What is normal and how to overcome this nonsense

I have to be honest. I dislike the word “normal”. What is normal? And why should I follow some rules just because the society says so? I am not the type to fit in a certain group of standards. I am who I am and I always had a problem when hearing the words “because this is the society we live in”. No! I have the freedom to create my life by my own ground rules. I like to think by myself based on my experiences so far and who I am as a person.
Growing up in a small town where everyone knows everyone, I always had to be careful what I say or do because “people are talking”. As a shy kid and with well impregnated good behavior, I didn’t understand why I have to be so careful, considering I would never misbehave or treat people with the wrong intentions. So why did I have to be even more careful? Well, as I found out later, I didn’t! Because people will talk, no matter how good your intentions are. I discovered that these events have to be treated with some sort of ignorance. If deep down in my heart, I know my thoughts and actions are in sync with my inner self, I will be happy with whom I am becoming. Some people like to talk about others and criticize because they are missing something in their lives and by doing so, they feel better about themselves, not to mention it is a really damn hard thing to be honest with yourself and accept you for who you are, goods and bads. It is a lot easier to look at others than yourself, isn’t it?
The switch for me happened later on, when I was in the university. Very far away from the people I knew I ended up in a place where no one knew me and the first thing that struck my mind was “I can do whatever I want here! No one will know!” Guess what? Nothing changed. I was still the person who liked to study and play tennis. I graduated with
honors and left the university with the best feeling ever. So, what did change? My way of thinking! By accepting me for who I am, I managed to leave all the bad influences outside of myself.
Accepting my good parts was the easiest thing I ever did. The struggle came when I had to manage my downfalls. But, as Daiana mentioned in her article Everyone shines, given the right lighting , perfection does not exist and it is stupid to believe so. We strike for it, but let’s face, as human beings, will never get there, because we are not built that way. It is that easy and hard at the same time. So, I eliminated the word “normal” from my language. That gave me immense power and confidence.
We are built to grow and develop. And that is the greatest success I can strive for – The achievement of being happy with me.

No such thing as a bad hair day!

I mean, let’s face it: hair is just as important for men as it is for women. Right? And everyone, no matter their status, wants a perfect hair. So for one minute, we can put aside our demanding expectations for women shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, oils, and so on, and focus on men. They have the same needs as all of us and they want their products to be just as good, even though, for sure, they will not need as many as women do. Men like their things straight and forward. And this is where Recupar comes in handy. It is perfect for them!

The secret stands in the combination of nutritive ingredients together with Burdock root oil, a mix well-known for stimulating the process of hair growth. So, what better way to show that you care not only for your looks but for his also?

 

 


 

 

Haideti sa recunoastem: podoaba capilara este la fel de importanta la barbati cat este si la femei, nu? Si cu totii, indiferent de status, vrem sa avem un par perfect. Asa ca sa lasam deoparte, macar pentru un minut, asteptarile mari pentru produsele feminine in materie de sampon, balsam, masca, uleiuri si alte produse si sa ne concentram pe barbati. Si ei au exact aceleasi asteptari si vor ca produsele lor sa fie la fel de bune, chiar daca nu au nevoie de atat de multe de cate avem noi, femeile. Barbatilor le plac lucrurile scurte si la obiect. Si aici intervine Recupar. Este perfect pentru ei!

 

 

Secretul? Combinatia perfecta dintre ingredientele  nutritive si uleiul de radacină de brusture, un mix bine echilibrat ce stimulează procesul de crestere a firelor noi de par. Asa ca arată-i ca iti pasa si ca ai grija si de look-ul sau, nu numai de al tau!

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Gymboland, where stories become the best parties

Playing is the most important aspect in developing not just the body, but our brains also. It is proven that taking risks (and overcoming them) during playing it is an essential part in the progression of a child. Inside the playgrounds of Gymboland   ,kids are overcoming anxiety through interrelation and developing of their cognitive senses. More than that, at Gymboland, they will discover the world of adults in a children’s universe.
Once stepped inside the special places like “The Doctor’s Office”, “The Kitchen”, or “The Small Farm”, the youngsters start appreciating this part of aesthetics and the unknown. Socializing with other kids inside the Gymboland playgrounds  helps  them in being more flexible in their thinking.
Here, our kids can not just explore but they are involved in competitions as well. They have the possibility of playing, climbing, running, all combined with the education of the game. We all know how big of a passion kids make for their favorite characters. Now they have the possibility of transforming these stories in great personalized parties that will turn into amazing memories.
If Gymboland is for the children the ideal place for development and energy consuming, for the parents becomes the perfect refuge that offers them a well-deserved rest with areas where they can quietly enjoy a good cup of coffee and snacks. In a world where times is moving with the speed of light, Gymboland offers them a breathe of fresh air where they can enjoy quietly or even answer few emails.
Gymboland offers throughout the year exciting activities for kids’ imagination. And a new series of events awaits you this summer.
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Gymboland transforma povestile in cele mai frumoase petreceri
JOCUL este cel mai important aspect in dezvoltarea unui creier si a unui corp sanatos. Este dovedit ca asumarea riscurilor (si depasirea acestora) in timpul jocului este o parte importanta a progresului copilului. In interiorul locurilor de joaca de la Gymboland, copiii pot sa isi depaseasca anxietatea prin interrelationare si sa isi dezvolte simturile cognitive. Mai mult, la Gymboland, acestia vor descoperi lumea adultilor transpusa intr-un univers al piticilor. Odata ce au pasit in locuri speciale cum ar fi „cabinetul domnului doctor”, „bucataria” sau „micaferma”, cei mici incep sa aprecieze un crampei al esteticului si al necunoscutului. Socializarea cu alti copii din interiorul locurilor de joaca Gymboland ii ajuta pe cei mici sa fie mult mai flexibili in gandire.
Locul unde copiii pot explora si sunt agrenati in competitii
Cu Gymboland, ei au oportunitatea de a se catara, a alerga si a imbina totodata miscarea cu latura educativa a jocului. Si cum cei mici fac o pasiune pentru personajele preferate, personalul Gymboland transforma povestile in cele mai frumoase petreceri, unde accesoriile si tematica alese sunt personalizate in functie de preferintele individuale.
Spatiu de joaca pentru copii, refugiu pentru parinti
Daca pentru copii, Gymboland reprezinta spatiul ideal pentru dezvoltare si locul unde isi pot consuma intreaga energie, pentru parinti este refugiul care le ofera un binemeritat repaus. Majoritatea locurilor de joaca Gymboland
pun la dispozitie si o zona in care acestia din urma pot sa isi savureze in liniste cafeaua sau o mica gustare. Intr-o lume a vitezei, a timpului redus, parintii pot avea deplina incredere in personalul Gymboland si in siguranta oferita de spatiile de joacasi se pot bucura de o sesiune de shopping sau rezolvarea catorva e-mailuri.
Inovand prin ochii clientilor, Gymboland ofera tot timpul anului activitati interesante ce starnesc
imaginatia copiilor. O noua serie de activitati va asteapta si in vara aceasta!
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The coolest room for the youngsters by Mr.Pich

Mr.Pich is the place to go for children’s clothes. With a selection of brands from all over the world, Mr.Pich respects even the most demanding criteria of design, quality, and trends, offering clothes for all kids that adopt an urban-chic style and for all the mothers out there who are preoccupied with this aspect.

It is well known that young children spent most of their time in their room, either they are sleeping, playing, or doing homework. One good reason for this space to receive an upgrade once in a while to always be a place that stimulates their imagination. Their room is a retreat that should reflect their personality and Mr.Pich is offering you exactly that: an extensive and colorful collection of bed sheets, toy bags and, even, pajamas with joyful prints which become their favorite costumes worn in this magic land of dreams.

Mr.Pich is coming to us with brand new products from bed sheets, toy bags, to cool pjs.

 

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Cea mai “cool” cameră de pitici poartă semnătura Mr. Pich

 

Mr.Pich e magazinul hainelor pentru copii, dar nu copilărești. Cu o selecție de brand-uri din toată lumea, Mr. Pich respectă cele mai exigente criterii de design, calitate și tendințe, punând la dispoziție haine pentru toți copiii care adoptă stilul urban-chic și pentru toate mamicile care se preocupă de asta.

 

 

Copiii petrec cel mai mult timp în camera lor, fie că dorm, se joacă sau își fac temele, de aceea acest spațiu doar al lor trebuie să primească un ”update” din când în când, pentru a fi mereu un loc care să le stimuleze imaginația. Camera lor e un mic refugiu care le reflectă personalitatea, de aceea
Mr. Pich îți pune la dispoziție o colecție vastă și colorată de lenjerii de pat, saci de jucării și chiar pijamale cu imprimeuri vesele, care să devină costume preferate de purtat în imperiul magic al viselor.
Adaugă un plus de culoare și veselie camerei cu produsele Mr. Pich!
Lenjerii de pat
În pat, sub cearșaf, se află un tărâm fantastic, accesibil doar copiilor. Atunci când se ascund sub cearșaf, ca sub o mantie magică, care brusc îi face invizibili sau unde spațiul nu are limite și unde ei pot clădi castele sau alte locuri de basm, copiii visează cu ochii deschisi, stimulați de ce văd în jurul lor. Ajută-i să creeze cele mai creative povești cu lenjeriile de pat cu design special de la Mr. Pich.
Pentru prichindei, Mr. Pich propune lenjerii de pat unisex, cu imprimeuri vesele cum ar fi cele cu bomboane (husă pilotă și față de pernă Bomboane Snurk), cu fundițe și ursulet (husă pilotă și față de pernă Teddy Bear Snurk), multicoloră (husă pilotă și față de pernă Splatter Snurk) sau cupersonaje, create special pentru fetițe (husă pilotă și față de pernă Echitație Snurk, husă pilotă și față de pernă Sirenă Snurk) și pentru băieței (husă pilotă și față de pernă Cavaler Snurk, husă pilotă și față de pernă Astronaut Snurk și husă pilotă și față de pernă Fotbal Snurk).
Saci de jucării

Strângerea jucăriilor este o adevărată provocare, de fiecare dată, nu-i așa? Toți părinții știu acest sentiment. Jucării sub pat, pe podea sau nu poți găsi piesa preferată de Lego. Hai să facem strângerea jucăriilor distracțivă? Cu un design creat special să fascineze orice copil, sacii de jucării Mr. Pich pot fi folosiți cu ușurință ca subiect de poveste, care să-i provoace pe cei mici să strângă jucăriile chiar și singuri. Creați cu cea mai mare atenție la detalii, sacii sunt o soluție simplă și eficientă pentru depozitatea jucăriilor. Ideali pentru acasă sau în vacanță, sacii măsoară 140 cm diametru și sunt fabricați din bumbac.

Pijamale cool
Piciul tău cool are nevoie de o pijama pe măsură. Mr. Pich transformă pijamaua în costumul cool pentru vise. Povestea care îl conduce pe prichindel pe tărâmul viselor începe cu rolul pijamalei. Imprimeul de pe fiecare pijama poate crea subiectul celor mai creative povești de adormit (pijama Pâine Prăjită Snurk, pijama Candy Blast Snurk, pijama Shuttle Snurk).
Alege produsele Mr. Pich și vei fi coautor al unei povești frumoase create chiar în camera piciului tău!

 

 

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Hawaii, my land of pure happiness

There is no need to mention again my love for traveling. It is part of my life and I don’t see myself ever settling for anything less than seeing the beauty of this world.

One of my dream locations is the ever mesmerizing Hawaii. One of my regrets (if I can call it that way) is the fact that I lived in the US for more than 4 years and I never got myself to this heaven on earth. But the plans still stand and I hope in the near future I can swim in the beautiful ocean.

Meanwhile, I read about the different islands and get myself all well-informed so when I do get there I will be less like a tourist and more like a resident. (My hope are quite big, aren’t they?)

We’ve all heard about Honolulu, Kauai, Oahu, and Lanai, but there are eight different islands, one more beautiful than the other. So I might as well just move there for three months to make sure I truly experienced the Hawaiian lifestyle, right? I only wish! While I love to dream with my eyes too wide open sometimes, let’s face it: in one vacation you can see so much. So I gathered few thoughts of what my vacation would look like.

There are secret swimming holes. I mean that is just perfect. As you walk through the dense forest and get close to the water, you might step into these peaceful natural pools in between the rocks where you can just swim and relax. Waterfalls are everywhere and, while you make sure to wear proper shoes (apparently the rocks might pinch you a bit in the feet), you can jump in the waterfall and have the time of your life. Heaven!

Black beachs, also known as Punalu’u Beach, are sand composed of lava. They can be found on the Big Island and while you enjoy this not-so-common view, you can chill out with the sleeping turtles and make yourself new friends with these amazing creatures, of course from a distant because they are protected by law. I will just wave and wink at them because we understand each other’s sleeping mode.

If you have a sweet tooth like I do, this is the place to be. With desserts all over the place, I can only imagine the heaven I will be in. Guri guri, a hybrid of shaved ice and sorbet, hot glazes on a stick are the perfect desserts for those hot days. A must try!

Watch the dolphins at sunsets. What a dream! I am not a fan of aquariums because it just breaks my heart when I see these amazing animals who are just held in such small places. I remember the last time I went to one, when I was a child, and I went to a dolphin show. I started crying and we had to leave the show earlier. Just heartbreaking! Anyways, back to my vacation in Hawaii. Here, you can watch them free in the ocean, where they belong.

Also, the Stairway to Heaven. I read somewhere it’s considered trespassing, but it has one of the most amazing views in this world. Maybe a risk worth taking? Still thinking about it.

Of course, this trip cannot be completed with a great resort and visiting the temples and the Japanese Gardens. The land of exotic fruits and perfect sunrises and sunsets and surfers!

Match Made in Heaven

The Guggenheim Museum is, by far, my absolute favorite museum I have visited (so far). It is just perfect. The design, the location, the art.

“Committed to innovation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation collects, preserves, and interprets modern and contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations. With its constellation of architecturally and culturally distinct museums, exhibitions, publications, and digital platforms, the foundation engages both local and global audiences.” (The Guggenheim)

So far, I only visited the location in New York City, but with three other locations, in Venice, Bilbao, and Abu Dhabi, the museum is one that needs to be on the list of every single person.

It took 16 years to Frank Lloyd Wright to finally get to the architecture it is as of right now – a master piece! A true inspiration of commitment to obtaining the perfect design.“Wright’s building made it socially and culturally acceptable for an architect to design a highly expressive, intensely personal museum. In this sense almost every museum of our time is a child of the Guggenheim.” (Paul Goldberger, critic).

And not just being my top choice but now the museum has an exhibition of Constantin Brancusi’s work. What could I ask for more? It just takes my breath away just by thinking about it! The exhibition can be viewed up until January 3rd, 2018.

Brancusi has been my pointing start when it came to my designing life. I can truly say his work is the one that triggered my inner artist.

 

“His aspiration to express the essence of his subjects through simplified forms and his engagement with non–Western European artistic traditions led to new stylistic approaches. In addition, his mode of presentation, which equally emphasized sculpture and base and in which works were shown in direct relation to one another, instead of as independent entities, introduced new ways of thinking about the nature of the art object.” (The Guggenheim) – if you want to read more about his work, visit the the museum’s dedicated page to the exhibition. The Guggenheim exhibition on Constantic Brancusi

So, imagine my excitement when I visited the website and I saw the display? I was just thrilled especially when I saw that the exhibition is partially supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York City. I only wish that more of these events were held in Romania as well. But that’s a different discussion. I am just deep down, insanely proud of being from the same country with such an inspirational and extraordinary artist.

Everyone shines, given the right lighting

It is very interesting to me how 95% of our decisions are made by how we feel in that moment, where we are, and who we are with.

As a tennis player, world traveler and  overall highly sensitive and emotional person, this seems to be the single most important factor in setting my mood for that particular day or moment. It is our choice to decide how we feel, even though “things” happen to us all the time…it is in our own power and judgement how we decide to deal with them…choice is less about what happens than it is how we deal with it! So if we hold the key to our happiness, why can’t we find THE emotional attitude to just be happy all the time?

All life forms strive to reach their maximum potential except human beings…how tall does a tree grow? As much as it possibly can!
However, things are not that simple. It is in our own power to decide our happiness… but life IS chaos! Everything moves towards entropy…it takes an incredible amount of effort and energy to bring order to that!
Back in my university days, when I was taking a History of Art class, we talked about this concept of Entropy, which is associated with the idea that the Universe tends towards disorder. As Murphy’s law states, “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong!”
As I said before, reversing this constantly increasing tendency toward disorder takes a hell lot of energy! We all know that energy flows where attention goes… However, as we talked in The Art of Simplicity  ,the energy put into preventing disorder in one place simultaneously increases it somewhere else, creating a force which will measure how close a system is to equilibrium, as well as a measure of a disorder in the system.
Since I am a tennis player, everyday I experience highs and lows, uncertainty, frustration, disappointment, excitement, hope, all of them almost at the same time! 🙂 During the period of a match, which can last from 1 hour up to 4 hours, the emotions are almost immediate…we miss and we win the point in a matter of few seconds! On a funnier note, as GSA’s founder Javier Captaine says, “in strict controlled conditions of arterial pressure, cardiac frequency, blood lactate, chatelaines, respiratory dynamics and rigorous planning, taking in consideration even the most minimal detail, the organism of a tennis player reacts exactly he way it pleases!” Funny… but so true!
We all say we want equilibrium, constancy, perfect balance, we say we are perfectionists, but how can that be possible if, as the Universe is constantly expanding, we are ever changing beings, open to be designed and in a permanent fluctuation?
We are stuck on experiencing bliss, extreme happiness and perfection, but oh how much energy we are wasting! We might achieve a temporary ecstasy, but then on Monday we are back to where we were…I believe it is easier than it has ever been to achieve bliss, but it is as hard as it has ever been to stay that way!

This takes me to my final thought: there is no such thing as perfect transfer of energy…no such thing as perfect state! We cannot control our emotions, as frightening as it sounds… We strive for perfection and to me, perfection is not only about control, but more about letting go! Finding that particular “light to shine”, where you can expand, grow and evolve on the edge of chaos!

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Life Is a Competition with Yourself

We are athletes into our own world.

Sometimes I watch these amazing tennis matches and I wish at the end of it both players win. But this is not the case. Only one lifts the trophy over their heads.

Compared with the life of a professional athlete, where there will always be just one winner, life gives us the opportunity to win no matter what the person next to us is doing. As a former professional athlete, competition was a permanent feeling deep impregnated into my soul. And life is similar up to a point. During this successively line of events, we compete hard to get what we want in life. Talents always help, but it is not enough. And sports have been proving that to us over and over again.

Nothing is given to us and everything is earned. Everyone starts from zero and grows based on their willingness to work hard and not let anything stand on their way, not related to what the person next to you is doing. Be aware! Life is a sport, but not everyone plays and wins the same. So, let’s stop looking if the grass is greener on the other side and start looking into you own courtyard.

The more you look at others, the more you lose sight on yourself. Realize the competition but don’t make it your own focus.

Focus on yourself! Work your butt off for your success and not to overcome others, but to overcome the person you were yesterday. When you start doing that, you will learn and develop as a human being. Set that bar high for yourself. Be human. Live a life based on integrity and respect, because life does not have only one way of winning and what you consider winning maybe someone else will consider it a downfall; so, find your definition of life and follow that!

 

Photos via DanzaSphere Pinterest

The Art of Simplicity

We begin with a clean slate…everyday…
We declutter our homes…
We declutter our minds…
We clean our bodies, we clean our souls…
Lately this seems to be the latest trend. We learn how to organize and let go of unnecessary stuff, to travel light, to clean our perception and to select our friends. It is all about learning what’s important…when you don’t know what’s important, everything’s important. We have to learn where to put our fucks; as the book, The subtle art of not giving a fuck, teaches us. So should we not give a fuck about anything, go our own way and speak our minds? This wouldn’t be a problem if we wouldn’t live in a world where human connections are priceless. We simply have to select our fucks and use them to create better, deeper and more meaningful connections. We can’t live isolated; not giving a fuck about what people say is ideal but not real. Of course we are hurt when we hear stories about us, rumors that most of the times are untrue…but as we agreed, we learn not to put our fucks there…No matter what, we always have a solution…our ability to choose… We feel upset, betrayed or disappointed because we choose to feel that…Without denying the pain, we can chose to deal with it and move on! No situation lasts forever and no one person is as important as you let it be…let the pain and the unconfortability be, it will make you stronger!
As a rule in life, whenever something bad happens to you, something good happens to another person…when you loose, somebody else wins, when someone dies, someone is born and so on…it’s the law of life…there will be great and tragic situations…is up to us  to define their power…
So I say, learn to live with simplicity, transparency, love, and help anyone you can, as it will somehow come back to you in a different form, maybe a person, maybe an experience, and maybe if you dig deep enough, you will find ikigai…the drive that will forever change the way you feel about life… your PURPOSE!

Home Office

The environment has a huge impact in our lives. We all know that. But how many of us are actually doing something about it? And how many of us don’t have a home office?

The beauty of being able to work from home is that you can manage entirely the direction the interior design goes. Therefore, no matter the style, your home office has to inspire you. Add elements that embody your true spirit. Feel free to try out different things and gather objects that help you be more creative.

Also, light is very important. If natural light is a problem, artificial light has to be at its best. Bad light will only get on your nerves, not to mention it will make more tired that normal. Print out images, inspirational text, bring in different textures and materials. Play around until you find the perfect match!

I can’t stress this enough how much it will bring joy and will strike your inner self. Be creative! The beauty is that nothing is wrong and all is right. It is your space and you can do with whatever fits your soul.

Here I added some home office inspiration which I hope will help in taking some stand in finding your perfect space.

Images via DanzaSphere Pinterest