Is Your Sun Still Behind The Clouds?

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I’m sure you heard the phrase ‘every cloud has a silver lining’. How do you apply it in your life? I’m asking this because it’s crucial for your mental and emotional health to see this idiom in action every day of your life.

Have you had situations when everything seemed too difficult and unsolvable? Have you been desperate for advice and clarity? I’m sure you have.

Not that long ago I had too many questions about my business and was wondering what I should do. And today everything is clear as day. Solutions didn’t come all at once. Each day brought one or two ideas. One by one puzzles fell into place and formed a clear picture. Sometimes the source of help was a person, other times it was a website or a book. Working together as a team all these helpers led me to new decisions and new strategies.

Today I was walking to my usual place to see the sunrise. It’s my new favorite habit. I wake up earlier, do some reading and if it’s not my running day, I go to the lake where the sunrise can be visible. So, when I was walking there, the sun was hiding behind the clouds. The lining wasn’t silver though. It was golden! And it was gorgeous! You could still see the sun. Kind of.

So, when I got to a cafe to get my latte, I looked through the window and couldn’t keep my eyes open. The clouds parted and the sun was shining brightly.

Our life is the same. Sometimes we need to wait for the clouds to part and for the sun to shine on our path and show us the way.

Tell me in the comments, have you ever experienced anything similar?

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Happy Women’s Day!

It’s an International Women’s Day today. Did you know? The world is celebrating all women, not just mothers, and it’s a great thing. No offense to you, guys. Men are very important, but we’ve known that already, right? The majority of cultures in the world are patriarchal, so men established their influence and importance long time ago. Although, women started defending their rights only in the past few decades.

I wish all women to believe in their great potential, wonderful gifts and talents, abilities and strengths. I wish us all to unleash our creativity, use our potential and do our best to change this world for better. Steve Jobs said that only those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. I believe we can, ladies! Let’s do it!

I wish all men to appreciate their women, see their wonderfulness, and regularly tell them about it. Let her blossom! If your woman flourishes, your life will change, and your success will soar! I dare you to try.

Who Is You Friend?

Have you heard a saying: tell me who your friend is, and I will tell you who you are? It’s very true! There’s even an exercise connected with this – write down 5 of your closest friends; then describe their main characteristics. Chances are you have the majority of you friends’ personality traits.

We usually choose people who are like us in one way or another. At the same time, we influence each other over time. So, after being friends for a number of years we become similar in certain ways.

Is it bad? I don’t think so. It’s wonderful to influence each other and learn from one another. It’s amazing that we can understand our friends without saying a word sometimes.

Friendship is a complicated and fascinating thing. Let’s talk about it in more detail tomorrow. See ya!

Travel Away

p18a5347“Why do you travel?”  – I asked my best friend who has been to 54 countries of the world.  “To get new eyes, – she said and quoted Marcel Proust, – ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Maia told me that each trip to a new destination helps her understand herself better. It also results in rediscovering the life and people back home and helps to see them in a new light.

How many countries have YOU visited? Which parts of the world are you yet to see? Our beautiful planet is an incredible gift from the Creator. We live our busy life cramming it with very urgent and important things, but so often we forget to live. You might have so many legitimate excuses not to travel, but all of them will crack and break like shattered glass when faced with powerful reasons:

  1. Travel for personal growth. Every country will reveal something new for you, every person you meet will make your heart a little bigger.
  2. Travel to learn. Each culture is unique and amazingly beautiful, each little place on earth has huge potential to broaden our worldview and expand our knowledge.
  3. Travel for success. Each trip abroad helps you become more interesting as a personality. It gives you edge in negotiations, increases your chances for promotion or for getting a new job.
  4. Travel to help less fortunate. There are so many places in the world that need our help. Go on a mission trip, and it will change your life as well as the lives of those you help!
  5. Travel to capture the beauty. Take your camera on a journey with you and start creating memories. Become an artist without a brush, become a creator of moments and share them with the world.
  6. Travel to make new friends. Each person you encounter on your journey may become a good friend for you. Each friend you make has the potential to bring the whole new world into your life.
  7. Travel to practice the language you’re learning. Need to practice Spanish? Go to Latin America, Spain or Portugal. Would like to become more fluent in English? Great Britain or USA will give you lots of opportunities to dive into the culture and feel the language from within.

Let’s go on a 5-day language tour to New York City with us. You will not only get English classes with the native speaker but will have a chance to immerse into American culture, see the best sights, try awesome food and visit famous places where most popular movies were shot!

New York Language Tour

And remember – if it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. Not enough money? Stop spending them for unnecessary clothes or stuff. Not enough time? Become more organized, get up earlier to get more things done.

So, now it’s your turn. Make a list of countries you would want to visit in your life. Share with us at least three of them in the comments below. And start planning your trip!

 

Are You a Slave to Your Emotions?

There are so many events in our life that could provoke the whole myriad of emotions, good or bad. Do we allow them to take over or try to control them? Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but I think it’s never too late to acquire a wonderful skill called Emotional Intelligence. Yes, I think it’s a skill or an array of skills and they all can be developed if we are motivated enough.

Don’t you get tired of people yelling nervously and irritably at you or next to you? Don’t you ever feel like smacking them? However, you never do that because you have a certain level of Emotional Intelligence and they don’t. They write emotional posts or comments on Facebook and then regret doing that. And you? You read all of that and feel like you’re boiling inside. Then you go to the gym and blow off steam on the treadmill, or you talk to a friend who understands and you start feeling much better.

So, who is the boss of you – your emotions or yourself? Can you hold your tongue or do you often find yourself saying things and then regretting that later?

These are pretty emotional days for the whole world, I would say. Let’s continue being human whatever happens around us. Let’s put the relationships first and our political views second or third. The world is a wonderful place to practice love and generosity, appreciation and gratitude. Don’t waste your precious time in this world on disagreements! It’s not worth it!

We Need Each Other

The thought of the day – we need people and people need us. We definitely need each other, whether it’s support or sharing our experience or even being criticized and then learning from our mistakes.

The whole process of establishing my business was connected with other people: advisers, investors, partners, helpers, friends and family who supported and inspired by believing in me. Right now I am at a different stage of business development and need people more than ever.

It is such a blessing to have friends who get inspired when you passionately tell them your ideas or describe a new project. It’s an incredible gift to have those who have more experience and can share it with you free of charge.

Our world is built on connections and relationships. We can not survive alone, we need each other!

Cherish those who are close to you, appreciate them and never take them for granted.