Back to uni – not back to 9 to 5 prospects

Hello beautiful people,

Long time no speak. Fast-forwarding to the present day, November the 3d 2016, I am currently taking a break from the assignments that I need to complete by the end of next week. So yes, back to uni, back to studying, back to trying not to be – the typical student-.

I’m not sure if I have shared this with you before, but I study Information Management for Business at UCL (human language : IT and Business). You all knowDO.png I’m strongly agaist the corporate life and generally speakign the 9 to 5 / 9 to 9 daily schedule, instead I’m all in for entrepreneurship, unconventional and positive thinking.

Being where I am, studying what I am studying is quite hard to mai
ntain my thinking while not doubting it and myself. I am taught that the corporate way is the safe way, is the good way and the most rewarding one (money-wise). To be honest, what I am doing is more complicated, more competitive and more frightening. I chose the hard way, the foggy path through the forest, but that is okay. When you have something deep inside yourself that tells you not to follow a certain mindset, don’t do it, no matter how crazy it sounds. I am an entrepreneur, I work towards becoming indepent through my ventures, through social media etc. I am also only 20 years old, so what do I actually know about life? Well, maybe not much but enough to stick to my plan.

From time to time I hear these words when I tell people about my life and work philosophy – “Yeah Alina, but you know, a few years in a corporation can give you great insight and experience.” I totally respect this opinion, but my answer is – “Screw that. I can always get into the corporate world, I can always be a consultant, analyst and tell other people how to run their business. My diploma is not getting burned down if I don’t go into a graduate programme after my graduation. It is now that I have the power, the energy and the ideas to bring value into this world, I need no constraints.”

Luckily for me, I have some great people in my life that I can explore my entrepreneurial drive with and some great mentors that I can count on for great advice.

Come along with me on this journey with all its ups and downs.

Stay positive,

Alina

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HOW AND WHY I QUIT MY JOB AND SHUT DOWN MY BUSINESS

Hello, beautiful people!

I’m here with the latest update on how my life has been, what I’ve been doing and not been doing lately.

First of all, yes, I quit my job. Second of all, the pancake shop story is now officially over as I wanted to let go of it.

Let’s begin with the beginning. Last time we’ve talked, I was trying to get myself on the right track, be more positive and stand up to the circumstances at my job heroically. Turns out nothing worked. I’ve tried waking up earlier, going to the beach, enjoying amazing breakfasts, taking long walks and so on… Nothing worked and I was on the verge of a mental breakdown. In fact, I think I kind of had one, as I started to cry everyday like a baby, saying that I want to go home and so 14001694_754604554679425_1175784926_oon. Deep in myself I knew for a long time that if I wanted to be happy again I needed to quit my job and close the business, but I was too much of a chicken to admit it to myself and more importantly, to act on it. However, time passed and I was only getting deeper and deeper into this depression of mine. I don’t think I ever had this much negativity gathered up in my life, it was unacceptable and moreover I was
also making Armand feel bad, as it’s not pleasant to see your SO crying every day and being completely unhappy, so he started to push me everyday to quit and go home. After a few very very negatively charged and heated up discussions with the manager regarding my job and especially the pancake, I decided that my patience has reached the bottom of the bottle. I announced him that I’m leaving, but I kind of felt that he was not taking me seriously, so after a few hours I wrote my notice and handed it to him. That was it, the grand finale. The second I gave the notice, I felt the huge pressure that I was carrying with me starting to disappear. Two days after I was already on the train back home, wearing my biggest smile, knowing that I will finally get to see my friends back home, spend quality time with my family and especially with Milo, my dog.

The aftermath:

Most importantly, I realised that I will never ever get away from my path again, which is in a completely different direction, I will never ever get myself into a business that deals with food, or in a business that runs physically on this model. I am 100% convinced that my only way of creating quality products and/or services is online.

Furthermore, I experienced what it means to have and employee, to raise him/her and to make him/her work for you with a clean heart. Also not a piece of cake.

On top of that, I learnt that your intuition, your guts and your heart should also be followed. And never should you ever let yourself be in a situation that causes your damage, either psychically or physically. Be a man of action, always. And never get away from your desired path because of material or emotional factors. Even if you do, let go as soon as you can, you will see how the minute you let go of the bad influence, new doors will open, as it happened for me, but I will not talk about this now.

Hope I provided you with somewhat of an example and that you’ll learn with me from this experience.

Stay positive!

Xx,

Alina

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THE CHALLENGE OF ADAPTING TO A NEW ENVIRONMENT

Hello beautiful people,

More than a month ago I was travelling through Italy, sipping on the best wines, having the best pasta, the best pizza and binging on delicious gelato, whereas now I am back in Romania at the seaside, in a resort that it’s not really my cup of tea.

To give you an insight into my last month: I am a cashier for a restaurant called LaStrada, I work with large sums of money daily and I interact with at least 500 customers. Most of them are part of the people I would never interact with on a daily basis, but here I have no other option but to put on my best smile and adapt to their way of thinking, speaking and so on.

On top of that, together with Armand, we are managing partners of a small Crepes Shop. All sounded so exciting but at the end of the day, I am always wondering, what on Earth am I doing here?  We started basically from scratch, but we set it all up, worked on our product for about two weeks and found a lovely girl to prepare the crepes. It sounds so easy, when in fact, it was all like a mild nightmare. Finding someone to work with us was very stressful, and I basically had to do it by myself because Armand was busy with the technical details of the shop. I encountered so many closed doors that I was on the edge of giving up. Luckily for me, a good friend recommended this sweet girls, Cristina who came at the seaside to work with us in a matter of days. That was it, I thought it was all sorted out, but then another issue popped out. It was her first job and she never touched the griddle before. We tried to teach her, but neither did we know too much about the griddle. However, she learned pretty quickly and the business was on, we started selling. Yay for us,but then we faced issues with our co-workers, with our boss and so on… all in all I started living in continous hell. A few days ago, we had a big misunderstanding with our boss and partner for the crepes that we almost left, in the sense that we packed all our bags and we were ready to take the train back home. It was an issue of mutual respect, an issue of unclear duties and basically that was it. When adressing the issues in front of him, we maintained our position and in the end, we solved our misunderstandings. Ever sincer, our business is working much better, our days are more relaxed and more beautiful.  What I learnt from this is that you should always keep your head up, maintain your position and take into your account your life principles and apply them, regardless of the environment you’re part of.

Another effect that the past month has had on me is that I went flat, I abandoned my healthy mind habits, I abandoned my Instagram account, my Snapchat, my blog, the Productivity Planner, the Five Minute Journal etc. I am still fighting with myself to go back to my old ways and I am proud to say that I am on the right track, hence why I’m writing. Please, unlike me, stay positive and keep your healthy mind habits, I will keep you updated with my progress and create more content .

Here are some pics that describe my past month.

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My customers

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Crepes in the making

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The mighty one

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The small shop <3

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Cashing in, YAS

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What am I doing here?

xx,

Alina

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THE BEAUTY OF FLORENCE

Ciao belli,

This part is all about Florence, the capital of Tuscany. As a little intro, Florence/Firenze in Italy is supposedly the nucleus of the Italian language, or at least, this is what Fiorentini* say and I can understand why. Florence is all about fine Italian culture, as it is defined by art, luxury, fine wines, excellent food and astonishing architecture. Fyi, it is important to know that also Venetians claim the right to the modern Italian language, but their arguments are heavily debated because Venice as a city was build and ruled by Germans, also known in Italian culture as Tedeschi.

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However, in our short visit to Florence we got to experiment the beauty of it as it meets the eye, but because our time was limited, we didn’t get the fully explore the city. For me it was not such a loss, because it was not my first visit in Florence. For your travels in Italy, I would say that Florence is not to be missed, and there are some certain things you must see and look for:

Basilica Santa Maria del Fiore and the Duomo in the central Piazza also known as Piazza del Duomo, Uffizi Galleries, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza delle Signoria, Church San Lorenzo and the Medici Chapels and so on. Also there are many food and clothes, leather markets along the city centre, so definitely take a look. For good food I truly recommend you to get away from the city centre, for as far as you can and other than that, enjoy the tons of great gelato , street music and extra creamy cappuccinos.

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On a more personal note, we preferred to visit the streets of Florence, enjoy a good gelato, lay in the sun like crazy in the public squares and play with dogs, because Florence has got plenty. Fun fact: we found a vending machine for Pasta, Risotto and Lasagna. Crazy, right? We wanted to get some just to try, but we didn’t have enough coins with us, so that was that.  Follow my photojournal on VSCO here: http://vsco.co/alinamiron/journal/p/1

Watch here our video:

 

xx,

Alina

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WE HAD NO INTERNET // OFFLINE IN ITALY

Hello, beautiful people!

Greetings from Romania. As you can tell, our trip in the beautiful country of Italy has ended. We learnt how to cook and how to speak Italian. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to find someone to lend us a Vespa without presenting a driver licence, but instead I learned how to ride a bike. No, I did not know how to ride a bike before.

However, the most interesting, or better said challenging part of the trip was the fact that we had no Internet in Tuscany, where we spent most of our time. I only managed to post a few pictures on Instagram whenever I could find a Wi-Fi source. I decided to write a few lines about this experience and only after to start posting about each part of the journey.

Dear friends, at the beginning I must say it was painful to be offline. I felt like a lion in cage, but after a few days I kind of decided to let go and fully experience what life without Internet is like. Contrary to my expectations, I “survived”, in the sense that I really didn’t miss it that much, but I felt kind of guilty for not posting. What made me happy is that I didn’t feel in any way more connected to the people beside me, or more present in the everyday life, which confirms my theory that all this Internet, social media etc. is not a “life-eater”, “life-distraction” if you don’t allow it to be. All this fuss about how Internet is bad and about how we don’t live in the now because of it makes no sense to me. It’s about learning how to use and why. As with many things, self-education is key.

Thank you for not losing faith in my journey, there will follow insights from Tuscany.

xx,

Alina

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WE DIDN’T LIKE MILAN

Hello, beautiful people!

The reason I have not posted anything about Milan is because we didn’t really enjoy it. I took no pictures, no nothing. We didn’t even eat gelato – and that says a lot. In the first day we woke up, stayed a bit around the house and then went straight for the main attraction, Il Duomo – then we got hungry, but to our surprise, Italian do not serve lunch after 14:00, so we fc,550x550,white.u2ended up eating at McDonald’s, which was very disappointing. :(

The next day was very boring, we slept almost all day and we just went out for some grocery shopping, as I wanted to cook some gnocchi and prepare some Bresaola. Let’s say that the only good thing about Milan is that we got to spend some more time with our good friend Sergio.

However, we are now in Tuscany, in the beautiful city of San Miniato, which is close to Pisa, Florence and the seaside. So stay tuned for some amazing scenery in the next post.

xx,

Alina

DAY 3 & 4 // ITALIANS DO IT BEST

Hello, beautiful people!

As I am writing this I am already in Milan, we left Bergamo yesterday. In the past two days we stayed local and explored Bergamo, so this short post is going to be about good food and good people.

First of all, I really want to take some time to praise the Italian food. It is absolutely delicious, with very subtle flavours that mix all together and create beautiful, fresh dishes. We got to eat quite a few North-Italian dishes, pizza and pasta included, but by far the most authentic experience was with Sergio’s family, yesterday, when we went to dine together. Apparently, dining together with your family is one of the most important Italian habits. We are truly grateful that we got the chance to experience this. After the diner we had the most amazing wine(s), strawberries, cannoli and so on. Our tummies were very happy, at the end of the day. Not to forget, a big shout out to Sergio’s family who treated us amazingly good, introduced us to the Italian family and to the Italian way of life. Here are some pictures:

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We also walked quite a lot around the old city of Bergamo, hiked, took the funicular, climbed into the highest tower and so on. Oh, I almost forgot. We also ate A LOT of gelato, every break is a gelato break in Italy. The following pictures are just a little teaser of what Bergamo looks like, we will post everything on YouTube, as soon as we get the chance to sit down and work.

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Thank you for following me around Italy, see you soon in Milan!

xx,

Alina