There are five important aspects in my life:
- Giving back to the society (volunteering)
I felt connection to international from the early age. When I was 10 years old I had my first pen friend from the UK (and that was the time when the computers just started appearing and letters were still handwritten and sent by post). When I was 14 years old I ended up exploring by myself Vienna, Venice and other European cities (I was supposed to be in the group, but it was not well organised). Afterwards I travelled quite a lot and the world was (and still is) my oyster. Along the joy, I have encountered also quite a few challenges, which have changed as my expatriate experience grew, including:
- finding new friends and making long-lasting friendships
- getting used to different food
- bereaucracy and different way of life
- language: British English vs International English; French which I never learnt, but was forced to use; learning Italian in 3 months to the level that I was able to comprehend Masters degree lectures and write essays
- different style/way of work, doing things, lunches, social interactions at work.
- finding accommodation: : idea that if you are foreigner, then you have to pay more and can be offered worse conditions à fighting for the right treatment and getting it.
- shock of life in a small town with 5000 inhabitants – beautiful middle of nowhere: what to do, whom to meet, new friends? You are joking, right!? But even there I managed to integrate and was part of annual carnival.
Thus, throughout my life I moved quite a few times, but I must admit that I was going more with the flow and all these moves were more reactive than proactive, due to circumstances from the outside: work, studies etc. I am quite good organiser, so the moves were smooth most of the time.
Only after my last move back to London I realised the full depth of these changes and how move in reality should be, rather than just jumping from one country/city to another.
I knew what I want and I knew that I needed to change the stagnation to achieve more than I had. That meant this time the move was:
I moved this time to London not because of the outside circumstances, but because I wanted. It was thoughtful process. I balanced all pros and cons, calculated material and mental expenses and gains, planned and did it. In my particular case, I wanted:
- wider free time/hobbies opportunities
- social and business network
- reconnecting with old friends and making new friendships
- development of my business
Thus, I have realised that the main purpose is:
- gaining what you want rather than experimenting
- enriching yourself, rather than having goals for the sake of goals
Spirituality has been always important for me. I am spiritual person and this helps me to stay on the track:
- makes it easier to go through difficult comments
- feel & stay connected
I volunteer, as I believe it is important to give back to the society, plus it also helps to connect to the local community.
Growth: I have not stopped on this: I continue development, attend trainings and seminars, read books, work on projects, keep my body and mind healthy and fit, create harmony within me and outside.
Thus, I have learnt to have a harmonious, balanced and happy life, anywhere I am and in whichever circumstances I am. And I have helped others in finding their harmony and happiness. I believe there is no magic recipe, which would suit all. But everyone can create their own recipe for harmony and happiness. I can give you the instruments, so that you can create YOUR road to YOUR happiness in any part of the world. Are you ready to start?….