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How to enjoy your job even though it is not something you wanted to do?!

“Look under your feet. The great opportunity is where you are. Every place is under the stars. Every place is the center of the Universe.”

Do you often think that somehow you just can’t find your way?! You don’t know what is your dream job and what is your passion while everyone around you is telling you that you have to do what you love, otherwise, you will not feel fulfilled?! As per many different research you are not the only one. Many people don’t like their jobs, but they still have to do it to be able to survive, support their families and pay their living expenses. And there is nothing wrong with it. However, even if you are stuck with the job you don’t like it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be miserable or unhappy. Furthermore, you know how they say “do the best you can with what you have, where you are“.

Photo credit goes to @kaboompics

So how exactly you can still enjoy your job although it is not something you wanted?

Firstly, you would need to change your mindset and instead of thinking how you are going to survive one more day from the “nightmare” think about it as something that you just have to do, a part of your daily routine. Try to see it more positively – maybe you will meet new people, learn or hear something new that might open you some other doors in the future.

Secondly, you are not your job so find time for your hobbies, sport or social activities after working hours. This will give you more motivation to finish your work so you can go and enjoy something you like. Now, don’t tell me that you don’t have any hobbies as that is just impossible today with so much choice. I have lots of different interest, however the hobbies I always go back to are yoga and blogging. Currently, as I spend more time at home due to Covid19 I do lots of walking and I am part of a book club with my friends so we can exchange our thoughts about different books. I have also decided to invest more time in my blog in the next 6 months, so these days I am spending lots of time reading, studying and exploring the internet.

Photo credit goes to @dpopbes (taken from Pexels)

Thirdly, try to find a higher purpose in your job. Maybe, your company is providing some products or services that are useful to the wider community. Maybe, you are an inspiration to somebody and you don’t know it. So try to be nice to people you work with and most importantly never take things personally. I have noticed that many times the problem arises as people start taking things too personally or they get offended and change their behaviour based on their feelings.

Finally, you have to believe. I love the following quote from Churchill: “There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he sizes it, will fulfil his mission – a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. At that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.” This quote gives hope that one day we will find that special thing we like to do. In the meantime, work on yourself and your skills. Read good books, educate yourself, listen to TED talks and podcasts, follow inspiring people, do online courses. Try to keep up with new technologies, learn new skills, find yourself, mentor, study a new language, volunteer, help someone, meditate, and socialize with people who take out the best from you. And one day, sooner or later your time will come to shine. And all the hard work, invested time and hurdles will eventually pay off.

Stay safe everyone, and use your time wisely. 🙂

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Kathmandu Wedding Bells (Part I)

I honor the place in you where the entire universe dwells. I bow to the place in you that is love, light and joy. When you and I bow to our true nature, we are one. My soul recognizes your soul. We are the same, we are one. I honor the place in you that is the same as it is in me.

So much love and peace and meaning behind simple Namaste!

I had Nepal on my bucket list for quite some time and mostly because of the Himalayas. However, as I still don’t have enough money, stamina and courage to visit the base camp (I have no interest in climbing the summit and ending up frozen across the mountain like 200 other bodies found until now) I decided to opt for free drinks on the wedding of my work colleague in Kathmandu. I was also attracted to Nepal because of it’s people who are one of the most peaceful and welcoming people I have ever met. In Dec I have received a beautiful red invitation written by the hand of his uncle. The tradition in Nepal requires the oldest family member to invite the guests and his uncle was the eldest. The wedding was planned to last for 2 days with the first day being the most important one.

So here we were, 6 of us, flying in small Fly Dubai Boeing, drinking beers and looking forward to this “cultural” trip. On 24th of Jan 2019 for the first time in our lives we have touched the ground of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. If you have Bosnian passport like me you can get tourist visa on arrival which costs 25$ for 15 days. Before passport control you are required to fill in “arrival card” and after that you need to visit the airport kiosk and fill in the online form. After you fill the form, the kiosk will give you a little paper and with that paper you will go to cashier to pay for the visa. After the payment you will proceed to the passport control and immigration. If you are lucky (and I am obviously not!) you will go through it fast. Otherwise, you will end up 1 standing 1 hour in a line waiting for deadbeat officer to ask you questions like “When you were born?”, “What is your name”, “Where are you going?”. Finally after this torturing we were outside the airport trying to avoid taxi scammers. Our friend told us to look for registered stand and to negotiate the price before so we followed his advice to get to the accommodation. We booked little hostel Peacock close to Patan Durban Square. During the taxi ride I spotted the tangled electrical cables, dirt, crazy traffic which is so typical for Asian countries and I could still see the consequences of 2017 earthquake.

Tangled Electrical Cables

After a long 45 minutes, we have finally arrived at our destination. Peacock has 7 rooms in the offer and they are not made for people taller than 1.60 cm. However, they were a super cute mix of old and new, wooden rugs, electrical blankets, gas water heaters, and coffee machine, hence I was ready to live like a hobbit for the next 4 days.

In the evening we went for dinner in a probably overpriced, nearby restaurant where I ordered traditional dish Dal Bhat (“dal” means lentils and “bhat” stands for rice) and mulled wine. For beer lovers, I would recommend ordering 650 ml beer Mt. Everest which does justice to its name. After the dinner, we went for a walk around Patan Square built in distinct Newar architecture style which is a mix of woodcarving, stone, brink, and brass craftsman and belongs in the list of the highest achievements of humankind (I read that somewhere). Around the square, there were so many little streets and pathways with cute cafes, rooftop bars playing rock silently, Hindu temples, and stray dogs.

Peacock Hostel

By midnight I was in bed, but all my hopes for a good night sleep were flushed down the toilet. I could hear people shouting, moving house, the dog was barking and as soon as I closed my eyes I could hear my alarm buzzing. At 9 am the driver picked us up and took us to the groom’s house were we have received with a warm welcome and attention. Most of the women were dressed in red sari’s because red is considered to bring love and happiness to the newlywed home, so if you are not sure what to wear to Nepalese wedding you will not make mistake with red dress or any other detail.

Funny fact: I have left my mobile phone in my husband’s car and only figured out when I was already at the gate. And as one of my friends said I was “shamelessly taking photos with my big iPad for the next 4 days”.

Top 5 advice to young people

Today, there are so many ways to improve your skills and knowledge. In the following post, I would like to highlight my top 5 advice to young people.

1. Learn some other language, preferably English. Why? Because English will open you many doors to travelling, studying and working. Because today it is it embarrassing to say that you don’t know this language. Thankfully, I had a chance to study English in elementary and high school so I had a good background. At the university, we didn’t have it so I decided to do an English course after the lectures. Later, I started meeting people through Couchsurfing network so I had a chance to work on my communication skills. Finally, after I went to work onboard the cruise line I had a chance to actively use it every day and to improve it.

Currently, I am also studying the Spanish language through Duolingo application. Duolingo is my favourite application for studying languages and it doesn’t require lots of time. You can set up an application to 15 minutes each day or longer. If you spend lots of time commuting you can listen to Spanish podcasts or you can read simple Spanish books. If you have more suggestions on how to learn other languages please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

2. Learn Excel and other MS Office programs. It doesn’t matter what kind of job you will do tomorrow, knowing how to use Excel will probably be useful to you. You can use it to prepare different reports, to sort and filter data, to calculate different formulas and financial analysis, to prepare charts and tables. You can also use it for calendars and schedules, for inventory, goal tasks and for the mailing list. So far I had so many different jobs and in most of them, I had to use excel on a daily basis. If you want to get skills to work as a financial analyst you can try the course on Udemy.

3. Volunteer. There is nothing you can compare with the feeling that you helped somebody or made their life easier or better in a certain way. There are so many organizations where you can volunteer and it won’t take lots of your time. You can volunteer with children, with elders, with food and clothes donations, for environment protection or something similar to your interest. Of course, you can also volunteer to help yourself as well. There is nothing wrong if you wish to learn something new or to develop your network further. I used to volunteer for the Feminist Organization in Bosnia which opened me the doors to a Peace Camp. At the Peace Camp, I met a girl who told me about the project called “Europen Rails of Peace” where I applied and was chosen to represent my country. During my studies, I did an internship in a PR agency and I participated in the project called “Women in Politics” where I met some pretty amazing and successful women. Recently, I was chosen to volunteer for Expo 2020 held in Dubai, however, due to Covid19 Expo was postponed to 2021.

4. This could be very easily the most important thing you need to master – Finances. If you master this while you are young, your life will be much easier later. Unfortunately, the schools don’t teach us how to manage our money, how to invest and how to save. Considering that I also made a few mistakes which I am still paying off, a friend offered to make me a financial plan and she changed the way I approach money. There are many things that we can do. Firstly, stop spending money on things like clothes, beauty treatments, the newest phone models, cars, cigarettes, alcohol, clubs, cinemas and material things that are just making more clutter around you and on your bank account. Before you buy something to think very well do you really need it or you just want it (usually it is the second one). And if you decide that you need it and want to buy it try to stick to the following saying: “Buy less, choose well, make it last“. Secondly, read books, listen to podcasts and watch videos about investing money and passive income. If you have some hobby or talent try to monetize it. You can also sell photographs, templates, or if you have IT skills you can make an application or work as a freelance. You can also teach the English language online. Currently, I am following Gillian Perkins youtube channel about finances, investments, entrepreneurship and start-ups. We can’t all be businessman buts we can all learn how to manage money, instead of letting money manage us.

5. Think Positively. If you don’t think positively, you will always blame others for your shortcomings and instead of solutions, you will see problems, and instead of thinking why you can or should do something you will think why you can’t do that. Try to stay away from the victim or “I can’t do that” mentality. There are lots of bad things out there, but there are many beautiful as well. Of course, there will be times when we will have lots of problems, stress, family deaths or diseases, however, it is important to understand that is simply Life. Don’t let negative emotions overwhelm you, because you will create a chain of negativity and you will chase away half of your friends as nobody likes emotional vampires.

What advice would you share with young people? Share in the comments.