Remember: Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t

April 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

So today is a VERY busy day. The fact that I had a nightmarelast night and slept way less than I need to doesn’t help either.
The inbox doesn’t stop alerting me with any email that comes through asking for something. My big tasks and projects that MUST be completed today aren’t going anywhere…
Thank God I packed my suitcase already and I’m almost ready to fly tomorrow (for some reason, packing is a tedious thing that I dread doing… but that I need to do very often)

All this means is that I need some damage control and calculate risks here.
Let’s do some reverse engineering: how do I want to feel at the end of the day? I want to have peace of mind which comes from the fact that:
(i) I addressed all priorities on my to-do list
(ii) I took good care of myself – hydrated, felt good about myself and moved my body

So instead of starting at the bottom of the list, I will start at the top and I will cross each task, one by one. With focus, ease, self-confidence and determination.
I will not get side-tracked, nor will I lose my cool.
I will leave the office at a decent hour, go home and put on my running gear.
Then I will finalise packing, do some speed cleaning and speed emailing, paint my nails and GO TO BED EARLY.

Passport check, good hair check, emails check. Everyone’s happy!

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The plan for the next 60-70 years

April 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

…. Is to live in a nice house in the woods, near the mountains and with a river flowing gently in our back yard, but close enough to a city with all of the urban conveniences. The plan is to have a healthy, fit and happy adulthood and old age, without worries for money and our children. We would have worked hard enough to fully pay for all of our possessions and support our children (but only up to a point, I must add). There will be a nice business which generates a steady stream of income, but most importantly, this business would keep both my husband and me business savvy and alert – which is very important when your mental faculties are slowly but surely drifting apart.:)

For myself, I dream to be as healthy as possible, go for hikes in the mountains and daily long walks and pick wild berries. There would be time to read and work on my books :), meet with my business partners and even plan to grow and extend the said business. Evenings would be spent entertaining friends around the cozy fireplace or in the garden kiosque around a glass of wine.
And yes, we’d have some hens providing us with fresh eggs every day and a considerable garden yielding delicious veggies. I cook amazing food… the past 30 years of practice have taken me to that level. 🙂

On some week-ends and for holidays the house is filled with our big family, kids and grand-kids. We all sit around the big wooden table and enjoy heart-warming dishes, then spend time on the cozy sofas and watch the grand-kids play. Some of us even take naps – we have guest rooms with beautiful decorations and comfy pillows smelling of lavender. Christmas is the best as my husband and I make a big pot of stuffed cabbage rolls and the traditional cozonac – he’s become a specialist at it over the years. 🙂

We’d travel the world together, go see the penguins :), fly in a balloon, go on a cruise and just be happy together experimenting everything.

I’d go on shopping sprees every now and again… it’s a joy to be old and be able to afford high-quality, elegant pieces of fashion. When I visit the city I take the opportunity to go for a cosmetic treatment and visit the hairdresser. Such a spoilt creature! 🙂

At night I watch the star-studded sky and shoot wishes at the moon. Life is simple, beautiful and happy. And then I go cuddle under my white linen duvet and have a deep, worry-free sleep. My husband is snoring in the background by now… 🙂

Why write all of this here, you may wonder? I think it’s very important to visualize how you want your life to be, so you make sure your steps take you there.. After all, dreams really do come true!

Work hard, play hard

April 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

My mind is racing again this morning. Between ending the financial year and the mad race that goes with it, conf calls and a gazillion emails to respond to, I am struck by a wave of wanderlust. Yes, I’m only back for one day and already thinking about packing my stuff again.
But don’t be fooled… I’m a cougar of all trades, and my life is about ironing clothes and house cleaning just as much as it is about business travelling and strategy plans.

I’m also thinking about:
# What cake to make my boyfriend for his birthday in a few weeks. Actually, I’m rehearsing and perfecting a recipe I already know… In my head, like a martial arts fighter 🙂
# When exactly to make all those important appointments I’ve been postponing for weeks
# What to cook these days – read dumpling soup and hearty colouful salads… and I recollect that a-ma-zing Greek salad I had in Salzburg… one of the best in my life
# Some secret plans
# A recap of my travels these days. I am seeing and experimenting an awful lot of things but I don’t get to write about it too often
# Missing skiing. And running and hiking.

Finite life filled with infinite things

April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hallstatt

I’d like to take a moment to record this feeling here. I have just returned from one of the most beautiful trips in my life. There were high mountains, picture-perfect sky decked with clouds, hills and grass greener than green. There was this beautiful Gasthaus tucked between mountains and green fields covered in flowers, and perfect cakes, lovely coffee, countless pints of beer, pork ribs (for some of us), bretzels and strudels and late night walks on the beautiful streets of Salzburg.
This trip was more than I could ever tell. It was fun, it was magical, it was breath-taking, it was restorative and inspiring.
Between shoe-shopping, walking on the cobbled streets, discovering a beer garden in what used to be a monastery, taking the funicular up to the oldest salt mine in the world and admiring an amazing lake…
I was swept off my feet.
To be continued.

# breaking news

April 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

# I am one lucky girl – I can drink freshly squeezed juice every morning
# I am feeling really good in my skin (and plan to feel even better)
# I’ve been in a cooking kick lately… and those around me are the lucky recipients 🙂
# I’m almost convinced that at some point in my life I will combine my huge passion for healthy living and food with business and the result will be a-ma-zing
# I am over-the-head busy and gearing up for a week-end of work, but am dealing with one thing at a time (very unlike me)
# I’m planning to live to be 90. 🙂 Fit & healthy, that is….

Azi

April 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Sunt recunoscatoare ca sunt sanatoasa – nu numai ca simptomele racelii s-au diminuat, dar sunt sanatoasa.
Sunt fericita ca azi de dimineata cand am plecat din casa am putut sa sarut cel mai minunat baiat.
Recunoscatoare ca am o sora.
Multumesc pentru hrana minunata cu care imi hranesc corpul, pentru toate diminetile in care cineva imi incalzeste talpile cu talpile lui, pentru serile tarzii cand vin de la serviciu si miroase inca a iarba proaspat taiata si a cer instelat.

Multumesc cu tot sufletul meu!

Ce faci cand te paste o raceala

April 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

… Sau a treia insemnare din seria ‘ce faci cand’…
Cand simti cum capul iti ia foc, incet-incet, si in gat ti se infig niste cuie, iar mintea ta e pe alaturi cu drumul…
– iei o pauza si te culci
– daca esti la birou si nu poti sa te culci (gasp), iti faci o limonada
– bei o zi intreaga numai lichide – apa, sucuri de citrice, supe usoare
– iei mult magneziu
– stai la soare si absorbi cat de multa vitamina D poti
– bei ceai de ghimbir. Mult ghimbir.
– te duci la sauna si transpiri toate toxinele, dupa care iti faci o frectie si te culci

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