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Everyday life and career

Why I haven’t written an “about me”page

My name is Ana and I’m studying systemic couple psychotherapy. I am happily married and working beside my husband on the project which is an awesome phone unlocking company.

But this is not all. I am constantly changing myself. I love reading, and observing, traveling or to imagine it, and this is constantly changing me by exposure, imagination or experience. I embrace all that I am, and will be, I appreciate myself with good and bad.
Have you noticed how difficult is to present yourself in a few words, if someone suddenly asks about you? Usually, the first answer brings up the profession, marital status, if you are a parent, daughter and so on. We are presenting ourselves by the importance of the system we are involved in. Sometimes this may be helpful for prioritizing, but what if we just lack the ability to define the barrier for each of those qualities? Do you know when you stop being out of schedule, or a mother, or a child?selfie-in-malta

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A reading trick

I had an upset stomach for 2 days in a row, and I’m feeling exhausted about it. Hope this is not a gluten intolerance, because I’ve been reading about this and looks a lot like it would be. And because I could not do so many things today, I had tried a mental activity I was doing in my Erasmus year. This activity is listening and reading at the same time with a faster speed. I use a program called naturalreaders  and it helps me concentrate better and read more pages than I would usually do. Sometimes (like today) its feels so difficult to concentrate for a longer time, and this method just makes it much easier for me. I discovered this when I was preparing my exams in France, and this also helped me with my pronunciation, while learning faster, and understanding more easier.

Below it’s a nice car I saw yesterday. Looks like a toy 😀 This made me curious and I searched on their facebook and it’s about a company that helps young drivers gain courage and skills for driving. Sounds interesting!

curaj la volan

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Team building

Work-work-work and team building. Today I felt like after a session of family therapy practice, meaning a state of wellbeing. I enjoyed sharing our ideas while working together to find a solution. There will always appear issues  or difficulties. It’s extremely important to learn how to work as a team and this quality will bring more success for everyone, besides other positive results. What a great day!

After lunch, we had to put together a Gersby bookcase from Ikea. I must admit, I’m a big fan of Ikea, and I usually go there online, since we don’t have their shop in our city.  Unfortunately, we had to return another piece of this model because it was damaged while being shipped, and this one was almost lucky, just a scratch that we managed to hide after assembling.

I need to arrange my books as soon as possible because those are ” crying” all together for attention and being on a shelf. Will post a photo when done.

gersby bookcase



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Decision-making trick

I’ve prepared earlier today some meat for cooking and suddenly, this evening I remembered about the burger we had in Bucharest before our flight. So I’ve done my best to cook the best burgers I’ve ever made.  It also felt like a therapeutic experience. I didn’t tell my husband about it, because who knows?  Maybe he will want to be in charge for this and I really like to cook, sometimes.

While I was in the NLP class this year, our teacher told us about this trick. When we have to decide on something that induces a conflict inside us,or any decision, it’s a good idea to take our mind out of that activity and do something relaxing, like reading, cooking, organizing or cleaning(or any other relaxing, but attention consuming). All those activities work great for me, and for my family too. I must admit that I don’t have to take so many decisions every day, but when it happens, our house gets cleaned, organized and fresh food. Sometimes even moving furniture brings the same effect, and I have some small pieces of furniture that I’m reorganizing. This facilitates creativity and a good mood, making us more productive. Therefore, the best option will get your attention more easily, then if you would stay and ruminate over and over the same idea. This happened today for me while I was cooking, many plans got redesigned. I’m feeling great this evening.

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Good food

As we were expecting, we found out a great restaurant which is called Kryp In. Needless to say, we have found many times the best restaurants by using TripAdvisor, and it is a must app on our phone. As I said earlier, in the previous post, maybe I would be able to cook something like that by myself and the google recipes, but there is no chance for me to prepare something even close to what we had. See the picture, but the flavors were amazingly good (see our faces after we finished).

We returned back to our rental and processed the orders we received and I feel like I had a great birthday. All this suited me perfectly!

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Happy Birthday to me

Today is a special day, my birthday. It feels like a New Year resolution situation when many people ask themselves about their plans and objectives, and about their results to that specific moment.
I started my day with a nice coffee and a croissant- or fikawould be the Swedish term, and worked a few hours on processing some orders. Then my husband was very kind and sweet to help me prepare breakfast, as I usually prepare it, but was really nice to work on this together.

We went in the city searching for the best park Stockholm has, talked a lot about our plans (told you about resolutions-resolutions). We decided to make a list on 100 objectives when we return at home – crazy and accomplishable purposes, and to look at it every morning so we get inspired by those. After making our feets hurt, we returned to our location so we could rest our feet while answering some emails.
I received a lot of nice messages for my birthday and those made my day more special. Thank you all for your thoughts! I’m feeling gratefull for everything.

For tonight we have a nice restaurant reservation I made a few days ago, and I’m excited about trying new good food, and get inspired so I could cook like that someday 🙂


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Work and travel

As usual, no matter the place we are, if we have the internet connection, we are working on our project-

Lots of orders to process and verify while this made our day feel like we would stay and enjoy this place as much as we need, not just 4 days.

So we managed our project’s objectives and afterward we went to the  city center and enjoyed a long walk within an amazing architecture. We visited the Medieval Museum and passed by the Royal Palace, but decided to admire it more from the outside, and explore further this beautiful city by feet.  Royal Palace Stockholm

The Royal Palace Stockholm

When our feet started to feel heavy, we decided to take a break and return to our place. This way  we managed to put some tasks in order, as many inquiries are made while we are not online.

So after 7 we went in town with a good recommendation our host made for some traditional Swedish meatballs. The best thing while traveling is having the opportunity to try some new and traditional dishes and this place, Nytorget 6, was indeed over our expectations.

Now back to our location and ready to complete some more tasks.

So nice we can work while we travel <3


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Morning view 

Fast road to the airport, and here we are in Bucharest. Such a pleasant moment to fly in the morning with the sunshine by our side.

We took 2 rides to the nearest shopping center,instead of a taxi, still I think it would have been cheaper by taxi, so good to know for next time. Or maybe we will have more flights from Iasi, because at this moment we have just a few destinations, and the we need to go to Bucharest main aiport and take from there the connection.

Later edit: Spent most time window shopping, as we don’t have any space in our luggages for any other stuff, watched a movie by myself-an interesting experience to laugh alone (it was a comedy movie “Bad moms”)and  I really enjoyed this time. Too bad my husband had some work to do on our project and unfortunately I couldn’t help him with anything, so he could join me at the cinema.

We are waiting for our next flight now, with a mixing of joy and also tiredness, as we slept just 4 hours last night.

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Packing for Sweden

Today packed and organized things for our travel. I’m really excited for this trip, because I’ve wanted for so long to visit Stockholm, and since Ovidiu applied for a scholarship there (got refused because he didn’t have enough study credits) 2 years ago, I had this trip in my mind.
I would still like to move there for a year or two. Hmmm, maybe I will apply this year for a master degree there. Will live and see.
I’ve checked the weather and it’s with 15 Celsius degree colder than our country. Sounds great to be there. Hehe!
Tomorrow we have the flight late in the afternoon, and we go to Bucharest in the morning. That was the only way to get there fast and cheaper than by car. So we have time to go to the mall, meet friends we have there and have fun till we go back for the flight.
Also, I’ve spent some time with my friend Jung and this meant to find a multitude of ways to raise a child, how we get to be influenced for the rest of our lives by simple questions and ambiguous answers we’ve received when we were young.Fotor_147179637224957 (1)



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Lazy Saturday

Saturday had a lazy start with the famous coffee, family phone calls, and plans for our next trip to Sweden. I bought a luggage online from emag, and went to bring it from their center, as this had been the best option to get it in time. Don’t understand how I manage to manage this “ little” things for our trips in the last minute because in the beginning of this week I did bought the same luggage from another online shop(cheaper) but they emailed me after 2 days that it wasn’t in their stock anymore. Instead of calling me. Good thing I didn’t pay when ordering.

So when we returned from emag , on our way back home , we stopped  at the marketplace and  bought some grapes.
The thing that I just find out today, when the summer it’s almost gone, is that I like grapes very much.  🙂
All the summer, my husband bought with every single occasion fruits like -strawberries, watermelon, cherries, but those just weren’t the ones. And now, I just can’t wait to have more grapes. Good thing it is their season, and I think this is a reason for their taste. As the usual grapes we find all year round in the supermarket, don’t amaze me.

grapes and lazy saturday