Do you usually make a dream board at the beginning of the year? And if you do, do you revise it before the year ends to see how much you achieved?
In the beginning of 2017, I made this dream board. And I completely forgot about it. There were mostly places I wanted to visit, a few things I wanted to experience, and a few fears I wanted to conquer. I also left a lot of room for unexpected situations. They came in under the form of love, personal growth, happiness and a looot of pain.
Now that I look back at this dream board, I am so grateful that I didn’t plan it all. I am so grateful that I forgot about it and I let life flow. See, I have the tendency to move straight forward through life. It’s either black or white. It’s either day or night. But nature never moves in straight lines, only basic human logic does. Sunsets and sunrises, the moments when nature is neither daylight nor nightlight, are the most beautiful moments throughout the day.
Nature creates perfect order from chaos. Nature never moves in straight lines, only the human mind does. So when I made this dream board, I left room for angles and for chaos. Now, I want to create even more. I trust that nature will create the perfect order for me. All I have to do is let go and slip into the gap.
So I booked a trip…
There will be two weeks of traveling solo, journaling and accepting “My Next Nomadic Life Move”. (one of the fears I want to conquer) This translates into: “accepting uncertainty”, “accepting living for today”, “slip into the gap “, “be alone for a while, trust in yourself.”
There will be two weeks of reflection on everything I received. There will be two weeks when I want to make contact with the invisible power within me. What might seem like a “run-away-from-everything-trip”, transformed into a “dig-in-everything-you-learnt-and-create-something-extraordinary”.
Do you think a nomadic lifestyle is the new rich?
For me, this trip is the adult version of the Work & Travel Program. It is the Work & Travel on Ioana’s Terms & Conditions. This is what I always dreamed of…working remotely while taking care of my soul and visiting inspiring destinations. The truth is, I will always be a nomad soul. I love freedom. When routine kicks in, I will break it. I will shake my world. I will not wait for somebody else to wake me up or make me happy. Being able to work and travel at the same time, knowing that my base is in Romania, is something I wished for a long time. And this is the richest gift that life could offer me.
12 months almost gone, but how many moments?
How do you measure your time? When you look at your year, did it feel like 12 months? Did it feel empty or full? My time doesn’t measure in months. My time measures in moments. And lately, I missed these alive moments. These truly happy alive moments when I get goosebumps because my thoughts and emotions are so strong that they reflect in my body. I know that it is only from that state of mind that I can create my life.
So what better way than traveling solo, confronting myself and figuring out what I really want? My plane will leave soon. Let’s hope this trip will bring me the answers I need. Let’s start creating. Will you do the same?
P.S Keep an eye on the blog. I’ll share everything that I’ll find interesting in these places.
Word Traveler would like to welcome Andreea Cîra from Adeona Wanderlust to our group of guest writers. Eighteen years ago, Ioana and Andreea met in their 1st grade, shy and curious about what life has to offer. Andreea discovered she had a calling for geography, Ioana discovered she had a calling for writing. Meanwhile, life showed them they both had a passion for traveling, knowledge and personal development. Their friendship grew stronger and stronger over the years, no matter if they were apart. Today, they meet in writing, to talk about finding a meaning in life, the power of freeing yourself and how you can achieve that state of flow through mountain activities and sports.
Imagine you're 80 and you look back in your life and all you can see is the routine of your office and house. Do you like what you see? Was it worth it?
I may not know your answer, but I know one thing:
The problem with routine is that it compresses life.
Routine is the enemy of time. It makes time fly by so fast, that you'll wake up in your 80's and feel like a marionette. Controlled by time.
When your brain establishes a routine, it stops thinking and it stops being awake. It goes through life on auto-pilot.
And here comes "The Traveling".
Dutch vs. Romanian Tulips
If there is something amazing this time of the year, that's the amazing party the flowers have.
Their smell and colors remind me of the beauty in this world and make me open my senses again and again. I love spring!
A few years ago, I was visiting Keukenhof in The Netherlands, the most beautiful spring garden in the world. That garden has more than 7 million bulbs and more than 500 varieties of tulips. Oh, Dutch people...How I admire you for your taste in landscape architecture! It was an experience that I wanted to have again, so the closest spot in Cluj is the Botanical Garden.
The beauty of Cluj-Napoca is that its location is very close (2h away) to the Apuseni Mountains. Continuing the series about what you can do 1 day outside Cluj-Napoca, here is another beautiful idea. (again, you need a car for the trip)
Keep reading if you’ve always wanted to:
- go horseback riding in nature even if you’ve never ridden a horse before
- see one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Romania
- take a boat in the sunset light on a lake surrounded by mountains
“He drove his girlfriend from Bistrita, just to take her out on a date at the cinema in Cluj.” That’s when I realized once again, Cluj is awesome and I should not take it for granted.
When I ask my friends “Why did you choose it?”, I see a big smile on their faces and how they can’t make up their mind about their reasons.
But me. I am from Cluj. All its cafes, bars, parks and cinemas are not enough for me. When the Sun is up…You simply can’t stay in the city. There are so many other beautiful things to discover around. Today, I’m going to introduce you to…
The day we say goodbye has come. I don’t know if I am happy or not, but I am for sure, grateful that we were together 5 years.
Thank you for the most amazing time of my life. Thank you for funding me 5,000 euros to study in Portugal and The Netherlands, thank you for sending me to the USA 3 times. Thank you for making my holidays more beautiful with the summer schools. Thank you for all the moments I spent with my colleagues in the dorms. Thank you for transforming 3 colleagues into 3 friends for life. Thank you for giving me access to free education and to some amazing teachers.
This was the ad that I read in “Piata A-Z” 4 years ago. I met Brian in Cluj, in Zeta Cafe for an interview for a part-time job. He was living in Romania for 5 years and fell in love with Cluj. Back then, I just came back from Greece and I was eager to gain any international experience, especially in my hometown.
Cluj-Napoca is an ancient center of the Romanian culture and civilization, being one of the largest cities in Romania with more than 400.000 inhabitants. It is metaphorically called The Heart of Transylvania because it is the vibe of this region, where Culture, Education, and Finance meet. There are plenty of books who can present you Cluj facts in an academic manner. I am not going to do that. Today, I have challenged myself and found out that Cluj-Napoca is more European than I thought…
How would it be to have a look at my hometown from a different perspective? The perspective of a foreigner, who traveled around the world? Can I find common aspects with the world I’ve seen so far? Let’s find out…