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My New Year’s Resolution.
First of all, I want to wish everyone who’d stumble upon this post a really amazing 2013. Here comes my favorite part of New Year’s Eve, writing my resolution.
I just looked at my resolution from 2012 and I wasn’t disappointed at all. I didn’t fulfill all what was on it though, but the parts that truly made me happy were all fulfilled :) I also had this listed : “Start a Blog on the first day of vacation” and that one made me the happiest :)
I started to blog because I got so inspired by bloggers from all over the world and I somehow wanted to do the same even on a very small scale. To inspire anyone anywhere or to just put a smile on their faces or give them a push to do something they’re passionate about; the same that happened with me.
And actually a comment from a very special friend made my whole year. An old friend, who’s also a reader of my blog :), gave me the biggest push and encouragement of the year. I can’t begin to thank you for your kind words and support and I’m humbled that you see it this way. You know who you are :) A million thanks my friend. Hope I continue without disappointing you at any point.
After I read last year’s resolution and saw that line, I went over the blog and started reading what I wrote, made and photographed as if it’s the first time I’m seeing it. I just can’t explain what I felt! :D There’s a part of me, a part of my “daydreaming” now out of my head into a tangible thing!!! And what overwhelmed me most, was the fact that it can stay even after I’m gone, and that one day, hopefully, I’d have children who’d see something I thought of way before they were born, and we talk about it in detail and I tell them the stories behind the posts. Those are memories saved forever. Maybe even my grand children, or grand grand children!! They’d always have something that “feels like me” and that’s what I’m looking forward to the most.
Now I’d like to share my new year’s resolution :) Here are the daydreams I have now and hopefully they too would turn into reality before 2014 starts.
Thank God for all the blessings of 2012. May 2013 by way more special.
An extremely easy and delicious Brazilian dessert.
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon butter
Put the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, add the condensed milk and cocoa and stir constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and let it rest until it’s completely cool. Form into small balls and coat with cocoa powder or coconut or any other topping.
PS. It’s also delicious when it’s warm, devoured only with a spoon :)
"This photo is dedicated to my Brazilian friend Danilo who I met while I was in Portugal. He taught me this recipe and my family and friends here love it:) Muito Obrigada Danilo :)"
Been to a jam with a friend’s incredibly talented band “Fabrica”, and those lyrics from their original song kept playing in my head again and again :D Beautiful song, I love it.
My presentation about travelling.
We were asked at work to prepare a presentation about any topic we want. It was part of our soft skills training. And naturally, the first topic that just instantaneously hit my mind was travelling :)
And I thought it would be easy talking about it, because it’s my greatest passion. But it wasn’t that easy to figure out what exactly should I tackle, where to start, how to conclude, and what took up most of my time was thinking how will I ever say enough.
So I tried to make it as simple as possible. And all I wanted to do was send a good vibe to my colleagues regarding travelling as a “traveller” and speak briefly about the things that give travelling this enriching and lively flavor. I tried to make it as visual as possible, few words and some of my all time favorite videos. I’m hoping that they would’ve felt that vibe.
I got lovely feedback and it was really nice seeing smiles on their faces while I was presenting.
Click on the picture to see the presentation on prezi :)
A purpose that gives a lively pulse to an otherwise mundane beat of a heart..
A reason to wake up..
A faithful eternal companion..
A guarantee of unending happiness..
A sparkle in the eye from the youth of the soul..
That’s how I define passion! :)
so get up and be passionate about something! That’s how you’re really LIVE.
Apple crumble with ice cream and caramel + Vanilla & Caramel Tea :D
My breakfast on my first day to work :) It was definitely a happy morning. And I was even happier when I got there and saw ALOT of my colleagues and friends with me. I’m in love with the work place, the people and the atmosphere. Looking forward for everyday I spend there and hoping for the best :)
12/11/12… A day to remember :)
Do you know what happens when you hurt people?
They may begin to love you less, and begin to forget that they loved you once
I’m writing this now while I’m having tears in my eyes. It’s an overwhelming feeling, and I’m so glad I experienced it.
It’s 6:00 am here in Lisbon. I’m not at home, but I’m in my new lovely home. Home now is where I’m surrounded by extraordinarily amazing people. Each one of us is from a different country, and with very different backgrounds. We’re hanging out, learning, teaching, laughing, eating, travelling, and sight-seeing together all the time. And apart from all the fun, just now I experienced something that really touched my heart. And it’s the reason why I’m writing this. I want to save what happened now forever.
We just got back home from a fun night out. And for some reason I wasn’t able to sleep, so I was walking around the apartment and I met one of my flat mates. We both told each other about how we’re unable to sleep, and we grabbed something to eat and sat at the dining room. I was just staring at my laptop preparing for my session tomorrow, and I looked at my phone and saw the notification for Fajr Prayer.
So I got up and prayed, and after I finished I looked over at her and she was sitting at the dining table with her eyes closed, head bowed down, hands put together and she was looking so peaceful. She was praying too.
After she finished she looked over at me and I said with excitement “Oh you were praying too.” And I felt really happy, very surprised and EXTREMELY HUMBLED when she said “yes, thanks to you.”
We then got into a conversation about prayer. I explained briefly what Fajr prayer is and how it’s the most important prayer of the five in Islam because it’s the hardest one since it’s really early in the morning. Then she asked me how I bare to pray five times a day, every single day. She wondered about the difficulty of it.
I remember when I was younger than I am now, praying five times a day did feel difficult. But now it feels completely different and I tried to explain that. It was really hard putting this feeling into words. I felt that anything I would say wouldn’t come close to describing it, but I tried. I told her how it transformed to me from something that I must do, to something I really look forward to doing because of how peaceful it makes me feel. How it takes away all the problems that I have and leaves me calm and collected. How the feeling of burden comes from missing it, and not from doing it.
The special thing about this conversation is that it somehow really touched our hearts. It made us communicate really easily, even though sometimes it’s hard given that English is the only common language we speak and it’s a second language for both of us. We’re from different origins, we have different traditions, different life style, different views, different religion, yet we were able to completely understand each other because we’re united by our need for inner peace.
It taught me that no matter where you come from, when you see someone doing something for a good cause it fills your heart with warmth. With all the crazy things happening around us in the world, seeing someone doing something with good intentions fills us with a wonderful soothing feeling of safety. That’s how I felt when I saw her pray, I felt safe, and it was wonderful hearing from her that she felt the same.
What’s making me tear now is how she described what she felt. She humbled me with saying she’s happy meeting someone like me, and it made me cry when she told me she’ll never forget me. And we both started crying :D Then laughed about it :D And we agreed that tomorrow we’ll pray together.
Thank you my friend for giving me a moment to remember for the rest of my life, you’re an inspiration, and I’m so glad for having the pleasure of meeting someone like you.
I’ll never forget you either. :)