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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. πŸ™‚

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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 (β€œdal” means lentils and β€œbhat” 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”.

Provincija Valparaiso (Renaca & Concon) – Upoznajte Chile

Nakon Santijaga put nas je dalje odveo na obalu Tihog okeana u poznatu provinciju Valparaiso koja se sastoji iz pet opcina: Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, Concon, Quilpue i Villa Alemana. Prva tri dana smo odsjeli u ljetovalistu Renaca. Cim smo stigli u smjestaj, vrijeme se pokvarilo, puhao je jak i hladan vjetar, padala je kisa, a zakasnjeli jet-lag je odradio svoje tako da smo se ukomirali vec oko 5h popodne i spavali narednih 14 sati. Probudili smo se ujutro uz zvuk talasa koji su se odbijali od stijene. Vrijeme nije bilo nimalo bolje, ali bar smo se dobro odmorili i bili smo spremni za susret sa svekrvom, nova lutanja i istrazivanja.

Dan smo zapoceli setnjom pored Tihog okeana u potrazi za restoranom gdje sluze dorucak i kafu. Iako je bilo hladno, usput smo sreli trkace, ponekog turistu, a more je bilo puno surfera koji su uzivali u ogromnim talasima. Na stijeni u neposrednoj blizini naseg stana su se odmarali morski lavovi, a iznad njih su letjeli galebovi. Miris kise i soli se sirio vazduhom dok su se talasi razbijali od obalu.

Ukoliko pazljivo pogledate vidjet cete morske lavove koji se odmaraju na stijanama dok iznad njih oblijecu galebovi

Nakon kratke setnje i dorucka vratili smo se u stan da se spremimo za odlazak u Valparaiso. Do Valparaisa smo stigli njihovim mini busem u kojem nas je naravno zabavljao lokalni umjetnik. πŸ™‚ Dogovorili smo se da se nadjemo u poznatom kaficu Melbourne sa F. mamom i da krenemo svi zajedno u istrazivanje Valparaisa. Medjutim, obzirom da kisa nije prestajala, a jedina ja sam bila obucena i obuvena za kisu (gumene cizme, kisobran, vuneni dzemper, vjetrovka, sal i kapa) ipak smo odlucili da odgodimo istrazivanje Valparaisa za drugi dan, a da nju otpratimo u Quilpue. Dan smo zavrsili pijuckajuci caj, sjedeci pored grijalice, razgovarajuci o svemu, mazeci macku Princess i slusajuci Frank Sinatru. Nimalo pritiska ni brige da li cu se svidjeti svekrvi, potpuno opusteno i laganice kao i Chile. πŸ™‚

Naredni dan sunce je konacno odlucilo da nas pocasti i dan je bio stvoren za setnju. Ja se nisam mogla nagledati snage i ljepote okeana i razmisljala sam koliko je lako postati romantican u njegovoj blizini. Valovi su opet bili ogromni i uz obalu su se mogle vidjeti oznake za cunami koje bas i nisu bile toliko romanticne. πŸ™‚

Kao sto vecina vas zna Chile je izuzetno trusno podrucje koje lezi na Pacifickom vatrenom prstenu i u njemu se nalazi oko 500 aktivnih vulkana. Zemljotresi su vrlo cesti i najjaci zemljotres ikad zabiljezen (9.6 na rihterovoj skali) se desio bas u Chile-u 1960 godine, poznat pod nazivom Valdivia ili Veliki Chileanski zemljotres. Zemljotres je trajao 10 minuta i ubrzo su se na obalu obrusili valovi visoki izmedju 10 i 25 metara. Snaga tog zemljotresa je bila toliko razorna da su naredni dan cunamiji stigli i na Havaje, Filipine, Japan, Novi Zeland i Australiju. Zemljotres je izazvao nove zemljotrese ili aftershock-ove, klizista, poplave, pa cak i vulkansku eksploziju, a tacan broj ljudskih zrtava nije nikad potvrdjen.

Concon je moderno ljetovaliste koje se i dalje gradi i ne nudi nista posebno za vidjeti. Na vrhu se nalaze pustinjske dine, ali zivim u pustinji pa me to bas i ne interesuje. Najinteresantnije mi je bilo vidjeti El Vertigo kucu isklesanu u stijenama sa otvorenim bazenom. Kuca nije otvorena za posjete pa smo je posmatrali kroz resetke i pitali se da li neko i dalje zivi u njoj ili ne?!

Uvecer smo otisli na veceru kod njegovih prijatelja. Chileanci su dosta opusteni, oblace se vrlo jednostavno, puno piju, puno flertuju, a za veceru su nas posluzili ribom i vinom. Mnoge kuce se nalaze u ogradjenim podrucjima sa vanjskim kamerama jer ima dosta kradja. Zbog blage klime vecina kuca nema grijanje, a oni se u kucama ne izuvaju tako da sam i u kuci sjedila u jakni i cizmama. πŸ™‚ Njegovi prijatelji slabo govore engleski, pa sam ja neuspjesno nabadala spanski. Iako smo klimali glavnom jedni drugima, mislim da smo bar 50% stvari pogresno razumjeli. πŸ™‚

U nastavku idemo u Valparaiso…..

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