. I stress for almost everything in my life, including my shopping list (Yes, yes! It can be difficult... Continue Reading →

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We are complete

I am complete. Today this thought stroked me. Yes, you are complete too. We are complete. We all are. We are complete. And who ever tells you something different, doesn’t really know you and doesn't understand who you are. And worst, doesn’t appreciate your completeness. We don’t need to improve ourselves for the sake of... Continue Reading →

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Learning the lesson of self-love

Some time ago, I wrote a letter. A letter to self. A letter where I was asking myself to be more kind, more patient, more loving, not with others, but with my own self. I still read that letter. And I realized that appreciating myself more, is a lesson I still struggle to learn. And... Continue Reading →

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We are all the same

I go to concerts. Often.  Very often. More often than I thought a few years ago that it would be possible. I go to concerts because I love music. I enjoy discovering a band or a solo artist. I go to concerts for the pure pleasure of surrendering myself to the power of art and... Continue Reading →

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This is me. Who are you?

Last week a simple question came to me. And as the question came to me three times, I couldn’t ignore it. And as simple as the question might be, the answer is not as easy as it might seem. Do you question yourself? Do you ask yourself who are you? I took the challenge and... Continue Reading →

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Let’s talk about the F word. Even better. Let’s talk about two F words. Fear and Failure. They go hand in hand, don’t they?! Fear. That invisible little monster inside of us that we nurture and feed. That voice we listen who manages somehow to diminish (sometimes until complete erasure) our boldest, wildest dreams. Fear... Continue Reading →

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Clean your life

How often do you clean? How often do you clean .......your life?! How often do you assess what you need to keep and what no longer serves you? How long does it take you to have a look at your friends, habits, negative thoughts and decide is time to turn the page?! It’s a brutal... Continue Reading →

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Be Free

We are born to be free. Free to be ourselves. Free to enjoy life to its fullest. Free to love and free to be loved! We are born free, but we are too afraid to be free. Free means responsibilities and choices. Free means to know who you are and stand for what you believe... Continue Reading →

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The silence of your own soul

The older I get, the more I become me. With each experience that I live, the more I discover who I am and  more I learn how to become me. And by becoming more me, less confirmations I seek in others. And because I need less confirmations, the more I hear my true self. I... Continue Reading →

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No words

In my short experience as a blogger, I’ve noticed that my most liked posts were the ones dealing with happy, positive messages. I can understand why. I like to see, hear, and surround myself with all that positive means. Today’s post is different. Different because I felt I couldn’t ignore what I’ve read: According to... Continue Reading →

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It’s all about the attitude

Where do you focus your attention? On the things that work or on the ones that don’t?! I like to consider myself a positive person with a good sense of humor and enough self-irony. I am a person who trains herself to see the good part of the story all the time. Well, this is... Continue Reading →

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Tune is the music of your life

Music is my friend. Music lifts me up in my saddest moments. Music makes my inner child dance. Music frees my wildest dreams and gives me courage to pursue them. I turn to music when I need an urgent energy boost. And music never lets me down. Have you ever noticed that there is music... Continue Reading →

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Write your thank you note

  Some time ago I started a gratitude journal. I took it as an exercise of reminding myself all the good things happening during the day. After 11 months is one my daily habits. I have coffee in the morning and writing in the evening. What I noticed was that the way of putting on... Continue Reading →

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Embrace change

There is comfort in the routine, we all can agree to that. But how do we break it, without being terrified, without losing our sense of security and stability?! I think the answer is by challenging ourselves. By pushing ourselves to do things that we usually don’t do. By stretching the limits of our beloved... Continue Reading →

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Time for new beginnings

Are you afraid of endings?! I was. I was afraid of the word; I was afraid of its meaning and scared of what an END may bring. But I’m not anymore! Why?! Because I have learned that an ending bears in it a NEW BEGINNING! And what better time for new beginnings than the new... Continue Reading →

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Your soul deserves all the love

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower This quote shacked me. Is it really true? Do we accept only the love we think we deserve?! Looking back to my own experiences I will have to say “yes”. And it happened when I was doubting myself,... Continue Reading →

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Flexibility

Life requires flexibility, asks us to stretch, to bend, to jump and to bounce. After all the gymnastics life asks us to perform, you may feel exhausted, but the results worth the pain. The less you try to fight it, the less painful is. You know your way (or at least you think you know... Continue Reading →

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Know your value

Do we really know our own value?! I'm not asking about our weight in gold 🙂 nor about the amount in our bank account. I am talking about that particular moment when we ask ourselves if we deserve better, if we can do better, if we can be better. The answer should always be yes. We... Continue Reading →

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Dreaming

Here starts everything - with a dream, and with courage to dream. Took me a long time and a long way to give myself permission to dream. Last April I finally made it to Madeira. The island felt like heaven on earth. I have to confess: it took me two years to get there; but even this started... Continue Reading →

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Signs

Do you believe in signs?! or all that you see are coincidences and rationally explainable events?! I place myself in the former category. I do believe in signs and I freely express it. I  notice "signs" in the form of an email from a close friend, "signs" in a form a quote, signs in a... Continue Reading →

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