Skip to main content

Past, present and future

It came the time for this journey to end and make room for a new one to begin.

The journey through 2017

It wasn't a smooth ride but that's life with upsides and downsides. If there is one thing I'm content I've achieved this year is: balance. I went through breakups with my best friend, lovers, I felt lonely in a crowded world, unworthy, with no talents. This is only one side of the story, but I want to tell the other side of it, that I am a strong woman, smart, cheerful, a dreamer, talented, brave. I just needed some pushes to discover all these things. 
I was brave to travel alone across the country to volunteer for "Magia baloanelor" in Iași. It was crazy and filled me with joy. I met a lot of wonderful and passionate people, who are not holdback by the environment they live in. 
Oh! and this was not my only solo-travel this year, it was followed by Budapest and Lisbon. They strengthened my self-trust. Solo-traveling wasn't the only thing that strengthened me, yoga was an important practice which helped me with self-discovery. I started the year with a 30 days challenge which extended to a daily routine. If the day turns out to be difficult, there is one part of it which is flawless, and that's the morning. I am really happy I built a healthy morning routine: 10-15 min of yoga + a great breakfast. There was a period when I skipped it and the results were obvious: more anger, frustration, less energy to do anything else. Another healthy habit I developed in the past months is taking weekly a yoga session in a dedicated studio. A breakup led my steps to Anca's detox class which helped me a lot.
Other helpers during this ride were the books I've read and the music I've listened. Reading a good book brings me satisfaction.  I can brag that I've read a lot of good books this year, most of them recommended by friends. It's worth mentioning: "Man's search for meaning", "The Art of Travel", "Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions", "Kafka on the shore", "1Q84", "Antifragile: Things that gain from disorder", "Sapiens: A brief history of humankind". In matter of music it was a year of exploration. I've attended two great music festivals: NOS Alive'17 in Lisbon and SummerWell in Bucharest.
Most of the things I wished for this year I've accomplished: I quit sugar and I intend to keep it like that; I practice yoga daily; I traveled to new places and revisited others; I didn't bought a bike, although I give it a try by renting one occasionally; I didn't took the driving license but I have no regrets; I did take drawing lessons and I've learnt all it takes to succeed is grit rather than talent; I did learn a little bit of Portuguese before traveling to Lisbon; regarding friendships I came to a painful conclusion: with years passing it is harder to make deep connections like when you are teenager and I accepted the fact.
There is an unexpected thing that happened: I was courageous to make this blog public. I bought also a domain for it. All merits to a special person who inspired me to do it!

The future journey through 2018

I wish it will be empowering.
I quit sugar and I intend to continue it like that.
I will start the year with another 30 days of yoga and keep practicing daily. There is one intention I want to set: by the end of year I want to build strength and trust to do a headstand.
I will continue exploring Europe and write about it. I have already booked some escapes: Naples in March (hiking the Vesuvius), Copenhagen in May. Other travel ideas I have in mind are: cherries blossoming in Bonn (if I can't enjoy for the moment this experience in Japan I can do it in Europe also), road trip in Andalusia, Northern Lights in Iceland. 
I have joined a book club (yes, they still exist in this digital world) and I intend to keep going to these monthly meetings. 
At the beginning of the year I signed up for acting classes but I quit quickly. Now, at the end of year, I signed up again and this time I am determined to stick with it. In 6 months from now on, you are all invited to my first play.
I most not forget the career which is as important as the personal development. In 2017 I have neglected it but I intend to give it more attention in 2018. The new year will find me switching back to dev and planning to increase the seniority in different technologies.
I will let myself surprised by unknown
Last but not least: I will keep my heart and mind opened to whatever will come.

Happy New Year!


Popular posts from this blog

Stories from Hamburg

Lately I've heard a lot about Hamburg, how awesome it is and I was curious to see it with my own eyes. Being in Berlin these days, was the perfect moment to do it. I bought train tickets and here I am in a train going to Hamburg. With my book, enjoying a 2h train ride  The weather was not favorable to me, but I still have all my fingers. I must say, the rainy day enhanced the colors of this city. I was not kidding about the cold It took me a few time to get used with the temperature, but after that I forgot it was cold. I had set in mind to see the canals. I came here for that. I read some articles about this and I was impressed. It's said that it has more than Venice or Amsterdam. From what I've seen, it looks a lot with both of them, but on a different scale. If in the two cities mentioned the buildings are not so tall, here we find massive constructions. #wanderlust #urbanphotography #enthusiastictraveller A post shared by Madalina G. (@gmadalina92)

Keep calm!

My fellow travellers around the world, it's a difficult time but this doesn't mean we have to give in to despair. The questions that I usually receive when I meet with friends are: 1) where do you plan to travel next? and 2) what events are happening this week(end) in the city?. Now with the new measures I will not be able to do any of them. Am I starting to panic? NO.  More than ever this is the moment when we have to be rational . Have I been to supermarket to buy more food? Yes, I have been, but I didn't make stocks for weeks or months. I bought the necessary for ONE person so I don't need to go daily to the supermarket. I don't like keeping social distance, but during these moments some physical and mental distance can help us to overcome this crisis. So how do I cope with the situation? In normal situation I am against online meetings, but now, I started to use these tools more. I am doing more often video calls with the loved ones. Remember this is a tem

Mind-blowing Singapore

Singapore is the last stop of this holiday. The initial plan was to stay only 3 nights and then head to Jakarta for another 2 nights and return from there back to Amsterdam. Due to the floods from the beginning of the year in Jakarta I decided to spend the rest of the holiday in Singapore and fly to Jakarta only for the return flight to Amsterdam. In these past days I revisited some places and also discovered new ones. I will share some of my favourites spots.  I will start with Gardens by the Bay . This is one of the spots I revisited and I loved walking around during night time. Daily at 7.45pm, 8.45pm you can enjoy the Garden Rhapsody, a signature light and sound show at Supertree Grove. Supertree Grove by night Garden Rhapsody The trees change the colours during the show  Until 15 March 2020 you can also enjoy one of the outdoor exhibits #futuretogether.  Autonomous resonating life on the water @ Dragonfly lake The ovoids of light standing on the surfac

A glimpse of Kuala Lumpur

After Phi Phi Islands we went to Kuala Lumpur for three nights, just to taste a little bit the Malay culture. When you have a short time to spend in such a big city you have to dose your energy and time for the most important attractions. I know I will come back to KL so I didn't run to see everything. The next recommendations are not exactly in the chronological order. I will start with the main symbol of KL: the Petronas Twin towers, which were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. Night view of the towers from KLCC park Day view from the same park I think I spent almost half of day walking in the area. At the feet of the Petronas Towers there is Suria KLCC, one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia, featuring mostly foreign luxury goods and high-street labels.  If you stay late in the evening in the area you might also stay for the Lake Symphony, a magical performance of light, sound and water, at the esplanade outside of Suria KLCC. Checkout  ht

Sidi Kaouki

As an adept of  'less is more' mindset I loved so much Sidi Kaouki. Long walks on the beach with the waves in the background. Thoughts are like waves. They come and go. I just have to observe them without judging them. I find so calming this exercise. Sometimes is not easy to do it. Sometimes I  also have storms in my mind like the storms at sea.  View from the cave where we had lunch The morning wasn't very encouraging. Cloudy with showers. Despite the outside conditions Hassan arranged for us one of the most beautiful experiences I had, lunch in a cave with ocean view. I couldn't believe it! I have never imagined anything like this! The purrfect place for meditation But that's not all. We had the beach only for us! We were the first ones to leave footprints in the wet sand. A seahorse discovered in the sand And we walked on the sand dunes! Sand dunes on the beach Our footprints in the sand dunes I liked to examine the sand dunes patte