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5 THINGS THAT COVID19 PANDEMIC TAUGHT ME?

“This letter is to You. The You that’s had a rough week. The You that seems to be under constant storm clouds. The You that feels invisible. The You that doesn’t know how much longer you can hold on. The you that has lost faith. The you that always blames yourself for everything that goes wrong. To you. You are incredible. You make this world a little bit more wonderful. You have so much potential and so many things left to do. You have time. Better things are coming your way, so please hang in there. You can do it.”

Jodi Ann Bickley

This week was a tough one. I felt anxious, stressed, emotional and I suffered from insomnia and a headache. I always react like this on bad news, but usually shortly after I pull myself together and start looking for solutions and positive things.

I reminded myself that I lived through worse times in my life, I survived the war and there are no many things out there that can compare to that. I lived and worked on a cruise ship which is quite different from life on land. I left my family and friends and came to another country to look for a job, I slept on my friend’s sofas, I was without money, job and family. And still, there was always light at the end of the tunnel, so this shall pass to.

Reflecting on the previous 3 months in lock down, below I have listed 5 things that Covid19 taught me.

HAVING A GARDEN OR WEEKEND HOUSE IS PRICELESS

After everything that was happening since March, buying an apartment is not an option anymore. As there is a very high chance that this kind of situation will happen sometime again in the future living in a big city and a small apartment is not something that I want. Hopefully, in the next 5 years, I will be able to move to the countryside, have my own garden and be self-sustainable.

EVERY JOB HAS ITS END

Each time you take a job, be aware that it will have its end. Don’t restrict yourself that you only need to work in one industry field or build one career. In today’s world, you will probably have to change a few jobs if you planning to survive. This week we were reminded about this as my husband has been made redundant. He worked for the airline and we know that this industry was one of the most affected due to imposed travel restrictions. We were aware that this could happen but didn’t expect it this fast. Let’s see what the Universe has in the pocket for us next?!

THE WORLD WILL NOT BE THE SAME AGAIN

I don’t want this to sound like the end of the world prediction, but the fact is the world will not be the same as it was. I don’t know yet if it will get worst or better, but I am sure that we are entering a new decade that will be something we haven’t seen before. We need to adopt new skills, new approaches and innovation. One of the best things about this is that Mother Nature had some self-care time and there is a positive environmental impact. The ozone and ocean are healthier, the people reconnected with nature, the animals are taking over the land and the pollution is reduced. Finally, the skies are blue above China, the water is clean in Venice and you can see the Himalayas from Kathmandu. I only hope that it won’t get worst later when things pick up.

MATERIAL THINGS ARE NOT IMPORTANT

Your car doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have where to drive it. Your fancy clothes don’t mean anything if you don’t have where to wear it. Your newest gym equipment and membership are useless if the gyms are not reachable. Your newest watch, iPhone, makeup, perfume, you name it. Nobody cares what you have or how you look if they can’t see you.

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH

We are all aware that our health is irreplaceable. Our immune system will be our best protection we will have against all diseases, viruses and bacterias that could harm us. You all know what you need to do: sleep well, exercise daily, meditate, control your mind, drink 2l of water, don’t smoke, don’t drink too much, socialize with good and inspiring people, don’t use too many harsh chemicals, go green and use natural products as much as you can. Try to spend time outdoors in nature and away from polluted cities.

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What did you learn during the lock down? Share it in the comments.

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Dream wedding on Seychelles – Part I

I have never been a girl who was dreaming about a prince, a long white dress, or a perfect, expensive wedding. Actually, I was the type of girl who would go to other people’s weddings just to get some free drinks and dance and bet how long their marriage would last. However, as most of the other girls I still did have my romantic side, and only one wish “if I ever get married to do it on the beach barefoot“. So one day the Universe decided to make my wish come true and he decided that I will marry Chilean on the beautiful beach in Seychelles.

After 4 years of “turbulent and long-distance” relationship it was time to make some big decisions. So one day I said to my Muchacho “or you are marrying me or I am leaving” and that was it – sorry ladies to disappoint you but no engagement ring, no romantic proposal, no dinner with candles, no sweet talk. We set the date, first it was November, and then we moved to February and then I didn’t believe it anymore until it would happen.

As we live in Dubai and we are from two different countries, from two different continents we had to think of a simple and fast wedding that wouldn’t require much paperwork. I had a friend who did it on Seychelles before me and she shared the agency and all other details with me, so I decided to follow her steps. As I am a planning-freak I started the process 4 months before just to be on a safe side. I have contacted the agency, chose the package, chose accommodation, found a dress, checked the weather, went to Bosnia to translate the birth certificate, hosted my parents in Dubai and the next thing I remember – we were at the airport.

On 25th Feb 2018 after 4h of flight we have landed on the beautiful tropical island of Mahe. Mahe is also the biggest island where the capital city of Victoria is located. We booked accommodation on Eden Island which had a great location. Half an hour after landing we were already in our little villa in the middle of the mini jungle. They also gave us a little buggy to drive around the island and to the nearby mall. After a short break, we took the buggy and decided to explore our little paradise. The weather was cloudy and the storm was coming but we didn’t care. We were admiring the green lush hills, the fresh air, the smell of the salty ocean, and little crabs on the white-sand beach. After a while, it started raining so we have decided to go back home and enjoy the view from our terrace before the “big day”. We were exhausted both mentally and physically and before 9 pm we were already sleeping. Honestly, I don’t remember the night I slept so good and relaxed – zero “bride to be” stress.

The storm is coming

26 Feb finally. The agency Marco Pross took care of everything, and we only had to show up at 1 pm when the driver was supposed to pick us up and take us to the beach. As I heard this agency is held by Sonja and Marco who run away during the Balkan war in the 90s. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to meet them, however, it went through my head how small the world really is.

That morning I opened myself a beer and started doing my make up and hair at the balcony and Franco went to swim a little bit. No special wedding dress, no hair dresser, no make up artist and the most important – no stress.

15 minutes before the pick-up time it started raining again and they sent us a message from the agency to ask if we would like to delay the wedding for the next day. We both said “no” at the same time as we didn’t want to waste one more day and go through this process again. Soon the driver picked us up and took us to the beach called Anse Intendance. After 45 minutes we arrived and my braid maid was waiting for me to give me the flowers and take us to the pavilion. We walked through some mud for a few minutes before we saw a beautiful pavilion on the beach.

And that was the last time his friends saw him….