2017 -New Year resolutions!

Hello everyone,

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Pic: Romania, Maramures

As today is the second day of the new year and the beginning of a new chapter in all our lives I want to firstly wish everyone a Happy New Year full of love, happiness and fulfillment. ❤

I spent the last day of 2016 trying to meditate and reflect upon the year that has passed. I thought about all the highlights and achievements that I have managed to achieve and made me realize how lucky and grateful all of us should be. Even though the planet is basically burning, wars are taking place all over the World, people are starving or don’t have any water to drink, 2016 has been a great year for most of us. It is important to understand that all of us, those who are able to read this, were born under a lucky star and we should be grateful for this.

As the year has just started to show us the first pages of its book, we start to make new resolutions and goals that we would like to achieve. To be honest with you, this is my second year when I actually took a bit of my time and wrote down what I would like to achieve in the new year. When I was reflecting upon my year and reread my resolution list, something that I haven’t done since exactly one year ago, I was stunned. Most of the things, especially the most important ones were achieved. Without me even realizing it they were always there at the back of my mind. But is this all we should do?

Take some time and reflect. I believe that setting goals and cleaning your mind at the beginning of the year is very helpful in the long term. You will see how easy things in your life will be achieved, as your mind and body are working towards it without you even realizing it.

Let’s start this year by being grateful for what we have, for where we live and for the people that we love and love us. A positive mindset and a resolution list is a perfect way to start your adventure in the new year.

Spread the love and good luck,

Bisous,

Iulia

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Finding the right place for you

7be3bc2dcdb3a318cadfb76159604433.jpgToday I decided to write this little blog post and talk to you about a subject that has been in my mind for a while. I am not sure how many people will actually read this article but if there is one single person that will find this useful I will be so happy.:)

Who am I? I don’t think I have ever written a post about this..so just in case I will summarize a few facts about me: I am a student..I am studying architecture at an university in UK to be more precise in Manchester. I have been living there for three years now but my heart was never there…nice boutiques, cute shops and streets, funny people and still..nothing.

In my first year at uni I thought that this is happening because I didn’t know too many people and I was most of the time…well..alone and afraid to admit what I was feeling.I found it difficult to make friends with people when I wasn’t trusting anyone and I wasn’t feeling like I am part of that community. Then on my second year, things started to change, I had more friends and a life there, a purpose, as I started to do more activities , go out, play tennis, get an internship etc. But still, my heart was not there.

Today, I got used to it and I started to appreciate the place more and more but still most of the time I can only see its flaws. Did it ever happen to you to walk around the city or maybe sit on a bus and look around you and feel that its not right for you? The place, the atmosphere, the buildings..the pace and rhythm of the city?  The only good thing about it is the people… to be honest, here I met so many open, smart and creative people.

Even though..I got used to it now and I don’t mind it…still I am not in love with this city. I have seen a few places this year and to be honest with you I felt more at home there than ever.

I believe that I am not the only one in this situation..studying abroad and feeling…like that’s not the place for you..so I decided to share my thoughts with you and talk to you about it because you are not alone..we are not alone..Should we move somewhere else? Should we stay here and fall in love with this place? Let’s talk about this and let me know what your story is. If you know someone who might find this useful let them know by sharing this. Looking forward to read it:D

Bisous,

Iulia

Aventuri in Marseille! Vlogtrip

Hello beauties,

Astazi, vreau sa impartasesc cu voi primul articol in limba romana de pe blogul meu si experientele pe care le-am trait in ultima vacanta in Marseille.

A fost o vacanta deosebita, plina de aventuri si peripetii..cu siguranta nu ne asteptam sa fie atat de challenging aceasta vacanta in momentul in care ne-am decis sa vizitam Marseille. A fost o experienta deosebita in care am reusit sa trecem peste anumite limite and push ourselves sa incercam ceva nou. In general in viata consider ca e bine to challenge yourself in order to grow. Daca te intrebi despre ce tot vorbesc aici, keep on reading.

How it all started?

Ideea e ca vroiam sa mergem intr-o vacanta in aceasta vara sau mai bine spus inceput de toamna, asa ca un mic premiu pentru tot ce am reusit sa obtinem in ultima vreme, basically to spoil ourselves for a few days dar totul sa fie cat se poate de ieftin, sa fie cald in locul in care mergem si sa avem acces si la o plaja..hmm cam multe pretentii nu? Haha. Am mers pe site.ul de la EasyJet si am gasit aceste bilete catre Marseille, very last minute, cu £50 dus- intors, perfect deal. Pentru cazare, noi folosim AirBnb si din nou am gasit o cazare excelenta si f ieftina in inima Marseille.ului. (daca vreti sa va vorbesc mai mult despre Airbnb let me know:D).

Zis si facut, am facut toate booking.urile necesare si am fost good to go.

In prima zi acolo, vremea nu a tinut cu noi foarte mult, ploua ingrozitor de tare si batea vantul, credeam ca s-a zis cu frumoasa si perfecta noastra escapada. Prima impresie a orasului nu a fost una excelenta, orasul nu era atat de perfect pe cat ne asteptam, iar primul lucru pe care l-am auzit in gara au fost….tigani romani..are they really everywhere?

Dar, dupa ce ne-am plimbat putin prin oras si prin portul vechi unde iti poti inchipui tot felul de scenarii din trecut (asa cum imi place mie sa fac:D) si am prins putin vibe.ul locului si am inceput sa ne simtit ca si acasa.

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Urmatoarea zi, am plecat in explorare. Desi credeam ca mergem sa ne petrecem ziua pe o plaja de vis in inima Parcului National des Calanques..ei sa spunem ca ne-am deviat putin de la drumul pavat. Noua ne place sa imbratisam orice provocare, stim cat de important e sa iesim din zona noastra de comfort caci doar asa reusim sa ne dezvoltam si sa realizam ca puterile noastre nu sunt limitate de nimic. Ei bine, pot spune ca noi ca oameni avem o singura superpower si anume atitudinea noastra fata de lucruri, cu o atitudine pozitiva, poti trece munti.

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In cea de-a 3-a zi in frumosul Marseille, ne-am relaxat pe insula Frioule, peisaje si o liniste de vis.

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Daca iti doresti o excursie ieftina la caldura, plaja si nu foarte multa agitatie,
noi recomandam cu caldura Marseille. E o locatie perfecta pe care o poti vizita chiar si la sfarsit de sezon, inceput de toamna, deoarece temperaturile sunt inca ridicate dar mai usor de suportat decat in timpul verii. Asa ca daca vrei sa aflii mai multe informatii despre locurile de acolo si sa vezi prin ce peripetii am trecut, check out video.urile care le-am postat in contul meu de YouTube(Link down below).

Va pup si vizionare placuta!

Bisous,

Iulia

Vlogtrip link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A9I5NnsUf0

Life challenges!

Since I have started to share my own “diary” with you, I have realized that my both posts have been quite serious. But to be honest this is how I have been feeling lately.

I feel like I need to grow and I need something in my life that would spark my motivation, or maybe even raise it to the next level.

Have you ever felt always tired? Or always lacking energy? I really do understand how it feels. Besides the lack of iron in your body more than sure you, me, we need something to motivate us. What can that be? I believe that by challenging ourselves we can develop ourselves and grow.

One thing that I want to do, as soon as possible, something that has been on my wish list for this year is to challenge myself. Even if it can seem hard at first, I strongly believe that it can help me develop my current self. I am thinking about maybe cycling, or running, or maybe hiking for a good cause, or even vlogging more so that I can develop my public speaking skills. Something that I have done and helped me feel better about myself is giving or helping other people. It makes my soul so happy that I want to do it all the time. But, I am not talking only about this, a positive approach to life can be helpful, for example, being very nice with all the people you meet during the day, it may be the cashier at your local store, or the person who sits next to you on the bus, it does not matter. Try it! You will definitely make someone’s day better and happier just by saying hello or smiling!

Trust me this way you will feel like you are making a difference! Help this world to become a better place with small steps. If all of us can be a bit better and nicer every day, definitely this world will become a better place.

I feel like I am talking too much about making this world better, but I really feel like we are not in a good place right now. Maybe in my next post I will talk about Brexit and how I feel about it! Let me know if you are interested to see the opinion of someone who lives there, as a student, pays their duties and contributes to theirs development.

Spread the love,

Muah,

Iulia

Diary page 2: Two Worlds!

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I want to start by asking you: Have you ever felt like you are stuck in the middle of two Worlds?

Well sometimes I do. Being a student in UK while all your family is somewhere else, it can get a bit tricky. Do you ever feel like you don’t know where you belong anymore? Home is great, but still your everyday life is happening somewhere else, you don’t feel like you have a “purpose” here anymore. Am I right?

 

Being there, in a new city, you start to integrate and feel like you are part of the community. Lots of opportunities are rising from every corner, a great place to evolve and “improve yourself”. But still, you don’t feel like you are at home there and don’t feel like you are at home when you are actually back in your old hometown. So, where do you belong?

 

I believe that our life is there, where all the opportunities surround us. The only thing is to make that place feel pleasant, make it feel like home. Your daily activities, combining work with having fun will help you settle better in a new place. I believe that a big part of it is enjoying every moment and making the most of everything, again being happy, because this is our new life, let’s make the most of it. And…as far as our homesick is concerned I believe that arranging to see your loved ones more often can help you and them feeling alright with being far from each other.

 

These are my thoughts for today. Hope you enjoyed it and let me know how you feel about this type of situation, I am really curious to see other perspectives.

 

Muuuah,

Bisous,

Iulia.

Diary page 1: Travelling thoughts

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Watching everything changing around me, new views passing by, I am thinking… I am so lucky, we are so lucky.

I am on a coach now, travelling home, and my thoughts are wondering and screaming to be expressed.

I am just realizing how valuable this period of my life is. Student life, is a moment in time, happening only once, a moment to be cherished, a moment to be enjoyed, appreciated and lived to the fullest. Happiness lives in small things, it is important to only see them, because they always find their way around us. A hug, a kiss, saying goodbye are all moments that make our life. It may be sad or happy, there is no shortcut to happiness. Because, at the end of the day, when we look back, we can notice that what has been bringing us joy or maybe tears into our eyes make us who we are today. As I was saying, there is no shortcut to happiness, every single day and moment is “happiness.”

Why is this period so valuable? Because I believe it is the perfect time to DO something. Time is so precious and it is the only one that won’t come back.

As an architecture student, my life as a student is not that simple. Long nights, lots of work, crying (haha), and coffee in one word HASSLE. I was fortunate enough this year, to see how it is to work on a schedule at a real office, real life experience. I enjoyed it and I still enjoy it, but I already know that for the future is not what I want. I don’t want to feel like I am stuck in the office from 9 to 17 and don’t have a life. I don’t want to retire and then realize that I have spent my life in the office, working towards someone else’s dream. No, I want to work towards my own dream. I will never let myself get lost in this cycle.

That is why I believe it is so important to make the most of this time. As a student, we are not stuck in uni from 9 to 17! We have long holidays and time for ourselves. I know, I know that so many will say that in their free time they are stuck in the library. Trust me, I totally agree. I don’t really have much time to myself. But I am trying not to be caught in this cycle. Time management is very important. Having a good time management is the key to fulfillment and realization. But, I can talk about that in another post, if you are interested, because it will get too long.

So, as I was saying, time for ourselves. This time that we have now, in our hands, is helping us actually to develop and become the best versions of ourselves. Embrace this time, and work towards what you like and enjoy. I am so grateful that I can travel and discover a bit more every single day. I haven’t seen too many places yet, but I certainly will. I feel like every time I am seeing something new I am growing, I am teaching myself by actually seeing and walking through history as I like to call it. Every time I am in an “old place” lets say, like a church or a castle I like to think about the history and what happened there. Think about how many things these walls that still surround us has witnessed in their long lives.

I am bubbling too much now, I want to leave you with this thought: Get inspired by the things that surround you, make the most of your time now, enjoy and love every moment, give, grow and become your best self, bring a change to this World and work towards what you love. Make the most of today because life is too short. We are like a raindrop in the life of the Universe, at first so meaningless and then so precious.

Bisous,

Iulia

How to: CV

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Hello my beauties,

Today, I am coming back with a post that is a bit different but I hope you will enjoy it.

Are you student or more exactly an Architecture student and you are struggling to write your CV?

Here I have a few tips for you on how to do it:

If you enjoy this type of video please let me know and also follow me on Youtube as well.

Kisses,

Iulia

Spring Outfits ideas!

Hello my beauties!
Want to change your style? Or want to be more girly while wearing an effortless look? I've got you covered. Here you can find a couple of cute outfits suitable for different occasions.
Leeet's get started!!
1.Casual look!
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Lets start with something very casual, simple and cute. Everyone owns a pair of jeans, right? Just combine it with a nice top/ shirt and a cardigan and you are good to go. Also, you can add some accessories to your outfit to give it a more personal touch.
2. More formal?? Just upgrade your previous outfit!

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 Want to be more formal but at the same time still stay casual? By simply changing your cardigan to a blazer from the previous outfit, and your flats to some heels you are ready for something more formal! Again, make it personal, a chunky necklace, a purse or even both why not can change your entire look, because remember, the difference stays in small things.
3. Keep it casual!

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    Clean look? Always a good idea!
    Combine all your basic items and you'll look gorgeous!PS Those shoes though
4. Girly girl!
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I can start by saying that I absolutely love this dress!
It screams Paris, isn't it?

I think that for all you girly girls out there this is a must have!
You can wear it at different occasions, you can 
dress it up, dress it down, it can always be a good choice.
5. Skirt time!

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Recently I become absolutely obsessed with this kind of skirt. Again, it is so 
girly and perfect and describes me perfectly.

Here, I have 3 different ideas on how you can style it. The first one is more 
casual perfect for a walk, or hanging out with friends. The second one,
lets be honest, can be a perfect outfit for Easter, now that it is just
around the corner. The last one, is more chic and elegant, perfect for formal 
events.

Be sure that whatever you will choose, you will certainly stand out from the crowd and be the most beautiful.

Let me know what you think and which one is your favorite.
Kisses and until next time don't forget to shine!
Muah,
Iulia.